Archive for May 2005

It seems banning guns wasn’t enough.

Doctors in Britain now want to ban pointed kitchen knives. Because apparently pointed knives are used in most stabbings.
You’re never going to be able to eliminate murder. So long as somebody has the inclination to commit it they’re going to be able to find a way. People were killing each other well before pointed kitchen knives came along and people’ll keep on killing each other if they get rid of them.

Dave Chappelle resurfaces

It seems Dave Chappelle is back home in Yellow Springs.

A new type of computer attack

It seems hackers have started locking up files on people’s computers and leaving ransom notes saying that the user won’t get the key unless they pony up $200.

The real convergence of TV and politics

What do you get when you try to blog while watching both 24 and political news updates?

UPDATE: Senator John McCain (R – Arizona) has terrorist mastermind Habib Marwan in a headlock. Wait, this is getting confusing.
UPDATE: Foxy terrorist chick was bluffing. She intends to push through a vote on parliamentary procedure after all. Harry Reid (D – Nevada) just flipped open his cell phone.

UPDATE: Edgar and Chloe were able to triangulate the constitutional position of judicial nominee Janice Rogers Brown, and she was shot down over Los Angeles at the last second.

The future of Television

Conan O’Brien takes a look into the future (the future Conan?) in Newsweek to see how television will evolve.

We will also see a stunning increase in the number of televisions per household, as small TV displays are added to clocks, coffee makers and smoke detectors…. Televisions will even be placed inside books and, before long, books will evolve into no more than hundreds of small flat-screens stapled together. Reading the opening chapter of “Moby Dick” will include watching 10 hours of “Gunsmoke.”

But all of these changes will pale in comparison to the revolutionary explosion of late-night talk shows. As recently as 20 years ago, Johnny Carson was the only game in town, but as cable channels continue to pursue niche viewers, new hosts will continue to spring up at alarming rates. At first, the economy will surge as families build desks, fake windows and bandstands in their basements, but before long violence will erupt as the nation’s supply of available talk-show guests begins to dwindle. Dr. Joyce Brothers, Fabio and Randy from “American Idol” will be airlifted to guest-starved areas to quell violence, but anecdote theft and consecutive Al Roker appearances will turn the Midwest into a battlefield. Order will be restored when the Supreme Court (led remarkably well by Chief Justice Judy) upholds the One Host, One Guest law in Philbin v. Ripa.

And there you have it: the future of television. In fact, I am so sure I’m right about every detail that I encourage anyone with doubts to place this magazine in a vault and, 50 years from now, compare my vision to the world around you. If I’ve made even one mistake I’m certain the good people at NEWSWEEK, who never make mistakes, will refund you the price of this issue.

So Graves is gone…

good riddance. Bad performance is one thing, but to get indignant when people call you on it is quite another.
He forgot that you don’t burn the bridge while your car’s smack dab in the middle, hanging off the edge at 45 degrees.

Somebody has some splainin’ to do

So… sports winners wear red.
How the hell do you explain this year’s Reds then?


Sony announced the PS3 today and it looks incredibly cool.

Sony also confirmed the PlayStation 3 will use Blu-ray discs as its media format. The discs can hold up to six times as much data as current-generation DVDs. It will also support CR-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R formats. Sony also confirmed the machine would be backward compatible all the way to the original PlayStation. It will also have slots for Memory Stick Duo, an SD slot, and a compact flash memory slot. It will also sport a slot for a detachable 2.5-inch HDD, somewhat similar the Xbox 360’s. Sony did not mention if the drive would be standard.
Sony also laid out the technical specs of the device. The PlayStation 3 will feature the much-vaunted Cell processor, which will run at 3.2GHz, giving the whole system 2 teraflops of overall performance. It will sport 256MB XDR main RAM at 3.2GHz, and it will have 256MB of GDDR VRAM at 700MHz.
Sony also unveiled the PS3’s graphics chip, the RSX “Reality Synthesizer,” which is based on Nvidia technology. The GPU will be capable of 128bit pixel precision, 1080p resolution, some of the highest HD resolution around. The RSX also has 512MB of graphics render memory and is capable of 100 billion shader operations and 51 billion dot products per second. It also has more than 300 million transistors, larger than any processor commercially available today. It will be manufactured using the 90nm process, with eight layers of metal. The RSX is more powerful than two GeForce 6800 Ultra video cards, which would cost roughly $1,000 total if purchased today.

Out of the box, the PS3 will have the capability to support seven Bluetooth controllers, which can be used for nearly 24 hours before they require charging. Later, pictures of the controllers themselves were released, showing their almost boomerang-like shape. It will also have six USB slots for peripherals: four up front and two in the back. As rumored, it will also have Wi-Fi connectivity to the PSP, which can be used as a remote screen and/or controller.

Survivor (spoilers)

One of the best Survivor seasons ever. The right person absolutely won, one team just dominated the other and the people left standing in the last episode actually were worthy of being there.
Of Ian and Tom, Tom was definitely the stronger player. Ian was a strong player but he just kept flubbing it. He would have been a lot better off he would have just picked a story and gone with it. Too often he’d be confronted and instead of either telling the truth or telling them what they wanted to hear it just ended up being “uhhhhhhhh”. That being said, you have to give Ian major credit for how he went out. That’s something you’d never expect to see on Survivor and it really showed who he was.

An explanation of the lack of bloggage

As you may have noticed, this is my first post since Monday. There’s a reason for this. On Tuesday I had a job interview. They said they’d get together Wednesday afternoon and decide. Turns out they decided much faster and called the consulting company I’ve been working with 10 minutes after I left and asked if I could start the next day. So I spent the remainder of Tuesday filling out paperwork and showed up to work on Wednesday. For the time being I’ll be circumspect and just say it’s a large IT company in Dayton and I’m doing Web Development for them. Don’t have my own space yet, or my own computer, or working e-mail there and I’m of course working on trying to learn their specialized way of doing things so I’m feeling a little bit like the new guy in the past week’s run of Dilbert strips. All-in-all though I’m excited about the opportunity.