Thriller to the Killer: RIP Michael Jackson!

26 06 2009

In memory of a highly gifted musician and father of the “moon walk” … he inspired millions around the world.

Be at the Philippines: 1,500 Prisoners at Cebu …

… or in India: Bollywood’s unforgettable “GIRLY MAN!”

… or the Guinness Book of World Records event: William and Mary College students…

… and maybe even a surprise wedding.

We will forever miss you!

R.I.P. Michael Jackson 1958-2009


WRC loses Subaru

17 12 2008

You know things aren’t going the greatest when companies like Microsoft and Google put on hiring freezes, Yahoo! goes on a firing spree, electronics giant Best Buy making moves to reduce staff, folks out at Target Corp getting the chop, and every other person is out there job hunting because of this economic downturn. To make matters worse, credit card companies like American Express began lowering or freezing borrowing from their valued customers making matters worse for those looking to invest. Even my favorite blog site, The Consumerist, has fallen under hard times and is up for sale. You can tell times are bad cuz their ads are so big, they cover blog post titles.

And thereby, we can claim that the economy is just as miserable as the weather is right here in Minnesota.

Unfortunately, this trickle down effect has now hit the world of auto sports breaking the seemingly life-long bond between Subaru and the World Rally Championship. Without going into details, a statement from the parent company Fuji Heavy Industries (owned by Toyota) revealed that (Subaru) has officially pulled out of the 2009 WRC campaign. The economy could be one of the bigger reasons behind this decision but irrespective of the cause, it’s a sad day to see an icon like Subaru divest itself off of the rally championships. This from a company that made a name for itself by designing passenger vehicles from all of their testing and experience in the World Rally Championships. Truly a shocker!

All we have are memories…

Palin gets nailed!

3 11 2008

A couple of Canadian comedians radio DJs managed to make a prank call to Alaskan Governor and Republican candidate John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin. Listen as Palin is taken on a ride throughout an obviously ridiculous conversation without once suspecting the phone caller’s legitamacy. A bit too naive shall we say? You be the judge.

Credit to MudFlats!

A full transcript is available on Daily Kos for those of you who can’t bring yourselves to listen to the whole thing, which is impossible to do without palms on face.  Here’s a portion of it: (FNS is fake Nicholas Sarkozy and SP is Sarah Palin)

FNS: I just want to be sure, I don’t’ quite understand the phenomenon “Joe the Plumber,” that’s not your husband, right?
SP: Mmhmm, that’s not my husband but he’s a normal American who just works hard and doesn’t want government to take his money.

FNS: Yes, yes, I understand, we have the equivalent of Joe the Plumber in France, it’s called, “Marcel, the guy with bread under his armpit, oui.”
SP: Right. That’s what it’s all about, is the middle class, and government needing to work for them. You’re a very good example for us here.

FNS: I  seen a bit about NBC even Fox News wasn’t an ally, an ally, sorry, about as much as usual.
SP: Yeah that’s what we’re up against.

FNS: I must say, Governor Palin, I love the documentary they made on your life, you know, Hustler’s “Nailin Palin.”
SP:  Oh, good, thank you. Yes.

FNS: That was really edgy.
SP: [Laughs] Well good.

RIP (Toshiba) HD-DVD

19 02 2008

Today 02/19/08, Toshiba finally threw in the towel and gave-up their interests in the high definition dvd format war against Sony’s Blu-Ray. Gizmodo covered it up a bit but for the average folks out there, Toshiba and Sony initially developed the high-definition DVD standard but as the two company’s differences grew larger, they decided to split with Toshiba taking the “HD” moniker leaving the more ambiguous term “Blu-Ray” for Sony.

While Toshiba cozied up with big Shao Khan Microsoft and his henchmen in the movie industry, Sony worked hard to ingrain Blu-Ray DVD systems into their next generation gaming platform, the Sony Playstation 3 or PS3. The biggest cosmetic difference between the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD dvds are that the former can hold more than double the capacity of the latter. But to Toshiba’s credit, their disks are cheaper.

So anyway, slowly and steadily, Sony started to garner support as PS3 sales began to drive Blu-Ray player sales and certain notable Hollywood companies switched sides to the benefit of the makers of PrayStation3.

Transformers director Michael Bay made an allegation that Microsoft was simply holding hands with Toshiba to prolong the high-definition DVD war until digital downloads became the acceptable medium for media transfers. Could be saying the truth? It’s true that the add-on HD-DVD player for the Xbox 360 sucks and it can only be used to view HD-DVD movies compared to the PS3’s Blu-Ray player which plays PS3/PS2 games + Blu-Ray movies and doesn’t require you to make an additional purchase for the dvd component. Half-assed work from the big bad MS building credibility to the rumor reported by Michael “awesome” Bay.

So yea, in the end, one must fall. With too many defections from Hollywood studios, it was only a matter of time before Toshiba crumbled saving Sony from an embarrassing Betamax-like failure of the ’80s. To put in the final blow, Sony released an official statement mentioning they were open to the idea of Toshiba joining the Blu-Ray camp. FATALITY!

So what is this High-Definition DVD? Regular DVD videos are formatted for 480p resolutions. On an HDTV, those videos will be stretched to fit and on larger HDTVs, regular DVDs aren’t as impressive. This is where high definition dvds (720p, 1080i, 1080p) come into play as Sony’s Blu-Ray disks let you watch your favorite movies (with huge mark-ups of course) on crystal clear screens. You will require HDMI cables to transmit video/audio from the DVD player to the TV however to get that pristine picture and sound you deserve.

Wrestling at its unholiest laughable self

12 11 2007

Happened to catch a wrestling match between the “Great Khali” and the super-old “Phenom” The Undertaker. Almost all of the close male body-to-body contact moves appeared to be choreographed (surprise) but the execution of them were so poor making the fakeness much much more evident. The saddest part was that the Undertaker was involved.

I’ve been a long time supporter of the Undertaker but even I will have to admit that the “Phenom” is nowhere near his best anymore.

The homo-erotic finishing move called the “Triangle Choke Lock” (incorrectly flagged by fans on the net as the “Scorpion Death Lock” or “Figure 8 Lock” or some other forms of “leg lock”) by the “Dead Man” was the worst of the lot. It involved dragging Khali’s face to the Taker’s crotch with the latter having his leg wrapped around Khali’s head. I now know why people refer to Undertaker as GayTaker. In the end, the smell of sweaty meatballs was too much for even the “Great Khali” as he was overpowered and rendered into an unconscious vegetative state of mind.

R.I.P. WWE and watch the YouTube video of the match below.

R.I.P Microsoft Messenger 7.0!

14 09 2007

Apparently, MSN Messenger 7.0 or 8.0 whatever’s not LIVE ceased working sometime in the afternoon (US Central Time) yesterday (09/13/2007). It worked in the morning all the way till 4pm CST. Around 5pm was when I reactivated MSN 7.0 to get on and got a pop-up message instead saying I had to upgrade to the latest version of Messenger to continue receiving service. LAME!

So I had to click on “update” and the newest (aka LIVE) downloaded and installed itself. I hate Windows Live Messenger. Makes me paranoid with the … ALWAYS LIVE … tag revolving around my head. It’s almost like MS (Microsoft) is watching me through the Windows Live Messenger service.

Anyways, it’s been a long time since I used Live and now I have it back again and hate it. 😦

R.I.P. MSN Messenger 7.0

You will always be my favorite!

EDIT: Uninstalled LIVE and reinstalled 7.0 but still won’t allow me to login using the older messenger. Uninstalled 7 and installed 7.5 but similar results. Looks like a clampdown by MS.

RIP Nintendo DS phat

13 08 2007

I knew that day was coming. After 2.5 years of owning this wonderful little toy, I finally had to part ways with it. One of the reasons being I didn’t have time for gaming on it anymore. Another being that I wasn’t able to get good deals on games like I used to. This was turning into quite a cash pit for me.

We traveled to many different countries and states and you always kept me company. Tony Hawk, Nintendogs, Sims, etc etc. You were always by my side ready to keep my mind away from troubling issues when they were around. Finally that day is here. A mother who’s looking into getting an early Christmas present for her son is a far better home than in the confines of the corner of my closet. RIP Nintendo DS phat. Hope you enjoy your new life!