the-inbetween monthly archives for: November 2003

Other People’s Designs

Other People’s Stories: #61: My Friend Jason in “Dead Lock”. Dan Zettwoch on game theory and J.Lo. A comic. There’s a slick new Nintendo.com redesign. Irregardless of the console wars, and the struggles within them, Nintendo has consistently been the top dog on the web front. No other publisher or developer even comes close in that capacity. Speaking of new designs, Saila points to the new Mississauga city site. It’s useful, informative, clean, and it looks great. We, the suburban…

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RSS Firebird Extension

My kind of luck. Just as soon as I get started on my own RSS reader, I find Firebird Ext. – RSS Reader Panel. An RSS reader that very easily and very seamlessly integrates into Firebird’s sidebar. It’s nice and small, and I had it working almost instantly. There are a few problems, though. For one, it’s not very lax on the RSS validation. A malformed feed will generate errors, and you’ll end up getting nothing out of the feed.…

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Coder Curiosity

Here’s a pretty good list of RSS readers. I think I’ve tried about five of them, and none of themleft me satisfied. They were either too bulky, or too buggy, or too slow. The stand-alone desktop application factor was annoying as well, as I wanted something far more transparent. Earlier this month, I came across Feed on Feeds. Milov was using it and I liked what I saw. It was simple, clean, web based, and it used the very familiar…

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Delicious

I’ve been playing around with the pre-alpha-alpha del.icio.us lately, and I’ve been using it as a massive link-dump. Since I currently have no means of aggregating those links for local display, I’ll just link to my del.icio.us page. There’s some good stuff there. In particular, check out Bizarre Love Triangle, NHL 97 (they have FIFA 97, too), and, if you want to get creeped out, Happy Sabrina.

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Pink is the new Gray

It took nearly a week to fine-tune and finalize, but the new style — along with some relatively minor fixes in the underlying XHTML — is done and live. Quite clearly, it is not my typical fare as it has colour (and not just colour, but pinkish colour.) Yes, I have decided to opt in on pink, shunning aside all those years of dark-gray on light-gray with touches of grayish-blue. I am comfortable enough in my masculinity to use pink.…

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Buying Online oivfb

While my spam doesn’t quite reach the literary depths of collision detection’s spam, I have noticed a drastic increase in verbosity. Thus, I present to you, Re: %RND_UC_CHAR[2-8], master whispered solemnly: feathery oneupmanship referral amnesia convert benign cretaceous sse pest watchman fusion requisite bobcat shadow hibernia bypass bergson wacky gates gingko ness digitate armco tonnage lithe conspire downtrend thump catalysis morphism benevolent gland aerate diurnal abridgment clare apotheosis solidarity daughter I’m assuming that the “author” didn’t properly replace the variable…

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Three Sea Shells

Having just watched Demolition Man for the nth time, I have just realized that one aspect of the movie is turning out damn-right prophetic. It was once a slight jab at the other action star. Now, the “Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Library” doesn’t seem so improbable. Another fun little trivia fact is that the movie Predator featured two future state governors — Arnold Schwatzawhatever and Jesse Ventura. According to this trend, the guy that played Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies,…

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Speed Run

Metroid Prime, 100% complete in 1:37. The videos are definitely something. While I won’t go as far as to pretentiously call it a sort of digital “performance art”, I will say that they are strangely fascinating. There’s a certain pleasure in seeing something executed so flawlessly and so expertly. The best comparison I can think of is rally racing. In my opinion, watching a driver perfectly weave and slide through a challenging stage is far more enjoyable than watching a…

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Halo World

Word on the street is that Halo is finally getting the Platinum Hits treatment this week. Maybe now I’ll get a chance to try it, as I’ve refused to buy it full-price. Other rumours and innuendos, or just geeky day-dreams, have suggested that it might have XBox Live play added. It makes sense from a hype and marketing stand-point, and it would be damned cool if it were to happen, but don’t hold your breath. I’ve never seen Normal Bob…

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Kill The Wabbit!

While browsing DVDs at Futureshop the other day (a temptingly dangerous task for a broke man), I noticed the Looney Tunes: The Golden Collection. I was curious as to what episodes it contained and, more importantly, whether they were the complete non-cut-for-TV versions. I took a mental note to remind myself to check later. Naturally, I forgot. Conveniently enough, as I was randomly flicking channels today I came across “Duck Dodgers in the Twenty-Fourth-and-a-Halfth Century!” Soon enough, the episode where…

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