Sometimes, few things can focus my mind and plant my two feet firmly on the Earth. One of the things that always brings me back home when my mind wanders away is poetry. In my mind, you can’t truly love a language without understanding and loving its poetry. Poetry is about painting pictures with words, and using imagery to invoke emotion and thought. Poetry is incredibly powerful and moving to those who have an appreciation for the elegant simplicity of language itself.

Far too many English majors major in the subject because they don’t know what else to major in. I’ve noted many English majors that I go to school with have no concept or understanding of poetry, and yet they somehow expect to be able to teach it to students in a classroom after graduation. I find that to be incredibly sad and I wish those people would pick a new major, or at least not brag about how they are English majors as though it were some badge of honor.… [Read More]

Revolution? I don’t think so.

Nintendo has revealed its planned controller for the Revolution. I have to say, it is a revolutionary looking controller. Revolutionary in that no other controller to date has been so badly designed in my opinion. I was scared of the PS3’s space age looking boomerang, but this remote control design is not what I want to hold in my hand while I’m chasing after barrels playing Donkey Kong.

In fact, I would have to call this controller a button masher’s nightmare. And since Nintendo’s target audience is age 10 and under… where button mashing is par for the course to get anything done in a video game….

Nintendo, you lose points for this ugly, single handed controller.… [Read More]

Katrina Round Up

There’s an excellent round-up of the goings on with Hurricane Katrina here.

I have to say, the whole fiasco has been scary to watch. At first I thought thousands of people died, and then we found out that so far, they’ve only found 500 dead. Then there was the thing with the buses, and if you don’t know about that.. well.. here. Then there was the whole thing with the governor not knowing that she had to specifically request military aid.

Even neater, if you read the articles on Bloomberg, the city will be fully open for business again by October 2. I think that’s a pretty fast turnaround if you ask me. I mean the worst possible thing that could have happened to the city, did happen.. and we’ve got a turnaround of just over a month to get the city back on its feet.

What was that about a slow response again?… [Read More]

Words to Get Angry By

Intel pays 40$ a chip to manufacture CPUs. And the price has stayed that way for Intel since 2003.

Are you angry yet?

I suppose that’s not so if you are a Mac owner, but anyone else who has had to purchase or replace a CPU since 2003 should be. I can appreciate a certain amount of cost overhead, but when the average price for a CPU is over 600$, and Intel only pays 40$? I’m not sure that any amount of cost overhead can justify that ridiculous number for a CPU.

Maybe Intel needs it to produce soylent green for an alien corporation to keep them from taking over the Earth, but somehow, I doubt that Intel’s intentions are that virtuous.… [Read More]

Nintendo’s Ploy to Stay Afloat..

.. and it fails to shock me. I am not surprised at all that Nintendo is attempting to capitalize as much as it possibly can on Mario and Donkey Kong. That’s what Nintendo has always done.

This said, in terms of corporate stability, you have to give it to Nintendo. Not posting a loss since 1989 is a powerful thing for a company who’s core business is in the electronic gadget territory. Say what you will about the gameboy, it was the first widely available, relatively inexpensive handheld video game unit. Being first, has its perks.

The first serious competitor for the Gameboy is the PSP. Yes, we know the Atari Lynx was cool, and the Sega Game Gear was even neater (my mom had one, I thought they were neat), but in terms of brand staying power, and the sheer level of financial backing, and not to mention style factor, Sony makes the former Atari and Sega look like gaming companies in miniature.… [Read More]