Saturday, December 20, 2008

OSCON 2009 Goes Mobile (and to San Jose)!

Matthew Johnson from O'Reilly has pointed out to me that next year's OSCON (taking place July 20th through 24th in San Jose, California rather than in Portland this time) is going to have, not just a Mobile Day, but a whole Mobile track dealing with "ahead-of-the-curve open telephony and mobile technologies, people, projects, and activities pushing the boundaries of what’s possible"!

The call for papers is now open, so mark your calendars and make your proposals. I'll be working with folks at the office to get ours in, for sure.

I went and saw the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still last night, didn't find it a big improvement on the original (although it does always make me vaguely happy to see Keanu Reeves getting a bullet put into him). In particular, the words "Klaatu barada nikto" never make an appearance, which was obviously a major disappointment. On the upside, the nanobot swarms were a pretty cool effect. It's still a B movie.

I still have Christmas shopping to take care of...


Anonymous said...

Keanu does say "Klaatu Barata Nikto. When you watch the dvd maybe you should use the subtitles for the hearing impaired.


Lefty said...

Is that what that electronically-enhanced mumbling he was doing early on was supposed to be...?

Sorry, doesn't cut it.

Neither does the notion of a swarm of nanobots that have a collective "rest state" that resembles a giant robot from 1951, but let's not go there.

I'm not sure this one merits a second viewing, frankly, but if that's what floats your boat, have at it. I'd put it on a par with Anacondas. Not the original-the sequel.

Lefty said...

...subtitles for the hearing impaired...

"Wow, that's pretty fucking insensitive! Do you go dancin' up to people in wheelchairs, too? 'Hey, Ironsides! Race ya!'"--Bill Hicks