Buy ’em out boys!

Well, Billy G gave his last keynote ever this past sunday at CES 2008.  People were expecting some really huge announcements, but it was pretty standard fare.  They didn’t really introduce a ton of stuff that would really excite the non-geeky.  It had a funny introduction with a ton of cameos, and finished off with a Guitar Hero III showdown that featured ringers like TipperQueen (way too good at GH3), and Slash who was actually playing a real guitar.  It didn’t have the feel of being too different than any of his other keynotes.  I guess he will be moving full time into his charitable work which is nice.  I hope MS can keep in the right direction with their ventures.

I’ve been reading a few of the fanboy comments in some of the blogs, something I try to never do now, and the amount of Apple zealotry is amazing.  People have nothing better to do but hate.  Wonder who has that much free time to engage in all these online wars.  It’s rather laughable how uninformed people are when it comes to technology.  Especially technology that the casual consumer is not really aware of, such as Microsoft’s enterprise applications.  Everything is Zune vs Ipod or Xbox 360 vs PS3 … I guess people need to get out and actually see what’s out there before making assumptions.

No homers allowed …

I was watching the Pistons-Celtics game last night, and the color commentary was absolutely unbearable.  Boston has quite possibly the most biased crew in the league, and that’s saying a lot since I am able to watch a lot of Raptors games.  It is one thing to like your guys, and root for them, but Tommy Heinsohn just complains about the refs the entire game.  It was hard to even watch the game, without wanting to strangle the guy.  Some may say I am biased because I am a Pistons fan, but I have seen Boston play a lot of teams I don’t care for, and the guy is still just as annoying.

The thing that aggravates me about homers, is that eventually the fans start thinking that the color guys are actually right.  Charles Barkley once said that 99% of fans don’t know anything about basketball.  I say a big reason for that is the color commentary.  They are hearing people describe the game in a blatantly incorrect way.  That’s why I like the national telecasts much more, since the guys there tend to have no allegiances to any team.

The odd thing is, that I never noticed people in Windsor being idiots when it came to basketball.  Perhaps it’s because George Blaha isn’t as biased, or because we’ve had access to basketball for longer than people in Toronto.  Honestly every single Raptor fan I’ve talked does not know anything about basketball.  Leave it up to Swirsky to tell people that the Raptors are among the league’s elite, and that their players are the among the best at every position.   News flash … the Raptors are headed for years of first round knockouts, their franchise player is at best a secondary player on a good team, and no matter how much you may try to convince yourself Darko 2.0 is trash.

Fish for thought …

Maisie has eaten sushi two nights in a row and now I’m rather jealous.  Her company pays for her meals when they work late and apparently the stipend is enough to allow them to eat some pretty fancy food.  What I wouldn’t give for some chirashi right now.  Well, perhaps eating at 11:46 at night is not the best idea.  Anyways, I want to eat sushi on the weekend but I doubt Maisie will want to, since she has been spoiled silly lately with that particular delicacy.

I’m not sure what has caused this change in me, but I really like to eat fish now.  I used to despise eating fish and couldn’t stand the taste or the texture.  Well, I guess that doesn’t mean much because I used to think Burger King was fine dining.  I think it all started with the first time I tried sushi, and after that it was like a deck of cards falling down.  I started eating steamed fish again, which I used to hate, as well as salmon steaks.  It’s odd that we eat steamed fish almost every weekend now.

Maybe one day I won’t like steak anymore.  Hmmm …. nah.

Photoshop FTW!

So apparently it’s not my filter at all, and it’s dim tungsten lighting that is causing that red hue in my pictures when I shoot at high ISO. Mike took the original picture and in a matter of minutes cleaned it up quite nicely. I’m going to have to get me some Photoshop action.

The before pictureThe after picture

There is so much to learn. I think I may have to take some photography courses. It is a lot easier than trying to learn on your own or off the web. I guess I am too impatient these days to really take the time out to slowly learn something on my own.

The rebirth …

I’ve finally decided to use somebody else’s code for the blog system.  The system that I wrote had become tiresome to update, and as I learn more and more about web development at work, I see all the security holes in the system that I had before.  Username/password to my SQL server in plain text and a simple 2 tier architecture were among many in the laundry list of no-nos of my old system.  I decided to make the change after I saw the amoung of SQL injection in my database.  Luckily none of that ever showed up on my actual page, but there was some nasty spam hiding in the database. 

 So I am moving on to WordPress.  I had been using Menalto Gallery, so I decided to give another one of the Dreamhost freebies a go.  I had used it previously for my ELEC 490 blog that was never really updated, so I never really got a chance to use it much.  It seems fairly robust, and allows for a lot of visual changes through the use of templates and CSS.  While it is not as fun to say that I use somebody else’s code, my older page will still live on I guess as an archive of sorts.  I just need some time to lock it up in terms of security before it becomes public again.  It was a valiant effort as my first stab at creating a database driven web application.  Someone less nerdy would have resorted to xanga or livejournal or whatever the heck people are using now.