Category Archives: Entertainment

Quantum of Winter Solstice

I went to the gorgeous Grand-Lake Theatre in Oakland tonight with wife and friends to see Quantum of Winter Solstice. I was totally expecting an educational film on astronomy, so the guns, car chases and boring villains were quite the surprise. However, I did take solace in the kick-out-the-jams performance of the organ player who… Read More »

Lucky Ju Ju

Went to Lucky Ju Ju Pinball in Alameda Monday night with the sales team at work. Lucky Ju Ju has a fantastic collection of vintage pinball machines, plus a few choice recent machines, including two of my all time favorites The Addams Family and Twilight Zone. Growing up I spent a lot of quarters on… Read More »

Review: Control

If you plan to see Control, the biopic of Ian Curtis from Joy Division, read no further if you don’t want any spoilers, other than to know that I highly recommend the movie. After writing and recording a few incredible albums, Curtis hanged himself at the age of 23 in 1980. Years later when I… Read More »

Robot Chicken Liver

If you have a twisted sense of humor and haven’t yet watched the Emmy award winning (no joke) Robot Chicken, for your own sake please read the Wired article on Robot Chicken, watch a episode on Adult Swim, and then come back to thank me for hooking you up with the best show on TV… Read More »

South Park and Scientology

The “Trapped in the Closet” episode of South Park that parodies Scientology, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and R. Kelly is available from Xenu.tv.

Trouble with NBC HD Signal

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have an HD over-the-air receiver, you may have run into problems in the last week if you tried to watch the Olympics in HD on NBC 11. Instead of getting a nice, crisp HD image of people moving quickly across the white stuff, you would… Read More »

Dancing Skeleton Puppet

While I’m not exactly up to date on the state of the art in puppet manipulation, I thought this video of a street vendor making a skeleton puppet dance was pretty amazing. The puppet master does a very nice job at the end of drawing attention to the donation hat. The video is pretty long,… Read More »

The Triplets of Belleville

I finally got around to watching The Triplets of Belleville. Before the film started, all I knew was that it had been nominated for Oscars for best animated feature and original song, was French-made, and was kind of quirky. I had absolutely no idea what the plot was. If I had only known just how… Read More »

More Fun with MGM

About two weeks ago, I posted about the MGM DVD Class Action Settlement. As in my last post, this one will be half about MGM DVDs and half about speech applications. And if you are looking for a really meaningful discussion of the technical details behind the settlement, you should stop reading my blog immediately… Read More »

MGM DVD Settlement

As seen recently on Slashdot, MGM recently settled a class action suit involving the image quality of DVDs they sold under the classification of “widescreen”. The claim is that the image width of the alleged widescreen versions was no different than for the standard versions. As per normal class action settlement verbiage, MGM denies any… Read More »