I Miss Tuesdays - 10 years without Buffy
I almost can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the epic finale of the greatest television show ever: Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Like almost everyone, I ignored this campy show at the beginning, thinking it such a silly premise. And like everyone who actually gives it a try, quickly became hooked on what was the absolute genius that all the writers, actors, directors, and producers wrought into the story of a generation.
Half way through season one, some good friends of mine had insisted that we stop playing Nintendo long enough to watch the show that week. I remember making fun of them, pleading with them, and antagonizing in order that we skip the show and continue on whatever silly video game we happened to be playing at that moment. That was the best argument I ever lost, and by the end of the show an endless barrage of questions about what I had missed thus far came streaming out of me.
Tuesday. I just have to make it to Tuesday and then we’ll find out… Tuesdays just haven’t been the same without the Scoobies fighting giant snakes and dealing with life metaphors.
So I just want to mark this occasion, May 20th 2013 by saying this:
To every single person who put effort into making BTVS, thank you. A hundred times, thank you. I may miss Tuesdays, but for seven years they were far richer for having experienced your work. I hope you all win the lottery and live forever. Thank you.
My Crazy C3P0 Theory
Ever wonder why in the galaxy does C3P0 introduce himself as human-cyborg relations? He’s programmed for protocol and etiquette but what does that have to do with cyborg part of the equation? If he knows the languages and cultures of 6 million different species why introduce yourself as R2D2’s interpreter? I suspect it’s a play on words. Sure, we as the audience all know C3P0 was built by Anakin but no one ever mentions the “programmed” part. Sure Anakin was a boy genius, but he did not personally encode C3P0 with all 6 million languages, nor did he write the software that runs C3P0. Just like you or I will build a gaming rig from individual components, we still use off the shelf software to run it. Software that likes to constantly remind you who made it.
Software with a splash screen.
So Anakin downloaded the latest and greatest protocol droid software from some company, right? A company that gives the extra special attention to detail an etiquette droid might require. A company who is known for droid software that doesn’t feel like your droid is looking upon the situation and determining etiquette and protocol with a “droid’s eye.” When it comes to etiquette and protocol, you want the droid with the “human’s eye.” You want:
Human’s Eye: Borg Relations™
Just like the make and model of your car or vendor and version of your OS, droid’s have software manufacturers too. C3P0’s software vendor is Human’s Eye, which calls it’s protocol and etiquette package Borg Relations™
Star Wars, I’m taking you back
A long time ago in a blog post far far away, I broke up with star wars, dear john style. I’ve done some heavy thinking about this relationship, primarily because it’s getting about time to introduce my children and because Lucas has more than paid for all his past sins. I mean really, who can stay mad at star wars forever? It’s just not possible. Today is the day star wars gets to meet my kids.
Ode to ActiveMQ
I do not like it in my box.
I do not like it, it’s a pox.
I do not want it in my house.
I do not click it with a mouse.
I do not like it remote or local.
I do not like it more than sql.
I do not like active mq.
I do not like it, nor should you.
Winning as a Parent
My wife just had the following conversation with my 4 year old daughter. I am winning as a parent.
Daughter: “Mom, can Link and Zelda come over and spend the night once they leave the Skyloft?”.
Wife: “are Zelda and Link your imaginary friends?”.
Daughter: “No mom, they are real and once Link saves Zelda from Ganondorf they are coming over to celebrate.”
You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up! Those puny little ants outnumber us a hundred to one and if they ever figure that out there goes our way of life! It’s not about food, it’s about keeping those ants in line.
Hopper, A Bug’s Life (1998), aka The most subversive Disney movie ever made