29 November, 2006

Stuff I'm Thinking

:: Studio 60 is actually getting better. Meanwhile, what have they DONE to Veronica Mars?

:: Why do we have to talk about football in church? I freely admit that I don't groove on football, so there's that. But it seems to me that if we have a very limited time to talk about church things like, you know, THE BIBLE, that maybe we could limit our jocular ribbing about various team sports to pre- and post-church activities. Stopping the actual God-related conversation to point out whose team beat whose seems kinda to be getting on my nerves.

:: I make the best sweet potato soup EVER, and that's what we're having for dinner. As pathetic as it sounds, I'm looking forward to dinner. The only bad part is that you have to puree the cooked soup in a blender to give it a bisque-y texture. I usually screw that part up really bad. Like "help me get the orange goo off the ceiling" bad.

:: I had a dream the other night that I had twin babies (boy and girl) but the hospital staff took my son away and wouldn't give him back. I spent long stretches of the night yelling "Where's my son?" and throwing around pots and pans. (It was a dream, where they have kitchens all over the hospital.) Hmmm. Maybe THAT's why I'm making sweet potato soup. I have an urge to mess up a kitchen.

:: I tried to email my Amazon Wish List to my family members so they know exactly which knitting books to buy me, and I couldn't get it right. So much for simplicity.

:: I'm betting that we get the title to the next Harry Potter book no later than December 21st. Of this year. I have nothing to base that on other than pure instinct. So cross your fingers with me.

:: Is this Zune thing such a good idea? Yes, I'm a Mac Freak so I'm totally biased. But honestly, they're really pushing the 'social interaction' aspect--like that's a good thing. Someone decided to get the entire cast of the Buy The World A Coke campaign from the 70s and stick them in the Zune marketing. It's the music player for hippies!!! Worldly hippies who can afford music players! And want to listen to each other's music! And can't just buy a set of speakers! So they'll squirt each other a song! Never mind that Microsoft has more viruses than a Bangkok whore, and the whole idea of indiscriminate file transmission across the Windows DRM screams INFECT ME!!!! louder than Robin Williams' trying to steal the spotlight back from younger, funnier comedians. I guess I just don't get it. Then again, I'm definitely not in their target market so who knows.


At 8:37 AM, November 29, 2006, Blogger Slartibartfast said...

Kat, when I get time later today I'll write an answer to the football in church question, from my lay-preacher point of view.

As to the dream of twins: Man! That would freak me out for the rest of the week! I hate dreams like that. Every now and then, I have a dream about Lintilla cheating on me or otherwise treating me horribly, and when I wake up, I can't shake the feeling of being mad at her, even though I know it was a dream.

Dreams are weird that way.

At 9:34 AM, November 29, 2006, Blogger dolphin said...

Zune won't last long.

Sure, it's a bit prettier than the iPod, and from what I hear the sound quality is a bit better (I've not actually listened to one though so I can't speak from experience), but Microsoft took everything that is WRONG with the iPod and amplified it.

First of all, I understand that the Zune pretty much limits you to buying from Microsoft's store (the "Zune Marketplace") entirely. So much any other music service you've been using. And you don't pay with money but with "Microsoft points" (400 for $5) which means you, unless you're planning on spending ALOT of money (what multiple of 400 divides evenly by 79? I'm not that great at math), you'll always end up paying Microsoft for more points that you'll use (even if it's just a few cents).

I actually like the "squirting" feature (though really, couldn't they have come up with a different term), plus having WiFi on board is a good idea (I see visions of hearing a song on the radio at B&N and wirelessly logging on to the Zune Marketplace and buying it right then and there before you forget, not that that can be done YET, but maybe in the 2nd gen of Zune). Provided the Zune limits what kind of files can be transfered I suspect the risk for viruses is minimal. All that said, "squirting" is only useful if all your friends happen to have the Zune as well, and the 3 day or 3 play limit even on unprotected content is absolutely ridiculous.

I usually stay out of the whole Mac/PC debate, but you're dead on on this one. At least this generation of the Zune must look at iPod and think, "That's what I want to be when I grow up."

At 9:46 AM, November 29, 2006, Blogger dolphin said...

Though if you live in North Korea, you may be stuck with the Zune

At 9:49 AM, November 29, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...

when I get time later today I'll write an answer to the football in church question,

I look forward to that. Seriously. I've been getting a grimmer and grimmer attitude about it, so I figured I'd ask before I dissolved into a puddle of meh.

And you don't pay with money but with "Microsoft points" (400 for $5) ...you'll always end up paying Microsoft for more points that you'll use (even if it's just a few cents).

Man. That's diabolical. And (MacBias Alert) very typical of MS. Why take something relatively straightforward--you give me money, I give you song--and just cock it up with an extra step whose greed motivation is basically transparent? It doesn't foster goodwill, which is the one factor that kept Apple in business all those years pre-hipness.

All that said, "squirting" is only useful if all your friends happen to have the Zune as well

That's the point. The one commercial for it I've seen was before Casino Royale. It was a shiny, happy world where everyone was young, thin, beautiful and happy. They all had Zunes and even let their dogs listen in. Given the iPod's domination of the MP3 player market, I think the commercial's fantastical nature was cute, but wholly unrealistic.

At 11:12 AM, November 29, 2006, Blogger Amy said...

so post the soup recipe, if it's so good! I've never had sweet potato soup. sounds interesting.

At 11:41 AM, November 29, 2006, Blogger John H said...

zune will be as dead as 'new' coke within months..only problem for the Gates-gang, they don't have a classic to fall back on..maybe their greed is choking their thought process this time.

Or, they'll re-tool and come out with something that works and plays well with others..

At 2:15 PM, November 29, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

Kat, get an immersion blender, they are cheap. Mine's a Braun, I use it all the time. You don't even have to transfer the soup into anything, you can puree it right in the pot.

At 2:40 PM, November 29, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...

An immersion blender! It sounds like exactly what I need.

I like to make soups like this because they're very low-fat and generally low-cal and filling. But I hate the whole blender mess.


At 2:55 PM, November 29, 2006, Blogger Slartibartfast said...

I've given Lintilla every hint possible that I'd like an immersion blender for Christmas.

BTW, I finally posted the football in church thingy. I don't think it's very good, but I was kind of chronicaling my meandering thoughts.

At 5:02 PM, November 29, 2006, Blogger digitalcowboy said...

Zune won't last long.

Sure, it's a bit prettier than the iPod...

...I actually like the "squirting" feature...

Wow! This is why the Zune is such a colossal flop. If you actually think that thing is prettier than an iPod and the wireless, viral advertising con is cool, you're most definitely the target market. But even you can't bring yourself to say it's any competition against the iPod.

I would be hard pressed to rank my long list of Utterly Repulsive Things About the Zuneā„¢, but it's hideousness and the wireless that's only a feature to the recording industry/MS would both be near the top of the list.

Kat danced around it but didn't come right out and say: The primary difference between Apple/iPod and MS/Zune is a fundamental and pervasive difference in their entire approach to business. Apple looks at the world and says, "What could we create that is so cool people would be thrilled to pay us for it?" Microsoft looks at what is making money for other companies and says, "What will get us into that market and in a position to coerce the most money out of it, from the most sources for the longest period of time?"

At 3:27 PM, December 01, 2006, Blogger Jeffraham Prestonian said...

I'm old-skool -- one of my net buddies sent me a load of really neat-o stuff, including (get this)... a 20GB Archos Jukebox Recorder 20 (photo, bottom left). Dang!

I have the bestest friends on the planet.


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