Friday, September 16, 2005

The Curse of Kai-Fu

Two thoughts before I get started. I've decided that I agree with everyone else: Wal-Mart sucks. I had to buy some NSC stuff from there and it's in the middle of nowhere first of all, and second of all their product selection is pretty craptacular. They also gave me a harder time than I thought with tax exemption. At least I got cheap gas there though ($2.61/gal). Second thought: it feels good when you've finished cooking. I made some egg curry and I must say that it came out pretty alright for a first effort at making it. It was also the first meal I cooked from scratch at my new place. The way home from Randalls made me feel pretty homey in Far West because this whole area is so nice and residential. Anyway, let me briefly discuss the main topic. This article doesn't say what my topic says, but it helps prove my point. The whole tiff with the former employee has drawn a lot of negative attention, and it's more than just one defection. People are now realizing a trend of M$ maintaining their empire rather that innovating, and that's really hurting them. It's no wonder why more people are switching to Google. If one company is stuck in the same place and the other one encourages you to delve into new ideas and you just came out of college, which would you want? They can definitely fix the situation, but do they really want to change their paradigm?

Click to enlargeTake a good your future. Just kidding, that controller is not going to impress gamers more than the Xbox 360 or PS3, but Nintendo seems to like it. It definitely sounds cool to use it as a wand, but more as a 3rd party peripheral than as a primary controller. Poor Nintendo, they're just taking too many risks at once with the Revolution. Macworld has an analysis up about why Apple chose Intel over AMD, and I think it's pretty dead-on to assume that it was the issue of low-voltage chips. If they want to revitalize their line of laptops, they definitely need them to last longer. Lastly, ZDNet has some figures regarding Firefox security vulnerabilities showing that the true test may be just around the bend for the IE rival. As more holes are found will they handle them better than M$ does with theirs or will they fall into a similar trap and, hence, lose some of their sex appeal? Stay tuned for more, kiddos.

I know that there was a must-see Harry Potter trailer yesterday, but another one has come online now from the UK. It has more cool footage from the movie, but it's a little more confusing plot-wise. AICN nabbed a great review for Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (from Chan-Wook Park of Oldboy fame), and though he can't say much given the number of spoilers in this series it does sound like it's just as good as the first one in the revenge trilogy. The dude who joined the Casino Royale project to fix up the script (Paul Haggis) spoke a little about how the style will be closer to Dr. No and the excitement of dealing with a younger Bond, so hopefully the screenplay turns out well. IGN has a little interview with Johnny Depp in which he talks a little bit about Corpse Bride, and it sounds like Tim Burton really had a clear vision for the movie (as always, I suppose). Lastly, if you're a Richard Kelly fan like me I'm sure that any Southland Tales news will entice you so here's some on-set pictures of Sarah Michelle Gellar as a porn star.

Here's Friday's Feast:

Do your closer friends tend to be male or female? Why do you think that is?

I tend to be closer to my female friends, but my closer friends in general are men. It's probably because it's easier for meet guys since there's no intimidation factor or sexual tension (between me and her, not her and me).

If you could wake up tomorrow with a new talent, what would it be?

To talk normally like everyone else does!

Name a household cleaning item that you would recommend to others.

That Mean Green stuff. It's really pretty tough on stains and it's available at most dollar stores.

Main Course
What do you strive for in life?

Fulfillment, really. Sometimes it's pretty hectic, but most things are just means to an end. As long as I have some fun along the way I'm a happy camper.

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how funny do you consider yourself?

I'd say a 6 or 7, maybe. Certain people find me funnier than others. In my defense, I have a very good sense of humor.

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