Archive for July, 2006

Monopoly Credit Cards

This is rediculous. Monopoly will be replacing the cash with credit cards and a credit card reading device, though you will still be able to download printable PDFs of the cash. Lame. Part of the fun of the game is gloating about how much cash you have. Remember having the stacks of $500s barely tucked under the board. So what? Now you just hold up your credit card and say “Look at my card!” Lame. The full story at TechDirt. Is there a petition I can sign somewhere?

Robots will kill you.

Ok the title goes against Asimov‘s 3 primary laws of robotics and hopefully that won’t really happen, but I sure hope the engineers developing this new robots are taking those 3 laws and making them a reality.

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

    Meet “Promet“, the humanoid robot HRP-2. They have a few video clips on their site of Promet in action. I love the design. Just the way he looks and the colors they use remind me of something from Evengelion or Robotech. And it’s run on Linux.I just think it’s incredibly neat that in my lifetime I am seeing the beginning of an age that I have been reading about since I first discovered Asimov’s books that go back to being written over half a century ago.

Superman Returns

It was a great 4th of July. Fun times the night of the 3rd. It was good to see all my friends at the various places I visited. 4th was filled with BBQ and freedom.

I also saw Superman Returns. Now I am a bit biased because I love Superman, but I have to say I greatly enjoyed that movie. Brandon Routh did a great job capturing the same essence that Christopher Reeve had. Lois Lane, eh, whatever. But the story was good in a comic book sort of way. It brought back many memories of me as a child going to see the first Superman movie with my mom at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas one rainy Saturday afternoon. When it was over and we went outside it was raining and my mom asked me, “You want to see it again?”. “We can do that?!” I replied. She called my step dad and told him we would be late and we went right back in the theater and watched it again. Ah the salad days.

Just Guns tonight!

George’s band, Just Guns, is playing tonight at Red Eye Fly! It should be a good show.

Michael Kingkaid (of What Made Milwaukee Famous), The Stock Market Crash, Organ Thief, Just Guns at the Red Eyed Fly

If anyone wants to meet up with me for dinner at Trudy’s central, gimme a shout.

Size is everything

The earth is so so very small. I’m having trouble seeing my house in these photos.


Did anyone catch the new Snakes on a Plane trailer on the ol tele this weekend?

I hope that this confirms that there will be no change to the title as rumored. So I have, for now, held off any plans on striking and boycotting the changing of the name of Snakes on a Plane.

We could rally together to get Alamo to do a special SOAP screening and serve up a nice snake dinner on airline tray table while we’re watching it. Who’s in?