Comic Catch Up

I read 4 web comics regularly. My travels kind of knocked me out of my routine and I got behind on a few. They have different schedules but almost all of them come out with new stuff on Fridays, so that’s a good day for reading them. And today, while catching up on those I’d missed, I see that Scott Kurtz created a pretty hilarious alternate ending for my most favorite Twilight Zone episode, Time Enough at Last. Clicking on this little version here will take you to the full size comic over at PvP.

  • The Choir is one of my favorite bands ever. They’ve been around for a while but recently put out a new album that I picked up via Amazon MP3 (gift certificates ftw!). It’s awesome.
  • I set a personal record last week and watched 6 full length movies on a single flight. Atlanta to Tokyo on a 777 equipped with personal screens for each seat. I guess I should continue this unordered list theme with the films.
    • A-Team
    • Prince of Persia
    • Robin Hood
    • Karate Kid (new one)
    • The Matrix
    • The Matrix Reloaded
  • Delta’s in flight internet is apparently only available on domestic flights. Understandable but really limits any chance I’d want it.
  • There’s a “Survivor” app for android that lets you stream full episodes. I installed it and it works great (over wifi). How cool is it to live in the future?

App Inventor

Synchronicity, it’s not just an album. So a couple weeks ago my team lead got me a new phone. Not just any phone, A Galaxy S of the TMobile Vibrant flavor. This is in and of itself post worthy – and I need to do one, once I’ve had the phone a bit longer and gotten the hang of it. I’m coming from a Windows Smart Phone and it’s a huge difference.

So why am I here now? Well a while back I heard about Google’s App Inventor for Android and filled out a request to get in on the beta. I didn’t hear back for quite a while and just figured I wasn’t going to get in. I was so busy messing with my new phone I pretty much forgot about it, and then over the week-end my App Inventor invite came.

What I didn’t even know when I requested to get in on the Beta is that a phone is required to use the software. So if I had been invited in earlier, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything. I get the phone, a week later I get the invite and I am up and running.

I set everything up Saturday and it took me about 3 minutes to make my first “App”. It’s nothing fancy or even useful but I just wanted to see how it would work. It is pretty stinking cool. The tutorials are pretty sweet as well.

Musical XKCD

Sometimes the mouse over for the xkcd comics is as good or better than the comic itself. That was the case for me with today’s comic. Because through it I found out that the Emily Dickinson poem Death fits the tune of the Gilligan’s Island song. What xkcd wont tell you is that means it will also fit the tune of Amazing Grace or At the Cross. He says this is due to the poem being in ballad meter, though I think all that really matters is that the syllables match.

I could be wrong about that, but the reason that I know you can take the lyrics from Amazing Grace and sing them to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island theme is from my freshman music class at MBI. We had hymnals we used for the class and it had a chart in back that showed the syllable count for hymns, so that one could sing them to the tunes of other hymns that match. Our teacher stressed the importance of checking to see if the new tune really fit the lyrics. His example was having us sing At The Cross to the Gilligan’s Island tune and he pointed out that the repetition and ending on “such a worm as I” might not be optimum.

Winscape

This is a nice hack. The “necklace” is big and ugly but I’m sure that could be changed pretty easily. The biggest problem I see is that this can only work for one point of view at a time. Still cool though.

XX

How did we make it back in the day when you couldn’t hear some music in the background of a commercial, google it, and be listening to the song a few seconds after you saw the commercial? Did I really sit up at night, thumb literally on the record button of my cassette deck waiting for a song I wanted to come on the radio? I’m pretty sure I did but that seems like something I’d laugh at in a movie, not something I actually did.