Serenity

What a great movie. I’ve never seen the TV show (Firefly) and I didn’t miss a beat watching the movie. It is everything a movie like this should be: fun and action packed, funny, and believe it or not – smart. A lot of movies in this genre try too hard and get bogged down in mindless drivel (Star Wars) but Joss Whedon does a good job keeping it simple. And for anyone that misses Buffy you should see this movie. Whedon threw in a kick-ass Buffy-like scene just for us.

The best day ever

I’m sorry for this blog being so political at times. My new music review is coming soon, BUT – as my girlfriend said, it’s like Christmas in July.

Tom Delay Indicted in Campaign Finance Probe

I take great relish in saying to anyone that voted for George Bush and his band of thugs:

I TOLD YOU SO!

First the Michael Brown debacle, then the hijacking of the supreme court, and now this. I am too pessimistic to think that most Republicans will care that their representatives are so thuggish – but I can still smile and say:

I told you so.

Michael Brown: “hey, maybe it’s OJ’s fault”

So today Michael Brown blamed the governor, mayor, media, Office of Homeland Security, Santa Claus, and a variety of corpses for the failures of the government post Hurricane Katrina. Now yes, he is technically correct that there is blame to go all around, but what kind of leader steps in, says ” I know what I’m doing, and I think I do a pretty darn good job of it” and then proceeds to lay blame at others feet. He’s a Bush style leader – it’s never your fault even in view of overwhelming evidence otherwise. Brown: “My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional,” two days before the storm hit, Brown said. What a fucking cop-out – that’s how you answer interview questions: “My biggest fault is working to hard.”

My friend Grace summed it up: “the enitre band of thugs known as Republicans is the biggest bunch of pussies I have ever seen”

Macintosh and Yahoo (mac owners get the shaft)

Yahoo and Google are all that’s left of the portal wars of the late 90′s. I use Yahoo all the time because of its breadth of service. There is almost nothing online that Yahoo doesn’t provide. It galls me that they don’t pay any attention to Mac owners. How do they hate us? Let me count the ways:

  • Yahoo Messenger hasn’t been updated in years. While AOL and MSN upgrade their product often for the Mac, Yahoo has abandoned the Mac version. None of the new features available on the Windows version are available on the Mac version: stealth settings, animated emoticons, launch player, environments, etc. None of these are available for Mac users. Hint: use the excellent IM client Adium as a replacement; it replaces MSN Messenger, AOL, Jabber, and others.
  • Launchcast, Yahoo’s music station only supports no Mac browsers. If Yahoo would provide support to mozilla browsers like Firefox it would cover up a lot of problems, but most of their products run only in Windows IE.
  • With Stattracker for fantasy football, the new version only runs on Windows IE. All other users pay the same amount of money and get the “classic” version. (If you’re not clear, classic means that Yahoo is too cheap to provide service to anyone else than windows owners).

You would think that Yahoo would go a long way to provide cross-platform support since it chips away at an advantage that Microsoft has. I’m not asking that Yahoo do as much for mac users as they do for windows owners, but they have a long way to go to be considered mac-friendly. By simply providing support to Firefox for all of their features, mac owners would be able to access more features.