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Bending it Like Beckham

bend_beckham_poster.jpgLast night I saw Bend it Like Beckham with my friend Jen.

The movie, nearly two hours long, offers nothing terribly new from a macro view: character struggles to overcome adversity, tradition, and a well-meaning-but-misguided family and succeeds in the end, maturing as an individual. However, zoomed in a little, flecks of originality abound. The sheer fact that it's effectively a sports movie about a woman's team is new. About an Indian family, fairly new (My Big Fat Greek Wedding beat them to the "let's make a comedy out of other people's cultures!" punch most recently). About rampant lesbianism found in women's sports? I'll talk more about that later, but the short answer: no, thank goodness.

iChat and AIM

Tom Coates talks about iChat and some improvements he'd like to see made. First he talks about how iChat lacks groups (something I use in Adium and simply require of an AIM client), and how iChat might manage groups with different windows. He goes on to say…

… then I started thinking about the other effects that could have - what if each window handled login information separately? What if each one used the inbuilt AIM buddy-blocking system on-the-fly so you could spontaneously decide to disappear from the world of your work colleagues while staying online with all your friends and family. Or the other way around? It's surely just an interface tweak?

QotD: One Additional Holiday

Question: If you could add a holiday to the calendar, what would it be and why?

My Answer: I would add a silent holiday - a day in which you weren't supposed to talk to anyone, or say much of anything. Radios and televisions would go down for the day, and people could use the time to think, or to read, or to write in their journals (though not weblogs!). A bit unusual, but I think the world would be a little better place if all of us introspected a little more often.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

OneWord: Reflect

Reflect is the OneWord for today and I like to reflect on my life. I'm in a new quasi-relationship, I'm starting a new job, and my Cherry Coke isn't quite cold yet. I reflect in more than mirrors (if I didn't I suppose I'd be a vampire or something). Ponds too. Jamie uses Ponds face cloths, and I think some are beside my sink. I'm not sure. They're not reflective, though, I know that.

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Further Proof that Dave Winer is a Jackass

As if the world needed more, the discussion following the commentary on Dave's CSS rant shows what an immature ass the guy is and always has been.

Four Movies with Jen

For a so-called movie fan, I sure as hell don't seem to know much about the movies. For example, Jen asked me which of the following four I want to see with her tonight>

  • Bend it Like Beckham
  • Lilya 4-Ever
  • Better Luck Tomorrow
  • The Young Unknowns
  • God help me but I've never heard of any of 'em.

    Ahh, now that I've seen them in Sherlock, I've actually heard of Better Luck Tomorrow. I think were seeing Bend it Like Beckham though.

    Safari Window Sizing

    Annoyed that Safari sometimes forgets your preferred window size? Here's an AppleScript (great for ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Safari) and a bookmarklet that will resize your browser windows for you.

    MovableType, Search/Replace, and FUCK!

    Today I was trying to find an entry today in my blog's "back end." I typed a search term in the top box, hit my keyboard's enter key, and found 0 resuls. So I typed a different search term into the search box provided in the search/replace page. Shortly thereafter the word FUCK came forth from my lips.

    Comments in Feeds

    Steve, who shouldn't mind that I'm "laying the smack down" on him since he lists this as something he likes to do in this same entry, asks me to put comments in my RSS feeds.


    My Top 10 Safari Issues

    safari_icon.gifI, like many, have been using Safari for some time now. I've compiled a list of my top 10 feature requests and bugs. It's reassuring to know that many of my top features/bugs are also on the list of most duplicated bug reports/feature requests.

    Is Safari still a beta? Yes, simply because Apple says so. Does it work better at this point than Internet Explorer, which has a decidedly un-beta numbering "version 5.2.2?" You betcha. Anyway, here's the list.

    QotD: Tombstone

    Question: If you could decide what will be written on your tombstone, what will you have inscribed?

    My Answer: I want to be cremated (why would I want to take up space? I'm dead for crissakes), so perhaps I'll have this put on my urn: "Instant Erik™ - Just add water."

    You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

    OneWord: Actually

    Actually is one of those words that people use when they want to be snobby and correct someone. "Actually, you are wrong" they say. "Actually, it's 42%" they say. "Actually, I'm quite good in bed." Ha, okay, so I wanted to have something that was a little provocative. After all, the rain did arouse me. Actually, it's done raining now though, so I think I'll eat breakfast. Maybe I'll have some eggs. Actually, I'll have bread.

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    Rain Arousal

    Okay so the title of this one is a bit provocative, but arousal is often a provocative subject. Funny thing is, "arousal" could mean "of the senses" or "of the mind" but if you walk up to someone and say "I'm aroused" you're likely to get beat up (or, in a few cases, maybe laid).

    It's raining out right now, one of those sunny rains for which Florida is famous, and I'm aroused. I went outside, stood in the rain, and stared up (glasses help). What is as amazing as rain? It's literally life, just falling from the sky!

    That's arousing. I love the rain. I dig thunderstorms, too. Florida supposedly has a bunch of those, but I remember having a lot more in the summertime up in Pennsylvania. CRACK! What can awaken the soul more than the crack of thunder and the piercing strike of lightning?

    Thunderstorms are like mother nature having an orgasm.

    Female Software

    "Software is like women: either it is good, or it is free."
    - Slava Karpenko

    Slava tells me that this is a joke translated from Russian, author unknown.

    Switch Off

    July, August, September, October, November = JASON

    I noticed this while surfing Gary Turner's blog. I got to Gary Turner's blog by following the link to the Switch Off page from BlogStickers. Why was I going there (see how this is winding backwards?)? Because I was considering taking down the parental advisory picture (left side, in the "Critical Info" section) and I clicked it to see whether the site it linked to had been updated lately.

    I've decided to leave the blog sticker alone. Wouldn't want to piss off JASON.

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