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Halloween in November

by on Nov.07, 2010, under Gripes

I’ll be so glad when Fox finally decides not to renew/loses the World Series so I can start watching “The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror” episodes during the Halloween season instead of in November.

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Ubisoft’s DRM Idiocy

by on Jan.26, 2010, under Gripes

Ubisoft, one of the premier game publishing houses has decided to jump on the intrusive idiocy that is digital rights management.

The basic gist of their plan is to require an Internet connection to not only play their games, but to save game progress and access that saved progress.

Good luck to you if your Internet connection is down or you are in an area (say, an airplane or in the sticks somewhere) where there is no Internet.

When I buy a game, I expect to be able to play it whenever and wherever I please.  Looks like I won’t be buying Ubisoft games once this is implemented, which is a shame because they make some great games.

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Consumer Rights

by on Jan.04, 2010, under Gripes

This is sort of a follow up to my DRM thread.  Just wanted to pass along an article that just about mirrors my thoughts about firms treating their customers like present or future criminals.  Insomnia and the Internet, what a wonderful couple.

The only thing I don’t agree with the article on is showing a receipt at Costco.  Warehouse clubs like Sam’s and Costco require a membership, and in the membership agreement that is signed is the clause that states the warehouse club gets to check your receipt.  If you sign an agreement, you get to abide by that agreement.  After the article author’s refusal to comply with the membership agreement, Costco has every right to revoke his membership.  At Walmart, however, there is no such agreement so they can huff and puff all they want as consumers walk out the door with their purchased items.

The article.

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Wildcat Schmildcat

by on Nov.08, 2009, under Gripes

It seems that what was once a trick play a team would pull out when they were way behind or way ahead has become a weekly mandatory play.  Is this some sort of NFL marketing gimmick to somehow make a game more exciting?  If it is, hate to tell them but when every team does it at least once per game, it tends to wear down the shiny coating quickly.

What really baffles my mind is how effective it seems most of the time.  I would figure that nine weeks into the season defenses would be able to read that play by now and know how to counter it.  On top of that, almost every team in the league is jumping on the bandwagon and the media can’t seem to shut up about it.

I hope the newness wears off soon and that defenses start to pick up on it quickly.  Honestly, if the running back were good enough to be a quarterback in the NFL, he would be a quarterback in the NFL.

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An 80s Epidemic

by on Oct.26, 2009, under Gripes

It’s official, we’ve run out of ideas.

It’s either that or the current generation of movie makers has absolutely no imagination or creative drive whatsoever.  These are the only reasons that I can figure for the recent (and upcoming) glut of 80s era remakes coming to theaters everywhere.

Don’t believe me?  Let’s count the recent and upcoming list of 80s remakes to the big screen:

And I’m sure there are several that I missed.  This doesn’t even count recent sequels to 80s film series like the Terminator films, the Indiana Jones films and the Star Trek films.  I, however, don’t mind sequels to movies series near as much.  Depending on the series, I actually encourage sequels.  Nor does this list even begin to touch on the 80s music covers that I’ve been hearing lately.  I don’t have a problem with bands doing covers of past songs, some songs are timeless and different compositions just adds to the enjoyment.  But there have been a LOT of 80s covers recently.

I don’t get it.  The 80s were okay; bad fashion, the Cold War, arcades and the Jamaican Bobsled Team were all fond memories, but I can’t think of any movies from that decade that need to be remade.  In fact, I don’t think there is anything from that decade that needs to be brought into the present.  And yet here we are filled to the brim with 80s remakes.

Whether it’s lack of creativity or the fact that those in power making these movies grew up in the 80s and want to envision their childhood with a big budget and computer generated graphics (as opposed to a back yard and sticks), I really wish the 80s had stayed in its own decade.

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