Archive for March 12, 2008

Pottersville, U.S.A.

March 12, 2008

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All hail Pottersville!

We all live in Pottersville now. Bedford Falls is gone. The plucky little Savings and Loan closed down years ago, just like in George’s nightmare. Cleaned up, his evil eyebrows removed, armed with a good PR firm, Mr. Potter goes merrily about his business, “consolidating” the George Baileys of the world.

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Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

Isaiah 59:7

Page Six Doesn’t Mince Words

March 12, 2008

New York Post Page Six, a screensnap:

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No, don’t click. It’s a screensnap. Notice what I’ve highlighted in red.

Previously here:

Spitzer’s Liaison D’Amour Outed
Spitzer: A Puppet
Spitzer: The Last Drop
Eliot Spitzer: Closet Crybaby?
Spitzer — or Swallower?
New York State Governor Resigning

Spitzer’s Liaison D’Amour Outed

March 12, 2008

Oh, you’ll see the photos everywhere. But I bring you this bit of gallows humor, a screensnap from her music store:

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Actual size:

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Spitzer’s first name is “Eliot,” so this is not him. All the same, weird.

Previously here:

Spitzer: A Puppet
Spitzer: The Last Drop
Eliot Spitzer: Closet Crybaby?
Spitzer — or Swallower?
New York State Governor Resigning

iPhone/iPod Touch Music!

March 12, 2008

I’m going to do something new with this post. I’m making the video titles hot. This will enable people with an iPhone or iPod Touch to tap them and watch the YouTube videos directly.

I don’t want to make the front page heavy again, so click to see the videos. And turn up your speakers!
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Reference: One-Page Mac Cheat Sheet

March 12, 2008

One Page Crash Course in Switching to the Mac

Oi! I haven’t used one daily since System 6!

Games The iPhone And iPod Touch Need

March 12, 2008

The iPhone and iPod Touch promise to be full-out pocketable computers with more power than any PDA ever offered.

Yet even with all that power, when it comes to games, I’d like simplicity — even a chance of winning.

So multi-level games with skateboarding acrobatics, fast-paced jet fighter simulations, and twisty submersive mysteries are just too involved for my tastes. I’d get frustrated fast. Knowing that, I won’t buy them.

But there are some games I’d really, really like to have for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Astraware has some word games for PDAs that look interesting: What Word and Text Twist.

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I’ve never played What Word but I did try the demo of Text Twist and liked it. I hope these and similar games will appear for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Back in my Commodore-64 days, I saw the strangest game ever. Unfortunately, I don’t recall the name of it. And I’ve never, ever seen it done for any other computer! It actually was more of a toy than a game. There was an on-screen ball that was moved around either by joystick or keyboard. It left a multicolored trail and played music. The music would change based on the direction and velocity of the ball and also when it intersected its own trail. The music was never discordant and turned out to be a precursor of what was eventually called New Age music. It had no point other than pure entertainment. It was great!

The closest thing to it I’ve been able to find on YouTube is this demonstration of a Commodore-64 game called Moon Dust:

I also came across this remix tribute to music from a Commodore-64 game and was amazed by the animation that was set to it:

Look at that! That’s stunningly beautiful! And just weird! I don’t know if the iPhone/iPod Touch can accommodate animation like that, but any game developers reading this should take the hint from that video: think weird, think strange, think offbeat! And beautiful, too.

Remember: Don’t restrict games to touch! Use that accelerometer. And, if possible, the proximity sensor too.

Just don’t make it so incredibly complex or dense that game eejits like me will get frustrated and consider our money wasted! Hey, I won’t be insulted if you market your game with the explicit tagline, “Contains Special Eejit Mode!”

To me, that’d be a selling point!

Reference: eMule Server List Refresh

March 12, 2008

Suddenly lost all the servers in the list.

Here’s how to fix that.

Spitzer: A Puppet

March 12, 2008

Soon-to-be-former-Governor Spitzer’s statement:

In the past few days I‘ve begun to atone for my private failings with my wife, Silda, my children and my entire family. The remorse I feel will always be with me. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the love and compassion they have shown me.

From those to whom much is given, much is expected. I have been given much — the love of my family, the faith and trust of the people of New York, and the chance to lead this state. I am deeply sorry I did not live up to what was expected of me.

To every New Yorker, and to all those who believed in what I tried to stand for, I sincerely apologize. I look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been, but I also know that as a public servant, I and the remarkable people with whom I worked have accomplished a great deal.

There is much more to be done and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work. Over the course of my public life I have insisted, I believe correctly, that people, regardless of their position or power, take responsibility for their conduct.

I can and will ask no less of myself. For this reason I am resigning from the office of governor, and at Lt. Gov. David Paterson’s request, the resignation will be effective on Monday, March 17, a date that he believes will permit an orderly transition.

I go forward with the belief, as others have said, that as human beings our greatest glory consists not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

As I leave public life, I will first do what I need to do to help and heal myself and my family, then I will try once again, outside of politics, to serve the common good and to move toward the ideals and solutions which I believe can build a future of hope and opportunity for us and for our children.

I hope all of New York will join my prayers for my friend, David Paterson, as he embarks on his new mission and I thank the public once again for the privilege of service. Thank you very much.

See? It’s all about him him him.

What about fostering prostitution?

What about the college-age kids you slept with?

Quote: “I did not live up to what was expected of me.” Huh? In other words, you only acted because of what others expected of you? You have no core beliefs, no guiding principles of life? No standard of right and wrong? You don’t act, only react?

You’re not a man. You’re a puppet!

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Unfortunately for him, that wasn’t the part of Spitzer that got big!

Previously here:

Spitzer: The Last Drop
Eliot Spitzer: Closet Crybaby?
Spitzer — or Swallower?
New York State Governor Resigning

A Military Crybaby? I Don’t Think So.

March 12, 2008

Fallon Resigns As Mideast Military Chief

“He told me that, quote, ‘The current embarrassing situation, public perception of differences between my views and administration policy, and the distraction this causes from the mission make this the right thing to do,’ unquote,” Gates told reporters.

Oh stop it, already!

You expect me to believe a man who is charged with ordering people into situations that could lead to injury and even death is suddenly afraid of what is essentially gossip and rumor?

General Patton was mired in controversy. He never quit. He had to be slapped down.

I think this is Bush slapping down Fallon.

“I am concerned that the resignation of Admiral William J. Fallon, commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East and a military leader with more than three decades of command experience, is yet another example that independence and the frank, open airing of experts’ views are not welcomed in this administration,” Reid said.

Precisely.

Supplemental:

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Today’s Headspinner: Writer David Mamet

March 12, 2008

David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal’

I’d observed that lust, greed, envy, sloth, and their pals are giving the world a good run for its money, but that nonetheless, people in general seem to get from day to day; and that we in the United States get from day to day under rather wonderful and privileged circumstances — that we are not and never have been the villains that some of the world and some of our citizens make us out to be, but that we are a confection of normal (greedy, lustful, duplicitous, corrupt, inspired—in short, human) individuals living under a spectacularly effective compact called the Constitution, and lucky to get it.

For the Constitution, rather than suggesting that all behave in a godlike manner, recognizes that, to the contrary, people are swine and will take any opportunity to subvert any agreement in order to pursue what they consider to be their proper interests.

To that end, the Constitution separates the power of the state into those three branches which are for most of us (I include myself) the only thing we remember from 12 years of schooling.

The Constitution, written by men with some experience of actual government, assumes that the chief executive will work to be king, the Parliament will scheme to sell off the silverware, and the judiciary will consider itself Olympian and do everything it can to much improve (destroy) the work of the other two branches. So the Constitution pits them against each other, in the attempt not to achieve stasis, but rather to allow for the constant corrections necessary to prevent one branch from getting too much power for too long.

Emphasis added by me.

Well, duh, yeah!

Which he then follows with this stunning observation:

Rather brilliant.

WTF? It is absolute genius, goddammit. It is the greatest document ever crafted by the hands of mankind. What the hell took someone so smart so long to recognize that?

And will he ever catch on to the Tenth Amendment?

Previously here:

What?