Good-bye, Texas’ obese, alcoholic, Pill-popping Rose

I’m watching CNN covering the burial of Annna Nicole Smith, which they are doing obsessively. I am sad, since this basically means that CNN has lost its journalistic bearings. Here is the story in its entirety:

  1. Anna Nicole Smith, former model and enabler of octogenerian orgasms, has died due to and overdose. This surprised the same 5 people who are still shocked by anything Madonna does.
  2. She was buried in the Bahamas.
  3. She now roams the American Heartland with Elvis, on a pilgrimage to sacred burger joints on Route 66.

This is not a news story; this is maybe a minute-long book-end to a couple of hours of actual news. (Wolf Blitzer would say “In other news, former model Anna Nicole Smith died today.”) I admit, with great shame, that I have weak spot for gossip, but come ON! There’s a war on, there will most likely be another one on shortly, there’s the Walter Reed story in the US, and the global economy just took a serious hit. Those are news.

If CNN finds itself losing market shares to Al-Jazzeera, it might consider stuff like that. CNN won’t, of course. News is not news anymore. News is entertainment. It’s opinion and conjecture. What it no longer seems to be is relevant.

Also in the news: A photo of Tony Blair in college has surfaced, and in said photo, he’s making a wanking motion with his hand. This is shocking, because no college kid has ever goofed off in a photo, ever, in the entire span of time.

03.03.2007 • Permalink

Opera Mini

Continuing in the same vein as a few posts back, I feel compelled to point out that while I don’t use Opera as my main browser, I am particularly smitten with Opera Mini, Opera’s cell phone browser.

To be fair, I don’t use my cell phone for surfing much, as I have an odd preference for surfing on a proper screen, as well as writing on a proper keyboard and the like. Nevertheless, cell phone surfing can be a boon if you’re lost and need a map, or – a more likely event – you’re arguing with a friend about the make of Biggs Darklighter’s X-wing and need a quick Wikipedia fix.

On my SE K800i, Opera Mini works like a breeze; it’s a camera phone, so graphics are also good; it certainly doesn’t beat surfing on my laptop, but for what it is: a browser for a cell phone, it’s pretty damn good, and I certainly prefer it to SE’s own setup.

02.03.2007 • Permalink

Browsers and stuff

As you know, the world – or at least the Internet – is full of browsers. We’ve seen them come, and we’ve seen them go.  I myself went from trying out Netscape Navigator back in 1996, then sort of tried finding a fave when I got my iMac in 2000, switching between NN and IE; then OS X happened and I went to Safari. As anyone on Safari knows, it can be pain sometimes, because certain apps get messed up, such as WordPress, which is annoying for a blogger.
So there’s Firefox. I was turned onto FF by a PC friend, but once he showed me the adblocker, I was sold. I mean, damn: a dream come true! No more Flash unless I want it. (As a designer who sometimes makes Flash pages, that gives you some idea…). Also, I switched bank services, and my new bank doesn’t run on Safari, so I had to switch anyway.

I use an iBook G4, and I use FF with WebDev, FireFTP, Performancing
(incidentally  how I’m writing this) and a Flickr plugin. Also some
music player I never use, but at least I have it. According to most, I shouldn’t even be able to open a page, but I just don’t get it…FF is reasonably fast, and I rarely sense any difference in performance anyway (of course, my broadband is slow-ish) between it and the other browsers.

Also – and this is sacrilege to Mac users – FF is apparently “ugly” because it doesn’t look exactly like Steve Jobs thinks it should, or at least what the Apple zealots think Steve Jobs thinks it should, and so that led to Camino, which is a really nice litte browser, and I prefer it over Safari, though it lacks RSS support (no biggie though: I use Vienna for blog reading anyway).

What I don’t get is the “ugly” bit: I downloaded some pretty nice themes and have a kickass tiny theme that is small by default and frees up my much-need screen are as much as possible. So I don’t get that argument. And Camino looks clunky out of the box, it does. You can customize it as well, but still…

There’s also Opera, of course, which I also like -not just from misplaced patriotism for a Norwegian, ergo homegrown (to me) product- but because it’s damn good: it’s standards-compliant (FF has yet to pass the Acid Test) and it has neat plugins. and widgets. My favourite bit, however, is its navigation. Great stuff.

If you’re into it, there’s something called Flock, which is a social web browser or something. I dodn’t know what the kids today get up to, but the gist seems to be that it’s like browsing in MySpace; which for me is way too much shit to handle. I have nightmares about a browser with default background setting of spinning skulls and emo logos. I’m sure I’m wrong, but…nah. I won’t go there.

And so I keep returning to FF. FF 3 is not that far away, and from what I understand, there will now be a cocoa engine for Mac users. I’m not sure this means that Camino will be put out to pasture, but I doubt it. After all, Mozilla has several other browsers as well as the flagship.

Still, with FireFox soon on Cocoa steroids, running near-natively on my Mac, I will have found my perfect browser.

There is absolutely no point to this entry, by the way.

26.02.2007 • Permalink

Quoted from Yahoo:

The mob saga “The Departed” won the best-picture Academy Award on Sunday, a triumph for a homegrown American film in an evening that featured the most internationally diverse field of nominees in the history of Hollywood’s highest honors.


25.02.2007 • Permalink

Marvels of Modern Technology

The Gillette Fusion razor: Five blades, baby: five blades…and a battery! Shaving will never be the same. Why is this thing not called the iRazor? It should be. And can I put iTunes on it?

All hail the mighty Onion for running the full story. In 2004, no less.

15.02.2007 • Permalink

US Negotiates Nuke Freeze With North Korea: Great job, Shrub. It’s more or less exactly the same deal Clinton negotiated, except under Clinton, Great Leader never got the nukes.

14.02.2007 • Permalink

Anna Banana Fo-Fana

“…in many ways, she was our Princess Di…”

To hear such words used to describe the walking trainwreck that was Anna Nicole Smith, on CNN – a formerly serious news organization, no less, just blew my mind.

I mean, just what is so wrong in our society that that the eminently foreseeable demise of a C-list celebrity brings news outlets to a virtual standstill?

Too bad about the kid, left to grow up with no mommy. Now leave her alone, leave me alone, and most of all: keep it off my goddamn TV!


13.02.2007 • Permalink