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Went to a matinee of GalaxyQuest today. Even if you’ve never seen Star Trek and have no identity as a fan of the show(s) or Gene Roddenberry’s universe, I think you’ll appreciate this movie, its really fun. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Sam Rockwell, Missi Pyle, and some others who, I apologize, I can’t remember the actors names, are great. Everyone seems like they’re having fun, the special effects aren’t overdone, and tag line jokes aren’t overdone. I really enjoyed this movie. can you tell?
The Internet Movie Database page on Galaxy Quest is here.

What would it be like to live in the Star Trek universe Gene Roddenberry created? I’m talking about the original series universe and as it was revised during the early part of ‘Next Generation’ while Gene was still alive, not the later stuff. Fanboy stuff I know. I suppose I should say I’m a big fan of Babylon 5, Star Wars, and science fiction in general. really?

The Mondays in this Millennium seem to resemble the Mondays in the other Millennium a great deal. 🙂

Don’t forget to visit the Hunger Site and click on the ‘Donate Food’ button.

Thanks to John Martello, there is a new Warp Core as of Sunday 1/2/2000.

A delightful new Graphite iMac DV SE came to live here on Friday 12/31/1999. The fourth Macintosh (the fifth Apple) in the lineage here. sweet!

The fourth Macintosh (the fifth Apple) in the lineage here.

A Journey of a Hundred Miles…

The day is winding down, we put Mom on the plane back to her home about 6PM. I’ll have more on this later, it needs some zafu time.

There is some interesting stuff out there I missed today, being away from the computer. Like that is a bad thing or something. slashdot has an interesting discussion on Geeks, Geek Issues and Voting “For Americans: it’s high time we thought about who we want to run the country for the next 4 years. What kind of laws we would want passed…or repealed. Who would be the ideal “Geek Ticket” and why?” Wired has a story about the Ig Nobel committee’s list of the 20 most spectacular failures of the last century.

Apple has a “Open Transport Tuner 1.0” system patch available to address Denial of Service issues with MacOS 9 and certain Macintosh computers running MacOS 8.6. From the README:

     OT Tuner 1.0 switches off an option in Open 
     Transport that would cause a Macintosh to respond to 
     certain small network packets with a large Internet 
     Control Message Protocol (ICMP) packet. This update 
     prevents Macintosh computers from being the cause of 
     certain types of Denial of Service (DOS) issues.

This is for all users of Mac OS 9; but only for Mac OS 8.6 users with PowerMacintosh G4, iBook, and iMac (Slot-loading) computers.

I’m looking forward to seeing the movie Posted on Categories Apple/Mac, from blivet ETP, Movies, Science Fiction, Software

First begin, then continue …

I’m not really sure what to think about this one. CNN has a story “WWBD”? Need advice? Try Moses, Buddha and the Bard on three books that distill their business wisdom. WWBD? I think that is covered in the eight-fold path.

It seems to be rather calm this morning. AppleInsider has some news/rumors about multiprocessor G4s at Macworld, a 17 inch iMac test production run, and Minuet (Mac OS 9.0.1) falling behind schedule. As always, salt to taste.

It is very apparent I need to pick up some XML skills so I can make Manila do more.

The Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to return today after successfully repairing and upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope. Fantastic job! I initially wrote “splash down” rather then “return”. They haven’t “splashed down” since Apollo 17, I guess I’m showing my age. 🙂

At first, it seems productive to do Zen in a cloistered environment. There are no pesky distractions like family conflicts and your ego doesn’t intrude as obviously. So, for many, it is a good place to begin. With time though, it can become easy to delude yourself about your ‘progress’. The real test of your practice and the place to hone it is in the world outside the retreat, trying to remain centered, dancing the dance of life. Zen is 24/7. Or, more classically, “Zen is a cauldron of boiling oil over a roaring fire.” There is always a lesson, every moment provides a chance to hone your practice and remain in the moment. Or get swept away with the Ego’s drama. It’s just like keeping the servers responsive, providing customer support, or working with other people who have a different perspective. It’s being alive. It’s the only dance there is.