Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Let the Wild Speculation Begin!

My Diffy Q test today was a little tougher than I thought, but I can't imagine having gotten any lower than a B on it (though I'm hoping for an A, of course). I didn't skip any questions and I even corrected mistakes while checking my work so that's comforting to have caught them. Since I still have to face my Computer Architecture test on Thursday and a project due Friday, I'm going to plow as fast as I can through this post so bear with me. The topic of today's post was inspired by a comment on a short announcement from Apple that they would be hosting a special event on Tuesday, February 28 at 9:00 AM (which I presume would mean 11:00 AM CST). This is still over a month in advance of their anniversary so I wouldn't expect anything too extravagant, but I'm sure that it'll help set up whatever their next big thing is. Following up on the MacWorld Expo, most people who preordered their MacBook Pros have been receiving them and the box looks like this. The packaging is simple and clever as always, and it makes me insanely jealous. Don't get me wrong, my current computer is great, but it's huge. Also, some people are claiming that the iMac gets really good power consumption figures, as low as 80-85 watts in typical usage and around 95 watts at peak (including the monitor). It won't be long until we find out about the MacBook Pro power consumption.

I didn't really address the main topic all that well though, huh? Someone has made the claim that Apple will have programmable LCD keys on their laptops by next January, and I assume that they have an anonymous insider feeding them this information. I guess in the end, speculation is just gossip. Still, I think we all just like to dream of what could and should be. A vulnerability in Safari has been exposed, hot on the tracks of a Mac virus from last week, and it makes me wonder if these are the first of many woes for Mac users since they've been so cocky for so long about security? EA has decided to drop the pricing on some of their new current generation games to $40 (namely, The Godfather and Black), which I think is pretty awesome. I think I may actually buy some greatest hits (Devil May Cry 3 and Metal Gear Solid 3) for the summer break since for the first time in two years, I won't have homework to do! Now I can get new EA games to boot. Lastly, 1up has put up a great little feature on what we love (and a few reasons why we are annoyed with) The Legend of Zelda in honor of its 20 year anniversary. It is definitely one of the five best video game franchises ever and anyone who doesn't like it is a loon.

Click to enlargeOh Keira Knightly, why do you tease us so with your seductive glances? That's one of a couple of character posters from Pirates of the Caribbean 2, and there's actually another regular poster for the movie (which I could've sworn I've seen before) over at IGN. If that isn't enough media for you, then IGN also nabbed a lot of pictures from V for Vendetta, and they're just there to remind you that this movie will, in all likelihood, kick some major butt. We're hoping that Indiana Jones 4 will rock our world as well, which has been made all the more likely due to word that it will be Spielberg's next project with production beginning later this year, and I believe that Jurassic Park IV will follow that. This should really be the final Indiana Jones film (unless they decide to do prequels), because Harrison Ford is just getting too old. Lastly, Liv Tyler and Jada Pinket-Smith will be joining Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle for a movie called Reign O'er Me in which Sandler's character has lost his entire family in 9/11 and he's just coping with it. It's going to be hard to see Sandler is a serious role, but I hope he does well with it.

Now for the Tuesday Twosome meme:

1. Do you have a collection of anything? If so, of what?
Other than music CDs and DVDs, not really. Neither of those collections are especially extensive, but I do like being able to listen/watch them whenever I want since I love all of them. I used to collect pennies, but I only do that casually now.

2. What is your favourite book? How many times have you read it?
My favorite book is Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, but I've only read it like four times because I've been trying to read more Stephen King (and failing miserably). I may read it again this summer.

3. Do you usually prefer books or movies?
In general: movies, just because it forces me to finish it off in one sitting. I usually separate out book readings, and so I tend to get confused. As for books that become movies though, the book is almost always better.

4. Do you tend to believe immediately what people tell you or are you cautious?
I'm usually pretty cautious, unless it's someone extremely trustworthy (as in my brother or my parents). I prefer to not just be an unknowing sheep, though sometimes my brain is fried that I just succumb to being completely gullible.

5. Where do you get your news information (TV, newspaper, internet) and why?
I get most of my news from the Internet and the Daily Texan. The former because it makes blogging easier, and the latter because it's free and fun to read on the bus. The television media is typically too biased to my taste, but I am partial to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

1 comment:

LizzieDaisy said...

Okay, so I ran their little test and of course I'm vulnerable. I turned off the auto open, but what if I want to open it? There's no fix for this virus yet? What's the hold up? Pisser. And who the heck is designing mac viruses anyhoo... don't they know this is not allowed?! :)