Let me get this straight

Why can't we all just get along?"

Google has decided to throw its weight behind WebM, the new more "open" video format that competes with Apple's H.264.

In a post a month or so ago, Google announced that future versions of Chrome will drop support of H.264 in favour of WebM.

Of course, Microsoft wont play ball and build WebM into IE9 (their upcoming latest browser), prompting Google to create an Internet Explorer 9 compatible plugin to enable WebM playback in that browser.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has seemingly put their muscle behind H.264, announcing their Extension for Chrome that enables H.264 playback in that browser.

So Microsoft is making extensions for Chrome to enable a feature Google left out, and Google is making plugins for IE that Microsoft left out... Why aren't they both just working on their own damn browsers?

Thanks to Google Operating System for the story.

The Worst Movie I've Seen This Year

Unfortunately I have two movies that spring to mind when I was given this suggestion:

Review the worst movie you've seen this year.

The first is The Ugly Truth with Whatserface and That Bloke who always seem to be in these awful movies. Normally I would have steered clear of something like this a14% on the tomatometer!!, but occasionally I have to watch a romantic comedy so that my wife will keep watching SciFi with me.


What a dreadful movie. I'm not sure there's much to be said beyond that.

The second was Surrogates with Bruce Willis. I had heard it wasn't fantastic, but the idea behind it intrigued me: what if everyone lived their lives virtually through robot simulacrum bthanks P.K. Dick for that word!?

Bruce Willis: Bored.

The movie's conceit is ridiculous in execution though, with almost the entire world having chosen to live in little pods that feed sensory input from their virtual bodies back to them. I cannot imagine anyone but the elite and a select few ever going for it. The movie world is one where doctors no longer espouse the benefits of sunlight or fresh air, where muscles don't atrophy from under-use, and the technology is so good that no one misses reality.

Except Bruce Willis of course.

He has that same sort of bemused look he has in every film. Except in this one it doesn't suit. I also recently re-watched 12 Monkeys and the man can act, but when the script is bad, he just spends the entire film with a little half-smirk like he knows something the director doesn't. Well his character hates his virtual life for some reason. He's a cop put on the trail of a man with technology to kill someone through the surrogate. There's all sorts of interesting questions that this raises cone of which is WFT?, but none of them are really explored or adequately covered.

Which is the essence of this film really. The premise is interesting, but the execution is flawed. About half way in the movie starts showing all its cards until there are no surprises by the end. None of the characters are "real", so you don't care about them in any way. The technology is so magical you just cannot believe any of it.

The final indication that this was not a good film came about 2 minutes after Bruce Willis saved the entire planet dfrom themselves... and my wife woke up. Oh how I envied her.

Cheers Zombie_Plan. Hope it was good for you too...

Asides   [ + ]

a. 14% on the tomatometer!!
b. thanks P.K. Dick for that word!
c. one of which is WFT?
d. from themselves...

Hoping for Feedback, So Far Getting Static

Wooly hat
This photo is not relevant to the rest of this post.
Cute though huh?

One of the biggest problems I face when I contribute anywhere on the internet is feedback. Often there just isn't any.

Whether it's Twitter, this website, First Waves, Reader, Buzz, Fizz, Flickr, Facebook, Shittr, whatever, I just don't get much feedback at all.

It's partly because I'm a self obsessed narcissist aand isn't everyone with a website a self obsessed narcissist? that this bothers me so, but mostly because I just want to know what I can do better. What I'd like to know is if people find the things I share or write about are interesting, well written, useful, or pertinent so I can adjust my focus accordingly.

Asides   [ + ]

a. and isn't everyone with a website a self obsessed narcissist?


This is a test of th emergency broadcast system.

And by emergency, I mean Google Wave

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