On breaking in Debian, a few zombie movies

One replaced DVD drive, eight DVDs of which I only needed one of, several hours spent installing and re-installing, and several more spent purging Unity from my muscle memory later, and Debian seems to be working well.

It’s… different from Ubuntu, I’ll give it that, although that’s the entire point of the switch. I don’t think they had to make it so damn ugly out-of-the-box, though. Seriously, it’s hideous.

Of course, as anyone who uses Debian will know, it’s not like there aren’t teething problems. Learning to going to the backports for stuff, or compiling from source. Chasing down bugs that weren’t there in Ubuntu. Getting  the computer and yourself back to a point of harmony, where each party understands the other enough so that computing becomes effortless. And so on.

But beyond that, it’s been a pretty positive experience so far. It hasn’t crashed yet, and that’s a massive plus. cmus is playing up (no pun intended), which annoys me more than a little, but I’m sure it’s only a small problem. But I like that the team backs away a bit when it comes to shoving software down your throat, screaming bloody murder unless you have these this and this and that all installed. There are some pre-choices, but it still feels fairly free, open. I like that.

I’ve been watching a few movies recently, as you do when you’ve got time to burn. Zombie movies, mainly though not exclusivley. A list with opinions, because I know you care:

  • Zombieland: HOLY SCIENCE Can you please lay off the running gags? Or at least make them more subtle, instead of so quite literally signposting them. I mean, that’s all the film is: Violence, running gags including THOSE FUCKING SIGNS FOR CHRIST’S SAKE I DON’T MIND THINKING A BIT AS THE WORLD IS NOT ENTIRELY POPULATED BY RETARTED PEOPLE, Bill Murray, and a hint of a coming-of-age-crisis-makes-people-better vibe. Slapping white CGI text on something doesn’t make it funny.
  • Shaun of the Dead: While also heavy on running gags, I don’t really they overdid it. At the very least, they didn’t seem to feel the need to point it out every five seconds, and there’s enough non-running gags so that it doesn’t get grating. There’s not really much else that I can say about the film, though, perhaps beyond that it doesn’t have Bill Murray. That might be a good thing, though.
  • 28 Days (and Weeks) Later: Wow. Of course, not being tounge-in-cheek comedies the two are designed to leave you with more of an impact, but… wow. It’s so good to see movies that actually seem to think about the concept of zombies as opposed to simply putting them in and saying “It works, just don’t ask me how!”. Between these and The Walking Dead, I pretty much every important aspect of surviving an event like that is more thaan covered. You’ve got why people are bastards, why you’ll probably never get to finish that escape plan, why your family will abandon you in your hour of need, why your family will eat you in your hour of need, why to keep a close eye on your wife, why to keep away from windows… It goes on and on.

All that said, The Hunt for Red October is better than all four combined. Just because it is.

James.

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