Return of the King

Cindy and I went to see Return of the King yesterday. Oddly, Cindy seems to have spent more time thinking about it since than I have. I just don’t have that much to say that hasn’t already been said. I expected it to be amazing, and it was. I expected my eyes to water at several points, and they did. As a serious fan who has read the books many times since I was eleven or twelve, I’d have to say the movie was just as it should be. That in itself is an amazing accomplishment, because as much as I love the books it has always been obvious that they would be hard to adapt to another medium. Tolkien’s style is just too tuned to the written word on the page, which is probably not so strange considering that the fiction grew out of his love for written language.

In many ways I think this movie was the truest of the three to the books. Sure, they left out the Druedain and Dunedain, they changed many things about the Paths of the Dead, they put Elrond and Gollum in places they should not have been and they made up some scenes culminating in Frodo telling Sam to go home. On the other hand, they actually managed to fix the Aragorn/Arwen/Eowyn storyline that they had shown such inclination to mess up. Denethor was brilliant, and Faramir was much more like he should have been all along. Many small details, like the Rohirrim yelling “death” as they charged onto the Pelennor, were correct. I don’t really miss the Saruman storylines at all. Basically, I cannot fault the job they did, and am very pleased with the result.

I also think Pippin and Merry represent one of the movie’s best love stories, even though I never thought of it that way while reading the books.

Storage Predictions Scorecard

About a year ago I published a list of storage predictions for 2003. How did I do?

  • Growth in portable removable storage: dead on, though I’m not aware of many wireless versions appearing yet.
  • 50GB on a CD-sized medium: 30GB varieties have shipped, but it looks like I was too optimistic.
  • Growth in products/services to distribute/synchronize data: not explosive growth, but definitely growth nonetheless.
  • Ignoring distributed-filesystem technology: mostly true, Sistina and Spinnaker acquisitions notwithstanding. Then again, this was my easiest pick.
  • iSCSI withering on the vine: unfortunately not true this year, but maybe in 2004.
  • BFDA vendors concentrating on lawsuits instead of innovation: half right. They decided to concentrate on acquisitions instead of lawsuits, but innovation did continue to take a back seat.
  • More kinds of appliances, realizing that simple virtualization is meaningless: barely right on the first one, totally off on the second. Again, maybe people will come to their senses in 2004.

I’d call that about three and a half out of seven – not too bad, actually, and much better than most of the pros. I’ll see if I can come up with some predictions for this year before the first week is over.

Tolkien Fanfic

This one’s especially for Tim and Elaine. I haven’t actually read it yet (I’m at work today) but this story of Isildur has been generating a bit of buzz and it looks pretty interesting.