Top Performances of the Dark Knight
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I was one of a few hundred folks to stay up Thursday night to watch theopening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight". Iwas really impressed with HeathLedger's Joker performance. Ledger set a new standard with hismeticulous attention to details,from his slightly off-centered walk, to his creepy fixations with hisfacial scare.The performance was so remarkable that, next January, he will likelyearn a posthumous Oscarnomination.
The Joker role is a villain benchmark of sorts. The Joker characterhas appeared in numerous Batman related shows;portrayed by Cesar Romeroin the 1960s Batman television series; Jack Nicholson in the1989 film Batman,(Nicholson's Joker ranks #45 in the American FilmInstitute's list of the top 50 film villains);voice actor Mark Hamillin the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series television series (also verycreepy);and Heath’s recent rendition. The baseline Joker character (white face,red lip paint, exaggerated grin,and wild outbursts of laughter) is visible within all players; eachbrings their own unique attributes. In a way, each rendition buildsfrom the others and enhances the overall art and gives the consumer abetter product.
Whether you’re comparing portraits of the Joker, or the performanceof Application Servers, Perf
When there is critical mass of interest around a particular topic, benchmarks attempt to level the playing fieldaround a set of standardized tests and provide the consumer withinformation on capability, performance and sometimes even price.Benchmarks have served the Application Server market very well over theyears (as they have the Database and CPU evaluation process). Asdominant workload patterns emerge in the industry, organizations like TPC and SPEChave done a solid job of fostering the creation of benc
With the emergence of SOA, a new breed of workload patterns haveemerged. SOA is the next clear candidate for an industrybenchmark. In fact, my colleague and friend, AndrewSpyker, just recently blogged on the progress of such a benchmark.ASOA benchmark seems a little trickier because SOA is not as preciselydefined as JEE. However, I would think such a benchmark wouldaddress areas like using web services standards, inte
As an Industry, I would like to see us rally around this benchmark.SOA is important to our customers. As vendors of SOAtechnology, we need the “leapfrog effect” to kick in, where eachperformance builds from the others and enhances the overall art andgivesthe consumer a better product.
And like before, I am sure that WebSphere will emerge as the DarkKnight, steady, reliable,performant with many tricks up its sleeve. And I’m also sure there willbe many Jokers out there looking to steal the "Academy Award" from the Dark Knight.