Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Here comes the iPod killer, again.... zzzzZzzZzZzzzZ ...

Oh, my Gawd. WHY are we still talking about the Zune and using "iPod Killer" in the same sentence instead of phrases like "alsoran" or "only losers have them" or "landfill fodder" or "piece of shit that has failed in the open market?"

Microsoft today announced the (kazoo fanfare here) ... Zune HD! It's the iPod Killer. Seriously. No - we mean it this time. ZzzzzZZzzZZzZzZ....

It has a touch interface. Like the iPod. It has HD output and a wide screen. Like the iPod. Oh, and it has a web browser, also for when you're in range of a wifi network. Just. Like. The. iPhone. BUT WAIT! There's more! It ALSO has an HD radio in it and has XBox integration. ZzzzZzzZzzzZzzzz...

Pricing and specs haven't been announced yet, but if history is a guide, then it will be specced to match the iPod and priced about the same, too. So basically you can get a device that screams to your friends "I'M LAME" for the same price you could get a genuine iPod, which - and let's face it - will make your skin beautiful, make your hair shiny, your teeth whiter and will make you instantly more attractive to the point that you'll have to hide in a cave to rest from getting laid so much just because of your sheer awesomeness. Maybe a step too far, but you get it. For the same money you get The Real Thing®. Not Big K cola.

But I guess clueless parents have to have SOME way to disappoint their kids on Christmas morning SOMEHOW...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Last Day Dream

Very cool short film. Beautiful pacing and great looking footage.

Last Day Dream [HD] from Chris Milk on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I want my Throwback!!!!

Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwback came out on April 20, and I've been keeping my eyes peeled for it every since, to no avail. It's only supposed to be out for 8 FREAKING WEEKS, so I know my window is limited.

Today I decided to take things into my own hands and go straight to Pepsi's website to use their store locator. According to their store locator (which is horribly designed, btw) there are no stores in any major metropolitan areas in Texas that carry it. I tried Atlanta. Nope. Ditto San Francisco and Los Angeles. The only place I could find that sells it is in Manhattan, NY.

That is unacceptable. I want my damn Throwback, Pepsi. If only yakeees are getting the sugary goodness for 8 weeks, I'm going to be all kinds of pissed and might just stop enjoying the occasional Pepsi all together.

Effing give me my sugar water, dammit!

Monday, May 18, 2009

THIS is Awkward...

I may have a new favorite site: Awkward Family Photos.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Ten years in bullet time

I realized a few weeks ago that it has been ten years since one of the greatest movies of all time came out - The Matrix. It was mind-blowing and groundbreaking when it arrived in theaters on March 31, 1999. I remember going to see it with my buddy Mark Barry and just being completely inspired.

I decided to go back and watch it recently, which I did over a series of lunch breaks and while Kristi was in Houston. I was really surprised to find that it holds up very, very well after ten years - especially for a movie so much about technology. You can't say the same thing about a lot of movies about high tech. More often than not, what was once really cool now looks completely cheesy.

I think about has changed in my life since then. I had dialup. I had just bought my first computer. I had never yet rented or even watched a DVD. I was married less than a year and we were still four years away from having kids. We lived in Spring and it wasn't uncommon to have a whole Saturday just to watch football. I still had all my hair and none of it was gray. What was gray was my old Chevrolet Cavalier (ugh!).

I'm not saying I'd trade any of it (okay - well, I 'd like to have my hair back). It's just amazing how much changes in ten years.

But most importantly, those two abominations of Matrix sequels hadn't been released yet. It was a simpler, better time in that regard.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ford plant dumps SUVs, goes small

"Ford Motor said Wednesday it will spend $550 million to convert a plant, which previously produced trucks and SUVs, into a "green" manufacturing complex building small fuel-efficient and electric cars."

If you have one, hang on to your SUV for a couple of years. The prices they'll fetch will soon go through the roof as supply dwindles.

via CNNMoney.

Big Brother Knows Best, Dontchaknow

"The government has told Bank of America it needs $33.9 billion in capital to withstand any worsening of the economic downturn, according to an executive at the bank."

"The government notified the bank of its decision on Tuesday, bringing days of negotiations to an end. The amount is higher than bank executives believed the bank needed, the executivesaid. "

The government notified the bank of its decision?!????!!!

So Bank of America has been saying "we're fine, Mr. Obama - really. We can handle this. We can do it."

And the government busts down the door and says "listen, foo, we know what's best for you better than you do. You're gonna take this $33.9 billion and LIKE IT!"

"The government" has got to go. At least in its present form. Any government that is this big and this powerful is too big for its own good.

via the New York Times

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

No bailout for the newspaper industry

"The White House on Monday expressed "concern" and "sadness" over the state of the ailing US newspaper industry, but made clear that a government bailout was not in the cards."

Of course it's not. Less press is good for Obama, folks.

via Brietbart.

Michael Savage banned from the UK

Conservative talk show host Michael Savage has been banned from the UK. Here's a statement from the United Kingdom Home Secretary:

"Coming to this country is a privilege. If you can't live by the rules that we live by, the standards and the values that we live by, we should exclude you from this country..."

We should post that quote on every airplane coming into the United States and on every square inch of our border.