Thursday, May 31, 2007

Dutch reality show contestants vie for kidney

CTV is reporting that a new reality show in the Netherlands called "Big Donor Show" in which the players compete in order to win a kidney. This show is just plain sick and represents a new low in reality television.

Now I understand that they hope to bring attention to the shortage of organs, but to glamorize it in a TV show I think is unethical. If these guys were really concerned about people they would donate their profits and instead create programming that would draw attention to the issue without glamorizing it. Kind of like how World Vision and other organizations do it.

What troubles me most about this is that the idea of players competing for a kidney has overshadowed the real message of the donor shortage. And so the show has failed to do even this. Then again, maybe I'm wrong. What do you think?

Streetfighter Unbelievable Comeback

Here is one for those of you that like Street Fighter.

Streetfighter Unbelievable Comeback - For more funny videos, click here

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Monty Python - Self-Defense Against Fruit


For anyone that has been coming to check my blog over the last several weeks you may have noticed that it hasn't been updated regularly. I just wanted to apologize for that. I haven't felt very inspired to write over the last couple of weeks. But, I will be returning to do more regular posts and hopefully I will have something up this afternoon. So, once again I'm sorry it will hopefully not happen again.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Family Guy - The Jetsons Spoof

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Police Officer Steals Marijuana

How WoW has Taking Over My Life

After all of the hype and stories of addiction, as well as seeing my brother grow addicted to WoW, I decided to final take the plunge myself. And I have to say that it is a great and very addictive game. In fact, it has taken over much of my life over the last couple of weeks that I've had the game, as it has monopolized my free time.

One of the reasons that I haven't posted as often, as of late, is that I have been immersed in this game. And I do apologize for that. I think I have regained enough of a grip of myself to return to doing more posts. So again, I do apologize.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Paris Hilton Is Off to Jail

MSNBC is reporting that a Los Angeles judge has sentenced Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail for violating conditions of her sentence for drunk driving. She also will "...not be allowed any work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail or electronic monitoring in lieu of jail,...".

Now, if I was a producer on her show or had booked her to do some work, I would seriously be very pissed with her. You would think that she would have been smart enough to at lest comply with the court order of taking a Alcohol related course but she didn't.

In court this was her response,
"I’m very sorry and from now on I’m going to pay complete attention to everything. I’m sorry and I did not do it on purpose at all,” she told the judge before he announced the sentence."
This is absolutely insane, but it gets worse. Paris' attorney "...testified that to his knowledge Hilton did not drive during the 30-day period. He said he then advised her that he believed her license was no longer suspended."

To which the judge responded,
"I can’t believe that either attorney did not tell her that the suspension had been upheld,” the judge said. “She wanted to disregard everything that was said and continue to drive no matter what."
Also, as Paris left the courtroom, a reporter asked her what she thought of the court ruling to which she responded,
“What do you think? This is pathetic and disgusting, a waste of taxpayer money with all this nonsense. This is a joke.”
So, she still doesn't get it yet. I hope that her time behind bars will change her mind about what she did, since she could have killed someone. People that drink and drive are only asking for trouble and so I'm glad that she got caught for it.

Friday, May 4, 2007

The Day the Ax Fell

May 1st was marked by various marches, violence around the world. But for us geeks, the big event that occurred on may 1st was the user revolt on the popular social news site Digg. The event all started when Digg received a take down notice from the guys at AAC requesting the removal of all stories and links pertaining to the leaked HD DVD encryption key. Digg complied with this order deleting stories containing the code, which resulted in users reposting these stories, which caused Digg to suspend the user accounts of those responsible. This quickly lead to a revolt as users went up in arms against the Digg Administrators, posting story after story with the HD DVD encryption key, and Digging those stories up until the front page was filled with stories displaying the HD DVD encryption key.

Some users demanded an apologies, others believed that Digg had somehow sold out as Diggnation had carried advertising for HD DVD. But one thing was very clear. Users were not happy with Digg decision to take down stories on their site.

So in what became a surprising decision, Digg's co-founder Kevin Rose posted the HD DVD encryption key to his blog and stated:

But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying

This reversal was a bit unsettling for me at first, since I didn't want to see Digg placed in a situation where Digg could be shutdown by the AAC through legal action. And call it the conservative in me, I didn't like seeing Kevin (Rose) back down on his decision to allow posting of a story that clearly violated the users terms of service. But, now that sometime has past, it have become apparent that maybe this was the right decision for Digg. For one, it has allowed the readership to almost double in the wake of the revolt as the story grabbed headlines in various publications such as, the NY Times, Forbes, C-Net, BBC news, and many others. Also, it re-enforced that Digg was a Democratic system were the users decide what stories get posted and what makes the front page. It was probably that fact alone that lead to Digg decide to leave the postings up, as it became quickly apparent that without the support of the users they wouldn't be able to prevent the encryption key from being reposted.

So, whether this is a sign of bravery on the part of Kevin, as Doctor Tiki proposed, or simply a move to appease the users. We are heading for a showdown between Digg and the legal might of the AAC group. This battle could mean the end for Digg as a site and as a company or it could be the first nail in the coffin for AAC protection on HD DVD disks. Whatever the case the Ax will comedown on one of these two competitors. I'm personally hoping that Digg will come out on top in this round of legal wrangling, but only time will tell who will.

Marvel vs. Capcom vs. Family Guy

I thought that this would be a pretty cool video for those that were fans of the Marvel vs. Capcom series. So, Enjoy.