Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
For this kind of omnibus movie a success rate of two out of three is a pretty high batting average. There are no home runs, however, only doubles, singles and coy little bunts.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Labels: San Francisco / Bay Area
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Labels: Decision making
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
"Phil doesn't get this, but I'm an artist," said Shamrock. "I study the art of fighting."
"Frank's an artist?" Baroni grunted. "After I knock you out, I'll buy you a box of crayons and you can be an artist. This isn't an exhibition. I'm a f___ing fighter. There's gonna be a fight. I'm gonna pound your f___ing head off. I don't know what a martial artist is. I don't get this cat. You're in for a rude awakening."
Chris Cariaso, from Fight and Fitness, is fighting on the prelims, against a guy from Cung Le's gym; I had my ticket already, and now I am motivated to watch the entire event, prelims included!
Edited Sunday, June 24: the Daily Motion clip has been removed because of copyright issues, but this one, coming straight from the source, should not have such issues:
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
To lure people into coming back, I proceeded to step two of the master plan - posting a YouTube video on said blog. I upload the video, make it private, select the radio-button labeled "Enabled: External sites may embed and play this video", embed the code in a post, and check the blog. The video is there, and I am very proud of myself.
Well, not for very long. The next day, I conspiratorially tell a colleague to check the blog. The nice YouTube thing is there, the colleague clicks on the "play" button, it begins to load, and... keeps on loading, forever.
I found only one way to fix the issue - making the video public. It would seem that embedding a private video works, as long as the viewer is logged into YouTube with his account and added to the authorized viewers of the video. Maybe I am missing something here - but if not, you really have to wonder why the "enable embedding" option is provided at all. And the worst has to be that videos appear exactly the same, regardless of whether or not a user is authorized to access them - and giving no other way to find out than to wait for the load to fail.
Hopefully, YouTube will become better integrated with Google's existing suite of services over time, with a more consistent behavior; in the meanwhile, I will check back Google Videos for comparison.
Monday, June 4, 2007
OK, I admit it, it's not completely true - the character does bring more than special effects, and I liked the movie, at least more than what I expected given the so-so reviews it got. Nevertheless, the movie felt a bit long at times, and would have gained from some trimming.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
But this elevator is really the best I have seen, by far. It is the standard matchbox-sized issue, but what makes it truly unique is its operations. It serves a 6-stories building, and only tenants who live on the 5th and 6th floor are entitled to use it. There is a certain logic to it, until you learn that actually, as for most buildings in Paris, there is an extra 7th floor with what is known as "Chambres de bonnes". In the good old days, "Chambres de bonnes" were the quarters provided for domestic help employed by the wealthy tenants of the building; today, they are used as cheaper apartments, and often rented to students.
You would think that living on the 7th floor would entitle you to use the elevator? Wrong. That's a privilege only granted to tenants of the more expensive apartments. And to make sure nobody sneaks in for a free ride, using the elevator requires a key, provided only to the lucky few living on floor 5 and 6 - which apparently caused some rising criminal activity, with outrageous cases of disappearing keys... I think the obvious solution is for the building to hire a full-time guardian for the elevator; but then, should he live on the 7th floor? And, to the point, should he be given a key?