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May 2004 — Monthly Archive

The Day After Tomorrow

I saw The Day after Tomorrow over the weekend, largely because it’s been ages since I saw a good ol’ fashioned break-things-up disaster movie. This one had great eye candy, lots of great steadycam shots, a few good moments but overall very little impact. This is to be expected since climate change is very hard to boil down into simplistic cause and effect models: for example, while Day after Tomorrow largely deals with the North Atlantic Drift (which we know fluctuates), it fails to take into account other ocean currents, and aperiodic disruptive factors in those currents, such as El Niño.

(Mild spoiler ahead) Day after Tomorrow opens on the Larsen B shelf in Antarctica, where a massive sheet of ice splits away in the opening minutes of the film. Interestingly, in March 2002, about 500 billion tonnes of ice did break away from this shelf in a matter of weeks. While worrisome, the most reassuring result of this collapse is that it merely underlined (again) how little we — Earth-firsters and SUV drivers alike — know the complex web that makes up the climate of this planet.

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31 May 2004 1:58 pm

New Microsoft Developer Toolset

Microsoft has Rational’s developer toolset firmly in its sights with its updated Whidbey roadmap. Modeling, code analysis, testing and test management — and even source control.

Yes, good ol’ Visual SourceSafe is getting its guts ripped out and will be replaced by something codenamed Hatteras (aka Visual SourceSafe 2005) that I’m sure will finally be a real source control system offering from MS (too bad it’ll only work well for Windows developers).

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27 May 2004 11:05 am

New Book from Mil Millington

Way to go - Mil Millington of Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About fame has published his second novel.

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22 May 2004 11:19 am

Great SF Short Stories Online

I saw this on Boing Boing and it’s worth repeating: Hugo-Nominated Short Fiction for 2004 is available online. Especially recommended are

  • Jeffrey Ford’s The Empire of Ice Cream - it’s a shame to label this beautiful genre-defying story SF. It could just as easily be labeled romance, or even horror. If I were voting, this would get my vote.
  • Neil Gaiman’s