Friday, March 10, 2006

Movies on Amazon

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I promise that that'll be the last Freddy picture in a while, but I just had to put it up. Why? Because I took it on my new Canon PowerShot SD 450 (which was waiting for me when I arrived) with the Sepia filter and I was stunned with how well it came out. I'll probably put up a full review of the camera next week, but I need to play around with it some more. It's more gorgeous than in its pictures though. I was also excited to get more information on what I'll be doing this summer at TI from my future boss, and it sounds like a lot of fun but way too technical to talk about here. Anyway, I bought my camera from for two reasons: they're reliable and they had the best deal. Would the same translate into the online rental of movies? As I mentioned yesterday, Movielink has a similar service, so why would Amazon want to compete? Because they plan on offering ways for you to hold on to the movie and even burn it to DVD. We're thin on details right now, but we know that they've been working with multiple studios. I think that this market is young enough that Amazon could either kick everyone's butt or fall hard, and given their financial muscle I'm going to bet on the former. Plus, they're super badass for getting my camera to me in under a week with free super save shipping. Very impressive!

There are a few Apple-relate articles. One of them points out how television would not have come to the Internet without Steve Jobs strongarming them, and now they're all the better for it. So what's the next step for the big guy? Well there must be some bigger Macs coming out though at their 30th anniversary extravaganza since they've killed off the 20" iMac G5. That can only mean that they're needing to shift their resources to Intel-based machines, and most likely of that size. Sadly, they're not looking to support Vista on these computers though since only the 64-bit Vista will support the EFI BIOS that Mac OS X is based on, and yet the new Macs are on 32-bit chips. In fact, none of the initial versions will support EFI. Why wouldn't Microsoft want to make it easier for Mac users to get into Windows? IGN got a hold of a Nintendo Revolution Dev Kit, and it looks like they're trying to make it easier for former GameCube developers to take full advantage of the extended hardware, which is a much better approach, in my opinion, to the convoluted stuff inside the PS3 and Xbox 360. It all comes down to sales though in the end, I suppose. Lastly, IGN gave Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence a 9.8, which is the highest score I've seen them give out in a long while so if you have a PS2 then you really need to get this game (I know I'll be picking it up at the end of this semester).

Just a few movie items today. If you're really keen on Casino Royale then there are multiple on-set videos with interviews for you to gawk at, but I'm just waiting for a teaser trailer myself. Crazy Hunters amassed a bunch of X3 pictures from the latest trailer, and they look good but nothing we haven't seen before. The only other thing is that Grind House has been delayed a couple of months to December 1, which isn't a big surprise considering that they just started filming in late January and both Tarantino and Rodriguez have stuff currently on the backburner that they're surely trying to do pre-production for on the side. As long as it turns out well I have no problem waiting on it, and neither should the rest of you!

Now for Friday's Feast:

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how intuitive do you think you are?

I'd say about an 8 or so. I tend to follow my intuition a lot, and if I ever go against it on tests I usually end up wrong, so I try to follow it.

What is your favorite kind of gum?

I don't chew gum much anymore, but I used to love Bubblicious! It lasted so long and it was just packed with flavor.

Name a CD you own that you would never get rid of.

I would never part with any of my Coldplay albums, but if I had to name one I'd probably go with X & Y. Honorable mention goes to my Greatest Hits CD for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Main Course
When was the last time you said something you didn't mean?

I got mad at my mother last week and told her that I should just take out a loan on my tuition, but in reality I would hate having that hanging over my head. It was just a financial squabble, and I later regretted saying it, but she seems to have forgotten about it now so I'm not going to remind her of it!

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