Freezing my ass off in Central Washington on this cold and dreary Bullet Sunday. I guess it's time to pull the blankets out of storage.
• Mean. For anybody who cares, yesterday's entry about mean people sucking was not because somebody was mean to me... it was because I saw some total douchebag be mean to somebody else. I didn't even know the person, but watching them visibly deflate because of such unwarranted cruelty was too much to take.
• Mac. Speaking of mean... Apple's new-found success is causing them to be a little mean and more than a little cocky. First of all, Leopard's icon for any PC's on your network is a piece-of-junk CRT monitor showing the "Windows Blue Screen of Death". It's built right into the operating system...
And now, the latest batch of Get-A-Mac ads are borderline-cruel in making fun of all the people (like me) who have dumped Windows Vista and downgraded back to Windows XP because it sucks less...
Ordinarily I would find these things funny (because the truth always is), but I can't help but think that this new attitude is going to come back and bite Apple in the ass. When they were an underdog, it was semi-forgivable. But now that Leopard is a run-away hit, Mac sales are growing more every day, the iPod has taken the world by storm, and the iPhone is kicking ass... well, the only thing people like more than an underdog coming out on top is watching them fall. Somebody should remind Apple about this before things go too far.
• Blu-Ray. I have finally chosen sides in the Hi-Def DVD war and, for me, it's Blu-Ray over HD-DVD. It all came down to one thing: Ratatouille is only available on Blu-Ray. This animated masterpiece by über-director Brad Bird (of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles fame) simply begs to be seen in hi-def. I can't imagine buying such a sublimely beautiful film in "regular" DVD, so it was finally time to bite the bullet...
• South Park. Once again, South Park is riding on the edge of pop culture by spoofing on Guitar Hero. Just when I think that the show can't possibly continue to be relevant after 11 years, they find some way to prove me wrong. Frickin' hilarious...
• Cinema. Is it just me, or are there no really good movies in the pipeline? Now that I think about it, the only really good movie I saw in recent memory was Ratatouille back in June. Transformers (the last movie I saw) wasn't too bad, but that was back in July. And now what have we got? Love in the Time of Cholera? Really? Give me a break. I liked The Golden Compass as a series of books, so maybe it won't suck too bad when it's released on December 7th. And then the 21st of December sees the release of a National Treasure sequel and Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd... both of which might be worth a look, but I hardly think my socks will be blown off. Here's hoping the mysterious "Cloverfield" project will live up to the hype come January 18th, because Batman: The Dark Knight won't hit until next summer.
Anyway... adding my thanks to those who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces this Veteran's Day.
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we actually just bought guitar hero yesterday. I don’t want to say its because of south park, but that definitely got my boyfriend thinking more about it.
First off, I’d agree with you on the “cocky” for the icon that Apple chose to represent the Windows PCs on the network in Leopard. It’s not that it goes too far… it’s that even though it crashes less often, Mac OS X is still software vulnerable to glitches.
The latest round of Mac ads are pretty funny. And they do a considerable amount of poking at Vista. But even with all of the cool new stuff from Apple in the last few months, the percentage of Mac users vs. Windows users is still pretty lopsided, with Macs still in the single digits of market share. Until Macs have a nice solid double-digit percentage, I think it’s still cool to pick on the big guy.
Blu-Ray… what player do you have? Just bought ours a couple months ago (PS3) and picked up Ratatoullie this past week. It’s brilliant and wouldn’t own it on anything less than Blu-Ray.
Ratatouille is hilarious and just a plain great movie. Our whole family loves it. We don’t have HD so we just watch it on normal DVD and we’re pretty well blown away by it every time.
Another good one is Meet the Robinsons, but I’d have to say my favorite thing about that animated flick is the music – Danny Elfman did just about ALL the music in that one and boy does it show.
I can’t wait to see that episode of South Park. We still haven’t picked up GH-III but it’s a planned XMAS present for the family.
As a veteran, I thank you for your support.
You forgot “Dan in real life”. I just got back from watching it. Really good movie.
That south park episode was great. The tourrettes episode still wins.
I havent yet decided as to which format to go with. I’m currently leaning towards hd-dvd as its currently cheaper, and thats the format that The Transformers came out on.
Ratatouille is beautiful ! So beautiful ! 😉
Hitman comes out soon. I’m looking forward to that.
I’m not sure if you’re a Wes Anderson type of fellow, but the Darjeeling Limited was quite funny
you provide an Excellent point re: blue ray/hd but
re-mastered star treks are only coming out in HD/DVD combo. >__
Hmm… I don’t know. Those commercials are still pretty funny.
i just watched the Guitar Queer-o episode last night. it was freakin SWEET!
I really wanna go with Blu-ray, just to thumb my nose @ Microsoft (who totally hosed the UI on my DVR), but I’m waiting to see where the studios go. And I’m hoping the studios have some sleepers in the Christmas lineup.
I was all about the hype for ‘Cloverfield’ but my enthusiasm has totally gone now I’ve seen that we in the backwards UK are not going to get it until Feb 2nd, by which time whatever the kerfuffle is about will have been discussed on every unavoidable website from here to…over there.
I could, I suppose, disconnect from the net, turn the TV off and hide in a box for the two weeks but… ARRRGGGGHHHH, what’s wrong with a worldwide release?! Sigh.
Oh, come on now dude – you’re more excited about Sweeney Todd than that! You’ve just forgotten. Sing with me a bit and you’ll remember how cool it’s going to be:
“Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd.
His skin was pale and his eye was odd.
He shaved the faces of gentlemen
Who never thereafter were heard of again.
He trod a path that few have trod,
Did Sweeney Todd,
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
*Whoo-hooo!* See! See. Don’t you feel better?
I saw Semi-Pro teased yesterday. It’s Will Ferrell’s new movie.
There wasn’t much to the preview, but it’s nice to know he’s got something new on the way.
Re: movies in the pipeline: The Golden Compass intrigues me. You might want to give it a shot.
Yeah, the Christmas movie season seems to be the weakest in a while.
I only have regular DVD’s. I really don’t want to redo my video collection… again.
Ooh yay! Ratatouille on DVD. Thanks for the heads up.
I just saw Lars and the Real Girl. Charming. Funny. Sad. Gentle. A little magical realism. You might want to give it a try. Next I’m looking forward to Enchanted.
I enjoy your blog. I hope Apple is reading your critique of Leopard.