November 2006 - petrostudio LLC
Craptastic news! Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom has, on Halloween, released their fall update for the Xbox Live service. These updates usually have visual or firmware improvements – most noticeably in this update: an upgrade to 1080p support for the upcoming HD-DVD add-on drive. That’s cool.
What’s not cool: also in the update, some code to find, detect and “brick” (see definition 6) modded Xbox 360s. However, it seems that the original update also affected systems with a certain hardware and software combination, say a launch system with certain games or updates. What happens when an Xbox 360 is bricked?
And absolutely nothing else. So now I have an expensive paperweight, and I’m waiting for a box to ship from Microsoft to my house so I can ship my paperweight back to them, so then I can wait another two weeks for my paperweight to return to me as a fully-functional, kick-ass game and entertainment system.
When stuff works, it’s awesome. When stuff breaks, it’s a pain in the ass to get repaired. Unless it’s an Apple. Then, it’s a breeze.
And now Microsoft wants to challenge Apple on their own turf with the “iPod Killer”, called the Zune. That’s like the US invading Iraq and wondering why things aren’t going so well. You just don’t do those kind of th… never mind.
So far, the reviews have been decent, but with one caveat: it’s not an iPod. Nothing is, my friends. And your service still blows.
No quotes today – I’m pouting.
For those of you that can’t read it, the copy blurb says “Poseable arms and gliding action!” ‘Nuf said, really.
The last time I wrote a post featuring a song I was listening to while trying to pull my shit together cost me 1 reader. Just so that any misunderstandings don’t accrue from this effort, I am not talking about anybody here. Except Jesus.
My wife and my wedding song was a bonus track on the first live album from Counting Crows, my favorite band. It had no name, but since then has been retitled officially as “Chelsea.” It’s a gorgeous song, and the first (and only, I believe) to feature brass. I bring it up because, to me, it is about expecting things to be the same as they always are, but hoping that they will be different when you next experience them. I know I’m straying so far away from funny as to be dangerous, but humor me.
At any rate, it’s a lesson in always hoping for better, and never giving up, even when you expect the worst. Enter November 7th, 2006. I guess we’re all fucked because the “bleeding-heart liberals” will be in charge. And a woman as speaker? Shouldn’t they just be pregnant, cooking meals? Next thing you know, we’ll have a black man as president!
Here’s a tip: next time someone calls you a “bleeding-heart liberal,” call them an “ignorant mother fucker.” It’s worked for me. One ridiculous, uneducated bit of name-calling deserves another, I think.
The reason we live in such a divisive, partisan world is not because we are all so different from each other, with diverse ideologies. I think we all want similar things for ourselves: prosperity, health and happiness. Trouble is, some of us just don’t want EVERYONE to have those things. They have a word for that. I don’t know if I know how to pronounce it correctly, exactly, since it is such a complex word, but I know that it is spelled BIGOTRY. I think it’s German. Maybe that’s why so many Americans are ignorant that they practice it.
Hate is much tougher than love, anyway. I’m not talking about those terms in cheesy, soap-opera ways, but just in the simple way: it’s easier to be nice to others than to be a dick. Think about it – if you’re a dick to someone, you have to ALWAYS be a dick to them. You have to continue to hate them, and harbor that feeling forever. Because guess what, they now hate you, too. You cause all this drama for nothing – cutting someone off in traffic, disagreeing with a political view, not liking the look of someone, having different skin color – and then you live with that drama the rest of your days. And there’s really no enema for that kind of blockage. And everyone around you immediately knows what you are at first glance.
A miserable fuck.
So enjoy living that way for the rest of your days. I’d rather be polite (even to you) and feel better about myself later. I can even laugh at your ignorance to give myself a little boost.
What’s all this is aide of? I’m sure conservatives are thinking that the Dems are going to impeach the president now. They think that way, because that’s what they would do. But what would be the point? Impeachment is only the first part of trying a government official for a crime. In the US, the President can only be impeached if he or she “allegedly committed ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’.” (Wikipedia) The House must impeach, and then the Senate must try the person. THEN, they are liable to be tried for the crimes they were impeached for. Basically, the impeachment is only to get them out of office and start the road to criminal proceedings. And it takes a long time.
So what would be smarter? Spend the next two years to impeach and then try Bush for alleged crimes, or spend the next two years working on better government until Bush leaves office, THEN try him for alleged crimes? Since the Dems are seen as “elite,” “sophisticated” and “cosmopolitan,” won’t they do the smart thing?
(See numerous references to the red state/blue state divide in Chapter 1 of Thomas Frank’s book, “What’s the Matter with Kansas,” including conservative pundit David Brooks’ comments quoted above.)
At any rate, all this is moot until there is a firm count of votes and acceptance of defeat in states like Virginia, where the race is close. But then, LOOK out! If the Democrats have their way, we’ll all be living in a post-apocalyptic destroyed world populated by foreign aliens in their quest to destroy our way of life. Kind of like in Gears of War, which I have blogged about earlier.
Jesus! Game in house. Controller in hand. Dump in pants.
More to come on that, and many other things. My mind is aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening through a cosmic vapor of invention. There’s so much going on, I cannot in all good conscience not write more about it. I don’t care who reads it and gets angry with me. There’s only 2 of you out there, anyway.
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