Sunday, March 29, 2009

Twilight

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Before leaving the beach today, I decided to take some snapshots of the sun setting. I tried to capture the twilight phase and this is what I got.

FYI: Twilight is defined as the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall. It is not teen angst with vampires.

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Monsters vs. Aliens

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Last night I got bored and decided to hit the movie theater. I wanted to see something that was science fiction that wasn’t all doom-and-gloom about the future or had the Rock in it. With that in mind, I was left with Monsters vs. Aliens. As it turns out, I made the right choice.

I went to see this movie not knowing anything about it. I saw some posters and some commercials on the tube, but I didn’t know anything more than what I gleamed from those 15 sec adverts. I really had no idea what the plot was or who was in the cast.

It was a total surprise to me to see the names of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie (Dr. House from House MD), Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rann Wilson (Dwight fro the Office), Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger, and Stephen Colbert in the credits.

The plot is hilarious. The story really revolves Reese Witherspoon’s character Susan who gets hit by a meteor and turns into the 50ft –woman. She is then captured by the government and made to work with other monsters: the missing link, a scientist turned cockroach, the blob, and the caterpillar form of Mothra. When an alien invasion threatens earth, they are offered their freedom in exchange for defeating the aliens.

A couple of notable things, Seth Rogen plays B.O.B. (the Blob) and is hilarious. I didn’t make out Hugh Laurie since he didn’t sound like House in this movie but after seeing the credits, it made total sense.

The animation is really good. It reminded me a lot of the Incredibles.

All in all, it was a fun and hilarious movie. It’s the perfect sci-fi movie to hold you over until the Star Trek movie comes out in the next couple of months.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

SNL: Old Glory Insurance with a Robot Attack Policy



Here's an oldie but goodie! Everyone needs this insurnace in the event that the Terminator or the Cylons come after your ass.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

BSG at UN

Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnel address the United Nations. Here's a clip of Olmos taking about the human race.

Portable Microwave Oven? What's Next?

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I know that I live under a virtual rock and a lot things do get by me, but there was one thing that passed me by that I totally regret not noticing. This one thing is the portable microwave oven.

I guess I was just way too preoccupied with my work and with saving the Internet from itself that I totally missed humanity's need for such a device. All those times that I was working on clever scripts and writing code, I could have been spending it developing something to meet this obvious necessity. For this, I apologize to the world

How many times have I been driving around in my car and suddenly have a craving for fresh microwave popcorn? All the time!!!

Well a company named iCubed apparently noticed the need for this type of device and has stepped up to fill this big void in our lives by inventing the "iwavecube 2.0" portable microwave oven. They have even kept in theme with all the other portable personal devices that you now carry with you by offering them in an assortment of colors.

All in all, the only thing I can really say is "Wow!" We still haven't found a cure the common cold but we obviously can build portable food nukers because this was something that humanity could use. Visit http://www.iwavecube.com/ for more info about the device.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

On Books, Movies, and Commercials

For the last few weeks, a plot for a conspiracy story has been brewing in my head.

Last night, I tried out my story idea with one of my friends. He told me that my story would probably make a good movie and that he was insterested in taking a stab at writing the screenplay for it. So, if you see a movie about hackers manipulating the stock market to destroy a country, check the credits and see if my name shows up. (I'm not going to post details about my story here since I know there are people out there who would steal it without thinking twice). For the mean time, I will work on writing it as a novel and see how that goes.

Today at work, I pitched my idea for our company's image commercial. So far, the boss thinks there's potential and doesn't hate it. Other people that I soft-pitched too seem receptive and gave positive comments, but I wasn't sure if they were just trying to be nice. So now, it goes up to the big boss for his critique. If it survives that gauntlet and it gets approved for production, then I may actually have just put together my first television commercial. I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope it goes through with little revision.

Lately, my brain has been buzzing with way too many ideas. I've been having a hard time falling asleep and I usually end up writing or drawing things in my notebook, or playing puzzle-type video games. I have also been refurbishing a couple of old video game consoles for fun, which usually leads me to lose track of time and go on without much sleep.

So something is definately making my brain synapses go into over drive. Whatever is going on, I just hope I don't burn out.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Facebook: Bend over and Take our Changes

I knew that Facebook was planning some major changes to the profile home pages, but I didn’t know I would feel so much pain when it happened.

Now, I saw some of the proposed mock ups to supposedly give Facebook users a heads up for what is coming, but a picture didn’t really capture the real changes that they were proposing. Much of how things used to work has now been completely reworked. For example, the status box can now take input for your links, picture, pages, videos, etc.

This is all fine and dandy, but there’s nothing on there that says that if you attach a picture or video or link to your status, that it will not post as a status. It will in fact be posted as a pictures, video, link, and so forth.

I think they really needed to make this and all their changes clear on the get go to reduce the confusion people are experiencing especially since Facebook has been known for their great user support. I have actually had more insightful tech support from cactus plant than with Facebook.

Also, why couldn’t Facebook set up a transitional phase during which people could switch back and forth from the old way and to the new one. This time, it just seemed like they just shoved the changes in everyone’s face, which is kind of reminding me of a move commonly found in the Microsoft play book
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

New iPod Shuffle is "Small"

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The new iPod shuffle now sports 4 GB of disk space and about half the size of it's predecessor. They removed all the control buttons on the chassis and built them into the cord of their proprietary headphones. The also put Steven Hawkings's voice as your voice over announcer to give you your music track information.

This new tiny, sleek, suppository-like design and larger capacity, makes it now possible to have unsupervised children accidentally swallow/choke on more music than ever before. It also guarantees that you'll probably misplace the damn thing before the day is over.

The new buttonless design will eventually make you realize that you can't use your old generic headphone and that you'd better not loose the one that you get (or else you'll have to wait a while for a 3rd part to rip them off or pay ungodly amounts of money to Apple for a replacement).

Visit http://www.apple.com/…odshuffle/ to learn more about the new Shuffle. Visit http://www.ex-lax.com/ if you've swallowed one.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Let's Hammer Out Bad Parenting


For all those new parents out there and to those who are are thinking about having kids, here's a simple guide to taking care of new bundle of joy. Help keep America smart. Help hammer out bad parenting!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Allicette's Posts

If you take all the titles of Allicette's Uttterli posts (http://www.utterli.com/allicette/) and put them all in order from oldest to the newest, they actually form some sort of story. (Either that or I've had too much NyQuil again.)

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Walmart Takes Nintendo DSi Pre-orders!

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I went online this morning to buy some DVDs from the Wamart.com website and I was pleasantly suprised to see a promo box on their homepage that was advertising the Nintendo DSi for $169. I checked my prefered site for buying crap, Amazon.com, and they didn't have anything listed yet.

Being the insane portable gamer that I am, I took this opportunity and pre-ordered one!

From the all the I hoops and pages that I jumped through, I gathered that they'll start shipping around the first or second week of April.

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Who Watches the Watchmen? I DID!!!


Last night, I stood in line to see the Watchmen movie like so many others across the country. You could tell from the chatter who were the die-hard fans of the comics, the friends they dragged, and those who just didn’t have anything else better to do. As for me, I fell into that last category.

In regards to the comic, I never really read Watchmen when it first came out since I was living in another country then. Though, I do remember seeing the reprints on the shelves in the comic book stores, but I never really paid much attention to it despite everyone raving about them.

I was content with following my Spider-man, Captain America, and Gen 13 comics. Eventually, I managed to read a compilation of the series during one of my slow nights at Barnes & Noble. It was a decent read. The story line was interesting and intriguing, but I thought it was too serious for a comic book which is probably what made it so popular people.

The movie stayed definitely true to the comic. I won’t mention any details, so, as to not spoil it for those haven’t seen it yet. Parents do be aware. The imagery in the movie, as awesome as they are, does match the tone set in the comic books. Dr. Manhattan is naked as he was in the comic books.

The period music was appropriate, but I was bit confused with the use of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” since I’m pretty sure that was from the 70’s and not the 1985, but the song did match the scene that it was used in.

The acting was a bit rough while the movie was still setting up, but once the story got going, it does smooth itself out. The sex scenes were done tastefully in my opinion. They weren’t anything that hasn’t been done in a movie before. Maybe it’s a first for a costumed-superhero movie, but nothing any normal, well-balanced person should be upset about.

The story was a very interesting study of character, consequences, ethics, and morals. All are wonderful and necessary ingredients in making a good story. The movie shows you the different reasons why these people became superheroes and how they dealt with their changing environment. Different personalities, different backgrounds, and different lifestyles are all touched by this movie. The concept choosing the “Greater Good” or being unwavering with one’s virtues and beliefs is also an integral element in the movie. Also, don’t expect this movie to have the typical “all-is-well-that-ends-well” Hollywood ending. The comic book didn’t, so don’t expect the movie to change.

All in all, I think people should see it. Do keep in mind that it’s a grown-up movie and your kids will probably not like it. This isn’t like Batman, Superman, or Spider-man. This movie deals with complex issues and themes. It’s a welcomed change to the mind-numbing, children-targeted superhero films out there.

Watchmen is for those who loved comic books and have now grown up. It is a movie that expects its viewers to be a bit more mature than the average horny teenager. It’s a movie that appeals to your understanding of history and human nature. It’s a movie that requires be old enough to know that doesn’t usually go the way think it will and that we are all here just dealing with life as it comes.

Enough of my babbling, Go see the movie!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New Target on Blue Angel Parkway!!!

Last Tuesday, I was invited to for "soft launch" of the new Target store on Blue Angel Parkway on the west side of Pensacola. The store officially has their grand opening on March 8th, but Target opened the store up to employees and their friends and family.

At the event, the Escambia High School band provided live music. Also, Yo the Balloon Man made balloon animals for the kid, sand a caricature artist made silly drawing of people.

It was quite interesting to see a brand new store that hasn't been beaten up by the public. Everything looked picture perfect. The aisles were all fully stocked. You would've been hard-pressed to find an empty product slot or peg in the store.

My camera phone was running low on memory, so I wasn't able to take as many pictures as I wanted, but here's a few that I manage to snap:

A huge banner hanging in the grocery aisle!
Refrigerated goods!

The have fresh fruits!!!


The EHS Band!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Who's Newton?

I can't believe I forgot about the Newton Robot. This R2-D2 wannabe was powered by an "IBM PC XT equivalent system" using a "16-bit real-time microcomputer" with a 20MB hard drive. Watch this cheesy 80's promo video. If you get bored, fast forward to to about 6:20 and listen to the wonderful 80's sound track.

Judging from what I can see, the Newton (or his technology) eventually evolved (devolved?) into the diminutive, mute, and so more useful, Roomba cleaning robot.