Wednesday, September 28, 2005

M$

I absolutely hate it when these idiot nerd flamers online write "M$" as shorthand for Microsoft. They write it derogatorily, as if they're getting back at Microsoft somehow. Word to the wise, you idiots: Microsoft is a company. A company's goal is to generate profit. They fault Microsoft with making money, essentially.

Yes, I know MS is quite evil in some respects. They buy out competition and often enforce untenable monopolies but that is the nature of the capitalist beast. I sometimes may not like it either, but to constantly deride them for making money (something they do very well, despite millions of copies of pirated software) is ridiculous. Internet culture is such that any moron with an opinion (myself included) can post whatever he likes with an undeserved sense of accomplishment.

Often, these haters are computer elitists; the type of people who say "oh I don't use Microsoft products, I'm a Linux man", thinking they're better than you and are impressing somebody. They're wrong. They're the cyberspace equivalent of those useless, unclean protesters you see at WTO and IMF summits. Get a job already, you hippies.

I'm sorry but I just had to vent a bit there.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

White Stripes show

"Bonjour, Habitants," was how last Saturday's White Stripes show started. I was witness to another amazing concert by the duo. The first one was more intimate at Metropolis, 2 years ago, but this was good, as well. And what a show. Witnessing it from around 10-12 people deep from the stage, Jack White has gotta be one of the most talented rock musicians out there. He plays the guitar like a man possessed! His hands fly furiously up and down the neck and it's a thrill to witness it. The mix of rock and blues is very refreshing when contrasted with a lot of the garbage rock out there now (I blame Pearl Jam for inspiring hundreds of like-sounding clones, even up to this day).



What's even more amazing is that Meg does nothing on drums that Jack doesn't tell her to do. His performance is punctuated by constant signals to her, instructing her on everything. He's playing both parts. And the intensity he brings to the stage leaves the audience exhausted. The playlist was tight, song after song with no breathing room in between. I will try to go to every show they put on here. It's always a pleasure.

Friday, September 16, 2005

When the Revolution comes, Nintendo will be the first against the wall

Nintendo unveiled their new controllers for the tentatively named Nintendo Revolution. I predict after this coming debacle, Nintendo will have such a huge flop on their hands that they will leave the console market for good.

I think it's stupid. Fine, a redesign of what we think of controllers may be cool, but it has to be functional. Look how clunky that thing is. I like how sideways, it can be an NES controller...but nobody will port games to that system. It doesn't have the buttons. It has motion detect, though. So they expect you to wave it around while playing.

I don't think the public will be into this. Especially since this is the system parents will buy for their kids (because it will be a cheap system), I think it will fail. How are kids going to figure this gadget out? They will either break it or become very frustrated and not play.

I think this is a huge miscalculation and part of the reason why nobody is even giving Nintendo a chance at contending in the next round of system wars.

Check out the "controller" on their new system:






I'm more upset than anything, because I can see it resulting in the end of Nintendo's consoles. That's bad news. They make the best 1st party games of anybody. If their consoles go out the window, then their licenses will only come out on the handhelds. No more epic, console-based games, unless they put them out for other systems.

I do like how the controller can be tilted sideways to emulate an NES controller to play the NES games you can download.

I will say this, though. I thoroughly dislike this new trend for people (X360, Nintendo Revolution) to mimick the iPod white colour. Systems should be dark.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Mother goose was right; blue jeans

I decided I don't care for people who uninvitedly bash things I like. You know, when you're talking about something, and someone listening into the conversation interrupts just to say how much he hates what it is you're talking about, totally unsolicited. Hey, you assmonkey, if I wanted your opinion, I'd ask for it.

You don't like Star Trek? F**k you.
You don't like baseball? F**k you.
You don't like whatever movie I'm discussing? Nobody asked you for a comment, so shut your pie-hole and f**k you.
You don't like my jokes? F**k you.
You don't like Doze Kwotes? F**k you.

Now I don't mind people commenting. If you have an intelligent opinion on something, I'll listen to it. But don't interrupt.

Picture it: Someplace near Ottawa, circa 1993 (I think). Some tiny bit of graffiti scrawled on a metal pole read: "Mother Goose says: F**k the world before the world f**ks you." At the time, I thought it was amusing but now I see the truth in it.

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I was thinking about jeans, the other day. Who decided they should be blue? Think about it! Everyone is out there wearing blue pants. Am I the only one who thinks this is ridiculous?

Friday, September 09, 2005

Green Day (the band); Bush (not the band)

The outdoor Green Day show was fantastic last Sunday. Very high energy and they even brought their own fireworks. At one point, they brought up 3 people from the crowd to play the instruments while Billy Joe finished up a song. Then, he gave his guitar to the girl who replaced him. Anyway, a great show on all accounts, especially because I witnessed a security guard punch an unruly drunken dad plain in the face. Then blood started gushing out. Neat!

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So if this hurricane that wiped New Orleans off the map has shown us anything, it's that "President" Bush is a moron. I'd hate to hate on this guy more but his reaction to this disaster shows why he is unfit to be president. He's just a patsy pushed to the front by his backers. He doesn't know what he's doing and his 30% approval rating demonstrates that. But what does he care? He got his foot in the door. It's not like they can kick him out of office. And he doesn't have to run for office again, so he'll be spared a humiliating defeat.

While people were dying and the city was being destroyed, he continued his vacation, going to conventions, attending parties. Only 3 days in did he grudgingly cancel his vacation to see what's what. Pathetic. And then, he refuses aid from other countries. Ummmm, why not let the homeless, possessionless, dying people make that decision? Gosh! You tell'em, Kanye.