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
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.
Michael Polan (of Omnivore fame) talking about psychedelics (on NPR! this stuff is going mainstream again!)
File this under this month’s humor section: a 30-year old man had to be sued by his parents to get him to move out of their house
Ditto, but the darker variety: story of a man who remained functionally illiterate while being a high school teacher. Choice quote:
Why did I go into teaching? Looking back it was crazy that I would do that. But I’d been through high school and college without getting caught – so being a teacher seemed a good place to hide. Nobody suspects a teacher of not knowing how to read.