almost hard to believe it’s already friday — damn this week has flown by — but alas, here we are… but before i jet, here’s a fun question to get our weekends started off… left or right?
** make choice or forever be labeled a dbag around here.
have a great weekend, mang!
well that’s one way of saying “happy easter”, i suppose.
Transcendence: A Movie Too Terrible to Even Hate-Watch
On the surface, it had everything a sci-fi fan could ask, from its highfalutin title to its all-star genre cast: Cillian Murphy was in 28 Days Later and Inception, And Cole Hauser was—well, he’ll just beat us up if he’s not mentioned.
Plus Johnny Depp! Computers! A dose of Morgan Freeman—The greatest film Prez ever by unanimous agreement! We try not to be such fanboys, but please get us our inhaler! (Oh, and also, this excitement was before we’d seen a trailer.)
So the day it finally came out, we bought tix with trembling fingers, then we sat back and prepared ourselves for setpieces and zingers. We watched it. We sat there. We looked around and said, “Wait, it’s just about some asshole who gets sucked into the Web?”
That trope’s been put to bed, guys; have you never seen The Matrix? How about Ghost in the Shell? The collected Phillip K.-Dicks? We’ve been uploading our brains in fiction since the gene was spliced—And your big idea was ripping off the girl from Poltergeist?
i was curious about this movie and was even thinking of seeing it this weekend, but i think i’ll wait… but from the sound of it, this is more of a rental than dropping the money to see it up on the big screen.
just a few random shots that caught my eye at one point or another during the week…
What we know about the pro-Russian flier threatening to round up Ukrainian Jews
The conflict in Ukraine was dangerous enough before people started talking about rounding up Jews.
On Tuesday of this week, a flier, sourced to pro-Russian separatists surfaced in the Ukrainian and Israeli media. Purportedly distributed by “three unidentified men wearing balaclavas and carrying the flag of the Russian Federation,” the flier threatened Jews in Ukraine’s Donetsk region with expulsion unless they registered themselves and their family with the local government. Scary stuff.
But it’s hard to actually know what’s going on. Donetsk, both a large city and a region, is the center of the armed pro-Russian movement in eastern Ukraine, where the Ukrainian government is currently waging a military campaign to put down. So here’s a brief rundown of what we do and don’t know about the flier so far.
scary stuff indeed.
Putin: No plans to invade Alaska; too cold, he says…
it’s friday morning, so let’s roll up our sleeves and see what victor hanson has to say in his weekly op/ed piece — The True Opponents of Immigration Reform
Solving the illegal-immigration problem should not be hard. No one knows how many foreign nationals are residing illegally in the United States — estimates range from 11 million to 20 million. But everyone understands that it is an untenable situation that must be addressed.
The two extreme positions of the Left and Right probably have little public support — on the one hand, blanket amnesties and open borders, and on the other, deportation of all foreign nationals who reside here without legal authorization.
Polls show that most Americans want something in between.
Close the border. Allow entry only to those who have legal permission. Ensure that employers hire only those foreign nationals who have valid green cards. Permit those who have resided here for a while, who are without criminal records and are employed, to apply inside the U.S. for either a pathway to citizenship or legal residence.
Require that those residing here unlawfully pay a fine for breaking the law and wait in line until immigrants who followed the law are first processed. Reform legal immigration to make it ethnically blind and predicated on skill sets and education rather than on proximity to our borders or on family connections to those residing here unlawfully.
Most would agree with those sensible reforms, but I doubt that we will see any such grand bargain. The trouble is not, as the Democratic and Republican establishments allege, because of xenophobic and nativist bigots. Only a minority now favor sending every undocumented immigrant home without a chance for the hard-working and law-abiding to stay here while they apply for citizenship.
The problem instead is that the establishments of both parties talk in high-minded fashion but in fact act selfishly. Unfortunately, identity-politics elites and Democratic-party activists, along with employers of undocumented workers, do not support such a grand bargain.
Why not? Because Democrats and the members of the identity-politics industry believe that they have gained millions of new constituents. The more slowly huge surges of undocumented immigrants assimilate, the more they are likely to remain bloc constituents for particular causes and politics.
seems pretty sensible to me… damn politicians.
seeing serena williams in a bikini never really gets old, does it?
The Mustang at 50: Inside the Evolution of an American Icon
Fifty years ago today, Ford unveiled the Mustang. It was a sleek and sporty car, named for a fighter plane and slightly European in flavor. Company brass hoped it might be something of a hit and expected to sell 100,000 of them in the first year.
They sold 22,000 on the first day.
Everyone, even people who hate cars, knows the rest of the story. Yet it would be difficult to overstate the impact the Mustang had on Ford, on the auto industry and on popular culture. It was more than a car. It was a phenomenon. Few cars are so instantly recognizable, or as widely adored, as the first-generation Mustang.
The car singlehandedly created the most American of automobiles, the pony car—relatively small, relatively light and often absurdly powerful coupes with names like Camaro and Challenger. By 1967, everyone in Detroit offered one. Many of them have come and gone and come back again, but the Mustang has endured.
personally, i still think the original 1964 mustang was the sexiest of them all…
maybe that’s just me.
to be honest, i was sort of on the fence about this new x-men movie… but after watching this trailer, i stand corrected because it looks totally badass.
almost thought i caught Quicksilver in there, which would be a little bit confusing if true..? hmmm, dunno.
PlayStation 4 is getting an update with a video editing app for you to customize gameplay videos
looks like some pretty cool video editing features for PS4 users… not sure about editing vids, but the Xbox One has been quietly rolling out updates in the background every month or so — mostly refinements, though.
Sony passes 7 million PlayStation 4 units sold globally
WordPress 3.9 arrives with better media editing, gallery previews, audio and video playlists, and more
WordPress.org today announced the debut of WordPress 3.9, which adds a slew of “refinements” to the blog management tool. You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (it’s 6.0MB).
Dubbed “Smith” in honor of African-American jazz musician Jimmy Smith, WordPress 3.9 is supposed to give users a better understanding of how their content will look once it is published.
The new features are as follows:
- Improved visual editing: The new visual editor has improved speed, accessibility, and mobile support. You can paste into it from your word processor without wasting time to clean up messy styling.
- Edit images easily: With quicker access to crop and rotation tools, it’s now much easier to edit your images while editing posts and scale images directly in the editor.
- Drag and drop your images: Uploading your images is now as simple as grabbing them from your desktop and dropping them in the editor.
- Gallery previews: Galleries display a beautiful grid of images right in the editor, just like they do in your published post.
- Do more with audio and video: Images have galleries, and now media clips have playlists.
well damn, i literally just updted like a dozen servers just the other day to version 3.8.3, and now they released 3.9 — i just can’t win.
i’ll try the update here on my blog first, i think.
Google Street View Accidentally Made an Algorithm That Cracks CAPTCHAs
Questions mount in South Korean ferry disaster; hundreds still missing
Jindo, South Korea (CNN) — Anguished relatives of missing South Korean ferry passengers waited sullenly for answers Thursday as rescuers fought bad weather, murky water, darkness and time to find a way deep into the capsized ship.
Authorities believe 287 people — many of them high school students on a field trip — remain trapped inside the five-story ship. At least some, authorities say, could still be alive more than a day after the ship rolled over.
Meanwhile, the ferry’s captain is facing mounting questions about the incident.
i remember seeing some tweets about this yesterday, but thought most of the people on it got off… 287 people? daaaamn… how the hell does a ferry capsize like that anyways? i mean, it’s a ferry, so one would assume it’s probably ferrying people across daily.
time to pause for a few moments and enjoy the fact that we’ve all made it through the halfway point of yet another week… as i get older, it’s all about the small things. *g*
here’s a few more random booties.
happy hump day!
just stumbled across this and kinda weirded me out a little.
just wondered if any of you guys happened to watch “fargo” lastnight? i got home just in time to sit down and tune in, which was great since i was curious about the show anyways.
i’ve been a fan of Justified for the past couple years and was a little bummed that the season ended (damnit), but Fargo does look like a great follow-up show.
pretty damned bloody for the first episode, too… and that Minnesota accent cracks me up for some reason. *chuckle*
In the latest episode of Archer, Doctor Krieger entered a launch code…