I was wondering why I couldn't see any Quicktime content in IE. Now I know. If you've experienced this problem, you can download an ActiveX control to solve the problem. Meanwhile, if you build a page that incorporates Quicktime, fix those links for your IE 5.5 SP2 and IE6 users. Those are probably customers who stay on top of new browsers, and are probably folks you'd want to keep.
So thankfully, I'm back to watching Quicktime trailers in IE. Iron Monkey is the next in the line of old Hong Kong martial arts flicks being re-packaged and released theatrically in the U.S. in the wake of the popularity of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and similarly re-purposed films by Jackie Chan. I watched the trailer and had to laugh at the obvious but likely effective way they market the film to a U.S. audience as compared to the way it was marketed in Asia back in 1993. Yuen Wo Ping is now the "acclaimed fight choreographer of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" when in fact he directed and choreographed Iron Monkey long ago. That's just how he's known to the general population here in the U.S. Also, they don't bother pointing out that the film stars a young Wong Fei Hung since likely only HK movie buffs would know him as the character brought to fame by Jet Li in the Once Upon a Time in China series and Jackie Chan in Drunken Master 2.
I'm feeling probably what lots of folks feel when some obscure band they've loved for years suddenly hits it big, but any exposure for Asian cinema is a good thing. Still, I don't consider Iron Monkey to be a classic--Yuen Woo Ping is a better fight choreographer than he is a director.
Trying to sleep right now as I have to rise at 5 a.m. to test some data feeds, but I have problems with conking out before 1 in the morning. I need to start riding again in the morning, or something.
This, from some newsletter I receive, filed under "one additional place besides Hard Rock to visit if single and in Las Vegas":
The NEW YORK, NEW YORK Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is set to get its own COYOTE UGLY Bar this fall. The southern-style saloon promises beautiful female bartenders who will perform wild shows ranging from fire-blowing to choreographed dance numbers atop the bar each night. A talent search for bartenders will be held throughout Nevada in September, culminating with a try-out event at NY, NY.

Well, Howie and Mark are now both headed to UCLA business school in a few weeks. I'm happy for them, but bummed I won't have a posse when I jaunt down to the Bay Area anymore. They've been there forever, it seems. Everyone I know is starting new things--new jobs, new projects, new lives with spouses, new apartments or houses, new cities. I alone remain exactly the same. I must channel Madonna and re-create myself. Should I put out a pop album? Change my wardrobe? Date someone scandalous?
Karen is off to Boston Saturday, and Joannie starts her clerkship the day after Labor Day. I still think of them as my younger sisters, so it's odd to think of them both now out in the real world, outside the classroom, with rents and paychecks. It's older brother syndrome.