the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2002

The little weblog that could

I jumped on this newfagled blog thing exactly three years ago. The year was 1999 and the world was a wholly different place. There was no Vanilla Coke; the file sharing craze was exposing the masses to the wonderful world of piracy; and dot coms were getting millions of dollars in investment capital for absolutely nothing. That year was my first year online and, really, my first year with a decent computer (the old 486 doesn’t count). The int0rweb was…

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Bah Humbug

I never liked the holidays for a number of reasons that I don’t care to get into. The only redeeming aspect is the arrival of Annual Gift Man, but even that has lost its appeal. Yeah, the spirit of giving is what’s important at this time of the year… but the spirit of a bitter loner is the dominant one now. Let’s just say that this year’s stash is timely: a DVD of se7en and a punching bag. That bag’s…

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tastemakers leave a bad taste

Viral Marketing for Eidos’ Hitman 2. Of interest: Avoid looking like a marketing campaign. Kirby: “These clips are not being judged by TV advertising production values and aesthetics. In fact, the less they have TV production values and aesthetics, the better they seem to do. People don’t want to be part of someone else’s marketing campaign.” I’m seeing more and more of this kind of practice — and I’m positive that there’s more of it going on that I don’t…

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ch-ch-changes

On the surface, the site changes are minor. Underneath, the mark-up is drastically improved: I’ve removed a lot of superfluous html; improved semantic structure; cleaned up the style sheet; started using header tags properly; removed all instances of the img tag (except when actually displaying inline images — no more dividing lines and such); and, added a number of links to enable the Mozilla site navigation bar. It’s a useful feature. If you are viewing individual entries, you can navigate…

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Zebeth

The Futurama DVD is finally coming to Region 1. It won’t come until March, but at least it’s coming. I still don’t understand why this has already been available in Region 2 for months now? Yes, I realize that I could have imported it and played it on a region-free player if I was so inclined — but I’m not about to go and shell out money on a new DVD player (or PS2 mod) solely for one DVD set.…

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witty titles; shitty titles

Some of these, and particularly these, bring back memories. Ever since I moved to Movable Type and started using the title field, I’ve had extra trouble posting things simply because I couldn’t think of a clever enough heading. This difficulty has essentially ruled out a possible career as a newspaper headline writer. Too bad. I think I need to find a new industry to work in, far and away from IT. Sometimes, it’s just not worth it. I was looking…

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Auto-generated post

If I see another Flash-based “page-turning” book navigation for a site, I will be forced to find these designers and beat them over the head with actual books. These interfaces might work with physical books, where you can flip through the pages and quickly browse through the text — but they absolutely do not work with a mouse, with slow page transitions, and with no way to flip ahead quickly. I’d link to a few examples, but I hate them…

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In Soviet Russia, GameBoy plays YOU.

Why Nintendo Won’t Grow Up — from Wired. I finally got my newest toy: it’s jet black, back-lit, and equipped with Metroid Fusion. Similarly, the GBA has brought new life to some of my old, dusty GameBoy games. My Tetris might be broken, but Golf — one of my favourites — is still going strong; even the battery-pack is holding up. It still has my high scores from a decade ago. I remember playing this game on a coach bus…

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browser refresh

My browsing experience feels completely refreshed, as all three of my browsers have been recently updated: Mozilla 1.2.1; Phoenix 0.5; and Internet Explorer 6 SP1. I can’t find a confirmation of it, but IE6SP1 supposedly removed the ability to resize full screen pages. This means that there will be no more chromeless windows, thank god. Also, the new version of Outlook Express comes with the ability to view ALL messages in plain text. I’m quite sure that this feature wasn’t…

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Fission Mailed

Here is the most interesting and supported analysis of Metal Gear Solid 2’s story line that I’ve seen. It’s extra fascinating to me as it deals with topics that I have grown an appreciation for lately: emergence, artifical life, and evolution. Strangely, I purchased one of the books cited five days ago (The Selfish Gene). It’s just nice to see a review of MGS2’s story that doesn’t consist of “wtf!?!?” and “Raiden sucks!!” Things have been very busy lately, so…

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Rumpletweezer

December is here, and thus approaches the end of 2002. An odd year it was, and it feels like it’s going to get stranger before it’s all over. I can’t quite pin-point what was so weird about it, but it’s definitely there. Hiding. Somewhere. There. This Java bike game can be frustratingly annoying at times, yet I can’t stop playing it. arg. The “babe track” is particularly interesting, though the second version of it gives me major troubles: I can’t…

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boycott this *gestures*

I recently told myself that I would not buy any more games this year. I have spent way too much money in the last couple of weeks, and am in need of a cut-back. I have enough to hold me over through December, and this abstinence will give me time to actually finish what I already have. Vice City sits unfinished; I haven’t unlocked level 5 in Contra: SS; I have two XBox games that I haven’t even touched yet;…

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The Big Deal™

Looking around the homestead, I can conclude that we are either: a) being infested by a swarm of mutant boxes; or, b) getting ready for The Big Move™. As of this Sunday, The Big Bank™ will officially own the house that we will be living in. I, personally, will have a stake in the basement. The space will be some three to four times larger than what current room, which is already of a decent size. I can’t confirm this…

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