Monday, December 07, 2009

Why Steve Jobs and Apple Computers Suck

Tried to find Girl by the Beatles from their Rubber Soul album on iTunes. All I found was dreck done by cover bands. The Across the Universe soundtrack was the best version I could find. The singer did a good job, but only sang part of the first verse. My first reaction was annoyance and dismay. My next was to go in search for answers. This is what I found on Wikipedia:

The Beatles are among the few major artists whose recorded catalogue is not available through online music services such as iTunes and Napster.[273] Apple Corps' dispute with Apple, Inc. (owners of iTunes) over the use of the name "Apple" is partly responsible, although in November 2008 McCartney said the main obstacle was that EMI "want something we're not prepared to give them."[274] In March 2009, The Guardian reported that "the prospect of an independent, Beatles-specific digital music store" has been raised by Harrison's son, Dhani, who said, "We're losing money every day... So what do you do? You have to have your own delivery system, or you have to do a good deal with [Apple, Inc. CEO] Steve Jobs... [He] says that a download is worth 99 cents, and we disagree."[275] On 30 October, Wired.com reported that an online service, BlueBeat, was making available the entire Beatles catalogue, via both purchasable downloads and free streaming.[276] Neither EMI nor Apple Corps had authorized the distribution,[277] and within a week BlueBeat was legally barred from handling the band's music.[278] The official release of The Beatles' catalogue in a limited edition of 30,000 USB flash drives is planned for December 2009.[279]

Damn you Steve Jobs! Damn you!

Friday, January 23, 2009

UPDATE!

New updates will be delayed until further noticed due to school, car problems, and life in general.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Nissan Sucks!

Argh! I've spent the past couple days fighting with the people at Nissan to fix my car. $300 later and I still don't know what's wrong. This has set my story schedualing back a bit, but I've updated Blessing Curse and will try to add something to Tree of Knowledge tomorrow or Monday at the latest. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

PETA Hates Me

You know, when I wrote the article about Old Red I had a feeling someone would get offended and call me out for it. As it happens, I was right.

First, I'd like to say I'm not a marine biologist. I can pick a lobster out of a line up of other crustaceans but that's about it. Ask me about their natural habitat or to name their most common natural predator and I'm at a loss. I didn't do my research on this. Bad one on me but hey, I didn't think I would be tested on it as I was attempting humor, not a dissertation on the plight of homarus americanus.

Second, I don't eat lobster. Not for moral reasons but for reasons of taste. I prefer crawfish and shrimp. If you plan on laying a sermon on me for this, don't bother. Lions and tigers and other carnivores don't make apologies for their eating habits. Neither will I. I was raised to be an omnivore. I will die one.

I have to admit it does raise certain questions. If the planet were suddenly taken over by ravenous aliens who feasted on the flesh of humans, do you think there would be a small contingent of vegan aliens protesting cruelty to the species? Would said contingent keep some of us as pets and force us to wear human identification collars and those ugly little sweaters dog owners think are cute or would they want us to live in our natural habitat? What is the natural habitat of a human? The mall?

And come on! You can't tell me you wouldn't be begging for death if you lived to be that old. Unless technology has progressed to the point where they could stick your brain in a cyborg body...yeah, that would be cool!

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Schedual

As the next semester of school approaches, I've come to the conclusion that I need to better organize my time. I don't want my writing to fall by the wayside even though I'll be taking *deep inhale, deep exhale* five classes at once. I promised myself I'd update at least once a week and, by golly, that's what I aim to do! With that moment of melodramatic insistence out of the way, here's my proposed update schedule:

Lost Days: updates every Wednesday
Blessing Curse: updates every Friday
Tree of Knowledge(tm): updates every Saturday
Doomtown: Whenever I have the time...I promise...really...I've got to sleep sometime ya know!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

140 Year Old Lobster Gets Reprieve


From MSNBC:

updated 10:05 a.m. PT, Sat., Jan. 10, 2009
NEW YORK - A 140-year-old lobster that was destined to adorn a dinner plate is back in the ocean after a seafood restaurant in New York City granted him a reprieve.

The 20-pound crustacean, named George, was returned to the wild Saturday in a rocky cove in Kennebunkport, Maine, less than a mile from the summer home of former President George H.W. Bush.

George the lobster was transported to Maine by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which had beseeched City Crab and Seafood to allow the lobster to go free.


I can just imagine this poor creature swimming around in a restaurant's fish tank, waiting for the sweet release of death only to be thrown back into the wild because of some tree hugger with good intentions. I can also imagine the indigestion some unsuspecting whale or shark will get when they chomp down on Old Red the second he's out in the open water. Such is life.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Review of Blessing Curse and Lost Days

Both The Blessing Curse and Lost Days have been reviewed on the Web Fiction Guide. The reviews were better than I expected. You can read them here and here. I've also added updates at both sites as promised. Yay me!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Genesis or Notes From the Tree of Knowledge(tm)

Started a new Blog from. It's the creation story...if the Creator were an evolutionist:

In the Beginning...
In the Beginning…testing…testing…one, two, three…Is this thing on?

In the Beginning the Great Scientist created the heavens and the earth…wait, I’m getting a big ahead of myself. Let’s try that again.

In the Beginning the universe was a void without form ruled by dark matter {for definition, see end notes document 13924, Tree of Knowledge (tm)}. And the Great Scientist said, Let there be a singularity.

And there was a grand explosion or implosion depending on your point of view. And then there was light.

Gasses and particles expanded throughout the void colliding and commingling and dividing thus creating the nebulae and the stars. These stars combined and commingled creating the galaxies, creating the solar systems and all the satellites therein.

And thus the heavens were born and everything within the firmament. And the Great Scientist looked upon these conditions seeing these things were within the perimeters required and concluded, It is adequate.

This took many eons.

And the Great Scientist said, Let there be a star and revolving around this star let there be an accretion disc.

And out of this material many satellites were formed including the earth which collided into its sister satellite Theia {named after the Great Scientist’s ex-girlfriend in high school who did about as much damage} and from this the moon was formed, stabilizing the earth’s axis of rotation {proving that the philandering trollop was of some use after all}.

And the Great Scientist called for the surface of the earth to cool and to solidify forming the land. He called the heavens atmosphere though it wasn’t very good and you really didn’t want to try to breathe it. He called forth great projectiles of water rich asteroids to collide with the earth. The water rich asteroids brought forth the substance of water and he called the water Oceans.

This took many millennia.

And the Great Scientist said, Let there the crust of the earth shift and divide the oceans and let the dry land appear. And it was so.

And the Great Scientist saw that it was adequate.

And then the Great Scientist said, Let there be self replicating molecules and DNA and RNA and let these molecules evolve. Let there be prokaryotes and eukaryotes and let there be photosynthesis.

And the Earth brought forth plantae and fungi and algae and the Great Scientist saw that it was adequate.

This took many eons and many, many eras.

Meanwhile, the Great Scientist kept his eyes upon the creatures of the seas and the oceans and said, Let the waters abundantly bring forth the swimming creature that it shall evolve into the creature which slithers upon the mud which shall evolve into the creature with webbed feet that can walk upon the land and swim within the waters.

Let the lizard like creatures evolve into all sorts of beasts that can roam the land and swim in the waters and glide through the atmosphere.

And the Great Scientists saw that it was all adequate.

And then came the Great Cataclysm, the Great Burning followed by the Great Freezing and many test subjects were lost.

The Great Scientist saw this and there was much annoyance followed by much more cursing and the stubbing of his toe from kicking his desk in his wrath. And when he had calmed down, he turned his attentions back to his work and recalibrated the experiment accordingly, saving what he could while vowing to learn how to use the back up sequence of the Tree of Knowledge ™ if it was the last thing he would do.

This took many more millennia.

And when the earth was renewed and the conditions recalibrated, then the Great Scientist said, Lets start over with the small hairy creatures this time.

And so it was under these conditions that certain mammals evolved to walk upon two legs, upon two legs walk upright they did. And they were given opposable thumbs with which to grasp items that they would use as tools…eventually…given time…the Great Scientist checked his notes and made this hypothesis.

And the Great Scientist said, Let this creature be called homo sapien and I shall make him in my own image, after mine own likeness, with sentience and intelligence and the ability to form words and ideas.

I shall place this creature in a protected environment with other animals and plantae that I shall make tame to keep the creature safe. Let’s see what shakes loose.

So the Great Scientist evolved man into his own image, in the image of the Great Scientist evolved he him. He started with the male.

Then things got…tricky.


Enjoy
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Death's Blog...a Review

For those of you who’ve ever wondered if there was any truth to the old saying about death and taxes, this site is for you. Written in the style of a blog, the Reaper Man gives us mere mortals a look into the many aspects of his job and his . . . um . . . life? I found it morbidly funny and was hooked after reading the first post. Not to be read as a serialized novel.