Even better, it sounds like the Opera browser will be available for download free starting this Friday to start surfing the Internet from the Wii. Download it right away before they start charging for it!
Apparently Nintendo is going to replace the Wiimote straps because too many of them have been flying out of people's hands and breaking tvs, windows, etc. Strap or not, but how are these things just flying out of people's hands. I usually don't strap myself in and I've never lost my grip. This is the silliest thing I have ever heard.
The weather has been unseasonably warm, which does nothing for putting me in the Christmas spirit. So I suppose its a good thing I have all my Christmas shopping done already.
Call of Duty 3 took way too little time to pass - Easy level or not. This seriously bums me out - Bill has been playing that Zelda game for weeks now and still isn't to the end.
New Jersey passed a civil unions bill - thats pretty darn exciting. At least democracy is protecting minorities in one more state - but its not much compared to all the states with bans.
I have been playing with the Vox blogger community/engine. Its interesting and certainly looks good, but its not matching up to Blogger in features and convenience.
One more episode of Dexter left for the season and its going to be a real nail biter. How the hell is Dexter going to make it out of that?! Will Deb get chopped up?! Why do we have to wait until late 2007 for the next season?! Questions, questions, questions...
Well we didn't get anything concrete about Dexter and Rudy being brothers, but I swear I heard Dexter's mother say "babies" rather than "baby." And apparently the books have the two as brothers anyway, but in my book it ain't real until I see it on the show. Now, is it me or is Dexter's apartment number 103? I think thats the "clue" left behind at the crime scene but no one figured it out. Oh, and the way Dexter took care of Paul - first of all I thought the bonk on the head was like a dream sequence - what a shock when it wasn't. His clean up of the 'situation' was really good - I kept thinking, "No, don't do it. You'll get caught." Sure enough, he came up with a better idea. But will it come back to bite him in the ass?!?!
Ok, I know Rudy has always been a little creepy - even before we knew who he was - but I'm getting a little 'scared.' I don't think things are going to turn out very well at all.
Oh this is bloody fantastic! Google launched a little Thanksgiving treat in the form of this little gadget for the Google Homepage to quick launch the recent documents created or modified in the Google Docs & Spreadsheets application. This is something I have been waiting for - though a dashboard widget would be really sweet too!
Holy crap last night was cold (17-20F) - especially since we didn't fully plan on going out last night, at least we didn't have a plan for making it through all those hours. We ended up heading out at 3:30am to a Target that was said to have 200+ units available. We got there at about 70th in line and figured even if they had fewer than 200 units we'd be fine. I had never seen tents lined up outside a store before - all my line moments for the Apple Store were indoors.
Anyway, shortly before 8am we got our ticket, a Wii t-shirt, cookies and a little shopping card to select all the games and accessories we wanted. By 8:18 we were in the car and finally headed home to have a little fun and take one heck of a rewarding nap.
Oh la la Paris links to the Calgary Sun's Sexiest Canadian Man Alive - apparently they weren't all that thrilled with Clooney winning again. When will his saggy ass go away?! I'm just sayin'. Anyway, Ryan Reynolds takes home the crown - gotta love that!! Ryan Gosling takes second place - yummy!
Ah well, now I have plenty of time to catch up and get ahead on the homework front. I got an extension on the final, but I don't want to prolong that any longer than necessary.
Update: I did want to mention the fine treatment Bill received while he was at the hospital with me during this process. I think we've all read some of the horror stories about partners and boyfriends not being able to stay at each other's side in the hospital. Having not been a patient in a hospital before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Much to my relief the staff treated Bill with respect just as I would have wanted. We were both impressed that his presence was such a non-issue for everyone at the hospital.
One step at a time.
But I'm actually down here doing some last minute volunteering for a friend of mine running for re-election. I'm looking forward to Wednesday morning to read how all of the elections come out. I don't pay much attention on election night - I learned my lesson during the Gore/Bush election. I went to bed and everything was just fine, then I woke to hear my roommate shouting in glee as it was reported Bush won the election. This has certainly been an interesting election year - the republicans certainly seem to have a lot of skeletons in the closet, including themselves in some cases. I've been fortunate to be off most politicians lists this year - hardly a brochure in my mailbox and not a single phone call. Its been nice!
I am certainly no fan of Ford vehicles - the Mustang is a weak exception. Lately though Ford has been showing off its CUV concept - the Fairlane - and this morning Autoblog is reporting the production model will be almost identical to the concept model seen above. I'm not saying you'll ever see me owning one of these, I'm committed to Mini, but this is certainly an attractive new model. Its got a little bit of a Land Rover look to it, but I especially like the concave lines along the side.
I just read this morning's downloadsquad review of the scrybe beta. Its yet another online office productivity suite of applications, but this one looks like its really going to stand out. First of all, it will work with Safari, which Google Documents (formerly known as Writely) isn't able to do yet. Secondly, and most importantly of all - you can go offline with just a couple of steps and no software to download. You just set your browser to 'work offline' and then log in to the system and go to work. I imagine it keeps a copy of all your work on your computer and keeps them in sync when you're online. This is huge, now there is really no reason to use Word or any other desktop application - unless you're a hardcore word processor I suppose.
I've signed up for an invite, can't wait to start trying this out. I have been using Google Documents quite a bit lately, its just so convenient.
I had a feeling it would happen soon - I just needed to complain a little;) Its looking really good too - it even loads and displays image attachments just like Mail.app. I love that!
TUAW has a good review of the new service.
In the new .Mac webmail, you'll find:
• Drag-and-drop functionality
• A message pane
• Quick Reply
• Address Book integration
• Message previews
• Message flagging
• Keyboard shortcuts
Anyway, I'm looking forward to the release of these applications. Cookbook sounds pretty cool and Atmosphere will probably be fun to play with. Hopefully there will be a second season and maybe some of those other ideas that didn't make it into the top three find their way into a developer's hands.
I've been seeing a few ads for Hellbent lately, and I think BPM on XM Radio has been playing a mix from the movie. Anyway, just wanted to note this is definitely a good movie - if you like the 'cheesy' horror movie genre. Its basically like any mainstream horror flick except the characters are all gay. Which works in my book.
This looks pretty darn cool - something fun and useful to do with all those songs you've got and haven't listened to in a while. Or, when you're in a mood and only certain songs will do.
It searches through your songs and combines those with similar beats to create a new playlist.
The Red States Say the Blue States are the Root of All Evil, But the Facts Seem To Say Something Else
From "Red State Babylon", Vanity Fair, November 2006, p.162-168:
If the blue states are sinkholes of moral decay, as right-wing pundits insist, how come red states lead the nation in violent crime, divorce, illegitimacy, and incarceration, among other evils?
*Nine out of the top ten states with the highest incarceration rates are red states, with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas leading the pack. Delaware is the only blue state in the top ten.
*All of the top ten states with the highest incarceration of women are red states, with Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Louisiana leading the pack.
*The ten states with the highest number of executed prisoners are red states. Texas, Ohio, and Oklahoma are the top three states.
*The top fifteen states for highest rate of death by firearms are all red states. Alaska, Louisiana, and New Mexico lead the group.
*Fourteen of the fifteen states with the highest rate of suicide are red states, with Wyoming, Alaska, and Nevada at the top of the list. The only blue state to appear is Oregon.
*The ten states with the highest divorce rates in the United States are all red states. Nevada, Arkansas, and Wyoming have the highest rates of divorce.
*Nine out of the ten states with the highest rates of illegitimacy are red states. The only blue state in the top ten is Delaware.
*Fourteen of the fifteen states with the highest percentage of obese residents are red states, with Mississippi, Alabama, and West Virginia coming in as the most obese states. Michigan is the only blue state in the group.
*Meanwhile, eight of the ten smartest states (based on state education rankings) are blue states. Vermont, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are the smartest states. Minnesota ranks sixth. Virginia and Montana are the only red states to appear on the list.
Well, looks like the rumors are all finally true, Apple announced their PRODUCT(RED) iPod nano this morning. Oprah's show today is going to show her and Bono walking Magnificent Mile in Chicago to check out all the new red products from Apple and others. I had checked out the joinred.com website earlier when it was still just in the UK and saw the Red American Express card - now that would be cool.
Now, I love Apple as much as the next fanatic, but $10 per red iPod seems a little paltry. It might add up really fast into a nice chunk of change, but at the moment I'm skeptical. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.
For those that have seen the last episode - What is going to happen with Jeffrey?! I'm not a fan, but I don't want him to leave either. The cutting in the preview really leads one's thinking towards his dismissal, but you just know they won't be spilling the beans like that. AHHH - one week to go!
Update: looks like the new Google Office has received a few integration points with Blogger as well.
Each new online tends to have a 'cool' feature that sets it apart from the others, but I've been finding the Google family of products to be rather appealing. Especially as they all start to work with each other - having everything in one house is getting rather convenient.
I'm doing classes online, though not with the giant online school I shall not name. I wanted flexibility, both in time and geography, and also quality - which I think I've found. Its going to be an exciting two years!!
Ok, now I won't disagree with anyone who says wikipedia shouldn't be used as a serious research tool. However, it can be a great place to start and you can usually find some great resources to other information. But if you've ever found yourself going from one topic to another and wound up in some strange topic not even close to the one you started - this is the tool for you. Pathway is a little application for browsing wikipedia, but its real value is the history function. Every entry to you go is tracked and your visit is graphically represented. At the end of your session, you can save your 'research trip' for review later on with a search function. So all those great tidbits of information you found will be right at your fingertips without any fuss.
Scott posted how much he liked the new show Heroes, and then I stumbled upon a re-broadcast of the show last night. Now guess what? I'm hooked too!
The pilot show was mostly a teaser and introduction to many of the characters, but the suspense in the plot is already quite heavy. Tivo is or catch a re-run as soon as you can. Seriously - go now!
This widget should probably win awards. By far and away this must be the best way to keep your software up-to-date, which is something I love knowing. Out dated software always kind of drives me nuts - lately I've been using MacUpdate.com's WatchList to be notified of any updates that come out. But now the App Update widget does the work of checking the software and provides a convenient link to download the updates. Couldn't be any easier.
Now if only they would sell this puppy to the American public. It seems a British firm has converted the already fantastic Mini into an electric hybrid with electric motors in the wheels. With the small internal combustion engine recharging the batter, the car can get about 80mpg.
What will the future hold? What does it mean? Does it mean anything?! I might not know the answers, and I wouldn't make grandiose assumptions since it is just a seat on the board, but this does come as most interesting news. Espectially considering how Google and Apple are both shaping up to take on ever more of Microsoft's 'turf' and as Microsoft is setting to take over every conceivable market reagardless.
What an interesting little find, especially considering I found it while reading up on a $20 shareware program to provide management of multiple iPhoto libraries. Turns out you don't have to pay for a thing, just hold down the ALT key on launch. It totally works, and now I can use iPhoto to manage all sorts of images that don't necessarily belong with one another.
Its getting closer and closer to the all new Mini Cooper. BMW put out a press release with lots of pictures - I can't wait for the Paris Autoshow when its going to be shown to the public. This is going to be the one, I've been drooling over the Mini since 2001. This is just fantastic - what a great way to start the day.
Let us just remember however that WWDC is all about the developers, the people who actually by MacPros and have actually seen an Xserve in use. The iPods and iPhone stuff is all about consumers, so you got to know there will either be some exclusive media event in the coming weeks like as happened before, or MacWorld SanFrancisco in January is going to be stratospheric in announcements. Well it better be at least - here Apple is with the market in its hands and its time to pounce hard. People are frothing at the mouths for anything Apple right now - especially iPod/iTunes related - but increasingly Mac related.
Holy crap! There is reason to have hope. The world's largest retailer is packing its bags and leaving the fatherland - partially because they just couldn't compete on price and tradition and partially out of America arrogance. Apparently smiling at strangers is a bit of a no-no - and office romances are totally legal and expected.
Way to go Germany!
On the other note, Apple will be showcasing next month upcoming new features of OS X 10.5 Leopard. How many times will Apple have released significant updates to its operating system in the time it took Microsoft to issue one?
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I don't know about CableVision, but I do know Time Warner charges $39.95 per month for their VOIP service. Apparently TW now has over one million customers signed up for their service, and so does CableVision. Do people not price compare? Or do they think since 40 bucks is less than their landline phone bill, then it must be a good deal? I'm just wondering - Vonage does all the same things, and offers free long distance to several European countries for just $25. Makes sense to me.
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: "'You eight hours? Me too. Russia's a big country and you're a big country. Takes him eight hours to fly home. Not Coke, diet Coke. ... Russia's big and so is China. Yo, Blair! What're you doing? Are you leaving,' Bush said."
Fortunately he was right next to the bed so we could react quickly, but it took awhile to realize just what was going on. We couldn't find the light switch and he had bounced around so much the cord had completly wrapped around him. I'm sure the little table had hit him when it fell.
He is back to him normal self now, except he's pretty freaked out by the area where it all went down. He mostly just sits in the doorway and looks towards the corner.
I just love all this new web 2.0 stuff that has been coming out lately, I just want to use it all.
Note to Republicans: The party's over
Ineptness has ruined the GOP
Garrison Keillor CHICAGO TRIBUTE June 7, 2006
People who live in mud huts should not throw mud, especially if it comes
from their own roofs. As Scripture says, don't point to the speck in
your neighbor's eye when you have a piece of kindling in your own.
I see by the papers that the Republicans want to make an issue of House
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the congressional races this
fall: Would you want a San Francisco woman to be speaker of the House?
Will the lectern be repainted in lavender stripes with a disco ball
overhead? Will she be borne into the chamber by male dancers with
glistening torsos and wearing pink tutus? After all, in the unique world
view of old elephants, San Francisco is a code word for g-a-y, and after
assembling a record of government lies, incompetence and disaster, the
party in power hopes that the fear of g-a-y-s will pull it through in
Running against Pelosi, a woman who comes from a district where there
are known gay persons, is a nice trick, but it does draw attention to
the large, shambling galoot who is House speaker now, Tom DeLay's
enabler for years, a man who, judging by his public mutterances, is
about as smart as most high school wrestling coaches. For the past year,
Dennis Hastert has been two heartbeats from the presidency. He is a man
who seems content just to have a car and driver and three square meals a
day. He has succeeded in turning Congress into a branch of the executive
branch. If Mr. Hastert becomes the poster boy for the Republican Party,
this does not speak well for them as the Party of Ideas.
People who want to take a swing at San Francisco should think twice.
Yes, the Irish coffee at Fisherman's Wharf is overpriced, and the bus
tour of Haight-Ashbury is disappointing (Where are the hippies?), but
the Bay Area is the cradle of the computer and software industry, which
continues to create jobs for our children. The iPod was not developed by
Baptists in Waco, Texas. There may be a reason for this. Creative people
thrive in a climate of openness and tolerance, since some great ideas
start out sounding ridiculous. Creativity is a key to economic progress.
Authoritarianism is stifling. I don't believe that Mr. Hewlett and Mr.
Packard were gay, but what's important is: In San Francisco, it doesn't
matter so much. When the cultural Sturmbannfuhrers try to marshal
everyone into straight lines, it has consequences for the economic
future of this country.
Meanwhile, the Current Occupant goes on impersonating a president.
Somewhere in the quiet, leafy recesses of the Bush family, somebody is
thinking, "Wrong son. Should've tried the smart one." Five years in
office and he doesn't have a grip on it yet. You stand him up next to
British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a news conference and the
comparison is not kind to Our Guy. Historians are starting to place him
at or near the bottom of the list. And one of the basic assumptions of
American culture is falling apart: the competence of Republicans.
You might not have always liked Republicans, but you could count on them to manage the bank. They might be lousy tippers, act snooty, talk
through their noses, wear spats and splash mud on you as they race their
Pierce-Arrows through the village, but you knew they could do the math.
To see them produce a ninny and then follow him loyally into the swamp
for five years is disconcerting, like seeing the Rolling Stones take up
lite jazz. So here we are at an uneasy point in our history, mired in a
costly war, a supine Congress granting absolute power to a president who
seems to get smaller and dimmer, and the best the Republicans can offer
is San Franciscophobia? This is beyond pitiful. This is violently
It is painful to look at your father and realize the old man should not
be allowed to manage his own money anymore. This is the discovery the
country has made about the party in power. They are inept. The checkbook
needs to be taken away. They will rant, they will screech, they will
wave their canes at you and call you all sorts of names, but you have to
do what you have to do.
This Saturday, Apple opens its fourth store in the Twin Cities at Ridgedale Mall, and you know what that means. T-shirt time!! Though I'm definitely not interested in getting up early or waiting in any lines. So I'm crossing my fingers they'll still have the goods at least past 10 am or so - at least.
The service may be great, but the IPO was complete crap. The shares were issued at $17 even though a number of analysts priced the stock at under $10 - which is generous given just how much money the company has lost and continues to lose. But this does raise the question: how many users will quit if they lose big on the stock? Tags: Vonage, VOIP
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But I'm torn. I really like the looks of the new Twins ballpark in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis. What a great view, and a seriously great location!! Especially since I live on that side of downtown, and if you've ever been you know its certainly not the prettiest side. Though I do live just beyond the crud - I'm really looking forward to the area seeing some real development and improvement. Condos, transit stations, restaurants, retail, etc - this stadium might actually have a great impact on the city and people than the Metrodome ever did.
But seriously, our legislators better not complain next session about not having any money to educate our kids, police our streets, etc.
Our best guess is someone thought it'd make for a nice Mother's Day gift. I just hope it dies now - those fuckers.
FYI: Minneapolis Police require that two (2) plants be stolen in order for an incident report to be filed. WTF!
Speaking on energy conservation - electricity use is just out of control. Recently Ontario reduced (or eliminated) their energy subsidies that has allowed residents to purchase electricity at reduced rates. As I was listening to the news and they were talking about ways residents can reduce their hydro (electric) bill by shutting off appliances and using energy efficient light bulbs, I couldn't help to think that its not the residents who are energy hogs. Though certainly most of us can make a few changes - its office buildings and factories, etc. Look around your downtown at night - can you honestly say all those office towers are full of people. Hell no! - but yet lights are on all over those buildings. How many lights need to be on in Wal-mart - where are the windows?! Lighting stores - do they need all of their displays on 24 hours a day? Couldn't they be shut off late at night?
Saying residents need to reduce their electricity usage is like saying children should eat less so their fat elders can have more to eat. Bull shit!
Unfortunately, growing season also means mowing the lawn - which will be in need of being done very soon. But I'm going to put that off until after our trip this weekend.
So here I am reading the news about the opening of a new club in Minneapolis that I was interested in, Level. At the end of the article I hit the link to the club's website expecting to see the usual crap. But alas this was not the case, and much to my surprise the bottom of the page as "Made on a Mac" so prominent. Holy crap! But at first, I figure the webdesigner was just a fan, but then I clicked on the blog page - straight out of iWeb, down to the RSS subscription button. Oh snap! It dawns on me exactly what this is, and a quick check of the source code confirmed it. I knew a person could make their own templates, but I had yet to see one. Well, now I've seen one.
This probably isn't new to anyone, but I just noticed it. Seriously, I know its probably been there for like years, but its new to me. On the side of the Target plastic bag, is a little logo that says 'Reuse" and under it is a list: "10 ways to reuse your Target bag"
1. Tiny Trashcan Liner
2. Doggy Duty
3. Water Ballon (I'll have to try this later - somehow I don't think it'll work well)
4. Roadtrip Rubbish
5. Soggy Laundry
6. Ice pack for head lump
7. Toiletry tote
8. Kitty litter liner (Just what I was doing when I noticed this list)
9. Tomorrow's lunchbag
10. Care package pading
Ok, so maybe some widgets are pretty worthless. Some just sit there and look pretty without doing anything, but others can provide some good information and improve workflows. Though I wish I had more of the latter. Anyway, here's my dashboard - I use it all the time - even if its a little crowded sometimes. I switch out a few every now and then depending on its usefulness.
First of all, we have to have the weather, and since I'm a visual person I insist on having the weather rada as well - which can be expanded twice that size. Below that is of course the new Blogger widget - I had been using DashBlog or something, but it stopped working. The wikipedia and dictionary widgets come in handy on occasion - great for that quick reference. There there is the widget for taking pictures of different things, the screen, windows, icons, and widgets - makes for ease of use instead of trying to remember those short cuts.
Widget Update shrinks way down to a little cirle - its supposed to tell me if any of the widgets are outdated. It doesn't seem to always work, but its a good idea and has been useful. I love getting new software, doesn't matter how small it is.
Calculator - so much faster than loading the calc app. Then there is that little iTunes Album Art retreiver - just incase I have any songs that don't have the accompanying art. Oh, then of course I need to monitor the currency exchange with Canada. The widget does all sorts of currencies, but I pay the most attention to the Canadian dollar. I mean, sometimes its not always cheaper for me to buy shoes or Starbucks in Canada, and I gots to know that.
The Calendar one is kind of pointless, but it just makes sense to me to leave it there. The to-do-list is a must. I have terrible self-motivation and lists seem to keep me focused a bit. Though of course I need to keep the to-do list updated -- I need a to-do for that!!
And then the stock widget rounds it out - I just like watching a few different stocks. I guess its interesting - satiates my left brain.
I never thought I'd like a slider, never liked the concept, but this phone has a real nice feel to it and its just a tad bigger than the RAZR. Now, if only it would sync with my iMac.
Its a new light, courtesy of IKEA, which means it was a pain to install, looks unlike anything from Home Depot and maybe requires a sacrifice from the ideal. By which I mean we’d much rather have it a bit higher off the table, but I think it makes for a nice intimate glow for everyone sitting at the table. Making it go any higher will mean cutting wires and hoping for the best.
But whatever, I’m loving the light fixture, and though this picture doesn’t do the illumination justice it really is intimate at the table.
But obviously I just got a new iMac a few months ago - so there won't be any new hardward changes for me for a little while at least. So what excited me the most was certainly the software announcements. I already pulled out the credit card for my own copy of the new iLife '06.
I can't wait to get my hands on iWeb - just what I've been waiting for. iPhoto is going to be fantastic to use and play with. You can bet I'll be sending out a few personalized postcards and maybe a calendar or two. Hehe!
Battlestar Galacticca - why haven't I been watching this from the beginning?! Its frickin' good - the drama they built up in this episode is nail-biting. Damn!