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Archive for September 2007

Firefox on OS X is awful

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Gawd, its handling of italics sucks. I can’t even read Wikipedia without being distracted by the ugly italics that run onto adjacent words.

Jeffrey Zeldman has noticed it, but his screenshots aren’t illustrative enough…

Update[2008-04-29]: The situation in Firefox 3 has improved. For a while, italics were *gone* entirely (Bug 364713), but now it’s been fixed, and everything looks good. Firefox 3 is so much better than 2 in every way!

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Thu, 2007-09-27 at 21:58:22 +05:30

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Amateurs

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Ebird — report bird sightings

Micheal Oates — discovered 144 comets to date. Using publicly available data, without a telescope.

Reverend Robert Evans, astounding astronomer. 40 visual discoveries of supernovae.

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Wed, 2007-09-26 at 08:26:54 +05:30

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Oui, vivant

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Paris, je t’aime

Apparently, the Faubourg Saint-Denis segment (the one with Natalie Portman) was shot very quickly, and even used to recruit other directors to the project. Written and directed by Tom Tykwer. Must remember the name. He made Lola Rennt. The actor in the segment is blind in real-life too. (The movie here, but don’t watch it unless you are able to turn the volume up enough…)

I was actually considering visiting the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris when I was there (the segment with Oscar Wilde’s grave). Apparently the entire cemetery has been vandalised by Jim Morrison fans. Of all the great people buried there, …

Apparently the reason I understand so much of the French of the woman in the last segment is not because she is speaking slowly, but because she isn’t speaking proper French.

Now, Wikipedia says

Initially 20 topics representing the 20 arrondissements of Paris were planned but two of them (the XVe arrondissement directed by Christoffer Boe and the XIe arrondissement by Raphaël Nadjari) were not included in the film because they could not be properly integrated into the movie.

which seems absurd. I cannot imagine how the segment with the beauty products salesman in Chinatown integrates with the rest of the movie — or with anything else in the world. WTF was that?

The film also has Juliette Binoche (from Trois Couleurs: Bleu).

iTunes says my play count of We’re all in the dance is 15. Oh well… this happens to me very frequently after I see a film — I remember playing Requiem For a Dream on a loop for nearly an entire day. BTW Feist’s 1234 is featured in the new Apple iPod Nano ad (TODO: fix this link when it gets broken.) And I didn’t think it had both French and English just because I couldn’t catch some English parts, it really had both.

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Thu, 2007-09-20 at 19:19:17 +05:30

Nice touch

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When you close the last window in Firefox for OS X, it keeps running, like other OS X apps. This makes it unnecessary to employ hacks (using Tab Mix Plus, for example) that prevent the last tab from closing (which also prevents any window from closing at all when using the keyboard, which is not what I want). What’s nice is that hitting ⌘-L (to go to the location bar) opens a new window when no wndow is open… nice.

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Thu, 2007-09-20 at 17:13:17 +05:30

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Unreasonable?

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I am the kind of person who wants… well, take a look for yourself. I can’t believe there are 0 results.

(I’m not serious.)

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Thu, 2007-09-20 at 04:42:42 +05:30

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Posting from RapidMetaBlog

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Does _this_ one work? Yes?

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Wed, 2007-09-19 at 21:24:10 +05:30

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Posting from WordPressDash Try 2

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Categories, please?

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Wed, 2007-09-19 at 21:21:58 +05:30

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Hope this works

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Wed, 2007-09-19 at 21:20:22 +05:30

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