Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Drive to Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, we went to Monica’s family who live near Tahlequah. The food is phenomenal and the people are lovely. I like the drive there because the last leg of the trip, from Tahlequah to their house, is a road so twisty that it always makes me feel like I’m a driver in a car commercial. It’s a stretch of road on Oklahoma State Highway 100 and 82 starting from junction at U.S. Route 62, heading south for about 21 miles. The road continues further, but we only travel the first 21 miles of it.

This time, we drove through freezing rain, which made the trip feel significantly more dangerous. My car displayed an outside temperature between 34 and 33 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 C and 0.5 C). Most of the time, the rain was liquid, but every now and then, a few frozen crystals fell between the liquid droplets. This stretch of the trip took 24 minutes, with a maximum elevation of 989 feet and a minimum elevation of 649 feet (301.4m and 197.8m, respectively). My ears popped a few times. I drove the that entire stretch in manual shifting mode. I’ve never shifted gears on any stretch of road, or even have needed to shift as much, as much as I did on this road. It was fun.

View 2010 Thanksgiving hi-way 82 and 100 in a larger map

On the way home, we took a route that was previously untraveled by us but was suggested by the GPS, as well as, Google Maps in the past. The fact that the maps were completely accurate, as well as, the navigation AI logic was sound, gave me much more trust into my GPS unit. The route home took us through a long part of I-40, which has much construction prior to getting onto the Muskogee Turnpike, which also had some construction. If I knew about the construction, I probably would have chosen to return the same way we came, through Tahlequah. This was yet another reminder of just how neglectful I’ve been of doing my homework prior to trips. It’s something that I can do while I’m at work. I can check the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for all construction and check my gas card’s website for all the gas stations on any possible route. I really must raise the priority on completing this research before any trip outside of my metro area. With all the stimulus money spend on roads, the construction situation changes faster than word of mouth travels in my circles regarding this topic.

The Social Network movie review

I saw The Social Network tonight, and I was impressed with the movie. I realize there have been some statements how inaccurate the movie, but it still was a really good movie. The soundtrack by Trent Reznor was incredibly awesome. Trent’s rendition of Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King during the crew race. Really, each queu was quite memorable in soundscape.

The moviemakers did a nice touch with recreating the old looks of the famous websites, most noticeably to me Network Solution’s website, which looked completely different in the movie than it does today. The rest of the pages shown, I’m sure, had similar treatments, especially with the evolution of the Facebook website.

I think most importantly, the movie tried to explain how revolutionary ideas essentially grow from the ground up. They mentioned that a social network requires a “critical mass” to get started. And a topic dear to me and words that resonated with me, was when Sean Parker said that Napster changed the music industry for ever, which he did. Napster is actually a great idea, although BitTorrent picks up from there, it’s just that music industry does not know how to monetize that type of distribution system, so they do everything they can to stop it to continue making money their old ways.

Jesse Eisenberg, who played as Mark, was great in his timing and speed of delivery. I don’t know the real mannerisms of Mark, but Jesse sure channeled a nerd with type-A personality. I imagine a world where a pop-star would be made fun of being in film and that it would be cliché to applaud such a star, I have nothing to say against Justin Timberlake. I think he did a fine job with many character developing gestures. Quite frankly, I thought it was poetic to cast one of RIAA‘s most lucrative assets as the co-founder of Napster. That in itself set an undertone for me as to what The Social Network was really trying to say. I think the story is about how the power of the people will always undercut the power of top-down organizations, especially when people are provided with a new technology. This should really just be a warning of how something so simple took the world by a wave. I don’t think the next waves will be so “small”.