… The king of Scotland was fighting the Black Douglas clan. He reached out to make peace. He offered the young Earl of Douglas safe passage. He came to Edinburgh Castle and had a great feast. Then at the end of the feast, [the king's men] started pounding on a single drum. They brought out a covered plate and put it in front of the Earl and revealed it was the head of a black boar — the symbol of death. And as soon as he saw it, he knew what it meant. They dragged them out and put them to death in the courtyard …
George R.R. Martin
Source: ‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin: Why he wrote The Red Wedding
I just caught up with Game of Thrones season 3 (because, y’know… it happened), so I decided to post up various thoughts about the the show.
Note: I haven’t watched season 2 at all… I have it on Blu-Ray, but haven’t got around to watching it yet. I’ve read the books, so I know ~80% of the story… I just wanted to watch season 3 for the build up to that thing everyone is traumatised by.
- The Theon Greyjoy plot-line was more interesting (and IMO) better done than in the book.
- Roose Bolton is one of the most compelling characters on the show. In the books I barely paid attention to him. I get an older Daniel Craig’s James Bond feel off of him.
- Roose Bolton’s Bastard is… well… a complete and utter bastard. I like the show’s portrayal of him, and the actor is very convincing.
- Arya Stark looks almost no older than in season 1.
- On the other hand, Brann Stark looks quite a bit older. This could cause the show issues in the future?
- What happened to Arya’s Braavosi sword, Needle? In the book it’s a touchstone for her character, but in the series it seems she’s lost it?
- Tywin Lannister is a scary dude. Scary, scary dude.
- I think I prefer the Melisadre plot-line from the book, but I guess it meant we get to keep Gendry around a bit longer.
- That thing (spoilers, but awesome) in episode 9 came across as a lot more ‘clinical’ than in the book, and as a result seemed all the more brutal. Not sure which version I preferred more yet.
- Daario Naharis reminds me of Brad Pitt’s Achilles in “Troy”. That is not a good thing.
- Awesome odd-couples in the show: Arya and The Hound, plus Brienne and Jaime.
You’ve come a long way, baby.
I remember when WordPress first appeared. I’d deployed the b2 blogging engine a couple of times before, and anything which made b2 easier to install/use/adapt was welcome. Amongst the (many) blog systems I’d tried up to then, b2 had the lowest technical barriers but was still an exercise in frustration to get installed and configured. In those early days of blog systems each product had its own quirks, and their own belief about what a blog was and how it should work. WordPress always tried to come across as “the Writer’s” blogging system; once you had it setup to your preferences, it would stay out of the way. For the most part, anyway.
WordPress was never perfect, and it’s still far from it, but you have to admire any system (particularly on the web) which is still going strong after 10 years, while remaining fairly close to it’s original vision and principles. It made writing on the web more accessible to a generation of users, and for all its faults that should be celebrated.
[I originally posted this as a comment on Hacker News]
Release Candidates of the first version of Opera, using the Blink (Chromium) rendering engine are out now for Windows and Mac.
Colourco.de - a pretty neat browser-based tool for finding color combinations that work well together.
Doing some research for my new house
I found this on Hacker News, and it reminded me of something I wrote 8 years ago. Working from home can be amazingly productive and rewarding if you can get it right. I enthusiastically encourage most of my colleagues to try it at every opportunity I can.