Sunday, November 11, 2007

Dream Team

After about 2 years of protest I can finally join the facebook group "The Dream Team was the best thing to happen to JMHS since Matt and Matt". You see I was always jealous that I was not part of the Dream Team because I could never fit Morning Announcements into my busy schedule. Mat and I had a disagreement over how the intro clips should be distributed, he wanted to make people buy the DVD while I thought he should give them out for free on the intarweb (which is how it was done for the first few weeks). Well I guess the shelf life of the DVD has expired and Mat has decided to post it, in its entirety, online at Vimeo.

Raindom Rights is looking into Vimeo as an alternative to youtube because it can deliver high definition videos and we are kind of fed up with how much pure crap is on youtube. Now if only we had an HD camera and time to make all the shorts we've been planning.

Well, here's the video we've all been waiting for:

Live Feed To Brooklyn from Raindom Rights on Vimeo.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Hot Rod: Bringing Sexy Back

Now I don't wanna sound like one of those super-indie music lovers... but I was a fan of thelonelyisland well before "Dick In a Box" or even "Lazy Sunday". Yes, I knew about them and enjoyed their antics back when they were just a few crazy "dudes" up to no good. Maybe that's why I loved their new movie Hot Rod so much.

I don't know what movie the reviewers were watching, but I thought it was a hilarious, nonstop, 24/7 - 69. It had just enough callbacks to their independent days to keep their long time fans satiated, and enough crazy dope slap silliness to entertain even Ebenezer Scrooge.

I was very excited to see that Chester had a role in the film. Although it was a small one, he filled it perfectly and added a little extra sexyness to work as a whole. Will Arnett is a bit underutilized but is quite a charm while on screen. Andy Sambergs' physical comedy and outrageous facial expressions are classically hilarious and the absurdity of the whole movie makes it that much more entertaining. The trailers promised that "He’ll land the jump, get Frank better, and then fight him, hard" and it delivers just that.

Overall it was a really good movie and well worth the raping movie theaters charge theses days... and I'm pretty sure I would have thought that even if I didn't stalk The Dudes' every move...


Soon to come on ourbunny:
Vista on my MacBook Pro!? You better believe it!

And also:
Stellar Phoenix - A Piece of Crap.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New York

Last week was a great one. Justin has relatives who own a farm type thing in upstate New York and his band, MHR, went up there to record an album. Being the swell guy that Justin is, he invited Mat, John, Danny, and myself to go with him.

The band recorded some great stuff while the rest of us filmed them in preparationto make a documentary about our trip. It'll be out whenever Mat gets around to it... I took an abundance of photos with my digital camera which will be posted on flickr. Mat and Justin also bought a polaroid camera which is perhaps one of the greatest inventions ever. Everything looks awesome and very 70's when photographed with a polaroid.

One of the more notable stories from the trip was our voyage to the mall in Albany. Within the first 24 hours we ate all the Oreos and drank all the soda that was provisioned for the week. The 8 of us piled into 2 cars and ventured into town to get lunch and more supplies. We found a dollar store in the mall and so naturally we just had to get some cheap crazy crap. We all bought revolver cap guns and an abundance of caps and 7 of us got canes. I can only imagine what the other people in the mall thought when they saw a gang of totally hot dudes rolling 8 deep walkin' with canes. On the drive home we had shoot outs between the two cars with our cap guns. It is unknown how many cap guns broke within the first few hours after purchase, but it was more than one.

Amazingly enough we didn't all kill each other after spending a week together. Instead we actually had a great time with much hilarity. I'll list some such hilarity here:
  • Why you bein' so cooooold
  • You KNOW you're my best girl
  • Get the * out of your mouth and start thinkin!
  • [mike/sam] eats butts
  • You have to reach the pedals...
  • Thunder Mountain/Ghost Patrol
  • Ball ticklers
Mat also painted me a sweet picture. Note to self, I owe him $10 for that. Much thanks to Justin, his mom who made sure we weren't drinking and that the only thing we were high on was life, and his aunt and uncle who let us take over their home.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Microsoft Hell

About a week ago the company I'm working for this summer purchased a brand new Dell PowerEdge 2950. It's the biggest, baddest computer that I've gotten to work with to date and boy was I eager to configure it!

But now I'm as jaded as a used piece of toilet paper. There wasn't anything particularly special or exotic about how we wanted to configure it but Microsoft sure made it a bitch for us.

The plan was to use this server to host SharePoint Services 3.0 and Exchange 2007 for a few small businesses. The Small Business version of Windows Server 2003 runs SharePoint Services and Exchange (just not in a shared environment) along with various other server rolls so I didn't think setting this up would be that difficult. I was wrong. Even though I was only installing Microsoft products, they somehow found a way to make it a nightmare.

I believe that SharePoint is the root of all evil. The documentation for it consists of thousands of blog posts scattered throughout the net describing problems and providing solutions that may or may not actually work. All users of a SharePoint site must be domain users which I believe is because they Microsoft want's to charge you for more CALs. It is possible to install a third party "solution" to use a custom authentication source. Installing this "solution" was as easy as manually editing web.config files, running a few command line scripts, and working around the occasional mysterious error message.

Finally after countless reinstalls it's all working in harmony. Honestly a lot of this could have been avoided if I wasn't learning everything as I went, but seriously Microsoft, linux is much more intuitive than this crap. At least with linux you know everything that's going on, none of this "oh yeah, im uninstalled... except for all my configuration files, the database I created, and my IIS configuration site, good luck finding out how to completely remove me!"

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Nancy Drew - Fun For All!

An old fashioned girl in a big city struggles to fit in, cope with her mother's passing, and solve the mystery of some old actress lady. Nancy Drew is the perfect summer movie for everyone of all ages, especially if you're a middle school aged girl.

Emma Roberts plays the prudish Nancy Drew who's addiction to solving crimes and sleuthing can be paralleled to America's addiction to foreign oil. Having never read the books I cannot say if she, or the film as a whole, accurately portrays the Nancy Drew of written literature, but I can say that she is one hell of a detective, and knows a whole hell of a lot about random stuff. I mean, who knew that you can save someone who is choking by giving them CPR instead of that tricky and difficult to remember Heimlich Maneuver? I certainly didn't!

Max Thieriot and Emma's on screen chemistry was only surpassed by the, younger, uglier, but oh so adorable Josh Flitter. What he lacks in size he makes up for in Danny DeVito inspired personality.

I had my hopes up that the Hardly Boys would make a cameo and off up one of their famous raging clues but that never materialized.

I give it a 4 out of 5 bunnies. (That's right I rate things using a bunny system now). I suggest that if you aren't a 14 year old girl (or a boy being dragged to it by a girl) that you wait until it comes out on DVD and netflix it cause it's kind of embarrassing buying a ticket for it... At least it isn't as embarassing as buying a Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ticket...

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Movies You Should Own

I was looking at the DVD's I have and thinkin about which ones I'm really glad to own. Ones that I've watched multiple times and still would watch again. In no particular order...

  • Match Point
  • Eternal Sunshine
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Little Miss Sunshine
That is all for now.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007


The much anticipated Ourbunny website is closer to being publicly released than ever before! Right now I have a live version of it that allows users to browse a, very small, library of music and add and remove tags from songs. I have also set up the internet radio station part of the site that allows users to vote for tags to influence what songs to play next. I'm working with very limited bandwidth and only about 10 creative commons licensed songs in the "library" so it's nothing more than a proof of concept right now.

Currently I'm designing a new database scheme for the site and working on writing some nice object oriented PHP code. Here are some things I've learned so far...
  • PHP 5 has great object oriented support but the hardest part is conceptualizing a web application in terms of objects. It is hard to make the jump from server side scripting to a full blown web server application. I bet someone could make a lot of money writing a book about this subject.
  • The Creative Commons is pretty awesome. Patents, copyrights, intellectual property is a really interesting topic. I'm taking a class on this next semester.
  • The RIAA is even more evil than I originally thought.
  • Folksonomy tagging is an interesting technical problem. Storing tag information in a database is much more difficult than I originally thought.
  • Say you have a bunch of songs, each with a bunch of tags, and a bunch of votes for tags. Using that information pick the song that will satisfy the most number of voters. It didn't seem like such a hard problem until I had to actually design a way to do it.
So there you go. That's what I've been up to recently. Oh, and coming up with a bevy of short film ideas with Mat and Justin. Filming should being pretty soon!

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