Will Beyoncé Lasso the Role of Wonder Woman?

Beyonce - Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman the movie has been an on again, off again affair for Warner Bros since around 2001. It’s currently on again with a pair of writers assigned to the script but don’t anticipate seeing this flik on the big screen until 2011 at the earliest. You can keep abreast of WW movie news at IMDB’s news page dedicated to the superhero, but the latest and greatest news comes to us from the LA Times:

Beyoncé is ready for an Amazon-sized challenge — the pop superstar wants to be the first actress to wear Wonder Woman’s famed red, white and blue bathing suit on the silver screen.

“I want to do a superhero movie and what would be better than Wonder Woman? It would be great. And it would be a very bold choice. A black Wonder Woman would be a powerful thing. It’s time for that, right?”

I’m not a fan of the singer, not because I don’t care for her music but because I only know her by name and that’s it. But based on the comments from readers of the LAT article, I have to say that we may be better off considering someone else. Are those comments off base? Should I actually look forward to seeing her in that skimpy outfit and toting the lasso of truth?


Dreamhost – How Tolerant Should I Be?


12 months ago I moved Geeknews over to Dreamhost services from Supernova.net. The reason for the move was Supernova’s flakiness in uptime. The last straw in my patience was when their servers went offline for over a week. Not just Geeknews was affected by the outage but so was my family site that was responsible for hosting the family’s e-mail.

Since the move to Dreamhost though it seems as if I’m plagued with bad luck. Numerous times in the last year their file servers have gone offline for over 12 hours at a time, meaning Geeknews along with hundreds or thousands of other sites hosted on that server, or its disk array, have been inaccessible. It also seems that most Friday’s the site goes offline for an hour, probably for maintenance?

A few weeks ago the outage lasted a couple of days, again this Friday evening we were offline until Sunday morning. Each time we’re offline we either get moved to a new server or the existing server is reconstructed and each time the disks are refreshed with a backup image that is 7 days old meaning i’ve lost all files (mostly images) uploaded in that time and need to go back and clean it up…again. So for the 2nd time in two weeks I’m reconstructing the site.

I can’t imagine if I had customers dependent on my site being available like some of the poor people affected by the outage, thank god I just do Geeknews as a labor of love or else I’d be apoplectic right now instead of just very annoyed.

I have a lot of sympathy for the support folks, it’s not their fault HW goes offline, but it would appear the management needs to invest more in fault tolerance, backups, alternative HW in hot standby to switch us over to with just hours of downtime as opposed to days, so they can work on the failed machine at their leisure.

Moving to a new host provider is such a fraking hassle, though I guess I should at least start looking now and staging the content to flip the switch the next time DH is offline.

So where do I go? While lamenting the latest DH outage with other folks suffering, I hear that Bluehost and Media Temple are good options. Do you have recommendations?


The 50 Skills Every Geek Should Have

Beauty and the Geek

Andrea from Gizmodo clued me into a new post on their site this morning while I was at work. I set it aside figuring I’ll check it out in the evening and blog it. By the time I get to it at the end of the day digg has already done its thing and made it quite popular, so once again I’m late to the party :-)

Gizmodo posted a list of 50 life skills every geek must have. Examples:

5. Wire your house for Ethernet and Coax cable

18. Fix your parents’ computer over the phone without looking at a computer

48. Calibrate a 7.1 surround-sound system

Go read and rate yourself, report back here on how you fared. What’s missing from the list? I propose we add the following :

1. Roll up a pen and paper RPG character in under 3 minutes

2. Coded at least one program as a teenager

3. Teach black hole theory to your science challenged spouse

Just geeky

Brazil Markets GPS ‘Find Me If You Can’ Lingerie

Brazillian GPS Lingerie

What a great geeky device to get  your wife/GF for Christmas, it’s a gadget and it’s also sexy. Retailing from US$800-1100, it’s lingerie with a GPS stitched into it.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Lingerie maker Lucia Iorio says her new design targets the modern, techno-savvy woman, but the GPS-equipped “Find Me If You Can” line has raised the hackles of feminists who call it a 21st-century chastity belt.


[via The Raw Feed]

Gadgets / Devices

Top 25 Geek Blogs By Traffic

Geek Love

Cellphones.org is a geeky site. They’ve recently assembled the top 25 geek blogs using data from GOOG’s pagerank, Alexa traffic and Technorati authority.

I’m pleased to see that Geeknews.net is 12th on the list.

One thing I like about this list is that it’s introduced me to a couple of sites I didn’t know about.

Just geeky