Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot


Thinking Chaos, Thinking Fences

This is for those who descend into the code
and make their room a fridge for Superman

Thursday, June 05, 2003

Ever since writing this white paper for NewBay Software, I've kind of wanted a camera phone. Not to blog, really, but I do think it'd be nifty to always havea a (admittedly crappy) camera with me. The prediction is that in five years or so, most phones will include cameras. That will have a significant social impact. Are you as likely to commit a crime (or even, say, adultery) if you know everyone around has a camera close at hand. Would we know who killed Kennedy if everybody was carrying a camera?

Mobile phone technology is one area where Europe is way ahead of North America. Camera phones were increasingly common when I left in February. I looked around here, but was unable to purchase a phone with a camera built in...you had to get some extra attachment. That, to me, runs counter to the whole idea of spontaneous photography. I'm not going to carry the attachment around with me everywhere. So, I'll have to wait for my next phone.

I thought of all this because I recently discovered Photocide, a site that hosts camera phone photos. Predictably, most of the photos of women's (clothed) butts. It's a kind of pathetic, low-risk voyeurism. I hadn't really thought of this application, but whatever floats your boat. This, of course, is yet another example of depravity as the early adopters of new technology.

11:44:20 PM        Culture Technology

The list-obsessed American Film Institute has published, predictably, a new list. This one's the top fifty heroes and villains in American cinema. I don't know...Darth Vader's only at number three...and Michael Corleone is at number eleven. He's more of an anti-hero, really. And what's Clarice Starling doing at number six on the heroes list, I mean, c'mon, she's more lucky than heroic in Silence of the Lambs.

11:38:03 PM        Movies

A quick plug here. Why are you still using Internet Explorer? Development seems to have grinded to a halt on it, and it was kind of a dog to begin with. Switch to the brilliant, speedy Mozilla Firebird.  Somebody ought to make a switch video about it. I've already done one, so I'm out.

Tabs have fundamentally changed the way I surf the Web. Still unconvinced...read why you should here.

11:33:30 PM        Technology

Sold, actually, for $50,922.00. Not including shipping charges:

Back in the early 1980's, while out metal detecting, I came across and old abandoned cemetery with the foundation of a homesite or Church or something nearby. While searching around the foundation, my detector indicated there was something in the ground close by the southwest corner of the foundation. After digging down about 2 feet my shovel struck a wooden box that had nearly rotted out. The metal hinges and hasp were about all that was left of it. I thought I had discovered a fortune! Boy, did that ever turn out to be wrong!! There were 2 jars and an old journal in the box. The jars had some strange writing and symbols on them...

Well, you get the idea.

11:29:46 PM        Culture