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Name: Tim Gerla
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I do some odd jobs for GNOME. I maintain the GNOME media tools. I write some documentation. I wrote Gtcd, Gcolorsel, and Grio, the GNOME Rio (mp3 player) tool. I am a college student at UMC, a tiny cow-college in northwestern Minnesota. I will soon transfer.

I finally followed raph's example and put up an mp3.com station.


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11 Dec 2000 (updated 11 Dec 2000 at 05:07 UTC) »
D&D movie spoilers ahead!

Well, I saw the D&D movie today. I liked it, but I didn't come in with very high expectations. The story was extremely generic. Bad guy wants to take over world, outcast kiddy meets somewhat powerful girl, fall in love, beat bad guy. Cheeky sidekick gets smacked around and makes lots of wisecracks.

Ignoring the weak story, the movie was a lot of fun to look at, and had relatively few groan moments. Just two small cliches that I recall offhand. Well, cliched lines. The whole story is a cliche, with the exception of the dragon battle and the queen lady.

Story: Poor to fair. Sort of a cross between Star Wars and Indiana Jones, with less original plot.

Looks: Excellent. Lots of lush fields, big dragons, magic spells (the lighting/fire stuff was especially cool.), castles, dungeons. I just wish the thieve's guild maze sequence was longer.

Characters: Blah...Standard fare. Two young robbers meet young mage girl, save world. The three can beat down a squadron of the evil head mage troops. Mage girl can kick the young robber's butts in the beginning with no trouble, but is helpless against a few soldiers. Empress Savina was pretty pointless...I don't know why she even existed. The bad guys were pretty cool, acting-wise. No crappy trade federation ambassadors here. (puke)

Loose ends: Why didn't Damodar turn on Profion after he was let off the curse? The scene in Marina's cell seemed to indicate that he would. False foreshadowing, or something.

Last notes: Go see it if you're a fan of the genre. Don't expect a cool story.

Dum de dum, been slacking again. Advogato-wise, that is.

  • Gtcd3 is going really well. Python kicks butt. Now I just need to figure out whether or not this bug that shows up on my desktop but not my laptop is the fault of failing hardware...My 4x6 NEC changer has seen a many good years.
  • Started working for the UMC helpdesk today. It's not bad. We're loading Windows 2000 on thousands of laptops. They've got this system with two floppies and two cds...I'd have created bootable cds and so forth, but anyway, it's good money and not too tough work. Good break from my MINOS stuff.
  • I have found musical nirvana here and here.
  • I like Gabber.

Whee, long time no advogato.

  • Saw Dream Theater Saturday night. Awesome show...DT's musicians are fantastic. THe only complaint I had was the venue..Hot and poorly laid out. Oh, and they had some stupid dance party right after the concert, so the opening band Spock's Beard) didn't get a chance to play. 2.25 hours of DT though.
  • Been working on a Python version of gtcd. I have some preliminary CD audio bindings written for Python, and you can see a screenshot of Gtcd "3". Soon I will have the bindings available for download.
  • Too tired to type anymore.

Oops, I've been slacking off diary-wise now...

I've been learning Python. Very nice, so far. I started on an interface to the tcd2 code in gnome cvs, I want to rewrite gtcd in python. Whee, another day off of work, more floor wax work.

Well, my music review site mentioned a few weeks ago is live. Check it out. Hey, this might be a good way to tell how many people actually read this diary..

Anyway, I'm posting it here to see if there are any bugs and see if people really hate/love it before I start entering data and opinion in earnest, and stick it on Yahoo. So if you have any strong feelings either way, or manage to break it, let me know! Or don't even click on the link. See if I care.

So I went to work today, and the boss wasn't there. Oh well. Turns out I'm staying home tomorrow, since they're waxing the hallway floor by the office..

I've been seriously considering signing up for Emusic's subscription program. They've got thousands of albums available for download on mp3 for about $10 apiece, or you can download individual tracks for about a buck apiece.

But with the subscription program, which is $10 a month per year, you have free run of everything! There's tons of good stuff on there, Fates Warning, Galactic Cowboys, some classical, and a ton of undergroundish punk/ska. Mogwai also sells their albums on there. Even some mainstream bands, such as the Goo Goo Dolls and Mighty Mighty Bosstones have their older catalogs available.

The only thing stopping me is the lack of a CDR drive. I'm also sort of a purist when it comes to music--I like to have the whole package..The liner notes, jewel case, etc. Some of the emusic albums actually have liner notes in PDF format, but not all. I'd also like to burn the discs so I could listen in the car... Maybe one of these days.

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