The humans will pay for their insolence. The world of science will be bathed in blood and bitter, bitter ink.
Parallels Desktop for Mac rocks! I’ve been using it for the last couple of months and it is simply amazing. It is a virtualization program that allows you to run Microsoft Windows on Mac OS X as a virtual machine. It can run several versions of Windows, including the new Vista, as well as other operating systems like Ubuntu, Red Hat, SuSe and FreeBSD.
When it comes to Windows, this is really the best of both worlds for me, since Windows is now running as just another application on my Mac, there when I need it, out of the way when I don’t. If it crashes, no big deal, I just relaunch it, while my Mac remains unaffected. Windows is now much faster and reboots are super quick. Of course it is more secure, since Windows is now contained within a virtual machine. If it becomes infected by a virus/malware or exploited, you don’t have to worry about it affecting your Mac. You can also drag-and-drop between Windows and Mac and the Parallels Tools feature keeps your mouse, clock and clipboard in sync with the two operating systems.
The new beta version of Parallels includes the amazing Coherence mode which allows you to add Windows applications to your Mac dock and well as command+tab through both Mac and Windows applications. There is also a new Transporter feature that makes it easy to migrate an existing Windows install from your PC to your Mac. Plus you can still use Boot Camp with Parallels, in fact you can create a Windows virtual machine in your Boot Camp partition using Parallels.
Parallels has been a great way to try out Windows-only software like Internet Explorer 7, in fact I’ll often use it for browser compatibility testing when I’m making changes to a website. Those pesky CSS and web standards issues on IE are much easier to sort out now.
It’s so great having everything in the same place, without having to either use a different computer or reboot into Windows. As far as I’m concerned, this is really the best way to run Windows. In fact, I’m in the process of purging my last PC and will be using Apple machines only from now on. Kudos to the Parallels development team. You guys have made my life a much easier and I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us next.
On the last night of my recent trip to Los Angeles I was driving along Santa Monica Blvd on my way back to my hotel in Hollywood and I saw a giant glowing tower off to the left. Curious what as to what it might be, I drove in that direction and discovered that it was the massive Los Angeles Mormon Temple. The grounds surrounding the temple were decorated with one of the largest Christmas lights displays I’ve seen in a long time. So I’m sure you know were this story is going by now. That’s right, I parked the car and started to explore the temple grounds, shooting a bunch of photos.
Dedicated in 1956, it was the first Mormon temple in California and is the second largest, the first of course being the main temple in Salt Lake City. I must say, the Mormons definitely know how to build an impressive temple. For years I’ve seen The Oakland Temple from afar and one of these days I would like to go up there and photograph that one as well.
This Saturday, December 23rd, New York composer Phil Kline will be leading the performance of San Francisco’s 4th annual Unsilent Night, a massive outdoor concert made up of hundreds of people with boomboxes. Participants will be gathering at 7:00pm in Dolores Park and will work their way through the Mission and Noe Valley to the Castro. Dig out your boombox or other music amplification device and join the mobile sound system orchestra in breaking the holiday silence.
A beautiful, mobile piece of ambient public art, Unsilent Night can be compared to a holiday caroling party — except that participants donâ€™t sing. Instead, each carries an ordinary boombox playing a separate cassette, CD or MP3 that becomes part of the piece. In effect, Kline and his co-performers become single elements in a huge, moving sound system. Performed within the confines of the city streets, Unsilent Night reverberates off the cars and buildings, resulting in a magnificent, drifting cloud of shimmering, echoing sound. The 43-minute piece includes sounds of chiming bells, choral voices and various electronic effects. (Kline cites Brian Eno and Charles Ives among his influences.) Kline has performed Unsilent Night in New York City every year since 1992. In San Francisco last year, some 500 people took part. If you havenâ€™t taken part yet, do it this year! Participants are invited to bring a boombox to Mission Dolores Park at 18th and Dolores Streets in San Francisco, gathering at 7:00 PM. After Kline distributes tapes and CDs among the players, the group will begin the piece, strolling a mile-long route though the Mission, Noe, and Castro districts. The event will be held rain or shine.
“The Music Nightmare Before Christmas,” a benefit show for all those affected by the long cold winter nights with all proceeds going to the Alameda Food Bank.
Lots of damaged music all night from the likes of Moe! Staiano, Lumper/Splitter, Rent Romus & CJ Reaven Borosque, Bunny Numpkins and the Kill Blow Up Reaction, The Noodles, Alan Korn and Rebecca Seeman. PLUS a grand finale by The Island of Misfit Music Orchestra – Led by King Moonracer Himself.
monochrom has just posted the video of Taugshow #9, which was a special Roboexotica edition of their anti-talk show series shot on December 8th at dietheater/Konzerthaus, Lothrinerstrasse, Vienna. It features V. Vale (RE/Search), Violet Blue, Kal Spelletich, Oliver Hangl and La Trinchera.
Recently I’ve been reminiscing about some of the early video games I played, including Adventure. Adventure was a video game adaptation of the classic text-based computer game Colossal Cave Adventure (often just called Adventure), which was followed by the immensely popular computer text adventure game Zork. Zork was written by four MIT programmers on DEC PDP-10 and was originally called Dungeon. The term Zork was a MIT hacker word for an unfinished program, which fit perfectly, since you were always in the process of completing the game by making decisions based on text input. get sword… swing sword… kill troll with sword…
Once the personal computer explosion was under way, computer game company INFOCOM released Zork I, II & III for the PC. It was around that time that my friend Rick C. turned me onto Zork and from then on I was hooked.
If you want to check out Zork, you can play the online version. To this day, I’m still quite concerned that I will most likely be eaten by a grue.
photo by Scott Beale
It was great to finally show my Portland Santacon video again last night after all these years. Cafe du Nord was packed, with many santas in attendance, even some veterans from the infamous 1996 Portland Santacon. Of course it didn’t take long for me to pull out my own 5D and shoot a few photos as well. Thanks to everyone who came out last night and a special thanks goes out to Guy and the Cafe du Nord staff, they were great. One of these days I’ll make a DVD of my video as well as putting it online.