Friday, August 17, 2007

Superbad: The New Yorker Review

What to do with that English degree ?

The New Yorker has an delightfully unironic high-brow review of Superbad. Some of the best excerpts :

The movie still displays vestiges of infantile glee, but, after much revision and some obvious guidance, the structure and a lot of the dialogue have become ripely Apatovian.

Fogell, a primal nerd with a needle nose and a voice like a vibrating thistle, procures a fake I.D., which identifies him simply as McLovin, a Hawaiian organ donor. As McLovin, ... Meanwhile, Evan and Seth fall in with some pugnacious lowlifes having their own party.

A kind of exuberant art show follows, with page after page covering school desks—simple line drawings of magnificent organs and phallicized trees, artillery, and towers. The sequence is hilarious and charming—a child’s garden of verses for our time.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Another Google Innovation

This Google Finance utility is awesome. I was about the rave about the Yahoo Finance charts (which are really cool) when I found this.

Not only can you easily adjust the window of the time-series, the chart also automatically populates with links to news stories you can click on, and easily see what event(s) precipitated the movement of a stock.

It's really cool to be able to combine two disparate types of "data" this way; a time series and a newsfeed.

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I have one daily guilty pleasure and that is reading Gawker. Gawker has no redeeming qualities, no real content, obsesses over NYC publishing gossip and socilaites and has only one tone: snark.

But I keep comig back for those few and far between worthwhile posts, like the Unethicist.


Two years ago, I lived in Singapore, and my apartment was robbed. Recently, when I returned, I found that the robber was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 strokes of the cane. The sentence seems excessive and the caning barbaric. I want to appeal for mercy on his behalf, but must I accept Singaporean justice? When in Asia, do I do as the Asians do?
David J. Powell, East Granby, Conn.

It is, and has always been, the white man's role on this planet to decide what is best for every one.

For all the entries by the Unethicist see Here

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Summer movie preview

I was hoping to see the Simpsons Movie, but hey I found a copy on the download. But hey if you go to the movie website you can make your own Simpson's character.

As a cool bonus you can change one variable at a time, like as if you were a kid, or a fattie, or had big hair.

Here's two more prominsing summer movies:

Rocket Science, which looks like all Wes Anderson-y, hopefully it isn't too sappy or try-hard quirky like last years wanabe-indie movies (Little Miss Sunshine, Science of Sleep).

...and Superbad (comes out in 10 days)

which I've been looking forward to for 6 months.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Cut me some slack ...

This dude took even longer to hand in his thesis :

Brian May Hands in PhD Thesis


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Google Calculator

I accidentaly discovered that google has a built in calculator

when searching for info on 2 and 28 mortgages.

Well google has a whole buncha built in features you might not know about :

Google Features


New Bike

Okay, I kinda broke the bank on this one, but I sprung on a mtn. bike. I'll have to sell a few assbikes to make room for this one.

Oh here's some cartoons :