December 09, 2003

Peter Jackson Wants to Direct The Hobbit

Yeah! Now this is the kind of news I'm talking about! Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings movies, has reiterated, but this time more concretely, that he wants to properly create his place in Tolkien lore by filming The Hobbit.
A study shows that high-speed Internet customers care more about price than speed. Big surprise. Roadrunner high speed - $45.99 /month? It's time for those prices to come down.

December 05, 2003

Timeline of Worst Snowstorms

As New York, New England and the East Coast in general prepare, and are currently experiencing, a nasty winter snow storm, check out this timeline of the worst snow storms on record. New York is predicted to get somewhere around 16 inches. Yikes.
Would you replace FDR with Reagan? And would you really want him on the dime? It's interesting to me that this comes up now, since there's so much else going on politically and in the world. You would think Congress would have better things to do.
TGI Fridays goes on the Atkins diet. Makes sense. TGIF has lots of fat, Atkins lets you eat fat. Now if we can only talk about their flair...
Some more info on the push by President Bush to bring back NASA Moon missions.

December 04, 2003

Back to the Moon Marty!

Great Scott! The President says we must go Back to the Moon! Mars may be next Marty!
One of the Goodyear blimps crashes in California.
The Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center is lit. Check out the pictures.

December 03, 2003

Marvel Comics on CD

Now here's a great idea for a Christmas gift: classic Marvel comics on CD-ROM. Some 100 comics strong, this would be a nice addition under any comic lover's tree.
Speaking of gifts, how about the next version of Microsoft Windows, code-named Longhorn? It won't be available for at least a year here in the United States, and it will cost at least $100, and almost certainly more. However, it's now available in Malaysia, and it will only set you back $1.58.
I must be so out of touch with certain aspects of the news. I didn't even know there is going to be an exploration craft landing on Mars next month, nor that NASA is getting nervous about it because of the conditions and predicted weather. I think it's awesome they're going there.

December 01, 2003

Happy December!

Happy December! Let the merriment begin! Hopefully everyone had a good Thanksgiving and has now recovered gastrointestinally from the deluge of foods and deserts. We now begin the Christmas season in earnest, as evidenced by the countdown timer to the right. Javascript sure is fun when applied properly.
We'll start off this month with some not so great news: there's trouble in the house of mouse. That's right, that bastion of cartoons and animation, Disney. What's Disney as a company without a Disney inside? Roy Disney, the nephew of founder Walt, has resigned his position in the company and wants current chief Michael Eisner to do the same.
How about this for a Christmas gift? A PDA accessory that charges your brain. Sadly, you'll have to go overseas to get it since it's just being introduced here in America and will need FDA approval. Stimulating brain waves...what won't they think of next.

September 26, 2003

Robert Palmer

Musician Robert Palmer has died, of a heart attack. Personally, I'm still thinking about John Ritter's death, which hit much harder. Click here for more stories on Ritter.

September 12, 2003

Star Wars Kid

A new phenomenon has hit the ‘net...it’s called the Star Wars Kid. Imagine being a teenager and fooling around like you’re one of your favorite movie heroes. Now imagine it’s a Jedi Knight, one of those Star Wars heroes. Now imagine you have the vision (or lack thereof) to videotape yourself.
Now imagine your friends get ahold of the tape and make it available on an internet file-sharing network, Kazaa.
Ready? Mortified yet? Well, it gets worse. And better. For us, that is. Imagine people all over the net have taken that video and added their own special effects to it. Their own themes. their own music, etc. They’ve also morphed this kid into their own favorite blockbuster movies...there’s Lord of the Rings with the kid in it, The Matrix, etc.
Now how would you feel? Ready to see the real thing? Click below to get started.

August 12, 2003

What to do with those AOL CDs

Hmmmm....made updates yesterday morning and the page disappears after uploading it. Stranger and stranger. What that means is that July 2003's ramblings will be forever lost to posterity and the Internet, since I've been playing roulette with different PCs and didn't have the July 2003 file backed up anywhere.
Now that's out of the way, here's some amusing stuff for your day:
Check out some ideas on what to do with all those AOL CDs.
Jobs are tough these days with the public wanting more, faster, better. This seems to affect every profession to some point. Check out how it affects Florida Mermaids -- a rather niche profession I'd say.

June 12, 2003

Prarie Dogs and the HULK

So, tell me, is the sale of prarie dogs a big deal in this country?
Oh, by the way, here's a prediction and remember you heard it here first: this summer's BOMB of a movie will be THE HULK. Count on it. It just looks terrible. Jennifer Connelly shouldn't even go see that movie, much less be starring in it.

June 10, 2003

High heels, a man named Chew, and a death of Bonds. It's got a TV movie written all over it.
Check out the Ford celebration of 100 years of cars. Apparently no one's bothering to comment on all the losers that have come out of this factory. Anyone remember the Explorer?
Egypt's Queen Nefertiti found. Cool. Unwrap it baby. Let's see what you got under there.

June 09, 2003

Vacation Recap

Well, that was a long 2 weeks! In reality it's been almost a month (the last updates were made April 14). Time just gets away from us sometimes and blogging is definitely something that builds on inertia. While you're in the habit of doing it, the updates come easy and the time just seems to appear, a little here and a little there, to allow you to get your updates in. But, plan to take 2 weeks off, and it becomes harder to get back into the swing of it.
While away, I experienced the following:
  • Took my first airplane trip since September 11, 2001
  • Subsequently had my first new-style airport screening, with wands and shoe-removal and all that
  • Got to experience of touch of paradise, called Ft.Lauderdale / Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Finally got to shake the cold off my bones
  • Ate Sushi from a supermarket (I was desperate)
  • Took an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades
  • Saw a man wrestle an alligator (well, actually he just kinda pissed it off a lot)
  • Ate alligator meat at an interesting restaurant called Crabby Jacks (check it out if there's one near you)
  • Went to a theme park and got to commune with a 6 ft. tall mouse
  • Checked out Universal Studios theme park and had a blast!
  • Went to Sea World and videotaped virtually everything
  • Re-kindled my love of sports and of watching sports on TV
  • Got to get away from everything computer- or tech-related, including email
  • Became interested in golf
That's it for the recap. Tommorrow it's on with the usual updates.

April 14, 2003

Happy Monday! Or not.
Earn money playing video games. Yeah, it's a long shot, but some people have made it work.
Make a word from your phone number.
See George W. Bush Dance! It's not pretty, but it's fun. Move those legs a little faster, pard'ner!
Finally, a note to everyone: there won't be any updates to the Revision Bar for the next two weeks, while the staff is on vacation. See you in May!

April 11, 2003

Bond Museum

Bond is in the Museum, baby! Check it out at the London Bond exhibit. Either go in person (open until April 27), or check it out online.

April 08, 2003

Palm Easter Egg: check out this easter egg hidden in Palm's Operating System. Makes a crazy yellow taxi speed across your screen.
Floridians, get out the bee sting ointment. A truckload of bees, some 80 million strong, released on Interstate 95.
Check out the Bunker Buster missile, used on Saddam Hussein's palace.
Pulitzer Prize awards announced. Reportedly, the Revision Bar was indeed in the running.

April 07, 2003

No More Snow; Best Freeware

So is it too much to ask that we actually get spring yet? 5-12 inches of snow coming to the Northeast today? You've got to be kidding me. Make it stop.
Check out CNET's listing of the best freeware. See if something there can take the place of an app you would normally pay for.
Paul McCartney reverses the famous Lennon-McCartney songwriting credit. Says he's "letting people know that the songs I sing today are my own."

April 04, 2003

The Game Boy Advance SP is a hit! 800,000 in two weeks? That's successful, alright.
A US journalist killed in Iraq. Michael Kelly, Atlantic Mothly editor at large, represents the first journalist casualty.
BBC Supernatural Tales: Ghosts of Albion, a spooky episodic tale, features animation and voice talents including Star Wars' Anthony Daniels (C3PO). Cool.
Any Canadians out there? Check out Heroes of Yore and Lore, a page of information on Canada's Heroes, and more. Especially good are the sections on Johnny Canuck and Sasquatch.
Finally, take your kids or yourself on a virtual tour of the Giant Squid. Also contains information on the squid exhibit which was first announced when we originally did a story on it last July.
Have a great weekend!

April 02, 2003

Bomb Saddam! It's music! It's a video! It's got line dancing by George Bush Sr., George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Australian Prime Minister John Howard! See it here and read USA Today's story here.
Change the song title from "Lookin' for Love" to "Lookin' for Al Jazeera". We're not searching for love or sex on the net anymore--it's all about the war.

April 01, 2003

Software Professionals Get Escorts?

Software Professionals Get Escorts! Oh, wait, only in India. Darn.
Peter Arnette gets new job; Geraldo Rivera screws his up. Which war to really watch, the American -vs- Iraqi forces, or network -vs- network regarding coverage?
Last, but not least, it is April Fools Day. Some interesting links commemorating the day.

February 27, 2003

Fred Rogers

Small bits today, but important ones:

First and foremost, Fred Rogers, the man better known as Mister Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, passed away from stomach cancer in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Rogers was 74. For those of you who were raised on Nickelodeon and the Internet, this will be of really no interest to you, since you may or may not not who the man is. However, in the 1970s and 1980s he was a true pioneer in educational programming for children. What he did had a profound effect on many children, who are now today's adults, and the way they viewed the world and interacted with it. Simply put: as a kid, he made you feel good. What a legacy to leave.
More Info: NY Times Obituary on Fred Rogers (registration required, but free)

New reports and info about the Space Shuttle Columbia. Apparently an email was written that detailed what *might* happen to the Columbia in a worst case scenario. That scenario was the one that actually happened on February 1, raising the possibility that things might have gone differently if this info could have gotten into the correct hands on time.

That's it for today. I know it's not entertaining or fun, but it's newsworthy.

February 14, 2003

Operas Valentine to MSN

Happy Valentine's Day. The folks at Opera, makers of the Opera web browser, gave MSN a valentine. Apparently, MSN was coded so it wouldn't work properly when viewed using Opera; the site auto-detected Opera and served up a special style sheet which rendered the site pretty much worthless and not viewable. Now Opera has it's revenge.
Dolly's Dead. Dolly the sheep, known as the first cloned animal, that is. Does this mean clones are inherently flawed?
Valentine Advice. Time magazine's got some valentine advice for would-be Romeos and Juliets.

February 11, 2003

Spam

Welcome Back, You Have 284 New Messages... Was your inbox out of control after the holidays? You take a few days, or maybe even (gasp) a week or two off, and you pay the penalty by inbox mayhem. For the first time ever, my own business email system received fewer messages than my email account for this site. Amazing.

Everyone's getting into the act, too. Senator Joe Lieberman, now a fully-declared Presidential candidate, recently employed the services of a mass mailing e-marketer and sent out spam mail about his platform. The ironic part is that the good senator actually helpled sponsor an anti-spam bill in 2002. Apparently, that doesn't apply to him.

One more thing regarding spam: it's not just a nuisance, sometimes it's actually harmful. Case in point, last night I checked my email one last time before powering down. In popped a *.pif virus wrapped in an email attachment. Thank God for antivirus progams.

Speaking of which, here's a few that you might find useful: CoffeCup makes what looks like a good one called Spam Blocker. There's a free version available as well as a paid version. You define trusted addresses and tell it to leave those alone, but then define rules for other messages to get automatically dumped, such as those that contain things like "Free", or "porn" or "refinance your house". You can also take an email message that's in yor inbox and tell the program that "this is spam" and not to let it in again.
Another great program and one that's known to lots of readers is Eudora Mail. This is one of the most secure systems around and lets you do many of the same things Spam Blocker does.