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January 27, 2001

Miyazaki DVDs

According to DVDfile.com, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Castle in the Sky are coming out on April 15th as two-disc titles. I haven't seen Castle in the Sky and missed Spirited Away when it was in the theaters, but I'm looking forward to Kiki, since I used to have it on tape.

January 23, 2001

Too Many Questions

How do people learn HTML these days? Online tutorials? Hacking away at an editor that came on their machine? A coworker asked to borrow the HTML for Dummies book on my desk at work left behind by my predecessor, and I also supplied her with my personal copy of HTML 4 for the World Wide Web 4th ed Visual QuickStart Guide, which is quite an excellent book. I've been using GoLive 4/5 and PageMill 3 for so long (and before that, Claris HomePage 3 and a version of FrontPage (bleh)) along with BBEdit (and before that SimpleText) that I'm not sure where I got started. I remember learning from somewhere online (NCSA?) and getting a copy of Special Edition: Using HTML about 5 years ago. I don't remember what edition, but I noticed today that they're up to the 6th. Maybe it is time to add an HTML bookshelf to the Ivory Tower?

Spent some time over the last week at work or so trying to get my 20" Dell monitor to look halfway decent at 1280 x 1024. It is kinda old and rather dingy/dim compared to the slightly more recent vintage ViewSonics that the print people have. I've seen how OS X will look with the Quartz engine and I'm impressed. It'll be nice to have an even-clearer look at things on the iMac, which is already pretty sharp.

Reading a couple of books these days: The Playful World: How Technology Is Transforming Our Imagination and The Cluetrain Manifesto. The first I'm only halfway though and it reads like a simplified Wired article. Cluetrain is interesting, but since I'm not in "business" (I'm at a nonprofit), some of it isn't relevant to my immediate experiences. Since I'm reading "internet" sorts of stuff right now, maybe it is time to go back and reread Being Digital to see how accurate it is. I reread Microserfs last fall and was struck with how mainstream many of the topics have become.

Note to self: When you order stuff online, make sure you pay extra and get trackable shipping.

January 8, 2001

Lord of the Handheld

Lord of he Rings trailer at the end of the week. Very cool. I'm gonna have to reread the books before the film comes out in December just so I can remember who everybody is, although that's more of a concern in the Two Towers and Return of the King.

Lisa's getting used to her new Palm m100. Man, that 160 x 160 screen is small. I suppose there's such an installed base that moving to a bigger, more useful screen probably won't happen any time soon. At least on my Newton 130 I can move that Graffiti window around and rotate the screen 90 degrees.

January 4, 2001

New Year, New Entry

Does anybody really enjoy this time of year? The holidays are, for the most part, over and resolutions are set to fall by the wayside in the near future. Leftover Christmas music sounds out of place. Granted, there's lots of non-Christmas winter music out there, but the demand for Jingle Bells drops pretty quick after December 25.

I miss wearing actual shoes. With the weather so lousy for the last month or so, I put on the boots when I leave the house. The other day I rediscovered three pairs of shoes I forgot I own.

I'm reading Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers since Beethoven's Time. Quite interesting to see what critics thought at the time of what we consider to be classics. There's even an index of terms used (like "dog howling", "savage", "pretentious" and such).

HTML Coding Music at Work: Revueltas: Night of the Mayas, Alexander Nevsky: Film Score, Kraftwerk: The Man-Machine, The Orb: Live 93