Stardusted Rant

Sooo, Gaimans Stardust is becoming a movie. Wheee!But, they show the trailer on Yahoo Movies only. Booo!But what kind of retarded moron of inbread stupid som-of-a-manager put it on Yahoo Movies, the worst movie site ever to be created?! I mean, mixing Flash and ActiveX (?) to embed Windows Media Player? What a great idea!! NOT!Let’s see, I’ve got a Windo$e XP at work. Will it work? No, because I need to use MS Interfuck Exploder, and funny enough M$ has fucked it up, so I can’t install Flash on it. Morons. Firefox I have got flash on, but lo’ and behold, the ass-licker incompetent bloody visual basic scripters have made it impossible. Idiots.Linux+Firefox, no. Linux+Opera, no. Windows+IE7, no (because of flash install). Windows+Opera, no, Windows+Firefox, no.And I don’t have a Mac at hand. Coffe cup IQ bloody amateurs.After much wailing and gnashing of teeth I finally figred out how to paste the source link of the embedded stream stright into Linux+Firefox and get my MPlayer plugin to fix it. *sigh*Seems hyped ehough. They seem to have added a lot more action than what I remember from the book. That’s fair enough in my mind, as long as the Gaiman style and pace survives. Stardust is a remarkable book, much thanks to the same said pace and it lovely fairytale-for-grownups groove.So here’s to hope. Despite the morons at Yahoo+Paramount.

Weenie-bashing

Hacknot has put together a good article on the rise of the “dynamic” languages as we see it in publiscations all over. Ruby is the new shit. Or, as it may well be, not. Well worth reading.

I liked the article. The points are well made, and I wish I had expressed many of them myself. And it flows with an hilarious sarcastic edge, I read the whole stuff from start and started laughing when I reached the “Conclusion: For Weenies” which brings the irony and sarcasm into a wonderful full front assult.

My latest Amazon shipment

The CD’s

  • Alice Cooper, The Last Temptation
  • Birgint Nilsson Sings Verdi
  • Alanis Morisette, So Called Chaos

Nothing too exciting here. I’ve been slightly in love with Alanis since Jagged Little Pill. And the Cooper album is surprisingly good. If you’re one of those that believes Alice was only good in the seventies, you should give it a chance. Birgit+Verdi is a classic to have, let’s not forget she did not only sing Wagner, shall we?

The DVD’s

  • Pain of Salvation, BE
  • Montserrat Caballé, Beyond Music
  • Dream Theater, Images and Words Live in Tokyo / 5 Years in a Live Time

The Caballé docmentary was very good. I would have wished for more un-intrrupted music though, but it does show without a doubt what an amazing singer she was (and, I’ve no doubt, still is). And what a lovely lady. And what a diva. I love her!

Dream Theater. Live in Tokyo is good. I had it only on VHS before. Live Time, well… I expected the Once in a Live Time album, but on DVD. Of course it isn’t. Hum.. I’m rather dissapointed I’m afraid. I’l give it a chance though.

And PoS, BE. I know very many thinks BE the album is pretty amazing, but I don’t perticulary agree. If nothing else because I did actually see it live, and the album never really could be compared to the full thing. This though, is damn good stuff.

The Books

  • Arthur C Clarke, Childhood’s End
  • Ray Kurzweil, The Age of Spiritual Machines
  • Donald A Norman, The Design of Everyday Things
  • Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel
  • Gaiman / Zulli, The Last Temptation
  • The Essential Epicurus Reader (O’Connor)
  • Richard Miller, The Structure of Singing
  • Karl R. Popper, The Open Society and it’s Enemies

This list I’m quite proud of. And slightly amazed of. It struck me the other night, that the range of topics and styles is quite… Amazing. Otherwise I haven’t got too much to say yet. I certainly haven’t had time to read any of it through. But I’m looking forward to it. Very much.

I should say something about Richard Miller, but that a topic for several posts in itself only. Let’s just say I’m now the proud owner of his magnum opus.

Popper, Epicurus, Diamond and Kurzweil. Nice quartet, don’t you think?

I expect I’ll have things to say about The Design of Everyday Things, at least I’m very much looking foward to reading it.

Of course, Gaiman / Zulli’s temptation goes and in hand with Cooper’s. Looks slightly trivial, but… Damn, its Gaiman and Cooper. At the same time! What can go wrong?!

The Poor Common Man

When my Intertubes was down, I walked across the street to the local 7-11 and used their surf stations for a while. I’ve ben using Firefox with a popup-blocker, and ad-blocker for quite some time now. But obviously the computers I used yesterday had only IE7 with no popu-blocking and all ads promptly displayed. Damn, that was an eye opener! (1) loading all ads makes it percievably slower; (2) all damn ads are very annoying; (3) popups and their like are extremely tiresome; and (4) tabs and a good tab configuration rules.

Thank goodness I’m a geek. And, I believe that if you can demonstrate the above points for a non-geek easily, you can win them over to firefox in a heart-beat.

A man joins NetEnt, a man leaves NetEnt

Sooo… After just 3 months I have left NetEntertainment AB. My friends will already know about it, but paralell to my employment at NetEnt, me and 3 friends have slowly rolled our own ball. And now we’re hoping it will have enough momentum for us to hop abord and tag along for a ride.Our company have already a very limited website, here. For more info about Cubeia, watch the website or this space. I’ll probably get back to it.Working at NetEnt was largely enjoyable. Although, truth be told, I spent quite some time rolling my thumbs as their timing for employing me perhaps wasn’t the best. However, it was a very good position (platform development lead) and I do feel, and I think many of the people there I worked with agrees, that I could have contributed quite a bit.But when you have a chance to do your own start-up, with a product, with a first customer, with venture capital negoiations going, with more potentional customers emerging… Let’s just say that I don’t think I’ll regret the desition to try.So, now there’s a wild ride ahead. I’ll be careful, Im sure here’ll be dragons. And yes, I know that we’re one of them.

Earth to Steve Jobs: Hello?

So. Apple is releasing a phone. Whoho! Stop the presses! Everybody will want one! Form a queue! My god, I love Steve Jobs, what a genious! Hurrah!

Except… It doesn’t take long for you to remember what Apple is usually about. And if threatening bloggers isn’t bad enough: Hello Steve?! You do know that LG has already won a desing price for something quite iPhone like, don’t you?

Anybody home?

But we’re not through yet. As everybody knows Apple loves DRM (think iTunes) and DRM loves Apple (or at least almost, if it iTunes was just a bit more restrictive that is). So obviously the iPhone is going to be closed for 3rd party apps. I mean, why share when you can try to eat it all yourself? It must be perfectly ok to launch a device with no unique characteristics what so ever on an already mature market, and do so with closed specs. Obviously a smart move.

Which also means that of course it is not going to run Java, because, and here’s from the man himself:

Java’s not worth building in [the phone]. Nobody uses Java anymore. It’s this big heavyweight ball and chain. 

Anybody home?!

What a reality distortion field the man must live in. Nobody uses Java anymore? You mean apart from the aprox. 4 billion devices that have it installed already? Of course, one can easily imagine that for someone from Apple, the number 4 billion feels imaginary and completely unthinkable, and therefore Sun must be wrong…

Anybody home? Aparently not.

Surprise of the Day: Ada 2005

Look what happends when I don’t pay attention: Ada 2005 is almost finished! Whee!I admit to having a soft spot for Ada. There were things I really liked, like type safety. But a couple of small things hit me hard, and I never really got into the language because of them. For example:

  1. No “java-like” interfaces. Being a Java nerd I like those. I know you could use abstract tagged null records. But…
  2. The subroutine (function) call syntax. Ada derives from Pascal, and the sytax is not what is considered OO “standard” today. That is: Ada uses the MyPackage.myFunction(myOject, …) variant.

And now? By damn, both the two issues above are gone. Now you can call myObject.myFunction(…) like you’d do in Java and C++. And you can have interfaces. And “not null” access types. And…This seems neat. Here’s a rationale in PDF format for all you nerds. I havn’t read all yet. But so far it seems promising.Hum… Maybe I should pick up that chess engine I started in Ada 95 a few years ago and give it a new whirl? Ho-hum…