Sunday, September 30, 2007

(Late) Media rundown

Okay, this is going to be brief.

Watching: DVD- 300, Hot Fuzz, Superman: Doomsday, TMNT, Swingers, Interstella 5555, El Mariachi, Millennium season 2, and Shaun of the Dead. TV- Chuck, Reaper, CSI, Smallville, Stargate Atlantis, and Spaced.
Listening (to): The Doors, Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, The Cult, Basement Jaxx, and random MP3s.
Reading: Majestic: Strange New Visitor
Playing: Total Overdose, TMNT, Legacy of Kain: Defiance, and Justice League Heroes.


Friday, September 28, 2007

For the record...

I've been a combination of sick, busy, and having things on my mind that I didn't feel like blogging about. Things should be back to normal in the coming weeks, and you can probably expect a Media Rundown either tonight or tomorrow.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Oh, those wacky European courts

(Apologies if this a little 'off', I'm still in the process of waking up. I might come back and expand on this when I'm more awake.)

In North America, it was Internet Explorer that set off the great anti-trust suit. In Europe, it's Windows Media Player.

While I'm not exactly Microsoft's biggest fan, even if I know people who work for the corporation, this is ridiculous. It's obvious that the suit was put forward by people who don't understand technology, but were manipulated by people who do. People who have a vested interest in Microsoft losing dominance.

How do I know this?

First, bluntly, you'd have to be an idiot not to get this.

Second, and simply, of all of Microsoft's sins, WMP is probably the least. Just like Internet Explorer, it's a red herring. Microsoft isn't trying to rule the internet, or media, by including these applications in the Windows installation, they're trying to make things easier for consumers. (For the record, they are trying to rule the internet and media, but not with the inclusion of IE or WMP.)

As evil a corporation as Microsoft is, they really do believe in ubiquitous computing. They really do want a better, easier experience for end users. It's not corporate spin, it's actually their guiding design principle.

It annoys me that lawmakers are going after Microsoft for the wrong reasons. Sure, they think they're going after Al Capone for tax evasion, but what they're really doing is going after O.J. Simpson for a moving violation.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Quote of the _______

"But, nearly three hours is an awfully long time to sit through, well, anything without the Riders of Rohirrim throwing spears at big-ass elephants...."
-DVD Verdict, from a review of Pandemic.


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Media rundown and other stuff

Okay, it's been a longish time, so...

Watching: the rest of Space Above and Beyond, Millennium season 2, Blue Submarine No. 6, The Fifth Element, Renaissance, Outlanders, Trigun vol. 1, The Color of Money, The Martian Chronicles, and PTU.
Listening (to): Various MP3s, as I've been building my personal playlist and contemplating one for work.
Reading: Nothing much, really.
Playing: Tales of the Abyss, Wild ARMS 5, Wild ARMS 4, Psi-Ops: the Mindgate Conspiracy, OKAGE: the Shadow King, .hack: Infection, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

It's been a crazy year so far. Various family issues, employment issues, and a general malaise with my social life. The pinnacle of the year is arguably going to be this Saturday as my sister Sarah gets married. I still think her fiance is nuts, but at least he's a decent guy. I get to shoot and edit the whole shebang, and I'm woefully under-equipped to do it. Even the DVD cam my sister bought last night isn't really going to be enough.

Basically, I need a two to three person crew, with about as many cameras, and well, I don't. I also need to secure a copy of Premiere Elements, but I don't think that'll be an issue. I figure that the editing and DVD authoring should be a snap, as it's not like I'm editing a feature here. That said, I'm not going into this with any assumptions of simplicity. For example, I'm still trying to figure out how to shoot the vows without A. getting in the way, and B. it looking like crap as I move between the two of them.

I'm sure it'll turn out well, as it is me doing it (to toot my own horn), but I really need to plan things out. I just have to go and block things out Friday night, as there's an implied last minute rehearsal going on.


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Dear Ontario voters.

Do you for a second believe that, once they actually start making promises instead of telling you what you already know, either John Tory or Howard Hampton won't break any election promises?

I mean, c'mon, are you stupid?

John Tory thinks you are. The man is one step away from blaming McGuinty for the extinction of the dinosaurs, and completely ignores that the issues he's pointed out are the results of the party he currently leads. He thinks that you've forgotten that his party is who gutted the health care system, blaming it all on the NDP, and because of that the Liberals felt they had to impose the health tax. He also thinks you've forgotten that the mandate of the Conservative party is to cut public spending, as he's been making promises otherwise.

Howard Hampton? Well, he's Howard Hampton, and that alone is a deficit. (And this from a former NDP supporter.)

While I don't like McGuinty very much at all, he's at least the devil we know. We know that if the Liberals stay in power, they won't go around redecorating the province to make it theirs, and we won't have to worry about the petty changes for the sake of change that always follows a new party to power.

C'mon, Ontario, you've been screwed enough, don't let it happen again.

Also, for the record, I do believe it's unfair that Catholic schools get funding, but other religious schools do not. None of them should be funded by public money. If you want to send your kid to a private school, because you think you deserve better than the public system, then pay for it. At the same time, I completely understand the historical reasons for the support of the Catholic school system. Do you?

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Please stand-by for transmission

I should be posting more often starting next week, as my schedule frees up a bit.