on Avatar

I finally saw Avatar, and left the theatre with lots of conflicting reactions to the movie. cinematically gorgeous amazing visuals fascinating biology but... why are the Na'vi simply caricatures of humans? but... in a fully 3D-modeled-and-rendered world, why are the Na'vi so human? why is Cameron so heavy handed in his Gaia-theory stuff? this is largely just a mashup of every Cameron movie I've ever seen, right down to characters and gadgets....

December 27, 2009 · 5 min

on censorship in the Apple app store

I've been trying to be a voice of reason when it comes to how Apple operates. I'd rather see them as generally trying to do the right thing, but struggling sometimes with some of the nitty gritty things. Like letting individuals interpret blanket policies for what is and is not acceptable in the app store. I'm fine with Apple deciding that an app is unacceptable if it crashes the iPhone. If it hijacks the cellular network....

August 4, 2009 · 2 min

the voice of reason

It's a really damned scary place, where I'm the one speaking calmly and acting as the voice of reason. It's happened rather more frequently than I'm comfortable with lately, both online and off. I don't know if it's "the economy", or the shorter days, or something else, but some people seem to have collectively lost their sense of rationality and humour. If you read a post by someone online, don't jump immediately to paint them as EVIL!...

November 21, 2008 · 2 min

I don't get blogrolls

I'm not sure why people put miles-long blogrolls on every page of their blogs. Sure, have a "links" page. But every single page containing a list of all the blogs you read? Some apparently several hundred long? Page bloat. Just because there's a widget for Blogroll doesn't mean you need to use it. On every page of your site. All they're doing is making your site harder to navigate, take longer to load, and completely messing up utilities like Google Blogsearch's "...

November 12, 2008 · 1 min

on the insanity of an automaker bailout

The proposed US bailout of greedy financial institutions is crazy enough, but now there's talk of bailing out the automakers? What in hell happened to the free market? US automakers are in trouble because they build shitty products that people don't want to buy. And they haven't retooled fast enough, as others have. Toyota's not looking for a bailout, they're just making better products. Honda's doing OK. etc... A US automaker bailout is just the government declaring "...

November 11, 2008 · 1 min

on open mindedness and the institution

I stopped to record a quick stream-of-thought rant about openness and the institution. My opinions are my own, not my employers, etc... Please don't fire me. And, yes, I know that I said "thousands of years" - I meant "hundreds..." or "a long time". Whatever.

September 26, 2008 · 1 min

Spore: First Impressions

I'd LOVE to have written a post on how awesome Spore is, what a great game/simulation it is, and how I've been playing it nonstop since it was released. But I can't. I prepurchased Spore for Mac on September 5 - 2 days before the release - and have yet to receive a download link for Spore for Mac from EA. They sent me links to the PC AutoDownloader, and PC installer....

September 10, 2008 · 1 min

fracking spammers

I've found several comment-spam campaign management applications mentioned in my blog's referrer stats. Most appear to be from Turkey - is that the new hotbed of spam? And, so far, all appear to be .aspx applications. Is there a positive correlation between jackass cretin spammers, and MCSE-accredited web developers? Coincidence? Or is .aspx just the current fave platform of brainless L337 Skrypt Kiddies? Just imagine if all of the energy spent trying to blast comment spam onto blogs, and spent trying to prevent said comment spam blasting from being successful, was instead directed toward something positive....

August 11, 2008 · 1 min

on leadership in the edublogosphere

There's been much handwringing about the "edublogosphere" not flocking to follow self-proclaimed leaders. That people are disgusted because other people don't clamor to follow someone else's lead because they say they are leading something. I'm not going to link, or point fingers, or name names. I'm going to keep this post short, because I could very easily devolve into full-on rant mode. Leadership is earned, not taken. You're not a leader just because you say so....

May 27, 2008 · 2 min

earth day sucks.

There. I said it. Earth day sucks. It's harmful. It provides a cop-out, marketing-based, feel good way for people and companies to feel good about half-assed lame excuses for making a real sustainable difference. Every day should be earth day. This one-day-per-year stuff is garbage. This "oh! what did you do for earth day?" feel good crap doesn't help. Frack off. Every fracking day is earth day. What did you do for EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR earth day?...

April 22, 2008 · 2 min