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So... what's new and interesting?
Well, I'm still working on the Onyx database and source material but the codebase itself hasn't moved much. I've been too distracted to put in focused effort on it lately. Instead I've been poking away at Jimmy's World and watching movies. Both of which I choose to extol about.
Some cool stuff has online most notably of which is the addition of spell checking for comments, announcements and articles. I've also made it possible to log in and/or reset your user passwords using nicknames rather than just email. This should make it easier for people who haven't logged in in ages to get access to their accounts. Unfortunately if you still have only an old email address plugged in you still need to contact me to change the password manually. I've also fixed a fair number of bugs, but nothing terribly exciting.
I've come across another interesting alternative media site which looks like it has a pretty impressive wealth of video. Those interested in content from ZeD will probably dig this too. It's called undergroundfilm and I've only started scratching the surface but clearly there's some interesting stuff waiting to be found.
A good place to start is Minimum Overdrive, an awfully amusing and well put together little short obviously nodding to Maximum Overdrive though the hostile intent is provided from a completely different source then the movie or the Stephen King short story 'Trucks'. Course, it's a short comedy and I'm being nothing but pedantic by even mentioning the differences.
In the world of commercial entertainment I watched myself some more Godzilla recently, this time was Godzilla against Mechagodzilla (2002) (originally: Gojira tai Mekagojira). Once again I'm forced to be more entertained by the older, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974). It's been a long time since I've seen the later, but I'm drawing on what I remember from it cast with the light of the likes of Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster and Godzilla vs. Gigan. It seems to me that the newer generation of Toho movies are falling closer and closer to the movie quality equivalent of the The Uncanny Valley. Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster and Godzilla vs. Gigan were so good because they were so bad. The newest generation of Toho films are borderline good. In fact they occasionally poke their heads out of the pit and do something interesting. Of course they will be forever marred in the English market by the often appalling translations (yes, this includes subtitles), but they're getting continuously closer to the 'good' mark, and therefore falling straight into the too good to be bad and nowhere good enough to be great.
This weekend I had a reminder of that exact effect provided far too efficiently by Returner. This little flick I caught the trailer to on the Godzilla against Mechagodzilla DVD and (while I knew better) I thought looked pretty interesting. The movie itself was clearly inspired by The Terminator borrowing several shots and progressions to further its own somewhat interesting and often non-sensical plot. Anyway, I've never done this before, but I've written a review and put it up on Jimmy's World. It's not terribly insightful, but hey, it's my first attempt. Here you go: Jimmy's Review of Returner.