Friday, September 15, 2006

Website of the Week - Coolness Roundup

Okay so that's not the URL, but go here for an excellent podcast and reviews of the latest cool gadgets to come down the pipe. Stephen Schleicher and Charlie White both have a long list of experiences that give them insight into the IT industry in general and gadgets specifically.

Some of the latest things they've covered include:

The Linksys Travel Router


and the Midas Universal Remote/Wristwatch.




Both very cool things indeed.

Come On, Baby - Let's Do The Twist

Posted by codemorse

From The NY Times, courtesy of This Modern World:

...the other striking feature of [Bush's] conversation is that he possesses an unusual perception of time. Washington, and modern life in general, encourages people to think in the short term. But Bush, who stands aloof, thinks in long durations.

“I got into politics initially because I wanted to help change a culture,” he says, referring to his campaign against the instant gratifications of the 1960’s counterculture. And he sees his efforts today as a series of long, gradual cultural transformations. Like many executives, he believes that the higher you go, the further into the future you should see, and so his conversation is filled with speculations about the long-term effects of deep social trends — the current religious awakening or the politics of volunteer armies.

Sitting between busts of Lincoln and Churchill, [Bush] continued, “My hope is to leave behind something — foundations and institutions that will enable future presidents to be able to more likely make the tough decisions that they’re going to have to make.”

“Ideological struggles take time,” he said, explaining the turmoil in Iraq and elsewhere. He said the events of weeks or months were just a nanosecond compared with the long course of this conflict. He was passionate on the need for patience and steadfastness. He talked about “inviolate” principles written upon his heart: “People want you to change. It’s tactics that shift, but the strategic vision has not, and will not, shift.”


Ideological struggles take time? The kind of time this Administration did not allow for when planning the invasion of Iraq?

Patience? The sort of patience he refused to exercise when it became clear that the UN inspectors were, in fact, not finding any WMDs in Iraq, and that the reason for this was almost certainly that there were no weapons to be found?

Believe it or not, I have some sympathy for Mr. Bush. At day's end, I think he's doing what he believes is right. The problem is that we disagree entirely on what is "right," and how to go about doing it.

The craven image-creation this Administration has engaged in, from making Bush simulataneously " stand aloof" and be "a man you'd want to have a (non-alcoholic) beer with", to having him simultaneously insist that he doesn't read the papers, yet reads Camus; to situating him between the busts of two historical emancipators, is enough to throw distrust all over what he "stands" for.

The simple, sad truth is that it just doesn't matter what Bush and Co. say anymore. Our own ideological trenches are dug far too deep to change opinions on "the Great Divider". That's damn ironic, considering that it's an ideological struggle we're involved in. The sort of down-the-rabbit-hole logic that's now employed is the essence of flip-floppery. It's worse than any change in position John Kerry ever made, and it's worse because unlike Kerry, Bush is in charge of the country. Bush is the champion of a swift, decisive victory in Iraq before he was always aware that such a struggle might take years and years and years to "win." Bush wanted to unite the country, not divide it - until it became politically expedient to divide us more than we've ever been in my lifetime. Bush wants to protect freedom - and to do so, he'll remove every last one of America's civil liberties.

For every Republican who claims that the division in this country is the fault of cut n' run liberals who care more about dividing a nation than they do about healing it, I say this:

Republicans are planning to spend the vast majority of their sizable financial war chest over the final 60 days of the campaign attacking Democratic House and Senate candidates over personal issues and local controversies, GOP officials said.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which this year dispatched a half-dozen operatives to comb through tax, court and other records looking for damaging information on Democratic candidates, plans to spend more than 90 percent of its $50 million-plus advertising budget on what officials described as negative ads.


Why is there such "Bush Hatred" right now?

Easy - because despite his seemingly-sincere desire to "do something" about terror, his methods, his philosophies, and his party's approach to politicking is worthy of disgust. Do I love the Dems and their approach? Hell, no. But then the Dems aren't currently fighting in government to consolidate even more power into a single branch of government, are they?

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Filmic Frenzy!

Posted by codemorse

Here's some of the latest and greatest film news and info from around the web:

The Fake Life is reporting that Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3, U-571, Breakdown) will be directing the Sub-Mariner film for Marvel studios. I could care less about the Sub-Mariner, but I happen to like Mostow quite a bit. As the author of this article jokes (?), Mostow's largely held responsible for "killing" the Terminator franchise, but I thought his work on T3 was surprisingly forceful and very natural. If there's a director who can get me excited about an Aquaman rip-off with lil' wings on his feet, Mostow's it.

You can read an extensive interview with Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, The Frighteners) about his upcoming fantasy project as well as his long-percolating adaptaion of the Lovely Bones here and here. It's in two parts, and it's interesting stuff.

Over at Chud.com, the new Apocalypto trailer is up. Come to terms with the fact that artists throughout history have been cantankerous, racist, sexist, stupid, and still brilliant - then watch the trailer and admit that, yea, that looks pretty interesting.

The Silver Surfer rears his chrome-dome in the Fantastic Four sequel, and AICN has a report on how they're going to bring the Philosopher of the Spaceways to life. It sounds...weird.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Apple TV Thingy Update

This is it and while it is purty, it's also disappointing. Its working name is the iTV (naturally) and the hardware cost is actually $299. For that you get something that can stream any iTunes content to your TV. The resolution is 640x480 (not great) on the movies that you would buy for 19.99.

Of course they aren't actually releasing it until 2007, so things could change between now and then. If the price were to drop dramatically then I could see it doing some business. If the price on the movies stays the same though it will die.

Hir(pur)sute

Posted by codemorse



"Osama's got legs...he knows how to use 'em"


From CNN:


After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Gary Weddle followed the news so closely he forgot to shave. After a week he decided not to shave until Osama bin Laden was caught or killed. Nor has Weddle, 46, who expected the al Qaeda leader to be caught within a month or so, trimmed his facial hair in the succeeding five years as he went from substitute teacher to science instructor at Ephrata Middle School.

...He said he would keep the beard, untrimmed, as long as bin Laden remains at large -- "even if I get buried with it."


Gary's going to be waiting for a while, methinks:

The clandestine U.S. commandos whose job is to capture or kill Osama bin Laden have not received a credible lead in more than two years. Nothing from the vast U.S. intelligence world -- no tips from informants, no snippets from electronic intercepts, no points on any satellite image -- has led them anywhere near the al-Qaeda leader, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.

"The handful of assets we have have given us nothing close to real-time intelligence" that could have led to his capture, said one counterterrorism official, who said the trail, despite the most extensive manhunt in U.S. history, has gone "stone cold."

But Is He A Brown-Skinned Man?

Posted by codemorse

From CNN:

A man wearing military fatigues and throwing punches into the air tried to open the exit door of a jet during a cross-country flight on Tuesday night, airline officials and passengers said...

Ken Wolfenberger, of Whittier, California, who was on the flight, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he helped subdue the unruly passenger. The man wore patches on his fatigues with special forces and jujitsu champion logos, Wolfenberger said.

The man had been acting strangely for about 20 minutes, then sat up, wrapped belts around his hands and threw punches into the air, Wolfenberger said.

Wolfenberger said he heard a flight attendant yell for help and tell the man, "Sir, get your hand off the handle."


Crazy man? Homegrown terrorist? We don't know, because while CNN is willing to report exactly what this man was wearing, they seem remarkably loathe to report anything he was saying.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Big Apple News

posted by Scott Roche

Today Apple will be giving the public some details about their new dowloadable movie service. I've known for some time that this was in the works and even wrote a bit about it. What's really interesting is the other bit of news it's rumored that they will release.

The bad thing about downloading movies from iTunes is that they won't be burnable to a DVD, but it looks like they'll be releasing a device that will allow you to stream the movie to your TV. One dongle will plug into your Mac and will wirelessly attach to another one plugged into either HD or regular component cables.

According to Gizmodo it will be called the TubePort. The cost for hardware will be $99 and the movies will cost between $9-$19.99 depending on the format you purchase. That seems more than a little steep, but it's a step in the right direction.

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Posted by codemorse

From the NY Post:

President Bush is invoking the memory of Sept. 11 to defend the war in Iraq, drawing protests from Democrats who say he politicized a national day of mourning...

Bush began with a two-minute tribute to the "nearly 3,000" victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, but most of his 17-minute speech was devoted to justifying his foreign policy since that day. With his party's control of Congress at stake in elections less than two months away, Bush suggested that political opponents who are calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would be giving victory to the terrorists...


"I am often asked why we are in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks," Bush said. "The answer is that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a clear threat."



From the Washington Post:

A declassified report released yesterday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence revealed that U.S. intelligence analysts were strongly disputing the alleged links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda while senior Bush administration officials were publicly asserting those links to justify invading Iraq.

Far from aligning himself with al-Qaeda and Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Hussein repeatedly rebuffed al-Qaeda's overtures and tried to capture Zarqawi, the report said. Tariq Aziz, the detained former deputy prime minister, has told the FBI that Hussein "only expressed negative sentiments about [Osama] bin Laden."


...a CIA assessment in October 2005 concluded that Hussein's government "did not have a relationship, harbor, or turn a blind eye toward Zarqawi and his associates," according to the report.

...In February 2002, the Defense Intelligence Agency concluded that "Iraq is unlikely to have provided bin Laden any useful [chemical and biological weapons] knowledge or assistance." A year later, Bush said: "Iraq has also provided al-Qaeda with chemical and biological weapons training."




Guess which article was published on a Saturday, the slowest day of the news cycle? I'll give you a hint - it's not the first article.

Free To Be...Iraqi. Not So Free To Be...Americani

Posted by Codemorse

From the NY Post:

President Bush told the nation last night that America is waging war against terrorists to protect free countries and allow "good and decent" people to sow new democracies in the Middle East.

..."We are fighting for the possibility that good and decent people across the Middle East can raise up societies based on freedom and tolerance and personal dignity."



This, from the Administration that brought you the Defense of Marriage act, warrantless wiretaps, and "if you aren't with us, then you're against us."

Freedom, tolerance, and personal dignity - wonderful words that apparently mean more in Iraq than they do in America.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Explanations, Apologies, and Congratulations

Posted by codemorse

If you read this site, you've noticed that we haven't posted in about a week - which is pretty unusual.

Apologies for the lack of new content, but this past weekend, Jabawacefti was married in a ceremony of poignance and unadulterated fun. Because I'm more exhausted than Hefner after a night out with the girls, posting will remain non-existent until tomorrow morning, when Codemorse will come roaring back to life.

Thanks for your patience. Well-wishers who want to congratulate our resident conservative can email me your heartfelt good wishes and I'll see that Jabs gets them.

Congratulations to Jabs. He's married a wonderful woman. She didn't make out too badly either.