Monday, June 30, 2008

Hooray Netflix!

This is pretty much the best news today. Netflix is keeping their much-utilized Profiles feature.

If you're behind the times, this is one of their killer features: the ability to split a rental queue between more than one person. Fantastic for couples or roommates. Parents can ratings-control for the offspring, if they so desire. Separate ratings and recommendations with merged billing. It's very convenient.

Cat has a hundred or so titles in her queue- a lot of television drama series I don't really care about. I've got a full queue (500) of random craziness.

Thank you, Netflix, for listening to your customer base.

Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin, dead today

It's a terrible thing, and an awful way to start the day.

I need something to make me laugh.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tomorrow's the day

Today's the day, by the time you read this. I'm happy and relatively stress free wrt planning and orchestrating. The secret? Keep it simple, keep it low-key, and know that the wedding is for me and she.

I promise that pictures will follow, or you'll break both my legs.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Dogs and strangers

How do you apologize to someone you politely nod to on your way out the house and the dog goes crazy barking at the stranger?

You don't want to punish the dog for being a dog; you definitely don't want the dog to not protect your home. But you don't want to tacitly imply that you want the dog to attack a random person for merely walking on public land.

Do you get embarrassed on behalf of your animals?

Friday, June 13, 2008

Four buck gas

The Fool brings up a good point. Four buck gas means we'll finally see the economic pressure to look at different kinds of energy, at mass transit and at other transportation options.

Maybe no flying car in the near future, but some of the car companies are stopping or slowing down their production of less efficient vehicles. I'll bet we see more hybrid vehicles, more thought to engineering for efficiency.

Solar power, wind power, tidal power, geothermal power. We have energy falling out of the sky, we just need to pick it up and use it. You don't sound like a tree-hugging, flower-chewing, skyclad, hippy loon these days if you talk about "alternative energy."

We need to use our fossil fuels for plastics, not power.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A Bee in your Bonnet

Or a cricket on your plate.

Since [the new Audubon Insectarium in downtown New Orleans] is in a city known for distinctive food, an adjoining eatery, Bug Appetit, has its own singular culinary offerings: cooked insects, chiefly crickets, waxworms and mealworms. Among the menu items are chocolate chirp cookies and red beans and yikes. When local chefs were asked to submit bug dishes, Leah Chase came up with roasted crickets.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Nickel Tour: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Here's the nickel tour:

I tried not to get my hopes up for this one, but reading some of the headlines can't help but slip few a spoiler or two or a hint as to the buzz and mood of the crowd.


Most of the adventure movies in the last two or three decades owe something to Indiana Jones. The fourth movie in the canon felt like it tried to reach for the bar that the first three had set; other movies since (The first National Treasure and The Mummy to name two) have surpassed it. The actual bits of the movie that felt like an Indiana Jones Movie were too far between. Too many of the set pieces were simply set pieces for no good reason and a total disregard for continuity. Several times, this one tired to pay homage to the previous films, but it felt more like a washed-up ex-beauty queen parading around with old trophies, trying to convince the viewer that it still had relevance: Compare the use of the Ark as well as CGI in movies three and four.

I give it a "See the other ones instead."

Anyone else finds this ironic?

Microsoft says that Apple's Safari web browser on Windows introduces severe security issues.

I read some news reports today that indicate XP SP3 comes with an insecure version of Adobe's Flash Player.

This isn't exactly apples to apples, nor is it apples to oranges. Apple needs to fix its bugs, and Microsoft needs to fix its bugs that allow Apple's bugs. Adobe says use the newest version.

Update your software and back up your data, people.