Archive for November, 2008

Vic Mackey’s Last Gleaming

November 25, 2008

fx_shield_800x600_wall011So The Shield is ending tonight, and I’m pretty excited to see how it is going to happen. I’ll admit, this season has not been anything like I thought it would play out. After last season’s finale, I expected Vic’s character to go in a completely opposite direction than this season; I suppose it was the optimist in me that wanted to see him go straight and take down large scale criminals, rather than become one – well, more than he already was. All in all, it has been pretty good. I still think last season was the best, and in fact was some of the finest television I have seen in a long time. The buildup in last season was different – it was structured on a layered and emotional tension; this season, however, is more like watching a train that has put its brakes on, but you know there is no way it is going to stop in time before it wrecks. But, it is precisely that kind of expectation that made me love The Shield in the first place. Still, I do wonder what the season would have been like had not the writer’s strike interfered; I’m not saying I’m disappointed with this season, by any means, but simply it isn’t quite as good as last season, maybe even the last 2-3 seasons; but it is still pretty damn good.

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iPress: an idea for WordPress

November 13, 2008

First, this is probably not a “new” idea at all, and in fact there are probably some widgets out there that will essentially do this, sort of. But I am not sure it would be the same thing. Anyhow, after the recent disappointment from Google via their new iGoogle, and then trying out stuff like Netvibes, Pageflakes, and Protopages, it occurred to me that the incorporation of a “home page” service just seems like a natural, organic step for the blog, in particular one like WordPress.

Just to be clear, I’m not talking about the home page of a blog (or the dashboard), but a home page for your browser that is customizable – you know, like iGoogle or any of the alternatives I mentioned above. I imagine it would be something like yourblogame.wordpress.com/wp-homepage/ (assuming it was hosted at wordpress.com). I could see this raising a lot of questions, though; for instance, would it be hosted on someone else’s server, or would it be on your own server, where perhaps your own blog resides? I guess both, with limitations on a home page hosted elsewhere (similar to how free blogs on wordpress.com work now). Would it be integrated into a WP installation (perhaps in a wp-homepage folder), or simply able to run alongside it (similar to how bbPress does)? Anyway, it was just a thought I had the other day during a peak point of frustration moving all my home page stuff over to Netvibes. It just seemed like it would make so much sense – I mean, if you already have a customized blog, why wouldn’t you have a custom home page in the same place?

Perhaps there are some major things I am overlooking as to why this wouldn’t work; I really don’t know. But if not, it would be neat; and if WordPress liked the idea, well, maybe then they’ll give me a job as a Happiness Engineer … I can still dream, can’t I?