May 28, 2009

Kinda overloaded this week, so I'm getting "assistance" from other sites. A few articles/sites for your reading pleasure and education.

Microsoft goes after Google w/ 'Bing' - the name alone signals all Microsoft product managers should return to their white boards now to think up a better search tool

My dinner reservations for tonight (5.28.09) were made through this hot IPO - OpenTable goes public

You don't work for free, do you? Neither does U2. Interesting interview on pirating copyrighted materials - Free is enemy of good

For those who think the universe is the Arizona dessert, skip this link. For those who enjoy the mind-boggling spectacle of deep space, then you should bookmark this link - Hubble telescope


May 21, 2009

One of the best festival line ups (of this or any summer season) comes to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NY on July 31st, August 1st & 2nd. All Points West features Beastie Boys (Friday), Tool (Saturday), and Cold Play (Sunday) as headliners (Tool is amazing in concert). But you also have Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Echo and the Bunnymen (blast from the past), the Ting Tings, Arctic Monkeys, Jim Jeffries, and a whole host of others. Make me totally jealous and go one of the days (I'm away that weekend).

If you're in the market for a car, couldn't be a better time to buy. The deals I've heard about at the dealerships being closed by GM and Chrysler are crazy. Not even looking to break even on the vehicle so much as just get rid of them.

"Wolverine" - should have stayed in the can (worse than X-Men III, and I didn't think that was possible).

"Star Trek" - excellent re-launch. Cast had instant chemistry - could be a good franchise again.

Already booked for the 7:50 showing of "Terminator Salvation" tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

"Child 44" by Tom Rob Smith - interesting read, especially for the the paranoia of the Soviet Union in the 1950's. Just a 1/5th of the way through, but I like the dread already being built.

Have not watched the season finale of "Lost" and it's been a chore to avoid those who have. Very excited considering how great the season's been.

I know the baseball season is 162 games long, and the Phils are the defending World Series champs, but I still live and die each night. Envious of my stepfather as he has the MLB package - gets to watch them every night (Brawling Brunette won't let me get away with that).

"The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions." Alfred Lord Tennyson


May 14, 2009

For those loyal readers who follow the "Random Musings" postings on this blog, you'll recognize the nickname I've given to my better half - the Brawling Brunette (for those who know her, you'll know she wears that moniker with pride). Well this posting starts with BB's homeland - the northwest corner of Missouri (go Tigers!).

King City, MO sits 30 miles north of St. Joseph, MO (home of Jesse James and the Pony Express). AT&T is the preferred cellular provider in her hometown; cable doesn't service the city, so DirecTV or analog is the reception of choice (soon to convert to digital, finally). But the one constant are the good ol' copper lines that run into the majority of homes (including those on the large farms) that provide the residents traditional telephone service. It's old school technology that has worked for more than 100 years - and it's quickly fading away.

Now I don't anticipate all copper lines going the way of the dinosaur tomorrow, but it will eventually happen, even in King City, MO. And yesterday's news - Verizon Sells Phone Lines - is a key indicator of just how quickly the change is now happening. AT&T started to abandon phone lines in the early 90's under Michael Armstrong (he was too far ahead of the technology curve to have made his plans a reality); now the big Bells are giving that service over to regional players to focus on national broadband and cell service, and you can't blame them when you see 10 years olds texting and talking to their friends on their own cell phones (see it everyday with kids walking to the local grammar school). Bob Dylan said it best - the times they are a changing.

It's not often when you can pinpoint milestones of historical change as they occur, but this is one of those rare occasions.

"Mr Watson — Come here —I want to see you" Alexander Graham Bell