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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

More E.T.

Göteborg Film Festival just added a third E.T. screening to celebrate the Draken theatre's 50th anniversary on April 26, at 7 p.m. Stay tuned; I'll update with further details when I have them.

Why I Write Blogs

I had an interesting conversation about blogging a while ago. A friend of mine who also blogs suggested that I'd get more readers if I'd focus on a select few topics instead of, well, writing whatever crosses my mind. I've thought about it, and it's probably true.

I'd probably get the Linux/XML geeks interested if I focused on Debian and getting my favourite XML tools to run on wine. I'd get the movie buffs if I wrote regularly on the classics I screen at the Draken every week, and I might even get some of the Aspies out there if I gossiped on Wrong Planet more. And there are dozens of other subjects I could focus on, stuff that I know enough about to write blogs.

But you know what? I don't care. I don't write this to satisfy any particular group out there. I write because it's a great way to let out steam while honing my writing skills. If a post can help someone to set up XMetaL on Linux, well, good for you, but that's not why I write. I write because I like to write, and blogging is better than hiding the results in drawers.

Those of you who speak Swedish, on the other hand, can jump to my Swedish-language blog, where I actually try to stay on topic. It's my commentary on local stuff, the kind that only matters to the Swedish-speaking population.

As for the rest of you, well, WYSIWYG!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Fanny & Alexander

I rather like "Fanny & Alexander", director Ingmar Bergman's final theatrical epic. It's a classic story of evil, with great actors and stunning, Academy Award-winning photography by Sven Nykvist. However, once is quite enough, and I'm painfully aware of this since I still have 4 reels to go. I love being a movie projectionist but I'd pick Arnold Schwarzenegger any day if I got to choose when doing my time in the booth.

Monday, April 03, 2006

The WP Daytime Soap, Part 294

The daytime soap that is Wrong Planet continues. I heard that other members have been banned from the site as well, and in the mean time, again a thread was deleted, this time the one that got me banned. The "owner" is cleaning house, blindly following advice from The Admin Zone, a forum for forum owners and such.

Obviously, I no longer wish to link to WP from my blog, and so removed the link.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Wrong Planet Heading for Disaster

Wrong Planet, the AS/autism forum I've been reading, is heading for disaster. Today, I became a persona non grata there after daring to compare the latest developments on the forum with a bad daytime soap. Now, this in itself is hardly a disaster; most people there won't probably even notice that I'm gone. However, it also seems that Alex Plank, the site's owner, today fired every moderator and every admin in sight. With more than 4000 members, this is certainly a recipe for disaster.

WP is therefore now more of a soap opera than ever before. And it's still a bad one.

wine 0.9.10 Fixes the Disappearing Font Problem

Well, like the header says, wine 0.9.10 fixes the annoying disappearing system font problem in wine 0.9.9. Finally! I've been holding back a full Debian dist-upgrade until the wine libraries catch up with what I need...

Unfortunately, the file path problem is still very much in existence. Stay tuned, though, because I just checked Wine HQ and it turns out that version 0.9.11 just came out.