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In a fascinating decision, the SCOTUS may have admitted how it'll be ruling on marriage equality soon - and it could be good news. ^_^ You can read a summary of the case in SCOTUSblog's article on the remaining cases in this term - scroll down or search for "Obergefell v. Hodges". Towleroad has an analysis of the situation. The actual decision may well come on Thursday or Friday, around 10am Eastern, as it would seem the court's term concludes on July 3, with only one other date current scheduled for opinions.

huskyteer brings good news for everybody: there will be a Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds film!

Speaking of which, Saturday's lineup turned out to start with Shaun the Sheep, which I absolutely loved - basically all the cleverness you'd expect of Aardman, with plenty of little background jokes, some barely perceptible, and typically superb animation and comic timing. Much fun. ^_^ Then, Kingsman, which - I admit, didn't mesh with me. Skillful technically, but I could barely connect emotionally at any point. Finally, Robot Jox, which I'd never made much effort to see - I'd assigned it the tag of low budget fighty cheese, more or less, but no, it turned out to be quite a bit more intelligent, perhaps due to the screenwriter, who caught both of us by surprise: Joe Haldeman. Frankly, I'd take this over Pacific Rim any day! The latter had, of course, far superior effects tech, but Guillermo del Toro really didn't do himself justice there, with so vastly better a grasp on humanity in Pan's Labyrinth.

Here's a superb weblog to visit, if you're feeling at all tired of the endless, useless advertising surrounding us, especially on the web: The Ad Contrarian, by someone now retired from the very industry.

Does anyone have a recent (CC 14 or later) version of Photoshop they'd be willing to put to use on one photograph in particular? I'd like to see how well its "camera shake reduction" works on reducing the blur induced, when I overlooked the slightly slow shutter speed. It's not an especially good photograph, but one of personal significance, as it shows Dad on the last time I saw him, seemingly on the mend.

Via Egg Freckles, an Apple Newton anecdote: "Gaston Bastiens was the General Manager of Newton when I was there. He was not well liked, and he kept making crazy decisions. For instance, he decided it would be good idea to charge Newton developers a percentage of their profits (unheard of at the time, and lunacy for a struggling platform). And: When it was clear that the Newton wasn’t selling all that well, and unwanted Newts were stacking up in warehouses, Gaston had Apple buy parts to make another 80,000 units. I won’t even get started about the sea of T-shirts we were swimming in (there’s a big difference between “Buy $5000 more promotional shirts” and “Buy 5,000 more shirts”).

There were a lot of Newtons sitting in warehouses. Also, many Newton Fax modems. Many, many of them. God only knows how many he ordered. There could well have been more Newton Fax modems than there were Newtons to plug them into. One of our developer support folks (Bob E) found out that it was possible to order a palette of surplus Apple products delivered to your office. Hey, the stuff had no hope of being sold, so if someone had a use for it . . . Bob ordered a big palette of Fax modems, and when he shipped stuff off to developers (hardware, manuals, etc.) he would pour in some Fax modems as packing material."

And so, from the annals of history, MoDeminos, in which four thousand fax modems become dominos. =:D

For anyone into iOS or OS X development, Apple's made quite a few sessions available as downloadable videos, including the "Platforms State of the Union" - effectively the technical keynote, versus the main one.
 
 
 
 
 
 
A "palette of surplus Apple products" - that sounds colorful! :)

Actually I was a Newton nerd for some time, and encouraged my then-employer (1996) there would be a market in handheld portable computers with color displays and cellular modems. Why does nobody listen to the college students? :)

Along those lines, I was also a huge fan of the AT&T EO (the "some day you'll be able to send a fax from the beach" computer). I'm not sure why but those seem to have never developed the cult following they deserved. I have an EO 880 still in its original box. :P

Of course we've heard the final decision on the marriage thing. As I've been telling others (and will post on my own in a day or two), what surprises me is the extent to which I feel my same-sex relationship is increasingly validated, even though I don't especially have any plans to marry. :P But instead of it seeming like some kind of weird fringe, it seems like a path to a recognized end-state relationship. Huh.
Okay, I've got to ask: where on Earth does that wonderful icon come from? =:D

As long as they really did mean Apple, not merely apple, which might also be quite colorful. =:) (And purely coincidentally, I'm enjoying both at the moment - the latter being a Weston's Vintage cider. Not the most amazing, but (a) entirely acceptable, (b) available just up the road =:)

I always thought the Newton was a pretty nifty device. ^_^ The trouble was, of course, it was a bit too early - at that point, cellular data was anything from non-existent to fairly awful. Not that that stopped me from toting my Wallstreet around with a Ricochet modem everywhere in the Bay, to the point that one BART driver gave me the Secret Location of where I might find power on board the carriages. =:)

Oh, the EO! I don't think I ever saw one in person, but the Libretto appealed to me - it looked meaningfully useful, but again, it was a bit of a bundle of compromises, and similarly, before pervasive wireless data availability. (And if you really want to dig into computing palaeontology, there's always the Newbrain..)

I admit, I actually forgot to check SCOTUSblog at 10am Eastern! In my defense, I was preparing for two interviews today, and for an examination at the local surgery (which went fine). It wasn't until I checked in on the SL Universe forum and saw the chatbox and recent posts lighting up with the good news that I realised.. wow, it's finally happened. It's taken a while, but, I suppose that's only to be expected - even aside from the gradually shifting tide of public opinion, huge legal cases take years to percolate through the various layers of the legal system. And as with the DoMA case, the news comes right before Pride weekend. =:D

I've no idea if I'll ever find someone again I fall in love with, and be able to bask in the radiance of another's love for me, but I suppose stranger things have happened. ^_^ It's like that quote from an entry or two ago said, ne? It won't be long before it's all simply marriage. If indeed we're not pretty much there already. ^_^

Fax! Ah, I miss the days of tpc.int. Such a pity that seems to've gone down for good - even now, there are occasional uses for that byzantine technology. Oo, I should see if I can dig up a little three page article from an old issue of Electronics Today International, considering what the calculator of the future might be like.. it was actually quite intelligent, though perhaps inevitably constrained by its initial premise.

Aha! Here we go. ^_^

Page 1, page 2, page 3, from their Winter 1977 special.



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Perhaps a pallet of palettes for your palate? :)

As to falling in love, that's a complex topic worth a post of its own I suppose. :)

Of course being involved with radio, nothing is ever really obsolete... Bell 103 is still used for HF packet, and 202 (1200 baud) for most of VHF packet. I agree cellular data was "poor to nonexistent" in the mid/late 90s, but then again you don't need much when you have 1MB of RAM and minimal graphic content.

I don't think Grundy products significantly made it to the US, so I can't really share that corner of computer nostalgia with you. :) But I do like the calculator article. Now, 30 years later, we're finally more or less at that point. :)
Oh, and the icon is Starfire from Teen Titans. :) Kind of a "strained grin" in context, but it works well for other things too. :)
Sorry, my Photoshop is CS 6. I refuse to buy a CC membership and pay rent for software.

I have a Newton. Very clever device. Can't say that I have a fax modem for it, but my TRS-80 Model 100 does have a 300 baud internal modem. And likewise runs on 4xAA (or a six volt lantern battery, if you want to run it for a couple of months.)