January 7, 2004

Sensory Reprobation

Filed under: digital — mhoye @ 2:06 am

First, given my recent computer problems I thought I might favor all of you with the sounds of an anguished death. Are you all seated comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

Some of you might be familiar with a bit of cinematic trivia called the “Wilhelm Scream”. Featured in a recent Slashdot article, the Wilhelm Scream is apparently one of the longest running jokes in cinematic history, a sound bite that’s been appearing in movies for at least forty years. That might not sound like a big deal, but to me it’s been a lot like the cigarette burns at the end of a reel – once you’ve noticed, you can’t ever stop noticing. Seriously, check this shit out, remembering that it’s nowhere near a comprehensive list.

Next, on to the vision part: I just got a new cheap-ass digital camera, one point three sparkling megapixels of knockaround, good-enough-for-now semiconductor that I had hoped would magically work with Linux; a number of the other SiPix cameras are reported to. But, well, it is not meant to be. From their FAQ:

Q: Will it work with Linux?
A: Nope.

Not “No”, mind you, but “Nope.” Cute. Fuck you too, SiPix; If this is a frequently asked question, maybe that’s a clue.

This is a goddamn shame, of course, but I’m not that concerned about it; there’s a fair bit of evidence from the Windows install that the people who handle the software side of things at SiPix would be better suited to peeling bananas with their feet or flinging dung at tourists. Better to leave the Linux support to people who actually care whether or not it works, rather than people who are only paid to make it work, I guess.

Anyhow, the upshot of all this is that I picked this camera up so that I could take pictures of things that grabbed my attention for whatever reason and share them to you. So I’m going to do that.

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