The Spanish Prisoner is not a Movie

The Spanish Prisoner is one of those movies that I’m not allowed to review, because if I say what I really think about it, then I’m a heel, and I don’t understand how talented a God Among Men like David Mamet is. But I’m going to do it anyway, because movies like this piss me…

Why He Doesn’t Get a Pass

Incredibly, some people I know who read the internet every day and even like the Bieb seem to have missed the story of how he went to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam and demonstrated in spectacular fashion what a total douche he is. If you’re one of them, he wrote this in the guestbook:…

PySide Up and Running in OS X Lion

At the moment, I store all my passwords in text files which I manage with Vim. This is, of course, a horrible idea. It’s true that I name the files cryptically, so anyone who stole my laptop would probably take a long time figuring out what they were, but there’s still really no excuse. It’s…

Using Eclim with the Samsung Smart TV SDK

I’m about ready to port the existing Samsung Smart TV app that I’ve developed for our distinguished partner to our own use. One problem: the Samsung Smart TV SDK has advanced by leaps and bounds in the meantime. For example, you can’t use the Samsung Smart TV IDE with SDK version 4.1 – you must…

Is Bitcoin a Bubble?

Is Bitcoin a bubble? That seems to be the fashionable thing to say about it right now. I disagree, though. Let’s start with terminology confusion. Justin Fox does a pretty good job in his HBR article Building a Better Bitcoin of explaining why you have to be careful with your terms here. Classically, a speculative…

Is Bitcoin Dangerous?

There are plenty of nonsensical arguments against Bitcoin on the web. This morning, I was fortunate enough to come across an essay that collects most of the intelligent ones. Let’s go through them and see how they stack up. (1) Bitcoin is not really stateless because it leaves a permanent transactions record. The concern here…

Is Black Christmas a Proper Slasher?

I love slashers. Growing up in the 80s, when they were at their popularity peak and we just called them “horror movies,” I never expected to. At the time, they seemed like the cinematic version of douchebags. After all, there’s not much art to winding people up with tense music and then having something jump…