Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Justin Timberlake is a Freakin' Genius

Image: Jive Records
I was watching Fuse and they ran the latest Justin Timberlake video, "What Goes Around." Not so much a video as a way to make out with Scarlett Johansson AND GET PAID FOR IT!
This guy has parlayed a moderate talent and Micky Mouse Club "fame" into the ability to hang out with  the hottest women in the world.
Cameron Diaz, Alyssa Milano, Britney Spears (the hot version), and the legions of other hotties.

I don't think the Devil is making deals for people's souls, and I believe you make your own luck, so this guy must be a genius.

http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/timberlake_justin/artist.jhtml

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Primary Responsibility

Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill moving California's Primary day to February.
This, like most new about "primaries" caused me to yell at the TV.

Primary "elections" aren't public elections. They are closed votes limited to the member of private clubs.
It is my belief that not only should they not be held on public property, they should not receive any benefits of any sort from any level of government.

I follow the top three conventions pretty closely at both the state and national level. All the parties usually field pretty good candidates - none of whom get nominated.
By the time I get to vote (general election) all the candidates I could support have been eliminated from the race.

The primary system is just another mechanism by which our oligarchy stays in power.

Since I refuse to register as member of either of the two largest parties in the United States, I don't get to vote in Primaries.
And in our current system, that's the real vote. By the time the general election rolls around, you are left with weak choices.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

My One Real Complaint About GoDaddy

Their website is horrible. I normally manage my own sites down to the assembling the hardware and hand-editing the DNS records.

I'm trying (really!) to use the off-the-shelf godaddy.com product here, but the frustration level can get pretty high.
I used the built-in "value applications" to install the WordPress you're reading right now.
As a security-concious guy, I want to make sure my install is up-to-date. Going to the Value Applications manager yielded this gem:

Good news
Your new Value Apps Manager is now available for value application installation. Continue to use the Hosting Manager for management of already installed value applications only. Tour your Value Apps Manager here.


My head hurts...

Thank God for Lawyers and Greedy Bastards

Viacom is suing Google for copyrighted content found on YouTube.
http://tinyurl.com/28hsq7

"But Lon", you think, "how can you call this a good thing?"

Well, Grasshopper, you may have heard my pre-web predictions that Copyright as we know it would collapse under its own litigious weight by the year 2015. With all the success Disney and other huge property holders have had in strong-arming Congress and with the RIAA's rabid propensity to sue to its own customers, I had pushed that date out more towards 2040.

But if we can just get everyone to sue everyone, then everyone but the lawyers will be bankrupt, and unable to affords to buy representation. The big corporations certainly won't be producing new intellectual property - they'll be scrambling to feed the lawyers class they've created.

But there is a downside. With no new entertainment product, America will have lost one of our leading exports. I guess that is already happening with Hollywood developing imports like The Office and The Ring.

At least we'll be leaders in military hardware until Russia gets its shit together.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Graphics Tablets

Radio PenKevin O'Callaghan sent me this image:
which he titled "the first wacom tablet."



This actually got me thinking about my early work with light pens and digitizing devices.

I'll save light pens and touch screens for another post, but one of my first "digitizing tablets" worked on a similar concept.


The "Versawriter" used the standard potentiometer inputs of the Apple ][ and put them on the hinges of a sort of pantograph.


I can clearly remember the long hours spent tracing over illustrations to get them in the computer.






Later came the Koala Pad.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KoalaPad

We'd seen the early mouse interfaces by this point, so the other developers and I created some drivers that would let you control a cursor using drag motions on the Koala Pad.




We actually made a product together with the Koala guys called the Muppet Learning Keys
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Muppet_Learning_Keys

Wow. That page just freaked me out - serious flashbacks. :)

Friday, February 2, 2007

Lon's Favorite TV Girls of 2006

Everyone makes a list at the end of the year.

Here's a completely pointless one!

The criteria:

  1. Had to appear on a made-for-television program that originally aired in 2006.
  2. Appearances on talk shows or news programs don't count. (Must be "featured.")
  3. I had to see the show. Sadly this will eliminate many of my favorite TV personalities, but hey! We gotta have rules!


Amy Wynn Pastor from Trading Spaces
She builds stuff!
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=amy+wynn+pastor&btnG=Google+Search

Kari Byron. Image: Discovery Channel
Kari Byron from Mythbusters
She blows stuff up with an evil grin
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=kari+byron+mythbusters&btnG=Search

Jennifer Tilly
Her sitcom got canceled, but she's all over the pro Poker circuit.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0000236/

Tina Fey - Saturday Night Live
Mostly writes for TV, but gets be in front of the camera on 30 Rock
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=tina+fey

Sarah Silverman - biggest TV series was probably Greg the Bunny, but she's everywhere.
Joyously evil. Stretching the rules a little bit about being a featured player, but they are MY rules.





Giada De Laurentiis - FoodTV
I dare you to not fall in love!
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Giada+De+Laurentiis

Tuesday, January 2, 2007