Thursday, April 21, 2005

Mutations of Turtles and Google

Note: This post was done a while ago, but Blogger was doing some bloody maintenance.
I had a couple of small things that I wanted to make the centerpiece for today and unfortunately that was the best title I could come up with. I went last night to the UTC to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They had to move it there because the Travesty film festival was going on in the Union, and as such it was an hour late because of moving the equipment. Anyway, they had these four guys in Ninja Turtle costumes do a dance to that rap song they did for the second movie and it was awesomely funny. I hadn't seen the flick for like ten years so I barely remembered it, though I remembered liking it. I enjoyed watching it again because it was so corny at some parts (we were laughing at serious parts) but it was great because everyone loves TMNT. I think it's a great movie for college kids to relive. Through a comment on my blog I ran into this guy's blog who has made a bunch of nifty Google Hacks. One of the cooler ones allow you to put in some words, and then it'll complete your thought by searching for its occurance on Google and finding words that follow it. Another one allow syou to visualize your poetry by searching for images matching your words. One that I was impressed by can tell you the color of the word you enter.

Moving right along, you can now check out your search history in Google in case you're a scatterbrain like me and forget things that you were thinking about moments ago very easily. Of course you need a Google account, but they're free anyway and worth it for all the stuff you get with it. Toshiba and Sony have decided to hold hands and prance about in a field of lilies to create a unified next-generation DVD format. This is great news for us, but the big concern for them is going to be time; particularly for the development of the PS3. Since the possibilities of using the PC as a media center as well has intrigued me I thought I'd mention this article describing all the current ways you could go with purchasing a computer to watch TV and listen to the radio and other such things. The big plus with that is being able to record shows off your computer rather than having to buy a Tivo or messing with a VCR. A hot topic in computing in recent years has been security, and an even hotter issue is identity theft. The next wave of security measures could be utilizing biometrics and voice input to verify ID over the phone and even on a card itself. Now that would be pretty sweet. And lastly, there's an opinion floating around that the recent purchase of Macromedia by Adobe was due to a desire to beat Microsoft to it. And I thought I had friends in high school who were paranoid.

There's not a whole lot of great movie news today. An early review of Will Ferrell's Kicking and Screaming suggests that the movie is unfortunately not anything to get worked up about. Anchorman can only carry his name for so long. Apparently Wesley Snipes has a side none of us have seen because he's gone all crazy and is suing New Line Cinema for everything from racism to director choice on Blade III. I can't see him winning it, but who knows. And hopefully Sarah Michelle Gellar has a side we don't know about because she's going to be a porn start in Southland Tales, which now has a plot. It's set in the near future in L.A. and features an action star with amnesia (The Rock) and a cop (Sean William Scott) with the key to some sort of conspiracy among other characters backed by awesome actors. Richard Kelly is really going all out on this one with his plan for publicizing it so hopefully it turns out well. Mike White, writer of a couple of seemingly college kid targetted flicks, is working on a movie now with the Napolean Dynamite director that will feature Jack Black as a guy who wrestles to raise money for a Mexican orphanage. The movie could go either way, but of course I hope it'll be good. I've mentioned the Adam Sandler comedy Click quite a few times before because it sounds kinda neat and it will now feature not only David Hasselhoff (who's a huge star in Germany supposedly) but also Kate Beckinsale. This movie just gets curiouser and curiouser. And lastly, there are a couple of interviews of note. IGN managed to nab an interview with Kung Fu Hustle star Stephen Chow and they also spoke a bit with the stars of A Lot Like Love.

Now for a couple of last notes. In an extremely atrocious move, Microsoft has pulled support for a pro-gay rights bill that it had previously supported. Why? Because of one close-minded minister. If this legislation fails I will work for Google and do whatever it takes to screw over Microsoft royally I'm so mad at them. Read that post and you'll see why. The other thing I wanted to mention is quite a bit happier. IGN put up a feature on the 10 best looking games on the PS2. This is what numero uno looks like:

Now that's detailed

Now for some Thursday Threesome action:

Onesome: Domain--Hypothetically, if you could own any domain name you wanted, what would it be and why?
It would have to be www.clownpenis.fart. I only say that because of that hilarious SNL skit where they talk about the investment firm and it's totally serious and classy, and then they give that URL with totally straight faces. Brilliant.

Twosome: Name-- Are you called by something other than your legal name? If not, have you ever had a nickname? Or done something weird with your name, to try and stand out? Like an odd spelling or a slightly different pronunciation? Or just flat out wanted to change your name? To what?
Not usually. My economics teacher used to call me Easy E, which I liked (as you can tell below every post), and another friend of mine called me E (this is before The Incredibles) because she thought it sounded cool. Another friend has done something weird: he calls me Elt sometimes to invent a true nickname for me, but thankfully it never really stuck. I like my name personally, but some of my friends prefer my middle name: Victor.

Threesome: Renewal--Do you have any magazine or other subscription that is an absolute 'must renew' whenever you get the notice?
I just started getting Popular Science and now it's a must-renew. It's quite informative and well-written so don't think it's just for nerds or anything. It has really cool stuff in there.

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