Apple Goes Intel

Apple today announced it was switching from IBM's PowerPC chips to Intel's Pentium line. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I think it'll be a make-or-break decision for Apple. If the transition goes smoothly, it could being a lot of new users and developers to the Macintosh platform. If it's at all … [Read more…]

A Comic Book Cure For Death

There have been two somewhat controversial and/or newsworthy events recently in the comic industry: The death of Hawkeye in Avengers #502 and the resurrection of Colussus in Astonishing X-Men #4. On one hand, there's a lot of people upset or saddened by Hawkeye's death. He was a popular character among Avengers readers (or so I'm … [Read more…]

Bunk Science In Cinema

Willful suspension of disbelief. It’s an important concept in fiction, especially in the science fiction and fantasy genres. It’s where we, as the viewer or reader, are willing to accept things that we know or suspect to be either impossible or highly improbable. Usually because they’re presented in such a way that they seem to … [Read more…]

Picking Back Up The Guitar

I've recently started re-focusing on music theory when writing songs, and I have to admit I felt pretty guilty about and/or embarrassed of how much knowledge I'd forgotten over the years. I've spent too long obsessing over finding cool sounds and textures and then just throwing some random notes against the canvas, more as an … [Read more…]

Apple Behaving Badly

With the big MacWorld Expo coming tomorrow, I have to say I've been really disappointed in Apple's behavior leading up to it. They've been doing things that have me scratching my head and wondering what they're thinking. First, they've filed a lawsuit against the website Think Secret for publishing rumors about upcoming product(s). The Macintosh … [Read more…]

Rest In Peace Will Eisner

Seems the only time I write anything lately is when someone dies, sadly. This time it’s comic book pioneer Will Eisner. If you don’t know who he is, read this article: Will Eisner is what made comics great, it sums him up better than I ever could. Recent years have seen the losses of Jack … [Read more…]

Rest In Peace Dimebag

Though I rarely listen to much metal any more, back in the day I was a huge metalhead. I was shaken down to my roots this afternoon when I learned of the murder of Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, shot dead on stage during a concert. He was one of the best guitar players out … [Read more…]

Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding

I caught Chris Titus’ Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding on cable this weekend and was surprised by how good it was! I’m not really a fan of stand up comedy, they usually don’t interest me much. I’ve seen some good comedians from time to time, but it’s not really my thing. So, I was pleasantly surprised … [Read more…]

Half-Life 2 Update

Valve released a patch for the game today which addressed several of the bugs in the game, mentioned in my review a couple days ago. The stuttering when auto-saving (or any other time) is gone, the garbled screenshots are fixed and quick saving is actually pretty quick now. Load times are a bit longer, but … [Read more…]

Half-Life 2: Best Game Ever?

Having recently completed Half-Life 2, I guess this is as good a time as any to offer up my assessment. First, the good stuff: It looks amazing. Even with an engine that's not as advanced as Doom 3's, it still looks better than Doom 3 does. It almost looks as good as FarCry, lacking only … [Read more…]

Star Wars Trilogy DVDs

This will most likely be the 2139th blog posting today on this topic, but I want to beat the horse too, and I don't care that it's already shuffled the mortal coil. Han shot first. Hayden Christensen has no place in the original trilogy. That's all I have to say.

Random iPod

It's an old meme, but I still like it! Set the iPod to play randomly from all songs and post the first ten: 2 Dollar Egg – Towa The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated Olav Basoski – Watch Yo Step Slayer – Hardening Of The Arteries Rene Breitbarth – Sir Paul My Life With … [Read more…]

Art Meets Commerce

I just finished up reading this great post from techno artist Morgan Geist, regarding the usage of a song from his Metro Area project in a toothpaste advert in the UK. It’s an excellent read, and got me thinking about my own views on the subject. Now, I’m far from a working musician (and have … [Read more…]

Flash Flashback

Once upon a time, I was a full-time Macromedia Flash developer/designer. For most of 2000-2003, from Flash 4 all the way up to the current version, in fact. Then things changed. Towards the end of 2003 I re-designed my site and got rid of the Flash interface, switching to just HTML/CSS. Then at the beginning … [Read more…]

Bad Experiences At The Apple Store

I had my first visit to an Apple Store yesterday, and it will probably be my last. This should have been an easy sale for Apple, I had decided in advance to purchase a dual-2GHz G5, so all they had to do was have one in stock and it was sold. Found a salesperson, told … [Read more…]