Your leaking thatched hut during the restoration of a pre-Enlightenment state.


Hello, my name is Judas Gutenberg and this is my blaag (pronounced as you would the vomit noise "hyroop-bleuach").


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Irving housing

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Like my brownhouse:
Monday, June 7 2004
After taking our usual dose of Spanish-language television this evening, we went on to watch the Spanish-language movie Open Your Eyes, a cautionary tale about the fragility of beauty and the subjectivity of experience (especially as manipulated in the manner of such movies as Total Recall, The Matrix, and (more recently) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). In that it was well-paced and reasonably intriguing it made for an entertaining movie, although there were a number of things left irritatingly unexplained. And, of course, there was also the language issue. It's getting to the point where I know enough Spanish to be distracted from what is actually happening without experiencing any corresponding increase in comprehension. In other words, if I didn't know any Spanish at all this movie probably would have been a lot easier for me to follow.

Meanwhile my remote web development gig has seen me making edits to a massive Tijuana of a Flash animation, one worked on by at least five different developers before me. It's so big and unwieldy that it actually takes several minutes to compile (if that's the word) whenever I want to see the effects of my edits. It also has a tendency to crash the Flash development environment at unpredictable moments, randomly wiping out any changes I might have made since the last save. One of my new colleagues has described it as a "Frankenstein Monster." Though big, temperamental, and difficult to edit, it lives on, since it is irreplaceable as the slick way of explaining the company's business model to potential investors. Yep, I'm back in that world again, baby!

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