Beowulf * * *


Beowulf has some simply remarkable animation sequences, especially those showing the title character.   I need to study up to see how they transition between the real people and the CGI computerized animations, but in the best scenes it is difficult to tell the actor from the animation.    In general though the film appears as animation, which makes it a bit harder to suspend your disbelief.    The quality is high enough however that one wonders how long it will be before we can’t tell real characters from animated ones.

The poem Beowulf is one of the oldest surviving stories in the English language.    Unfortunately the film takes too many liberties with the actual story, though I suppose Zemeckis could argue that in some storytelling traditions it’s normal to embellish and change things with each telling.  

He appears to have embellished to bring more nude Angelina Jolie scenes into the film since in the real Beowulf poem Grendel’s mother is killed rather than … bedded.

Here’s a great summary of Beowulf, the epic poem.

Blogger and OpenID


Reshma Kumar over at Webguild is reporting on Google’s upcoming launch of blogger based blog commenting that will support OpenID.   This is a great development and kudos to Google for again doing the right thing, which is making it easy for people to comment without having to do a separate login.   Also, along with Open Social, this approach is coming closer to the ideal online environment where you log in ONCE, and then interact in a robust way with all online environments and other onliners.   The analogy we should all be using is that of a massive party where everybody has a searchable name tag that contains all the info they care to share including pictures, writings, and resumes.    The complication is obvious here – some people will want to keep some things from some people.    I’m not sure how to manage that part since turning the info “on and off” does not work well in our cached and oft-downloaded online info environments.

Reshma notes:
 Users of OpenID-enabled services such as LiveJournal and WordPress can comment on a blog using their accounts from those sites rather than with a Blogger/Google account.

 This may not sound like much, but it will increase the ease of commenting on other people’s blogs.   I’m concerned by how blog commenting is becoming a dying art.   This is due to part to spam comments and in part to blogger selfishness where they don’t want to add to other’s blogs for a variety of SEO or ego reasons.      Ideally I’d like to see every person with their own blog, and then an auto-trackback feature so the conversations would span multiple blogs and instead of comments you’d just have dozens of interconnected blog posts on a topic.   However many people don’t want to have a blog but do want to participate.   This will help with that.

WordPress to Blogger


It seems like it should be easy to move a WordPress blog over to blogger given how easy it is to move a Google blogger blog to WordPress via the WordPress import scripts (which I think are based on Google blogger APIs).

But I’m concluding it will be easier to just cut and paste the content over on the 20 or so posts I have to move rather than try to unearth, configure, and hope things work out by using the small number of routines people have cobbled together for this task.

I suppose it’s to Google’s credit that they have helped make it easy to move *away* from Google but have not made it easy to move *to* Google in this case.

Generally I’d say WordPress is a superior blogging platform but Blogger has gotten much better with lack of ability to easily use categories the only major defect.

I’ll be taking our Travel blog now at   blog.ohwy.com  and moving it to blog.u-s-history.com where we are slowly setting up a very rich history and travel site.