Classic sci-fi films I haven't seen

Oh, another list of classic must-see films? I bet I haven't seen most of these.


Seen it, love it:
District 9 (2009)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The Matrix (1999)
The Martian (2015)
Moon (2009)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Wars (1977)
Terminator 2 (1991)

Just okay, or didn't care for it:
Blade Runner (1982)
Brazil (1985)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
THX-1138 (1971)
WALL*E (2008)

Hated it:
Pacific Rim (2013)

I think I've seen this, but can't remember it:
WarGames (1983)

Never seen any of these:
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
28 Days Later (2003)
Alien (1979)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Children of Men (2006)
A Clockwork Orange (1972)
Computer Chess (2013)
CSA: The Confederate States of America (2004)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Dune (1984)
Enemy Mine (1985)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Frankenstein (1931)
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Ghosts with Shit Jobs (2012)
Godzilla (1954)
Her (2013)
Metropolis (1927)
Primer (2004)
Robocop (1987)
Stalker (1979)
They Live (1988)
The Thing (1982)
Tron (1982)
Videodrome (1983)
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Some films I've never seen

Any Disney animated film before 1990 (except 101 Dalmatians)
Beauty and the Beast
Big Lebowski
Good, the Bad and the Ugly (or any western)
Jungle Book
My Neighbor Totoro
Requiem for a Dream
Schindler's List

Not necessarily because I don't want to see them (except 2001, snore!), just never gotten around to watching them.

Lessons learned on my trip

  • Manhattan is awesome.
  • Manhattan's subway system is even awesomer.
  • I can't spell "Manhattan".
  • Layers!
  • Layers are annoying to dress and undress. How do people put up with real winters??
  • I prefer latte over flat white.
  • San Francisco has red light cameras. >_>
  • It's been far too long since I last rode a pushbike.
  • "Scaly" fursuits are rare, and some people are really excited to see them.
  • Having a WHYRLGRYPH at GMAIL account is a great idea and I should've created it years ago!
  • Central Park is awesome in the snow.
  • My ginger cat is definitely a feral kitty who can look after himself. =D
  • I miss my ginger kitty when I'm away.
  • Don't take the US101 if you can avoid it (a lesson that I took way too long to learn).
  • Fondue is great. Chocolate fondue is awesome.
  • Most New Yorkers are apathetic bordering on rude, but a few are really helpful and friendly.
  • Apple Store poses a threat to your wallet.
  • B & H Photo and Video poses an even greater threat to your wallet!
  • B&H Photo is awesome and they have a motorized cart system and they're staffed by helpful and friendly Jews. Plus they're awesome.
  • Further Confusion 2012 will be at the convention centre across the road from the Fairmont.
  • Going to FC next year would be dumb and expensive and eat up more vacation time and Rose won't be there and I'm going to go anyway.
  • Parts of San Francisco smell muddy and weird.
  • Sonoma County is still awesome.
  • I can actually use my G12 camera in manual mode now.
  • G12 has a "magic" button which picks (what it thinks are) correct aperture and speed settings.
  • G12 is firmware-hackable and I need to try it.
  • You're allowed two carry-on items on flights.
  • iPhone 4 is still carrier-locked in the US (grrgrr).
  • My iPhone 3G is painfully slow and needs to be replaced (at some point).
  • Pandora is awesome.
  • Bluetooth headphones are made of win. =D
  • JFK airport is even worse than LAX.
  • Delta is a crappy airline.
  • The Stag's Head is an awesome bar.
  • I'm possibly more of a dork than I realized. >_>

Writer's Block: Looney times

What was your favorite childhood cartoon, and why?

My favourite cartoon was Billy and the Bronto Gang.

It was a short lived cartoon (they only had 6 episodes), but I taped them and watched them all over and over again. There was Billy, the soup chef Brontosaurus. His special power was the ability to explode villains' minds by curling his tail into a fist. Then there was Eddie the Giant Eagle, who was my first big crush on birds, and eventually lead me to creating my own eagle character. He'd soar into orbit on huge wings and blast enemies with a wave of radiation from the Van Allen belts. =D Finally was Peter the albino possum. He was kinda derpy and was always tripping over and shit, but we loved him anyway because he was hilarious.

Anyway, the three of them went around in a mobile treehouse solving cases of food poisoning. No wonder the show got cancelled.

Why art sites suck

I'm posting this list of perceived failings of art websites to help brainstorm some ideas to overcome these limitations. This post is generally directed at FurAffinity, but some of this applies to DeviantArt and others as well.

Don't make me poll. For me, this is the most annoying aspect about the current generation of art websites. I'd like to see new gryphon (griffon, griffin...) art. Currently, this means I have to explicitly search for it. It'd be awesome if a site informed me when there's new gryphon art to be viewed. Polling for it is stupid.

Don't lump all images together. There are some artists I'm more interested in seeing updates from than others. When there are a lot of new images and they all get lumped in together it's easy to miss the interesting ones mixed in with the rest of the crap.

Don't make thumbnails so tiny. Most of us aren't on dialup anymore. It makes it hard to pick out the interesting pics from the rubbish.

I don't give a shit about stories. Most fiction on the internet is crap. I'm not interested. Same goes for poetry and music. Go away.

Don't just give me a list of titles. DevArt used to do this if you weren't a paid member. FA still does this with journal posts. I'd much rather have a LiveJournal style list of blog entries. Not providing thumbnails for images is intensely aggravating.

Tags are FTW. They make searches so much easier. Tags should have aliases (different spellings, related terms). Anyone should be able to tag an image, and people should vote on tags to give them greater weight.

Site banners should be unobtrusive. I frequently browse using my netbook, and large banners take up valuable pixels.

Site navigation. The main site page should be my personalised feed (eg. Twitter). I should be able to jump to my profile/settings easily from any page. I should be able to find any artist's profile page without difficulty. The navigation through galleries should be clear and logical (eg. don't show a "next 36 images" button if there's only 5 images in the search results!).

The site must be fast and responsive. Sometimes I click on "full view" of an image and nothing happens. Did I actually click on it? Is it still loading? I don't know!

Ads unless you give us monies (or you run an adblocker). This is offensive. I know sites need to recoup their running costs, but surely there's a better way. Value-added content for paid subscribers?

I'm sure there are plenty more problems.
fursuiting, gryphsuit

Fursuiting at work, part 2

I got mentioned in the newsletter at work, released today!

This is the second paragraph on the first page:

At this point it would be good to welcome our three new staff members. Tristan joins the Development team in the New Technologies and Services Area working on customized services and new development areas. Wayne has also joined the Operations team in a Testing, Documentation and Special projects role. Our third team member is Gryphon…. Gryphon has a dual role of Statseeker mascot and developer.

This is from my manager's report on page 4:

On a side note, everyone in the office were in dismay when a bizarre creature walked into the office on 22/2/2010. We all found out that a 4 week holiday can really change the appearance of someone :) We are all glad to have you back whyrl and it is great to hear that you had a good time off.

Pfft! I'm not bizarre! *ruffle*

And finally, on the last page:

..... And Gryphon... new Statseeker Mascot or Developers Day Out?