Archive for November, 2006

Xbox 360I got home today exhausted from going to the gym for the first time in a week (and overdoing it), to find a nice heavy package sitting on my front porch. I’ve ordered a lot of crap over the last week for the holidays, so I was pretty happy to see that it was the Xbox 360 I ordered on Thursday. Chalk it up to Dell for being nimble on the shipping.

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Holiday Cheer

Posted: November 26, 2006 in General

I don’t hate the holidays, but I’m not a very festive person either. My wife and I had a discussion the first Christmas we lived together about the appropriate amount of “decoration. I don’t know what it is about the end of the year, but I tend to get into a bit of an anti-social funk.

Maybe it’s the realization that there are many things that I didn’t accomplish over the last 12 months. Or perhaps it’s the onset of winter and those damn short days.

Tenacious' humor is tenuous.

Posted: November 26, 2006 in General, Movies/TV/Music

My review of Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny.2.5 stars

Tenacious D PODI’m a Jack Black fan, which is a little ironic, because I don’t really like a lot of what he stars in. Most of the 11 films that he’s been in since the Tenacious D HBO special are pretty forgettable (like Shallow Hal and Envy). There are a few films like High Fidelity and Orange County which are stand-outs, but JB’s track record certainly doesn’t seem to be in-line with his “star” status.

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You don't want my money? Part III

Posted: November 25, 2006 in General

Samsung MonitorEarly this week I placed an order for one of Dell’s 2007WFP (20″ wide screen monitors). I had pretty much decided that this was going to be my next monitor, and I’ve been watching the price over the last 18 months or so. Early this week I was able to get it for $323.00 after tax, which is a pretty damn good price.

My reasoning behind getting this monitor is two fold: 1) I wanted something other than my old 27″ TV to play my Xbox 360 on(that I was planning on buying), and 2) I plan on finally replacing my G4 desktop machine with something that isn’t 4 years old, but my 22″ monitor won’t work with anything new.

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Sony… still dumb

Posted: November 18, 2006 in Computing, General

Sony is pretty much living up to their reputation this year. The meager supply of PS3s is being clamored over by fanboys. Sure, Sony is getting a lot of press (more than I recall Microsoft getting last year for the 360). None of it is really great press (although better than earlier this year). I think a lot of people think Sony has made many huge missteps this year, they have failed in so many ways (it’s not even worth recounting here).

The funniest thing about this whole situation is that the lack of PS3 hardware this Christmas means that many people are going to be picking up a 360 because they are so readily available (people who may have spent the $$ on a PS3). I think this is good news (more units sold, mean more games developed, and a longer life).

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Playing Games With Life

Posted: November 15, 2006 in General

Cara and I joined a gym a few weeks ago. As many of my friends know, I’m a lazy bastard, so joining a gym seems like a laughable concept. I know myself, so I tried to set up a one easy rule that I’m going to follow:

I have to go three times a week. Monday, Wednesday and one day on the weekend. I can wimp out and walk on the treadmill for five minutes, but I have to at least go.

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In case you missed it, Microsoft is paying $1 to Universal for every Zune sold. As many have said, this is an interesting turn of events. The bottom line was that the only way that Microsoft would be able to offer tracks in their store from Universal artists was to accept this “tax” on the player.

Universal’s CEO has said “These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it.” In effect calling anyone who owns an MP3 player a thief. So the insinuation here is that the money Universal is making off of Zune sales is to cover the cost of unauthorized copying, to make sure Universal gets their piece of the pie.

So does that mean that the user has paid for the right to copy (Universal) music that they do not own to their Zune? It sounds to me that by buying a Zune, Universal is saying “go ahead, steal some music, we already got paid for it.