derf content, blog-style miscellaneous randomness from NeilFred Picciotto en derf 88 31 danger <tt>sun 2005-dec-18 14:58:08 pst</tt><br/><a href=""><img src="" border="0" width="160" height="120" alt="danger"/></a><br/>"... use of cellular phones during vehicle refueling ... may cause fires or explosions ..."<br/>(comments: 4) He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not <tt>tue 2005-nov-08 01:37:41 pst</tt><br/>Sunday night we watched He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (French title: A la folie... pas du tout). It was good, though it suffered a bit from the "plot summary reveals too much" problem -- I think I would&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 1) Serenity <tt>sun 2005-oct-23 23:20:22 pdt</tt><br/>After watching the Firefly series DVDs over the last six weeks or so, last night we went to see Serenity. It rocked. &lt;spoiler detail="low"&gt; (&nbsp;a few thoughts&nbsp;) &lt;/spoiler&gt; Definitely highly recommended, along with the series -- even to people who&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 1) Adventures in Job-Search Juggling <tt>thu 2005-oct-20 15:03:28 pdt</tt><br/>In July of 2001, I was looking for a job. Here's an email I sent one day back then: So I finally tried out something a friend of mine had suggested for how to get the nice people at TiVo&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 1) Panic <tt>sun 2005-oct-16 12:20:10 pdt</tt><br/>Yesterday we watched the strangely-titled Panic. I'd never heard of it before, but based on the description -- something like, "a hitman (William H. Macy) having a midlife crisis starts seeing a therapist (John Ritter), and falls in love with&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 1) 3 percent <tt>sun 2005-oct-02 17:42:14 pdt</tt><br/><a href=""><img src="" border="0" width="160" height="120" alt="3 percent"/></a><br/>"3 percent" on SUV trailer hitch<br/>(comments: 2) silly warning signs <tt>mon 2003-jun-09</tt><br/>Here are some silly warning signs I made with Safety Sign Builder, a tool that seems perfectly designed for being used for something it wasn't designed for. (&nbsp;small images and printable PDFs of them&nbsp;)<br/>(comments: 7) archives <tt>thu 2005-sep-29 17:54:06 pdt</tt><br/>Further enhancement to simplify browsing around old entries in my blog: at the bottom of the front page (and other pages which aggregate entries, like section and tag pages), you can now jump back to earlier entries. (Used to be&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 1) no gas <tt>sun 2005-sep-25 16:20:03 pdt</tt><br/><a href=""><img src="" border="0" width="160" height="120" alt="no gas"/></a><br/>Read the book! No gas! (in the trunk of a car)<br/>(comments: 0) tagging <tt>thu 2005-sep-22 02:48:52 pdt</tt><br/>I've now implemented tags for my blog. So now you can browse around my old blog entries in hitherto-unpossible ways. How exciting. Of course, I'll have to go through and add more tags to more old entries, but I've done&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 1) Run Lola Run <tt>sun 2005-sep-11 12:54:16 pdt</tt><br/>On Wednesday (on the airplane) I watched Run Lola Run, which I'd been intending to see for a long time. The concept and structure of the film are original and effective, but I won't say too much about that aspect.&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 0) long fence <tt>mon 2005-sep-05 14:48:56 pdt</tt><br/><a href=""><img src="" border="0" width="160" height="120" alt="long fence"/></a><br/>"long fence" (Washington Monument in background)<br/>(comments: 2) mysterious spam <tt>fri 2005-sep-02 00:59:27 pdt</tt><br/>So my blog-comment-spam problem has gotten somewhat worse... For a while it was just a few coming in every now and then. A few weeks ago I got a bunch all in one day, which prompted me to finish the&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 4) Vertigo <tt>thu 2005-aug-25 01:42:27 pdt</tt><br/>I'm not sure how many data points I actually have for this theory, but I'm going to go ahead and boldly claim that classic films tend to defy my expectations of them. Last saturday we saw Vertigo, which I'd never&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 1) Primer <tt>sun 2005-aug-14 14:19:20 pdt</tt><br/>So friday night, we watched Primer. I had put it into the NetFlix queue based solely on Dominic's recommendation. He didn't actually say much about it beyond that he really enjoyed it, and that it's a low-budget indie film. I&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 0) wristwatch requirements <tt>mon 2005-aug-08 13:14:26 pdt</tt><br/>A few days ago my watch broke -- the little knob you pull out to set the time came off entirely and so the watch is just stopped. It didn't come off while I was pulling it out to set&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 6) A Home at the End of the World <tt>thu 2005-aug-04 13:02:55 pdt</tt><br/>Sunday night we watched A Home at the End of the World. It was really good. It tells a lovely story, a story that makes it one of the (if not the) most poly-accepting movies I've seen. The acting is&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 2) strawberry ice cream <tt>thu 2005-aug-04 12:32:54 pdt</tt><br/>Just came across this article, about a study in which researchers were able, through the power of suggestion, to make people believe they had as a child gotten sick from strawberry ice cream. The same did not work with chocolate&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 0) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory <tt>mon 2005-aug-01 15:32:14 pdt</tt><br/>Saturday we went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was great fun! Naturally it invites comparison to the 1971 film, though unfortunately I don't really remember that version all that well... &lt;spoiler detail="low"&gt; (&nbsp;things I liked, and some&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 0) Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events <tt>tue 2005-jul-26 21:00:43 pdt</tt><br/>I'm way behind writing this review, but on the 16th, we watched Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. It's really well done! It has a fabulously Edward Gorey look and feel. Jim Carrey, not surprisingly, carries off the bizarre&nbsp;...<br/>(comments: 0)