Archive for September, 2005

Additional screening for rabid DC area Firefly bloggers.

September 26, 2005 Leave a comment

*looking at subject line* Now there’s a category I never thought I’d find myself in…. 
Anyway, apparently response to Serenity has been overwhelming enough that a second screening of the movie is being set up, with a larger number of seats being set aside for bloggers. Here’s the details from the email I received not even an hour ago: 
Due to the overwhelming response of the SERENITY advance screening opportunities in Washington, DC – an additional screening has been added! Your name will still be on the list for tonight, but we highly recommend you attend the screening this Thursday evening, as additional seats have been added strictly for bloggers. You have a much better chance of seeing the film if you attend Thursday’s screening. Your name will be on the list for BOTH screenings, so you do not need to respond to this email. 
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2005 
Time: 7:30 PM 
Theatre: Regal Ballston Common 
Address: 617 N. Glebe Rd. 
Arlington, VA 22203 

Categories: Geeky

Possibly seeing Serenity earlier than I anticipated.

September 24, 2005 Leave a comment

Ever since the SciFi Channel started showing Firefly on Friday nights, I’ve been anticipating Serenity, the movie that picks up where the series left off. Anticipating may in fact be too weak a word. So when I picked up from Professor Reynolds that Grace Hill Media, the PR firm that’s promoting Serenity was opening up advance screenings for bloggers, I shot an email off to the email provided within about ten minutes. Then, noticing that there was a sign up page hosted over at, I signed up there as well. (Townhall’s sign up page is now closed, sadly. Reaction from the blogosphere was apparently electric, and more than enough people signed up to book all the screenings.) 
For the uninitiated, why am I so excited? Here’s the official why: 
Joss Whedon, the Oscar® – and Emmy – nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, ANGEL and FIREFLY, now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity. The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family –squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal. 
Here’s the personal why: 
This show is what great science fiction is made of. Guns don’t make noise when you shoot them off in space. In fact, nothing makes noise in space. It’s possible to have great adventure without an FTL drive (Firefly all takes place within one solar system.) Not everywhere in the future will be shiny and techno, but you won’t have all primitive or all techno with nothing in between. Evil is out there, in many forms, but you’ll find Good in unexpected places. 

Categories: Geeky

Yaargh. Hard drive crash.

September 18, 2005 Leave a comment

I suffered a hard drive crash over the weekend that took out the blog entries (and everything else) on the server from about mid-August on, which was the last time I made a good backup. The bad news is that I don’t think I can recover the old blog entries. The good news is that the blog seems to be the most adversely affected. 
Highlights from the missing blog entries: 
I went to San Francisco. Whoo hoo! 
Muir Woods is pretty. I’ve got pictures available here: 
NetRestore can work with disk images created by Disk Utility or Carbon Copy Cloner. However, if you want the ability to verify the restore, use Carbon Copy Cloner to create the disk images. However, those CCC-created disk images will not be usable by Disk Utility for its Restore function. If you really need one unified set of disk images, use Disk Utility. Otherwise, make two sets. 
Alright, back to the task of making better backups. A lesson for all of us, really…. 

Categories: Technical
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