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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
12:50 pm
Post Pet
Post Pet is an e-mail program that has cutesy animal avatars deliver and handle your mail. If your friends are using Post Pet, you can watch as their pets deliver the mail to yours. What an adorable idea.
Post Pet, a cute e-mail delivery program

Current Mood: adorable
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
10:12 am
The Mandarin to square off against Iron Man
John Favreau has announced that Iron Man's movie villain will be The Mandarin, which is pretty obvious, because he's a classic nemesis, and he has a real world connection. He's not some crazy space alien or anything too hard for mainstream audiences to swallow.

Additionally, we have a sneak peak of the teaser poster that was shown at the convention. Designed by Iron Man artist Adi Granov—a major player in the production design of this film—this poster gives a glimpse as to what Stark could look like when he eventually dons the red and gold suit in May of 2008.
Friday, August 11th, 2006
12:28 pm
Patch, people, Patch!
Microsoft bracing for imminent network worm attack.

Dave Aitel, a researcher at Immunity, said his exploits are capable of launching attacks against firewall-protected Windows XP SP2. "A worm is coming. This bug is just too easy to exploit," Aitel said in an interview with eWEEK.

I also want to point out that the Department of Homeland Security (sorry, no link) has issued a statement asking all Windows users to patch, which is both unprecedented and sort of strange. Do we really need a government agency telling us to patch our computers? We shouldn't.

(but of course, the "we" that is reading this probably doesn't need that advice.)
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
1:03 pm
Stephen Colbert Steals Wikipedia, Breaks Internet
I <3 Stephen Colbert.

So, apparently the Wikipedia page on elephants has been decimated by a horde of nerds encouraged by the August 1st The Word segment on The Colbert Report.

It's a bit late to catch all of the edits in action, but the Talk Page ist still full of furious people and plenty of internet drama.

Seriously, <3
Friday, March 3rd, 2006
12:45 pm
Ultimate garage sale find
Whose hot?The ultimate "garage sale" find. After eating last night, we stumbled around the DIY pottery-painting store and Emily found this one, cold, alone, abandoned and only a buck.

It was decided that one of us must own this immediately, and Emily got first dibs.
10:13 am
The bike is not actually a pipe bomb
This one's from Punk News; you just gotta read it. It's rediculous.

The comments pretty much say it all.

Current Mood: confused
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
9:03 am
Intel advertises through comics
Intel, the chip manufacturer, has enlisted the help of Boom! Studios, a comic book publisher, to help with their latest advertising effort for the newly-unveiled Viiv processor. The comic, called Sherree's Secret will feature 20 pages of plot based around the home entertainment system, as well as full page ads from sponsors like Napster, who will tell consumers just why Viiv is so great to use.

Said Boom! publisher, Ross Richie:

We’re reeling! We just received the “Best New Publisher” award from Wizard magazine and got an incredibly favorable write-up in the 1-10-06 “Class of 2005” article in Publisher’s Weekly, and now we’ve been able to work with the world’s largest computer chip maker.

Yes...that makes perfect sense.

Current Mood: relaxed
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
4:10 pm
Streetlight Manifesto rerecords Catch 22.
According to AP Magazine # 213:

It's been rumored for close to two years, and it finally exists: Former Catch 22 frontman Tomas Kalnoky has rerecoreded the 1998 classic-and ska/punk landmark - Keasbey Nights with his new band Streetlight Manifesto. "Making the record was not unlike shitting out peach pits," Kalnoky shares with AP. So, why go through the process, you ask? "We wanted to get it right for once," he says. You'll find all 14 tracks from the original C22 release here, with tighter musicianship and superior production.

First of all, I liked the production of the original C22 release, perhaps better than the first Streetlight release. Secondly, AP magazine is a pretty bad judge of what is good, "tigther," or "superior."
Finally, I'm still very excited to hear this album.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
9:43 am
Belle & Sebastian in four-color glory
The Life Pursuit, the latest album from Belle & Sebastian is providing new ammo for comics, as it, along with their previous discography, is the inspriation for a new anthology by Image Comics:

Now, the band's colorful lyrics and gorgeous, full-bodied melodies have provided Image Comics with the inspiration for a new kind of comics anthology. With the full-color, 144-page Put the Book Back on the Shelf, a stellar collection of independent comic creators and cartoonists put their own spins on a cross section of Belle and Sebastian's songs, crafting stories inspired by the band's music, drawn from the band's entire catalog.

Current Mood: impressed
Friday, February 17th, 2006
10:26 am
Batman vs. Osama
In a forthcoming graphic novel, Batman is off to the middle east to punch out Osama bin Laden*. The story will be written by (here's a surprise) Frank Miller.

“Not to put too fine a point on it, it's a piece of propaganda,” he said.

“Superman punched out Hitler. So did Captain America. That's one of the things they're there for.

“These are our folk heroes. I just think it's silly to have Batman out chasing the Riddler when you've got al-Qaida out there.”

It is my opinion that it's about time someone punched out Osama. Considering comics were such a big influence in the WWII era, I'm disappointed at the publishers' soft stance on the issue.

(Though, this was tried before, in a book called American Power by CrossGen. But it was pulled because of reader outcry. I'm not entirely sure why, but I believe it had something to do with intolerance.)

*Apologies for linking to an article about Batman with the pandering headline “Holy comic book!” and the inane opening line “Holy terror, Batman!”

Edit: I just found out that the comic is actually going to be called Holy Terror, Batman! Frank, you disappoint me.

Current Mood: optimistic
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
5:35 pm
Marvel Fears Gays
According to Comicbookresources.com:

Marvel will not include gay character, The Rawhide Kid, in it's new Western lineup because, according to Joe Quesada, "understand that if we were to go with the gay Kid we would have had to label the books MAX and that's not what we wanted for this event."

Rich Johnston goes on to discuss Marvel's old fashioned, media fearing thoughts on the whole homosexual subject. He also points out that:

Marvel have published a solo series starring a gay character since "Rawhide Kid," namely "Northstar," without warnings. But that was a long time ago - no publicity was courted and none was granted. Clearly things have changed. There will continue to be gay characters in Marvel Universe titles, prominent ones even, such as in "Young Avengers" and "Ultimate X-Men," but don't look for them to take the centre solo stage any time soon.


Right now, DC have plans to publish a Batwoman series, with a lesbian character in the lead. Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns" is expected to have a gay subtext about "secret identities" that will be exploded in the publicity. And Joss Whedon is tackling Wonder Woman the movie - a comic that even in its most innocent days never shied too far from its lesbian and bondage themes.
Monday, February 6th, 2006
11:21 am
AOL, Yahoo! are allowing you to be spammed
One more reason to not use AOL or Yahoo! Mail: They'll allow spam to get through to you, provided the spammer pays a fee.

Companies will have to pay between one-quarter of a cent to a penny for each commercial message they want to send to AOL and Yahoo Mail users. Otherwise, they risk having their emails blocked entirely, delivered late, sent to users’ spam or bulk message folders, or not have the graphics or links in their messages appear.

If the companies pay to join the CertifiedEmail service, however, the messages go straight to users’ inboxes. Goodmail said its service helps protect users from fraudulent messages where the sender disguises his or her true email address, and helps guard against identity theft.

In other words, "We're protecting customers. We're not trying to make an additional proffit. No, really. You want paid junk mail. Guys?"

Current Mood: annoyed
8:53 am
Living End on Warped Tour
Finally! A great band is making Warped worth seeing this year.

The Living End has announced in their latest newsletter they'll be touring the US and Canada, as well as headlining a few shows in August.

Current Mood: happy
Friday, January 27th, 2006
12:38 pm
Skype May be Hacker Hideout
According to :

Skype may provide untraceable hacker hideouts. It has been discovered that:

VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) applications could provide excellent cover for launching denial of service attacks.

In such attacks computers are being hijacked by hackers and turned into so-called "zombies" in order to bombard a Web site or e-mail server with page requests or e-mails. The aim of the attack is that the site or entire network collapses under the pressure.

VOIP cuts a voice conversation into digital bits and hackers can use those data streams for cover, making it almost impossible to trace the source of an attack.
12:09 pm
Snake Cross Crown Comeback
According to PunkNews.org

After spending some time in hibernation, Equal Vision act The Snake The Cross The Crown have resurfaced with new material. The band previously released their debut for the label, Mander Salis.

You can download "The Great American Smokeout" or stream it from their Purevolume page.

I was unaware that they were hibernating, but I'm glad they're back. Their live shows are inspiring.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
1:37 am
Pixar may never make it to the competition
According to TheAge.com Steve Jobs, head of Apple Computers and Pixar Studios, is in talks with Disney to sell Pixar to the entertainment giant.
Such a transaction could potentially be valued at $US6.7 billion, according to Thursday's Wall Street Journal.
Well, there goes Pixar's credibility. Give it a couple more releases before it gets completely worked into the Disney Machine and starts putting out crap like Chicken Little.
I used to say "I should have bought stock in Pixar when it was down at $20/sh" because I had the opportunity. It's over $40/sh now. I wonder what that price will drop to now.
Friday, January 20th, 2006
2:18 pm
Marvel Knights Re-tooled
Marvel has decided to re-tool the Marvel Knights line by moving all characters (Daredevil included) into the mainstream Marvel Universe. As for the continuation of the imprint:

Rather than ongoings… Marvel Knights will be the home for limited series by high profile creative teams that fall outside of the realm of the Marvel Universe.

As it turns out, this actually means mostly ho-hum creative teams working with charaters inside the realm of the Marvel Universe.

The first series:

Silver Surfer: Requiem by J. Michael Straczynski & Esad Ribic (late 2006 or early 2007)
The Spider (as in -Man) by Kaare Andrews (late 2006)
Fury: Peacemaker by Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson (February)
Spirit Of Vengeance (the original, Western Ghost Rider) by Garth Ennis & Clayton Crain (late 2006).

Check out the link for a handful of images where you're not quite sure what you're looking at.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
8:08 pm
How to Self Publish Comics: Not Just Create Them
According to Newsarama.com:

Devil's Due Publishes How to Self Publish Comics: Not Just Create Them

It is a four issue mini-series "based on Josh Blaylock’s own decade-long experiences –from small press exhibitor to owner of a top-ten comic company! Plus: the chance to self-publish a book with consulting assistance by Blaylock himself!"
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
2:54 pm
Google debuts pack of "essential" software
Google has announced and made available for download, an "essential" pack of software that you must have, and since you haven't downloaded them separately before, surely you want to download them all now, right?

It comes with:

Google Earth
Google Desktop
Google Toolbar for IE
Google Pack Screensaver - eh? Make a screeeeeen saaaaver! That's essential right?

But wait! There's more:

Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar (nactch!)
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Norton Antivirus 6 month trial - Because trial software is essential for my computer. Especially shitty trial software.
Adobe Reader 7, cuz nobody has that for some reason...

Plus, choose from several ADDITIONAL add-on additions:

Google Talk
Gallery Player HD Images - Another screen saver?
Trillian IM

Snark added by me.

Current Mood: sarcastic
Saturday, January 14th, 2006
10:04 am
Reel Big Fish Ditches Label
According to their press release on MySpace:

Reel Big Fish have parted ways with Jive Records.

Never ones to wallow in self-pity (who are we kidding?) the long running ska-punk act is genuinely excited about what the future holds as they are now free to embrace the DIY ethic that has always been a part of Reel Big Fish but was suppressed thanks to major label politics. Over the years the band has picked up a few tricks and enlisted help from various industry notables rather than relying on the standard record label infrastructure.

It's probably all sound and no fury, but I hope this means some really different noise from RBF.
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