Daily Archives: September 12, 2006

Apple event

Well, that was a lot of iPod related stuff, but nothing you weren’t expecting if you were reading any of the rumor sites. The bit that was interesting to me was the collaboration with PopCap and the addition of real games to the iPod. It was only a matter of time, and this way, Apple starts tapping into that casual gamer market that everyone seems to want a piece of lately.

Now, the video breakout box. I have the suspicion that playback may be limited only to videos bought from the store. In that case, boo to Apple.

I have a perfectly good machine that runs VLC and is already connected to my television. Sure, there’s no remote and Front Row 2.0 interface—but my machine’s already done and it works. Hooked up to my surround sound, via the magic of physical switchboxes.

Where are my merom based MacBook Pros? Honestly!

I know I'm late on this. . .

But Jonathan Coulton is really funny. I recommend listening to his myspace page for two songs. Specifically “RE Your Brains” and “Code Monkey.” Both of these songs have an “Office Space” feel to them, infused with the undead and referring to oneself in the third person antics, respectively. Those of you listening at work may want to wait until you get home to listen to his other songs. On occasion, he has been known to drop the F-Bomb.

Code Monkey get up get coffee
Code Monkey go to job
Code Monkey have boring meeting
With boring manager Rob
Rob say Code Monkey very dilligent
But his output stink
His code not “functional” or “elegant”
What do Code Monkey think?
Code Monkey think maybe manager want to write god damned login page himself
Code Monkey not say it out loud
Code Monkey not crazy, just proud

Mr. Coulton is also the mad genius behind the song “Skullcrusher Mountain,” a love song sung by a misunderstood scientific genius. Also funny is “Chiron Beta Prime,” a Christmas ode to our robotic overlords. Did I say, “overlords?” I meant, “protectors.”

He also has some songs that are just very inspiring. Take a listen to “A Talk With George.”

His humorous work reminds me very much of Weird Al Yankovich’s non parody songs. (Speaking of whom, new album out September 26th.) That is, songs that are humorous stories sung by good musicians.