There Can Be Only One... Hollywood Brat

Friday, March 30, 2007 | 12:19 am

The old Robot Chicken can be a pretty patchy at times, but when they get it right, it's spot on. (how do they make all those doll-face likenesses so accurate?)

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Watching this game makes me feel like a...

Thursday, March 29, 2007 | 3:13 pm

With only an image snippet showing scores from this week's International Soccer Friendlies, can you tell which stadium was paid for with sponsor dollars?

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Loved it. Hated it.

Monday, March 26, 2007 | 11:54 pm

Things I loved, things I hated this past week.

Loved Australia's rousing victory against current World #1 South Africa in the final game of the Cricket World Cup group stage. Puts us into the Super 8 stage in top position. Might they really three-peat?

Hate that most of the press in the US has been over the sad murder of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer after their dismal exit form the tournament. That's sports gone mad. Extra hatred for the ICC for demanding YouTube remove all the WC clips. It's just f---n higlights for christ's sake! My only other option is a $300 satellite package that shows only full games? Bah.

Love that my work machine setup is now a 2.33Ghz dual-processor MacPro with two 22-inch flat screens (one running OS X, one Paralleling XP). Woah.

Hated that I my Dell "laptop" threw a tantrum and coughed up it's hard-drive within 30 minutes of me setting up the Apple, and before I had time to transfer anything.

Loved the amount of stuff they threw at us in the Battlestar Galactica season finale Sunday. (All Along The Watchtower? Completely out of place, but still brilliant.)

Hated it the moment they said "..continued in 2008." Eight?! WTF! Damn you Sci Fi and your constant threat of cancelation.

Loved havin' a lazy Saturday wandering Ghent for an outdoor patio serving margherrita and chilli. Loved having The Gorgeous Wife and The Brad join me for it. Loved running into people we know while sitting and chattin'. And really loved coming back with the crew for an old-fashioned video night. (Primer and The Prestige: we didn't go for light viewing!) Even loved finding The Brad on the couch the next morning so we could have a cuppa tea and continue to try and decipher what the hell happened in Primer.

Nothing to hate there. We love The Brad. We'll miss him.

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Using Mosquitos to Kill Malaria

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 | 7:03 pm

Warning Mosquito?

One my first read, this article seems like a great idea for a major world disease problem, but the more I think about it, the more it freaks me out. It has B-Grade Mutant Mosquito Movie written all over it...

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Friday, March 16, 2007 | 2:39 pm

The Onion Statshot
Deep down, we all know it. Stats are usually very carefully organized to present something in a positive light for some interested party. They are usually as unbiased as your local politician. That doesn't mean they lie, but it may mean they corral data to "help provoke" a certain outcome.

But rarely have I seen "market share" so carefully dissected as this article. Not only does it reveal some standard cheats, but it also hits my personal sweet-spot by comparing Apple and Microsoft products.

You can get a lot out of this even without worrying about who the examples are about.

I Can't Shake Him! (then turn up the volume)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 | 2:54 pm

TIE Speakers

As Engadget pointed out, these TIE Advanced-shaped Speakers should be the perfect fit for your $2500 R2D2 projector.



Thursday, March 08, 2007 | 12:03 am

Kiss Treatment

A B&W treatment I tried a little while ago, based on a photo a colleague of the GW took. I like the high contrast look to the hair, but not sure I like the grey tones in the skin. Should I have gone for more of a high-key (bleached white) skin? Any thoughts?

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Bunny Time

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 | 11:45 pm

Needing content for the multitude of 24-hour psudeo-news channels and their plethora of pundit programs, we have already seen the "what does a rabbit and eggs have to do with easter" debates start, three weeks before Easter. Indeed, you know the issue is squarely in the months collective zeitgeist when Colbert starts his "War On Easter" segments.

Personally, I like comedian Jim Gaffigans take on it:
"Easter, the day Jesus rose from the dead, what should we do?"
"Well what does that have to do with Jesus?"

Hardware Come, Hardware Go

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 | 10:34 am

My 38th birthday last month proved to be full hits. My little drinking night was a hit, my already wedding-night damaged Canon Digital camera took it's final hit, dropped to the tile floor in Havanas, cracking the LCD. One of our guests took a nastier hit on his way home, tripping over the under-construction sidewalk and landing on his mouth (shudder!), and my wife was a huge hit for buying me a 2GHz Intel MacBook.

This was an awesome achievement for her, as it was a surprise to me, and indeed when it comes to techie stuff, I am notoriously hard to buy for as I usually have researched ad-nauseum for exactly what I want. Her reasoning? Getting me a laptop gets me to bed sooner, rather than sitting downstairs on the iMac. Bravo wifey, no wonder I love her so!

With my spanky new MacBook, I am running Windows XP inside an evaluation copy of Parallels, basically as a test for work where our Dev and Design teams are moving towards Mac Pro's (why? because they were evaluated by our traditionally Microsoft IT team as the best bang for the buck - how the world turns). It's pretty sweet, especially with "coherence" whereby each Windows app runs inside its own Mac OS X window, meaning you can switch between them seamlessly. The only thing I run there is some streaming TV video program (shonky Chinese rebroadcast of soccer matches), and IE for some ancient work admin tools.

MacBook Vista

So with this topsy-turvy new world order catching on (the number of people in the last 6 months buying Macs, even to run Windows, has been quite astounding), is it any surprise then that the latest posters advertising Microsoft's new Vista OS features a white MacBook?

Wow indeed.
(Thanks to Engadget, hkkevinc and Lkr721993)

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Prepare for a news shit storm!

Friday, March 02, 2007 | 12:51 pm

Other Onions

Finally, some cutting edge sarcasm from America's Finest News Source will be available with moving pictures. Will anyone care when, let's face it, they do a great job already without the imagery? I listen to their audio podcast here and there, it's a 1 minute Onion news article read in an earnest newscaster style voice, and it fills an occasional iPod space during my drive home, but the online site is still the humour resource par excellence. Not sure if video will add much, but I'll give 'em some latitude to try!

And in celebration, here's one pulled from their archives, a great source for laughs on a tiring day!