Archive for September, 2005

I attended the first DC-area advanced screening of the new movie Serenity tonight.

Having not seen any episodes of the short-lived series Firefly, on which Serenity is based, I was a little unsure whether that would make it difficult to get up to speed on the storyline and characters. However, the film doesn’t assume that the viewer knows anything about the series and I never felt lost or that I needed to go rent the 12-episode Firefly DVD in order to “get it”. I will say, though, that the Firefly groupies, er… I mean, fans, in the screening did seem to have a head start in their reactions to the crew’s joking with one another.

The film is action-packed from the beginning but has interesting characters whose chemistry together conveys a sense of camaraderie forged in shared struggles both from the long over war against the Alliance and the hard-scrabble existence of a freighter of questionable reputation eking out an existence on the edge of civilized space.

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My Dad, whose birthday is today, got me hooked on Science Fiction years ago with Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot” and Robert Heinlein’s “Have Spacesuit, Will Travel”. So I was interested to read about the new Sci-Fi film Serenity on one of the blogs I frequent.

Universal is piloting a unique promotion technique by getting bloggers to review advanced screenings of the film. I’m registered to attend the Washington D. C. showing next week and will update this post with my impressions.

Movie Synopsis:

Joss Whedon- the Oscar(r)- and Emmy-nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel-now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity.

The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family – squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.

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The gang at CustomWare have expanded their Wiki-based webMethods FAQ and opened it up to outside contributors. With over 100 participants (as of Dec. 2004), many of you are arlready involved in the project.

If you haven’t yet, why not drop in and see what knowledge you can share?

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An old friend from college forwarded a job opportunity to me for a senior level position at a major US company.

One of the job requirements for this position was for specific hands-on experience with open source projects. This company is focused on using open source to create their next generation SOA environment.

As part of an industry that is struggling currently, this company’s stated goal for open source adoption is cost savings.

Maybe the driver for adoption of open source integration frameworks like Synapse will not be application vendor support, but companies struggling to stay current technically in the midst of trying economic downturns.

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Mark G. alerted me to the Apache Synapse proposal a couple of weeks ago. At about the same time Dave Linthicum, former CTO of Mercator, was sharing his thoughts on his RealWorldSOA blog.

Despite the fact that he can’t spell “canonical” ;-) , I think Dave’s take is right. It’s too early to get very excited about a proposal that will require slow moving application vendors to add a “mediation layer” that probably won’t sell any more licenses or professional services.

If the app vendors can figure out a way to cut their own costs by shedding themselves of deals with established integration vendors or by cutting out their own development costs then I think we could see increased adoption and traction for Synapse.

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Please join the rest of the blogosphere in giving to Hurricane Katrina Diaster Relief.

I have chosen the Southern Baptist Diaster Relief Fund because of my direct experience with their diaster relief efforts and my belief that they are extremely well-organized and equipped to render aid quickly to those in need.

A list of other charities is available here.

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Update: My family heard from my aunt and uncle this evening. They live in Pascagoula a few blocks from the Gulf.

Due to my aunt’s advanced Parksinson’s disease, they checked into Ocean Springs Hospital last Sunday before Katrina made landfall. Until tonight we had no word of their safety or condition. My uncle borrowed someone’s walkie-talkie cell phone and was able to get a call through to my folks in Jackson.

My aunt’s condition is very serious and she weighs all of about 75 pounds now. According to the doctor’s, she’s one of the healthiest ones in the Ocean Springs Hospital.

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