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By TheophileEscargot (Mon May 26, 2008 at 09:22:20 PM EST) Reading, Watching, MLP (all tags)
Watching: "Henry IV Part Two". Reading: "Rivers West". Web.

What I'm Watching
The BBC Shakespeare continues with Henry IV Part 2. I think I underrated Anthony Quayle as a too-harmless Falstaff last time: in this one he develops the character with more menace and more corruption.

Jon Finch cracks up nicely as Henry IV, definitely a big contrast with the preternatural calm he started with in Richard II. David Gwillim seems a bit bloodless as Prince Hal, but that again might be a deliberate contrast with what he's going to do in Henry V. Have that next in the rental queue.

Definitely makes a difference watching them in order. While Shakespeare's plotting is often maligned, I think he manages the long-term storylines very deftly, like Jim Butcher in some ways. Every play has it's own satisfying storyline, but there are longer-term themes and character developments that extend across them. So he manages to resolve things nicely, but still end with little teasers about what's in store next time.

I will lay odds that, ere this year expire,
We bear our civil swords and native fire
As far as France: I heard a bird so sing,
Whose music, to my thinking, pleased the king.
Come, will you hence?
What I'm Reading
Rivers West by Louis L'Amour. Another Western, this one set in the 1820s, with a French-Canadian shipwright (and skilled wrestler) getting involved in protecting a young lady from a sinister plot.

Not quite as good as the last one I read, Fallon, but nice easy reading. This was one was written in the first person, so there does seem to be a bit of variety there. Similar plot structure though: man forced to coexist uneasily with a potential enemy, eventually defeating him and getting the girl without any effort at the end.

I've got the first Sackett book "in delivery" from amazon. I think if there's a common formula that one will probably be enough L'Amour for the moment.

Had a very quick run through Street and Studio: an urban history of photography at Tate Modern. Was running late so just glanced around. Pretty crowded for a minor paying exhibition, maybe because it's so new. Had some interesting-looking stuff in the early sections, especially of Parisian street life, but the later portraits seemed a bit bland.

Acapella Galactica

Software: Singleton sucks.

Ugliest dog contest via UO.

Take on the tough classes like algebra (MeFi).

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Interesting (or not) by Herring (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon May 26, 2008 at 10:55:35 PM EST
I don't know HIV PtII at all really, but the speach you quote there, is that not a bit of an echo of the opening speech of part I? Admittedly, there Henry IV was proposing to go and kick the crap out of Arabs* rather than the French, but it's close enough.

*Someone should point out that Palestinians aren't arabs.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

It does seem somewhat by R Mutt (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon May 26, 2008 at 11:12:09 PM EST
Similar, though IV never actually gets around to it.
The edge of war, like an ill-sheathed knife,
No more shall cut his master. Therefore, friends,
As far as to the sepulchre of Christ,
Whose soldier now, under whose blessed cross
We are impressed and engaged to fight,
Forthwith a power of English shall we levy;
Whose arms were moulded in their mothers' womb
To chase these pagans in those holy fields
Over whose acres walk'd those blessed feet
Which fourteen hundred years ago were nail'd
For our advantage on the bitter cross.

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He says that by Herring (4.00 / 2) #3 Tue May 27, 2008 at 12:50:30 AM EST
but it was all about the oil.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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Singletons etc by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue May 27, 2008 at 02:51:11 AM EST
I quite agree with what he said towards the end, about things such as the visitor pattern.  When I first read about the visitor pattern, all I could think was "What a brilliantly clever and ingenious way of working around the straight-jacket imposed by a strongly typed OO language."

I'm of the firm belief that programming languages have a long way to go in terms of combining flexibility/usability with safety/correctness. Not that I have any ideas on the subject.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

(Comment Deleted) by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue May 27, 2008 at 05:51:05 AM EST

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Well by Herring (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue May 27, 2008 at 09:58:02 AM EST
Is it easier to make cars heavier, more complicated and more fuel-hungry, or to educate people to be better drivers?

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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This says it all by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #6 Tue May 27, 2008 at 06:47:06 AM EST
"You'll be amazed at how fast computers have gotten these days..."

Typical Java attitude. Screw efficiency as long as the code looks good.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

and by garlic (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed May 28, 2008 at 03:56:08 PM EST
in the embedded world, that attitude sucks. the processors aren't as fast as PCs, and realtime processing really doesn't want to wait a milisecond or 5 to task switch.

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Sackett by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue May 27, 2008 at 05:36:30 PM EST
I read almost all of those in high school.  I;d say they're about a 6.5 to 7 outta 10

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