Normal Activity — The #2 movie in America!

Assignment: Unexplained | Oct. 30, 2009

1/1,000th the budget of Paranormal Activity — 1,000 times the terror!! Witness these REAL and TRUE EVENTS CAUGHT ON TAPE of a couple being terrorized by an evil demonic force.

The ending will shock you!!

Sony does make an Operating System

Blog | Oct. 28, 2009

John Gruber of Daring Fireball recently wrote on the “pathological” level of herd mentality in the PC manufacturer industry — with Apple as the notable exception — and chided similarly large companies for giving up and letting Microsoft be the only OS game in town.

It should be embarrassing to companies like Dell and Sony, with deep pockets and strong brand names, that they’re stuck selling computers with the same copy of Windows installed as the no-name brands.

But here’s something Gruber missed: Sony does make an OS. It’s running the PS3.

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iPhone stop interrupting me when I’m on you

Blog | Oct. 22, 2009

Dear iPhone & iPhone developers,

When I am talking on the iPhone — with the device pressed against my ear — I do not want to be disturbed, jolted, vibrated or alerted due the following:

  • newly arrived email
  • a timer finishing
  • calendar alerts

The biggest irritant is the timer — it will keep BLARING IN YOUR EAR until you tell the other person, “hold on, it’s my goddamn iPhone making that horrible racket” and click Cancel on the timer. But all the apps are guilty of this. Regardless of whether I’m across the room or with the iPhone held against my ear, Mail, Clock, and Calendar will alert me AT THE SAME VOLUME. If only there were some sort of sensor that was positioned directly on the iPhone itself that could detect that the device was pressed against an ear, and to — oh, I don’t know — HOLD OFF ITS SUPER-IMPORTANT ALERTS until such time as I’m not on the phone?

What, there already is? Has anyone told the developers at Apple yet?

Once In a Lifetime, never online

Blog | Oct. 13, 2009

I have a midlife crisis about every 6-8 months. This time, Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” spoke to me. I read up on the album “Remain in Light” on Wikipedia, I bought a CD/DVD of the album off Amazon and scoured the internet for the video to “Once In a Lifetime”.

You can not find this video for love nor money.

Youtube has 33 seconds of it. MTV Music — where it is the second-highest rated video after “Thriller” — is “doing our best to bring it back.” iTunes doesn’t sell it. iTunes doesn’t sell any Talking Heads videos. Browsing the rest of Amazon I get True Stories or Stop Making Sense. That’s it.

Nevermind the video is considered a significant piece of artwork and is in New York Museum of Modern Art (thanks, Wikipedia)!

Only in the furthest reaches of the internet can you find the video, in all its interlaced, blocky, uh… glory. I mean look at this:

Once In a Lifetime, never online

A fond postscript is that my parents had Remain in Light on vinyl. My parents were cool.

The tooth. The tooth!

Shorts | Oct. 4, 2009

Blondie and David Lynch together in the ultimate Dune fan video!