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May 30, 2008

I gotta believe!

Rob @ 4:32 PM

My brother-in-law gave me his spare TV, and it's the first television I've owned in years. While it's still not hooked up to an antenna or cable (the few shows I watch are on DVDs, downloads, and Adult Swim video) I am very much enjoying having my Playstation 2 hooked up and running for the first time in a long time.

The first thing I did was play through Parappa The Rapper 2 again. It's still awesome.

I also picked up The Bard's Tale, a game I've wanted since it came out, used for $5 and am really digging it so far.

HOPE developments

Rob @ 4:03 PM

We at The Last HOPE are excited to announce the first wave of confirmed speakers at our conference.

  • Steven Levy, author of "Hackers: Heroes of the American Revolution" and tech columnist for Newsweek.
  • Steven Rambam, noted private investigator and privacy expert who was memorably arrested minutes before his talk at HOPE Number Six, on charges which turned out to be completely unfounded.
  • Adam Savage, artist, proponent of the scientific method, self-described "maker of things," and co-host of MythBusters.
  • Jello Biafra, activist, ex-Dead-Kennedy, and HOPE tradition.
  • Kevin Mitnick, hacker, security consultant, and HOPE mainstay.

The Last HOPE will take place in New York City's Hotel Pennsylvania from July 18-20, and is expected to feature over 100 talks on four tracks.

More coverage:

CNET

Boing Boing

More answers!

Rob @ 8:56 AM

I was asked by the wonderful Sam..

1) If you could change one event in history, not taking into account the consequences, what would you change? And now, taking into account the consequences, would you change it?

I'd be sorely tempted to change things like the events of September 11th, 2001.

Honestly though, I wouldn't change any of it regardless, as I strongly believe everything happens the way it does for a good reason, even when we can't see it from where we're standing.

2) Which book, film, and song describes you or your personality? You must pick one of each and describe how it relates to you.

Wow, this is huge. I don't know if I can really wrap my ego around it properly and my answers would probably be totally different every time you ask me, but off the top of my head just now:

Book: "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy." There are times when I feel like Arthur, the only normal person in an increasingly insane Universe, and there are times when I feel like Ford, the only interesting person in an increasingly mundane Universe.

Film: "The Big Lebowski." Story of a guy who is just trying to do his own thing while his world becomes increasingly batshit insane.

Song: "What Is Love" as covered by The MDP. It just sounds a lot like the inside of my head does lately.

3) What musical artist(s) or band(s) would you have killed to see live but never will, due to deaths, breakups, etc.?

Queen, Falco, and Celia Cruz to name a few.

4) Which episode/serial of Doctor Who would you show to a person who knows nothing about the show to try and get them hooked?

I used to always use "City of Death" before the new series came along. Now I'd also show them "Rose" and "Smith and Jones."

5) What has been the scariest moment of your entire life?

Sorry, but I'd rather not answer this one on the Web.

May 24, 2008

First batch of answers

Rob @ 3:44 AM

Answers to questions others put to me via their posts of the question thing in my last post.. yeah, that sounds about right.


From the Gene Genie:

1. If you could send a message into space, to later be received at some undetermined point in the future by an intelligent alien race that are surprisingly fluent in English, what would you say? 20 word limit.

"We're not all stupid, but enough of us are where you should probably hold off visiting for a while yet."

2. In a movie about your life, who would portray you and what would the film be called?

I have no idea who'd play me, but it could be called "Wait... What?"

3. What's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to you?

Someone once told me at a hacker con: "You know, you could totally get away with being a jerk because of who you are, but you're still really nice. That's so awesome!"

4. Hot damn, you're a director/producer/writer with an unlimited production budget! What do you write, whom do you cast and what do you call the movie?

The one mental image that comes up in my head in response to this is a really weird combination of film noir hard-boiled detective story combined with sword-and-sorcery elements. Like Lord of the Rings set in the world of The Maltese Falcon.

5. If you could punch one person in the face without consequence, who would it be? Why?

I shouldn't answer that honestly, as the US Secret Service is not known for their sense of humor.


From Snowgrouse:

1. You have a TARDIS! Places to go, events to witness, people to meet. Where? When? What?

A few come to mind, in no particular order:
Woodstock, 1969
Early America from its colonial beginnings through to the Revolutionary War
All over Europe during the Renaissance
Early hacker culture of the 1970s and 1980s
New York City throughout its history
Queen at Wembley Stadium in 1986
19th century London
Present-day Finland (you can take me shoe-shopping!) In fact, I could probably blow a few subjective years on just zooming around the present and finally getting to visit all the wonderful people I know who live far away.

2. Top five fictional characters. Ever.

I don't know about *ever* (my favorites are always shuffling about) but off the top of my head, skewed terribly by whatever I've happened to read or watch recently:

The Doctor
The TARDIS (dont you dare tell me she's not a character!)
Granny Weatherwax
Ford Prefect
Egon Spengler

3. I'll give this to you as well: you get complete control over NuWho. Who will you cast as Eleven? Which writers will you hire? What sort of crack episodes can we expect? (Imagine that... we'd get another three-letter-acronym producer--JNT, RTD, now RTF! It's your destiny!)

Hoooooboy! Such glorious crack we would have.
I've no idea who I'd cast. I might cast Richard E. Grant as eleven since his Doctor deserves canonicity. Or maybe Montserrat Lombard. Or perhaps you, Grouse.
The episodes would probably turn out like my fanfic: well-meaning jokes and/or fanwank that goes nowhere and does nothing.
Featured arcs:
Colin Baker returns as Six, walloping Michael Grade with a sock full of pennies at random points in every episode.
Frobisher returns for an episode consisting solely of a 45-minute scene of him holding up a sign which reads "I'M AWESOME" while nodding sagely at the camera.
Leela, Martha, Ace, and Donna all return in a new spinoff which is pushed so far past the watershed that a new mathematical dimension has to be added to the TV listings. Also, it's filmed in my room.

4. Jelly. Wrestling. Three Who companions of your choice. Discuss.

Both Romanas are sitting on the edge of the wrestling pit waiting for the third contestant, but the match breaks out early when Romana I accuses Romana II of not quite being a natural blonde. The intense match goes on for quite a while, but is eventually called a draw as the frantic wrestling takes a turn for the regeneratively incestuous.
Later, as the pair do whatever sort of afterglow cuddling is practical in a pit of jelly, one of them wonders aloud whatever happened to the third contestant. The pit itself starts giggling uncontrollably in Frobisher's voice.

5. Which element (Air, Fire, Water, Earth) is your favourite, philosophically speaking? Why?

I couldn't pick one favorite philosophically speaking, as I take the most joy in how they all work together, overcoming and being overcome in cycles, balancing each other out, creating this awesome equilibrium.

Personally speaking though, I've always been predominantly a water person with fire a close second. I guess that makes me steam.

May 23, 2008

Interrogative statements

Rob @ 11:58 AM

Wordy roundabout interview thing stolen from everyone's Livejournal...

1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favorite lyric to your current favorite song. Or your favorite kind of sandwich. Something random. Whatever you like.
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

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