Mark Richards


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Harry Potter 7 and 8

The decision has been made to make the 7th book of the Harry Potter series into 2 movies. In all honestly, they probably could have done the same thing for books 5 and 6 as well.

While it feels a little odd to have 7 books and 8 movies, I believe this is absolutely the right decision. Obviously nobody wants to sit through a 4 hour movie, but I believe that splitting the novel will preserve the integrity of the movie series and allow for all the finer details to be touched upon. If you've read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, you'd know that the plot moves at a rapid pace and each chapter is important to the proper resolution of the series. Getting this right in the movies will help to not cheapen the overall "Harry Potter experience". I say do it right or don't do it at all.

I commend the producers for their choice.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Unfortunate Photo Fame

I received an email from a guy last night who is one of the major contributors to the Natalee Halloway article on Wikipedia. He requested that I change the license for a photo that I took while on my honeymoon in Aruba so that it could be added to the Wikipedia entry.

As the story goes, Sarah and I were on our honeymoon in Aruba 2 days after Natalee Halloway went missing. During our stay we had the unenviable pleasure of receiving the now-famous missing girl flier, passing the club where she was last seen, and seeing the search party while out and about on the island. The search party photo is the one that was requested for the article. It was taken by California Lighthouse about 3 days after her disappearance.

I wish that my first photo to be used on Wikipedia wasn't on such a crappy topic. I'm glad that I can contribute a little something to such a famous story, but something slightly happier would have been better.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Frustrating Eclipse Bug

If you haven't discovered it yet, there is a frustrating Eclipse bug when accessing files on a UNIX server via FTP. Any directories and files that were modified on leap day (February 29) will no longer appear in the File Explorer View. That freakin' sucks. To fix, simply run the following command:

$ touch dirname

That will change the last modified date. An easy fix for a stupid, frustrating bug.

UPDATE: This bug has been logged.