Lucas: Finally got around to watching the Star Wars Trilogy DVD set in-between my marathon work sessions, and am still amazed at how Lucas could have created such genius in the original Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back, only to completely flush the franchise down the toilet with the inane Return of the Jedi and horrifyingly bad prequels. Diminishing Star Wars to a series of burp and fart jokes that's riddled with insipid characters like "Ewoks" and "Jar Jar Binks" so you can sell more toys to the kiddies is about as lame as lame gets. The changes he made to Episodes IV and V are upsetting, but whatever. I don't give a crap about the changes he made to any of the other films, because they all suck. Still, if you're a Star Wars geek, the set is well worth picking up (but then you probably knew that).
Empire: Is not The Empire Strikes Back one of the most perfect action-adventure flicks ever?
Kryptonite: Some idiot in Toronto is organizing a TWO HUNDRED MILLION FREAKIN' DOLLARS lawsuit against Kryptonite, the lock makers, because the cylindrical locks they manufacture are easily defeated by using a Bic pen. It's disturbing to know that America's sue-happy mentality is infecting other countries. I own a Kryptonite lock for my motorcycle. Am I upset that the lock can be so easily picked open? Yes. Am I pissed off that Kryptonite has known about this failing for a decade and chose to ignore it? Sure. But do I think the company should be sued for TWO HUNDRED MILLION FREAKIN' DOLLARS when they have volunteered to contact all registered customers and exchange the locks free of charge? No way! I mean, come on! If your bike was stolen because your Kryptonite lock was defeated, then YES... by all means sue the bastards! But if you've not been a victim of their incompetence, what right do you have to sue them? Just exchange your busted lock for a free new one and shut up. The millions of dollars Kryptonite is already going to have to pay to fix the situation is punishment enough for their stupidity. I mean, TWO HUNDRED MILLION FREAKIN' DOLLARS?!? f#@%ing lawyer ass-hats.
Panasonishit: Panasonic just called to sell me an extended warranty on the piece-of-crap DVD recorder I bought. I felt compelled to ask the saleslady why in the heck I would buy an extended warranty for the junk when it has never worked properly and Panasonic hasn't been able to fix it? Nothing I have ever bought from this company has worked right. Not my VCR. Not my Phone. Definitely not my DVD recorder. Panasonic gear is crap, and the fact that they don't support their customers when it fails makes Panasonic a shitty company that will NEVER get another penny of my money.
Mars: The new television season is pretty bad, but I happened across a show called Veronica Mars that took me by surprise. Then I saw it was created by Rob Thomas and understood why it was good... he's the brilliant mind behind the greatest TV show of all time: Cupid. Only the stupid bastards at ABC would cancel such brilliance. Yargh!
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What!? How can you not like Panasonic? All my Panasonic products have been exceptional. For instance, I have a microwave made in 1978 that still works like it’s brand new, my cordless phone gets reception a quarter mile down the street, and I have a projection TV that hiccuped only once due to transit damage and was immediately repaired by a friendly and professional technician right in my home.
I’m shocked that you have had such horrible experiences with them.
Oh well—I stereotyped Mac users about five minutes ago, so we’re even on hating* companies the other likes I suppose…
*I don’t really hate Apple. I just don’t like them. Much.
In theory, I like Panasonic products. But every one I’ve purchased has turned out to be crap. My SVHS VCR would play “normal” VHS fine, but had serious tracking issues with SVHS (which is why I bought it!). I took it in for repair THREE TIME, but every time it came back still broken. Finally, the warranty expired and Panasonic wouldn’t fix it anymore so I had to toss it.
My Panasonic phone had to be exchanged twice because it would suddenly get stuck with an error code and be completely useless. Panasonic could never explain what the error was, nor how to fix it. I finally had to exchange for a cheaper model and didn’t even get a refund for the price difference!
The DVD recorder has never worked. Panasonic kept blaming it on the brand of DVD-R. Before they would even look at it, they had me buy $100 worth of DVD-Rs in different brands, all of which were ruined. Finally they took the unit, determined it was their problem, but didn’t reimburse me for the wasted DVDs or the shipping charges to send it to them. When it came back, it STILL didn’t work properly. Having learned my lesson with the VCR, I just decided to give up and blame myself for having wasted $700 on Panasonic crap again.
I’m surprised you’ve had quality problems with the Mac. It’s been my experience that Apple products are fairly high quality, and I’ve never had a problem in the 15 years I’ve been buying their stuff.