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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tags: unity | xfce | gnome | linux | ubuntu |
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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tags: walking dead | review | tv series |
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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tags: Spring | programming | GAE | JSTL | css3 | html5 | about this blog |
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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tags: games | cool |
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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tags: sporanos | bachelor living | TV | reviews | reviews |
Sopranos Season Two Review
Sat Oct 19 21:14:35 UTC 2013

This season didn't seem as quick as the first one, events seems to go by slowly.  I guess it's because most of the main characters have already been introduced.

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tags: reviews | reviews | TV | bachelor living | sporanos |
Sopranos Season One Review
Sat Oct 12 19:52:35 UTC 2013

The show originally aired on HBO, which I didn't have a subscription to.  Later, a censored version was syndicated on one of the basic TV cable channels.  I saw a few episodes, really liked them, and decided that I wanted to wait and purchase the full flavored version. 
 
Fast forward about six years, Amazon.ca was having a sale on some TV DVDs, so I picked up the complete Sopranos series.  Yesterday (Friday) the package was left on my doorstep, so this weekend I'm having a Sporanos binge. 
 
The first season was great, a lot of character development with some mobster violence.  The pace of the storytelling seemed very fluid, dialog seemed natural given the context of the world the show takes place in.

Sometimes the show would date itself, Nintendo 64 and CRT monitors are some examples.  I also thought the box art was kind of cheesy, would have preferred a cityscape or something, rather than poorly cropped character portraits against a solid background.

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tags: sporanos | reviews | reviews | TV | bachelor living |
GTA 5 Review
Sat Oct 12 19:34:02 UTC 2013

I've seen a lot of great reviews about this game, picked it up the other day to see if it lives up to the hype.

I'm ~8 hours in with ~20% complete, so far it's a really great game.  I like having three playable main characters, it adds a lot of variety to the missions.

The controls feel responsive, graphics and audio are excellent.

Haven't tried the multiplayer yet, but so far the single player gameplay has been worth the price of the game.

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tags: reviews | games | bachelor living | GTA 5 |
Retiring Old Blogger URL Redirects
Sat Sep 14 19:12:11 UTC 2013

Decided to slim down my code base for this blog. 

Did a quick spot check of my logs, made the call to retire the Blogger URL redirects.  Anybody trying to access one will get a gorgeous 404 not found error page now.

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tags: about this blog | programing | blogger |
Quake 4 Review
Sat Sep 14 03:30:54 UTC 2013

Got this for about $5 out of the bargain bin at EB Games.  The framerate was choppy, action was slow, gun-feel was lacking, and character vioce overs were irritating.

Also, I'm not sure what it is with the id Tech 4 engine graphics, but textures seem to have kind of a plastic look to them.

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tags: reviews | games | quake | bachelor living |
Java 8 Developer Preview
Sat Sep 14 03:12:49 UTC 2013

Exciting news, a developer preview of Java 8 was recently released.  It's got lambdas!

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tags: programming | java 8 |
Samsung Chromebook Review
Sun Sep 01 15:07:06 UTC 2013

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a Samsung Chromebook.

Pros:

Cons:

I bought it mainly for a media streaming device, but the performance was completely inadequate.  Back to the store it went.

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tags: chrome os | streaming | samsumg | chromebook | youtube | media | google |