It has been a few days since I've mentioned the Xbox 360, so I thought I'd come back with the Japanese response to the launch: very weak. Many retailers didn't come close to selling out in the first couple of hours they had it, and I think that the Japanese gaming community is waiting for the RPGs they know companies like Square will produce for the PS3. Flash memory has been an exciting thing in technology this past year, and top computer manufacturers are working on hybrid hard drives for a computer that incorporate a small amount of memory on flash to dramatically reduce power consumption and start-up time. This is really good news for laptop users, but my concern is the limit on the amount of erasures on flash memory. A group of former Google employees have started a blog about their experiences there opening a window into programming practices and office life. It's actually much more positive than negative, and I feel that they're actually relatively unbiased given that they no longer work there. The last thing I have to plug is this fantastic blog post about the dirty laundry associated with dating a software developer. I don't think I'm this extreme, but I know that a lot of programmers are so watch out ladies!
As most people expected, The Chronicles of Narnia opened at #1 this weekend with an impressive $67.1 million, but given its lackluster reviews I can almost guarantee a significant drop next weekend. It will definitely get trumped by King Kong, which I presume will make more than that and has been getting spectacular reviews (not a single negative one from the big boys). Syriana ended up beating out Harry Potter for the #2 spot with $12 million, but I'm sure that it'll drop next weekend by a lot also. Memoirs of a Geisha isn't in the top 10 yet because it has opened in very few theaters (wide release is December 23), but it garnered an impressive $84k per theater it did open in. The only other movie news today is not very good: Richard Pryor died of cardiac arrest yesterday morning at the age of 65. His mark on comedy is forever indelible and I think that any person who has a sense of humor is going to miss him.
Now for some Unconscious Mutterings:
I say ... and you think ... ?
- Carrying::A baby
- Oh!::Vocative (it's a case in Latin)
- Karen::Pinto (I wonder if she's reading this)
Off I go to the ACM holiday party (hence the earliness of the post). Good luck to those of you who are just starting to study for finals!