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Friday, November 07, 2003

Movie line of the week answer - [8:43 AM]

I'm surprised I got four correct guesses yesterday. I chose the line because I believed the word Xylocaine would be the key to someone correctly guessing.

To my surprise Moose guessed in about two minutes flat! Apparently he's using some super sleek movie line of the week spy technology that delivers the post right to his desktop in record time. Congratulations Moose!

For the second week straight we have an international contestant, Aussie Justin King was also correct.

The answer is...

...but you already knew that didn't you?
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Thursday, November 06, 2003

Movie line of the week - [10:21 AM]

Hot buttered popcorn and a movie, ahhh!Good morning movie liners. I decided to go with this line the other day while my wife and I were walking around the new Best Buy in Visalia. I remember seeing this movie with my dad quite a few years ago. Let's see how many "old timers" there are out there.

I'm gonna find the guy who invented Xylocaine and kiss his *ss on Hollywood and Vine!

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

I'm bettin' I get zero correct guesses on this one. Unless you 'take advantage of technology'. Smile, life is good!
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Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Azkaban trailer info - [9:21 AM]

RupertGrint.NET: "Sometimes we get these vhs tapes with trailers on them, etc. Well, today I looked on it and it said HP&POA and I was like OH MY GOD, is this the trailer. I took it home for my break and watched it and IT WAS!!! Oh my god, the movie looks so good. " - Ok, now I think I'm going to have to spend the $5.00 just to see the trailer, then I'm out the door.
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Aqua with envy... - [8:51 AM]

Steven Vore: "Hey guess what I've got on my desk now, right next to my aging Wintel laptop - none other than a PowerBook!" - I've been wanting a Mac for years but it's very hard to convince my wife that I need to spend the money on a machine only I'll use. I'm not giving up! I will get a new Mac someday, hey with a domain name like Crabapples it only makes sense to use an Apple product, right?
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Brain shift - [7:56 AM]

StronglyTyped: "I mean if you can introduce standard tools or out of the box tools to handle 80% of building your app you can better focus your time on writing the 20% of the app that's non-trivial (business logic, optimization, etc)." - I was just talking about this the other day. I need to make a shift in my thought process to better fit the mentality of my new job. When working on Visio we'd write our own stuff, we didn't use wizards. Don't even get me started on my feelings surrounding the integration of MFC into the Visio code base. Anywho, IT folks just don't have the time to go off and create their own stuff. I'm starting to see that I'm going to have to gain a better understanding of the auto-generated/already baked parts. I think I'm going to also have to learn to take things for what they are and not dig in too deeply, yeah right, as if I can do that. I hate NOT knowing how something actually works.
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Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Prisoner of Azkaban trailer - [10:15 AM]

Mr. PotterHPANA: "As reported earlier, it was confirmed that the trailer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban would indeed be showing with Looney Tunes: Back in Action" - It might be worth the price of a matinee ticket just to see the trailer, I have no interest in the Looney Tunes movie.

It's kind of stinky we're only getting a teaser this year. The last two years at this time we'd be gearing up to actually watch the entire feature.
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Comment spam - [10:04 AM]

Rodent Regatta: "This morning between 3:40 a.m. and 3:42 a.m. I got 10 comments from the same individual. All of them were spam of a filthy nature and all of them were scattered back through old entries." - This is one of the BIG reasons I do NOT have comments on my site. I already get enough smut via my email accounts on a daily basis. Sigh...
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Monday, November 03, 2003

From the developers perspective - [8:07 AM]

Ole Eichhorn [via Scripting News]: "So I can keep on cranking C++ for the Win32 SDK. This is your friendly neighborhood curmudgeon, signing off..." - Ole has some really good points. It's true that high performance, general use, client applications, and high performance backends will continue to be written in C/C++ because they scream. Shops like the one I'm working for now are more interested in getting the code complete in a short period of time with fewer stumbling blocks, E.G. memory management. The .NET framework and a language like C# are fantastic if that's what you're looking for. Once you bite the bullet and learn the framework, it's super deep, you'll discover you're more productive. You can concentrate on the task at hand. I still love C++ and coding against the Win32 API's and I hope to continue doing it for some time, but you can't ignore .NET and C# because they give you the flexibility of a scripting language and all the power you could ever ask for. In the end most IT type shops will take the productivity gains over application speed.

Speed still belongs to the hard core coders.
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