Summer movies

Saw The Company friday night. It was ok. I was hoping for more back-stabbing, anorexia and mis-shappen toes. The music was good and there were some funny moments. Over all, it was good p.r. for the joffret ballet. And for a movie set in Chitown, it showed us scant of this beautiful city.
While in the car, we were talking about whether anything besides Spiderman 2 was worth waiting for and … came up empty. Well, EW came on Saturday and it is the Summer Movie Preview issue. Here is what I am psyched about:
SpiderMan 2: Sam Raimi is god. No doubt. and the preview shows that the studio is finally letting him be.
Super Size Me: The guy managed to kill off supersize option at McD. If that is not a triumph of humanity, I don’t know what is.
– Beat Takishi’s Zaitoichi: The man is cooler than whip cream. And this is no sword lite · la Kill Bill. Can’t Wait.
Bourne Supremacy: Bourne Identity was a great little movie. This one has a different director – Doug Liman ran away – so, my enthusiasm is moderated.
The Garden State: The writer/director, Zach Braff, is funny on The Scrubs. The preview looks good as well.
– List of Movies that Will Suck: I, Robot (Will “I-have-a-song-for-the-credits” Smith”), Before Sunset (Richard Linklater goes navel gazing. again), The Village (M. Night Boring), Troy (DUDE, it’s like GREEKS!)

Ok. I have to go write a lecture on Maududi now.

Apple is no Mango

On my recent trip to Pakistan, my father loved the simplicity of OS X.3 and asked me to find him an apple powerbook in Pakistan. I went to Hafeez Center – the tech center of Lahore – and inquired around for an Apple reseller. Ha! No one in 4 teeming floors had heard of such a thing. Sure, they knew the legends of Apple but none had seen one with their eyes. The common view was the hardware was too expensive and that no microsoft software runs on them (which effectively puts you out of the piracy market).
I would have left my powerbook with my father but I knew there was no support structure for him and a tech call every 2 years is not cool.
Today I read that the state of Apple is bad in India as well. It is a shame that Apple is not pursuing such markets as South Asia and China. With the best OS in the game, what are they waiting for? Like Om says, they can at least sell the eMacs at a competitive price.
Apple: If you are interested, I have the business cards of several Hafeez Center entreprenuers who salivated over my powerbook.

Donnie Darko Extended

One of my favorite movies from 2001, Donnie Darko is getting an extended cut in the cinemas. Richard Kelly (writer/director) spilled some beans to the Empire Magazine:

It will expand the meaning of the film and offer more clues and more solutions to the puzzle and create an additional layer of mystery for the audience. There really is a tremendous amount of new material – some of which will surprise even the most die-hard fans. One thing I am really excited about is the new sound. I was really unhappy with the mix that we had in the first cut. We never really had time to go in properly and design the sound. We can go back and really get it right this time. I’m very excited about the new sonic elements of the film.

I am really looking forward to this. My guess is that the Grandma Death storyline will be fleshed out and maybe the noah wyle character. Hopefully, it will answer whether Donnie wakes up in an alternate reality or does he only have the power of knowledge? Not so sure about the music bit. I happen to love that score and the soundtrack was perfect.

Mac rumors

I need to sell my laptop and my desktop G4s. I keep meaning to put them on marketplace but I forget. In the meantime, dust is accumulating in the giga-flopping chipsets.
Of course, I am selling them to clear room for the G5 powerbook. Oh yeah. Let me tell you as a registered Apple Developer that nothing will be hotter than the G5 PB. Nothing. My G5 desktop (dual 1.8GHz/1G RAM) needs 7 fans to cool it off as it applies my latest Fill Tab command in Office X.
The PB will then either need to be operated entirely inside a Coke vending machine OR it will come with it’s own portable Industrial Strength Cooling Fan 2000XD-L. Either way, I am psyched.
What about the rumors of a liquid-cooling system? Well, I happen to know the inside track there as well. The liquid-cooling system is fully operational and tested. It works great. The only hitch left to solve is to keep the water from spilling when you tilt the powerbook. They are working on that. There are also efforts to do something like the original iMacs (with colors) by doing a branding tie-in with Gatorade to cool the machines.
The ingenuity of Apple engineers (should they be called Macineers? like Imagineers of Disney) knows no bound though. They know that in hot climates, when people wanna stay cool, they put loose, meshed clothes that keep the body temperature down. So, along with liquid-cooling, they are clothing the new G5 PB in mesh. Maybe they can do tie-in’s with Gatorade AND Banana Republic!
I cannot wait.
In other news, there are signs of life at iowablog!