You know what the worst thing about this is? No, it’s got nothing to do with either news or politics. CBS has long since stopped being a credible source of news, and nobody with an IQ above room temperature in an igloo really gives a rip what some morning show fluff-spout thinks about politics. Personally, I could give a rip about who’s on the Today Show and/or CBS Evening News–I haven’t watched either one in well over a decade.
No, the worst thing is that promo-happy CBS will be plastering Couric’s mug all over the screen during SEC football games this season. Can’t Broadcast Sports already inserts inane programming plugs almost literally between every play, and I won’t be surprised if they digitally superimpose The Perky Anchor’s face on the middle of the field, too.
Back when I posted a quick review of Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake, I didn’t have the heart to go into detail about why it’s a silly waste of fifteen hours and a bazillion dollars.
Lileks, on the other hand, has no such scruples.
The new Mac arrives tomorrow, so I’m spending tonight backing up everything I have, twice. Once for the archives, and then again to transfer over to the new machine.
If you think that’s fun, tomorrow I get to learn how to use an all-new (to me) operating system.
UPDATE: I just read that Tom Delay is stepping down. No biggie – I always got him confused with Trent Lott anyway.
One of the reasons I’m switching to Mac is that it’s time for me to upgrade, but Microsoft has – again! – delayed the new version of Windows. When you buy a PC from Dell or Gateway or HP or whoever, it has been optimized for the OS it ships with. It’s usually your best bet to buy a new computer to go with your new version of Windows.
Microsoft would like you to believe that isn’t true:
No fooling, Microsoft is prepping new Windows Vista Capable stickers for PCs, in anticipation of the release of the 50 million lines of Vista code to business users (end of 2006) and consumers (beginning of 2007 if all goes well). Given the shifting ship date for Vista, some reassurance for PC buyers was in order.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Kind of like buying a new car and being told it will run fine on that eco-friendly E85 gas when it becomes available in your area. Problem is, just because your new computer says “Vista Capable” on the outside, doesn’t mean the insides are really up to the job. Here’s what Microsoft claims it will take to run Vista:
• CPU — PC systems should have a modern CPU.
• RAM — PC systems should have 512MB of memory or more.
• GPU — PC systems should have a DirectX 9 class graphics processor.
Those system requirements are just fine – if you want to run Windows XP on the computer you probably already own. Technically, you could run Vista on the machine Microsoft describes, but with all the “cool” features you’ll see on TV permanently disabled.
If you’d like to run Vista with all the bells and whistles, you’ll want a beefier machine:
•A 3.0ghz dual-core processor with separate cache memory for each core.
•2gig of fast memory, double if you can afford it..
•A midrange (by 2007 standards) graphics card with a bare minimum of 128meg of memory.
Early adopters will have to shell out $1,500-2,000 dollars next January for a truly Vista-capable computer. Microsoft would have you think that you could use the fun new GUI for half that price. I’m not saying Vista is bad. On the contrary, it looks like it’s going to be as solid and as safe and as fun to use as Mac OSX 10.4.
Just don’t expect to use Vista on the cheap. If you want those Mac-like features on your PC, you’re going to have to pay a Mac-like price.
Hollywood has finally entrusted its blockbusters to the web with six major studios joining forces for the first time to make new films available to download over the internet on the same day they are released on DVD.
More than 200 titles will today go on sale through Movielink, a film site set up in 2002 as a joint venture between Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, Universal, MGM and Paramount.
The two sites have so far only released pricing details for the United States, where films will be sold for between $30 (
Imagine you’re on a date with a supermodel. I grew up in the ’80s and I dig brunettes, so I’d choose Paulina Porizkova. You choose whoever you like.
Now imagine you’re having dinner somewhere really nice. Fine food, fine wine, perfect service – the works. The conversation sparkles like the crystal, and you yourself are shining like the silverware. You’re pretty sure that if you don’t score tonight, she’s at least going to give you a second date to try again.
And then she rips a fart so nasty it makes waves in the tablecloth.
That’s kind of what it’s like being the parent to a really cute kid.
(Hat tip to John Noonan, who suggested posting a martini-fuled email here on the blog.)
Below the Beltway has – at last! – moved off of Blogspot. Adjust your bookmarks.
You might as well click on over now, because I won’t have anything fresh for you for an hour or two. Was planning on some breezy blogging, then got yet another Big Idea.
Essay to follow. We’ll see if it’s any good.
UPDATE: Political Kitchen looks pretty cool, too.
Loved it. But an ice skating monkey? Really?