Band: Venomentality @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC Tonight September 20 2007 At 7PM!

September 20, 2007

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If you missed Venomentality on Sunday, you have another chance to see them tonight!!

Union Square Virgin Megastore
14th & Broadway NYC
Sept 20th
7pm
FREE/All Ages

Previously in this blog:
Photo Album: Venomentality At Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands (Sunday)
Photo Album: Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands In New York City
Band: Venomentality, Today Sunday September 16 2007 @ Union Square Park NYC
Band: Venomentality, Tomorrow Sunday September 16 2007 @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC
MySpace Music: Feh!
Why You Should Be On MySpace


Blog Notes: That’s A Wrap For Today

September 20, 2007

Just one post after this.

The pictures of Mink will have to wait til next week.

Tomorrow I have an appointment that will eat half the day.

Probably no weekend blogging (I say that every frikkin weekend…).


Hi! My Name Is Jeff Zucker. And I Think You’re Stupid.

September 20, 2007

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Hai! I B Doin The Chuck On Ur Ass Soon! LOL!!

NBC to Offer Downloads of Its Shows

NBC makes many of its popular shows available online in streaming media, which means that fans can watch episodes on their computers. Under the new NBC service, called NBC Direct, consumers will be able to download, for no fee, NBC programs like “Heroes,” “The Office” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on the night that they are broadcast and keep them for seven days. They would also be able to subscribe to shows, guaranteeing delivery each week.

But the files, which would be downloaded overnight to home computers, would contain commercials that viewers would not be able to skip through. And the file would not be transferable to a disk or to another computer.

The files would degrade after the seven-day period and be unwatchable. “Kind of like ‘Mission: Impossible,’ only I don’t think there would be any explosion and smoke,” Mr. Gaspin said.

Emphasis added by me. Original stupidity by the The Suits.

Fake Fake Steve Jobs gets it in one:

Roll out all the different systems that don’t work together. Bring on all the different kinds of software, none of which will work as well as iTunes. Bring on a zillion different user interfaces, a zillion accounts you need to set up, a zillion new usernames and passwords and a list of which services can work on which devices in which format. Right.

Yeah. I just lovvvved downloading that piece of shit Amazon Unbox software to watch Journeyman.

Previously in this blog:
NBC: Settle With Apple
A Third Post-iTunes Fable For NBC: Steve Jobs Is Journeyman
A Second Post-iTunes Fable For NBC: You Got Chucked!
A Post-iTunes Fable For NBC
I Wish I Thought Of That!
By The Book: Jeff Zucker Vs. Steve Jobs
Jeff Zucker: Like Dubya, Only Worse
Newsflash! Jeff Zucker Buys Condo From Dick Morris!
Jeff Zucker: He Don’t Do Emo
Jff Zukr: Ur No Gneeiz No
Quote Of The Day: Jobs Rulz, Gates Luz
A Post-iTunes Fable For NBC
Should Apple Turn iTunes Into A Platform?


Asus Eee: My Head Is Now Spinning!

September 20, 2007

Asustek’s Eee PC will powered by Menlow – report [update: direct link updated]

Asustek caused a stir by showing off a prototype Eee PC at Computex earlier this year. It failed to mention then that it was miles away from production though the Asus boss did get excited and draw applause from the crowd when he said it’d cost $199.

Emphasis added by me.

Whaaaaat? It’s supposed to be on sale within weeks from today!

The report says Asus aims to ship 3-5 million Eee PCs in 2008. It is also said to be preparing a nine-inch model to add to the seven and eight-inch models already announced.

Emphasis added by me.

Eight inch?!!? When did this happen?!

These reports that contradict one another and spit out all these different specs are driving me mad. I wish Asus would spit out some solid information of its own on its own damned websites!

Previously in this blog:
Asus Eee: Even On Mars?!!?
Asus Eee: WTF?
Is The Foleo Completely Dead Now?
Asus Eee: Real Hands-On Report With New Pics
YouTube: New Asus Eee Vids
Asus Eee: Alleged Hands-On Report
Asus Eee To Do Color Covers
Asus Eee Versus Raon Digital Everun
Asus Eee: More About Its Keyboard
Asus Eee: The New Timex-Sinclair?!!?
Asus Eee: OS X?!
Asus Eee: XP Runs!
New Asus Eee Article
Asus Eee: Increasing RAM Possible
Asus Eee: OK. Wait. What’d He Just Say?!!?
Asus Eee And Palm PDAs
Asus Eee = Flybook = RSI
Blog Notes: Yes, I’m Working On It!


Blog Notes: Alexa

September 20, 2007

mikecane.wordpress.com traffic rank in other countries:

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I was at some site that had a link in its to-me-foreign language that turned out to lead to its Alexa stats. I put in my URL and found out just how worthless Alexa is. It gives this blog a daily per-page view that is just out and out bullshit. I can see what people view on my Dashboard and the numbers don’t jibe with Alexa.

Anyway, I thought the above chart was hugely funny. What, New Zealand has so few sites or blogs?!


Asus Eee: Even On Mars?!!?

September 20, 2007

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Hell, if that ain’t Martian…

Oh wait.

OK, to get Sirius — ahem — serious. Is Asus planning a massive global drop shipment of the Eee? I’m seeing it turn up on blogs in country after country. How many of these suckers do they plan to crank out?

I just hope it will all go like the iPhone introduction: Ample supplies, no shortages.

Make everyone happy. (Well, except for the ebay gougers!)

Previously in this blog:
Asus Eee: WTF?
Is The Foleo Completely Dead Now?
Asus Eee: Real Hands-On Report With New Pics
YouTube: New Asus Eee Vids
Asus Eee: Alleged Hands-On Report
Asus Eee To Do Color Covers
Asus Eee Versus Raon Digital Everun
Asus Eee: More About Its Keyboard
Asus Eee: The New Timex-Sinclair?!!?
Asus Eee: OS X?!
Asus Eee: XP Runs!
New Asus Eee Article
Asus Eee: Increasing RAM Possible
Asus Eee: OK. Wait. What’d He Just Say?!!?
Asus Eee And Palm PDAs
Asus Eee = Flybook = RSI
Blog Notes: Yes, I’m Working On It!


Asus Eee: WTF?

September 20, 2007

Gallery: Classmate PC and Asus Eee at IDF

This is the Asus Eee laptop. The model shown has a 7-inch LCD screen and it’s running a fast booting version of Linux. Prices range from $200 to $330 and a basic model with 7-inch display and Wireless LAN capability is $230. Higher-end models will have 9-inch displays.

Whaaaat? What’s this $330 as top price? High-end with nine-inch displays?

Is there new information Asus has not yet widely disseminated?

Anyway, check out the pics. Apparently, the ZD photog didn’t (or wasn’t permitted to) use flash. All are fugly yellow-tinged.

Previously in this blog:
Is The Foleo Completely Dead Now?
Asus Eee: Real Hands-On Report With New Pics
YouTube: New Asus Eee Vids
Asus Eee: Alleged Hands-On Report
Asus Eee To Do Color Covers
Asus Eee Versus Raon Digital Everun
Asus Eee: More About Its Keyboard
Asus Eee: The New Timex-Sinclair?!!?
Asus Eee: OS X?!
Asus Eee: XP Runs!
New Asus Eee Article
Asus Eee: Increasing RAM Possible
Asus Eee: OK. Wait. What’d He Just Say?!!?
Asus Eee And Palm PDAs
Asus Eee = Flybook = RSI
Blog Notes: Yes, I’m Working On It!


YouTube: Gerry Anderson Documentary

September 20, 2007

The Making of the 21st Century (Part 1 of 4)
The Making of the 21st Century (Part 2 of 4)
The Making of the 21st Century (Part 3 of 4)
The Making of the 21st Century (Part 4 of 4)

Documentary on the making of Thunderbirds & all the other worlds of Gerry Anderson. Features interviews with Gerry Anderson, Ed Bishop, Francis Matthews, Christine Glanville & Derek Meddings. Edited by myself back in 1991 to a radio documentary from the 1980’s.

This is a wonderful little documentary filled with images I’ve never seen before! Taken from a VHS tape, showing some wear.

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I’d never seen the A.P. studios before.

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Special effects master and pioneer Derek Meddings

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One-legged on a scary catwalk: No OSHA!

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One of those exciting Derek Meddings explosions!

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Look at how large the Angel Interceptor cockpit area was!

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Another great Meddings explosion! No one could do it like him!

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Terrahawks: behind the scenes

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Look at the puppet’s size next to the light meter!

JOE 90 Club Mix 1986 7 inch vinyl

improved quality recording

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Ex + Mart Thunderbirds Ad HQ

its a no strings deal

A snarky ad featuring a sorry-assed imitation Scott Tracy:

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No! This is Scott Tracy, dammit:

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(Of course they would have to use an imitation. The real Scott has too much dignity!)

Previously in this blog:
Gerry Anderson category
Supermarionation category


I Think You Need This Reminder

September 20, 2007

There are really some dumb fucking assholes in this world. Dumb fucking assholes who think something like this is funny:

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Oh, it’s just a joke, watching a pack of police officers acting like goddam Nazi SS against one young student. While one of our elected officials looks on like an impotent dick. In what was supposed to be America!

It’s not funny. No part of that disgusting incident is funny.

Grow the fuck up. Meet reality.

From A Trial by ]ury by D. Graham Burnett, pages 160-162:

Further on I wrote, “There are no trick endings,” and then, later still, “We would choose this strong burden of proof . . . b/c the state is so powerful,” and beside that, circled, the insight that suddenly seemed to sum up the whole experience of the trial:

We have seen the power of the state.

This was the thing, I realized. For the last three days, we had struggled to come to terms with the burden of proof that the prosecution had to meet: lt seemed unreasonable, exaggerated, impossible. But here was a way to understand it: the burden of proof was so high exactly because the state was so powerful.

All of us probably would have agreed in the abstract, before the trial even started, that the state was powerful. But after four days of sequestration, we had developed a new and immediate appreciation of just what this power meant: the state could take control of your person, it could refuse to let you go home, it could send men with guns to watch you take a piss, it could deny you access to a lawyer, it could embarrass you in public and force you to reply meekly, it could, ultimately, send you to jail — all this, apparently, without even accusing you of a crime.

For (mostly) law-abiding citizens with no experience of the criminal-justice system, with no experience of what it feels like to be made wholly impotent by the force of legal strictures and the threat of legal violence, this discovery had been shocking. One could see the shock in Paige’s face as she emerged from her scolding in the court. One could hear it in Jim’s angry muttering before the bench. I knew the feeling all too well myself, from sitting in front of the judge as he insulted me and silenced me and sent me from the room when I had done absolutely nothing wrong. At times the encounter felt like the belittling and arbitrary tyranny of primary school: “Who are these people,” the child asks, “and how come they can make me do what they say?” Here, in the justice system, your mother couldn’t write you a note. It was a giant difference: before the state, there was no higher worldly power.

If we as a jury wanted to understand why the burden of proof fell on the prosecution, and fell with such gravity, we needed only to reflect on what we had discovered directly about the real power of the state and its agents. There was, in a deep way, no recourse. Yes, there were appeals courts, constitutional protections, citizen juries like us. But in the end — in the end there was, simply, the final power of the state. There was always this. This was a power even more terrifying, in a way, than a man with a knife in a closed room. That sort of raw, physical power, for all its horrors, can never extend indefinitely in all directions. If you were to run outside, people would object, would (in principle) come to your aid. In the room, you know this, even if you cannot actually escape. But there is nowhere to run from the state: it is the sine qua non of such an entity that nearly everyone outside the room (the courtroom, the prison) has already accepted the legitimacy of what the state chooses to do to you (or has at least acquiesced). In fact, all those people out there, they actually constitute the state itself. If you run out to them, they will help catch you. There is nowhere to go.

I began to sketch some remarks, in outline form, that centered on this observation. I was still scribbling when the sergeant knocked on my door to say I had to come down to breakfast. I opened to say that I wasn’t eating breakfast; could I please have another few moments? I was working on something important.

No. I was to come downstairs with him. Now.

This nation was founded by men who understood the naked fist the State could wield.

Those of you who think what happened to that student was in any way justified or funny are unworthy of this country.

You are a disgrace.

Additional:
An Essay on the Trial by Jury – Lysander Spooner

FOR more than six hundred years – that is, since Magna Carta, in 1215 – there has been no clearer principle of English or American constitutional law, than that, in criminal cases, it is not only the right and duty of juries to judge what are the facts, what is the law, and what was the moral intent of the accused; but that it is also their right, and their primary and paramount duty, to judge of the justice of the law, and to hold all laws invalid, that are, in their opinion, unjust or oppressive, and all persons guiltless in violating, or resisting the execution of, such laws.

FindLaw: A Review Of D. Graham Burnett’s A Trial By Jury

A Trial by Jury in ebook format; in Sony Reader ebook format; and the print publisher’s page.

Update/Additional:
More Police Abuse Of Power — how’d you like to go to jail for making a video of the police?

Yeah, That’s It. Cue The Vigilantes! — how’d you like a police force that ignores laws?

Wake up now or be very, very sorry later!