Einstein it is not…

September 13, 2008 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Music | 1 Comment
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The new iTunes (besides crippling my Airtunes capabilities) has added a new “Genius” feature. The idea being that it will look at what you’re listening to and make recommendations on other music you may like. iTunes has always had some manner of this functionality, but apparently they’ve upgraded it.

Beware.

As I am still in the gestation period of this blog, I will again re-post an old entry of mine.

People in Planes – As Far as the Eye Can See


  

iTunes told me that if I liked “Bloc Party,” then I would love “People in Planes”…which is akin to someone asking you if you like blowjobs, and then punching you in the testicles instead.

SURE, you can argue that both actions produce a sensation in the same general AREA, but I would hardly call the two analagous.

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In the time before Facebook…

September 13, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Travel | Leave a comment
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…I used to blog on the MySpace. This was before MySpace turned into one giant, obnoxious banner-ad. Punch the Monkey!

Having since made the move to Facebook, I find myself missing the blogging capability. I’ve joined wordpress and am working on getting that to import to my Facebook page…

Since this is more of an experiment than a content generator at this point, I’m simply going to re-post an old blog to see if this works. Enjoy.

Lost in translation…

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, and today I find myself sick and at home with some time on my hands.

When Denise and I were in Thailand, it was not unusual for a guy to come up to you in the street and offer to sell you DVD’s for about $2 a piece. If you agreed, you were shuffled down a back alley and directed through a false wall (not kidding here) into what I like to describe as the MPAA’s worst nightmare.

Every movie you could imagine is available there, and every pirated DVD store is FULL of American tourists buying these things.

Anyway – if you’re looking for a movie that’s out on DVD already, the cover will match what you would normally find on Best Buy’s store shelves – I imagine that they just photocopy it.

If, however, you’re looking for a movie that is currently out in theatres (and not yet on DVD), well, the pirates had to get a little creative there. I suspect that they looked at some existing American DVD covers that they had, and just tried to ape those.

Movie title? Check.
Picture of the stars? Check.
Description of the movie? Check.
Blurb about special features? Check.

Now…what are we missing. Oh yeah! The obligitory “I loved this movie!” movie quote from some random critic. See below, here’s the actual scan of the movie cover that I brought home –

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“The comedy is obvious and flat while the drama is stale!” How did this happen? Can we assume that whoever was in charge of forging this cover doesn’t speak english? Or do you think that this was intentional?

This is comedy GOLD, people. Oh how I wish real DVD covers actually displayed this level of candor.

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