July 2007 Contents

July 31, 2007

July 2007 Contents

From first post to last –

July 2007 subhead: “…we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…”

June 2007 Contents

June’s Contents Late…
Magician Has Special iPhone
iPhone Is Not Expen$ive
And Wired Becomes Immediately Irrelevant
And Suddenly Universal Music Group’s Artists Get Zero Royalties
Reference: iPhone Medical Web Apps
He Broke His iPhone The First Day!
Some iPhone Links
Blogroll Addition: ectoplasmosis
Reference: SaveToPhone
Recording Artists: Save Yourselves. Don’t Let Dick Morris And The Other Dicks Kill You While They Kill Themselves!
Another Thing That Will Ensure I Die Poor…
Keizoku
Finally, Last Month’s Contents Is Up
Quote Of The Day: Fake Steve Jobs
Oh Boo Hoo Hoo For Fucking Fox Network
Reference: iPhone Widget List
Reference: iPhone Pre-Pay Options
Some People Catch On Later Than… Everyone Else.
I Know I Haven’t Changed The Damned Blog Subhead
iPhone: A Recluse In The Orgy Age
Blog Notes: Where Does The Time Go?
I Don’t Think You Understand Just How Incredible The iPhone Really Is!
Microsoft, Palm, And Nokia: You Better Be Freaking Out!!
Reference: Korean Drama (KDrama) Sources
This Month’s Subhead: Churchill
Dumbest iPhone Comment Yet
OMG! FSJ Likes Me! He Really Likes Me!
Memo To Self: Today Is Not Monday
It Has To Be Said
Oh Dear Christ, Let This Be So. We Could Send Those Oil Bastards Reeling!
Daddy, What’s A Record? What’s An Album?
Tonight, July 5 2007: Girls Don’t Cry @ The Knitting Factory 8PM NYC
The Great iDay iHype iFraud
A Horrible Thought: What If The iPhone Is Just … A Phone?
Oh Come On. I Have To Take This Cheap Shot At Nokia!
(First?) Laugh Of The Day: Warren Ellis
OK, Second Laugh Of The Day: David Bamford
The End Of iWeek
iPhone Vs. Palm Treo: You Can’t Fight A Corpse
iPhone Runs In Root?!
Reference: Hutchison Effect
MicroTards Get Desperate Against iPhone Revolution
Palm Flogs Blog, Flails, Fails
Girls Don’t Cry: Needling At The Knitting Factory
Sad Anniversary: Rod Steiger Died July 9, 2002
Victor Gischler Has To Get Busy
YouTube Is Suddenly So Yesterday
What My Inner Dick Screams
Quote Of The Day: Junkiness
Oh Man. The Worst Part Is The Wait…
YouTube: The Greatest American Hero Fan Titles
You Call That A Phone? This — iPhone — Is A Phone!
Heather Johnston On ABC’s PrimeTime Tomorrow, Tuesday July 10 2007 At 10PM EDST
Splaying The Code Guts Of The iPhone: TV-Out & Filesystem
iPhone Death Star Upgrade Coming
Reference: iPhoneDevCamp-Created Applications List
Sinfest Documents My Love Life
Do New Apple Keyboards Hint At An iPhone Keyboard?
Quote Of The Day: The Rude Pundit
Second Quote Of The Day: Walter Jon Williams
Welcome, First-Time Readers
Reminder: Heather Johnston On ABC’s PrimeTime Tonight, Tuesday July 10 2007 At 10PM EDST
I Must Start The Day With Thanks
Heather Johnston On ABC’s Primetime (Post 1)
Why VISA Card USA Sucks Ass
Hey, VISA Card USA! I Accuse You Of Running A Bait-And-Switch Scam!
Free Energy That Won’t Work During A Hot Summer Day (Or Global Warming!)
WordPress Is Bitchy Today
Heather Johnston On ABC’s Primetime (Post 2)
Nokia’s Creative Bankruptcy Continues Full Speed Ahead!
Another Record Set For Traffic Today
All-Time Record Traffic Today
Google Office For iPhone!
If Only!
The In(sane)ternet
Who Would Play Heather Johnston? Who?!!?
The Yellow Submarine iPod Won’t Die!
Bah! So Much For The Electronic Age! Image Storage Delayed For At Least Eleven Days (Maybe More)!
Another Record Traffic Day
Ah, Good. Traffic Is Sinking Again.
Eat My Hell
Fuck You. Fuck Your Blogosphere. Fuck Your Internet. Fuck Your Group. Fuck Your Politics. Fuck Your Society. Fuck Your World. Fuck Your Pressure. Fuck Your Conformity. And Did I Say Fuck You Too?
Keep Your Fucking Illiterate Hands Off Us Writers
They Protect Themselves. Not Us.
Another Egghead Out To Fuck Writers (And Other Creators) Out Of Their Just Rewards
The Suits Will Bleed Anyone Dry! Especially You.
Finally! Iain Levison Has A Website And Now It’s On My Blogroll Too.
Reference: How To Send MMS On An iPhone
How To Get Custom Ringtones Into An iPhone Using OSX
David Bamford Provides A Laugh In This Otherwise Rampagingly-Mad Day
YouTube: iPhone Parody
Sunday 1:11PM EDST
I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Heard A Prince Song
The Incomparable Miss Shirley Bassey
My Pathetic MySpace
Oh Great. Now I’m The Go-To Guy For Fuck You.
New Blog Feature: Fuck You Friday
Warren Ellis Quotes Dennis Potter!
I Put It Succinctly (And Even Cleanly)
iPhone: First eBook On It?
P2P Is Dead. Really.
Blog Notes
Movie: Dumb Hard
Warren Ellis: Chapter One Of Next Week’s Novel Available
YouTube: Stingray (Not That One!)
Quote Of The Day: iPhone
Sad Anniversary: The Death Of Ty Cobb, July 17, 1961
The Anthem Of Music’s Future
Quote: Adaptation
Apple And H.264 Internal Chips: I’m With Cringely
Things On The Internet That Make Me Want To Die
Coming Soon: The iStrike
Blog Notes: Traffic Still High Here
CNN Offers Crooks, Kidnappers, And Revolutionaries A Guide To Those To Loot, Blackmail, And Murder!
Scalzi: Excellent Work!
Quote Of The (Yester)Day: The Rude Pundit
Here’s Someone Who’ll Never Buy An eBook!
Reference: Storing iPhone Apps Locally
Reference: iPhone Bookmarklets
Reference: DVD To iPhone (Via Mac)
Blogroll Addition: Uncov
Quote Of The Day: Uncov
I Can Has LOLcat?
iPhone User Floors My Lust Pedal
Reference: Making Vids Look Good For YouTube
iPhone: Yet Another DUH! Article
America: The Endgame
Argh. No Image Storage For Me Yet.
iPhone Killer?
America: Collapse Watch
NOW Do You Finally Understand Why I Must Have A License To Kill?
Fuck Fuck You Friday
Who The Fuck Is This Dickhead?
Beemageddon: Asian Andromeda Strain
New York City Go Boom Yesterday
Pigs
Oh How Fucking Swell Is This?
eBooks On iPhone: Not Waiting For Apple!
I Am Fake Steve Jobs
eBooks on iPhone: Another Person Who Won’t Wait For Apple
Quaker Oats Must Die!
I Can Has Image Storage? No.
PayPal Is Releasing Their Bank Squirrels
!!?ereH nO gnioG sI tahW
Must I Again Call For The Enslavement And Total Death Of You Technoids?
Warning: Go Away Now. It’s Fuck You Friday At This Blog.
Fuck You And Your Computer Code, You Deluded Fuckhead ASCII Plumber
Fuck You, Shills!
Fuck Quaker Oats!
Nokia: Hankkiutua Sinun Hautajaiset
Google To Everyone Else: Drop Dead
When You Lack Talent, Imagination, And Have a Rep For Robbing Everyone, What’s Left To Do? Legalized Looting.
The Greatest Feat In The History Of Mankind
Quote Of The Day: iPhone
No Comments For You Here. Evah.
eBookery For iPhone?
Blog Notes: That’s A Wrap For Today
Is Dubya Aiming To Be The New King George?
LifeDrive Notes: As An MP3 Player
eBooks On iPhone: The Clamor Continues!
Another Frikkin Gene I Apparently Lack
Quaker Oats Sends Me A Sorry-Assed Email Reply
The eBooks On iPhone Campaign: Steve Jobs Loves Books! Hey, Steve, So Do We!!
Why Fake Steve Jobs Is The Only Living God On The Internet (Kneel!)
Five Things Nokia Needs To Do To Improve Our Lives
No Science Fiction Or Horror Story Ever Predicted A Mutant Like Her!
My Arteries Just Had A Seizure
I Am Endlessly Persecuted For Appreciating Brilliance
Found On MySpace: Thug Lit
There. Aren’t. Enough. Hours. In. A. Day.
I Am In Ur MySpace Stealing Ur Friends
YouTube: Gerry Anderson & Dire Straits
Writer Jasper Fforde In NYC 7PM Tomorrow, Monday, July 23, 2007
Oh That Thing Called Human…
(Infectious) Quote Of The Day: Uncov
This Fake Business Is Going Too Far Now
Enough With The Fekkin Secret Diaries!!!
Like A Bullet To My Head
Harry Potter More Popular Than Microsoft Zune
God Is Avenging Himself On That Awful Olympics Logo
The Candice Jarrett Campaign: Part One
The Candice Jarrett Campaign: Part Two
You Always Do This When I’m Not Looking!
Oh Look! I Get To Bash Palm And Nokia At The Same Time! It’s Two Two Two Hits In One!
Red Alert: Your PC Might Have This!!
Bah. Blog Closed For Today.
The Day Begins As Suck
Give It Up, Microsoft
Quote Of The Day: Retarded Edition
I Told You, Microsoft. Zune Is For Losers.
Homeland Security: Making Us Safer Or Just More Stupid?
4/19/06: Unforgotten
Reference: Google Video On iPhone
Lesley Gore Has New Songs
Hey, PayPal! Where Are Those Squirrels, Dammit?
Planetakis Shows Other Bands How To Do It
Why You Should Be On MySpace
The Perfects: Live At The Annex, Saturday July 21, 2007
3PM EDST: No PayPal Squirrels
Hey, Rupert Murdoch, You Slag! Fix MySpace!
Fasten Your Seatbelts. Then Pray.
Quaker Oats Hides In Its Foxhole
I Can Has Image Storage? Yes!
Yessssss!
Blog Notes: Wednesday July 25, 2007
See The Spectacular Band Girls Don’t Cry For FREE Tonight, Wednesday July 25 2007
Photo: Rain In England
Quaker Oats Plays Peekaboo With My Blog
Photo: My Shadow
Photo Album: Writer Barry Eisler
YouTube: Thunderbirds Are Go – The Rezillos
Are The Suits Using P2P To Hype Their Shows?
Quote Of The Day: Uncov
Blog Notes: Early Close
TONIGHT: See The Spectacular Band Girls Don’t Cry For FREE, Wednesday July 25 2007
Why I Deleted Your Trackback, Moron
Don’t Ever Fake Trackback My Blog Again
(First) Quote Of The Day: GracefulFlavor
Mass-Murdering Cat Signals Post-Millennial Holocaust
My Cat Will Kill Me For That Last Post
On The Internet, Telling The Truth Becomes Imaginary
(Second) Quote Of The Day: GDC @ WR2R
Blog Notes: I Did It When I Wasn’t Looking
Who Are You Kidding, Billionaire Bloomberg?
Keep Your Damn Social Disease To Yourself
David Lynch Hate Me
Just Click The Damn Link
Photo Album: Writer Jasper Fforde
Photo Album: Proof Of My Anti-Photographic Ability
Blunt This!
DailyMotion: Ha. Ha. Ha.
Blog Notes: All For Today
Quote Of The Day: John Scalzi
I <3 Uncov
Congratulations To Victor Gischler!
Warren Ellis Got A New Gig
Jason Starr’s Got A Short Story For Sale On Amazon
Go Look. And Weep For Us All.
Quaker Oats: Sorry-Assed Bribe Arrives In Mail
Brightcove: Journeyman Preview
Girls Don’t Cry: Tomorrow, Sunday July 29th In New Jersey
Remember What You Gave Me Before You Ask For It Back
Pay The Fekkin Taxes, You Eejits!!
Blog Notes: It’s Now Official. So Shut The Fuck Up.
Reference: Online Storage
A Sad Day For Auntie Beeb
It Is So
Go To Your Doom By Scorning Me And Trusting The Suits
Daddy!
Reference: Cancer Therapy
New Blog Categories: Bands And Blog Notes
Band: Crooked Looks Coming To NYC Next Saturday, August 4, 2007
Still, Money Isn’t Everything
Today’s Absolutely-Fatal Bellylaugh
Armageddon Catalysts
R.I.P.: Tom Snyder Of Tomorrow Show
Is The Wayback Machine Any Damn Good?
Quote Of The Day: iPhone
So As Usual, The Smiletards Jump Me
Second Quote Of The Day
Blog Notes: Blogroll Deletion, Probations
The Future Has Come Back To Haunt Us
That’s It For Today
What Is Your Life Worth?
The Hollywood Day Of Reckoning
The Ambitious Use Macs
Photo Album: Girls Don’t Cry @ McCarren Park July 25, 2007


Photo Album: Girls Don’t Cry @ McCarren Park July 25, 2007

July 31, 2007

The skies let loose with a billion tons of rain on Sunday, so Girls Don’t Cry didn’t get to play at the 25th Annual Quick Check New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. Major suck, that. Don’t get discouraged, Girls! You’ll have another huge venue soon!

Below are photos from their free appearance at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park on July 25.

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Entering the main park area, I immediately come up two of the Girls…

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…Caitlin Gray and Rachael Cornick!

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The Girls got there well before me and had already started their setup.

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I see a cowhand with a guitar and wonder who the country music fill-in is!

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Surprise! It’s Hannah Fairlight!

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The wee accordion Hannah plays during the Girls’ cover of Add It Up.

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Some of the tools of the music trade.

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The sacred percussion domain of Liz Kelly.

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Hannah shading her Chromatic Tuner with her father’s boots!

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Nest of wires: a surge suppressor plugged into another surge suppressor!

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Liz giving me her special Go Away look!

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Caitlin finds something exciting in the neighborhood paper…

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… an article about Girls Don’t Cry appearing that very night!

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I have plied the Girls with large apples to distract them soothe them into being photographed!

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A peek at the keyboards that Rachael uses!

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The Girls relax before finishing their setup.

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Then it’s back to work for final prep.

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The sun shines on the Girls in more way than one!

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Suddenly, everyone tells Hannah to freeze!

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A butterfly has landed on her hat!

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A peek at the sacred drums of Liz!

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Liz is caught with her boots off!

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Yes, this is how she works the drums! Stocking feet!

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The poster for the weekly Park event.

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The listing for the Girls.

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The sound board that’s used to balance voices and instruments.

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Rachael: “Let’s get this party started — oops, that’s Pink! We don’t do Pink!”

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And the Girls are Go! Go! Go!

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Rachael and Hannah are Go!

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Liz, Sora and Caitlin are Go!

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Liz pounding those drums!

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The Girls in full musical force!

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Liz and Rachael.

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Hannah and Caitlin (Sora hiding in between!)

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A happy, singing Rachael!

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Hannah and Caitlin singing it out!

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Liz caught singing and drumming!

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Aow! Rachael gets into the groove!

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So does Liz!

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Hannah and Caitlin too! It’s a Girls Groove-a-Thon!!

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Sora shredding the guitar as Caitlin does vocals and bass!

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Sora busting a groove move!

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Sora singing Cobain.

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Liz on her drums!

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Three Girls on three guitars! Electric-string angels from heaven!

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And that’s a wrap! Too soon!

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Sora is still happy!

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Hannah gives a T-shirt demonstration.

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The aftermath. Too soon!

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And Hannah’s drenched back says it all: The Girls play hard!

I had hoped to get real close photos at this event, especially since it’d be daylight and I wouldn’t risk blinding any of the the Girls with a flash. But… one of the Girls had a camera set up next to the sound board and it covered the entire front of the stage. I didn’t want to ruin the video, so I stayed well out of its range. As it turned out, I had to stand further away from them than at any of their indoor events! Ah well.

Previously in this blog:
Girls Don’t Cry category


The Ambitious Use Macs

July 31, 2007

Replay: A Short Film by Reynier Molenaar

Ah, the Spirit of Ed Wood lives on!

The two cameras also came in handy for all of the dangerous stunt work, allowing actor and stunt performer Xin Sarith Wuku to do less takes then normally required. For one of the most difficult and ambitious stunts, the script called for Xin (playing “The Runner”) to climb up the side of a three-story building and then jump from one rooftop to another — a distance of about 15 feet. To add to the “crazy-factor,” the production didn’t have permits for the location.

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By coordinating with Producer Giovanni Cortez, Reynier was able to position “look-outs” on walkie-talkies around the perimeter, allowing the complex stunt to be choreographed with the performers and cameras operators without, well, getting arrested. Once the “all-clear” was given, the entire scene was shot in 2 long continuous takes. The camera operators repositioned themselves at key moments throughout the scene in order to grab the angles that were storyboarded by the director. In the end, the stunt was performed flawlessly and none of the buildings’ inhabitants ever noticed that a movie had been filmed on the property.

And the Mac connection:

The complexities of shooting Replay were also heightened by the numerous visual effects shots, including green screen work, computer generated imagery (CGI), painting & compositing, and speed retiming effects. All-in-all, Replay has over 40 effect shots and practically every frame in the 6 minute film is digitally enhanced in one way or another. A point of pride for Reynier Molenaar, who handled the effects on the production, is that he was able to complete all of Replay’s post-production work, including the effects, on his low-end eMac (not to be confused with the nicer iMac) desktop computer system.

This would have never been made by people who use PCs. They’d have been refused permission — or had to get $1M in fucking insurance — and would have just dropped the idea.

Go to the site to see the embedded trailer for the movie.

Hey, you guys are good at spreading word around for this. I found out about it from a flier taped to a lamppost a few blocks from McCarren Park in Brooklyn!


The Hollywood Day Of Reckoning

July 31, 2007

Hollywood stockpiles projects for possible strikes

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Hollywood executives are feverishly preparing for possible strikes by writers, directors and actors.

Stockpiling of projects shaped a 21% jump in Los Angeles-area production days in the second quarter compared with the same period a year ago, according to data issued Monday by an industry trade group.

Film L.A., which helps producers navigate film-permitting processes and neighborhood issues, said its figures show a clear link between preparations for a possible strike in Hollywood and a ramp-up in film and TV activity.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA), currently in negotiations with studios, has a contract expiring October 31, and the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) both have film and TV pacts set to expire June 30.

All of the talks are expected to cover difficult issues — like what to do about Internet residuals — and many see the prospect of an eventual work stoppage. So even before the Film L.A. report quantified things, studios appeared to be girding for the battle.

Oh look at that good news! Not just the writers have a strike deadline looming, so do the faces and those camera-framers who think they Create movies (they’d be doing family portraits at fucking Sears if there weren’t writers!).

I really don’t give a shit for the overpaid meat puppets. And the directors I’d like to see squished beneath a Writers Guild of America contract that ensures writers get their damned well overdue credit and payment.

But overall it makes my creaking heart somewhat merry to see Hollywood facing this possible triple shitstorm.

MPAA, your day is over!

Previously in this blog:
Coming Soon: The iStrike
Dear Mayor Billionaire Bloomberg And City Council Millionaires: Kiss My Ass, You Corporate Tool Motherfuckers!
Corporate TV: So Dead
YouTube Vs. P2P: YouTube Wins?
The Creative Bankruptcy Of Hollywood
Writers Guild Of America: Strike! Strike! Strike!

Tutorial/motivational links for WGA members:

Listen to Paddy Chayefsky, goddamit.

It’s Mourning In America — you want this to be your future?
Keeping TV Unreal — they chip away at what Writer means!
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead. Which Old Witch? The Wicked Witch! Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch Is Dead. — he made more money than any WGA member. What did he ever create?
Photo Album: More Bootleg DVDs For Sale In NYC — do people buy these because of the producing? The directing? It’s the STORY!
Morons Full Stop — they’ll even fuck a writer after she’s dead!
Hoist That Skull And Crossbones! — the Suits protect their asses, not yours!
The Bastard In Full Bloom — and he’s coming for your impoverished ass!
We Know What We’re Doing. We Wear Suits.fuck them back good!
Viacom Shows The World It’s A Company Of Assholes — you think WGA members will see any settlement money?
The Secret: Law Of (Mal-)Attraction — don’t line up to eat your own shit any longer!
This Is What The Future Looked Like — And Will Look Like From NOW ON! — consider this.
And This Is … Legal! — get what’s rightfully yours, dammit!
Writers Guild Of America: Stop Being Pussies! STRIKE! — stand up!
It Leaves An Odor The Suits Can Smell — goddammit, make them feel fear!
Hey, You Brain-Dead Suits! Here’s A Clue! Want To Also Buy A Vowel? — it’s the words, dammit; your words!
A (P)odcast Will Be Worth More Than This — the future will be — can be! — yours.
Help Out Someone Being Crushed By MammothMedia! — Stand. The. Fuck. Up!


What Is Your Life Worth?

July 31, 2007

Well that’s the bloody headline on these frikkin ads I’m seeing pop up on fences and lampposts on Satan Island.

So I go to the website that’s listed.

subivor

Oy.

Some eejit on this goddammed island must have scored himself an SBA loan


That’s It For Today

July 30, 2007

Oh yeah. I know I’m waaaay behind on things.

Time runs away from me (just like most people — except the fucking schizos who talk out loud to themselves!).

Traffic here has been running about four times the previous rate for the past month now.

What the fuck have I done wrong?


The Future Has Come Back To Haunt Us

July 30, 2007

Soylent Green (1973)

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People living out of cars.

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Stepping over the sleeping homeless.

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“How did we come to this?”

I saw this a year or two after its release, on TV. I instantly recognized the real future in it. And what it dramatized has come to pass.

And will continue to…

Soylent Green trailer (YouTube)
Soylent Green review (scifi.com)
Soylent Green review (stomp tokyo)
Soylent Green Biscuit Company


Blog Notes: Blogroll Deletion, Probations

July 30, 2007

Oh man. Stupidity Tracker is apparently dead. I hope that didn’t happen to its webmaster too!

Probation:

Scribez hasn’t published anything new since March. A tragedy!

Junkiness has also recently gone silent. An email to them didn’t fetch any reply.

Thanks for making me feel like the fucking Kiss of Death!


Second Quote Of The Day

July 30, 2007

A follow-up…

Happy motherfucking Monday!


So As Usual, The Smiletards Jump Me

July 30, 2007

I’ve had cause to post in the WordPress forum today to complain about their new signon page and to bitch about a new policy that states:

if you don’t have an avatar you won’t be able to make the top lists anymore.

And, oh yes, that was bolded in the original text!

I’ve made the top lists with several posts here.

And now, because I won’t put on some fucking imbecilic mask, that isn’t ever going to happen again?

Well, fuck that!

I still refuse to have a goddammed avatar.

How soon will this policy extend to No Avatar = No WordPress blog?

I should start FURLing all my posts…

The Smiletard part comes in when someone posts in reply to me:

mikecane: if you had a nice, fluffy avatar, your harsh words just now might have been softened. since you want people to judge you by your words, you’re not offering much for a positive judgment with that last comment there. just a thought. :)

honesty in blogging is great but honesty with tact is even better in my wee opinion ;)

Well fuck you is all I have to say.


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