Though Predatorenjoys a warm reception from science fiction and horror fans, many don’t give it due credit for its tact and intelligence. What begins as an action film slowly morphs into one of the most effective and unsettling horror movies ever made. Predator meticulously picks apart genre expectations, destroying the ’80s action hero archetype and creating a villain that to this day outshines the film’s leading man.
Some of the more pessimistic commentators at the time of the credit crunch, myself included, said that the aftermath of the crash would dominate our economic and political lives for at least ten years. What I wasn’t expecting – what I don’t think anyone was expecting – was that ten years would go by quite so fast. At the start of 2008, Gordon Brown was prime minister of the United Kingdom, George W. Bush was president of the United States, and only politics wonks had ever heard of the junior senator from Illinois; Nicolas Sarkozy was president of France, Hu Jintao was general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Ken Livingstone was mayor of London, MySpace was the biggest social network, and the central bank interest rate in the UK was 5.5 per cent.
I find it absurdly sad, but … getting to the moon is going to be much, much harder than it was the first time round
I can’t believe I never discovered this before. I am never going to pay for quirky T-shirts or coffee mugs again, I’m just going to make my own!
Zazzle.com allows you to upload an image and slap it on to pretty much anything. I made a black T-shirt for myself a few days ago; it arrived today and fitted me well, (now just have to see how it performs after a round of laundry …).
A life spent buried in video games, scraping by on meagre pay from irregular work or dependent on others, might seem empty and sad. Whether it is emptier and sadder than one spent buried in finance, accumulating points during long hours at the office while neglecting other aspects of life, is a matter of perspective.
I like to catch up with “Uncle Bob” from time to time, here he is talking about Clean Architecture
Came across an old post by Kent Pitman (bit over 20 years now!) with something I liked
Anyway, I know what it is to look at functionality and duplicate it elsewhere. It CAN be done. I am not saying it can’t. What I’m saying is that it has not been done, and it’s a crying shame. Few people even know there ever WAS a lisp machine, and those who do are mostly not rich enough personally to invest the time to duplicate what was there. Many people spent a big chunk of their lives investing in this dream and it didn’t pan out quite as we wish. Ok. Sometimes other events win out–not always even for the right reasons. Or at least for the reasons you wish. But don’t add insult to injury to say that the losers in battles such as these had nothing to offer.
Common Lisp beat out Interlisp, and maybe for good reasons but it doesn’t mean Interlisp had nothing to offer–some very good ideas got lost in the shuffle and I don’t pretend that Common Lisp just obviously had a better way. Java is going to beat out Smalltalk perhaps, but that doesn’t mean Java is better than Smalltalk. We owe it to the losers in these little
skirmishes to make sure that, if nothing else, the good ideas are not lost along with the framework. And we do not accomplish that by defining that there was nothing lost. That’s both callous to those who worked hard on these other things and short-sighted to the future, which might one
day care about the things that got lost.