Monthly Archive for May, 2005

New Growl Views!

Well, as promised, here’s the first delve into my goodie bag of material. Cumulus and Cumulonimbus, two icon sizes each (currently 48px and 64px, but I’m thinking of making the first one 32px, cos so many notifications sent to Growl have stupidly small icons). Anyway, my gripes aside, get ’em while they’re hot.


On films

Quick tip to y’all – never spend more than a couple of hours in the cinema at once. It’s very confusing.

I walked out this evening, not sure if I should be swinging a lightsabre or singing, “So long, and thanks for all the fish!” – bit of a problem when you have to drive home, really.

So, yeah. Today was Catch Up On All The Films Everyone Else Saw Weeks Ago Day. Tom (a good friend from my old school) is back from Durham for a couple of days, and suggested we see Revenge of the Sith (in his case, for the second time)… Seeing as Sam is until further notice, err, Otherwise Engaged, we went to Burton and saw it in the deluxe screen – the only cinema with enough leg room for us freakishly tall people. Good film, easily the best of the 6. Although, I do agree with Sam that it was all tied up a little bit too neatly – especially throwing Chewbacca in there, albeit as a cameo. That was just showing off :/

Anyway, I enjoyed it, and it was good to catch up. The weirdness comes in the fact that a mere hour or so before, I’d been sat in a different cinema with Gretchen (heh, yeah – don’t ask) watching the excellent Hitchhiker’s Guide. I was well and truly impressed with that film, especially as a great fan of the books, television and – most of all – the radio series. Incidentally, if you haven’t heard the radio series, you really should. It’s some of the funniest, most enduring material I’ve ever heard.

Anyway, the film – I didn’t know how well the story would scale to the big screen, but it works very well. There’s some stuff added, but it’s all very much in the spirit of the originals, and fits in nicely without disrupting the story (which was my main complaint with the tinkering that occurred in Lord of the Rings). I’m particularly anal about stuff like this, so if I’m satisfied then you know it’s been done damn well. The actors are well chosen (I’m not entirely convinced by Zaphod, but he’s still not bad), and the dialogue is very Adams-esque – although there are a couple of points where I’m waiting for the last line of the gag which I know by heart, and it never comes πŸ˜€ The animations for the guide are pant-wettingly funny, though, especially if you know what’s coming. Gretch was giving me some really funny looks, I think I found it too funny…

So, before this post makes the transition from “rather long” to “epic”, let’s sum up.

  • The award for the Film You Should Watch The Most Times goes to: The Hitchhiker’s Guide. There’s so much you’ll miss the first time. And it’ll be so much funnier the second time. It always is.
  • The award for the Film You Could Take A Philistine To goes to: The Hitchhiker’s Guide. It’s the most approachable of the two, it’s still good even if you’ve never heard of it before (so Gretchen tells me, anyway. Hehe).
  • The award for the Film You Must See goes to: Revenge of the Sith, cos, well, you just gotta.

The Sound of Silence

No new posts recently. Why? I’ve been hard at work! I’ve had some very pleasant trips around the country at the company’s expense (more about what I do some other time…). However, when your only internet connection is via the painfully slow, horrendously expensive GPRS service on your mobile phone, there are only certain priorities that can be taken care of.

I have plenty of material to post, including more Growl experiments, the release of a 10.3.9-compatible Retro for Adium (assuming I actually do finish it), and a moan about American credit cards. Wow, what an exciting time we have ahead of us! πŸ˜‰

Right after I get back from – (shudder) – Bolton.

Grrrrr

I’ve been a bit on-again, off-again with Growl. But 0.7 is coming rapidly, and I’m very impressed, especially with Webkit styles. Now I can make it look the way I want – I even have Synergy sending Growl notifications instead of using its own floater.

teh snappy, revisited

Well, a virgin install of Tiger, and my PowerBook is flying. I wish there was a way to keep Safari this nippy, it’s as though my connection speed got doubled! (and yes, I checked, just in case… dammit.)

It looks fantastic, Spotlight races as fast as – or faster than – on the mini, and it’s solved my problem with those bloody colour profiles once and for all (touch wood). I can also build from source on here now, having installed Xcode – no more farting about with two machines. All in all, I’m feeling pretty happy.

68GB free on my HD. First time in many, many months I’ve had more than a couple of GB free πŸ˜€ I just have the long process of refilling this with all my stuff, now.

My new toy

I must confess to considering posting a picture of a pretty girl here, but that would be both degrading and a total lie. So, instead:

I’ve already bought a Tempo ATA card for it and a 200GB hard drive. I shall never lose my movies and music again! πŸ˜€

Bliar

National elections here today. I hate that horrible smile even more than I did 8 years ago. The thought of putting up with him for 5 more years is enough to make anyone want to end it all right now! Not to mention even more of my money going in tax (yes, I am a taxpayer, so I have a right to complain :))

Anyone know a good hitman? Or even a bad hitman?

*Do not eat iPod shuffle

Apple’s warning just got a little bit harder to obey. How cool is this!

Brought to you by the enterprising DecalGirl.

Circular Logic

I’m just beginning to write a short help document for Adium. Whether it’ll be finished in time for Adium’s submission to the ADA is not yet clear πŸ˜€

Anyhew, in the course of my experiments with Help Viewer, I came across this little beauty. For the terminally stupid?

Pictures, pictures everywhere

I’m currently in the process of moving all of my non-WordPress images from a folder on this domain to images.phantomgorilla.com – a big job, when you count how many things link to all those pictures… I’ll be keeping copies of anything that I know has been linked off-site in situ, though.

Why am I giving myself so much work? Because my site is getting messy, and I want to separate the actual working of the blog from the clutter that it incorporates. Also, I’m writing a php script that will allow me to upload images and automatically crop/resize them for thumbnails, spewing out BBcode ready to paste into forums. I’ll be far better to keep that away from the blog, lest I get confused! I’ll post the script when I’m done. :)