30 Apr 2000 kjk   » (Journeyer)

The last few days were marked by increasing obsession with watching Noah climbing up the d/l list at PalmGear. I was wondering whether it'll get to Top 50 monthly before end of April and it did. Makes me happy for some reason.
Preparing 0.65 release - a lot of people complained about performance so I've improved it. It was so easy that I should have done it in the first release but it's kind of hard to get the real feel for speed when you're running under the emulator. And it didn't help that freaking POSE has profiling broken so I don't have hard numbers on speed-up. But it should be much better and it certainly feel better. I actually wanted to make it 0.70 relase and include FOLD (should be pretty easy) but I decided that it will be better to concentrate on Webster for now. Means it's time for some loving the perl-style.
This is one of those strange moments: I just wanted to write a rant about my oh-so-wonderful idea that I had a few years back but never bothered to implement. The idea was so good that I couldn't believe that no-one has done it before. Wouldn't it be cool, I thought, to have a your-favourite-mpg3-player plugin that shows the lyrics? All we need is a bit of programming and lyrics data enriched with timing info and you can go wild (star-wars like scroll, anyone?). I was just to lay out this idea in this e-diary and here's what I find: an article in linux.com about XMMS mentions this plugin. At least it looks like having this idea is somewhat connected with being Polish.
The same guy is also working on a (YA){mail,news}reader. I really would like something better that Netscape and neither Balsa nor Evolution look like they're ready to rock-and-roll (with different levels of not-readiness). But that's not my point. I used to have an Amiga (the only computer that I've enjoyed using but that's not my point neither). My point is: check those screenshots. Am I really the only one to think that Gnome/KDE/X just plainly sucks as far as visual and usability goes? Compared to both Amiga and Windows. And the guy who forced X users to do copy/paste by highlithing and pressing the 3rd mouse button (that I don't have on my laptop btw. plus I was never able to configure 3-button mouse to work as a 3 button under XFree - I guess that's how you find out that you're not nearly as smart as you thought you were) was a pervert.
Go and see Time code for the reason of it being truly amazing. I didn't fell in love with the story (I rarely do) but picture this: screen is divided into 4 parts and there's a separate story going on in every part. Try to watch 4 movies at the same time - simply mind-blowing. Of course the stories and people mix so it's more of a one story that you can watch from different views and angles at the same time. Only one out of four images can have sound otherwise it would be incomprehensible so you tend to concentrate on the one that you can hear. Anyway the point is: if you can pull such a movie without making it a completely boring, sleep-inducing crap (think French movies) you're a genius and that's how I think of Mike Figgis now. And the cast was good (maybe beautiful would be a better word, the name of the character that one of the actresses played in some previous Figgis' movie is listed in IMDB as "supermodel").
I wish I had more dictionaries for Noah.

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