Thursday, January 31, 2008

Obama/Clinton Debate: There really are better sports announcers than Michael Buffer.

7:10. You know, without bringing personal views on politics into it, I really do think Hilary Clinton is a terminator, sent back to kill James Cameron.

7:16. Why the hell don't candidates look at each other when they're talking? When one is talking the other will look intently at them, but the one speaking never makes eye contact with the other, even when they are referring to the both of them. It's one of those things that weirds me out about politics.

7:19. Obama is taking a black marker to take notes, while Hilary is using a red marker. This only supports my theory of terminator Hilary.

7:24. They're sharp dressers. I'm digging the T-Hilary's dark red shirt and light blue jewelry thing. She also just used the term "nibbled to death," and I can't help but picture Hamtaro nibbling on a kid until they die from overwhelming adorableness. Shut up. Hamtaro is delightful and you know it. Don't judge me.

7:29. You can see the sparks shooting between them. Also, this is at the Kodak Theater (current home of the Academy Awards), instead of Wolf Boy cutting in when one person is speaking too long, they should really just have a pit orchestra kick in with a "STFU" queue. Christ, are there commercials in this thing? I have to take a wicked yes.

7:35. Oh, wait, DVR, I can pause this.

7:41. Hey, it's Jason Alexander in the crowd. Still bald as ever. This is like a boxing match, shucking, jiving and juking. And a wail, you gotta, jump jive and wail.

7:49. Blitzkrieg is pushing Obama to make a personal jab at the T-Hilary on stage. He's literally pushing him to do so. I am so sick of this sensationalist bullshit that has infected the media. If they start bickering, then hey, fun fun, but I hate it when the mediator intentionally tries to start it.

7:54. Here come the direct jabs at each other. To not use the boxing cliché,

8:12. "Now, I don't want to be judged on my husband's accomplishments, so let me list off everything he did well while he was president." Rob Reiner is in the crowd looking pissed off for some reason. I thought they're supposed to be jolly.

8:23. Obama talks about something he differs from Clinton on. The WB stops the next question and says to the T-Hilary "That was clearly a swipe at you." Okay, look, CNN. Cut this shit out. This isn't about your news network getting more ratings, it's about education people on the candidates. Knock off this creating conflict crap. At least they don't have sound effects over everything (though they caved and are now doing that during their normal shows).

8: 27. Best mis-statement ever: "Since the American invasion of Rock." Topher Grace is not amused. Also, he has a stupid name.

8:33. Woah, shit, Obama comes out swinging. And Jesus, 'Lil Blitzie is being a dick.

8:42. Uh-oh, here come questions about sex and violence in Hollywood. If either of them say ANYTHING about the government stepping into film distribution/censorship, I swear to God, I'll vote republican. Okay, Obama only hinted at stepping in a bit with marketing and who products are marketed to, but that's still more than I want.

8:54. T-Hilary: "I agree with everything Senator Obama just said." Post-teen Wolf: "That means it's B.S., right?" OMG. The two have been really friendly today, genuinely so. It's good to see.

8:55: SkyNet goes online. Three billion human lives end. The survivors of the nuclear fire will call the war Judgement Day.

On Sony, Stubble and Staplers

It would seem that Sony is finally turning a corner with the Playstation 3. This is due in no small part to the onboard Blu-Ray player, arguably the best (and factually the most future-proof) BD player on the market.

It's a shame the public has chosen Blu-Ray over HD-DVD. See, it's not as bad as VHS over Betamax, because the sound/video quality on HDDVDs and BDs is digital as opposed to analog and therefore identical, but Blu-Ray was still a poor choice. HD-DVD players shipped when they were ready to ship, and had the full functionality of HD-DVD right out of the gate. This caught Blu-Ray off guard, however, and forced Sony to rush BD players to the market, without all of the planned functionality.

The reason the PS3 is the best BD player on the market is because it is upgradable, seeing how it has all the hardware and software of the PS3 to back it up. However, standalone Blu-Ray players thus far have not been designed with all the internet functionality in mind and are not capable of major firmware updates. In October, Sony will release BD 2.0, adding all the intended functionality of BD movies... and everybody who owns a standalone player will be screwed. They'll have to purchase a new player to get the most out of their BDs (assuming film companies take advantage of the new features). So I propose a toast to all the uninformed consumers who chose Blu-Ray over HD-DVD. Congrats, you brought it upon yourselves. Enjoy the proprietary bullshit Sony will no doubt try to implement.

The fledgling Genius Squad desk has been relatively quiet lately. Not many people have come in with wireless issues, and those who have were just unfamiliar with computers and didn't have it set up correctly. John might be hiring a co-worker for me as early as Monday, the guy seems cool enough. However, my secret identity, the Staple Avenger, Defender of the Intelliprint, has been busy lately.

There are two staplers on the counter in front of me, intended for public use. Being a college computer lab, the twenty-somethings who pass through are naturally inclined to behave as ten-somethings and break shit all the time. The left stapler is currently out of commission, so I put a paper sign on top of it, reading "Stapler out of order; Working one to your left," and put a big 'ol red arrow pointing to the stapler at the opposite end of the counter. I kid you not, I have seen five people so far causally walk up, read the sign, remove the sign, try the stapler, and bitch at me that it doesn't work. People who clearly speak English as their primary language.

So instead I put the stapler on the desk, and slide it under the counter (which is raised above the desk by a few inches), and keep the sign up on the counter where the stapler used to be. Being a public area, the stapler is tethered down to the counter. Within two minutes of me moving the stapler, somebody walks up, reads the sign, looks at the wire coming from under the sign and going off the counter in front of my workstation, follows the wire with his hand, reaches over and under the counter - right in front of me - and pulls it out. He was quite angry at the lack of a staple in his paper and decided to take it out on me. I told him I was sorry it didn't work out between us.

On an unrelated note, this morning I used a safety razor and brush to shave. Not gonna lie... it makes you feel fucking badass.

Pete's Vocab of the Day
"Unfamiliar with computers."
un·fa·mil·iar with com·put·ers [uhn-fuh-mil-yer with kəm-pyōō'tər]
1. The state of being inexperienced with the operation of a PC.
2. A sodding moron.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

"Welcome to the suck," or "Peternet 2.0"

Been out of the internet for a spell. I'd like to walk it a while.