3D Desktops: Not a Great Idea
June 21, 2006, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Rants, Technology

I think the 3D desktop concept is beginning to go too far. I was looking at this video today of the “BumpTop” 3D tablet PC type interface which mimics the way documents are “organized” in a real-world desktop. As pretty as the interface might be, it suffers from a fatal flaw: The cluttered real-life desktop is not a good organization method. Continue reading

The Rant
June 8, 2006, 9:42 pm
Filed under: Humor, Rants

A few moments ago, I was filling out yet another pathetic chain-mail survey, but one question got to me. The question goes as follows:

30. Who is getting on your nerves right now?

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Dude, Where’s My Music?
March 16, 2006, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Music, Rants

I wasn't around in the Sixties and Seventies, but I'm pretty sure that mainstream recording artists and their fans weren't too terribly preoccupied with reliving (and rehashing) music from the Fourties or Fifties. They were too busy creating a generation of groundbreaking music to worry about that. So, why, since about the time "grunge" came and went from our popular psyche, have we been so damn preoccupied with re-recording classic musical styles of past generations? Is it because we've got easier access to music than we used to, better information, and so we are now better able to listen to and appreciate that music? I think it's because there's something fundamentally lacking with music today.

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Family Trees
March 14, 2006, 5:46 am
Filed under: Personal, Rants

Consider the following scenario:

You're born in England.

You marry an Englishman/woman.

You decide to move to Puerto Rico (perhaps its the sun).

There, you have a child.

The lot of you move to the U.S. Continue reading

Digital On-screen Graphics: Pop-ups for Television
February 18, 2006, 12:29 am
Filed under: Advertising, Rants

Have you noticed your screen real-estate shrinking?

Years ago, networks began placing their network IDs as digital on-screen graphics, nicknamed "bugs", small watermark logos that often appear in the lower right-hand corner of the television broadcast. These began as innocuous, only mildly obtrusive logo watermarks which popped up infrequently during broadcasts to remind viewers which network they were viewing. In an era before time-shifted set-top boxes and on-demand digital cable broadcasts, these little logos did provide some measure of benefit to viewers, allowing channel-surfers to know precisely what network they were watching in an instant. This was how these "bugs" became a Trojan horse for advertising. Continue reading

The Annotated Guide to Customer Service
October 5, 2005, 8:46 am
Filed under: Rants, Work

Below is a recent AP article which I've taken the liberty of annotating:

Annoying Quotes From Sales Clerks Listed
By The Associated Press
Wed Oct 5, 6:44 AM ET

"Uh, that's not my department." Ever hear that in a store? Did visions of fiendish violence against the clerk flash through your mind? "Not my department" topped the list of Most Annoying Words from Salesperson's Mouth, cited by 29 percent, in a poll of shopping mall customers by a retail consulting firm.

In a large store, people are trained for and work a specific department. And if the words "that's not my department" send "visions of fiendish violence against the clerk" through the customer's mind, then how do you expect the employee to go out of his/her way to accomodate someone who obviously has a mental disease, a latent homocidal bent, or is just a fucking asshole? Continue reading

iTunes uSuck
October 2, 2005, 12:30 pm
Filed under: Business, Music, Rants, Technology

Today, I deleted iTunes from my system.

I've always been a die-hard PC user and thus fairly ambivalent to the Apple crowd, despite the fact that I'm usually in-line with other "hipster" brands (case in point, I drive a Volkswagen). Note, however, that I do not shop at Urban Outfitters. Continue reading