Monday, November 30 17:58 CST
I saw Pixar's A Bug's Life Thursday night. Enjoyed it immensely. Excellent animation, a decent (if predictable) plot, and good voice work. Everyone's comparing it to Antz (for obvious reasons) and Life is definitely the better film, but (IMO) Antz was written for an older audience, and it does succeed on that level.

They also ran the short Geri's Game, which was quite good, though some of those chess moves were questionable...

I picked up a bargain rack copy of MechWarrior 2, a game I've been wanting to play for quite a while. You wouldn't think KB Toys would be that great of a place to find software, but it's amazing what you can find lurking behind the lame console ports.

My RedHat and Debian CD's finally arrived today, though it may be a few days before I install either of them - There's a WWII era music thingy at school tonight (attendance is mandatory), and the district one act play contest is (joy) here tomorrow.

p1k3 / 1998 / 11 / 30

Wednesday, November 25, 15:10 CST
I'm heading to Kansas with my family for Thanksgiving, so no updates for a while. Mmm, Thanksgiving food...

(Happy Thanksgiving everyone, BTW.)

Jon Katz wrote a piece over on Slashdot titled The Netscape Tragedy. It pretty much hits the nail on the head.

p1k3 / 1998 / 11 / 25

Sunday, November 22, 21:20 CST
I just saw a link over on Slashdot to an article about AOL trying to buy Netscape. This is just plain scary. The article talks about how the acquisition would put AOL on a more equal footing with Microsoft. Forgive me if I don't see a positive side to this.

p1k3 / 1998 / 11 / 22

Saturday, November 21, 1:04 CST
I just got back from seeing Rugrats (yeah, you heard me). A friend of mine demanded we go see it. Pretty good children's movie, although I almost fell asleep at one point.

At any rate, they ran the Star Wars Episode 1 trailer, which was the reason I went to a movie tonight in the first place.

I admit I had my doubts. Star Wars has become a bloated franchise, corrupted by a legion of writers who care only about the profits they can milk from it, and by "fans" who don't seem to care what sort of pathetic drivel they buy and read as long as it bears the SW name.

I wasn't sure Lucas could do it again - it has after all been 20 years. I wasn't sure if a new cast could really bring back the magic.

I needn't have worried. This is the real thing.

It's gonna be a long wait.

p1k3 / 1998 / 11 / 21
tags: topics/sfnal

Thursday, November 19, 19:30 CST
If you've been reading Slashdot lately, you've probably noticed that Jon Katz (formerly of HotWired) has written a few pieces for them. Katz has his flaws, but overall I like his stuff. His biggest problem is that he tends to over-analyze and generalize about his subjects, but I'm guessing time spent on Slashdot will correct that to some extent (if the "Katz is a pompous blowhard" posts don't run him off).

The late registration deadline for the December ACT test date is tomorrow at midnight. Fortunately, you can register via their site, which is far less annoying than filling out that bulky paper registration packet and mailing it in. Highly reccommended if you're taking the ACT any time soon. I should probably stop procrastinating and get it done myself...

p1k3 / 1998 / 11 / 19

Wednesday, November 18, 18:37 CST
Well, I'm back. I know you're all thrilled. ;)

I finally got my new hard drive about a week ago, a 6 gig Quantum Bigfoot TX ordered from Necx. After a relatively easy installation, my computer is once again up and running.

For the moment I'm running Win95/DOS, but I ordered a couple of Linux distribution CD's (Red Hat 5.2 and Debian 2.0) over at Linux Central, so I should be running Linux before too long. I'm also thinking of giving FreeBSD a try... It's great to have this kind of choice.

Speaking of choice, I've been using the latest beta release of Opera 3.5 as my sole web browser since I got my computer running. Although it's a beta, it seems more stable and far less prone to random glitches/hangs than previous versions. They've managed to implement most of CSS 1 and get Java working (through a plug-in). And it still fits on a single floppy. IMHO, Opera is easily the best browser currently available for Windows.

The latest episode of Daemonsong, 201, has been out for a while. This show keeps improving, and I'm proud to be a part of it, however small. (Oh yeah, and the staff promises no more 4 month waits between episodes. Well... Maybe "promise" is too strong a word, but we're going to try.)

I'm going to do my best to resume regular updates to this page, and as soon as I get a decent sized chunk of free time, I'm planning to do some major work on the whole site.

p1k3 / 1998 / 11 / 18
tags: topics/debian, topics/linux, topics/technical, topics/warelogging