Archives for April 2010

My thoughts on Apple and Flash.

Okay, people. I’m a geek. I’ve been using computers since I was a kid and still remember DOS. I studied computer science in college. I’ve been designing web pages since 1997, though I still have a lot to learn about some of the newer changes (forgive me, two kids’ll knock you out of the loop). So I’ve been very interested in this ongoing tech kerfluffle between Apple and Adobe over the iPhone/iPad and Flash. Steve Jobs posted this on apple.com today, explaining his stance on Flash.

Quick: Dr. Drew is lame.

I have a much longer subject I’d like to share my thoughts about, but I’d like to address this first. I’ve lost all respect for Dr. Drew. In his latest bizarre interview, Dr. Drew Pinsky (host of radio show Loveline, and television programs Celebrity Rehab and it’s various spin-offs) decided to discuss Sandra Bullock. Specifically, that he believes she suffers from a “love addiction” where the individual is so obsessed with love that they idealize their partner and don’t see their faults. He does say that she’s coping with the aftermath of her relationship falling apart well. Love addiction? His…

Is blogging journalism?

When Gizmodo posted their photos of the next iPhone prototype, it seemed to me that all the references to cloak and dagger deals to get their hands on a lost prototype was merely Gizmodo covering up a deal with Apple to leak it. Only, once Apple started sending out nasty notices about the missing device, it became clear that that wasn’t the case. I assumed that Gizmodo would be banned from the next few Apple press conferences, but never expected what happened next. Police showed up at Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house, and executed a warrant, seizing his computers and…

Monday Waffles!

Yes, waffles on a Monday. There are many times that I lament the fact that TheBoy works nights, but Monday mornings are not one of them. With his schedule reversed, he’s usually up Monday morning, and we can have a nice big breakfast for just the four of us. Otherwise, we’d have to double the amount of bacon and batter being produced, just to make sure there were enough for the rest of the clan in the household. My family was always big on weekend breakfasts. With how busy our lives were during the weekend, we’d come together to make…

Kermit was wrong, it’s easy being green.

I admit it. I am an Earth nut. Have been since the 90’s when Earth Day made it’s big comeback. Ventura used to hold annual Earth Day fair’s at the beach where you could learn about Ventura County’s new recycling program, water treatment programs and all sorts of neat new techologies. Vendors sold reusable bags, and you could get free reusable water bottles! You want to know how serious my family was? We went to an Eco Expo in LA and somewhere at home, I have a reusable tote signed by the voice cast of Captain Planet. (Yes, people told…

Why I loathe PETA.

(Warning, this blog post was written in the span of 45 minutes. I probably could have spent hours and hours, and the span of a month writing it, with full links and whatnot- but I wanted to get this out there.) Today, PETA announced that Kate Winslet narrated a video detailing the horrors of foie gras production. Which makes yet another celebrity who’s been misled by PETA. Please, make no mistake- I fully support a celebrity’s right to champion a cause that they believe in. Especially if it’s to help animals. However, PETA is not in the business of helping…

Are video games art? Ebert says no.

What is art? That’s a question that comes up every so often in regards to modern art installations. For those unfamiliar, installations are typically more than a show at a gallery. Usually it’s a showing by a single artist with an over-all cohesive theme that’s been put together specifically for that specific space. At the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, there’s currently an installation by Marina Abramović entitled Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present where Ms. Abramović sits at a table where guests may sit across from her, while models (some nude, some clothed) pose around her.…

Oh, Jim Carrey. Just stop tweeting.

Jim Carrey, once upon a time, I thought you were entertaining. Then you dated Jenny McCarthy and began spouting anti-vaccination nonsense. Yes, nonsense. There have been no studies that positively link vaccines to autism. Indeed, most studies seem to indicate that the timing of when certain vaccines are given is about the time that signs of autism begin to show in children. But studies haven’t been able to prove that it’s the vaccines. Not only that, you’ve blocked or ignored anyone who tried to offer scientific proof that you might be wrong. Not exactly a way to prove that you’re…

The worst food blogger?

That’s right. I know of the worst food blogger, and I’m going to name names. It’s me. Maybe it’s because I’ve become so accustomed to food blogs filled with delicious looking food. You see, I have a big problem. When I make something- usually I’m so excited to dig in that I completely forget to take pictures. Which is what happened yesterday for Easter dinner. Typically Easter dinner’s a big deal, with ham, all the family and a formal dinner. But it seemed time to scale it back a bit, and so I got to make dinner. I had the…

The landslide.

I’m quite familiar with erosion. It all starts gradually, things falling bit by bit… and then eventually after stress, the whole hillside caves way. It’s the same with writing. Whenever I start things like Script Frenzy, I start strong. I keep to my quota for a few days. Then, I fall a page behind. I try to make it up, but the next day, I’m still a page short… until I find I’m 10 pages behind and feel like quitting. I’m behind, but this time, I’m not giving up. Somehow, someway, I’ll make it up. Not because I want to…