Vogue Needs a New Editor

      June 12th, 2009

Vogue MagazineA few days ago I picked up my wife’s June 2009 U.S. Vogue Magazine.  Flipping though it, I landed on a strangely luring article titled “Battles of the Heart” by Ana Menéndez. I always thought Vogue was a rather sophisticated fashion magazine, so I was really surprised to find an article which was unintentionally tasteless. Granted, I’m all for some good ol’ lowbrow tomfoolery, but what I stumbled upon was garbage packaged as high sheen journalism.

Allow me to explain.

The article begins when Ana Menéndez recieves a FedEx package at her place in Instanbul. (It was forwarded from New York, so you know she’s important.) There she is having a jovial nightcap with visitors (wine and a teak table are involved). She senses this package is important. The package, she finds out, claims her husband cheated on her. Upsetting indeed.

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Filed under: Magazines,Stupidity

Busted by YouTube

      January 30th, 2009

BustedA little while back I posted an insanely cute video of my baby daughter taking some of her first steps on YouTube. The quality was pretty bad because I took it with my camera, so I spiced the vid up a bit with an intro title, outro message, and one minute of music; namely the song “Tree Hugger” by Antsy Pants and Kimya Dawson. The song is on the soundtrack to the movie “Juno”.

Being a musician myself, I know it’s not 100% kosher to take copyrighted material and slab it onto a little YouTube action. Still, given the high-scale rampant copyright violation constantly taking place on YouTube, I hardly expected to have my little video muted by the powers that be.

To put this into perspective, my video has 60 odd views. It contains no hidden advertisements or agenda. I know this is YouTube trying to cover its ass, but I think this is going a bit too far.

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Filed under: Computers,Music

A Few Seconds Remaining

      January 19th, 2009

FirefoxSo I’m pretty sure that Mac OS X is the best consumer operating system and that the best web browser for OS X (and Windows for that matter) is Firefox. I don’t know what I would do with the ability to add on extensions such as NoScript, Firebug, and Download Statusbar. I recently stopped using Adblock Plus because it was getting in the way of certain pages working properly, but it’s also pretty nifty.

That being said, I’ve recently run into an extremely annoying bug which seems to so far be without a fix. About 70% of the time I try to download a file with Firefox the download hangs at 100%, or a “a few seconds remaining”. This has been happening for about one week now and is, as mentioned, very irritating.

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Filed under: Computers,Travel