I like Penguins!

I like penguinsAs usual like everynight, I was watching Discovery Theater HD every since we got a new HD receiver, and as usual, I fell asleep watching an animal show. How I love watching animal shows in HD! Well after 5 very intense moments where I was fighting a forest wildfire with smokey the bear by my side, I woke up to a bunch of penguins being released to the wild after being rescued from an oil spill.

When my eyes finally focused it the scene of the penguins waddling back into the ocean. They swam into the waves. There were so many of them. I just started laughing, not maniacally, just a really nice laugh. It put a smile on my face. I realized then and there that I like penguins. It is one of very few things that can still put a smile on my face.

Google’s Plan for World Domination

Google World DominationBelow is a link to an interesting article about how Google can take over the world. They talk about how Google has been quietly buying all these unused fiber-optic cables across the country from wholesalers like AboveNet. This way Google can set up their own telecom company. They would bypass going from their servers to wholesaler to ISP’s like Comcast, Verizon, etc. Going through these would cost Google $60 per megabit and of course they have a lot of traffic. This would go up when the new bandwidth-heavy services that they have planned. So basically Google wants to be their own ISP and not have to pay traffic fees. Saving that money would justify buying all those miles and miles of cables.

They would get their connection out there by covering major cities with free Wi-Fi connection. They’ve shown that they definitely have an interest in Wi-Fi when they sponsored putting up free Wi-Fi access in San Francisco. The company that set up this Wi-Fi system is called Feeva. They have a proprietary technology that can track the exact location of the everyone using their Wi-Fi connection. This is something that MSN have promised with their version of Google Maps.

If Google can locate where you are, they can put advertisements for local businesses near YOU. It’s one step below the technology seen in Minority Report when Tom Cruise walks into the mall and all the advertisements recognized who he was and advertised for his character (another Minority Report example).

Link to the article Here

New Laptop

So my desktop died and I had to get a new computer. I’ve been planning to buy one eventually but I wanted to save up and buy it cash. But I needed something to work on until I can get parts to fix my computer.

So this is what I chose. The Toshiba Satellite M55-S135. This is my second Toshiba laptop. The other was a monster desktop replacement that had a desktop Pentium 4 processor that sucked up battery life, generated a lot of lap-burning heat and was really slow for what it did. Despite my poor decision to buy a Toshiba laptop, I bought this one. This one at least has a Mobile processor so it means it’s actually designed to work in a laptop. Unfortunately, it’s a Celeron. I would’ve liked to have bought a Centrino but this is all I could afford.

Some highlights of this laptop includes a dual-layer DVD burner, built-in wifi 802.11b/g, 80 GB HDD and Toshiba display which I consider one of the better ones out there. So far I’m satisfied with it. Zipping files up take longer than I expected with no other programs running and minimal processes running. Overall, I’m happy with the purchase. It has a lot of features and I like features.

The Legend of 1900

I was flipping through the channel and came across this movie on IFC. It’s about a boy born on the luxury cruise ship in the year 1900. Everyone calls him 1900 because of that. The story was very interesting. 1900 is born on the ship and hasn’t left the ship. He is also a very good piano player. He has piano duels with some guy that claims that he invented jazz. He learns from the different people from different countries boarding the ship. He hangs with the first class and the stowaways. One day he meets a girl and almost leaves the ship to go after her. But ultimately stays on the ship until the end, when they blow up the ship even though he wouldn’t leave.

You see, his reasoning for not leaving the ship is that he feels like his world is in his control. He feels safe on the ship. He doesn’t think he can handle being on land. He can handle a ship of 20,000 people but not one with millions. He is afraid that he will just be a part of the world, being boring, blah, blah, blah. Whatever. But I just didn’t realize why he couldn’t go on land for awhile and go on a different ship. He has enough talent that he can go very far in the world, make lots of money, get famous, get any girl, etc., but if he wants to settle for being a piano player on a cruise ship, he doesn’t have to die just because the ship he’s on is gonna get blown up.

Even with me telling you the ending, and my complains about it, I would still recommend the movie for a Netflix rental. Tim Roth (1900) and Pruitt Taylor Vince (Max) are very good in it. It’s a nice little story. It’s not for everyone. It’s not paced like a hollywood movie. It’s a (foreign/)independent movie, it just has a style most people aren’t used to. The piano duel was one of the best scenes in the movie.