I saw it last night, and was distinctly underwhelmed. It wasn't a bad movie by any stretch, but the first half was fairly boring, and the pacing was out again. Sure, there was plenty of grist and homage for the hard-core fans, and the special effects were great, but it was somehow lacking in soul. Even the action scenes weren't all that exciting. Maybe I'd been spoiled by the trailers and reviews, or it was just too "comic-book" for me, but I just didn't care about the plot or characters all that much. To me, this says that not enough work was put into the basics of film-making; another sympton of which was poor attention to the small details - eg the "Raindrops keep falling on my head" montage was set in spring, but a scene or two later it's autumn at Uncle Ben's grave. I do have to agree that the intro sequence recapping the first movie was excellent
While the lack Advogato was alleviated by the planets (primarily GNOME and Debian), it still fills a niche for those of us who don't fit into one of the large planets, as well as providing cross-pollination across the FOSS community. Anyway, thanks again to raph, even if I will put @weekly wget http://www.advogato.org/person/trs80/diary.xml into my crontab à la berend.
I've recently started work part time as a sysadmin at DAA after jamesh left to join jdub in whatever nefarious plans they're up to. It does prove the theory that one can get a job by bumming around UCC, since I was recommended by a friend from uni who now works at DAA. Speaking of UCC, it's been fairly quiet this year, although Bernard (and others) have got the vending machine speaking to dispense, which has only been planned for 6+ years. And it's the 30th this year, maybe should get some old-guard to help with the dinner or something. Currently reading Alastair Reynolds and Quicksilver.
Wikipedia is cool. That is all.