Monthly Archives: November 2010

BCS Shocker

ESPN: “RENO, Nev. — Two missed kicks, and Boise State went from being the darling of BCS busters everywhere to just another team looking for a bowl game”

Darn. I had high hopes for Boise State this year. Living in the San Joaquin Valley is a bit frustrating when it comes to football. We have Fresno State, that’s it, and they don’t know how to win the WAC. At least the WAC had a bright shining star in Boise State. Oh well, now we pull for Oregon out of the PAC-10. Go Ducks!

For Sale: America

The Independent: “Here’s an example of how you have worked together. In 1995, the House was going to finally repeal subsidies for growing tobacco, because an addictive cancer-causing drug didn’t seem like the most deserving recipient of tax-payers’ cash – until Boehner walked the floor of the House handing out checks from tobacco lobbyists to his fellow elected representatives. They changed their minds. The subsidy stayed. Explaining his check-dispensing, Boehner says: “It’s gone on here for a long time.” So get your bids in: the House is open for business.”

Are You Entitled?

TPM: “Maryland physician Andy Harris (R) just soundly defeated Frank Kratovil, one of the most endangered Democrats on Capitol Hill going into the November election. And he did it in large part by railing against ‘Obamacare’ and pledging to repeal Health Care Reform. But when he showed on Capitol Hill today for an orientation for incoming members of Congress and their staffs, he had a different question: Where’s my government health care?”

On the Mac App Store

Kevin Hoctor: “Why? Because our software is worth the price I charge. I also owe it to my customer base to make sure my company is well-funded and continues to provide excellent software and support in the future. The profit curve is not negatively affected by higher prices until you are significantly out of the range of your competition—and by competition, I mean software that matches your software in quality. I’ve seen too many companies go out of business because they try to compete on price.”

He’s right.

Warner Brothers, say it ain’t so?

Beloved Hedwig.Roger Ebert: “The final film will be in 3-D. This installment was once planned for retrofitted 3-D, but Warner Bros., a studio that enforces traditional standards, decided against that after observing the disastrous results of other 2-D films converted to 3-D. Presumably the next film will have its 3-D done well. It will suffer in brightness and clarity, and that is a shame. Look closely at the 2-D opening Warner Bros. logo here and you will swear it’s in 3-D.”

I thought they’d made the decision to do Deathly Hallows in 2-D because it was a better way to make movies, apparently not. I hope they distribute it as 2-D as well, otherwise there’s a good chance we won’t see it in theaters. 3-D gives my wife a headache, and it makes for less of a good experience in my opinion.

Testing dlvr.it

Happy Thanksgiving!I’ve been using ping.fm for quite a while to update my social sites with links to my weblog posts, until recently that is. It looks like ping.fm is suffering from its popularity. The nasty spammers have discovered it and have messed it up for the rest of us. If, like me, you relied on Samuel Aguilera’s great WordPress plugin Shorten2Ping you’ve probably had trouble updating ping.fm, unless his recent e-mail fix worked for you. It didn’t work for me.

I’ve had a dlvr.it account for quite a while now but didn’t have need for it. Now I do. Dlvr.it will publish my weblog posts using a tried and true format, RSS. A while back I used FriendFeed to publish everything, it too used RSS, and I loved it, but once Facebook got its hands on FriendFeed it became kind of crusty and took forever to update my social sites. Too bad, it was a great technology.

Here’s hoping dlvr.it fills that need.

Fingers crossed.

Deathly Hallows Reshoots

Harry Potter, boy wizardHitFlix: “Radcliffe, who plays the iconic wizard, was asked to discuss the film’s important and emotional epilogue which paparazzi had caught being filmed at King’s Cross station in London. The actor sort of laughed and replied, “Partly pointless to [discuss it] since we are re-shooting parts of it””

Looks like the gang has come back together for some reshoots. Over 10-years together. Amazing.