Movie review: Field of Dreams

We popped some popcorn, and gathered up to watch the 1989 Kevin Costner movie the other night. Linda and Gina liked it; I not so much. Truthfully, I nodded off somewhere in the middle of Costner’s road trip to Boston and other places. When I woke up, Burt Lancaster was in the movie playing a doctor of some kind. Turns out, Costner was time tripping I guess which I missed. Anyway, it was a pleasant movie but not for me. Kevin Costner has a great haircut, and Amy Madigan is charming and genuine, sort of a Holly Hunter but more believable. Reviewers make lots of comparisons with Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart movies, which I’ve always liked, but not this one. Maybe Roger Ebert captured why I don’t like this movie:

Field of Dreams” will not appeal to grinches and grouches and realists. It is a delicate movie, a fragile construction of one goofy fantasy after another.

trivia from IMBD: Matt Damon and Ben Afleck appear as extras in the Fenway park baseball scene.

shark video

Summer 2005 I caught a small shark while fishing off the beach, and Linda was nearby with a digital camera. I made a 2 minute video of the catch shared it with a fishing discussion list and posted it on google video.

This past April, I uploaded it to youtube.com, where it has attraced a little more attention. As of this date, nearly 4,000 people have viewed it, and there’s a small discussion/comment thread about it.

ps. the quality is a little better on google video.

see all my youtube videos here.

What were they thinking with the ‘overtype’ function?

Insert key safely disarmed in Microsoft Word 2007

Microsoft’s impending version of word has disabled the overtype function that is more often accidently implemented than desired.  In fact, what circumstance would you use the function anyway? Jan Mikosvosky writes on his usability blog:

Overtype mode has to be one of the longest-lived terrible design flaws in a continuously upgraded shipping product