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Sunday July 10, 2005
02:56 PM

Trac, Satisfaction, Bislama

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Started using Edgewall's Trac yesterday. It's a really nice tool. The only complaint I have about it is that it's designed to handle single projects, and I really want to be able to manage all my projects at once, and see TODOs and milestones and tickets from all of them. Still, until I get around to writing that, it works very nicely. It's also about 4 times faster than Kwiki, with both of them running in pure, unaccelerated CGI mode.

What happened to kwiki between 0.18 and 0.3? My uneducated guess is that there exists a point of diminishing returns for "pure" software engineering and OO subclassing, and Kwiki crossed way over it during its redesign.

We watched a movie Friday night that made last weekend's batch seem like masterworks: Satisfaction. If you're unlucky, you may actually remember this 1988 stinkbomb which was meant to rocket Justine Bateman to superstardom, but didn't quite manage to do so. This Aaron Spelling-produced crapburger is mostly notable for being the first credited appearance of Julia Roberts (as "the trampy one"), and being the only movie that Britta Phillips (better known as the voice of Jem (as in Jem! and the Holograms), now in an actual band called LUNA) has ever appeared in.

Satisfaction doesn't have a plot. It has a taped together string of set pieces lifted from after-school specials, with no real segues between. Now they're facing the prospect of being away from home for the first time. Now they're having creative differences. Now Julia Roberts is being a slut. Now they're experiencing the harsh realities of not fitting in with the posh kids. Now Jem is overdosing. Now Justine Bateman's teenage heart is being broken as she tries to cope with adult relationships. Oh yeah, adult relationships. This movie also features Liam Neeson in a performance I'm sure he's not happy about, as a club owner/beach bum/former musician who falls in "love" with Justine Bateman and is "inspired" by her to start "writing" "music" again until his ex, Debbie Harry, shows up and ruins the thoroughly creepy and unappealing summer "fantasy".

The douche commercial lookalike montage of Neeson and Bateman riding horses and bicycles on the beach is not to be missed.

Finally, last night, one of the #perl guys announced that he'd spent the day localizing Firefox into Bislama, which is a creole/pidgin/trade language from Vanatu and surrounding islands. Or, in Bislama:

Pidgin toktok blong Saot Pacific

Several humorous real and faked examples of Bislama were given, with most people focusing on "blong" (a corruption of "belong" and the all-purpose possessive modifier/"containing" preposition/"type of" adjective pointer) and "wittem" (a dialectish corruption of "with"). I tried my hand at a blinkenlights grade pastiche of the language, but ended up closer to home than I intended:

<me> me blong schlong fapfap wittem piccies blong headred plumpytitties <bislama_guy> FYI, breasts actually are called 'titi' in Bislama. A bra is 'basket blong titi'...

Bislama: 1, Me: 0

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