June 2004

June 29, 2004

4.1 Million Pixels

30-inch Apple Cinema Display


June 24, 2004

Donnie Darko Returns

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut

Fans of Richard Kelly’s great sci-somethingorother film Donnie Darko may be pleased to learn (as I was) that it’s being re-released with more music, extended scenes, and new visual effects.

That’s right, it’s Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut. The trailer is really excellent. Now if I could only find out where it’s playing.

MovieTickets.com seems to think it’s coming out on July 23rd but doesn’t have any theater information yet. Yahoo! Movies has a page for it but it doesn’t come up in their search results.

This interview with the director has the usual lines about why the film is back in theaters.

June 18, 2004

Shut up and listen to my order!

It never ceases to amaze me how many sales people are simply incapable of listening to you when you’re trying to buy something. I suppose it probably has something to do with human nature and the fact that a lot of people will cough up their money just to end the conversation. Tabitha and I came up against this while shopping for rings and again while apartment hunting. I think we both find it pretty difficult not to grab the sales person by the head and shout, “We have money to spend in this place but if you don’t shut up and listen to us we’re just going to leave!”

I finally left Earthlink this morning after 3+ years as a moderately disgruntled customer. I switched to Sonic and so far I’ve been very pleased with their DSL service options, their customer service, and their policies regarding early termination. Plus, we’ll be getting better speeds for less money.

June 18, 2004


Does anyone (anyone I know personally that is) want a Gmail invite? No jumping, no hoops, just Gmail. =-)

Update: Out of invites for the time being.

June 14, 2004


Nani (my sister and youngest sibling) has graduated from high school. To celebrate, she wired up some eight-player Mario Kart at her graduation party. I ate party food until I was quite certain it was time to stop. A great time was had by all and big congrats to Nani on making it through.

This of course means my parents have basically finished raising their four kids. (I say basically because I still tend to revert to kid-mode whenever I’m home for a visit.) This in itself, I think, represents an incredible accomplishment the likes of which few people can do well, and hardly any can do extremely well four times in rapid succession.

In the midst of all this Bryce has once again packed his worldly hoo-ha into his car (that car needs a name man), pointed himself eastward, and is currently engaging in his sixth(?) flat-out, high-speed burn across the country. He is already greatly, greatly missed. I had hoped we would get him for good this time.

Tabitha and I are apartment hunting and despite a renter-friendly market I don’t feel like we’ve found anything terribly wonderful yet. But we’re running out of time and have a few perfectly decent options so it’s not a huge concern.

I have been finding Gmail, Google’s web-based email app, oddly addictive but I still believe that email is best left to a desktop app no matter how much DHTML and invisible calls to hidden frames you cram into your browser-based software.

My camera auction did not go as well as hoped but I’ve got a few leads left that I’m hoping pan out. Dooce has gone and brought another D70 into the world and we are understandably drooly. Do I need that much camera? Maybe not. Do I want that much camera? God, yes.

June 8, 2004

Eighty-Watt Cinema

Designed by Walt in California

We’re very pleased this morning to announce the launch of the new Eighty-Watt Cinema website which this humble designer/developer has been tweaking away at on the weekends for the past who-knows-how-many months. I’ll write more about it a bit later on but for now, please feel free to check it out.

Continue reading Eighty-Watt Cinema.

June 6, 2004

A Little Better, All The Time

This evening I fixed a bug with the way iWalt.com renders in IE 5 for Mac that I’ve been meaning to address for an incredibly long time. And it was so simple. I wouldn’t bother trying to support such an old browser but it seems to have a strong following in one of my key demographics: my family.

Totally unrelated: Safari. “The fastest browser on the Mac — the best browser on any platform.” =-)

June 5, 2004

Easing Back Into the Blog

I find that the busier I am the harder it becomes to blog. Here’re a couple of Walt-life snapshots: it’s 1:30 a.m. and I just finished scrubbing the shower, washing the dishes, cleaning up the living room, cursing at the stains on the kitchen floor, putting away my laundry, and transferring some large files to a friend for a project we’re working on. Tomorrow complete strangers will be walking through our apartment, eyeing all our junk, stealthily pocketing expensive knick-knacks. By the end of the month we have to have a new place to live in a safe neighborhood with decent access to public transportation, a reasonable price, and a friendly attitude toward painfully adorable cats.

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