Archive for August, 2007

Bush says goodbye to Gonzales with all the sincerity one could possibly muster reading word for word.

August 28, 2007

I am absolutely astonished by what journalists have been saying about Bush’s speech yesterday commenting on Gonzales’ leaving. Practically everyone I heard characterized his speech as being punctuated with anger. Really? Was I watching and listening to the same speech they were? All I saw was the same, “Do I have to?” or “Can’t Cheney get someone to do this for me?” look that he has had for just about every speech that he has ever given. What I found most astonishing was that it was sooo painfully obvious that 1) He didn’t write the speech, 2) He in no way prepared for the speech, and 3) He was so completely disengaged that when he got to the line where he said that Gonzales’ good name was dragged through the mud, he actually had to stop when he got to the “through the”, turn to the next page, and REEEEAD the word “mud”! AAAAAAA!!!!! I think I feel blood running out of my ears. Am I the only one who saw that? Anyone? Anyone? Please! Someone say they saw it too! You should be able to find a video of his speech at http://abcnews.go.com/politics. I just can’t be the only one to have seen that.

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The death of our public education system. (you have goooot to see this video)

August 27, 2007

I may be a bit late to the party on this one, but I’m sure for at least a few of you, it will be news to you too. As you may (or may not) know, the Miss Teen USA “pageant” was held over the weekend. At one point the contestants were each asked a question. The question posed to a one Miss South Carolina was why she thought 1/5 of American school kids could not find the U.S. on a map. Now, many people have made fun of her answer, as I’m sure you will. However, I would take a different position and say that her answer was probably the most correct answer any one could have possibly given. If you do nothing else, you have goooot to see this video. You won’t be sorry.

Could it be? Is it possible? A gPhone released in as little as two weeks?

August 27, 2007

g is for Google. All you suckas out there who plunked down $5-600 clams on that over priced, over hyperbole-ed iToilet might want to get a load of this one. The rumor mills are all a buzz (as they were earlier this year). As it goes, some guys in India (having something to do with Google) have supposedly leaked that, as the title says, this phone could be unleashed onto the public in both Europe and the US with a possible release in India in as little as two weeks. I don’t know the story, but (as it goes) it is to have a Linux-powered engine with ad-supported service. How will this affect other cell phone companies that have integrated googleware? Who knows, but if this it true, their backsides might be feeling a bit sore. Ya know, I used to be warm and fuzzy about the big G, but now I’m not so sure. They are saving all of our e-mails (with Gmail), no doubt turning Google Earth into some kinda visual tracking whatever, and if this is true, will be listening in on (and recording) every conversation we ever have. I can see it now, voice recognition knows what you are saying, Google then jumps into the conversation mimicking the person you were talking to, and then tries to convince you to buy some pill to decrease the angle of your dangle. Scintillating. You can read stories about this here, here, and here. I’m sure its all over the place by now. Just search for it, gulp, on Google.

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Bush countdown clock! (get one for your blog)

August 27, 2007

Arrrrrrgh! Crap on a stick. Due to the limitations of the free blog (I suspect), WP keeps stripping out the code needed to show the clock. Well, this was certainly anticlimactic. Maybe I should migrate over to blogbspot (I know it works with them). Its still cool though, so clearly you need to go here.

The NFL and Michael Vick

August 24, 2007

Perhaps its that tiny shred of innocence that is still left in me that is so shocked at the apparent lack of concern the NFL seems to be displaying for the brutality that Vick has now admitted to. At what point do we loose that innocence? That part of you that shy’s away from the evils of man. I actually heard a news story in which they played a blurb from one of the sports shows in Atlanta. One of the hosts actually said that he didn’t care what Vick did and that if he owned a team, and if Vick was cut from the Falcons, that he would pay whatever it took to get him. I’m left wondering if it is possible for there to be any more of a worthless person than this individual (I wish I remember his name). I suppose it is possible that he was simply trying to drum up the ratings, but does that make his statements any more acceptable? What would Vick have to do before that poster child for abortion says enough is enough? But I digress. It seems to me that what the NFL is really waiting for is to see how much marketability Vick still has. Of course, their official line is that they want to see how the gambling charges play out. Gambling?… Gambling? In the list of obscenities that Vick has admitted to, gambling is what the NFL is focused on? Could it be that they are focused on this because there is more legal wiggle room? It certainly appears that Vick’s defense team understands this. They are trying to pacify the prosecution by admitting to the lesser charge while fighting tooth and nail on the gambling. Basically saying, “Accept what we are giving you or we will make this as expensive as we can for the taxpayers.” Let’s say he does wiggle out (his defense is saying that while he financed the gambling, he never participated in or benefited from the gambling itself). What should do the NFL do? Allow him to continue to play? Basically sanctioning his behavior much like the Senate sanctioned the sexual overtures Mark Foley made to Congressional Pages? Beating, drowning, hanging, and electrocuting any animal (not so sure about plants) in and of itself should be the only provocation the NFL needs. The cynic in me says that the NFL and that radio host are just as bastardly as Vick. I’m still trying to hold on to that shred of innocence, but the older I get, the more fleeting it becomes.

More modo magic:

August 21, 2007

So here is another cool image. This one is called “Glas Dragon” by Brederock from Eden FX. Like the last one, this one is done in the 3D program called modo, and is entirely fake. Truly off the wall. You can find the original, and much bigger, version of it here. All I can say is, “Some day.” Oh, and stupid me, in my last post I made the “m” in modo capitalized, d’oh.

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Ya like this pic? Guess what? Its fake! Fake, fake, fake, all fake.

August 18, 2007

Yup, all of it. The bottle, the lights, the shadows, the liquid, even the background. None of it exists. All courtesy of the power of Modo! If you haven’t figured it out yet, Modo is a 3D computer graphics (CG) software. It also happens to be one of the premier polygon and subdivision modeling programs out there (oh, and the company actually listens to it’s users and continuously works to improve their product). I know, I know, I can already hear the 3D Studio Max (-ophiles) warming up their flamethrowers singing the praises of 3DS Max with the PolyBoost plug-in (which if you don’t know gives Max the same functionality as Modo [some zealots would argue more]). And I’m sure that a few Maya users might chime in with their NEX plug-in. So why Modo? Well, Modo: $895, 3DS Max: $3,495 (+ $124 for PolyBoost), Maya Complete: $1,999, Maya Unlimited: $6,999 (+ $148 for NEX). Hmmm. Also, Modo is a focused program for modeling, texturing, and painting and therefore the learning curve is nowhere near the dizzying level it is for Max or Maya (good for hobbyists). Although the next version, which I believe is due out later this month, will branch out into animation. Oh, and if any of you are into making stuff for Second Life? (including those little oddities called sculpties?) Can you say, “Hello Modo”? But with that said, a Modo, Zbrush, Photoshop, Maya, Photoshop workflow is pretty righteous. P.S. If you were wondering, unfortunately, no, I did not make this model. It came from a tutorial from Roger Harris. You can find the videos and download the model (in Modo format) here.

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Just fix the damn thing already!!

August 13, 2007

You know, with all the jackass heming and hawing NASA has done about the damaged tiles on the space shuttle, they could have sent someone out there to either repair or replace them by now. Argh! This reminds me of those stories you occasionally hear like, some one is trapped in a car or falls into a river and it takes forever and a day for rescuers to pop the door open or throw a rope. Boneheads! (Although they do seem able to keep the flashing lights on the entire time) I heard one of the “officials” say that the tiles were very fragile and so they needed to be very careful. What?! So I’m to believe that with all the advancements in ceramic science, they haven’t been able come up with a tougher tile? And wouldn’t this have been factored in when they were coming up with the protocols for fixing/replacing these things? Sounds to me like a few people are at NASA are, how shall we say, drunk?

Confucius also says,

August 13, 2007

Do unto others before they get a chance to do it to you.

HA! I love it.

Oh, and let’s not forget my personal favorite and life’s credo, “Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow.”

Hopefully I will have a more meaningful post not in the too distant future. But then, I refer you to the aforementioned statement above.