Archive for August 30th, 2007

The computerized ant

Discussion between JBQ and myself today:

Eugenia: I found an ant in the kitchen today. Obviously a scout. Don’t worry, I deleted it.
JBQ: You did what?
Eugenia: Erm… I mean I killed it.

Damn computers.

Bad health, Part III

Medication I got 3 weeks ago helped my health, enough to go to Ukiah with JBQ in our weekend vacation. After finishing the medication (10 days, 4 pills a day), I am sick again. In the past, it would take me a month to get back to the “sick level” after medication, but this time it seems that my body learned how to go around it and relapsed faster.

I can’t take of this anymore. I am in pain all too often, it keeps me from living a normal life, let alone planning for having a child. Sometimes I do think of taking me out to find relief for good.

And it also makes me think how the medical sciences are still in a medieval phase — not being able to find the real cause (instead of treating the symptom) and just labeling it “a syndrome”.

Opera Mini 4 beta 2 released

Opera Mini continues to show its teeth compared to other mobile browsers. While it’s not a native solution and its server-side nature creates problems with Ajax, it still is the most downloaded J2ME application ever. New features on beta 2 include: landscape support, fullscreen support, SSL, smaller fonts and more. A good deal.

Sci-fi films are as dead as Westerns, says Ridley Scott

At the Venice Film Festival for a special screening of his seminal noir thriller Blade Runner, Sir Ridley said that science fiction films were going the way the Western once had. “There’s nothing original. We’ve seen it all before. Been there. Done it,” he said. Asked to pick out examples, he said: “All of them. Yes, all of them.”

What a whole lot of bull. While I do not disagree with the fact that studios are not very interested in producing too much sci-fi anymore (especially space-based sci-fi), I do disagree with the notion that “we’ve seen it all before”. We haven’t. We’ve seen everything it can be done with porn, but not with sci-fi. The whole point of sci-fi is to create non-realistic situations and carry you as far as your imagination can go. And some of the stuff we have seen, were not always well-done and can always be made better (e.g. this which I mentioned on the second part of my blog post here).