Friday, January 26, 2007

We have found a witch. May we burn her?

Oh Monty Python, you slay me. Anyway, I had a lot of fun at Copa last night (despite my big blister)! (This isn't even half the of us who went, though)

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Unfortunately, I found out today that my backup plan for the summer has kind of fallen through, which leaves me in a bad situation. Still, I suppose there are plenty of interview opportunities still available. If you're a cool company reading this, please contact me! Anyway, moving right along. Aside from the Holy Grail reference, my title did have a point. A Connecticut substitute teacher's computer was infested with spyware and adware, and so a few of her 7th grade kids gathered around a computer when she was away from it only for her to find out that they were faced with hardcore pornography ads. She was arrested for risking injury to a minor and faces FORTY years in prison, if convicted. That's practically the rest of her life (or at least the part worth living). And why? Because some 13 year-old kids were curious enough to look at a screwed up computer without her permission. First of all, how many 13 year-olds don't already know about this stuff? My friends made me well aware of it, and that was well before society became so inundated with sex and the Internet was such a glowing resource for that kind of stuff. Secondly, how is she responsible? It's hard to keep track of every kid in a classroom, especially in the middle school age group. And how does seeing a little nudity warrant 40 years in prison? Anyway, it's pretty bogus, and it looks like they just want to burn someone to make themselves feel more superior. Just like in Monty Python, they're nimrods bent on screwing someone over, despite what faulty logic it may entail to do so.

You know how everyone thought that iPhone was ridiculously expensive since their price for it was with a phone plan? Well, it turns out that Apple isn't taking any sort of subsidy from AT&T because they don't want to lose pricing control (especially should they release an iPod-only version of the iPhone). So you'd think that they'd give you a break for switching to them, right? Not so, the rumor I divulged yesterday has been confirmed as false. It was a pretty weak rumor to begin with, but it doesn't really help the financial case for the iPhone. Just to reiterate, by the way, the iPhone profit margin is not as high as Gizmodo would have you believe because there are so many costs that they haven't taken into account. If you're away from home a lot and miss your music then you may want to look into Avvenu for streaming music from your iTunes library. I'd use it if I didn't spend most of time away from home busy on campus as it is. I'd use it if I had a job, I think. If you use Firefox, this is a cool add-on to fix your URLs for you automatically when you make a common mistake. I tested it out a bit and it works pretty well. Lastly, if you're a web development fiend, then you'll appreciate this well-compiled list of tutorials for various technologies (minus Ruby, curiously).

Allow me to start off here with the worst trailer I've seen in a good while for a movie called Delta Farce. Not only does this movie look horrible, but I think I'm stupider for having actually watched the trailer. The Rush Hour 3 teaser trailer was slightly better, but doesn't really instill confidence in me regarding the movie being funny. What really blew me away though was the trailer for 1408, a movie based on a Stephen King novel about a haunted room in a hotel. This may be the first Stephen King-based movie to go right in a long while, I just think that they gave away way too much information in the trailer (I think I know how it ends now). Watch the trailer at your own risk. The trailer for Angel-A is probably better because it looks like a real interesting movie from a director lots of people love, but I'm still more interested in 1408. Maybe because the movie is in French? If you're dying for more multimedia, I just discovered some cool 18+ scenes at the Smokin Aces site that's worth watching (I think, at least). It looks like 300 will be the first movie of the year to be released in IMAX theaters across the nation, but I'm not sure if I'll be around an IMAX theater when it's released. I may drive to Houston just to see it in IMAX though because it looks so awesome. Lastly, IGN dug up some Bridge to Terabithia that make it look a little more kiddie than I would've preferred. That doesn't mean it can't be a really good movie though.

Now for the Friday's Feast meme:

If you could take lessons to learn any musical instrument, which would you want to learn?

Probably electric guitar at this point.

Have you ever mistaken a person for someone else?

At least once every couple of months. I'm usually pretty good about identifying people from their backs, but not always.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how well do you keep secrets?

Probably an 8 or 9. I'm pretty loath to reveal a secret, no matter how much I may want to.

Main Course
What's the closest you've ever been to a dangerous animal?

Just a really creepy stray dog in India many years ago, I believe.

When was the last time you lost your patience?

I'm not actually sure. Probably with my mom back in Houston though towards the end of the break when she was starting to drive me nuts.


JennYfer said...


You've been to India? Wait, you weren't born there were you? I thought you were born in the states.

Anyway, Copa WAS fun! Thanks for getting me to go!

amy said...

My brother has been to INdia several times. I enjoyed your feast..Thanks