Dave Duncan

"Eat Well, Stay Fit, Die Anyway"

Cheers and Jeers

I’m getting a little tired of all the Harry Potter hype (probably about as much as you’re tired of regular Linux posts).  I can understand kids getting excited, but the number of adults who are tearing their hair out and peeing their pants about seeing Harry defeat evil on a flying Quinch broom is just embarrassing.

On the other hand, I have to say I’m really impressed with the producers of the upcoming Simpsons movie.  Aside from a few promotions, they’ve kept the hype on this film to the bare minimum, and it’s brilliant.  After a few seasons of mediocre episodes, fans would be hard-pressed to get excited after umpteen thousand commercials about a movie they’ll likely see anyways.  It would be a recipe for disaster on the scale of Star Wars, Episode One.  Keep the expectations nice and low, and people will be a lot happier with the end product.  That’s my new mantra.

Speaking of expectations, I really hope that someone falls for my nerd test in this post.

And while we’re talking about nerd tests, I’m pretty excited about something right now.  After spending a bit of time fiddling with Batch Image Processor for GIMP in Linux (it lets you resize and edit a large group of pictures) and trying to install it (with Steve’s help), I’m writing up a ‘how to’ that I’ll post in here and link to the Ubuntu user forums.  All the documentation out there for installing the Processor is pretty bad, and it’s not really that hard to do.

You may be asking “what does this have to do with me?”, and here’s your answer… my gallery hasn’t been updated because it’s too labour intensive to individually resize each of my massive photos to post on the web.  I have a few batches of photos from various events (going back to early May) that I’m dying to get up online, and that I can link in here.  Frankly, the blog has been a little too text heavy for my taste lately.

Yeah for photos, yeah for Simpsons, meh for Harry Potter.


2 Comments so far

  1. Marty July 12th, 2007 7:08 am

    Aw aw aw, can I pass the nerd test. You spelt Quidditch wrong.

    I went and show the movie last night at it’s opening, with Felicity and three Freedomizer’s. We ran into Logan and Amanda, who saw it in the same theatre as us. As I see it, you’re missing out Dave.

  2. Dave July 12th, 2007 10:48 am

    I thought Karim would pass the nerd test first (seeing as he has Harry Potter playing cards, board games and bed sheets), but Marty steps up for the win!
    So because you saw people at the same theatre, that makes it okay? If everyone jumped off a cliff (without their flying brooms), would I still be missing out?

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