Looks like Hillary, acts like Dick

July 31, 2004 at 12:30 am | Posted in Fun Indoors, Politics | Leave a comment

In the “Manchurian Candidate”, a remake of the 1962 John Frankenheimer thriller, Meryl Streep turns in a powerful performance that should get her an Academy Award nomination. Her presence and charisma in the movie overwhelms the other stars (Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber).

Meryl Streep’s performance was better than Angela Lansburys in portraying ruthlessness and ambition without appearing shrill or hysterical. However, what the remake missed in the conclusion was showing how Shaw finally resolved his inner demons. We see how he acted, but not how he felt after he gave the phone to Marco.

Even though the villian looks like a famous Democrat, her actions are more representative of the current corporate-controlled Vice President. One couldn’t help but notice that the background news stories in the movie are simple extrapolations of the real-life war on terror.

The Return of the Apple Extended Keyboard

July 24, 2004 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Macintosh | 6 Comments

Apple not only makes superior computers and operating systems, but in the past, they made excellent “tactile user interfaces” (i.e. keyboards). The Apple Extended Keyboard is possibly the best keyboard ever made. It had mechanical keyswitches that made a satisfying clicking noise while typing and was very rugged. I used the same keyboard for 12 years on three different computers.
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New 4G iPods?

July 14, 2004 at 10:17 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

If you’re still waiting for an iPod, you might consider waiting a little bit longer. Think Secret reports that the next generation of iPods may be four weeks away.

Just when iPod availability is getting back to normal, Apple decides to shoot itself again and announce a product to reduce demand for existing products.

Maybe because it can’t make enough of existing products and just wants people to keep lusting for the next product, whether it be an iPod, G5 iMac, or G6 PowerMac.

New Mac Game

July 14, 2004 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors, Macintosh | Leave a comment

A MacOS version of the Sets card game is now available. This is a stimulating pattern-recognition game where your engage your ability to simultaneously sense shapes, fills, numbers, and colors.

There are other reasons why I remember this game 🙂

Iraqi Insurgency Explained

July 12, 2004 at 11:19 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Geopolitical/terrorism analyst John Robb has posted an article that explains the situation in Iraq a whole lot better than the us-vs-them and kill-em-all attitude of the Bush Administration.

The anarchy and uncertainty in post-Saddam Iraq has led to the formation of decentralized groups ranging from Al Qaeda to Iraqi nationalists to private armies. Even though the focus of these groups are against the American occupation, there may be enough conflict here to start a civil war (if or when US forces leave). Robb’s one-slide summary shows the relationship of various groups engaged in a “bazaar of violence”.

Digital Cameras running on Internet Time

July 7, 2004 at 9:59 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

It’s been less than six months since the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2 was announced. I picked one a little over a month ago – I figured that it would be another year before they release the DiMAGE Z3 (The 4.0MP Z2 arrived a year after the 3.2MP Z1).

Wrong. Photography Blog reports that the Z3 has been released. I’m a bit miffed. Are we now down to 6-month product cycles? Given the 8MP cameras announced by the big three digital camera makers (Canon, Nikon, Olympus), this business approach by Konica Minolta is interesting – I think it may give them a competitive/marketing advantage if the market is growing rapidly.
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Gun Number Two

July 4, 2004 at 9:37 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | Leave a comment

Earlier this week I took delivery of my second handgun – a Browning Buckmark 22LR pistol. I had a lot more fun with this gun than my 9mm, and it’s cheaper to shoot. The gun handles very well and is quite accurate. The second picture shows 3-4 inch groups at 10 yards; the one on the left was finished off with five less accurate 9mm rounds.

Nothing like the 4th to assert your 2nd 🙂

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