Archive for February 8, 2008

The Quote From Hell

February 8, 2008

Understanding the Gospel According to Huckabee

“Half of Americans can’t name any of the four Gospels, and that includes the Christians,” Prothero says. “And half don’t know that Genesis is the first book of the Bible. Those are much easier questions than things like, you know, ‘What’s the loaves and the fishes story?'”

I am … speechless.

NBC’s Jeff Zucker Sees Post-TV TV And Reacts

February 8, 2008

But… but… it makes no sense! I have Deal or No Deal — URGGHHH!

You. Can’t. Make. This. Up.

February 8, 2008

It’s like … staring into the abyss … at the end of the world … at the end of all sanity …

Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick with mother fucking Chocolate Chips

That was the source. I thought it had to be a joke.

It’s not.

What If The iPhone/Touch SDK Is Delayed?

February 8, 2008

I’ve nicknamed the SDK for the iPhone and iPod Touch the “iSDK.”

At the article, What happens AFTER Apple releases the SDK — smooth sailing or traffic jam?, there are some interesting points of speculation about the iSDK.

One of these is:

5. Apple tells us it needs more time and delays the SDK for a little while until they get it just right.

My own speculation is that Apple has trimmed Touch and iPhone manufacturing orders because they expect a new Apple product to cannibalize those sales.

But what if it’s really because they expect a drop in sales due to a delayed iSDK?

That would make sense too.

I know there are many, for example, Treo owners out there who haven’t jumped to iPhones because they want third-party apps to appear first. They want the assurance that they won’t lose, for instance, certain PIM capabilities. Or they are using their Treos with a word processing program and are waiting to see if the iPhone will offer/can do that.

If the iSDK is delayed, those potential sales will remain that. Hence, no need to build an inventory for additional projected sales that aren’t going to happen yet.

And let’s be clear here: This affects the Touch too. Because there are Palm PDA owners out there who would also likely switch to the Touch. They don’t need a new cellphone because they already have one. Most likely it’s a dumbphone. And most likely they fear a converged device such as the iPhone (and even the Treo) because they don’t want to use up battery life with non-voice phone use.

So it may very well be that the end of this month will unveil nothing more than the latest revision of MacBooks.

But try as I might, I just can’t believe that.

Apple would have to do something startling and revolutionary to warrant a full-scale press event for a refresh of their notebook line.

I still believe we will see the iPod Air unveiled. And with that happening, I can’t see the iSDK release languishing for several more months. A delayed iSDK would overshadow the excitement of a new product. The press would jump all over the omission: “Hey, new iPod Air. But so what? There won’t be anything new to run on it for X more months. So right now it’s nothing but a bigger iPod. Yawn!”

I don’t think Steve Jobs would permit that.

Do you?

More About Dubai

February 8, 2008

This place just gets even more pathetic with every passing day:

Travellers who ‘smuggle’ poppy seeds face Dubai jail

Britons heading to the United Arab Emirates have been warned that carrying some foodstuffs and common over-the-counter medications could warrant a four-year prison sentence.

Among the banned substances are foods containing poppy seeds; melatonin, which is taken to ease the effects of jetlag; codeine, a common ingredient in pain relief medication, and any trace of drugs such as cannabis, however small.

The warning was issued by the charity Fair Trials International, which assists people facing trials abroad, following a spate of arrests of visitors to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The charity’s chief executive Catherine Wolthuizen said: “We even have reports of the imprisonment of a Swiss man for ‘possession’ of three poppy seeds on his clothing after he ate a bread roll at Heathrow.”

Emphasis added by me.

Dubai sounds like my kind of police force!

Previously here:
Dubai: Don’t Go There, Ever!
Dubai’s Been Busy
Let Dubai Know You Are Not Pleased
Reference: Dubai, The Enemy
Reference: Dubai

The L Word

February 8, 2008

Get your mind out of that gutter.

The L word is Leprosy.

And it’s here in America.

Bingham says without cooperation, leprosy, which has no vaccine, and is transmitted through the air, will spread, and could easily become an epidemic. “People absolutely should be concerned. What I’m afraid of, is when people start thinking about it enough, it will already be out of control.”

Update: 2/10/08: Arkansas Dept of Health dismisses epidemic fear.

Dubai: Don’t Go There, Ever!

February 8, 2008


It turns out that while I wasn’t looking anywhere else, the story of that young guy falsely arrested and imprisoned in Dubai has been going places in the mainstream media.

So, I haven’t been the only one who’s kept it in mind.

There’s an overview of coverage here, from which you can click through to other places with more details.

It’s far too late for Dubai to repair the damage it’s done to itself. I’ll never go there and will dissuade anyone who mentions going there.

And I’ve just checked my email. No, Dubai hasn’t replied. Embarrassment? I think smugness.

Previously here:
Dubai’s Been Busy
Let Dubai Know You Are Not Pleased
Reference: Dubai, The Enemy
Reference: Dubai

Thank You, Heath Ledger

February 8, 2008

I came across a film called Two Hands, from Australia.


It starred Heath Ledger, so I decided to watch it.


It was one of the most brilliant films I’ve ever seen.


Written and directed by Gregor Jordan, it’s what movies used to and are supposed to be: surprising, funny, tragic, and true to life as we would like it to be.

There’s not one false note in the movie. Not one bad performance. Everything is absolutely perfect. If most movies were like this, I’d be going to see them in the theater!

Although I’ve provided a link to its Internet Movie Database entry, do yourself a favor and do not read anything about it. Just hop onto the website of your favorite DVD vendor and buy it now. Do it without knowing anything about the story. Let it surprise you as it surprised me.

If you’re a writer: buy this film now. It’s one of the best scripts I’ve ever seen. It will stun you.

I predict that a cult will grow up around Heath Ledger, as one did for James Dean. He is in that league and that kind of actor. It’s a huge tragedy that we won’t see more of him other than the few films waiting for finishing and release.


It’s a shame I was introduced to his work only because of his recent death.

I can only say, too late: Thank you, Heath Ledger.

Splogs Must Die

February 8, 2008


Splogs = spam blogs. Fake blogs set up with a ton of ads that magically grab posts from other blogs, mutilate them, and interfere with search results for real blogs (which this one at least pretends to be!).

That Exercise Tiger post wound up on a splog for Fitness: Information about Fitness and Exercise.

That’s just disgusting.