Thursday, October 29, 2009

A History Of "Brilliance"

John Dvorak, reviewing the original Macintosh:

The nature of the personal computer is simply not fully understood by companies like Apple (or anyone else for that matter). Apple makes the arrogant assumption of thinking that it knows what you want and need. It, unfortunately, leaves the “why” out of the equation — as in “why would I want this?” The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse’. There is no evidence that people want to use these things. I dont want one of these new fangled devices.

Sad thing is, he hasn't gotten any better with age. He's still technology's first name in "wrong".

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Enter The Return Of The Son Of The Jackie Chan Film Festival

Way back in the depths of history, I decided to finally plow through my nearly complete collection of Jackie Chan DVDs. So I scheduled my own personal Jackie Chan Film Festival, and I've been posting my reviews of the films as I go. I got off to a pretty good start, but things stalled out a couple of months ago. Now, I'm going to try to resume the viewing and reviewing.

But first, a recap - here are all of the Jackie Chan films I've reviewed so far, in chronological order:

Master With Cracked Fingers - 2 stars
Eagle Shadow Fist - 1 star
New Fist Of Fury - 1 star
The Killer Meteors - 2 stars
Shaolin Wooden Men - 3 stars
To Kill With Intrigue - 1 star
Half A Loaf Of Kung Fu - 1 star
Magnificent Bodyguards - 3 stars
Snake And Crane Arts Of Shaolin - 2 stars
Snake In Eagle's Shadow - 3 stars
Drunken Master - 4 stars
Spiritual Kung Fu - 1 star
Fearless Hyena - 2 stars
Battle Creek Brawl - 2 stars
Dragon Lord - 2 stars
Winners And Sinners - 1 star
Project A - 5 stars
Wheels On Meals - 3 stars
Police Story - 4 stars
Heart Of Dragon - 2 stars
The Protector - 2 stars
My Lucky Stars - 2 stars
Project A Part 2 - 3 stars
Armour Of God - 2 stars
Police Story Part 2 - 4 stars
Twin Dragons - 3 stars
New Police Story - 4 stars
The Myth - 3 stars
Rob-B-Hood - 3 stars
The Forbidden Kingdom - 4 stars

Whew - but, I've still got a bunch to go. Here are all of the Chan films not included above, with boldface indicating the films I intend to review. The non-boldface films are ones I've seen before and don't particularly need to see again, but I may get to them if I have some spare time:

Dragons Forever
The Prisoner
Operation Condor
City Hunter
Crime Story
Drunken Master 2
Rumble In The Bronx
Jackie Chan's First Strike
Mr. Nice Guy
Who Am I?
Rush Hour
Shanghai Noon
Rush Hour 2
The Accidental Spy
The Tuxedo
The Medallion
Shanghai Knights
Around The World In 80 Days
Rush Hour 3


Monday, October 19, 2009

This Explains A Lot

Current status: sitting in corner, twitching nervously, wishing I could unsee this...

I'm not sure what's more embarassing - this video, the fact that they then went on to lose to K-State by 48 points, or their inevitable upcoming loss to Baylor.

Next time the Horns get me down (and I'm looking at you, Greg Davis), I'll just try to remember - it can always be worse. Much worse.

Only Chuck Norris Need Apply

I don't specifically go trolling for amusing Craigslist posts, but I did come across one for a set of branding irons - only real men allowed:

If you don’t have any cattle that need branding, I suppose you could still purchase these irons… but I might charge you more. You could use one as a poker for the store bought logs in your fire pit in your back yard. They might also go well with your Corinthian Leather couch in the family room of your cookie cutter suburban home. What you might also do is hang one of these babies on the wall of your kitchen above the microwave. Then, while your fat, pencil pushing fingers are mashing buttons to heat up your supper, you can gaze upon the working instruments of real men and ponder the true origin of meat in your chili cheese dog.

Mmmmm...chili cheese dog...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Productivity Redefined

Another meeting where the first twenty minutes are spent screwing around with LiveMeeting....

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Joining The 21st Century

Just testing an app to post to my blog from my iPod touch. Better than waiting for this meeting to start...