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    Monday, December 29th, 2014
    12:06 am
    [DA3] Inquisition, Day One
    Acquired Dragon Age: Inquisition.
    Day Zero was spent trying to get it to run on my computer at all. Even now it crashes every hour or so with bizarre display driver errors. (The latest one complained that my video card had been unexpectedly removed. Since it's a laptop, I was rather puzzled.)

    Am still getting used to the interface and system, which I currently find annoying in a few ways, based on my assumption that similar to how DA2 was DA1 but better, DA3 would be DA2 but better.

    - To avoid the problem of no healing in the party, created a mage. Twenty minutes later I looked at the ability trees for the first time and discovered that there weren't any healing abilities in the first place. Additionally, the duration of the damage-prevention spell is ridiculously short. And potions are limited. And resurrection is free. And tanks generate temp HP. Basically they pulled a D&D 4E and mechanicked away the cleric.

    - I am fond of playing heal-and-harry mages. (...Which would usually be called "bards", I suppose.) In DA2 I ran down Spirit Healer and Creation and then sat around laughing at the poor paralysis-trapped enemies while my Hasted party chewed everything down. But not only is healing impossible in DA3, the status mucking isn't all that possible either. So I guess I get to play dps. Bleh. (Though I am definitely ditching Inferno for Winter ASAP so I can get the freeze.)

    - Tactical View is nice for control, but it really, REALLY needs to be zoomed out more. When zooming in from Tactical mode causes the view to get wider... there is a problem. Right now it's like trying to figure out whose face is on a bill by viewing it through a microscope. (Alternately, give me all those useful tooltips in regular mode!)

    - Dear party members: Please do not group up in front of the giant demon who seems to be cleaving. Thank you. (The tactics system is... sigh. I guess it's one less thing to obsessively fiddle? In DA2 I spent way too much time writing complex tactics for everyone except Anders, whose mode switching thing was such a PITA to handle that I just excluded him from the party entirely.)

    - Arrgghh why is there no minimap arrgghhh. (And c'mon, at least show my allies on the little radar thingy too.)
    Saturday, December 20th, 2014
    11:22 am
    Has anyone else read Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara? Does the series get any better?

    I have just finished it. I liked the plot, but was disappointed at how incredibly fractured it was. Not just scene inconsistencies*, but also characters frequently taking apparently-random actions** and relationships radically changing between one paragraph and the next (and then changing again a page later)*** and character who are apparently psychic****. Add in that the author has every side character inexplicably refuse the protagonist's requests to explain anything, not just for plot-important information but also for little things that should be common knowledge*****, and it's overall difficult to get any sense of what the world is like or who anyone is. Including the protagonist. Until 51% of the way through the book I was forced into the conclusion that she was at the very least traumatized and unstable, and at worst completely insane. This makes it... difficult to have any identification or sympathy with her. And it also makes me wonder how the heck she manages to function as a policewoman/investigator/whatever the Hawks are******.

    * Example:
    - Author spends two paragraphs having the protagonist decide to take the arm of Other Character to walk into a room, because not to would be suicidally rude.
    - In the middle of the description is a paragraph that has her arms straight down at her sides, without saying she lets go of OC.
    - The next paragraph proceeds under the assumption that she never let go of OC's arm and is still holding it.

    ** Basically anything the Kaylin, Severn, or the Hawklord does in the first 60% of the book. By halfway in Kaylin had piled up so many apparently-random actions that I could only conclude that she was mentally unstable. (This was not helped by the author frequently concealing both Kaylin's (the POV character!) past and her reasons for doing anything.)
    Nightshade is mostly inexplicable too, but gets a pass because he seems like he's supposed to be. Severn does finally gel and starts making sense in the last half, but the others never really do.

    *** Kaylin and the Hawklord. In any scene where they're together. Kaylin and Marcus was weird too, but only in that the author descriptions of the relationship sometimes patently did not match the actions taken.

    **** There were a noticeable number of conversations that I simply could not figure out what they were talking about because there was no context provided. I particularly remember one conversation with Kaylin/Nightshade where she opens simply with "You lied." I have no idea how he knew what she was talking about, because I certainly didn't pick up on it until five lines later. (The lie in question was, at that point, about a third of the book in the past.)

    ***** A sample conversation:
    Kaylin: Wait, how does [bit of magic/social organization] actually work?
    Barrani Hawk: You really didn't pay attention in Magical Theory/Basic Civics class, did you.
    Kaylin: No. I failed most things that weren't immediately practical. They let me be a Hawk anyway because... something.
    Barrani Hawk: Well, Despite the fact that it would be useful information and you should know about this already, I'm not going explain how it works because that might ruin the reader suspense.
    Kaylin: I see. Though really, I think the readers have lost any feeling of suspense and are just frustrated and confused at this point.
    Barrani Hawk: Then my mission has been accomplished.

    I honestly have no idea how the Hawks continue to function as an organization if all their members spend so much time concealing information.

    ****** This was also unclear. It's claimed the Hawks are surveillance and special-case investigators rather than standard guards (that's the Swords, supposedly), yet there's a plot point in the middle where they go around doing standard-guard work.
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    3:12 pm

    Is there anyone for whom their company's (semi)annual review process actually works? It pretty much never has for me, but I'm not sure if that's just because I'm doing it wrong (which I definitely am to some degree), or because its purpose is frequently mistaken or misdirected, or because it's just not possible to achieve its goals using its methods. I mean, I'm definitely not really trying to make it work any more, but even when I was it didn't seem to do much other than be a hovering worry and a few days of annoyance a year.

    I ask this because my experience every time goes pretty much like this:
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    You may have noticed that the previous rundown contains implicit ranting about abstract goals and metrics. Large companies seem to love these, and they're usually lifted right off the PR copy on the corporate website. They are, however, a pain to figure out how they apply to real life. Especially in engineering because they're usually come up with in the first place by C-whatever-O types.

    One other issue that strikes me is that a year is way too long to wait. I think I would be much happier with a lightweight per-project-cycle review of some sort that looks at very recent (1~2 months) activity and generates entirely concrete things executable in the near future (rather than, for example, abstract psychological changes). And ideally doesn't include things I have to do yet for which no time is allocated.

    Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
    10:57 pm
    Historical Futures
    For unclear reasons I picked up and read A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It's apparently a foundational work of science fiction (or "science fantasy", it's called, though I'm not sure of the difference). It doesn't bear up well the the ratings standards I usually use for modern SF, mostly because it's short and straightforward with sketchy characters and worldbuilding that doesn't make any sense if you think about it for more than four seconds.

    HOWEVER. It was actually moderately fun to read (I'm currently working on the sequel, anyway) and was really interesting from a technology standpoint. I've read a little bit of SF from the 60s, and one thing that struck me was how they imagined futuristic tech as based on simple electricity, pneumatics, rockets, and other things which were modern at the time but now seem really impractical, if not impossible to use for the things they were pressed into service for. Burroughs was writing in the 1910s, so the future-tech in APoM is based on metallurgy, explosives, and optics with a very little electricity thrown in. It was basically easier to regard it as magic than to object to every instance of "but that doesn't work that way."

    Modern SF uses electronics, computers, and known-but-wacky physics effects to make its tech work, but I can't help but think that in the same way pre-80s SF seems weird to me, future readers are going to say things like "Whoa, they speculated that you can do [thing] using electronics and quantum entanglement? That totally wouldn't work, you need to use [tech/physics we haven't discovered yet]." By the time we actually get to space, it'll probably look nothing like Star Trek.
    Monday, July 28th, 2014
    4:02 pm
    Don't drink that!
    During your senior year of college you make a particularly wild visit to New Orleans at Carnival where you are transformed into a TNMT-sized mutant alligator person by Generic Antagonist #38 for reasons which are not important to this question. For similar reasons you have provisionally given up on getting changed back.
    Experimental evidence indicates that a human's response to seeing you almost always is one or more of {run screaming, (run to) get their gun, throw things (rocks, tables, punches), call for the police}. A calm response is unexpectedly rare.
    Your voice sounds rather different than it used to (among other things you can't pronounce P, B, or M anymore) and your driver's license picture no longer matches reality (though that really doesn't matter since you lost your wallet anyway).

    What do you do and how do you survive? This is not a multiple-choice question, more like brainstorming. The setting is modern but you can disregard real physics (which would prohibit the transforming bit anyway). Possibilities I've come up with:

    - Go live in the swamp with #38's other transformations (if they exist). Presumably the lifestyle here consists of foraging, fishing, hunting, repairing, scavenging, unreliable internet, and occasional trips into town by those members who can pass for human. Though maybe they've got a farm going or something.
    - Go live in the swamp on your own. Embrace your inner (outer?) alligator and spend some time submerged in pools waiting to snap up rabbits. Find/build a shelter of some sort and try not to be discovered, all the while becoming progressively more emo.
    - Join the circus and smile disconcertingly at patrons through glass. Learn computer programming in your spare time and write a killer iPhone app.
    - Join the Mafia and/or other criminal organization. Possibly as a beat-em-up type, since you are both frightening and (literally) thick-skinned. Though maybe you're a skilled accountant instead. Possibly a recruiter paid a visit to the village of #38's transformees.
    - Stay in the city. Find and indenture yourself to one of #38's enemies. Attempt to learn enough tech/juju/ninjutsu/whatever to take down #38 and possibly transform yourself back.
    - Stay in the city. Find one of the few people not afflicted with extreme antipathy to you, and get them to rent someplace cheap. Make money by wandering around at night and playing vigilante. (Except that you also rob your victims.) (This option only works in superhero-themed worlds.)

    Sunday, July 27th, 2014
    10:37 pm
    I have discovered a new (to me) mode of laundry failure.
    I have a plaid button-down shirt I bought in Tokyo, which is half linen and half cotton. Overwhelmingly, Japan line-dries clothing. However, when I went back to New York recently it was rolled into a batch of laundry that went through the dryer on, alas, high heat.

    At which point I discover that apparently the cotton half is the light-colored threads and the linen half is the dark-colored threads, in as much as only the light-colored threads shrank. As you might imagine this results in wavy edges, a quilted texture, and a general unwillingness to settle for only two dimensions.

    A cycle through the regular wash in Tokyo has not restored it to proper condition. Perhaps attempting to iron and wear it will help--that has been somewhat effective for T-Shirts that met with similar treatment.
    Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
    4:46 pm
    [Author] Space is Noir
    My newest favorite-ish author is Timothy Zahn. I burned through his YA space adventure series (Dragonback) a few weeks ago and am currently burning through his semi-noir space detective intrigue adventure series (Quadrail). In case you can't tell from those descriptions, he's an SF writer. He also has a giant number of books out, several of which are in the Star Wars universe.

    Both series actually have a lot of similar elements, now that I think about it--both have guile heroes untangling giant plots of evil conspiracy groups using unconventional means. They generally favor action over character and tend to go by quickly, with Quadrail being the more skewed on that point. (Dragonback is a YA series and so has the required amount of coming-of-age-ness in it to provide character progress.) But basically they've all been fun reads and I recommend this guy for your spare moments.
    Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
    5:12 pm
    I am singlehandedly responsible for knocking down a book's Amazon rating by an entire star! Mua ha ha ha ha!

    Why yes there is only one other review, a 5-star by someone without the mark that indicates that they actually purchased it.

    Ever since I got a Kindle it seems like I keep getting recommended these self-published SF/F books, some of which are hidden gems and more of which are highly mediocre. Unfortunately, the reviews don't seem to really differ between the two kinds.

    There's one I encountered which got only six or seven glowing five-stars that, upon trying to read it, had clearly never been edited by anyone who had any clue what they were doing. I still have a mental note to go back and try to plow through it just so I can give an honest review to counter the ones that have got to be all from friends and family. But who knows if I'll even get around to it.
    Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
    5:24 pm
    Apple Wars
    Successfully upgraded to MacOS 10.9. "It's free" plus "Some things are stopping support for 10.6" were enough to overcome inertia, apparently. Though I still HATE the new file saving scheme all the Apple apps use. They've basically taken operations I use with moderate frequency and broken them up into several steps, none of which I'd ever want to use on its own, and then gotten rid of the ability to not commit changes to disk. WTF, seriously.

    The new virtual desktop manager is irritating out of the box, but you can improve it to "meh" with some settings changes. Safari no longer supporting RSS was a WTF, but I just switched to Firefox. The one new feature I do actually appreciate is saving desktop session across restart, which is relevant because there's only a Windows client for:

    [SWToR] So I Was lured into playing Star Wars: The Old Republic again for a bit by someone with an invitation code for a free week. I dusted off my Sith Warrior and started questing where I'd left off.

    I was surprised at the number of people out RPing in public. It was cute, in a misspelled melodramatic kind of way. Reminded me of more pleasant days of WoW in my first guild. Before it fell apart, anyway.

    Note from questing: Apparently, not attacking a Jedi on sight confuses them. Lecturing them on the proper way to follow the Light Side is a great way to piss them off. Going on to claim that you, a Sith, are a better Jedi than they are apparently causes them to enrage and attack. Thus proving the point, ironically.

    There are way, way more races with head tentacles than I remember. (Of the human-derived ones. Hence "races" rather than "species".)

    The Cartel Coins (micropayments) system seems to mostly allow buying cosmetic items, which means it meets with my toleration. Also a lot of it is buying a box of random things which may or may not contain what you are looking for, which means that if you have no patience for that sort of nonsense (like I don't) then you can buy other people's castoffs for cheap at auction. I picked myself up this pet. Innt (s)he cute?
    Monday, March 31st, 2014
    12:48 am
    Book Reports
    Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain, Richard Roberts, YA-SF
    Pretty much what it says on the tin. Was really fun to read; the author has a great imagination that comes out in the various inventions of the 13-year-old mad scientist protagonist. Would have been an A- but I docked for loose plotting/characterization and one major suspension-of-disbelief issue. B+

    Redshirts, John Scalzi, SF(?)
    Yes, it's obviously a Star Trek reference. It's also funny and meta, then more meta, then meta more meta, then.... I have no idea but anyway it was pretty enjoyable, and I can't really say much without giving away the plot. I think. I'm still not exactly sure which plot is the main one. B

    Sweet Dreams are Made of Teeth, Richard Roberts, YA-Fantasy
    The protagonist is a nightmare. Literally. The blurb described it as "paranormal romance" but I can only think that that's a marketing thing because it bears about as much resemblance to Twilight as an apple does to a turkey, although the protagonist does seem to attract friends who are girls for no clear reason. If RR's Supervillain book was "fun" then this one was "sweet"—though also pretty dark if you stop to think about it at all. Still imaginative, this time coming out in the worldbuilding of the dream world and its denizens. Amazon ratings put this a full star below PDTMPIaS, but I tend to like sweet things so I'd rate it the same. Well, also I think the plotting was slightly better done. B+

    Bookworm, Christopher Nuttall, Fantasy
    Interesting concept, decent conspiracy plot, OK character development (of the protagonist, at least), but the chronic consistency issues and haphazard worldbuilding were seriously distracting. Has a plot-important rules magic system but treats it like a dream magic system, which I found irritating. C+

    Grade Key:
    A: Amazing. Highly recommended.
    B: Solid but not mind-blowing. Recommended.
    C: Not awful, but major flaws or just weak overall.
    D: Decidedly mediocre or slapdash. Anti-recommended.
    F: The Eye of Argon
    Sunday, February 9th, 2014
    3:39 pm
    On a Power Tip
    Back in January, three or four of the webcomics I read started up sponsorship accounts on Patreon all within like a week of each other. (New Year's financial review, maybe?) Arts sponsorship for the Kickstarter Generation, the idea is that organized monthly pledges are more stable and easier to handle all around than just putting out a PayPal tip jar and hoping. Especially if the artist is caught between "do not want to stop writing" and "do not want to starve". Eventually I went to check it out and ended up subscribing to the ones I particularly liked, on the theory that it'd have some effect toward them sticking around for me to enjoy in the future.

    Later, it occurred to me: a few years ago, Erfworld independently set up a monthly subscription model with perks in almost exactly the same way—however, I thought it was absolutely the worst idea ever and refused to give them any money despite actually liking the comic. So what's changed?

    One thing might be that since then, I've started "subscribing" to some comics already. I don't actually like having physical media, so I never order books; instead, around New Year and Midsummer I'll just toss money at the ones I particularly like as if to pay book price for the last half-year of content. There are a couple where I've been doing that for years now. But it's generally unreliable—if I happen to have really liked a comic in September but it's on break for January I'll probably forget them. It's in my interest to avoid this too, and an autotip scheme helps that.

    But I think the real reason is: Patreon lets you set your amount while Erfworld charged a fixed $3/mo. See, it turns out that deciding the tip is a minor power trip. (See also this very interesting write-up of a tipless restaurant experiment.) Having been used to the standard hat-putting-out model, the introduction of fixed-price subscription felt... demanding? arrogant? Something like that. Patreon is, in that sense, a pragmatic compromise: the artist gets some financial stability, the patrons get the "I am justly* helping out this person to the extent they appreciate me" feeling. (Did I mention that all of the comics that went to Patreon presented it as "I'm looking to get out of trouble here" whereas Erfworld was more like "This is to let us do extras"? That probably also had some effect.)

    Anyway. Arts patronage has been effective in the offline world since ancient times, though there it's often a publicity thing for the sponsor rather as well as a trade for special artist attention. We'll see whether it makes any of these guys financially viable.

    (* Yes, I realize that the just thing would be to pay based on quality of product rather than quality of personal attention. But tips don't work that way psychologically. Heck, when I was choosing amounts for subscriptions I put in smaller numbers for comics I thought were popular because of that and because of "more people means I don't have to contribute as much". When one later turned out to be way more popular than I'd thought I had to spend willpower to prevent myself going and halving my number.)
    Monday, February 3rd, 2014
    12:36 pm
    Dreamed that my bag was snatched in the airport. After pursuing after the thief through crowds of people all going the wrong way, finally chased them down a stairwell to the dirty and cobwebbed dead end at the bottom.
    Where I was attacked and eaten by their giant spider friend.

    I have no idea what this means. Maybe just "you have a major project release today."
    Friday, January 31st, 2014
    2:20 pm
    [Work] S/S/H purgatory
    I hear that Struts2 + Spring + Hibernate is actually a standard setup for a webapp.

    Could have fooled me. Spring isn't so bad (I'm only using Core and some DB stuff), but this week has been a long period of getting tag-teamed by Struts and Hibernate. It works kind of like this:

    Struts: "Oh sorry, you wanted me to autogenerate a HTML form input field that doesn't inexplicably wrap itself in a table row, thereby screwing up your page layout? That's so weird. I'm afraid you'll have to write all of them out the long way instead using explicit properties."

    Hibernate: "Oh wait, you mean you wanted me to return only one of each X that's linked to a Y rather than count(Y) identical copies of each X? That'll require a longer and more obscure database query method."

    Struts: "Unified error handling for JSON results that uses a common superclass property as the context root? You're so funny!"

    Hibernate: "JDBCException: Missing Parameter at index 2. What? You properly filled in all the parameters in the HQL? What has that got to do with anything?"

    Struts: "Wait, I don't understand. You want to set the HTTP status code and return content? That doesn't make any sense, why would you do that? That makes almost as little sense as wanting to set headers and return content."

    Struts: "Hey, look at this guy trying to redirect to a URL outside the app context! Ha ha ha!"

    Hibernate: "Hey, y'know, I found these entity relations lying around and I know you marked them for lazy loading but I just couldn't help myself and pulled them from the database right away anyway I'm so sorry wait no I'm not."

    Struts: "You don't mind if I throw null out of this URL resolution method when it can't find the page, right? I mean, what possible harm couljava.lang.NullPointerException"
    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
    10:26 am
    [Work] The Best Programming Language
    There's a joke I found here in Japan that goes like this:

    "So I'm thinking of learning programming. What language do you think I should start with?"


    But it's pretty much true. A lot of the common libraries we use have poor, if any, Japanese documentation*, most keywords and variables in code are English, and a whole lot of useful internet resources (StackExchange &c) are English. A significant portion of my job recently seems to consist of someone asking me a technical question, me not knowing all the details of the answer, searching Google, and then explaining the entire thing to them in Japanese. This works even if I knew almost nothing about the topic beforehand.

    Why can't they just google it themselves? They can, but they get results in English and only have 30-70% comprehension at half the reading pace. Asking me turns out to be less time overall.

    But it is another reason for me to flee to the coffeeshop.

    (* Ruby is probably an exception to this, as is anything maintained by a company with a significant Japan presence. But many open-source webapp libraries are scarce on doc in any language.)
    Friday, January 17th, 2014
    10:39 am
    [Game]Finished Brütal Legend.

    Aside from controls issues the Steam version has some outright bugs, a few of which caused serious problems. The most persistently irritating one was the various contextual notifications (e.g., the 4/17 Blahs Killed popup, the "Can use the Interact button here" icon) just failing to show up for extended periods. This meant that even though I found the Horn Thrower, I didn't know what it was or that you could use it--apparently the couple times I climbed to the top were during periods where the interaction icon was broken. Then I failed to get through the flying tutorial because the directions just didn't show up.

    The worst bug by severity was probably the one where the final boss fight, and only the final boss fight, ran at two frames per second. I ended up flailing wildly and just repeatedly playing the Facemelter solo. (Fortunately I could play that one by ear--the visual tab animation was worse than useless and the more complex ones were unplayable.) If I decide to replay through on max difficulty then this fight will probably be impossible.

    At game end I had found 117/120 serpents; all garages, solos, and buried metal; and at least eight of the legends. Though I hadn't opened any of the legends because I didn't stumble on the right attack combo--I just was writing down the locations in case it was explained later how to open them. (It wasn't.)

    And lo, there was much fridge logic.
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    Tried a band battle against the AI. "Hey, I made it through the campaign on normal--I don't have to use the easiest difficulty setting" thought I, and put it one notch up. One kicking of ass later, I begin to suspect that the campaign AI was set really, really easy. (Or, guitar strings and axe upgrades make more difference than I'd thought.) But also have I mentioned that I'm awful at RTS games? I'm still not getting the hang of how to give orders either--I have to drop to the ground to help out in battles a lot, but while I'm doing that any new units just sort of pile up in front of the stage because I'm too far away to order them anywhere useful.
    Friday, January 10th, 2014
    12:37 pm
    [V.Game] Playing Brütal Legend, since it's available on Steam.
    - I'm not fond of Heavy Metal generally, but it works pretty well as atmosphere in the game.
    - The game controls are really geared toward a console controller. What would be a joystick on the controller is keys on the Steam version--the consequent lack of any gradations between "off" and "full" for throttle and turning makes controlling the car a serious pain.
    - The RTSish field battle stuff is... weird. Especially trying to get used to the lack of top-down view and trying to deal with not being able to tell my units apart from enemy units because they look way too similar.
    - The Guardian of Metal is pretty amusing. Actually most of the characters are. I cracked up the first time I saw Lionwhyte flying.
    Saturday, January 4th, 2014
    6:14 pm
    Parents are having me go through boxes in the attic. Lots of things where I don't remember why I had it, a bunch where I do, and apparently almost every piece of paper I encountered from grades eight through eleven.

    Finally hacked apart my Kiltie Band Jacket, keeping the letter and trashing the rest.
    You'd think that after 10+ years I'd have stopped being pissed off about having never been able to wear it, but apparently that hasn't happened. Guess I'll check back again in a couple years.
    Monday, December 30th, 2013
    2:50 pm
    [Movie] I keep seeing these moving pictures for some reason
    Saving Mr. Banks: A little melodramatic in places, but very well done. Disney was a more interesting character than I was expecting.

    American Hustle: Amusing. There are no heroes, only protagonists. Though I'm not sure about that either, for some of them.

    Hobbit The First (Unexpected Journey): Long. Gratuitous fight scenes. Pretty sure it had a lot of insertions of stuff not in the book, but did not read it recently enough to remember. Don't really care to see the second one now; considering digging out the book again instead.

    Frozen: Cute, but not the best Disney flick in recent memory. About a third of the songs seemed awkwardly stuck in. More clearly aimed below my age range than is usual.

    At that last, saw the trailers for
    Muppets Most Wanted: I must see this movie.
    How to Train Your Dragon 2: Hiccup's mother? Really? (Who recognizes him on sight? Really? (Also apparently she's lost weight. And learned draconic mind control.)) The Toothless 'laugh' noise is kind of disturbing, maybe just because his noises in previous appearances are higher pitched. Anyway, I'll see it and it'll probably be good. Especially if they got the same composers and writers again. (The original movie is so different from the books that they almost definitely needed to write the sequel from scratch rather than relying on the book sequels.)
    Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
    1:45 am
    [Movie] Epic
    Saw on the plane. It was pretty light on plot. And character development. As most of the emphasis seemed to be on cool action scenes and CGI. The musical number in the middle was weird and out-of-place.

    There could have been a movie where MK and her father learned to overlook/moderate their differences and realize that they were actually important to each other, but this was not that movie. Instead her father's crackpot theories turned out to be true—implicitly justifying the fact that he let them destroy his family as well as providing MK a coinciding interest via mere happenstance.

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    Friday, December 13th, 2013
    4:13 pm
    Yes yes it's very clever that you've written an entire complex multifile operation in one line using find -exec and xargs.

    But I have to make your bash script do something slightly different now and so I'm going to rewrite it as a for loop. Sorry.
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