Ye Olde Archive Archived Posts: 2004-2009

29Apr/06Off

Word of the Day

Crotchfruit
n.  A derogatory term for children coined by staunch advocates of child-free public spaces. Breeders (aka parents) have now embraced the epithet and call the anti-crotchfruit zealots the real crybabies.

- from Wired magazine's Jargon Watch

(with apologies to my friends who have crotchfruit of their own ... or on the way)

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27Apr/06Off

RSSpect 2.0

Ryan North has beefed up RSSpect, which was a quality service to begin with.

We’ve just added a brand new type of feed: AnySite feeds, which allow you to turn almost anything online into RSS, even websites you don’t control! All you need is a URL.

We’ve just added a new feature called Web Alerts. Now your RSS feeds can double as a mailing list, and you don’t have to do a thing. Your mailing list is activated as soon as someone signs up for it, and we’ve given you the code to let readers sign up right on your site.

AnySite feeds apply to documents as well, which I think is the great part. If you want to know if a certain pdf file gets updated, or an mp3, or anything else for that matter, you can snap an RSS feed onto it and get notified when it changes. Neat!

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27Apr/06Off

re: The Way I See It #76

Concerning the quote two posts ago.

I think part of the reason I like that quote is because I once tried to explain the exact same thing in a completely different way when I was with Emily, and I don't know if I ever got it to make sense. In visual terms, my explanation was something like this.

Alone, | is a solid, balanced existence. If you're alone and you're / or , you're bound to fall or tip over at any moment. You can't support yourself. I think it's important to be able to be | when by yourself (i.e. relationship independant).

/ and people tend to thrive in relationships because they can lean on each other. The problem is that they require that support. Rather than it being a bonus it's a neccesity. | people have a very difficult time leaning, but I think it's important that they learn to depend on someone outside themselves in some respects.

Having a relationship that is || is all well and good, but even || does not create as strong a base as /. The / foundation is stronger, both people are showing that they are committed to making it work.

Even here I muddle this explanation, which is exactly why I liked that quote so much. It says very simply what I just botched in a very complicated fashion. People should learn to stand up on their own, but just as important is that they learn to commit.

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27Apr/06Off

Another Movie Meme

Another meme stolen from kottke.org based off this list by Jim Emerson of the 102 movies you should see before you consider yourself "movie literate". I have a feeling I'm not quite as movie-literate as I'd like to think...

(1) 2001: A Space Odyssey
(2) The 400 Blows
()8 1/2
()Aguirre, the Wrath of God
(3) Alien
()All About Eve
Annie Hall
(4) Apocalypse Now
(5) Bambi
()The Battleship Potemkin
()The Best Years of Our Lives
()The Big Red One
()The Bicycle Thief
(6)The Big Sleep
(7) Blade Runner
()Blowup
() Blue Velvet
()Bonnie and Clyde
(8)Breathless
()Bringing Up Baby
()Carrie
(9) Casablanca
()Un Chien Andalou
()Children of Paradise / Les Enfants du Paradis
(10) Chinatown
(11) Citizen Kane
(12) A Clockwork Orange
(13) The Crying Game
()The Day the Earth Stood Still
()Days of Heaven
(14) Dirty Harry
()The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
() Do the Right Thing
()La Dolce Vita
()Double Indemnity
(15) Dr. Strangelove
()Duck Soup
(16) E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial
(17)Easy Rider
(18) The Empire Strikes Back
(19)The Exorcist
(20) Fargo
(21) Fight Club
(22)Frankenstein
()The General
(23) The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II
() Gone With the Wind
() GoodFellas
() The Graduate
(24)Halloween
() A Hard Day's Night
()Intolerance
()It's a Gift
(25) It's a Wonderful Life
(26)Jaws
()The Lady Eve
(27)Lawrence of Arabia
()M
(28)Mad Max 2 / The Road Warrior
(29)The Maltese Falcon
(30) The Manchurian Candidate
(31)Metropolis
()Modern Times
(32) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
()Nashville
()The Night of the Hunter
(33)Night of the Living Dead
() North by Northwest
() Nosferatu
() On the Waterfront
()Once Upon a Time in the West
()Out of the Past
()Persona
()Pink Flamingos
(34)Psycho
(35) Pulp Fiction
()Rashomon
(36) Rear Window
(37)Rebel Without a Cause
()Red River
()Repulsion
(38)The Rules of the Game
(39) Scarface
()The Scarlet Empress
(40) Schindler's List
()The Searchers
(41) The Seven Samurai
(42)Singin' in the Rain
(43)Some Like It Hot
()A Star Is Born
()A Streetcar Named Desire
()Sunset Boulevard
(44) Taxi Driver
(45)The Third Man
()Tokyo Story
(46) Touch of Evil
()The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
()Trouble in Paradise
(47)Vertigo
(48) West Side Story
()The Wild Bunch
(49) The Wizard of Oz

I did okay on Hitchcock (3 out of 4) and Welles (2 out of 2) films, not so great on other "classics".  I'm tempted to make a more modern list of movies that everyone in my generation should see.  Hmmmm.  In the meantime, I need to watch at least one more of these movies so I can claim 50, or two more so I can say I've seen half of them.

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26Apr/06Off

The Way I See It #76

Every once in awhile, I like the quotes that Starbucks puts on its cups.  Aside from the McSweeney's "Rejected Submissions" entries, I think this is my favorite to date.

"The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating - in work, in play, in love.  The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation.  To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life."

-- Anne Morriss
Starbucks customer from New York City.  She describes herself as an "organization builder, restless american citizen, optimist."

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