Thursday, August 23, 2012

What did I do on July 4, 2012?


According to the window that popped up on my computer today, I updated my AMD Catalyst Drivers on the 4th of July. Do I know how to start off the holiday or what? Don't answer that, it's reciprocal.*



*Yeah, I know it is supposed to be "rhetorical."

Friday, August 17, 2012

So Long, Cinch.fm. It was fun while it lasted.

I received the following message in my email today. For those of us that loved playing with this on-demand podcasting site/app, this is very sad news indeed:


Dear Cinch.FM users,
It is with great sadness that I announce that we are shutting down the Cinch.FM service. While we continue to believe that easily creating audio content has an important place in the digital world, we just do not have the engineering and product resources to maintain the service while continuing to invest in our main property, BlogTalkRadio. We’d like to make the transition off of Cinch.FM as smooth as possible for you by providing the steps necessary for preserving your content.
Effective August 20th, 2012, no new accounts can be created on Cinch.FM and for those of you with an existing Cinch.FM account, you will no longer be able to create new audio recordings.
Your existing content will remain online and available until October 20, 2012 – two months from the shut down date. Cinch.FM players that have been published on your blog or any other website will continue to function until that date. In addition, the RSS feed for your account will remain available for the same period.
If you would like to save any of your recordings, please log in to the Cinch.FM web site immediately and download your audio content. To download your content, you may login here. If you have a large volume of content that you would like to download, we recommend that you use the RSS feeds available in your account and a podcast client.
After October 20, 2012, your content will be permanently deleted, and we will not be able to retrieve it.
I know that many of you actively use the Cinch.FM service, but please know that this turn of events saddens us as well and we are truly sorry. We’re incredibly thankful for our Cinch.FM community of users.
Again thank you for being a Cinch.FM user.
Sincerely,
Bob Charish, COO Cinch.FM

Friday, August 10, 2012

Inception: Interesting idea, stupid premise

*Spoiler alert. If you have not seen Inception, and don't want to know anything about it before you do see it, don't read this.

Yeah, I'm late to this party. I finally watched "Inception" for the first time last night.  If you haven't seen it, or like me know nothing about it, then here is a quick plot summary:

People can extract information from people's dreams through "dream sharing." In a twist, Leonardo DiCaprio's character must instead PLANT information (the seed of an idea, really).

I loved the multi-level depth of the movie - that is, we see the movie through at least three, er four, levels of dreaming. I've heard/read several folks talk about being confused and getting lost while watching. Maybe I've seen too many of these kinds of movies, but it was pretty clear to me which level was being portrayed on the screen at any given time.  This was mainly because each environment was so different than the others.  Had they made everything just a little different between levels, it would have been harder for me to follow.

Since Leo's character is just trying to get "back home," it never made sense to me that this one guy in the whole world (the 'client') was the only person who could make Leo's trouble disappear. And, it never made sense that all of this was just industrial espionage. Oh well. I suppose that was part of the idea, though. Since the movie ends just as I would expect, we will learn more should there be a sequel.  Let me cut to the chase: the ending was stupid and totally predictable.  Of course the spinning top will keep on spinning. For me, the top should have fallen over just before the cut to credits. But, then, I'm not out trying to make a billion bucks on movie sequels.

I enjoyed watching the van scenes cut to the hotel cut to the central winter outpost cut to the 'private world' and back again. The movie had to spend a lot of energy explaining how 'time' works between the dream levels. I do wish they would would have had some turbulence on the plane or something. We never cut back to the plane until the 'end.' Of course, I suppose they wanted the viewer to forget these folks were all asleep on the airplane in the first place.  To that end, I fully expected to see Leo's wife show up in the airport.  Glad they didn't go that route, but it didn't matter. As I said, the end was predictable enough.

Inception is a nice one-time flick. It is like Matrix in a way. It is like Brainstorm in a way. The film makes us examine our own reality and question just what *IS* reality.  Human are kind of obsessed with that.