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June 29, 2007

A couple of awesome things...

Just wanted to comment on a couple of things that have really impressed me lately. I highly recommend both of them.

Ratatouille
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Pixar is so impressive. what other movie studio has yet to make a movie that isn't awesome? And now, this latest clever, brilliant film continues that tradition. I don't want to give much away, but once again they show why they are the kings of animated films. The story, characters, and writing are all top-notch, and their computer artistry has gotten so advanced that it honestly looks... hand-drawn again. This film deserves to outgross Spiderman 3.

Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
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This is a re-release of a 2 year old game, with new and improved Wii controls (not so much motion controlled as using the aiming and targeting functions of the controller). I never played it before. And wow, it's just incredible. Has anyone out there ever played this game? I really want to talk about it with people. There are just so many incredible parts, one breathless battle after another.

Warning. It's terrifying!

Great story, amazing mood. If you have a Wii, it's $30, and that makes it a no-brainer. Best non-Nintendo game I've ever played. (I haven't beaten it yet, I'm on stage 3-2. I can't play for too long because I break out in a cold sweat). No lie.

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Why I won't be buying an iPhone... yet

It's been called the Jesus Phone. My 4 year old son watches the demo videos online. My 7 year old daughter begged me for one the other day. And it's made by one of the two company's that I have actual affection for (Nintendo is the other one).

It honestly is a breakthrough device. Anybody who doesn't believe it, you have to take a look at the videos that wowed my son. It deserves to sell a ton, and it makes cell phones cool to me (which they have never been before, I've always hated them).

I'm even on Cingular already, so one of the main reasons to hold off isn't a problem for me.

So why won't I buy one now?

It's not just the price. In fact... even if it were $199 I still wouldn't buy it right now. (Crazy, I know). But price is one of the reasons. That is an awful lot of money. But that's not it.

1) Not enough storage.
I've been waiting for the full screen iPod for so long. So long. And now, it's more than a little disappointing to me that the first one to have this exact feature only has 8 GB of storage, max. I know that's a lot of room, but my music collection is 40GB by itself, plus video takes even more space. People say, "Why do you need ALL your music with you." It's because... no matter how I pick and choose playlists with my nano, invariably I'll want to hear something and... It's not there. I know this will be taken care of eventually. But I have to wait. But even this wasn't the dealbreaker.

2) Not fast enough.
It's been said a million times, but this is running on a slower network. This actually wouldn't bother me so much, because I can deal with the speed of EDGE, I've been doing it for quite some time already. But, it bugs me to know that eventually a new iPhone will be able to get on a faster 3G network, and I'll be left behind if I buy into this first generation. This isn't an upgradeable feature either. But even this, I would be willing to overlook because of how awesome the phone is.

Which brings me to the reason that makes the decision for me. The reason I would keep a phone that I hate while rejecting a phone I would absolutely love.

3) Doesn't act as a bluetooth modem for my laptop.
I rely on having an internet signal for my livelihood. I need to be able to get emails, work on software on my laptop, even in places that might not have wifi. I use my motorola razor as a modem for my mac, and it's been a lifesaver any number of times. So, if I have a Macbook Pro, the iPhone should work as a modem even more seamlessly, right... being from the same company, one that has a well-earned reputation for their stuff "just working."

The iPhone does not communicate with a laptop through bluetooth. And it won't work as a modem.

WHY?

I'm not really sure, honestly. But until this is fixed, I won't be able to buy this wonderful breakthrough.

Darby's phone just stopped working, though....

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June 22, 2007

Ian the daring stage jumper

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While he was filming for the bsf show at the troc.

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June 18, 2007

Last Palk Basement Show for ... a long time

I wanted to give yiou all advance notice that we will be having an epic "goodbye for now" show at the Palkovitz house on July 6th. It will feature the casting out, one win choice, us, and jonah latshaw's band romance in black and white.

You have to come to this one. It's going to be really fun. We even are getting special shirts printed just for the occasion.

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June 13, 2007

Retro Band

So I just finished the first draft of my latest full length script, entitled Retro Band. It's a comedy. Definitely rated R.

If you want to read it, let me know.

ps. in case you're wondering, of the 5 full lengths I've completed so far, 3 are definite R's, and two are PGish. Of those Rs, 2 could probably be toned down to get PG-13.

One is a lost cause.

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June 10, 2007

Drew, the rock star who plays trombone

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Drew played trombone with them last night during Goodbye and Thanks for the Crutches. Colors of Insomnia Photography captured a pretty cool picture of him doing so.

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June 09, 2007

Playing the Troc with BSF

What a night, it was a blast playing the Troc, a place I've seen lots of shows myself. And the sound was just great. Thanks for all of your who came out to support us, there were a surprisingly large amount of you and we appreciate it.

Tomorrow for the big party... you going to be there?

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June 08, 2007

Boy Sets Fire slideshow

Put this together using their photos, they're going to play it looping between sets at their shows this weekend. Sad, huh? What a great band.

But it's not like something completely awesome isn't rising from their ashes.

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June 04, 2007

And now, a commercial for OnStar

You know the scenario. The rain is pouring. You run to your car with your wife and kids, trying to somehow avoid getting soaked.

Only to notice that the doors are locked, and the keys are in the ignition.

What do you do? Shell out the $150 and wait for Pop A Lock?

Well, in my case, all I had to do was call OnStar, a free service with my GM car, and tell them, "Hi, I locked my keys in the car." Within a minute, they somehow magically FROM SPACE unlocked it. And we were on our way.

Pretty awesome, right?

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June 01, 2007

What a nice time in Europe

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What can I say, Brett and I got to be good friends.

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