Last night I decided to spend a quiet night at home watching “I Love You, Man” (It’s okay; worth your time, but not incredibly memorable. Jon Favreau plays a great bit-role.). Given my new laptop to tv set-up, I thought I would rent an HD movie via iTunes. Knowing that all movies aren’t necessarily available for rent via iTunes, I was even willing to outright purchase the movie. Basically, I was willing to spend anywhere from $3 to $10 to watch the movie. If only DreamWorks would let me.
To my surprise, the movie was nowhere to be found in the iTunes store. At this point, what choice did I have but to head over to Mininova? Via their torrent search, I had a DVD-rip on my computer, for free, in under 20 minutes. I tried to do the right thing, but movie studios are making it hard on me. And doing the illegal thing is so easy. Certainly I can’t be the only person who would gladly pay for movies if given the choice. cnet has a good rundown of the complicated and incredibly archaic reasoning that movie studios are employing to keep me from giving them my money. Certainly there has to be a better way.
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Genius in its simplicity. Explosions and Boobs dot com is exactly why Al Gore created the internet.
Via Tech Crunch.
We know its mid-January, but if you haven’t purchased your 2009 calendar (and you still buy calendars) listen up. The National Counterterrorism Center has released their 2009 calendar. And it’s free!
Not only does this calendar come in a convenient 162 page format, it allows you to organize your life while learning about the NCTC’s most wanted and the reward for their capture. It also includes the dates of past major terror attacks and other milestones in the history of terror organizations, ensuring that you never again miss the anniversary of Al-Faran guerrillas kidnapping H.C. Ostroe! The calendar is available for download in PDF format via NCTC’s website.
Not sold yet? Well, there’s always the Sarah Palin 2009 Calendar.
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We’ve long been big fans of Surly products. The Steamroller is a classic that won’t go away any time soon, I never leave home without my Jethro Tool (also good for opening beers) and my chain tensioner will long outlast my current frame. We also happen to wholeheartedly agree with Surly’s color design philosophy. As the description for the Steamroller reads “paint and decals don’t make a bike ride well.” Amen to that. We’re not saying color doesn’t matter, but we’ve always thought of our bikes as workhorses and have chosen colors accordingly. My every day bike is covered with black electrical tape and Transportation Alternatives stickers. My second bike is matte black. So we were more than happy to see Surly defend their color choices on their blog when taken to task by the Minneapolis City Pages. Keep doing what you’re doing boys and let others agonize over bike colors.
P.S. – The dark gray steamroller is a classic. We’re just sayin.
Despite being a fictional character, invented to sell cigarettes, the Marlboro Man has unquestionably become a enduring symbol of purely American manliness. Public attitudes toward smoking have certainly changed since the launch of the Marlboro Man campaign in 1954, but we’re guessing his image is still inspiring at least some wannabe cowboys to pick up a pack of Marlboro Reds. If you find yourself so inspired by the Marlboro Man, Tom Chiarella’s piece in Esquire is a must read. In it, Tom tells the mostly pro-cigarette story of his one-month journey to take up smoking at forty-six years old. The article is a great read, proves that you’re never too old to start imitating the Marlboro Man and provides an interesting look into the psychology and community of smoking, likely unknown to non-smokers.
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In preparation for the Phillies and Rays ‘ eventual pennant wins, the New York Times yesterday published an article about cleaning up from the champagne soaked celebrations. Not only that, the article highlighted a number of preventative measures that teams take to make clean up easier, such as lining the clubhouse with a layer of plastic wrap. Now we love spraying champagne as much as the next guy, but if there’s one thing that ruins a celebration more than cleaning up, its preparing for cleaning up before we even get to celebrate. Somehow spraying champagne onto Saran wrap doesn’t sound all that appealing to us.