Tonight: Tuesday June 12 2007: Girls Don’t Cry @ The Bitter End, NYC 10:30PM

June 12, 2007

The incredible band Girls Don’t Cry will once again be playing live tonight at the legendary rock club, The Bitter End.

Go see them!

Previously in this blog:
Girls Don’t Cry category

Last Night I Saw The Secret On DVD

June 12, 2007

Nice production values.

But The Secret is nothing but a big, bloated infomercial for those who appear in it to shill their “teachings.” I kept wondering, Who are these people? How come I’ve never heard of just about all of them before? Why were they chosen to appear in this?

I wouldn’t be surprised if the people who appeared in that movie were product placements. They got there because of an amount of money they put up to finance the film, or agreed to a cut of the profits they expected to reap in their individual enterprises as fallout from the movie.

It also wasn’t what I expected!

I really expected more of a documentary about the source book, The Science of Getting Rich, its author Wallace Wattles, and how Rhonda Byrne personally turned her life around after encountering that book.

There was none of that!

It wasn’t a documentary. This is a documentary. If it had been a documentary, it would have traced — with convincing evidence! — the alleged path of “the secret” that it dramatized (what was that, ancient Sumer or Babylon? where those the Knights Templar? and which Pope was that?). The Secret was an infomercial.

And The Secret is bullshit. On so many levels.

Before you get sucked into this con game, read Secret teacher’s personal life — the epitome of hypocrisy and study — no, really study! — Steve Salerno’s SHAMblog. Get his book too.

If you want to believe in the Law of Attraction, use it first to attract wisdom. Get Salerno’s book.

Update, additional: The Secret of The Secret’s Success

Previously in this blog:
The Secret Is That They Count On You To Be Stupid
The Secret: Suckers!
The Secret: Law Of (Mal-)Attraction
More On The Secret
The Secret

Quote Of The Day

June 12, 2007

I want something like TV 2.0: TV that’s never been on my TV.

Watch different
How the Apple TV changes the whole television landscape

Jobs Gets YouTube On iPhone — But Without Flash!

June 12, 2007

Clever, clever guy.

No Adobe Flash Support on the iPhone

However… too clever by half? What does this mean if I want to see a video that’s on a different site? One that uses Flash?


Of course, Jobs is counting on all those other sites to see the, uh, wisdom in offering H.264-encoded video.

Which could probably also allow them to be made available via Apple TV. Which would give them a larger audience. And also enable them to compete against YouTube.

And, as a nice byproduct, put WMV into an even smaller corner than it already is!

Previously in this blog:
Oh Look At This! My Apple-YouTube Prediction Will Come True!
Prediction: YouTube/Google Drop Flash Video

Code Terrorists To Apple: Thanks For The Safari, D00ds!

June 12, 2007

That fiend James Kendrick makes an excellent point here: Safari for Windows- the portal is open

Earth To Palm: Change The Foleo’s Browser To Safari

June 12, 2007

It’s clear now, given that Apple has offered Safari for Windows, that Opera on the recently-announced Palm Foleo is looking like an even bigger mistake than I originally thought.

Imagine if Palm had had the imagination to go to Apple and license Safari.

The Foleo a mobile companion to the iPhone? Not with Opera!

iPhone Apps: The Beginning Of The Beginning

June 12, 2007

I can’t say I’m happy about iPhone apps really being fake apps, boxed into Safari and accessed via the Net…

Safari development for the iPhone

Suppose that Apple had gone the other way and delivered an SDK. Apple doesn’t see the iPhone as a Mac-only kind of product. They’d want to enable Windows shops to develop applications for the iPhone as well. That’s a daunting proposition and one that would be sure to leave out large populations of programmers who don’t want to learn the intricacies of programming on OS X. How many people do you know who figured out how to write applications for the Palm? Exactly.

Why did Apple CEO Steve Jobs release Safari for Windows?

Steve Jobs, by releasing Safari to Windows, has laid the foundation for the next major computing platform which will be Web-based, built for Safari, mobile, and Apple’s.

Ajax on the iPhone

Hello, people! This is HUGE! I mean, when I first heard about the iPhone’s browser I assumed it would be hobbled somehow, with limited JavaScript and probably no XMLHttpRequest. The demos on Apple’s site always showed the New York Times, which is a static website if ever there was one. To hear that Apple is positioning the iPhone browser not just as a web reader, but as a platform for applications, means that the mobile web can finally start to come to life.

iPhone Development – Innovative, or a Cop-Out?

This web based concept, at least in its current form, is also very anti-Apple from a simplicity standpoint. Instead of pressing a button to launch the application you need, you’re going to have to open a web browser, open your bookmarks, then click on the application you want – then (in most cases I would assume) you’re going to have to log in to said application.

The only “web app” I use is the WordPress Dashboard, where 90% of the time I do blog entries directly into it. Do you know how many fekkin times this thing has burped and I’ve lost text? Too many times! The text doesn’t reside locally on my PC. It is passed — or is supposed to be passed — to a WordPress server. There is also a timed autosave — but sometimes that has gone south too, and I’ve wound up losing entire posts. Some of which were quite involved with links and the like!

Now the iPhone is telling me that that is the way to have apps?

I don’t think so.

I think Jobs is doing this to get at least some apps going for the iPhone, even if they’re all fake. By the end of this year — or at next year’s January MacWorld Expo — I expect a full-blown SDK to be released which will permit devs acess to OS X. By then even diehard Windows devs will see what the potential market is to create native iPhone apps.

And, even before then, I’m expecting Apple to release some iPhone native OS X apps. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some announcements about Apple acquiring apps from other companies — that they’ll then port to the iPhone.

Apple won’t be satisfied with revenue from iPhone hardware sales and iTunes Store sales. There’s much to be made being the first to offer native iPhone OS X apps. I think this is a hint of that:

To set up your iPhone, you’ll need an account with Apple’s iTunes Store. If you already have an iTunes account, make sure you know your account name and password. If you don’t have an account, you should set one up now to save time later. To set up an account, launch iTunes, select the iTunes Store, and click the Sign In button in the upper right corner of iTunes. Sign in and you’re ready to go.

Let me get my requests in: I want blogging software and some sort of text editor. And a Bluetooth keyboard connection!

Previously in this blog:
Apple Safari Browser For Win XP: Super Fast And Super Sick
Three Weeks To iPhone Intro!
HTC’s TouchFLO Interface: Paging Apple Legal!
If FSJ Says It, Then It Is So!
LifeDrive Notes: Video Flood!
Another Prediction Comes True: Mac Widgets To iPhone [update: No. Wrong.]
New York City: The iPhone Queue Club?
Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
Oh. My. God. It’s June!!!
On A Day When Palm Gets Everything Wrong, Apple Gets It Right
AppleTV Gets Trashed, iPhone Next?
Now I Know Why Analyst Starts With Those Four Letters
I Put A Hate On Email Like This
Reference: Converting Video For Apple TV
iPhone: Battery Life Is Good
Beemageddon: OK, Launch The iPhone. The Bees Won’t Mind.
I Have One, But I Hate It. I Hate Them All!
iPhone Delay? Yeah? So?
Apple Does The Right Thing: Delays Leopard OS Release
iPhone: The First Game?
It’s Time To Stop Looking At Cheap Devices!
Photo Album: Prada Cellphone Poster
I Call This Bullshit
Bill Gates Praises Macintosh, Then Plots To Kill It
Does Apple Hold The Key To Breaking Open Computing Everywhere?
iPhone: The Next Generation?!!?
He Phone On His iPhone
Steve Jobs Kept Saying “Unbelievable”
The iPhone Oscar Ad: Hello!
I Said There Would Be An Apple Ad During The Oscars
Will iPhone Games Work Like This?
Another Jackass Quote For All History — No, TWO Of Them!
A Variety Of Writings About The iPhone
Compaq Had An Accelerometer Before Both Apple And Palm!
The iPhone Is A First-Generation Pocket Mac
Palm Had The Accelerometer Before iPhone — Almost!
Palm Continues To Create Future iPhone Buyers
A Pocket Keyboard Fit For The iPhone?
A Funny Feeling About The iPhone
Video: iPhone Vs. WinMob
Samsung Ultra Smart F700: Oh Puhleeze!
Welcome, Apple. Seriously. (Not!)
iPhone: Three — Count ‘Em — Three Cores
That Z Word
What About The Aptly Abbreviated WinCE, BillG?
OS X Widgetry And iPhone Possibilities
Future 2.0
Accelerating My iPhone Lust
iPhone Blog Worth A Look
More iPhone Absolute Must-Reads
A Jackass Quote For All Of History
Errrr… Because Palm Be Eejits And Palm Desktop Ain’t No iTunes Store Neither!
iPhone: The Must Read
Widescreen iPod: Multi-Touch Need Not Apply
Apple’s Future Anti-Competitive Court Date Looms…
Let’s Do The Moebius Strip!
Another Paper iPhone
As I Said: iPhone Vs. Universal Music
Is iPhony Illegal?
Applenomics, Or Why Steve Jobs Will Now Hate Me For Ever And Ever
Alan Pritt Sees Far
Have an iPhone NOW!
Steven Levy Nails It Again
Whoa! A Newton Cellphone?
An iPhone WTF?
New iPhone Site
Bravo Nicholas Carr!
iPhone Size
Michael Mace Does Comedy Now
Some Questions About the Apple iPhone
Why Hasn’t Anyone Noticed The iPod Is Dead?
iPhone Is LifeDrive II?

Scalzi Faces The True Horror Of Having Fans

June 12, 2007

They will turn on you in an instant!

For all those who are wondering, the drive to force me to visit the Creation Museum is proceeding poorly — that is, poorly for me, since its end result is likely to have me schlepping my ass down to northern Kentucky. You’re all bastards, is what I have to say to that.

Oh, I can’t wait to see the look on those overly-groomed cheery Cartoon Christian androids when Scalzi’s heathen soul shows up on their doorstep to enter their True Record Of Universal Creation Shrine.

I just hope they don’t ask him to check his coconut!!

Can you imagine what fun it would be if the animatronics malfunctioned and Scalzi suddenly found himself in a Christian Westworld?

Previously in this blog:
Because I’m A Mean Bastard: Help Send Scalzi’s God-Ignorin’ Heathen Ass To The Creation Museum!!
Scalzi Gives Me Another Reason Never To Want To Play Videogames
Scalzi Seems To Be A Bit Upset, He Do
Lack Of Backup Files Spreads Worldwide!!!
Just Read & Now Reading
Just Read & Now Reading
Everyone Knows What To Do About Everyone Else (Not That I’m Any Goddammed Exception!)
John Scalzi Tells The Blog Nazis To Get Lost Too!
Scalzi, Scalzi, Scalzi. That Rat!
Get The Word, Nerd
Nerd Word
Blogroll Addition: John Scalzi
John Scalzi

Download Helper Just Updated

June 12, 2007


I’ll give it a whirl during the course of the day…

And they’ve got this now too:

Video monitor demo — embedded YouTube video of a tool called Video Monitor.

I’m going to snag and try that too!

That Last Post: Back To Firefox For Me!

June 12, 2007

See?  Even though my Preview of the prior post showed blank lines where I intended them to be, once I hit Publish, it went onto my blog with all blank lines gone!