Mitter 1.0.0alpha1 “Well, the Lord hates a coward.” released

After a long time, here is a new version of Mitter. This version should, hopefully, pave the way to the magical 1.0 release. A lot of code was rewritten to accommodate new features and fix old bugs.

THIS IS AN ALPHA RELEASE! We want to test most of the new features and code to be sure that things are going to the right way. Some features (like DBus notifications) were disabled at this point to make sure the base code works without a problem. If you want to help, remember to run Mitter from a terminal with the “-d” option (to display debug messages.) Any help is welcome.

  • New, redesigned network layer. This should make things easier for new networks.
  • New, redesign configuration files. This should make to upgrade for newer options if they appear.
  • Most (if not all) hardcoded values were moved to the config file. URL colors, URLS, you can change them by simply changing a config file instead of messing with Python code.
  • Repost (retweet) support in PyGTK interface (working with the Twitter protocol at the moment.)
  • Proper reply support for Twitter
  • Replies are shown in the main window.
  • Favourites.

More info, bug reports, what needs to be done, downloads and everything else is available in the project page.

Avatar (2009)

IMDB plot:

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Spoilers! Spoilers! Wait, maybe not. Who knows? Ask your Magic 8-Ball.

Announced as the evolution of 3D movies, Avatar is new James Cameron movie after… what? Titanic. Well, that’s what the ads can make you think about.

So, the plot is… exactly what the IMDB says. It’s the classic “mindless drone goes to a fight, decides he’s fighting for the wrong side, decides to switch sides.” Yes, it’s The Last Samurai, but aliens instead of Asians.

Cameron promised it would be the next step in 3D movies. In a way, it’s true. You get so immersed in the 3D environment that it’s hard to see when the real life starts and the 3D ends (or vice-versa.) The problem with it is that the 3D is completely unrelated to what we know about reality, and the few parts that fit can be easily “pasted” in the 3D.

I tried to watch the 3D version (ugh, confusing already? It’s the need-goggles-and-things-get-out-of-the-screen version) but it was full. I was kinda worried about it after watching Journey to the Center of the Earth on TV and you could clearly see the places where the jump-of-the-screen appear (different colour, different shading, that stuff.) When the session was full and I had to buy a normal (2D) ticket, I thought I’d see the same. Thing is, it isn’t. It’s as good as you’d expect (which kinda makes me think how awesome it is in full 3D.)

Acting is… well, how can you judge acting when most of the cast isn’t real? Ok, they used motion capture for everything, but how much is really captured and how much is adjusted by the 3D renderer?

With more than 2 hours and half (2 hours and 40 minutes, to be exact) it’s a little bit long. There is a bunch of eye-candy that doesn’t add anything to the story and could be easily removed but, as it’s “the evolution of 3D”, it had to be added. Right?

Overall, it’s a good movie and the action scenes are really good, even with a beaten up idea like that.

Overal: 4 of 5 stars.

links for 2009-12-21