Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

I’ve been working all day on a perl script that will massage my “links of the day” postings in the same manner that I have been doing manually for some year(s). It fetches a post by ID#, de-bullets the del.icio.us links-of-the-day via painstaking regular expression transformations. It scrunches each link into a paragraph, and bolds my “title category”) (e.g. “ABUSE OF AUTHORITY:”, “TECHNOLOGY WAR:”, etc). It also sweeps these title categories up to create a posting title automatically (“LINKS: abuse of authority, religion, censorship”). It observes the del.icio.us tags used, and consults these against a table of “tag icon” images that I have (for example, the silhouette of an officer swinging a nightstick for abuse of authority stories), and automatically adds a related image next to those stories. Alignment alternates between right and left automatically.

It also assigns applicable WordPress tags automatically, based on the del.icio.us tags entered — with some special alias mapping. For example delicious’s “WarOnTerror” needs to become WordPress’s “The War On Terror“, because I chose to use a “the” on my blog) (and some sick things too, like if it is del.icio.us tagged “media” and “tv” and “shows” but not “cartoons” then it gets my wordpress “live-action shows” tag). Obviously, it only uses existing WordPress categories, rather than creating a bazillion new ones.

Suffice to say that now, instead of doing 10-15 minutes work, I just need to run the script with the 4 digit posting ID to have it fixed. Well, once I’m done. Right now, it simply re-writes the cleaned post to an old post that no one sees anymore ( https://clintjcl.wordpress.com/?p=5 ), because I didn’t want to destroy the original. I still have more to do on this tomorrow. (more…)

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] Carolyn & I are both big Arrested Development fans, and love the character G.O.B., played by Will Arnett. When we saw Janeane Garofalo at the Arlington Drafthouse, she made sure to emphasize that she thought Will Arnett was one of the funniest people right now, and that he was responsible for her back injury — from falling over laughing. Thus, we decided to get some Will Arnett movies. This is movie 2 of 3 for our Will Arnett Theme Week, which consists of The Solomon Brothers, Let’s Go To Prison, and Blades Of Glory. We are watching them in order of IMDB rating (lowest-to-highest; this movie received 5.6/10 on IMDB.)

PEOPLE: Bob Odenkirk directed this, and we are big fans of his comic sensibility (Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!; Tom Goes To The Mayor; Mr. Show). This was an added bonus to the whole Will Arnett angle that got us here in the first place. The main 2 characters were Will Arnett and Dax Shepard, who we just became acquainted with when recently watching Without A Paddle.

BAD STUFF: All-male cast. Extremely painful plot, mostly in prison. Painful in the sense that we were in disblief and horror as to how unrealistically destructive certain characters were to themselves and others. But it was a black comedy, so it was a good hurt. Even the threat of prison rape is made to be funny … and I don’t like laughing at that! So the movie hurt, but in a good way, like watching Steve Carell be a total douchebag in The Office. (Tangent: Carell is going to play the lead role in the Get Smart movie? That might actually be good.)

CONCLUSION: Despite being rated 0.6 higher on IMDB, I thought The Brothers Solomon was a funnier movie. Both, however, are utterly unrealistic. And that’s good — comedy is about escapism, not realism. This was a dark, dark, dark comedy about a bad, bad, bad place. All I know is that I do not want to go to prison! Even in a comedy, it sucks!

MOVIE QUOTE: John Lyshitski: “Our justice system sucks. You know, there are over two million Americans behind bars. That’s a little larger than the population of Houston. Every year, there are enough children born in prison to fill 250 Little League teams, and enough people are raped in prison to fill a stadium more than three times. Can you picture that? Three stadiums full of people raping each other? I know I can.”