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August 9, 2007

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Interviews and Office Furniture

Guess what I'm working on today?

  • Joystiq reported yesterday on Sir Ben Kingsley and his partnership with Uwe Boll:
    What were you thinking when you accepted a role in Bloodrayne? It's so hard to imagine someone so gifted not realizing what a terrible film that would be!

    "I don't know whether to be upset or flattered by that question," read his response. "To be honest, I have always wanted to play a vampire, with the teeth and the long black cape. Let's say that my motives were somewhat immature for doing it."

    And honestly, while I'm no great fan of the flick, I see his point. If I were Sir Ben Kingsley, internationally-renowned thespian, it would be tempting to do anything that came along, if it seemed like enough fun. See also: Sam L. Jackson.
  • I don't remember why I was looking for it, but part of the special making-of video for Bad Mojo is on YouTube. Caution--contains cruelty to already-deceased animals in the name of adventure gaming:

    Now I really want to find a copy of Bad Mojo.
  • From Hackaday, this guide to no-tech hacking is a fun read. But it also leads to a video guide for opening Kensington laptop locks with only a pen and a toilet paper tube. Yikes. Guess I'd better find another way to guard my new laptop.
  • Speaking of the Thinkpad, I'm extremely pleased with it. It seems stable, although there are a few hiccups in the OS that I hope will be ironed out by SP1--going in and out of sleep mode is fast and flawless, but shutting down takes a while, for example. Other than that, Vista seems quite nice. Very keyboard-oriented, which is awesome. The hardware exudes solidity--opening the lid, there's no flex as one side moves a bit more than the other. I've had one crash, but I think it was related to F.E.A.R. Gaming performance is good: the Lost Coast Video Stress Test clocks in at an average of 40fps, and clearly goes past 60 at some points if the video tearing is any indication. I'm running F.E.A.R. with everything at maximum but with pixel-doubling on, giving it an effective resolution of 720x450 without stretching artifacts, and it spends 80% of its time over 45fps. I consider this sufficient for what little PC gaming I do, and I imagine it will be overkill for my audio work.
  • The Torzal Twist bass is odd: its fretboard literally spirals gently as it moves away from the body of the instrument. The idea is to follow the ergonomic position of a player's arms, so that the wrists aren't ever bent unnaturally (which contributes to RSI). On the long neck of a bass, especially for players who spend their time down at the lower positions, it's easy to see how this would feel much better once you got used to it. The always engaging (if slightly geeky) Ed Friedland did a video review for Bass Guitar Magazine.
  • Leftovers from a while back: China Mieville discusses fantasy with the International Socialism Journal.
  • The server's being a little weird today. I'm back to writing posts in notepad and then uploading them when I can get a solid SSH connection. This must be what Blogger feels like. BAZING!

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