Archive for May, 2006

The media industry soup party of the future

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

I’ve been saddened and amused this morning by the daily round of intellectual-property dispute and media-industry litigation, particularly in the broadcast sector. The thing that saddens me when broadcast ownership issues come up is that the airwaves and the data transmitted over them are in this country supposed to be free. It says so in some hundred-year-old legal document somewhere, I’m reasonably sure. Of course, at this point, that’s a laughable and archaic altruism, so rather than dwell on it, on to the jokes. The thing that amuses me is that the blame for piracy always falls to the viewer, when in fact there’s nothing for the viewer to actually steal.
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Black MacBook, destroyer of worlds

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

I’ve been vocal in my eagerness for the silver-everything fad to fade away. I feel it has spiraled far beyond humanity’s humble ability to control it, and I’ve been biding my time for the weight of the phenomenon to collapse inward on itself, until once again, silver does in fact automatically mean “crappy.” It would be then that the one true color, black, could be restored to its rightful dominance among subtly brilliant machines, and our equipment racks will exude fierce and measured menace for inferior components and their foolish and useless attendants.
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Frodo recovering from suspected snake bite

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

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Frodo returned home from the veterinarian’s office this afternoon after overnight treatment for wounds believed to have been caused by a snake bite to his left arm. He is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

Concerns arose Tuesday morning when he didn’t appear at the door for breakfast as usual. He finally turned up at about 7 p.m., clearly in a great deal of pain. His left arm was swollen, and he couldn’t move more than a few feet at a time. He had been working his way home in this condition for an estimated fourteen hours.
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The great MacBook Pro Self-Humiliation Movement of 2006

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

In response to a growing number of complaints that Apple’s new MacBook Pro machines have heat and whining issues, the OSx86 Project has issued a call for a unified one-day assault on Apple’s call centers with, well, whining.
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