Thursday, June 30, 2005

Boycott War of the Worlds (?)

I think I'm gonna. I don't really feel like giving Tom Cruise my money right now, he's a total ass. I'd recommend waiting for it to come out on video as well. If you want a really good explanation of why some are thinking of boycotting the flick, check out Tom Brazleton's blog from this entry of his comic, Theater Hopper.

EDIT: Minor grammar correction

Stargunner Released as Freeware

The final Apogee Software game ever made, Stargunner, has been released as freeware. If you remember any of the old cassic games like Duke Nukem or Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, Apogee made those. Then they turned into 3D Realms. Anyways, I played Stargunner back when it first came out and it's a pretty awesome game. And, hell, it's free now! Download it here.

Land of the Dead

Saw Land of the Dead last night. If you haven't seen it yet, go see it. Go see it before Fantastic Four, before War of the Worlds. It's fucking awesome.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Lake on Saturn's Moon?

According to CNN, scientists are now saying there is possibly a lake on Saturn's moon Titan. Whether it's filled with water or liquid methane is up in the air - as well as whether theres really anything there at all. Nonetheless, this is pretty cool.

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Guess who's #1?

I'm not even fucking kidding.

Voted the #1 American of all time.

Beating out Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and George Washington.

(Don't worry, it's not Dubya)

It's maybe worse.

That's right.

Ronald Reagan.

Fuck that.

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Amusing

This was kinda fun in a dorky kinda way. Take the test here.

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P. B. Shelley
You are Percy Bysshe Shelley! Famous for your
dreamy abstraction and your quirky verse,
you're the model "sensitive poet." A
vegetarian socialist with great personal charm
and a definite way with the love poem, you
remain an idol for female readers. There are
dozens of cute anecdotes about you, and I love
you.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Whaaa???

It seems that Billy Graham is supporting Hillary Clinton for president. Guh?

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Updates Light Today

In case y'all haven't already noticed, updates will most likely be light today. I have other things going on (read: work) and prolly won't get a chance to post much.

For now, I added Air America Radio links to the sidebar - check 'em out.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Boston is to Blame

According to Rick Santorum, Boston and its liberal culture is to blame for the Catholic Priest sexual abuse scandals. Screw you Santorum. Maybe you should blame people who commit the acts and not a culture you happen to disagree with.

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Grokster

Hey, the Grokster decision came in from the Supreme Court today and no one seems thrilled; but it's not really a bad decision. The best analysis comes from yglesias, and I recommend checking it out. Essentially, it seems to come down to a case of "make the technology, but make sure you're not promoting it as something that can be used for illegal purposes." A compromise and cop-out? Perhaps, but what alternative is there?

EDIT: Minor grammar correction

Iran's New President...

...isn't a moderate, he's hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Who knows if the election was fair - it probably wasn't. But the point is that relations with Iran aren't going to be improving anytime soon. I know this isn't breaking news, but it merited some attention.

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10 Commandments & Courtrooms - A Match Made in Heaven

But the Supreme Court doesn't think so. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that it is impermissable to display the 10 commandments in courthouses. Rock on. They really don't have any place in the courtroom.

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The Chickadee-dee-dee!

Oh yeah. Some sweet science article-ing about the official bird of God's country - the state of Maine. Apparently, the chirp that we hear from the Chickadee is actually a complex code, based primarily around sending transmissions with detailed information about potential predators. Cool.

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Baseball Post

Just wanted to say: RED SOX ARE IN FIRST!!!!!! Such a pleasant surprise greeted me upon my return to civilzation (I went camping for the weekend), the Sox were on a sweet winning streak (6 in a row) and were a game and half up in first over the Orioles (who appear to be melting down). And after yesterday's game (a bit of a nailbiter but a win nonetheless) we're 2.5 games up in first! Now let's stay there.

And on the other side of league, the Rockies just swept the Royals. Now, that's not a hard thing to do (unless you're the Yankees, who got swept by the Royals earlier this year) but nonetheless it's a good thing for the Rox, making this I'm pretty sure the first time this season the team has been on the winning side of a sweep. Maybe they'll try and get some momentum out of this, and try and get out of last place. One can hope.

Friday, June 24, 2005

The Friday Bootleg

Hey, for this week's installment of the Friday Bootleg I'm gonna link you to a particular bootleg as opposed to a site devoted to a band. Ethel the Blog has one of the most monumental bootlegs ever circulated - the Dylan/Cash sessions. That's right. Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash together. And its better stuff that the one drunken duet of "Girl from the North Country" that appeared on the Nashville Skyline album. This is good stuff - with versions of Dylan songs, Cash songs, and traditional country classics. The bootleg can be found here.

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

"Moxie and ME, The Way Life Should Be"

Moxie Festival. July 8-10. Oh yeah, baby. I'll be there.

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Air America & Springer

For the first time I've tuned into Air America with Springer on the radio. And, you know what? God help me but Springer is pretty damned good. His slogan for his show is "the voice of reason" and he kinda is. Wow.

In site news, I'm gonna do some more sidebar linkage so check out the sidebar and see if there is anything of interest there for ya.

Flag Burning

Awesome. Because as a former head of my chapter of the ACLU I always thought that we had too many first amendment rights:
The House of Representatives approved, for the fifth time, a constitutional amendment to ban the desecration of the U.S. flag, setting the stage for a close vote in the Senate, which has previously rejected the measure.

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What's even better is that we're doing this not just to prevent people from murdering our troops via flagburning, but we're also doing it because that's what the 9/11 victims want.

Shox News

LMAO

Fucking Great

Just wonderful.
According to the classified CIA report, the Iraq insurgency poses an international threat and may produce better trained Islamic terrorists than the 1980s Afghanistan war that gave rise to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.

And McClellan dodges.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Red Sox 1 game out...

The Red Sox swept the Indians tonight. The game was pretty back and forth but we came out ahead in the end, and our bullpen is looking more on - esp. Embree and Foulke. Because of this and the Orioles loss today, we're one game out of first. And the Yankees lost too. A good day.

In other baseball news, the Rockies have a day off but this is after getting swept by Houston. I remember when I was back in Colorado for my sister's graduation and the Rox had some exciting wins - they looked pretty good. They even were in striking distance of getting out of last place. I still have some hope that they may do that, but they're sinking back into a deep last place. Oh well, I think that in a couple of years they'll be better... and maybe they'll do some good this season.

Ah well, at least I have the recently unstoppable (5 wins out of the last 6 games!) Red Sox! w00t!

EDIT: Now we're just 1/2 a game out! Rock!

EDIT EDIT: Minor spelling corrections

"No One to Demonize"

This is one of the more excellent articles I have come across lately; on the lack of an anti-war movement actually being a major problem for the Bushies. Here's a taste:
Which is why, however perverse this may sound, the absence of an antiwar movement is proving to be a huge political problem for the Bush administration, and why the Republicans are reduced to trying to turn Dick Durbin, who criticized our policies at Guantanamo Bay, into some enemy of the people. The administration has no one to demonize. With nobody blocking the troop trains, military recruitment is collapsing of its own accord. With nobody in the streets, the occupation is being judged on its own merits.
I understand the argument and generally agree with it. The whole article is excellent (and not too long). I recommend reading it in its entirety.

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Gaining the Hunter Vote

Kos discusses the possibility of Democrat's harnessing the hunting/fishing/etc. vote from the Republicans. It's environmentalism with the added bonus of eating meat. I'm ecstatic; the green movement has been needing a facelift and I've never been against hunting or any of that - so I think this can do nothing but help the progressive cause in the longrun. Read more about it here.

6 Legged Puppy!

I had to post about this... this about the weirdest fucking thing I've ever heard of. A puppy was found outside of a Chinese Temple that had 6 legs and 2 penises. The people think the puppy is a sign of good luck and have named it Ong Fatt, or the Lucky One.



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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Tom Toles


This one has been circulating the blogosphere, but it's a good 'un. So sadly plausible.

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U.S. Guards Saddam Secrets

Great. Iraq's Justice Minister is accusing the United States of keeping secrets about Saddam Hussein that could damage "many countries." I'm guessing the U.S. is probably one of those countries. Guh. This doesn't bode well for the U.S. As if we needed another reason for the Middle East to be pissed at us (Iraq in particular), now we're hiding information about Saddam from the new Iraqi government.

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More sidebar changes

Hey, just alerting you all to a little formatting change in the sidebar links. From now on, to be a little more descriptive, I'm going to try and indicate which blogs that I'm link to aren't political/current event type blogs. Just a little heads up.

Oh, and at the very bottom of the sidebar is a list of internet browsers that this blog officially supports. Again, this blog endorses Firefox but any on the list will display the site properly. Internet Explorer WILL NOT display the site properly and anything else is untested.

Big Brass Alliance

The Big Brass Alliance was formed in May 2005 as a collective of progressive bloggers who support After Downing Street, a coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups formed to urge that the U.S. Congress launch a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war. The campaign focuses on evidence that recently emerged in a British memo containing minutes of a secret July 2002 meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top national security officials.
I've joined! Link at the bottom of the sidebar!

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Dell Keylogger

Okay, I take it back. Never buy a Dell again. This is just freakin' creepy. I'd hate to open up my computer and find out that a keylogger had been installed without my knowledge. Go read it.

(Via Eschaton)

SportsBlogs Nation

Hey, came across this via Kos (the source of a good deal of my posts in one way or another) and thought it was cool. A site dedicated to finding blogs for every major sports team (so far mostly baseball). Threw up the links to the Sox and Rockies blogs in my sidebar. Anyways, here's the rundown:

SportsBlogs Nation - Find your favorite team!
Over the Monster - Red Sox blogging... hells yeah
Purple Row - A blog for the loveable Rockies, god bless 'em

Hmmm... I seem to be a little linkage crazy today. Let's see what the rest of the day brings...

Individual-i

Today, the rights of individuals are being eroded: by government, by corporations, by society itself. This icon — the Individual-i — represents the rights of the individual.

It represents the right to privacy and anonymity in the information age. It represents the rights to an open government, due process, and equal protection under the law. It represents the right to live surveillance free, and not to be marked as "suspicious" for wanting these other rights.

It recognizes that a free society is a safe society, and that freedom is founded upon individual rights.

The battle for individual rights is just beginning; our side needs a symbol.

We hope to see this symbol displayed proudly wherever individual rights are valued.

The graphic at the bottom of the sidebar is the link.

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The Wife Wore Pants...

Here's Why Jeb Bush Won't Run
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has for months sternly rejected running to replace his brother in the White House, but only now are we finding out why. Friends say it's his wife, Columba, who closed the door. "His wife has just said no," a close Bush Florida political pal tells us.
Haha. God Bless the Man of that relationship...

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Operation Yellow Elephant

The Operation to get young college Republicans to "put their money with their mouth is" has taken shape in the form of Operation Yellow Elephant. You'll find a link at the bottom of the sidebar. Great stuff, the logo is hilarious.

EDIT: Also, the blog from which Operation Yellow Elephant comes from is now up in my links section.

Monday, June 20, 2005

NationStates

Wanna design your own Nation-State? Of course you do! It's fairly fun, actually. You can do anything you want with it and there's not a "right" or "wrong" government.

Link

EDIT: Minor grammar correction

Friday, June 17, 2005

The Friday Bootleg

Hey there. It seems that many blogs have some sort of "Friday_____" blog entry and it seems kind of fun, so I'm gonna do it too. I've decided that every Friday I'll give y'all some kind of music bootleg resource. Now, when I speak of bootlegs I speak of legally tradeable unreleased recordings, usually live. They're fun to dig through and in the case of some bands (like the one I'm looking at today), help add to a woefully small catalog of music. The band today is Operation Ivy. That's right, the pre-Rancid ska project of Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, Op Ivy is still one of the most influential ska-punk bands today, influencing all kinds of modern punk (good and bad). All their releases were compiled onto a cd that can still be found today, but they also have a healthy bootleg catalogue. Many of these bootlegs are available to download for free here. The site also includes videos as well and mp3s of pre- and post- Op Ivy projects that Tim Armstrong was involved in. I highly recommend the site for anyone that is a fan of the genre they call "Punk Rock."

In other news, I'm going to Maine to visit the girlfriend's folks, so updates will be light to non-existent from me over the weekend. Hopefully I'll get to catch the Sox/Pirates series (and then finally this inter-league crap will be over with for the season).

EDIT: Minor grammar fix

Bunker Hill

The Battle of Bunker Hill took place 230 years ago today... when a ragtag group of upstarts decided to fight against an overwhelming foreign force from another continent percieved as occupying land that is rightfully theirs. Sound familiar?

Learn yourself some history.

A Heartwearming Tale of Democracy

From a little town in Wisconsin... and it ended in pizza. Good times

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Politics

"as President of Heaven, my first order of business will be to delcare war on Hell."

boasas

Republicans Want Out Too

An article in today's Boston Globe covers the most recent quest to push Bush into immediately developing an exit plan from Iraq. The most recent attempt in congress was made by a group of Democrats in order to get Bush to develop an exit plan within the next 30 days. This proposal was easily swept aside in committee. The newest proposal might not be so easy to sweep under the table. This is a bi-partisan proposal for Bush to develop an exit strategy to have U.S. troops starting to leave Iraq by 2006.

The bi-partisan resolution is sponsored by none other than "Freedom Fry" Representative Walter Jones Jr., a republican from North Carolina. Many of us remember dear "FF" Jones for his resolution to rename french fries to freedom fries in order to show the U.S.'s distaste for France's opposition to the war. The bill is being co-sponsored Democrat Dennis Kucinich from Ohio, Democrat Neil Abercrombie from Hawaii, and Republican/Libertarian Ron Paul from Texas.

Since the resolution was presented, Jones has found a bi-partisan following that hasn't happened since before the war in Iraq began.

Read The Article Here

EDIT: Minor grammar corrections

Global Warming & Human Rights

Never thought to put the two together? Well, the Inuit have; and they say that the former is infringing on their latter. They plan to file a complaint with the OAS (Organization of American States) in an effort to get the United States to cut its carbon dioxide emissions. Now, I'm not an expert on this matter, but I did spend time studying the Inuit culture and the impact that global warming is having on it, and I think they have a pretty good argument. Global Warming has basically totally fucked their culture and led to higher mortality rates, unhealthier living conditions, and increased mental illness (all because of the disruption in the lifestyle of the Inuit people). So, we'll see what happens.

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Pac Man turns 25

This month is the 25th anniversary of Pac-Man, one of the all time greatest video games of... uh... all time. Anyways, everyone should play a game of it for the "ol' pacster."

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Just a note

Hi all,

I've decided to try and slightly tweak the format of the blog a bit. Instead of showing 7 posts at a time, I'm going to keep posts for 7 days. Since I can post 3-4 posts a day at times, this may be a better solution. Or, I may end up just upping the number of posts that stay on the site. We'll see how this works out first. Share your thoughts on if you have a preference, all couple of you who actually read this blog.

CommonBits

Just letting you all know about a cool resource called "CommonBits." This is an archive site of progressive media, from speeches to commercials to excerpts from the Daily Show. Check it out.

New Zinn article

Hey, just letting y'all know that there's a new Howard Zinn article in this summer's Boston Review. It's about "American Exceptionalism" in history and with our current President. Nothing staggeringly new if you're familiar will Zinn's previous work (or his peers like Noam Chomsky), but Howard Zinn is always a pleasure to read (in a scholarly sense), so here's the article.

EDIT: Oh right, this month the Review is also featuring an article by the aforementioned Noam Chomsky, one of my favorite of the leftist intellectuals. His article is on language and rights, and his article is here.

EDIT EDIT: Damn, you should really just read all the articles from this issue of the Boston Review.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Microsoft and China... together at last

According to a recent story, Microsoft is going to help China censor certain websites. Microsoft has just launched its China-based web portal and it's willing to go along with what the Chinese government wants, including censorship of things the Chinese government doesn't want its people to hear. I don't blame Microsoft (as such), it's a global company and the way globalisation has developed, it would be foolish not to accept the Chinese government's conditions in order to get a foothold on such a huge and growing market. China is the future, and companies want to get on board. It's just always a little sad when you realize how easily they'll play ball with a corrupt and backwards government.

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Military Academy Recruitment is dropping

In a sign of the times, recruitment to the three most prestigous military academies in the U.S. has been dropping, according to a Reuters news article. This is a bad sign for people that want to continue wars but aren't willing to commit political suicide and reinstate the draft. More and more, pundits and even congressmen are saying that the draft is going to have to be put on the table. Soon. Every story like this disturbs me, because every story like this suggests we may be moving closer and closer to a draft of some sort (even if, when I rationalize it, I think there's NO WAY there's actually going to be a draft). Oh well. Even when you don't factor in the draft possibility, it's still bad news. Our military is stretched too thin, is misallocated, and recruitment is taking a nosedive. This ain't good for national security.

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Ashnod's Livejournal

Hey, just giving y'all a heads up about my friend's blog, its over here. He's the bloke who does/did "Sweet, Sweet Hatred..." and this is his older(?) more update-prone blog. More personal in nature than what his other one was intended to be; I'm just assuming he won't mind me linking to it. He's got some good pearls o' wisdom in there on occasion. Peace out.

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Monday, June 13, 2005

An Inclusive Republican Party?

"So, what you're saying is that the Republican Party is really a Big Tent part?"

"Of course John... unless you count black people, but we all know they don't like camping anyways"

Good 'ol Daily Show. I spent a semester studying exclusively the American Right and... yeah... the stereotypes are basically true.

LMAO

Hilarious.

The Greatest Music Jukebox

Directing y'all to this cool site that offers streaming audio of like... 80 bajillion music albums. If you can't rip streaming audio, then at least it can be your own personal huge-ass jukebox! Cool.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Red Sox vs. Cubs

Just so y'all know, the Red Sox and Cubs are playing each other today for the first time since the 1918 world series. You can catch the action at either ballclub's website, so watch/listen/whatever. It should be an enjoyable game, no matter the outcome (but, of course, go Sox!)

Service Pack 2

'Sevice Pack 2 is the biggest fucking waste of my life."

-Aaron Ridley

Thursday, June 09, 2005

NewsTrust

Hey, there's a non-profit, non-partisan organization starting up soon designed to rate news sources based on fairness and accuracy. Of course, we can all point out which news organizations are overwhelmingly biased and unreliable (*cough* Fox News *cough*), but it would be nice to know where to find news that IS relatively unbiased and accurate. I mean, besides from the BBC...

Anyways, here's the link.

Talkin' Song Repair Blues

Saw the music video to this Alaln Jackson song on CMT, it was freakin' hilarious. I recommend watchin' the video/listenin' to the song:
The mechanic raised up from under my hood
He shook his head and said, "This ain't good
Your timin' belt's done shrunk one size too small
Those spark plug wires are a little too long
And your main prodsponder's nearly gone
Your injector ports are stripped and that ain't all"
"The torque converter's runnin' low on torque
And that water pump's nearly down a quart
But we caught it all in time so you're in luck"
He said, "I've got the time and I've got the parts
Just give me the word and I'm ready to start
I think we can bring her in for eight hundred bucks"

But don't be downhearted, I can fix it for you, sonny
It won't take too long, it'll just take money
Then he said, "Ain't you that songwriter guy?"
I said, "Yes, I am," he said, "So am I"
And he sat down and played me a song by the grease rack
When he finished singin' he gave me a smile
And I closed my eyes and pondered awhile
And he said, "What do you think?
Now don't hold nothin' back"

Well, I gave him my most sorrowful look
And I said, "This song's got a broken hook
I can order you a new one from Nashville but it won't be cheap
And I know you've been using a cut-rate thesaurus
'Cause your adverbs have backed up into your chorus
Now your verse is runnin' on verbs that are way too weak"

But don't be downhearted, I can fix it for you, sonny
It won't take too long, it'll just take money
And I said, "Hold on friend now I'm not through
I hate to be the one to give you the news
But your whole melodic structure's worked itself loose
It's got so many dotted eighth notes in it
I'd keep her under fifty beats per minute
I mean, that's just me talkin', it's really up to you"

And you've got a bad safety problem with
That dominant chord with the augmented fifth
Just see how dangerously high it raises you up
So just go on over there and work on my car
I'll sit here by the fan and chances are
I can straighten this thing out for eig...nine hundred bucks"

But don't be downhearted, I can fix it for you, sonny
It won't take too long
You guessed it
It may be a hit
I like it
from Sing365.com

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Kidnapping to recruit

Well, it seems our military is resorting to kidnapping to recruit fresh meat... I mean troops. Check out the bizarre story here.

Yeah... summer recruitment sure is gonna be better...

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Read the Bible.

"She lusted after their genitals—they were as large as those of donkeys and their seminal emission was as strong as that of horses."
-Ezekiel 23:20 (No joke)

Ah yes, the bible. What a wonderful book. I am going through and reading it now, (well not right now obviously) and I highly reccomend that you read it. All of you. Seriously. It's the word of our lord, written down by some dudes then edited by other dudes in commitee and finally translated into well over 1000 different versions worldwide. It is probably the funniest book I have ever started to read. Some wonderful stories can be found and if you read it enough times, you can use bible quotes to impress and intimidate your friends, family and coworkers in casual conversation. My favorite stories so far are in the book of Ezekiel. He was one crazy motherfucker, but damn the bitch could write. Well that's all I got for now. I'll be sure to inform you all once I have read the whole thing, but I might not ever actually get around to finishing it. I'm to busy doing nothing.

New Gorillaz album

Hey there, just wanted to point you all in the direction of the new Gorillaz album "Demon Days." While I enjoyed a number of songs off of the band's first self-titled album; the album was, on the whole, an assortment of good tracks filled out by throwaways and forgettable numbers. The new album is solid all the way through, more unified in vision and purpose, and just plain catchier. I recommend picking it up.

You like Mario? Who Doesn't?!

Well, check this site out. Get free mario games (remakes and such). Some are good, some are lousy, but it's all interesting. Relive the glory days of gaming!

If this sounded like an ad... sorry, I just likes me the Mario

Apple switches to Intel

Apple is switching from IBM's PowerPC to Intel... hmmm... this could have huge ramifications for the PC world. It could mean that a) Mac OSX will begin to enter direct competition with Windows (a dubious prospect at best, I'll explain why) and/or b) it will just burn Apple the way the switch from Motorola to IBM PowerPCs did in the 1990s.

As for "a," a lot of people have been talking about osx being released for any x86 machine, but given the nature of Apple I remain skeptical of a plan of that nature. Apple is, as much or more than anything else, a hardware company. It seems more likely at this point that Apple will use some kind of modified intel chip that is Apple-only (a la the Xbox). I could be wrong (I'm hardly an insider) but just because Apple has a working x86 machine running osx doesn't mean that the final release is going to work the same way. And if Apple remains true to form, it won't (this isn't necessarily a bad thing, the entire benefit of Apple is that it is able to oversee and control every aspect of its machine; without that benefit, osx will become just another operating system).

As for "b," historically speaking, moves like this have done nothing but hurt Apple's value in the stock market and have made developers very nervous. So, expect at least some hurting in the marketplace, but it's hard to say how much or how long it will last.

Press Release

Edit: I forgot to give the most likely (and I would say best) upshot possible: Apples will become cheaper. They'll remain a niche market but one that is a little more accessible to the average home computing user.

Monday, June 06, 2005

America...

Fuck Yeah!
Comin' again to save the motherfuckin' day, yeah!
America... Fuck Yeah!
Freedom is the only way, yeah!
Terrorists your game is through, 'cause now you have to answer to...
America... Fuck Yeah!
So lick my butt and suck on my balls!
America... Fuck Yeah!
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you, yeah!

It's the dream that we all share!
It's the hope for tomorow, Fuck Yeah!

McDonalds!
Fuck Yeah!
WalMart!
Fuck Yeah!
The Gap!
Fuck Yeah!
Baseball!
Fuck Yeah!
NFL!
Fuck Yeah!
Rock and Roll!
Fuck Yeah!
The Internet!
Fuck Yeah!
Slavery!
Fuck Yeah!

...

Starbucks!
Fuck Yeah!
Disney World!
Fuck Yeah!
Porno!
Fuck Yeah!
Valium!
Fuck Yeah!
Reebocks!
Fuck Yeah!
Big Tits!
Fuck Yeah!
Sushi!
Fuck Yeah!
Taco Bell!
Fuck Yeah!
Rodeos!
Fuck Yeah!
Bed Bath and Beyond!
...
Liberty!
Fuck Yeah!
White Slips!
Fuck Yeah!
The Alamo!
Fuck Yeah!
Band-Aids!
Fuck Yeah!
Las Vegas!
Fuck Yeah!
Christmas!
Fuck Yeah!
Immigrants!
Fuck Yeah!
Popeye!
Fuck Yeah!
Democrats!
Fuck Yeah!
Republicans!
Fuck Yeah! (confused)
Sportsmanship!
...
Books!
...

Red Screen of Death

Just thought it would be amusing to point out that with Longhorn, Microsoft is introducing the Red Screen of Death. Supposedly, it's for errors that are uber-bad, but according to the poster of this blog, he was able to get the rsod by improving Windows. Oh well, I guess that's why Longhorn is still in beta testing (it is still in beta testing, remember).

Congrats Ali!

Hey, just wanted to say "congratulations" to my sister Alison, who graduated from High School this past weekend and is going to be going to college in July to study and become a chef! Way to go Ali!

iPod Battery Life Settlement

In a settlement reached Thursday, Apple has agreed to give 50 dollars and extended warranties to owners of early iPods, whose battery life was shorter than advertised. This could affect an estimated 2 million people worldwide, and is the end of a lawsuit that began in 2003 when 8 people sued Apple for providing sub-standard batteries in their iPods.

Like I always say, sue the bastards!

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Bleh Obama

So, I found this rather disheartening bit of information out about Senator Obama. He seems to fall in line with other Democrats who don't want to investigate the culture of torture that the United States military and intelligence agencies seem to be perpetuating. I don't yet know how I feel about this and how it factors into my vision of him as the future of the party, but here's the link to a letter he sent regarding prisoner abuse.

Link

Officially Supported Browsers... Officially

Okay, so I did a quick test of which browsers display this site correctly. The list is fairly inclusive, just leaving out two browsers (one that didn't display properly and one I couldn't test). The version numbers are what I tested with, so I can't guarantee older software will display the site properly.

Supported Browsers:
Mozilla Firefox 1.0.4 or higher
Mozilla 1.7.8 or higher
Netscape 8.0.1 or higher
Opera 8.0 or higher

Unsupported Browsers:
Internet Explorer (tested 6.0)
Maxthon (tested 1.3.1)

Untested Browsers:
Safari
Others

If I ever bother to make the site support IE properly, I'll let y'all know. And if I ever test the site with Safari, I'll let y'all know.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Internet browser support

Hey, it just came to my attention that some internet browsers (this particular one was Maxthon) may not be displaying the blog totally correctly. So, just to make it clear, for the moment the only browser this blog officially supports and recommends is Firefox. Next week I'll test a battery of browsers and see which ones display the blog correctly, and I'll post results.

Issue of the Red Sox payroll

Hey, just had this on my mind (after a conversation with a friend), and thought that I'd give my two cents on the whole "well, the Red Sox are just like the yankees because they have the second largest payroll in the MLB now" bit. I'm actually of a split mind on this one... on the one hand, yeah, we certainly have more dough to spread around than say... the Devil Rays or the Rockies... but the New York mets have a payroll that's only a couple million short of what the Sox have, and another five teams have 90+ million dollars payrolls (the Sox payroll is a little over 100 million), so the Sox aren't overhwelming every other team in the MLB or anything. As far as the hatred of the Yankees goes... that's rooted as much or more in history and payroll is only a small component of the rivalry. But, it's still worth noting that the Yankees have 200+ million payroll this season, about twice the Red Sox payroll, so relatively speaking the difference between the yankees and red sox payroll is the same as the difference between the Red Sox and the bottom 10 or so teams in the MLB (quick note before you think I'm a dishonest jerk, I'm rounding by a few million with teams and payrolls. It may sound criminal but in the world of Baseball it's not too significant, the basic points remain accurate). So, what's the point? Oh right... the Red Sox have a lot of money but so do a bunch of other teams and none of it is nearly as much as Steinbrenner's bottomless purse. This means that the Red Sox can still claim with honesty that they're underdogs when dealing with the Yankees.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Vintage Sierra

Hey, I'm leaving to the land of no internet (my apartment) so I'll be away from the blog for the rest of the day, but before I left I thought I'd leave all ya classic gaming lovers with this pretty sweet site I stumbled across. It's a tribute to the classic Sierra games of yester-year (i.e. King's Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, etc.) and the link for it is here. Enjoy, I'll be back tomorrow.

Meek of Mind

Just wanted to help announce the addition of another blog into the world. This one is called "Meek of Mind" and has been started by my good buddy Davin, who will soon be joining Complete Control as a new contributor. His blog is a tech/geek oriented blog which I'm sure will be of interest to at least some of this blog's reader(s). What's up with all these new contributors you ask? Well, more content is always good and multiple perspectives on things should always be sought. Rock.

Oh yeah, and I'm a contributor on Meek of Mind. Right.

Queer Eye + Red Sox

This is probably old news for anyone who is a fan of the show (I'm not and even I've known about this for a while), but for the season premiere of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the "Fab Five" will be making over members of the Red Sox. Team members on the show will include Johnny Damon, Kevin Millar, Doug Mirabelli, Jason Varitek, and Tim Wakefield. I don't think I've ever sat through more than 3 minutes of that show, but I'm damn sure I'm gonna watch the premiere (June 7) and thought some of you might be interested too.

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In related news, let's hope Wakefield keeps the pressure on the O's tonight. Last night's win was sweet and if we keep it up we can take 1st in the division.

In unrelated news, I'm at work and have nothing to do... hence all the posts.

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Firefox is beating up on IE

With new data in, it turns out Firefox now has 25% of the web browser market cornered - compared to the 64.8% share that Internet Explorer commands. This is quite a turn in the market when one takes into account that in November 2004 IE had 95% market share. The full article is here and worth reading. Now, I'm not really into Microsoft-bashing, but IE really is getting what it deserves... it'll be interesting to see if Microsoft can re-think their browser to stay competitive.

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Rodi - the future of p2p?

I don't know if this is old news or not, but a p2p program written entirely in java is being developed. The program is similar to bittorrent but includes both content searches, and perhaps most importantly, full anonymity. The client is currently in beta and it's hard to say if it will become widespread, but it's certainly worth checking out and keeping an eye on. Their website is here.

Oh boy

Just wanted to draw your attention to a CNN article on the possibilites of a continuing Bush dynasty in the oval office. The article (here) is about an interview done with George Bush Sr, who said that he believes Jeb Bush would make a fine president, and should run at some point in the future. The silver lining is that Bush Sr said the timing wasn't right yet for Jeb to run, so if Daddy gets his way, we at least won't have to endure 12 solid years of Bushie rule.

EDIT: Of course, by "8" I meant "12"