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How movie/TV watching has changed

Back in the 1990s, for a good number of years, I would go to see the "sneak preview" every week. One show a week would be dedicated to showing a movie that hadn't been released yet. And which movie would be a surprise. This meant I ended up seeing all big ticket movies, as well as a good number of additional smaller movies. And with rare exceptions, I would be happy to sit through them.

These days, I very often find myself getting bored with a movie that I'm watching. Now obviously a lot has changed in the intermediate almost 30 years. Have movies gotten worse? I'd say they have. But not so much that this explains me happily watching pretty much any movie in the 1990s vs getting bored by about half of them in the 2020s. Do we have a shorter attention span and more distractions today than we had 30 years ago? Again, yes. But I don't think that's the full explanation.

I think the reason it's so hard to focus on any movie or TV show/episode is that we have so much more choice today...

Full article / permalink - posted 2024-02-19

Skyline #22, shortest day of the year edition

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Skyline #21, winter is coming...!

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→ The beauty of finished software

Finished software is software that’s not expected to change, and that’s a feature! You can rely on it to do some real work.

We need more of this.

But: how do you write software that will keep working for decades to come? Certainly don't look at Apple for this, they keep changing their CPU architectures every decade or so and after a transition period, the old stuff is dead.

Could WebAssembly be the solution? This is a pretty fast binary format that almost any programming language can be compiled to.

Permalink - posted 2023-11-01

BGP handling of obscure errors

I read Ben Cartwright Cox' (extensive) blog post Grave flaws in BGP Error handling and then saw his talk about the same topic at NLNOG on Youtube.

Here's the story.

Full article / permalink - posted 2023-10-02


20 years ago today, the TV show Mythbusters aired its first regular episode on the Discovery Channel, after three earlier pilot episodes. And soon after, I had found a new favorite TV show.

Full article / permalink - posted 2023-09-23

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