Archive for July, 2008

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You would probably annoy me

July 31, 2008

So yeah.  It’s time to call some of you jerks out.  I am really getting sick and tired of the crap I read in blogs, public forums, gaming sites, etc.  When did the world get so stupid?  Or has it always been stupid, but now, thanks to the Internet, I’m blessed with seeing the stupidity paraded before me at the speed of light (or copper, as the case may be)?

What am I talking about?  I’m talking about all the “cool” expressions, words, misspellings, etc., that everyone uses in their day-to-day communications.  When did bad typing skills become cool?  Is every person on the Internet so lazy that they feel the need to use abbreviations for every single phrase they choose to write?

Well, I’m sick of it.  Here’s my list of the 12 biggest annoyances that I come across on a daily basis.  These are not listed in any kind of ranked order.  I simply wrote them down as I came across them.  Also, this list is not all inclusive.  I have left quite a few other annoyances off of there so as to save some space.  Read on, and please, learn from this.  As the great Brad Hamilton once said, “Learn it.  Know it.  Live it.”

1.  Zeitgeist – This is used mostly by pompous a-hole “news” journalists who want to sound like they know what the fuck they’re talking about.  This should never be used.  Ever.  Even if you’re wearing a turtleneck, eating cheese and drinking French wines at a gallery opening.  Don’t use it.

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Back from Sin City

July 31, 2008

I just got back from a 4-day vacation in Las Vegas.  Yeah, Las Vegas.  In July.  Needless to say, it was hot.

I first went to Vegas about 12 years ago.  A couple of friends and I stayed in Circus Circus because it was cheap.  We had a good time.

This time, I went mostly as a birthday gift for my girlfriend.  She had never been, and I figured it’d be a nice vacation for both of us.

We flew in, direct from Baltimore, on Tuesday last week.  We were both pretty much exhausted because we had gotten very little sleep the night before.  I was up late getting music and videos on my iPod and my cell phone.  She just couldn’t sleep because she was so excited.  Plus we had to get up at 4 in the morning to catch the cab and make it to the airport for our early flight.

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The monolith: Firefox

July 16, 2008

I want a less monolithic Firefox.  I don’t want a single tab to kill the whole browser when the tab takes a dive.  I want to be able to open two different tabs and log into two different Gmail accounts.  Essentially, I want each tab to be it’s own process or thread or whatever you want to call it.  I want the tabs to be independent of each other.

I’m using the latest Firefox (3.0 as of this writing), and it still eats crap when it comes across streaming media.  I have to cross my fingers and pray that the browser will be able to handle the media and not crash.  At any one time, I have 10+ tabs open, several of which are logged into accounts for email, forums, etc.

When the browser crashes, I have to reopen the browser.  It asks if I want to restore the session.  I select yes.  When the session is restored, none of my accounts are logged into anymore.  I have to manually go back in and log into all my accounts.  Pain in the ass.

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Unsettling fears of small men with sharp knives

July 16, 2008

For some reason, I have a fear of using a urinal that sits next to a toilet stall.  I’m always afraid someone is going to slash my Achilles tendon while I’m peeing.

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New blog

July 16, 2008

I’ve started up a second blog here at wordpress.com.  It’s called Second Runnings and it’s going to be devoted entirely to movie reviews of older flicks.    I watch alot of movies on DVD or video and I figured that I should start to keep track of my thoughts on how good or bad these movies are.  So far, there’s only one review up (I just started!  Back off!), but I’m hoping to flesh it out within the coming months.  I’d love for the site to really become a good destination for people looking for solid reviews of movies they can rent.

This blog will still be maintained but will be devoted to non-movie items.

Now, no site exists without contributions from the community, so I want to hear from you guys.  Anyone out there have any requests?  Something they want me to watch and review?  Head on over to the site and send me a note.

Also, I’d be interested in getting contributions from other people as well.  If you enjoy older movies (basically, anything that’s available at a local rental store is fair game), and you have some extra time and are a good writer, send your submission in and I’ll check it out.  If it’s good and I feel it fits in with the overall vision of the site, I’ll post it.  If I get enough quality submissions from certain people, I’d give you your own accounts to log on and post whenever you’ve got a good review just itching to find it’s way onto the web!

So head on over to http://secondrunnings.wordpress.com/ and lend a helping hand!  Thanks!

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I came, I saw, I said “meh” (Hellboy 2 review)

July 14, 2008

**************SPOILERS BELOW**************

So I saw Hellboy 2 on Friday.  I was pretty excited for it.  The first movie caught me off guard.  I didn’t expect to like it, as I’ve never read any of the comic books and I had never even heard of the character.  However, I rented it when it came out on DVD and I was shocked by how much I liked it.  Ron Perlman was great (he was 54 years old in the first movie!).  Abe Sapien was an interesting character, voiced by Mr. Niles Crane himself, David Hyde Pierce.  Jeffrey Tambor was great as usual (when is that Arrested Development movie coming out again?).  In fact, the only low point I saw in the whole movie was Selma Blair, who turned in a relatively lackluster, monotone performance.  Other than that, the movie was great.  Great action, comedy, interesting storyline and love story.

So you can understand my excitement at seeing Hellboy II:  The Golden Army.  I think that’s a bad thing.  I wasn’t that happy with this second installment.  I’ve thought about this movie all weekend, and I kept asking myself “Was I disappointed because the movie was mediocre, or was I disappointed simply because it didn’t meet my every expectation?”  After thinking it over, I honestly believe this movie was simply mediocre and my disappointment was justified.

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Credit cards and their rules

July 11, 2008

There is a post at The Consumerist today talking about 10 things you might not know about your credit cards.  The number one thing on the post is that a card is not valid unless it’s signed.  Even if you write SEE ID or CHECK ID on the back of the card, it’s not valid until it’s actually signed.  They say that merchants can and will refuse the transaction until the card is signed and the signature is checked against a government-issued ID.

Now, I have SEE ID written on the backs of all my cards in big black Sharpie letters.  Quite a few people say that this is no protection against fraud and will actually create more problems when a merchant refuses the transaction without a signature.  I, however, disagree.

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