May 2nd, 2006

Stop it! Stop it, you two!

A few months ago, I watched Before Sunset, a movie with little but Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy walking and talking. I quite liked it.

Then, a few weeks after that, I watch the first movie, Before Sunrise, which turned out to be OK. I knew what to expect. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke walking and talking. I think the later movie, Before Sunset, was better.

Today, strictly interested in the animation, not knowing the director or who's in it, I watched Waking Life.

Well, color me late to the party.

There was Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy sitting there, exchanging sophisms and anecdotes like they've never stopped. Ever. I turn off the DVD and TV, and they're still in there, blabbing away.

I fear they're doing it now.

DiddleBug, Mozy, Contacts & Calendar

So I recently discover DiddleBug as a viable improvement over NotePad, which produced smooth lines during the era of Tungsten T:

Resin Smooth

But when the Tungesten E was released, NotePad suddenly produced very low-rez blocky lines:

Resin Blocky

Why the backwards move? Anyway, DiddleBug produces smooth lines again! Yea! I really missed doodling. I'll fall back in love with sketching on my PDA!

But then I'm beginning to see that remote services have finally come of age. The Google Calendar API has been released, so I'm watching it closely, because we're on the verge of a convenience/usability threshold where I won't need to carry my PDA around for contact and calendar info. (I like the extensible CVS import of gmail contacts, but the whole sync process has to be a one-click step. Working on it.)

Of course, I'll still need the PDA for sokoban and doodling, I guess.

P.S. Speaking of remote services: I'd experimented with mozy a few months ago, then abandoned it because it wasn't configurable enough. But I've since returned to the encrypted-remote-backup fold. Mozy has been updated and now does what I want.