Archive for June, 2009

But what if they all suck…?

June 30th, 2009 | Comments Off on But what if they all suck…?
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Movies, Seen & Heard

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In case you haven’t heard, the classic, underrated 1986 horror comedy NIGHT OF THE CREEPS is finally coming to DVD in October. Until July 12, Amazon.com is having a neat little thing where customers can vote for which cover art the DVD will have (and entice you to pre-order at the same time, of course).
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R.I.P. Michael Jackson

June 25th, 2009 | Comments Off on R.I.P. Michael Jackson
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard

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Just about everybody is reporting the news this evening that Michael Jackson has died at age 50. If it’s indeed found to be true in the hours ahead, it caps off an already-sad day that began with Farrah Fawcett’s death at age 62. And, two more pieces of my childhood slip away, leaving behind their individual legacies of music, cinema and television.

I may have some more extensive thoughts on the matter later on, but suffice it to say that I grew up with Michael Jackson — from his early days with the Jackson 5 to the mind-blowing experience of hearing the Thriller album for the first time, and even up to his more recent work that was largely discarded by a fickle public weary of his personal dramas. And despite that whacky behavior and his alleged proclivities later in life, there’s no denying that he was a talented son of a bitch. Yes, I consider myself a fan.

I’m sort of horrified watching the assheads on Facebook distill the man’s life down to bad pedophilia jokes, but unfortunately, to the younger generation, all they really knew was The Michael Jackson Freakshow, day in and day out on their televisions.

Me, I had top-of-every-hour viewings of the THRILLER video on MTV… still one of the best music videos ever made. Or being exactly the right age to have seen that moonwalk dance and have your mind blown. That is the Michael Jackson that I am choosing to honor, respect and remember as he takes that last moonwalk into the great beyond.

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FUN FACTS: I think I was too in shock last night when I wrote this to remember that M.J. came to the Hollywood & Vine offices of Full Moon during my tenure there (must have been 1999?) to meet with Charlie Band about a line of toys. We lowly worker drones on the 8th floor (where the production & post offices were) weren’t allowed upstairs for that block of time, although many of us snuck around trying to catch a peek. WITCHOUSE 3: DEMON FIRE starlet Tanya Dempsey tweeted last night: “6 years ago I had the honor of attending Michael Jackson’s birthday at Neverland Ranch. It was one of the most magical nights of my life.” Lucky wench!

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iPhone upgrades: Broken hearts, broken wallets

June 11th, 2009 | Comments Off on iPhone upgrades: Broken hearts, broken wallets
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Complaint Department, Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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There’s been quite a kerfuffle (if I can use that word in a sentence) going on in blog comments and forum threads around the ‘Net this week, since Monday’s Apple WWDC keynote announcing the new iPhone 3Gs model landing on June 19.

And honestly, I just don’t get it.
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iCaved: Palm Pre edition (Part 2)

June 8th, 2009 | 2 Comments »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Reviews, Technology

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Aaaand, I’m back. Today’s Apple WWDC keynote (and subsequent iPhone-related announcements) sort of distracted me from finishing my Palm Pre post, so I split it into two parts for ease of reading.

The Palm Pre has been exhaustively reviewed and dissected on numerous blogs by now, so I won’t go into a thorough review, but rather spend the rest of this second part discussing some minutiae that I haven’t seen discussed elsewhere as much. To me, it’s the small “gotchas” that make or break handsets like this, so hunker down and let’s get started.

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Apple updates iPhone to 3G S model on June 19

June 8th, 2009 | Comments Off on Apple updates iPhone to 3G S model on June 19
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Apple Talk, Gadgets, Seen & Heard, Technology

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Just a quickie sandwiched in-between the Palm Pre chatter. As predicted by many, Apple today announced the iPhone 3G S, a new model which adds a faster processor, faster 3G data transfer speeds, an upgraded, 3 megapixel camera with video recording & editing, voice control and digital compass, available Friday, June 19 for $199 (16 GB) or $299 (32 GB). And hey, from the outside it’s exactly the same as the current model, which means all of your cases, screen protectors and accessories will get another year’s worth of value for a change.

Also announced was the availability of iPhone OS 3.0 next Wednesday, June 17… which will certainly mark an unbearable 48 hours of waiting for me, since my current iPhone 3G is happily jailbroken & unlocked, and I want to keep it as such so I can sell it on eBay, or possibly to one of my wife’s friends in Ukraine, and subsidize some of the $499 I’ll have to pay for upgrading to the new model, since I’m only halfway through the 2-year contract from last year. (Bah!)

Kudos to Apple for the new model, and for not making us wait until July to get our hands on OS 3.0… that would have killed me. LOL

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iCaved: Palm Pre edition (Part 1)

June 8th, 2009 | Comments Off on iCaved: Palm Pre edition (Part 1)
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Reviews, Technology

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Unable to contain the lust I described in such detail back on May 19, I lined up this past Saturday with thousands (?!) of others to get a taste of the new Palm Pre (available exclusively from Sprint). For those who haven’t been paying attention, the Pre is basically a make-or-break handset for Palm (and to a lesser degree, Sprint, who has been bleeding customers for quite some time).

So, now that I’ve had my hands on a Pre for 48 hours, does it walk on water or can it barely swim? That depends on your expectations, and ultimately, your patience as a user.
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Summer touchscreen gadget overload!

June 2nd, 2009 | Comments Off on Summer touchscreen gadget overload!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Technology

Man oh man, it’s a great time to be a touchscreen gadget lover… that is, if you’ve got deep pockets or service with most of the major carriers in the U.S. (which I don’t, sadly). There is a veritable tidal wave of new phones coming this summer, beginning this Saturday, June 6, with the long-awaited Palm Pre from Sprint that I was salivating over last time.

But that’s not all.
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