Tuesday, March 28, 22:55 CST
I've been doing a terrible job updating this lately. To no one's surprise.
Drove down to Lincoln with my dad Thursday afternoon, then visited UNL Friday. Who knows, I might actually go to college there. I've definitely decided, though, that I don't have a comp sci major in me. Calculus. *shudder*
While we were in town, I picked up a copy of Lord of Emperors, the second half of Guy Gavriel Kay's The Sarantine Mosaic. Finished it some time Sunday afternoon, then wandered around in a post-book daze. It probably doesn't need to be said that this is an incredible book. Big, powerful, moving, poetic, tragic... Choose your favorite adjective. If there's anything wrong here, it's that this could have been a trilogy. There's so much going on, so many characters moving through the story, that it sometimes feels a little rushed, incomplete. (And now that I think about it, I wonder if this wasn't intentional... Nah. I'm probably imagining things.) Not that it matters by the time you're fighting tears so you can finish the last few pages.
I saw The Cider House Rules Saturday night. Not a comfortable movie to watch, and it's got some things to say about abortion that you might or might not agree with (ok, it's downright propagandistic (is that a word?)). But overall I thought it was good, and definitely well acted.
S'pose I could ramble about the Oscars, but I'm pretty sure I don't have anything original to say. I watched the show for all of 3 minutes, just long enough to notice Alan Ball picking up the award for American Beauty's script. Glad AB did so well, and it seems like overall the Oscars went to better flicks than they have been since I've been paying attention. A function, I'm pretty sure, of 1999 being the best movie year I can remember. Of course, they also managed to ignore plenty... *mutter* Iron Giant *mutter*
I downloaded Opera 4.0 beta 1 for Windows a couple of days ago. Haven't used it much, but it seems pretty cool. There aren't a whole lot of obvious differences, aside from the completely unnecessary addition of an e-mail client, but it apparently has a bunch of new stuff under the hood. I don't think I'm likely to pay for the Windows version, if they actually charge current 3.x users for 4.0, but I'm kind of tempted by the Linux port, if/when it ever gets here. Opera is pretty much the best browser out there, IMO. (It ain't Free Software, but it's definitely Software That Doesn't Suck.)
Gee, if I were an obscenely overvalued Linux company, I just might be wondering what kind of resources it'd take to get Opera Software to open up their flagship product. Just on the off chance that Mozilla doesn't turn out to be the killer browser everyone's hoping for but not expecting. But then what do I know?
I'm so hopelessly behind the times (and perversely proud of it) that I'm *still* using Lynx most of the time. Which reminds me, Lynx actually has some competition these days. I think I've mentioned w3m here before, a nifty little file viewer grown into a text browser that can handle tables and frames. Then there's Links, a Lynx clone with an unfortunate name and some cool features (DEB's or RPM's (somewhere in that directory)).
And now I'm going to go grout.