Twits and Such for 2007-06-12

  • had a nice sweaty summer day getting exhaust particles stuck on my face #
  • I wish someone’d take bets on how long it’ll take Leopard to work out serious kinks. #

Mac OS X Leopard, Where’s the Whoa?

I’ve been combing the Mac OS X page frantically searching for some really new and crazy feature of the next release but haven’t found anything. I was a bit enticed by the “TOP SECRET” features alluded to by Steve at the last keynote. The so-called “300+ new features” look more like refinements.

Now I’m not trying to hate on Apple or anything but the fact is OS X has reached a level of maturity and completeness that makes it hard to do anything that really screams of anything completely new. A lot of the “features” listed are more or less design refinements (like putting more shadows and tilting the background so). The sure are pimping the CoverFlow technology they bought in every interface they can put it in like the finder.

I was truly hoping that they’d add something to the mix like Quicksilver (which is unstable as hell for me) to launch apps or change the workflow.

That’s not to say that it’s insignificant. There’s all kinds of code being written in the background to make the system more stable or add more innovation to the core. However, it’s more likely we’ll see some snazzy new features in a third-party application like Delicious Library. However, there really aren’t many developers capable of pushing the envelope like Wil Shipley.

Whatever the case, I’ll have to get my hands on this before I reach a conclusion but it’s clear that there’s more effort involved in one-upping yourself when you’re Apple. I mean, imagine the leap from Windows XP to Windows Vista. Whatever comes after Vista will have to be extra good. Fortunately for Microsoft, they can do things like make Vista actually work or make it more stable. For Apple, those things are a given.

Apple – Mac OS X Leopard – Features

Hello Tomorrow: The 300+ new features of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

300 the Movie

The movie 300 was a visual spectacle. The brave 300 warriors of Sparta sounded like a bunch of rowdy fraternity boys. The first thing that struck me was the visuals. It looked like it was shot with photoshop. The dark textures and smooth digital gradients provided the backdrop while gruesome monsters straight out of a fantasy novel’s cover appeared everywhere. Turns out that the bulk of the movie was shot against a bluescreen with the scenery filled in later. This was to maintain consistency with the comic that it’s based on. As this comic to screen comparison shows, they’ve succeeded quite a bit.

It’s a testament to Frank Miller’s skills as the creator of graphic novels (aka more “serious” comic books) that his works translate so well into movies. Or maybe it’s a sign of the times that the general decline in movie quality and prevalence of digital effects finally sets the stage for these graphic novels to come to the screen. It’s not that the movie was bad or the story not compelling. It’s just that the limited amount of dialogue allowed for in comics leaves a bunch of dead time between speaking scenes.

I feel a strange emotional disconnect with heavily graphics-driven movies. The fight scenes looks little more than a demo for the latest video game. Characters either kill or be killed. No limping about or struggling. Either your head is flying through the sky while spinning in slow motion or your slicing someone’s arms off. In order for a battle movie to suspend disbelief I think that death should be more “real” and immediate to the viewer. This is hard for the average audience member to visualize since their closest exposure is “Halo”, “Gears of War” or some other shooter/fighting game. Despite the abundance of violent scenes, the only feelings I had were the desentisized, vague awareness that people were dying.

It was entertaining and I’m sure many will enjoy the stoic male camaraderie and bravery that is becoming harder to witness firsthand in this digital age.

Twits and Such for 2007-06-10

  • FaceBook account disabled for using a fake name all because I tried to come clean! how sad #
  • @1389 Yeah, it sucks. it’s OK if you register with your “real” name or don’t change the fake. Can’t change the birthday w/out admin. 🙁 #
  • what #
  • imified is acting funny #
  • hmmm… rtm and imified are not playing nice #

Twits and Such for 2007-06-09

  • changed the password on the database, now all kinds of hilarity and hysteria ensues #
  • checking code out of DreamHost via Capistrano taking forever… ghetto subversion r0xx0rz #
  • that was a log, drawn out struggle #
  • can’t wait to change all my other passwords… YAY #

The Rise of Review Sites

I see a lot of review sites popping up these days. It’s probably the next thing that comes to mind after vertical search engines. With the rise of social networks I think online reviews will get a new breath of life. The fact is, most of us will go around cruising random sites or blogs for a second opinion. This in itself is a valuable form of information but what a lot of people want are comparisons and an idea of how much they can “trust” the person making the review. The biggest problems with review sites come two fold:

  1. Aggregating enough reviews to give reviewers and incentive to contribute

    Nobody wants to write a review that no one reads. We all write our opinions in the hopes of influencing someone to action.

  2. Dealing with businesses and individuals trying to game reviews

    It’s ironic that a lot of times the success of getting a review service off the ground leads you to spammers, scammers, and gamers.

  3. Trying to keep users from getting overloaded with information

    The next step involves limiting information overload for reviews. Scrolling through pages of drivel gets tiring fast. People want a diversity of quality opinions but not be burdened by with spammish stuff. It doesn’t really matter if reviews are well-written as long as they are genuine and passionate.

    This is probably something along with vertical search that will continue to fill the gap or shall I say void of general purpose search.

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