First Blood Review
Thu Apr 24 23:27:25 UTC 2014

An excellent action movie.  I thought it was going to be over-the-top, but the plot wasn't too far fetched.

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tags: movies | reviews | rambo | first blood |
World War Z Review
Thu Apr 24 23:22:16 UTC 2014

This was a sub-par zombie film.  There are some huge plot holes, and a very unsatisfying ending.

I did like the zombie special effects though.

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Ubuntu Unity Review
Sat Mar 15 16:33:59 UTC 2014

I've been using the Ubuntu Unity user interface for a few months, figured it's a good time for a review.

Initially I resisted using it because I thought they were fixing what wasn't broken.  Turns out that the experience is no better than the previous GNOME 2 / Xfce versions of Ubuntu I was using.

These are the things that I found especially irritating:

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TV Review: Walking Dead Season Three
Sat Jan 25 16:40:35 UTC 2014

I'm a huge fan of zombie shows and movies, so this was a pretty enjoyable season.  There was a lot of good character development, and some interesting situations came up.  There were some things I didn't like about it though.

A few episodes did seem like something from Lost, where some evil group of people is attacking a good group of people. Both groups of people are lead by an overly dramatic person who may be losing their mind, but like to give speeches.

Also, the idea that zombies have some kind of personality was already a main theme in the first two seasons.

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Blog Housekeeping
Sun Dec 15 20:10:08 UTC 2013

I was bored today and decided to do some small updates to the blog:

Also, something to note is that Google seems to have removed the minimum charge of $2.50/week for paid App Engine Apps :)

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Sopranos Series Review
Sat Nov 30 15:10:41 UTC 2013

Last month I reviewed the first three seasons of the Sopranos (three, two, one).  This month I finished watching it.

The last three seasons kind of blended together.  More visits to the therapist to talk about feelings, more gabagool, more of characters complaining about their lives.

My biggest problem with the show is that all of the non-mobster characters seem totally inept, like they aren't capable of thinking for themselves.  On some episodes the violence and mob deals seem to take a back seat... just so annoying characters (the wives in particular) could demonstrate how lazy, indecisive and dependant they are.

Another problem with the show is that the small video clips that play during the DVD episode selection contain spoilers.

Overall though, it was an entertaining show.  The way that the mobsters dealt with problems was always interesting.

I tried watching some of the DVD commentary last night, didn't like it very much.  Seemed like the actors/writers/etc just talking about how great they are at their jobs, meh.

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tags: bachelor living | reviews | sporanos | TV |
Movember
Sat Nov 09 21:22:57 UTC 2013

Hey guys, join the movement

: ^{ )

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tags: mustache | cancer | movember | men | health |
Ape Plays Pacman
Thu Oct 31 15:01:40 UTC 2013

Really cool video of an ape playing Pacman.

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Rockstar Stage Name Generator
Sat Oct 26 15:03:57 UTC 2013

Click the button :)

Recently, Arin from Game Grumps mentioned a domain name during an episode.  It wasn't registered at the time, so last night I registered stagenamegenerator.com and put up a coming soon page. 

Overnight, it got about 1000 hits!  So this morning I threw together a rockstar stage name generator.

It generates a name from a pool of 20 000 names and 100 000 words.  The lists came from the public domain Moby Project.  I also decided to try out some simple AJAX and animation with jQuery

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tags: programming | rockstar stage name generator | game grumps | fun |
Sopranos Season Three Review
Sat Oct 19 21:27:42 UTC 2013

I had to take a break for about a week part way through this season.  The series seems to have more scenes in a doctor's office than I cared to see, having the main character talk about his feelings in excruciating detail.  They could have let the viewer figure out what his motives are for some things.

Still pretty enjoyable, I liked the finale a lot.  Also, the episode that Steve Buscemi directed was excellent.  The contrast of the peaceful nature scene with the characters violent intentions was great.

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