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Got Grudge?

Anthony sent me a link to a trailer of the american version of Ju-on. Sniffing around I found a link that doesn't make you watch it in a web browser behind all kinda javascript nonsense.

He's concerned that Buffy is in the movie. Watching the trailer gave me some serious goose pimples so I figured I better put a link to it here. Looks like it might even be better than the original, but then hollywood trailers have a way of doing that. Produced by Sam Raimi with the original director and some of the original cast --how can you beat that actress that plays the mom? (you'll see what I mean...) I don't think I'll want to wait for this one to come out on dvd. Could mean a trip to the theatre...

Quicktime Movie Trailer: The Grudge


Got Content?

Oops. Where did the rest of my site go? Interesting. I'll have to figure this out later tonight. I post a story about a movie and all of a sudden it's as if it's the only thing I ever wrote...

Must have something to do with switching to new server. Or maybe it's god punishing me for being a vegetarian.

Oh... the date on the server was set to 2000 so it thought all the other content was stuff written in the future. It would display it in four years... That's not a bug, it's a feature!


New Server

My brother gave me a 1 gig machine he wasn't using. Kind of looks like my old server --no case, just a motherboard, power supply and a couple of drives. Didn't take me too long to transfer my web site over to the new box. Hopefully the difference in speed is noticable.

A few things remain to be done. Struggling with getting that chat interface working. Nobody was using that anyway though so I guess there's no hurry. Mail is still working off the old box. For now this means my chess diagram won't get updated. If I play a chess game before I switch mail over to this new box that is.

Much easier to move the site to this new machine. Much easier than it was in previous times. A folder, some permissions, a web server config file and some cron jobs... is that all there is to a web site? Anyway, this is a big improvement over the last server. Thanks Dan.


Chess Puzzle

Wheeew! Finally finished my email chess filter project. Take a look... it's down there on the left in the sidebar.

I've been playing chess on FICS (the Free Internet Chess Server) since at least '95, and everytime I finish a game it's emailed to me. The emails look something like this:

[Event "ICS Rated Chess Match"]

[Site "?"]
[Date "2004.02.13"]
[Round "?"]
[White "kacked"]
[Black "amckeen"]
[WhiteElo "1484"]
[BlackElo "1443"]
[TimeControl "120+12"]
[Result "1-0"]

  1. d4 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Bd3 e6 4. f4 Nbd7 5. Nd2 c5 6. c3 b6 7. Ngf3 Bb7
  2. O-O Be7 9. Ne5 O-O 10. Rf3 cxd4 11. cxd4 Ne8 12. Bxh7+ Kxh7 13. Rh3+
    Kg8 14. Qh5
    {amckeen resigns} 1-0


    What to do with these emailed games? Well, I wrote a procmail filter that glues together pgn-extract, fen2ppm, and gifsicle to create that groovy chessboard --showing the final position and score of my latest game. Now, a few minutes after I play a game of chess online, the chess graphic and associated text will be automatically updated on this web site.

Another adventure in automated content generation. Now, if only I could figure out a way to get my weblog to write itself...



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