Thursday, December 10, 18:50 CST
Ok, so I lied. It's been more than a couple of days. I should really learn
not to make statements like that.
Anyway, a bunch of stuff to ramble about here...
I finally watched the last episode of Babylon 5, "Sleeping in
Light". A powerful episode, and a fitting end to one of the greatest
series I've ever seen. The naysayers can gripe all they want - despite
the obstacles it faced, B5 managed to redefine SF tv, and be entertaining
and involving in the process.
I've been messing around quite a bit with Linux since I first got it
installed (not that I have much choice - I don't even have a Win/DOS
partition at the moment). I'm still clueless, but I think I'm hooked.
The command line is powerful and flexible, and there're tons of cool
text based apps to play around with (is it me, or is not being forced to
use a GUI a wonderful thing?). The GUI, when I want one, is stylish,
functional, and somehow just plain refreshing to use.
On the downside, I still don't have PPP working, but I understand
that's a weakness of Red Hat. Maybe it's time to give Debian a try.
I noticed on Gurney's
page that there's a tidbit over on
Ain't It Cool News about
the possibility of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert
Heinlein, being filmed. TMiaHM is among my favorite Heinlein novels,
and it's probably the most filmable. In fact, I've often thought that with
the right director, a good screenwriter, and a big enough budget, it could
make a truly great movie.
But we all know that's not going to happen.
I'd rather wait for a time when RAH's work can be reproduced faithfully
on screen by people who really care (even if it takes a few decades) than
see another Starship Troopers. *sigh*
On the plus side, at least Verhoeven (may he spend eternity in one of
his own films) didn't get his hands on this one.
I also see Gurney's working on a
real-time strategy game. As
crowded as the RTS genre is with lame C&C and Warcraft clones, it
like he's got some pretty good ideas. (Most of them collected from
tags: topics/sfnal, topics/technical, topics/tv