As many of you know, I got the Planet Earth series for Valentine’s Day because it is awesome. This video is making the rounds on the internet right now. It is an immature, profanity laced spoof of scenes from the breath taking documentary. I warn you not to click unless you are feeling distinctly like a 12 year old boy. I thought it was cute/funny, but that could just be because I feel a little punchy after a long day.
Vista has been plagued with problems since the start, and today I am reporting on another one.
February 20, 2008 (Computerworld) Responding to reports of endlessly rebooting PCs that flooded support newsgroups last week, on Tuesday Microsoft Corp. said it had pulled an update designed to prep Windows Vista for Service Pack 1.
Although the update — actually a pair of prerequisite files that modify Vista’s install components — has been temporarily pulled from Windows Update, Microsoft has not yet produced a fix for users whose machines either won’t boot or reboot constantly.
Shortly after the two prerequisites hit Windows Update last week, users began reporting problems on Microsoft’s support newsgroups. Most said that the update hung as the message “Configuring Updates Step 3 of 3 — 0% Complete” appeared on the screen. When users rebooted hoping to clear the error, their PCs went into an endless cycle of reboots. A smaller number of users said that their computers refused to boot normally.
Some users have been able to regain control by booting from a Vista install DVD and selecting the “Restore from a previous restore point” option.
But do you know who doesn’t have to worry about this problem? (In addition to the Mac fans) Me. Thats right. I upgraded to “a more familiar model”: XP. I’m sorry Vista, I gave you 6 months. No printer compatibility, slow processing, and limited USB function. The deal breaker was every time a window’s update installed or I restarted my computer my mouse stopped working and I had to system restore.
At work I caught the Speed Racer trailer this weekend. It looks awesome, its shot in HD entirely green screened and Emile Hirsch is Speed Racer. Its shot to look anime-ish. I think it will be a fun movie, although I am not a big Speed Racer fan so I don’t care about fidelity.
I recently came across a new word, Sleeveface or Sleevefacing. My initially thought was a nasty sex term. I am sure some of my readers could come up with a good definition for sleevefacing. But to my surprise it is an up and coming pop/modern art form.
According to UrbanDictionary.com:
Sleeveface: Sleeveface is the art of “one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of the body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion.” You’re basically posing with the record label as though it were a part of your own body.
So I saw “Cloverfield” this morning. As I am sure you are all intensely waiting for my opinion, I will hold back no further.
It was decent. It was exactly what I expected, except maybe the ending was a little better than I had anticipated. Although it was shot in hand cams, it was still thoroughly watchable. I think if you are fan of horror films, or more specifically monster movies, like Godzilla, you will love it. It is about a implausible monster romping through New York. It was good because it didn’t try to be anything more than it was, a fun movie. There was no religious parable, no big brother like conspiracies, and no delusions of grandeur.
According to an review by Kurt Loder:
“Cloverfield” is a nifty update of the ’50s schlock monster movie, mercifully unadulterated by delusions of contemporary relevance or nitwit nudge-wink irony. The picture is what it is: A group of people whose chances of survival wouldn’t appear to be much of a betting matter encounter a rampaging behemoth from who knows where and spend the rest of the film trying not to attract its sustained interest. It’s a movie that aspires only to be scary, and succeeds.
While I am giving it a generally good review, and thought Kurt Loder summed it up well. There is one part that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Visually it is strongly reminiscent of 9/11, which is understandable since buildings are falling and people are running. But there are more than a few shots that look like cheap imitations of CNN footage, and there are comments about a possible terrorist origin of the attack when they first witness it. I guess to seem realistic, a bunch of New Yorkers watching buildings explode and fall are going to wonder if it is terrorists. But it seemed a little exploitative.
Oprah is taking over the world. Or at least having a large influence on it. With millions of viewers and an ever growing audience, Oprah is talking to whoever will listen. And many are listening. Hell I don’t even watch her show, but I listen to what books I should read. But this time she is endorsing more than a book or gadget. She is endorsing Barack Obama for president. Many believe it is about seeing a black president or jumping on the rockstar like following for Obama.
But I know the truth, it is just one stop on her way to world domination. It is important to have friends in powerful places. The President of the United States is a pretty powerful position. Some have said my theories on Oprah are a little far fetched. But I’ve always know she was a conquerer. From the news, to the talk show, to the made for tv movies, to book club, to the Broadway shows, to the magazine, to the South African school and now to endorsing a presidential candidate.
But now she has gone to far!! She is getting her own tv channel. The Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN, will premier in 2009. So you wonder why is this so terrible? No one is forcing me to watch it. The problem is the channel will be replacing Discovery Health Channel. I love the Discovery Health Channel. “Incredible Medical” is the most compelling show on television, I have been late to work in order to see the final diagnosis. Plus shows like “Baby Baby”, “Adoption stories”, and “Babies: Special Delivery” are the only shows on television that can make me cry.