Liongames is reporting that a Mac OS port of Black & White is in progress. This is good news for you Mac gamers. This game is spectacular and entertaining. I've been playing it on my Win 2000 machine for the last week, and it's engaging.

This Roundtable has some amazing insightful points being made in it. It's interesting to see a sharp mind like Bruce Perens respond to Craig Mundie's points. It seems like the sad thing here is that a well oiled PR machine like Microsoft can continue to operate through disinformation because the general public could care less about this kind of stuff. I mean Bill Gates is the ultimate computer genius, he's much smarter than the average computer user, so whatever he says must be incredibly accurate.

This Bluetooth review is very much in need of a few of what I like to call "paragraph breaks."

I have to say that playing Unreal Tournament until 3:30 am on the eve of a workday is not a wise move.

  Free-Lance Beat Media Cos. in Court. This will probably be a big deal for existing articles, but I'm sure all of these firms are now amending their freelance contracts to deal with this issue.

Ogg Vorbis: Open Free Audio.

The word "gangsta" has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. I'll be using this word a lot more often now. Some other choice terms added: road rage, slacker, homie, lifestyle drug, and zero tolerance. (link via the interesting Currentform.)

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I'm working on the information architecture for a large site for a client right now. In working on it, I was reminded by my bookmarks file what an excellent compendium of resources are available at Jesse James Garrett's information architecture resources page is. It's a one stop shop for all your IA needs.

AppleScript in a Nutshell. It's about time that someone came out with a book like this for Applescript. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on it.

Moving the PVR from your house to the network?

Over the weekend and throughout this week, The Atlanta Film and Video Festival is being held here in Atlanta. It offers some movies that have only been shown at SXSW and Sundance. So far, I have gone to see three movies, and all of them were really solid.

Scratch, which is a history of turntablism, was the best of the three in my opinion, and it did a really solid job of covering this one angle of the hip hop community. The history of the art of scratching and DJing in general was really solid. All of my favorite DJ's like QBert, Mixmaster Mike, and Cut Chemist were featured in the movie, and DJ Faust and DJ Shortee were actually at the showing. If you have any interest in this sort of thing, and an opportunity to see this movie, go see it.

Next, we went to see Burning Man: The Burning Sensation. Since I haven't been to Burning Man yet, it's hard for me to judge how well this film captures the spirit of Burning Man. The film did contain some very interesting art pieces and happenings at Burning Man, and there was excellent discussion with the film's director afterwards.

Finally, I went to see Revolution OS, a documentary about the Free Software movement and Linux. While I think this film did a great job of capturing the personalities of people like Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman, I did not think that all of the people that they chose to focus on would have been my first choices. I would have liked to have seen some mention of PERL, and more coverage of Apache in the movie because I think that these two things, more than any other, have contributed to the success of Linux as an operating system. I also would have liked to have seen more coverage of individual distributions rather than the focus on a VA Linux, a hardware vendor. Finally, I think that this documentary went out of its way to position Microsoft as the evil empire. I would rather have been provided with the raw data and then been able to form my own opinion rather than having the situation framed in such a biased manner. Still, this film was well worth seeing no matter how much or little you know abotu the Free Software Movement. Oddly, I was unable to find a live Web site for this movie.

Software Methods and Tools provides a really comprehensive index of useful tools and resources for a variety of different types of development.

Happy 5th Birthday CamWorld!

The Lakers regain home court. You have to give Philly props for hanging in there with them for three full games so far. It's sure a lot more interesting to watch than the Spurs series was.

I'm not sure what's wrong with me, but I'm definitely in a major funk that I am having a hard time breaking out of. Perhaps it's work, and the industry that I'm in in general, or perhaps it's various emotional strains that I have allowed to fester finally catching up with me. Regardless, I have to find a way to break out of this "slump." Some of the symptoms include laziness beyond my run of the mill kind, a lack of desire to get out of bed in the morning and go to work, and no desire whatsoever to do anything. What helps you break out of a slump? What gets you going again? Let me know.

Great article about the decline of Web businesses of late.

Internet World Magazine: A Bold Fusion. This is an article well worth reading for perspective. It talks about the combined resources of Allaire and Macromedia, and the end to end solution that the company will be able to offer once it has integrated its product lines. One very revealing quote from the article: "Macromedia will sell a version of ColdFusion that includes the JRun engine, but the CFML module will also be licensed to run on top of any other Java 2 Enterprise Edition server."

Mac OS X vs. Windows 2000 Deathmatch. I'd say this is a pretty fair comparison of the two operating systems based on the criteria that was chosen. Since I have one running each of these operating systems in my bag, I'd have to say that I would place a little more weight on the availability of software for the OS than they have in this article. While Mac OS X is fantastic, some of that is potential currently and nothing more. On the other hand, Windows 2000 is like a pair of shoes that have been broken in over the last two years, all the software I need runs on it. Once X gets up a full head of steam, it will be a better operating system than 2000 or even XP, but we're at least 6 months away from that, and possibly as many as 12. Who knows what Microsoft will do with that time?

The Standard: Time Has Come for Business 2.0. They plan to merge it with eCompany Now.

Studying up for a Cold Fusion certification exam. Updates to resume tomorrow.

This New York Times article talks about in glowing terms for pioneering a revenue stream that is based on placement in searches. My opinion of them as a second rate player in this space is reinforced by this article. The same way I skip those "special advertising sections" that sort of masquerade as editorial in magazines, I'll go ahead and skip search results that are "enhanced" by commercial placement. here's a quote from the article that I quite enjoyed: "Even Mr. Gross, GoTo's founder, says he does not use the service for all his searches. 'If I want information, I use Google,' he said."

I also much prefer the Google model of providing related but sponsored links in another section of the page. In the end, if I were advertising, I would rather have this sort of placement with a search engine that delivers solid information than an entry that has been slipped in by the site on a second rate engine.

Looks like Lawrence is bringing Tomalak's Realm to a close. It's a shame, but here's a big thank you to him for doing such a useful site for so long, and good luck in the future.

Moulin Rouge was incredible. Baz really outdid his earlier efforts with this one. This movie was good on so many levels, I can only describe it as a rich piece of triple chocolate cake. I'll surely be seeing it again.

Discovering WebObjects (Apple) I got a great response to my posting about WebObjects from Jim today, and I am poring through it now. (Thanks Jim)

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