Missing Bloglines functionality. Take two.

Last time I tried to complain about missing functionality at Bloglines I got everything wrong. I acknoledged the fact, but my ego wanted a revenge. It wanted me to find something that is really missing so that I could write a proper post on the subject. After lots of thinking and playing around with other tools, I finally found a good issue to complain about – synchronization automation.

Here is what I mean.

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Daily del.icio.us bookmarks

Today’s links belong to one of the two topics – visual arts or technology.

Visual arts (photography, graffiti, posters, and fashion):

Technology:

These were shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user tvset on 2005-08-30.

Black Moon Rising

For today I had a totally random choice of movie – no IMDB, no comments, no wishlist. I’ve got myself a DVD with “Black Moon Rising

Directed by: Harley Cokeliss
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn, Richard Jaeckel, Lee Ving, Bubba Smith, Dan Shor, William Sanderson, Keenan Wynn, Nick Cassavetes, Richard Angarola, Don Keith Opper, William Marquez, David Pressman, Stanley DeSantis
IMDB raintg: 5.1
My rating: 3.0 ***

I guess all my research paid off. I’ve got as much as I spent looking for it. Really slow and boring film with Tommy Lee Jones non-the-less. Not only the movie was slow and boring, but it was dated 1986. I bet it was slow and boring even by 1986 standards.

The costumes and the haircuts were bad. So were the fights. So was all the acting. And the special effects. But the worst ever was the soundtrack.

It was a pain to listen even for me – a guy who doesn’t pay any attention to background sound. During the whole film there were these noises produced by different instruments. They weren’t notes or music. They were noises. Random and painful. I thought that maybe the musicians didn’t know how to play music. But when it got to some romantic erotic scene, they all finally started to assemble something. I’ve heard music, even if bad one, but it was music. It continued for approximately 20 seconds and than… back to noises.

Skip this movie if you haven’t already. We’ve got enough newer crap.

The sweetest sound ever

My absolutely most favorite sound in the whole wide world is the sound of Maxim laughing (WAV, 60 KBytes, recorded with my mobile). Every time I hear this it feels like a Japanese cherry tree is blossoming inside me on a fast forward playback, like they show on Discovery channel.

Gladly, Maxim is laughing more and more with every day. Today both Olga and I were surprised to catch Maxim laughing while watching TV. There weren’t anything funny though – just a bunch of people and camera that was switching fast between them. I guess it reminded Maxim of a hide-and-seek game that we play with him.

Tagging calendars

While playing around with Delicious I thought about how useful it would be to have a calendar which could operate with tags. This way, a jazz festival in Cyprus that is going to happen in Cyprus during 16-18 of September this year, for example, could have been tagged as “jazz”, “festivals”, “events”, “music”, “cyprus” as well as “16sep2005”, “17sep2005”, “18sep2005”. And maybe even as “year2005” and “september”.

It is easy to find some format to express dates and times – there is no question about that. After that is done, the set of events can be represented in a variety of forms. The usual calendar table could be filled using the date format. The list of events for a certain month or year could be combined. Or it could even be categorised based on tags.

It would be possible to make queries like “Show me the list of music events that are planned for September 2005 in Cyprus” or “Show me the list of Cyprus festivals”. These could be easily used together with the usual calendaring stuff like “What is planned for September?”.

If there was some calendaring application that could work with Delicious it would awesome! Just think of the possibilities! A combined calendar of events with geographic locations and links to website for more information maintained by a bunch of interested people. And since Delicious provides RSS feeds for everything, it would be really easy to update and monitor such a calendar. That would be partially competing with the service provided by Airset. Purhaps there are even some commercial applications that could be based on this service.

Now all we need is for someone to create it…

Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month (2004)Martin wanted my opinion on “Employee of the Month” and he gave it to me free of charge too. There was no way I could say no to that.

Directed by: Mitch Rouse
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn, Christina Applegate, Andrea Bendewald, Dave Foley, Jay Leggett, David Pasquesi, Peter Jason, Paul Dooley, Noel Gugliemi, Renee Albert, Enrique Almeida, Mark Beltzman, Brian Blondell, John Timothy Botka
IMDB raintg: 6.0
My rating: 6.0 ******

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Mona Lisa Smile

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)I am not a big fan of Julia Roberts. In fact, I try to avoid her more often than I try to see her. That was one of the reasons I skipped “Mona Lisa Smile” when it was in the movies. Recenlty though I saw a trailer again and decided to get the film on DVD.

Directed by: Mike Newell
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Cast: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dominic West, Juliet Stevenson, Marcia Gay Harden, John Slattery, Marian Seldes, Donna Mitchell, Terence Rigby, Jennie Eisenhower, Leslie Lyles, Laura Allen
IMDB raintg: 6.1
My rating: 5.0 *****

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