Even On The Internet You Make Me Want To Bleed To Death

August 21, 2007

This is a big deal on reddit:

Honda was getting 47mpg — THIRTY YEARS AGO [classic ad photo]

Oh for fuck’s sake. Are you all fucking teenyboppers out there?

Yes, it did, goddammit. I knew it back then because I was alive back then. And that was the car I wanted to buy back then.

Why the fuck do you think I’m pissed all the fucking time? Because by now we should have had gas mileage in the triple-fucking digits.

Or better: those Islamic madmen in their oil-bearing countries would be merrily killing themselves in their impoverished lands because the West would have dropped its need for oil at least twenty years ago.

And you have the fucking temerity to think I’m a crank because I want to see certain Suits flapping at the end of ropes from lampposts.

Who the fuck do you think got us into this shit? Martians?!!?

Previously in this blog:
You Make Me Want To Bleed To Death


Apple Wins The Internet Video Wars

August 21, 2007

Say bye-bye to WMV. Say bye-bye to MPEG.

The lead-in:

Adobe Extends Web Video Leadership With H.264 Support

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE – News) today announced the latest update for Adobe® Flash® Player 9 software, code-named Moviestar, which includes H.264 standard video support — the same standard deployed in Blu-Ray® and HD-DVD® high definition video players — and High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio support, as well as hardware accelerated, multi-core enhanced full screen video playback. These advancements will extend Adobe’s leadership position in Web video by enabling the delivery of HD television quality and premium audio content through the ubiquitous Adobe Flash Player and pave the way to expand rich media Flash experiences on the desktop and H.264 ready consumer devices. The latest update for Adobe Flash Player 9 will be available in beta for immediate download later today on Adobe Labs at http://labs.adobe.com.

The analysis and kicker:

Adobe bringing HD video, high quality audio to Flash using H.264, AAC (iPhone Flash support?)

MacDailyNews Take: Paving the way for iPhone Flash support? Apple clearly wants widespread H.264 and AAC support. Now the Flash plug-in for iPhone makes sense. In fact, we’d venture to guess that there is a high probability that Apple told Adobe to support H.264 and AAC, if Adobe wanted to get Flash onto the iPhone.

In early July, The Wall Street Journal’s Walter S. Mossberg reported, “At launch, the iPhone version of the Safari browser is missing some plug-ins needed for playing common types of Web videos. The most important of these is the plug-in for Adobe’s Flash technology. Apple says it plans to add that plug-in through an early software update, which I am guessing will occur within the next couple of months.”

Note: The advanced H.264 codec makes it possible for Apple’s QuickTime 7 (released April 29, 2005) to play back high-definition video on a personal computer without additional hardware required. Apple’s HD QuickTime gallery is here.

Adobe is following Apple’s considerable lead here.

I am so glad I can quote someone else on this and not have to do my own write-up.

But let’s not forget about YouTube moving to H.264, either!

And then there’s what Cringely said about internal H.264 chips too.

If Apple does indeed make H.264 encoding a built-in feature of the Mac, it will be a total victory for them.

Previously in this blog:
Apple And H.264 Internal Chips: I’m With Cringely
Jobs Gets YouTube On iPhone — But Without Flash!
Oh Look At This! My Apple-YouTube Prediction Will Come True!
Prediction: YouTube/Google Drop Flash Video

Dick Morris Has Seen His Future Of Living In A Cardboard Box And Swerves To Avoid It

August 21, 2007

World’s largest music retailer ditches DRM, not censorship

EMI ditched DRM. Now Universal Music Group is too.

Well, this is nice!

But yo, Dick Morris, get them up on the iTunes Store too. Stop being a jerk.

Previously in this blog:
Daddy, What’s A Record? What’s An Album?
Recording Artists: Save Yourselves. Don’t Let Dick Morris And The Other Dicks Kill You While They Kill Themselves!
And Suddenly Universal Music Group’s Artists Get Zero Royalties
As I Said: iPhone Vs. Universal Music
Applenomics, Or Why Steve Jobs Will Now Hate Me For Ever And Ever

Blogroll Addition: Network Baby Profile

August 21, 2007

See prior post.

I’m on Facebook too, but I despise it. It looks and acts exactly like what it is: a boring meeting room for Suits.

I don’t think I’ll be adding my Facebook Profile to the Blogroll.

New Social Spot: Network Baby

August 21, 2007


Blame Candice Jarrett.

It’s done by a friend of hers.

She sent out a MySpace Bulletin about it.

So I joined. You can too.


Previously in this blog:
The Candice Jarrett Campaign: Part One
The Candice Jarrett Campaign: Part Two

YouTube: Lips Like Morphine

August 21, 2007

Lips like morphine.

We’re obvioulsy making fun of Kill~Hannah..but they cool.


I don’t recall how I got Raquel Villo as a MySpace Friend but I’ve been glad ever since. She sends out Bulletins that just crack me up. They are akin to Directives from Raquel HQ.

This YouTube vid was in a recent Bulletin and it’s typical Raquel. She makes me laugh. Go see. It’ll make you laugh too. (Be sure to wait for the hand payoff near the end!)

Ectomo Finds A Jewel!

August 21, 2007

Vij: Alone In A Church With A Dead Russian Witch — embedded YouTube video

Absolutely breathtaking. This is a work of art.

The IMDB has it listed as Viy with a 1967 date. 1967! Forty years ago and what I see puts today’s CGI-infested blockbusters to shame.











Look at that! The sense of composition, the color, the lighting. It’s like a painting come to life. And this was done before computers, when the people involved had to have talent and know their shit firsthand. No relying on “We’ll fix it in post with the computer” or “We’ll have the colorist touch it up later.”

Hollywood, with its fractions-of-a-billion-dollars budgets hasn’t produced anything as beautiful or as frightening.

Update: TrueGore has it on DVD with English subtitles for US$10.00.