As I continue to expand my boundaries of knowledge by reading and watching more books and movies, it occurs to me that there are some books/movies that are regarded as “classics” by culture, but that I‘ve never had a chance to actually experience the whole way through. An example of this is It’s A Wonderful Life—classic Christmas movie, but I guess because it’s been played over and over on TV so much, I never really sit down to watch it, so I’ve never seen the whole thing.
What are some books and movies that constantly pervade your life, but that you’ve never actually taken the time to read or watch in their entirety?
That last scene between Rose and the Doctor was just so sad, but poignant. It wasn’t the catharsis for which I was looking—not really—but it came close. I cried. I knew that the Doctor would run out of time before he could say it, but still, watching it happen…. Wow.
The Tenth Doctor is my favourite television character bar none now. At the beginning of season 2 I was worried, I’ll admit, that David Tennant would not make a good Doctor. However, he has shown himself to be a stupendous Doctor (not that I’m really qualified to judge, since I haven’t seen any of the older episodes). The way that he captures the character of the Doctor—and the character of the Doctor himself, his actions—is why I love to write. I must admit that I am envious of Russel T. Davies and the other Doctor Who writers. Season 2 wasn’t the best television I’ve watched, but the Doctor himself made it worth watching.
The DVD set for season 2 is $113.96 on Amazon though, and I can’t find it on the Future Shop website, so I don’t think I’ll be buying season 2 anytime soon, sadly—even though I am becoming addicted to buying DVDs, I have not yet fallen so far as to justify a >$100 purchase. That’s more than the cost of my DVD player.
I don’t know where to go from here. I hope that the CBC will show the Christmas special sometime before, say, next Christmas. You never know; it could happen.
And I‘m freakin’ jealous of the TARDIS. The Stargate has nothing on the TARDIS (anyone who knows of my love for the Stargate as a plot device will know how significant a statement that is).
Vanilla Guestbook has long suffered from neglect on my part. Unfortunately, I‘ve just been too busy to devote as much time as I would have liked to improving it. So I’m sure you’ll be happy to learn that today marks the release of the next version of Vanilla Guestbook.
The coolest new feature, in my opinion, is the localisation support that I’ve added thanks to the gettext extension for PHP. Now, it would be even cooler if I had actual translations to go with it, but this is a nice start. You see, about a month or two ago I actually got an email from someone who was using Vanilla Guestbook (go figure), and they wanted to know if there was an easier way to translate it into Dutch. There is now. Or any language for that matter.
I have also added some discreet yet tasty jQuery functions in there. In addition to new features, I worked to improve the security of the script, particularly to protect it from spammers (automated or not).
There is an upgrade script available, but I only tested it once (on this site’s guestbook) and I’m worried it’ll get tetchy. So, as always, backup your data before you upgrade. There is no reason to not backup your data, even if the upgrade is peachy.
P.S.: Those of you who haven’t signed my guestbook may enjoy the opportunity.
Much thanks to Seth for prodding me to try jQuery. This looks like the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship.
I’ve already blogged about the indecency with which people have treated global warming. This is not a repeat, but an addendum.
Society loves to make a big deal out of issues that are silly and don’t really matter, like gay marriage or what colour of underwear Britney Spears purchases. If we didn’t draw so much attention to them, guess what: they wouldn’t affect our lives that much. Yes, shocking.
I am sick and tired of pundits on both sides of this issue blowing it out of proportion. Yes, global warming exists. Sure, maybe humans are contributing. Go ahead and debate the significance of our contribution as much as you want. The major source of controversy, it seems, are the efforts to curb our greenhouse gas emissions; some groups believe that these efforts are wastes of time. Well consider this: so what if humans don’t have an effect on global warming? Does this mean that not curbing our greenhouse gas emissions will help more than curbing them will? I am not a climatologist—or even an economist for that matter—but even if we don’t have a significant impact on global warming, I would think that lessening our dependency on fossil fuels would be good, both for the environment and the chequebook.
But of course since I don’t take an extremist stance on one side of the issue or the other, my opinion obviously isn’t going to catch on. I’ll fade back into relative obscurity now while our leaders continue to overcompensate for their shortcomings by posturing for the paparazzi.
My brother, Brad, and I spent almost the entire day painting my room. It turned out wonderfully, and I’m very pleased with it—not only are the walls a different colour, but it gave me a chance to clean out my room and reorganise. Of course, a lot of prep work went into the endeavor. I had to remove all of my stuffed animals from my room … and I have a lot. They aren’t going back in, because I’m not putting the spare bed back. They will instead be relocated to a new tenement located in the family room.
So once we had cleared stuff out and set up our gear, we cleaned the walls and started to paint. It only took two coats with some touch up before the baby blue turned into a rich “sapphire glow”. (Don’t ask me how they come up with these colour names…). After it dried, we cleaned up and I started to move stuff back into my bedroom. I just finished, and I‘ve left most of the little stuff out for tonight because I’m exhausted. It’s a good thing exams are over.