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Halloween was damn good. Don’t believe the bashing!

Posted in Halloween, movies by rip747 on August 31, 2007

Last night I got the chance to see Halloween at a sneak preview.

Going into the movie, I had already read a bunch of reviews and negative comments about the movie. Needless to say I was entering the theater in a rather dismal state of mind. I had been so forward looking to see this movie since it was first announced and unlike most people, I believe in Rob Zombie’s directorial abilities. My only thoughts were that if anyone could remake one of my favorite movies and remake it well, it would be Zombie.

The theater was packed and from the mood I got amongst the crowd, people were hyped up about seeing the film. Maybe they hadn’t been checking out all the reviews coming out on the net or maybe they just didn’t care what people were saying; maybe they just wanted to judge for themselves. Lights dim, time to go to Haddonfield.

I really don’t want to go into all the details about the movie since I’m not one to ruin it for the people who haven’t seen it yet. Let’s just say that whatever negative reviews you’re reading about the film I think are directed more towards Rob Zombie then the movie itself. What I mean by that is that some people think that Zombie shouldn’t of remade the movie in the first place and no matter how good of a movie Zombie put out, these people would bash it regardless.

Halloween is damn good, better than the original. Zombie did a better job then Carpenter did with character of Michael Myers and I know that the series will continue in a better direction than the crap sequels that have been pumped out from the original.

What you’ve heard is all true about the time line of the movie.

The first half totally focuses on Michael’s youth and the abuse and actions that causes him to snap. The abusive mommy’s boyfriend, the older sister that just doesn’t want anything to do with him, the bullying taking place in school and the rage building inside. While a lot of people have the opinion that this sort of background isn’t necessary for the Michael Myers character, I think that Zombie had the right idea about delving into Michael’s past.

The middle part is about Michael’s stay in the sanitarium after his conviction. I’ve been hearing that this was the part that most people liked and that they wished that Zombie would have lengthen this part more. I’ll tell you that the length Zombie committed to this part of the movie was right on target. I don’t think that spending 30 more minutes of the movie in an insane asylum would have added anything to it. At this point we know Michael is totally messed in the head and is slowly retreating from reality into his own little world.

The finally part is the escape and murders, truly what everyone was waiting for. Most reviews online considered this portion of the film rushed. While I was watching the movie I was focusing a lot of my attention on what exactly Zombie did to make most reviewers feel this. Truthfully I couldn’t find anything, again I think that the original fans are just finding anything they can say to bash the film.

If you’ve been thinking about not seeing the film because of the reviews being put out online, I’m here to tell you that you’re going to miss a wild ride. I think that in the coming years people will actually start to admit that Zombie did a way better job then Carperter did, just like Zack Synder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead is considered superior to the original that Romero did. Just because someone did it first, doesn’t mean that they did it right.

If you haven’t seen the film, don’t read past this part

The only flaw that I saw in the film was this plot hole: How did Michael know where Laurie was living now and who see was? He’d hadn’t seen her for around 17 years yet knew everything about her.

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BASH Friday / Happy Halloween!!!

Posted in BASH!, Fridays, Jokes by rip747 on August 31, 2007

Is anyone reading this blind??? A form question.

Posted in ColdFusion, Question by rip747 on August 28, 2007

Now before you go a lam blast me for the title…. read on.

In the web development community there is this big debate (fight) going on about the right way to develop and display forms on a web site.

Basically as I can see it there are 3 ways to do it:

Tables – We’re all guilty of doing it and some of us (me) still do it… using tables to display forms. Basically you put each label within a TH tag and each input field within a TD tag.

<table>
<tr>
<th><label for=”firstname”>First Name:</label></th>
<td><input id=”firstname” name=”firstname”/></td>
</tr>
</table>

Definition Lists – Each label goes within a DT tag and each input field within a DD tag.

<dl>
<dt><label for=”firstname”>First Name:</label></dt>
<dd><input id=”firstname” name=”firstname”/></dd>
</dl>

Unsorted Lists – You put a label and input field within one LI tag.

<ul>
<li><label for=”firstname”>First Name:</label><br/><input id=”firstname” name=”firstname”/></li>
</ul>

Ask 3 web sites developers and I can bet each one of them will choose one of the 3 methods above and in the end one will use tables, one will use definition lists and the last will use unsorted lists.

The question is though, “What do blind people perfer?”. I don’t think I’ve ever read a single opinion the started with, “I’m blind and I prefer xxx.”. This debate could go on forever, unless the blind community steps up and gives us a preferred direction.

So if anyone reading this is blind, tell me how should we be coding out forms to help you out?

jQuery: Best Practices in Javascript Library Design

Posted in Jquery by rip747 on August 27, 2007

Excellent presentation from John about writing and maintaining your own javascript library.

Added bonus at 58:46

Who could forget their first time :)

Posted in Jokes by rip747 on August 26, 2007

you remember:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrneutron/sets/1568481/show/

random people’s reaction from seeing goatse for the first time.

BASH Friday!!!!

Posted in BASH!, Fridays, Jokes by rip747 on August 24, 2007

RANT: border-collapse still doesn’t work in CFDOCUMENT (bug)

Posted in ColdFusion, Rants by rip747 on August 21, 2007

NOW THIS PISSES ME OFF!

As reported earlier, I’m running into crap left and right since HostMySite decided that all shared hosting plans would be upgraded to CF8 (there’s a reason why you wait a while before ungrading to the latest release). The calls just don’t stop and after my last bug report I’ve decided the hell with it and to just vent my frustrations here since Adobe obviously won’t do anything about it.

So here I am today trying to fix a CFDOCUMENT page that was working fine in CF7 and then in CF8 it broke. Now granted since it was the first time I used CFDOCUMENT when I created this page it wasn’t the greatest code, but it worked none the less. Since that time I’ve become great with CFDOCUMENT and I use it all the time. Thing is though you have to compensate for border-collapse not working under CF7.

Now I know that people have submitted bugs report numerous times to Adobe (then Macromedia) about this issue. You would think that with CF8 this issue would be fix, but no it isn’t. It’s still there and hasn’t been dealt with.

So in other words Adobe thought that it would be better to work on CFWINDOW, CFPOD or whatever other Ajax crap they could throw into CF instead of taking care of a bug that has litterally made using CFDOCUMENT useless for most people. Way to go guys in prioritizing development time. Maybe they will address this in CF9 in another 4 years.

How about this: in the next major release of CF, don’t add a F***ING thing. FIX the bugs.

CF8 Bug – CronService fails with: Element file is undefined in a Java object of type class coldfusion.scheduling.CronTabEntry.

Posted in ColdFusion by rip747 on August 18, 2007

UPDATE: I submitted a bug report to Adobe this evening. 

I’m finding little things since HostMySite.com upgraded their shared servers to CF8. One of the things I’ve come across is that some code that worked in CF7 no longer works in CF8. Take the code below:

<!— call the service factory object —>
<cfobject action=”create” type=”java” class=”coldfusion.server.ServiceFactory” name=”Local.ServiceFactory” />
<!— get all the scheduled tasks that are on the server. —>
<cfset Local.allTasks = Local.ServiceFactory.CronService.listAll()>
<!— loop through the array —>
<cfloop index=”i” from=”1″ to=”#ArrayLen(Local.allTasks)#”>
<!— find our tasks by looking at the tasks name —>
<cfif FindNoCase(“CM_”, Local.allTasks[i].task)>
<!— when we find one, dump the structure —>
<cfdump var=”#Local.allTasks[i]#”>
</cfif>
</cfloop>

It’s real basic and I commented the code so you know what’s going on. Now with CF7 this ran just fine and gave me the tasks structure that I was looking for, with CF8 this fails with the following error:

Element file is undefined in a Java object of type class coldfusion.scheduling.CronTabEntry.

What’s strange is that if I removed the lookup condition, everything works great. See below, same code but I removed the lookup condition:

<!— call the service factory object —>
<cfobject action=”create” type=”java” class=”coldfusion.server.ServiceFactory” name=”Local.ServiceFactory” />
<!— get all the scheduled tasks that are on the server. —>
<cfset Local.allTasks = Local.ServiceFactory.CronService.listAll()>
<!— loop through the array —>
<cfloop index=”i” from=”1″ to=”#ArrayLen(Local.allTasks)#”>
<cfdump var=”#Local.allTasks[i]#”>
</cfloop>

Seems that something is wrong here.

BASH Friday!

Posted in BASH!, Fridays, Jokes by rip747 on August 17, 2007

BASH Friday!

Posted in BASH!, Fridays, Jquery by rip747 on August 10, 2007