Layers upon layers

May 6th, 2011

I thought it was a little strange that there was such thing as a virtual pop star. This means there’s a rendering of a chick that sings and dances. That’s weird… but lots of weird stuff gets taken out of Japan and translated into English news stories.

Then there’s that thing where the vocals are actually computed (by vocaloid which is a product by Yamaha) from the melody and lyrics.

Then there’s the fact that people went to see this in concert and looked to be really jazzed about it.

And then… Toyota thought it would be a great idea if they chose that as a marketing avenue… for Americans.

Yes, a virtual pop star from Japan (that sings only in Japanese from what I gather) only uses toyotas to drive around in.

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Royalty is the worst

April 29th, 2011

Why is no one else repulsed by the idea of royalty?

Come on! This is America baby, we’re the ones who called ‘bullshit” on that whole British royalty thing. I have a hard time articulating how despicable the concept of royalty is because any starting point should already be “slap in the face” obvious.

The idea of celebrity is out of control crazy. People are either lucky, mutated, or market-ably synthesised in order to be represented enough in the media to be a celebrity. No qualities of a good human being are endorsed, required, or instilled by the process of celebrification (and the opposite is most likely true).

The idea of religion is out of control crazy. I have internally struggled with the idea that there could be some use in the more abstract goals of religion. Like if it wasn’t for the gilded churches and buggering priests then it would okay to deceive some idiots into thinking some stuff that would help them relax.  Young stupidity – that’s the only reason I let the idea have a place at the table of “not completely stupid and misconstrued” ideas worth considering. Surrendering yourself over to suspension of reason is negligent at it’s very best and the antithesis of living a good life.

The idea of submitting yourself to another person’s will – a person who has no merit whatsoever, a person who has no demonstrably positive affect on your life or that of your family, a person who’s status is only derived from the ejaculate of others who attained their status the same way… that whole thing is out of control crazy.

Royalty is the worst. It mixes celebrities and religion and subjugation to ill founded governance in the worst way.  I hate royalty more than I hate gods… and that’s a lot.  That happens because royalty isn’t even hiding behind the spectre of religion any more. They just know it’s bullshit too and they decided to keep going anyway… and people let them.  I feel a kinship with those who are ruled and I hate ourselves for what we allow.

And I hate when you think it’s alright for people to celebrate that kind of shit because it hurts us all.  This is bad porn… devaluing humans and objectifying people through heinous, awful, and insidiously detrimental celebrations of debauchery. I would let my kids spend a day on #4Chan before they watched this runny snot shit.

My first word may have been gaga.

March 24th, 2011

So for some reason I started watching the google talk with Lady Gaga and just skipped around to try and find out what kind of questions this chick was fielding throughout the hour-plus long interview. I came away with an uneasy feeling after hearing about 15 seconds from 4 different sections of the interview.

Now, in way of back story, I have avoided the Gaga much as I avoid any media presence that tries to force it’s way third-hand into my consciousness.   I’ve seen maybe two or three of her music videos just to check out what the hell was going on in the world but I didn’t watch them all the way through. I  don’t remember thinking they were too bad to watch but I just kind of quickly lumped her up with other acts and moved no because I had got the gist.

But just now after watching some (a very small bit) of the interview, I’m kind of scared that I may be a fan.  Not of her music (yet) I’ll have to listen to that in earnest now to see if it’s any good.  But a fan of the person.

This was kind of like that time when I read about the “Artist Formally Known as Prince” thing. It turned out that Prince was being sued by his label because they claimed his name was their product – I had an instant reversal of perception about the man.  Instantly I became a fan because the absurdity of the whole situation wasn’t his genesis.  He was meeting crazy with crazy – which is a tactic I can identify with very easily.

There we go… I won’t tell any one this but I’ll post it here where no one will ever know. I am a fan of Prince and quite possibly Lady Gaga.

I had actually tried to post

March 14th, 2011

That’s funny… I was wondering why I hadn’t posted in such a long time and while logging in to put a token post there were about a dozen ‘drafts’!

Funny stuff.   I have finally learned to  abandon my thoughts to ravages of memory even though I’ve intrinsically avoided that type of approach for a good chunk of my adult life.

Sounds Delicious

March 3rd, 2011

Operation Breakfast was the name for the bombing of Cambodia between 1969 and 1973.

539,129 tons of bombs were dropped on Cambodia without anyone asking (or telling) the united states citizens (or their representatives)  if they wanted to do it.

That’s  some 15,400 pounds of explosives for every square mile of that country. (reference)

And I guess the bombing continued well after the Paris agreement made the Vietnam War a thing of the past – which is weird because I always thought that Cambodia was bombed to help protect the forces in Vietnam. But that’s all bullish.

Remember the Maine!

May 1st, 2010

I’m not a history buff but I have read enough to know that history eventually makes people look ridiculous.

Nomadic peoples  traveling around with their herds? stupid… Those idiots should have settled down and got themselves some indoor plumbing.

Egyptians with their sun gods and jarring up of brains and wrapping their dead in toilet paper so their could meet Abbott and Costello in the afterlife? dumb-asses.

Americans with all that slavery and Jim Crow laws business? Absolutely moronic. Socio-economic enslavement is so much easier because you don’t have to focus just on the dark people. You can keep a whole class of people under your foot as long as you eventually make a disney princess movie representing their demographic.

Sometimes I view current events in a pre-hindsight mockery and one current phenomena seems to occur a lot in facebooking statuses.

“Remember the Maine! To hell with Spain!” was the call to incite the Spanish-American War.  And it turns out if you wanted to kill the people that were responsible for the Maine sinking you’d probably have go after the officers of that ship because they most likely just blew up 200+ sailors just be being dumb.  The officers were smart enough to keep the powder kegs on the other side of the ship.

“Remember the /Anything/” is supposed to cash-in on so whole set of arguments or values that are above examination or something.  But is that every really the case?  The kind who think that they can just conjure up a collective memory to support their argument are the kind of people who need to be walked away from quickly.

Real books!?

January 28th, 2010

Last month in the furious christmas season I saw some blurb somewhere about how ebooks outsold real books in the holiday season or some such nonsense. Well this notice inspired me to give a big reach around pat on my own back and congratulate mankind for stepping out of the past.

But that feeling of species  satisfaction (that I imagine only occurs at the top of the good chain) was short lived. I will review my procession through on this path:

“Oh wow, cool. I mean it’s only amazon that’s reporting this so it’s probably just a silly number. But great job people; we’ve done it! We’ve finally made the leap into the future.”

“You mean; by beating some paper? Wait a minute… paper? You mean that was a competition? There was some struggle between displaying a page of text linked to another page of text in an easily readable format electronically and we lost to paper until just now? ”

“You’re being unfair matt (yes I refer to myself in the third person and yes I spell and pronounce my name in these discussions with a lower-case ‘m’) paper is a rather economical medium for um… the transfer of datum…”

“You are insane! Are you even listening to yourself soliloquize?! Paper?! Trees and/or plants, soaked, beaten flat into a pulp, dried out in order to spray ink on it an a fashion that forms letters and words for communicating… to people…. in the year 2009! You must be high! Why is this still even an option?”

“Well at the very least we’re making progress right?”

“Are we really? So people bought more books from amazon in the e-bundle instead of in the meat-web…

a) they are probably lying because it promotes their product

b) that doesn’t include how many stupid frigging newspapers and magazine are out there

c) amazon can decide willy nilly just to erase your books at any time they please in the future (alla’ orwell 1984 [in a weird twist of irony that actually happened])

d) not to mention junk mail and coupon fliers.

e) how does it stack up over the whole year when people are not trying to find cheap non-personal gifts for people they have no relation to even if they happen to be related to.”

“We’re doomed.”

“Yes, yes we are.  And amazon is going to wave their cowboy hat on the way down.”

To all the iphone fanboys, I apologize.

January 8th, 2010

Like most apologies from this guy named Matt Cornell, there are a few caveats.  Let me get to the meat.  I considered you mindless fools that we’re easily seduced by cat toys. Their adoration and devotion to a piece of hardware that didn’t perform very well as a phone was foolish.

So now that I have joined the latest generation of phones I have to say that I too am hopelessly devoted to my Nexus One phone.  I can understand now why people like their shiny new toys.

I was too harsh about Iphone users. They were ahead of their time and don’t deserve my full scorn. But they didn’t know it.

Today I walked into the T-mobile (penthouse level) mall hut and found two guys chatting it up without much to do business-wise.  On my way in I was pegged… youngish guy #1 said “Did you get the Nexus One?”

I feigned surprise but honestly I was proud to look like the kind of guy that would get this phone a day or two after it was released. I see this as an event horizon where things start to change for the cell phone providers.  This phone was an investment that I made in what I hope is the future of Things.  This is a device that I bought to own and then after that I went to a service provide to pay for some service. There are no contracts. I pay them, and my phone connects.

They have no say (directly) over what my phone can and can’t do. Google does that. And it seems in their best interest to keep doing what they are doing – and be cool honey bunny.

Now iphones started this trend but unfortunately they didn’t start it to be cool.  They started it to make money. Which is great… just not what I’m looking for in a tech pimp.

So these guys asked me why I bought this phone so quick and started grilling me about what it could do and stuff. It occurred to me that even though I did seem to know a great deal more about the phone and the general status of the industry then them… I didn’t really buy the phone for what it could ‘do’.  Don’t get me wrong I played with it for about 2 hours straight just using the wifi because the screen was so pretty and the touch interface was a neat thing.

But no – I bought the phone as a protest. I was voting with my dollars. That was one more unit that they get to say ’shipped’ 1 hour after they announced it.  TAKE THAT verizon.

So apple was cool in that they just went and designed a phone with a neat graphics chip and they also killed off a technology I was really excited about so that they could monopolize the touch interface (boooo Jobs… booo)… and then they took their Big Boy Pants and shopped it to the carriers. They essentially told the carriers “You can not touch our phone… it’s ours, but you can service it all day long”.  Well the carriers were obviously taken aback – but AT&T needed those Big Boy Pants to feel their mostly naked bottom line.

That’s so close to being a phone that I could buy…. but then their Apple-ness has a 360 degree  suck radius when they remove the competitor’s applications on a whim. Boo Apples.

Then the droid came out and man did I want to buy but unfortunately that would mean signing up for another huge contract.

Well… we’ve done it. Made the switch. I bought my phone and subscribed to T-Mobile for this month and if it goes well I will continue to stay with them.

That’s my phone story. I want to hear something from an Iphone user that is articulate about what the Iphone brings to the betterment of the species.  Most everyone I’ve heard talk about say things like “It’s just neat… but you know what? the phone part kind of sucks… and it got really slow after a couple updates”.

Well – sucky phones and slow interface is something I can get just about any where without having to worry about /which/ applications that Apple thinks are good for me.

Right now I am latched onto the Google tit and everything ‘just works’ the way it should… or at the very least it is working the way I should. :)

February, honestly matt?

November 17th, 2009

Wow – that’s amazing. It has been a long time since I posted. But probably has a lot to do with that.

Oh yeah, and also the fact that I can’t even ‘trick’ myself into thinking I have something good to put down for posterity.

There are a few things I thought were funny enough to write down today. So maybe I’ll add that quick link button back to my browser and I’ll start jotting down some stuff.

A Rule of Matt. Websites that don’t suck

February 19th, 2009

I am someone that is involved in websites.  This is not a new sentiment of mine but luckily the rest of the world has caught up to me so now what was once a soft sell point has become a Rule of Matt.

If your website does not display information well on a cellphone: Your website is broken and it sucks.

There… it is a law now. Matt’s rule.  Since day one I have used this as a description of the difference between a good website and a bad one. People would be amazed… “What do you mean – like a giant cellphone that is actually a computer sitting at my desk?”

“No – a cell phone; like this one here in my pocket… this is what your website looks like.’

“Well that’s impossible that thing doesn’t even play flash animations and the screen is so small that you can only read 200 characters of text per line!”


Well that is different now. Now more explainations. The saturation point has been hit and just about everyone has come in contact with one website on a phone in their life.  I will not explain myself any more; I will just slap people that disbelieve. I think it will have the same acceptance rate.

With this said I conceed that a lot my webpages render very bad on cellphones.  And the law stands – my websites suck. (Except for the page I use most: my start page… that thing renders fantastic on a cellphone or on a 20″ monitor… oh wait it looks good even on my 32″ tv).

I will fix my sites.

I will try to get wikipedia fixed because there is no reason in the world it shouldn’t render on a small screen – but it can’t.

That is all.