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Balls of Fury

worst movie i've seen in a very long time.

The main character isn't the least bit likable, and it would be charitable to call the other characters one-dimensional.

No redeeming qualities whatsoever.

PS: Sorry for neglecting you, journal.
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Out with the old, in with the new.

I sold the gold one, and bought the black.

1987 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro, Gold 1987 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro, Black

Not that it's any newer, it's actually the same exact year one year older... but much nicer looking, lower miles, better engine, and nicer interior. :)

It, of course, has its problems, but i really like it.
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    Jurrasic 5 - Work it Out
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Broken camera blues

Just in time for my Digital Photography class (which is a joke, by the way, but it satisfies an upper level credit i need to graduate) - my camera died.

None of the buttons except for Power and Exposure respond at all. ...which for the most part makes the camera completely useless.

It's a Canon SD500, 7.1mp camera. I've had it for about 18 months, so it's out of warranty.

I'll probably be getting the SD700 as a replacement. It's only a 6mp camera, which kind of sucks to pay money for less pixels, but the CDD is larger, and just about everything else is as good or incrementally better (newer) and this one will come with another year of warranty, which wouldn't be the case for the $200 repaired camera i'd be getting if i just paid Canon to fix mine.

so - lame. I can't afford this, but i need it. ...and want it.
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Cold Weekend

It was highs in the 50s a few days ago, which still sounds a bit cold to me, but which i much prefer to the forecast this weekend:

the snow is pretty... but does it have to be so cold? brrrrr.
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iTunes checklist

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I've been updating my Amazon Wishlist recently, reminding myself that i need to make some money. :)

I would really like to get links to wishlists from everyone i know. Not that i'll be able to do anything with them, but it's nice to keep tabs on the things my friends and family are interested in, and should i run into money for some reason, it's nice to have an up-to-date wishlist to take a look at.

so please comment on this post if you have a wishlist, and i'll add the URL to my address book for (possible) future use. (and make it current!)

...please. this is something i really want. ^_^
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Update + Extras

BenQ apologized.

My article describing why Cnet's Michael Kanello is a jackass looking to cash in by Apple-Bashing.
It's a disturbing trend where people write poorly written articles bashing Apple with little or no logical support, in an attempt to drive traffic to their site when the Apple fans come out to tell you you're an idiot.

seems to work every time. :(
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BenQ's tasteless advertising

the China-based electronics company, BenQ, makes LCD monitors, mp3 players, etc. They're fairly known.

their new mp3 player (limited productions, may not even make it to the states) uses an interesting marketing image:

legitimately pulled from their own site.

look at it closely. Anything look familiar? ...left side.

Now let's take a look at an image of the World Trade Center wreckage:

Did they think no one would notice where that image was pulled from? What exactly is the message?

regardless of their motive, i think that's a pretty callous move to try and use imagery from 911 to promote any product, much less something totally irrelevant. (911 sucked. Buy Our MP3 Player.)
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Financial Times article regarding Hollywood vs Apple

read the article here: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/6c6aa286-7f08-11db-b193-0000779e2340.html

According to the Financial Times, many major movie studios in talks with Apple about making their movies available on the iTunes Store are pushing Apple to redesign their business model, limit the number of devices that can play the movies, and other anti-consumer (under the guise of anti-piracy) concessions.
After months of discussion, a sticking point has emerged over the studios’ demand that Apple limit the number of devices that can use a film downloaded from iTunes.

The studios want to avoid the experience of the music industry, which has yet to recover from years of illegal digital piracy. Apple must introduce a “new model” for feature film content delivery...

[ I have a number of complaints, some about the article, and others about the situation. ]

I take issue with articles that make ridicules claims as if they're facts. By that, i mean that the article claims the music industry hasn't "recovered from years of piracy" there is absolutely NO empirical evidence that could back up a claim like that. In fact, there is a good amount of evidence that the music industry actually benefits from the piracy, but they blame their failing business model and dropping profits on a pretty convenient little piracy scapegoat.

The article also mentions that the movie industry want's Apple to "limit the number of devices that can use a film downloaded from iTunes" but totally fails to mention that Apple already limits how many computers can play a film to just 5. They are specifically asking apple to further complicate the process (decidedly un-Apple-like) by limiting the portable devices that can use a film. (which is only the 2 most expensive iPod models.)

At this point, a movie can be loaded on to as many iPods as one likes, but once on the iPod, they cannot come off. Even if you manage to trick the computer into letting you copy the movie off the ipod and onto the computer, it will not play unless that computer is one of the 5 authorized computers for the account. That sounds like a perfectly reasonable situation to me, but we all know that the phrase "Perfectly Reasonable," to the music or movie industries, might as well be "One more spot we can screw the consumer for another few dollars."

Wal-Mart, the largest US retailer, is entering the nascent market, challenging Amazon and Apple with a different model that ties digital downloads to the sale of DVDs.
Customers buying the newly released DVD of Warner Bros’ Superman Returns, will be able to download a digital version of the film on to a portable device, a personal computer, or both for a small extra payment.

An "Extra Payment"? Whatever happened to Fair Use? expecting me to pay full price to play a DVD on my TV, and then expecting me to pay again for the same movie so that i can watch it on my iPod... that's just absurd.
Why dont they just tie every DVD i buy to the first DVD player i play it in so that if i want to watch it in the livingroom i have to buy it again, and if i want to watch it in my bedroom later, i'll buy another copy. And should i ever need to replace my DVD player, i would then be expected to re-purchase all of my DVD collection.

Here's an even better idea: Tie the DVD purchases to a specific time. Charge full price for them, of course, but make them playable only during a specific time of the day and time of the year.
"Sorry, this DVD will only play from 8pm until 10pm on thursdays, in december. if you would like to watch this movie at any other time of the day, week or year, please go out and purchase it again, at full price. You'd only have to buy it about 1,095 times before you own all time copies and can watch it whenever you want! Please keep in mind, though, that you can only watch them on this TV, and if you would like to watch it at a friends house, you will need to purchase another 1,095 copies of the DVD."

How much revenue is the movie industry just throwing out the window by letting the stupid consumers choose when they watch the movies they purchase? They would be increasing their already monstrous profits recouping their investment by approximately 109,500% !!

I cant wait for that day. What a magical time it will be.