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By duxup (Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 05:11:12 AM EST) (all tags)
Topics: Economic Policy (I'm an expert you know), Internet Advertising, Buying a Laptop, Credit Info, Movie Talk: City by the Sea, Terminator 3, Road Construction, Flickr,


Economy

I had a discussion with someone yesterday about the whole banking system thing. He noted that some banks would like to give bailout money back and avoid any mandates. If it is that simple (and I doubt it is oh so simple) my biggest issue is that it is almost as if there is this assumption that whatever the head of a company wants to do something, that is the right thing to do as if those who operate in the free market are somehow blessed by the angel of the free market and because they benefited from that market they know what to do. Now I'm willing to give the free market time to do its thing, and I still have mixed feelings about the bailout. HOWEVER I find that trust in these dudes particularly odd as these are the same dudes who happily took tons of money from their company and then drove them FACE DOWN INTO THE SHITTER. Remember that? I don't trust anyone's interpretation on the situation (I don't think anyone knows) on what to do, but I'm not giving those guys extra credit for no apparent reason with their track record...

Bad Internet Advertising

After joining Facebook I noticed a lot of ads that were sort of tailored toward me.  Some adverts were on topic like about photography.  Others seemed like outright scams, or look like deceptive facebook messages.  Not being familiar with the interface I am ashamed to say I even clicked on one deceptive advert.

I know a lot of website advertising is run thru third parties and such, and I know most companies if they could make a buck off some guy driving thru a school yard of kids would do so.  Yet at the same time it seems many websites or companies to try to put a lot of effort into making their brand appealing.  At the same time they'll let any old advertisement pop up on their own site right next to their name with deceptive, annoying banners, and borderline scams.  What is up with that?

I'm not a fan when some CEO of branding comes down with some rule about logo usage (not that it ever impacts me, or happens very often anymore) at my job.  At the same time you'd think if these companies had someone like that it would come up in a meeting once in a while that "Hey about some of the advertising on our site... I'm not sure having our logo next to some flabby ass stomach advertising, some bull shit advertisement that tries to mimic our own site controls to confuse our customers, and deadly diet pills is a good idea".


Laptop


I am the source of our economic problems.  You'd think I would have made some money on that but I haven't.  Anyway I keep waffling about Mrs. duxup's new laptop.  I found that the only way to get a proper docking station from Dell is to buy one of the latitude laptops.  The usual laptops they advertise for non business use don't have docking stations, or what they call a "docking station" is just a USB port hub...  Anyway I keep getting a few minutes from submitting an order and then I stop to think about it for a few more days.


Credit

So my personal info was lost from my employer a bit ago when some HR person lost their laptop.  Why someone in HR needs my info ON their laptop is beyond me.  I don't even have customer info on my laptop for my job.  Then last week I got a letter that a credit card company had some info stolen and they were sending me a new card.  This week i got some info from some company that managed stock options for me ages ago lost some data traveling via truck.

I have to wonder if before it was legally required to tell me how often my info was lost before.  In related news I've got a number of ways to monitor my credit for free for a while.  I have to wonder how much these credit companies make off of data losses since they all seem to end up getting business off this stuff.


Movie Talk: City by the Sea

Cop with issues and an estranged son finds out his son has killed a man. Robert De Niro does an alright job and so does Frances McDormand.  In fact I would have rather spent more time with them than the main plot  I did enjoy the location of a run down Long Beach.  Clearly there was some love by the director or cinematographer for that location.    The movie is just a bit to formulaic for me to really enjoy and takes way too long to setup the obvious set pieces.


Movie Talk: Terminator 3


I figure I'd watch Terminator 3.  Dear gord.  There are some possibly cool scenes setup but it is all so phoned in.  It as if every scene they're just going thru the motions.  The CGI work is hit or miss, with a lot of miss.  They spent $200 on this?  It has B movie written all over it along with inexplicable scenes where the bad guy, er girl, moves ever so slowly when she could just kill her target as she's supposed to do.  Lots of chase scenes with "OH MY GOD!" and "HANG ON" screams to ratchet up the non existent tension.  What is bullet proof in this movie is pretty random.  So a coffin is bullet proof, and so is a hearse so much so that while being riddled with bullets you can stop to have a conversation in it.

The whole cast is miserable.  Arnold just doesn't do the Terminator right and has some horrendous lines, Claire Danes just shrieks thru the whole film, the female terminator is just a pretty blond.  John Connor doesn't strike me as a dude who will one day save humanity.

The only thing that I found mildly likable was the ending although even that makes the whole rise of the machines thing seem less sensible.

I saw the trailer for Terminator 4 recently.  I think they give away WAY too much of the plot in trailers these days. 


The Road to Home

They finally started construction on the local country road.  I've got mixed feelings.  The two lane (with different speeds in both directions) road curves like a mad man, is way congested for the number of cars that stop to turn at various places where there should be some traffic control like lights and passing lanes. The new plan for four lanes, turn lanes where needed, a nice median and bike paths on both sides is awesome.  At the same time they had to cut a large number of really nice awesome trees down.  I'm going to have to side with progress here but darned they were a nice pile of trees.


Flic.. er?

Having signed up on flic... how the hell do you spell that?  Whatever.  Is it sexist of me to find the profiles of girls and women who ONLY take photos of them self a bit creepy?  I can't say if I'd feel the same about a guy, but I haven't found any of those, yet.  Something about it creeps me out.  Having said that IMO women are better subjects than men for various artistic ventures, but some of these pages have hundreds of photos.  Granted they were all pretty good at the photography too though...

Also I'm just getting a handle on the community.  If you can call it that.  It isn't as much like a community as there are just some semi social tools as far as I can tell.  Some folks have some strange rules noted in their profile page.   Such as they'll block you if you favorite one of their photos but don't have any photos of your own in your photo stream.  I don't know what the deal is there.  I would think someone who fav's one of your photos would be GOOD, but I guess not.  I'm getting older but I swear some of the more established sites out there can do so much that the informal traditions that develop around the site's features make jumping in later a PIA.

Sometimes I feel if I didn't get in on the ground floor on something that I'll never quite keep up.  In related news have you heard of Google?  I think it is really going to take off.

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flickr by MillMan (4.00 / 3) #1 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 05:20:36 AM EST
has as many attention whores as anywhere on the internet.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

Boobs by duxup (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 05:32:13 AM EST
I think I need some boobs.

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T4 has a plot? by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 06:04:43 AM EST
Why ruin it with a plot?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I guess so by duxup (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 06:13:53 AM EST
It seems they tell you it all in the latest trailer.

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Tom... by littlestar (4.00 / 2) #5 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 07:29:43 AM EST
He's the best. *sigh*

We've been watching Magnum's first season recently. He's such a stunning man. Charming, sensitive, boyish yet with those awesome legs and magic ability to carry off a moustache. You just know he's SOOOO nice; how could he not be with those dimples and kind eyes. Hee hee hee....

Also, I find girls with any kind of account (flickr or FB or whatever) who only have pics of themselves creepy as well. The world is SO vain right now it makes me puke.

*twinkle*twinkle*


Tom by duxup (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 07:36:57 AM EST
Even as young child I knew that dude could get with ANY woman.  Dude just got an extra dose of man or something.

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PH33R! by Gedvondur (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 08:46:16 AM EST
The power of the Porn 'Stash!


Gedvondur

"I love my brain. It's the only organ I can afford to lose." --frijolito
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Package Shots! by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:47:03 AM EST
Upon rewatching Magnum PI, I was really struck with how much homoeroticism I'd not noticed as a kid. Those gratuitous "Tom waking up and stretching in his briefs" shots -- wow!
I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da.
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docking station by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 1) #9 Sat Mar 14, 2009 at 07:48:11 PM EST
are you talking actual docking station, or are you talking port replicator?
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A real docking station by duxup (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat Mar 14, 2009 at 07:51:13 PM EST
The REAL kind, not just a couple ports and some USB hubish thing.

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just checking by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 1) #11 Sat Mar 14, 2009 at 08:05:29 PM EST
my experience is primarily with the port replicators, since they meet most users' needs and are less expensive. Most people don't need any more than to be able to plug in a monitor (or two, like I have), mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc., and for that the port replicator meets their needs just fine, especially in conjunction with a monitor stand. You can still just pop the laptop out and go.
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Oh yeah by duxup (2.00 / 0) #12 Sat Mar 14, 2009 at 08:30:54 PM EST
Those are great, the thing is Dell seems to sell their "docking station" with most laptops are a port replicate... kind of.   No video... a few USB and such.  Those are alright but they call them “docking stations” and that doesn’t seem right. They don’t even power the laptop.  Their other laptops like the latitude and xps all have straight up docking stations.
 
 


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i guess by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 1) #13 Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 12:35:09 AM EST
i've got little experience with the "consumer" line, mostly just the Latitudes. i don't quite get why the average user wouldn't have needs similar to the corporate ones, but then again, Dell discontinued the port replicator for the series they stopped making just 4 months ago...
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Yeah by duxup (2.00 / 0) #14 Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 12:52:41 PM EST
Mrs. duxup will be getting the laptop for school mostly but also to replace her PC.  My sister is also looking for a laptop for school and yeah their needs are petty much the same as mine with my work laptop as far as a docking station goes. It really didn’t occur to me that anyone sold laptops that might not be able to use a docking station.

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