Archive for March, 2008

Linux:1 Me:1/2

Posted in Follies with tags , , , on March 3, 2008 by AppliedPeople

Pop Culture Casualty bought a sexy new computer the other day, and as a result, I have pseudo-inherited her Dell Laptop. What this means is that I have pseudo-free reign to tweak it and use it and delete stuff. Pseudo-free reign. Remember that, as it will be important later.

She transferred her personal documents over to the new computer and last night, while consulting her (e.g. You don’t need Roxio right?), I uninstalled and deleted a satisfying amount of stuff from the laptop. Having the day off today, I felt it was time to finally make one of my dreams come true and install a Linux based operating system on it.

I had tried this a few weeks back on another laptop which I had fully inherited from my step-father over the holidays. I went to, downloaded the CD image file, created the installation CD and got to work. Except it didn’t work. It got all the way to what I assumed was the desktop before having weird graphics issues. I tried the same thing with xubuntu (a more pared-down version designed to run on older systems). Same problem. Gave up.

Today would be different I said. Very different. And it was. Very different. I got xubuntu up and running, and as I type now, I am doing it on the laptop which is now running a Linux OS. A Linux OS that asked me if I wanted to partition the entire disk prior to installing. A Linux OS that tricked me. A Linux OS that would have no gods before it and killed Microsoft XP and, presumably, all the files and software that PCC and I agreed shouldn’t be deleted just yet (just in case).

Godfuckingdammit. All I wanted was to be a full-fledged computer geek…without taking the time to actually learn enough to know what the hell I’m doing. Don’t worry baby. I hear the real geeks can retrieve the stuff that idjits like me delete.

He Said/She Said (Episode 1: Be Kind Rewind)

Posted in He Said/She Said with tags , on March 1, 2008 by AppliedPeople

This post is the first installment in what I hope will be a more or less weekly feature of this blog. He Said/She Said. The idea is that Pop Culture Casualty and I will report back to you on a movie, play, dogfight, catfight, or some other less civilized form of entertainment that we both experienced together. Two people, same place, same time, same event, two perspectives. One last note, on my rating system…

ω = sucks balls

↔ = on a scale of 1 to 10 it’s on the scale but I’m not taking the time to come up with an exact number because it’s just not worth it <relative to ω it’s better, relative to everything else it’s worse>

¿? = WTF

¼/½/¾ = how much of the film or whatever I enjoyed <if it’s ½ or more I suggest going to see it because that’s about all you can reasonably expect from American entertainment these days>

$ = I’d go again

$$ = I’ll own it if it’s ownable

Ω = if there were a God, he’d be a little jealous.

See? Simple really IS better!

So without further ado, I give you Be Kind Rewind, produced, written and directed by Michel Gondry of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame and starring Mos Def, Jack Black, and Danny Glover. For those of you who don’t like to read too much, I’m giving this film a ¾.

Some parts I liked: after Jack Black’s magnetization he is attracted to metal objects with hilarious inconsistency. The chain link fence below the overpass? Yes! See Jack fly into the fence to the delight of all. The steel girders supporting the overpass above Jack? No! See everyone’s disappointment… The main source of enjoyment for me though is the sort of low-tech creativity that was prevalent in The Science of Sleep, another Gondry film. It’s as though he looks around him at all the junk and odd people and says, “This is beautiful. I bet I could make a movie with this and help other people see how beautiful I think it is.” I’m a sucker for that kind of imagination… Danny Glover’s hair… Best line: The past belongs to us. We can change it if we want… The closing credits song = Ω.

Some parts I didn’t like: !!!WARNING: SPOILER MATERIAL AHEAD!!! Why was Danny Glover’s competitor sleeping in the x-rated section of his video store and why did he lend his projector at the end? Alma’s mustache… the huge pimple on the first customer’s nose.

So that’s it. Be sure to read Pop Culture Casualty’s take on the film!