May 16, 2008

Indy reviews, new music and the flying man

The new Indiana Jones movie is about to be debut (May 22) yet some people are already giving it an early thumbs down. One bad sign: action figures will be available.

While I run out the remainder of my Verizon contract, I keep busy by looking around and trying to figure out which carrier I might go to next, that will have the best mix of coverage, price, and an inexpensive data plan. Apparently Sprint won't be on my list, since they're having such problems lately. Witness this story on Sprint's ups and downs.

Google Sites launches, allowing people to collaborate on web sites. Strangely enough, they're not calling it a Wiki.

FYI, here's a great blog that I've been going to every day: The Cheapskate. It's a must read, and one of my first stops in the morning when I start the browser (along with Woot, of course).

Microsoft drops Vista prices. Things must be getting quite tense there in Redmond, everybody bashing Vista and such. I've been running Vista on a brand new PC (thank you, Christmas) and I have to say I'm a bit underwhelmed. Although I do like the new graphical effects, really the only significant feature is the new tagging feature, where you can put labels, or tags, on documents, pictures and anything else on your hard drive. Then, you can search using those tags and instantly find what you need, without having to remember what folder you stored it in. That's a great feature and a fantastic timesaver. However, I don't see many improvements in the rest of the operating system. And it is slow, despite me increasing the RAM to 4 GB!

Recently I've been captivated by the funny T-shirts @ snorg.com. For some reason they appeal to my nostalgia, since they remind nme of some of the shirts of the 70s and 80s, but they also seem so expressive, unlike most of the conservative crap worn everyday. It looks like something Dr. Gregory House would wear, and my friends, that's just cool.

I've been trying to get more new music lately. Through some music sites I saw that the Nine Inch Nails album Ghosts could mostly be downloaded for free (well, the first 9 tracks anyway) . Check it out at http://ghosts.nin.com/main/order_options. Then, while I was still listening to that and trying to figure out whether I really like it or not (it is a bit strange) they released another new album, The Slip. That one's along the same lines as Ghosts, so if that's your style, you can grab a bunch of it for free.
I've also bought the new Asia album, Phoenix, which in a word is: awesome. There was also a launch celebration hosted by Amazon where they streamed a live concert of them on the album's release date, which was pretty cool. I had never attended a concert that way before, and found it kind of cool, but also a bit strange, watching it there on my computer. However, parking was much less of a hassle than usual.

And, in OH MY GOD ISN'T IT COOL news, check this out: the latest in flying man technology. I mean, check out this picture...doesn't that just say it all?



Flyin!

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