Archive for May, 2005

vacations

Arrived from Las Vegas last night. We had a bitter-sweet experience there, as I laid in bed sick for more than a day. 😛

We went to the Star Trek Experience thingie in Hilton, it was really nice, especially the Klingon Encounter gig. The Borg 4D was not as interesting though.

Suspect refuses to budge from atop Atlanta crane

Ignoring pleas from police negotiators to surrender to authorities, a suspect in a Florida slaying on Friday remained atop an 18-story construction crane for nearly a third day.”

Well, if he wanted to die, he would have jumped already. 😛

More on my William Fichtner’s interview

Here’s some info that I didn’t include in the article:

I was a bit stressed before he rang yesterday, but he was so open, friendly & uplifting that after 2 minutes I was feeling that I was speaking to an old friend and that helped me not mess the interview up.

I have a long experience interviewing people, but usually these are CEOs and engineers of software companies and except Wil Wheaton they were not celebrities (among others I have talked to Linus Torvalds, Steve Jobs twice, etc. during my osnews time).

I tipped him to go login on imdb.com and correct his personal page as imdb is now used by many casting people in hollywood and said “Is this that web site that lists all movies and stuff?”. 😉

Then we talked a bit about computers and he said something to this effect: “I don’t really have much time for computers. I get to spend lots of time with the kids in the playground, then I get to think of my roles or rehearse them, and then it’s already night and I go to bed and sleep.”

Overall, he seems to be a really good, genuinely *happy* person. Hollywood (and this planet in general) needs more people like him, honestly. I’ve been impressed by him as a *person*. The previous person that I was equally impressed by was Miguel de Icaza, when I met him last year.

And for those who commented that I have a crush on him the answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. I was more taken with “Dr Kent Clark” (one of his characters) rather than with him. Also, after actually talking to him, he’s been kinda demystified. He is now more of a real person with a real life rather than a dream of a perfect being…

For the record, my beloved husband was and will always be my No 1 anyways. And my husband knows it, that’s why he doesn’t give a monkey about all this (in fact, my JBQ talked to Fichtner briefly on the phone the first time he rang). JBQ is never jealous of me, because he knows me and understands me better than anyone else in the world. And really, I am not an easy person to understand. However, I have to give credit to Thom Holwerda for trying hard to do so. 😉

vaccinations

We had two shots today for our vaccinations required for the Green Card we are filing. I did the Measles and the Tetanus one. Didn’t hurt at all actually as I was a bit afraid it would, as I usually faint on such things. I am a chicken when it comes to doctors. 🙂

My tooth hurts

(:-B)

35 minutes with William Fichtner

Yay!

William Fichtner called in again today for the interview (I am typing it up right now) and we had a long chat and stuff. My arm hurts for holding the phone and the PDA with the same hand for 35 minutes (I was recording it using the PDA’s mic) while I was taking notes with the other.

He seems to be such a great and open guy. Hollywood needs more people like him.

And of course, this was one of the best birthday presents I ever had (maybe the best ;). I am 32 today (he enthusiastically shouted “Happy Birthday!!” when I told him so at the end!

UPDATE: The interview is up!. I am really happy with the content. 🙂

Greece won the Eurovision (ugh)

What a terrible song that was… So cheezy (like most Greek music). Yuk!

Female rhino, male goat strike unlikely bond

Who said that men don’t like large women? Think again.

The truth behind the Balance of the Force

So, but so much true…. Jedis had it wrong, Siths had it wrong too.

Gnome is not perfect either

Earlier, I wrote how I can’t stand KDE’s interface and the way its default application windows look and feel. I prefer Gnome’s “keep it simple stupid” philosophy, however, I also feel for the users who left Gnome 2 behind because of lack of functionality. So, what is one to do?
1. Create apps that have EVERY possible feature available, resulting in a huge bloat machine that’s difficult to use? (kde)
2. Keep apps extremely simple providing only the basic/needed features resulting in reduced functionality? (gnome)

IMHO, none of the two is the best way to desktop-wide success. Gnome has a better chance to get picked up more as it’s easier to use, but eventually users might switch to KDE after they find that its apps do that little special thing they want.

Maybe, just maybe, the solution is plugins a-la Firefox (just even better integrated). I am not talking about plugins that change the functionality of the desktop, but specific plugins for specific apps (KDE already has a similar functionality through kparts, but it’s not exactly a user-controlled plugin). For example, not everyone needs printing, not everyone needs Cobol syntax highlighting, not everyone needs Japanese input method support or even line-numbering. Or, these terrible usability-wise kde vertical tabs on the side that expand when you click them (*pukes*). If such functionality was only provided by plugins, developing basic functionality apps would be easier and bloat-free. However, the plugin usage leads to other problems:

1. In the linux world there is no real API stability. Plugins are bound to lose compatibility with their target apps every few months and that would suck like hell.
2. Hunting for plugins is boring and time consuming. Joe User wouldn’t bother.
3. Usually plugins are slower than if they were embedded properly to the target code.

So, nothing is really perfect in this world. Personally, between the three ways (bloat, basic ui, plugins), I prefer the basic UI. I am old school.

Considering the current options, Gnome does the right thing. Where Gnome has a problem is in its… social skills with its userbase and the fact that it doesn’t get developed as fast as KDE is. If a big corporation with lots of money and engineers and marketing people were to put a major effort to fix these two issues on Gnome, I am sure it would result to a new era for the Unix desktop.