*it’s Pacino before he started doing a Pacino impression. He has an underbite and delicate voice. One of his best performances. It’s all tenderness and nerves. Fredo is in it too! SYDNEY LUMET! You will like him!
*populist rage! brooklyn! i hate this economy! ATTICA! ATTICA! ATTICA!
Randomly saw this for the first time in mid-May. It’s great.
Also, in a slightly brilliant move, the CW ran the original Taking of Pelham 123 a week or two back. The denouement comes across as unsophisticated by modern suspense standards, but the film is excellent. Everything in the movie bleeds beautiful 1970s NYC, except for Walter Matthau, whose blood is green.
“One [idea] that has surprised me is the ability to predict the price of a wine from comments collected from the web. Its early days yet, but a project that I’ve been involved in is looking to see whether we can predict the price of clarets (ranging from $3,000 a case to $300 a case) based solely on wine reviews.”—Just a guy in a garage: How Netflix predicts the price of wine
The EFF successfully backed reexam and eventual rejection of a patent on internet subdomains, such as tumblr hosting manymachines.tumblr.com. The patent in question was originally granted despite being filed well after the technique was well-known by the technical community.
Always the left thumb, which occasionally escapes his balled fist and roams free. It happens randomly, when the thumb is loose and manages to snag the corner of his mouth — once it’s in there, he knows what to do with it instinctively.
By now he realizes that the thumb is there, and that it is suckable, but he doesn’t know how to coax it out of his fist. He gums the side of his hand ravenously, but the thumb has its own designs. I have seen it curl back into his palm spontaneously when it approaches his mouth.
Something that kinda bugs me about Twitter: it only matches the reality of a specific personality type. You have to be someone kinda insular for it to feel really comfortable, and I’m not surprised it comes from San Francisco, because this is really how (I feel) people live in San Francisco. You have some people you’re in touch with every day. Everybody else you ignore completely.
That’s not my reality at all. In reality, there are people you talk to every day, people you talk to every now and then, and people you talk to never. “Every now and then” is a huge range from once in your life to every two days. This is basically Clay Shirky’s praise for LiveJournal turned sideways, because every social network has this problem. Shirky praised LJ because it allows you to specify “these people can read this, but they can’t read that” in very flexible, fine-grained ways.
Twitter would be better with frequency filters. I met a lot of people at conferences last year and I don’t want to hear from all of them every day, but I do want to hear from a lot of them once a week or once a month. Unfortunately the only way I can think of to do this which involves the Twitter API also would require you to follow a lot of people you only want to semi-follow. In other words, it make the API useless for every other application. Alternatively you could do it with RSS feeds and scraping. That renders it vulnerable to scaling issues, but you know the old 37Signals thing about scaling issues - you should be so lucky.
I saw something like this happen once, when the Fires of Heaven Screenshots forum decided to invade some My Little Pony fan forum. Revenge came in the night, in the form of My Little Pony-themed porn. FoH was forced to negotiate a truce.