September 6th, 2005


Molecular Cycles

In the slow process of transferring all my VCR tapes that don't use macrovision (roughly half so far, but sadly not including any of my Dr Who tapes) to DVD, I'm happy to see that finally I have a way to avoid ever seeing the 10 minutes of advertisements that some of them have again. As I have slim cases, my movies will probably all fit nicely in the spare slots on my CD tower cases. Hurrah. One of the films, which will be my last for tonight, is Dracula: Dead and Loving it. I was a bit surprised to find that Rotten Tomatoes rated it very poorly. I personally think it's a great film, and if I'm in the mood to laugh, it's one of the best films I have for that purpose. Another Mel Brooks film that I have but have put in my small no-watch pile of DVDs (pile was started when someone gave me Blade Runner, which I can't stand), Blazing Saddles, apparently got rave reviews. Right now, Blazing Saddles is at 93%, Blade Runner is at 94%, and Dead and Loving it is at 4%. My conclusion: Rottentomatoes is a poor source for me to go to to evaluate films.

I have a few friends who are really into computer hardware and building their own systems. I used to be that way, but my move to laptops changed me on that point. Anyhow, sometimes I hear about people spending $200 on a video card, but notice that, for all the purposes I use a graphics card for, a $40 card nowadays is just as good as a $500 card. It turns out that 2D performance is pretty much an understood and solved problem, and all cards do it decently well. Modern graphics cards differ mainly in their 3D performance. For me, 3D performance is for screensavers at best, but in reality something I'm not likely to use even once in the lifespan of any system I have. A lot of people probably have graphics cards with a lot of features they're not ever going to care about. .. I suppose if I got back into playing Second Life, 3D performance might matter to me, but right now, there's no sign of a Linux client, and I've decided that if by the end of the year, there's no non-beta Linux client available, that's it for Second Life for me.

At Ceremony, this weekend to which I went with two other KGB folk, I heard some songs I used to hear at Outland, and this time I had a scrap of paper and a pen to jot down enough lyrics at google was able to identify the group and song. It turns out that there were some other songs of theirs that I occasionally heard in Cowtown, and I'm glad to finally be able to track them down -- the group is called VNV Nation, and the song I jotted down was called Standing.