In a wide ranging discussion about endangered species, overpopulation, and the enviroment, I mentioned the rabbit problem in Australia.

H: Unfortunately, rabbits have no natural predators in Australia.

G: Except the Tasmanian devil. But I guess Tasmanian devils don’t actually eat rabbits.

three seconds later, M bursts out laughing….

(think about it :-)

posted at 8:59 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 in Humour, Personal | Comments Off on rabbits


The patches originally scheduled for June are finally done! Causes were many; a steady stream of new defects, staff defections, and general overload (both my team and QA :-). Now we just have to get all of our other “before the end of the year” commitments done before the end of the year.

That’s part of the lack of activity around here; another part is persephone 2.0, currently about half-constructed in a VMware partition on the home machine. I’m upgrading all the way from RedHat 7.3 to Ubuntu 5.10. That’s not really an “upgrade”; instead I’m building a new disk image from scratch, and then carefully migrating the configuration and data for each user and service. I’m hoping to be done by the end of the year…

I’m sure it’d be easier to just buy a new machine and put them up side-by-side. I’m not sure how Michelle would feel about that, though :-).

posted at 9:23 pm on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 in Personal, Site News | Comments (1)
  1. Greg says:

    Congrats on getting the patches out! I’ll miss ye olde persephone…

comedy film canon

Also from John Scalzi, here’s the comedy list. Again, bold the ones you’ve seen (27/50), and mark the ones you own (3).

All About Eve
Annie Hall
The Apartment
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Blazing Saddles
Bringing Up Baby
Broadcast News
Le diner de con
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Duck Soup
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The General
The Gold Rush
Good Morning Vietnam
The Graduate
Groundhog Day
A Hard Day’s Night
His Girl Friday
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lady Killers
Local Hero
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
National Lampoon’s Animal House
The Odd Couple
The Producers
Raising Arizona *
Shaun of the Dead
A Shot in the Dark
Some Like it Hot
Strictly Ballroom *
Sullivan’s Travels
There’s Something About Mary
This is Spinal Tap
To Be or Not to Be
Toy Story *
Les vacances de M. Hulot
When Harry Met Sally
Withnail and I

posted at 8:17 pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 in Personal | Comments (2)
  1. David Brake says:

    Some rather more obscure ones in there – The General is 1927 – and some real dogs too. Tootsie? I think personal taste has a lot bigger role when it comes to comedy. And several of these are as much drama as comedy – like The Graduate.

  2. Jeff K says:

    I think we need to rewrite this list. Easily 50% are dogs, but maybe I missed something. Why is the slow paced “A shot in the Dark” any better than one of the “Pink Panther” movies? Also, owning comedy is like retelling the same joke, but fortunately, most of that list is deliberately serious satire.

sf film canon

The list is from The Science Fiction Film Canon, from the book The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies by John Scalzi. He describes it as “Reviews and commentary on the 50 science fiction films you have to see before you die”…

I’ve bolded the ones I’ve seen, and marked the (two) that I own. 31/50; Not too bad…

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!
Akira Kaneda!
Back to the Future *
Blade Runner *
Bride of Frankenstein
Brother From Another Planet
A Clockwork Orange
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Damned
Destination Moon
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Escape From New York
ET: The Extraterrestrial
Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (serial)
The Fly (1985 version)
Forbidden Planet
Ghost in the Shell
The Incredibles
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version)
Jurassic Park
Mad Max 2
The Matrix
Metropolis (Extended version)
On the Beach
Planet of the Apes (1968 version)
Solaris (1972 version)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
The Stepford Wives
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The Thing From Another World
Things to Come
12 Monkeys
28 Days Later
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
2001: A Space Odyssey
La Voyage Dans la Lune
War of the Worlds (1953 version)

posted at 9:14 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2005 in Movies, Personal | Comments (5)
  1. Reid says:

    Wow, the only ones I have NOT seen in that list are:

    The Damned
    Destination Moon
    The Thing From Another World

    Btw, I assume you mean the 1936 version of “Things to Come” with Raymond Massey in it . I haven’t seen the later versions.

  2. Harald Koch says:

    I bow to thee, O Alpha Geek :-)

  3. David Brake says:

    I have seen Alphaville and Delicatessen (the latter is definitely worth seeing). Also Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version) which I didn’t find as scary as the later version with Sutherland but then I saw it later. On the other hand I have never seen Ghost in the Shell.

  4. Greg says:

    What, T2 made it, but not T_original? Bah…

  5. Jeff K says:

    I could entirely do without Delicatessen, “ET”, Mad Max 2, Tron and Godizilla. Most folks don’t “get” Alphaville or Clockwork Orange, I don’t think. I own about 40 DVDs on that list. The list looks suspiciously popular to me, missing the Road Warrior, Matrix Reloaded, Time Bandits, Andromeda Strain, and some others on my shelves.

biker vs. squirrel

I can’t believe I didn’t link to this before!

Squirrel vs. Biker subtitled “ And people ask me what I need a Browning .338 Winchester Magnum for… “

It’s apparently from The December 2004 newsletter of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association of Victoria, BC, but the html link is easier to read.

posted at 7:11 pm on Friday, November 11, 2005 in Humour, Links | Comments (1)
  1. Debbie says:

    I love this story. :-)