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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

del.icio.us/ Just how little I know about the net

I'm still really unclear on how I'm supposed to be using del.icio.us. I tried to find some how-to stuff, like John Udell's sort of helpful and very interesting explanation , but I'm still pretty hazy. His site gave me the impression that you do book mark you're own stuff, so I've done a couple of my posts. But I feel kind of weird and unsure if I'm doing the right thing. I guess it's partially because I'm no good at self promotion, tooting my own horn, to resort to cliche. But I also don't want to do it wrong and look or feel stupid. For example, My last post, about A Feast for Crows. I myself tagged books and fantasy because that was the main subject and Gay, because that came up in the second part of the article. I immediately regretted "gay" because it seemed mostly irrelevant since the post not gay focused, but more gay when going off topic.
On the other hand, if people come here to tell me I'm a retard for how I'm bookmarking my own pages, then at least I know what I'm doing wrong and that people are reading. I'm mostly posting this as a disclaimer; if it is like socially unacceptable to bookmark my own posts. But, I mean, no-one else is, so...
That wasn't meant to be an awkward plea to the five people who are going to visit in the next 24 hours, don't feel pressured or anything. If any of you know more about this than I do, I'd love to have some questions answered though.

Fuck, I swore I wouldn't get all needy and here I am being needy. I'm sorry. I'll go back to intelligent posting tomorrow. I swear.

PS. I won't bookmark this one, cause I really don't feel like it. IN the mean time, I bookmarked George's site and vidlit's, which will both soon be in my sidebar. Whenever I'm not feeling lazy/tired/apathetic/discouraged. Or maybe never. It's the thought that counts.

George R. R. Martin's Joyous Announcement

George R. R. Martin
This may not be as big a deal to those of you who aren't nerds as it is to me, but George R.R. Martin has finally finished the 4th book in his brilliant series "A Song of Ice and Fire," Sort of. he's splitting the book in half, meaning that, as I suspected, there will be seven books in the series not six (or four or three, as originally planned). Soon it will just go on and on and on, like the Wheel of Time (shudder). But the Joyous Announcement is super big deal to someone like me, who's been waiting for close to three years A Feast for Crows.
It was such a big deal that my friend, Jon, called me up to tell me it was done and pre-order copies for both of us. Very generous of him, considering that in our last conversation, Jon told me he "detested" (his carefully chosen word, he actually deliberated over it) the fact that I'm gay because it "interfered with our friendship." But that's really personal. At least he's honest.
the Joyous Announcement from GRRM bumped my planned post about the identity of Deep Throat, which would have probably been boring and self-consciously bloggish.

Monday, May 30, 2005

The Da Vinci Code, Part 2

It seems my mild elation at the fading star of the Da Vinci Code was premature. While experimenting with del.icio.us, I was reminded that the (gulp) film version is coming out next summer. That means a whole second wave of hysteria. I think it will make a decent film, after all, it's fast paced narrative won't be dragged down by bad prose sticking in my like little cactus pricks and shallow one dimensional characters are less of a problem in a film with talented actors to shoulder the load the author obviously couldn't. I would say I didn't want to see it, but Audrey Tautou (of Amelie, one of my all time favorite movies) and Ian McKellen (who I had a huge celebrity crush on, only half joking here) are in it. And how can you say no to Ian McKellen? Really... I still hate the Da Vinci code. With fervent passion. I'll see the movie next year, so I can talk about how bad it was.

I've spent most of today wandering around the net looking at all the different things I can do to promote or improve my blog here. I've got sitemeter going, to tell me how few people are coming every day. I've joined del.icio.us to try some tagging. I'm not positive I'm doing it correctly, though. I mean your supposed to tag blog posts right? I'm trying to use technorati, too, but I find their instructions totally mystifying. I honestly have no idea what to do now that I've set up my set. I tried signing up for blogrolling but I'm having so much trouble getting emails from them I don't even remember what it's for. Same goes for Bloglines. Since it's happening to both, I have to assume it's because AOL sucks, and not them, although e-mail one saying none of them came through.
Never mind, AOL sent them all to my spam folder. I have like 50 validation messages in my spam folder now, those bitches at AOL. I really need to go get gmail. But I won't cause I'm lazy.

The Da Vinci Code

Good news today, or really yesterday, from the NY Times' Best Sellers list. It seems the Da Vinci code has finally begun it's slow decline in sales, after an unprecedented 113 weeks on the list. It's now in 5th place, but it was in one and two for far too long. If you haven't yet read it, it's really not worth it (although it won't take you very long, just support your local library not Dan Brown). It's poorly written, and I gather historically, mathematically, scientifically, and theologically inaccurate (I haven't read the books exploiting this book, because I don't really care). So basically, there is no reason to waste your time on it. Read something good instead (Try Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City).
the thing that really bothers me about the Code isn't it's heavy anti-catholic themes, it's wild conspiracy theories, or it's inaccuracy, though. It's the fact that the writing is so bad. The idea that tripe can spend more than two years as the number one book in America is sickening in it's indication of low level of literacy in the united states, and in the low regard for good books. Why is it that so called "good literature" is never the same as popular literature? Are we snobs who are out of touch with America or is there something wrong with the public? I'd like to think it's them.

Update, according to the NYT website, which has next week's (June 5) list, the Da Vinci Code is in 6th place.

HTML

In the light of day, tomorrow, I'm really going to have to teach myself html if I'm serious about switching to Blogger, and not just test driving it. Right now, it looks kind of like Sanskrit, or Japanese, or some other generically foreign sounding language.

Hello!

Hello, umm this is a little awkward. Now I feel like I'm cheating on a lover or something. See, for those of you not redirected from over there, I'm switching from Xanga, cause Xanga's crap for 14 year old girls to make inside jokes with their friends.
I like this better already. When I press the control I My Italics come on. At Xanga, that made my history window open. And look, Spell Check! I can spell check, for free!! Hurrah. Since I'm just moving over, I'm going to post my last post from Xanga, earlier this evening. I've rewritten parts so it's less awful. some of my old posts are pretty sad... some of my new posts probably will be too.

From Xanga, Sunday May, 29, 2005

First things first. I take back what I said about Questionable Content's bad dialogue. Turns out, one of the main characters just doesn't use contractions at all, as a conscious choice. That was basically what was bugging me about his dialogue, although it's not amazing. I mean the contraction is one of the simplest ways to write halfway natural dialogue. I mean no one says "I do not want that ice cream. It is too cold. I will have this brownie instead." (not real QC dialogue) People would say "I don't want that ice cream. It's too cold. I'll have a brownie instead." Wasn't that better.
So I spent some time looking for other Xanga's to give eprops, in the hopes of getting some in exchange (please leave some trace of yourself when you visit, sign the guest book or send me an email or something) but it turns out, most of the blogs suck. Either people cnatt' splel ott sve therre lofess or they're really tediously boring or they play music that clashes with my music and I leave before reading them or they're annoying eleven year old girls whose interests are "The Gilmore girls, puppies and Jesus" (Shudder) or they left really great posts and then stopped updating in March 2004 or they use their account to post softcore gay porn. I actually kind of like that last kind, but not for starting any sort of exchange.
While we're on the subject (of increasing readership, not gay porn), can anyone explain to me how to use Technorati I posted the code, but it still says I'm unclaimed and I'm mystified by the technobabble in the tag section. What does RSS/atom mean and what's pinging and all those other mysterious technology words and why do they explain themselves so badly (or am I just too fucking stupid). I should really learn how to design web pages. I have this image of the future where knowing html (or is html becoming obsolete, I don't know I think I heard that somewhere but it's probably not true.) will be as important as knowing how to spell or take a picture. But since I know nothing I use Xanga and have no readers.
Also, I'm getting really interested in Lucid dreaming, after listening to the Viking Youth Power Hour, one of the smartest podcasts out there.