Website Update

Just thought I’d give my site’s readers (both of you) a heads-up about some of the things going on here:

– I haven’t forgotten the Ashes to Ashes recaps, honest! The recap of episode 1 is basically done (all it needs is proofreading and polish), and it should be posted no later than noon today. I hope to get started on Episode 2 as soon as Episode 1 is published, and have that one completed by Thursday, so I can start the recap of episode 3 before episode 4 airs in the UK on Friday. Got all that?

– Just to remind you, I was out of town when episode 1 aired, had out-of-town guests when episode 2 aired, and had plans virtually all day long this past Saturday (after episode 3 aired).

– I hate that they moved Ashes from Tuesday (or was it Monday?) to Friday. The missus and I don’t normally do much on Friday nights, but we almost always do stuff on Saturday and most Sundays, so that means I normally won’t be able to start a recap until the following Monday. I mean, I’m not sad for having a life, I just hate the the Beeb moved the show.

– The new NFL schedule is out, and depending on how motivated I am, I might post my annual “Steelers Schedule for Microsoft Outlook” tomorrow if I need a break from the Ashes recaps. If not, look for it in the next few days, sooner rather than later.

A Strange Coincidence

So yesterday I was reading this thread over at the SDMB about strange coincidences in people’s lives, so I thought I’d share my own story:

“Karen” transferred to my high school in my senior year. She liked the same music I did, we had similar senses of humor, and she liked to party, so we became fast friends for the next couple of years.

Karen was really wild though, and she was eventually kicked out of her house for stealing money. So she moved in with a friend… and stole all of his cash, did all his drugs, and ran up his phone bill. She then moved to Pensacola, where she moved in with a girl… and, after a couple of months, stole all her cash, did all her drugs, and ran up her phone bill. She then moved to New Orleans, where she moved in with a guy and (wait for it) stole all his cash, did all his drugs and ran up his phone bill.

Karen would then move back to Atlanta and try to reconcile with her family. But her wild ways would eventually get the best of her, and she would move out and start her “Triangle of Terror” all over again: ripping people off in Atlanta, then Pensacola, then New Orleans, then Atlanta again.

She would normally call me when she was back in Atlanta, and at one point it really seemed as though she had a genuine interest in getting her act together. Things were going so well, in fact, that her grandmother (her legal guardian, the one she had stolen from to get kicked out in the first place) allowed her to have a friend from Pensacola stay with the family for a week. The friend was named Jessie, and I remember her well because I picked her up from the airport (and because she also burned a gigantic cigarette hole in the back seat of my car after passing out drunk a couple days later, but that’s neither here nor there).

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FRIDAY FUN: Best Coast

I really fell in love with the song “When I’m With You” by the band Best Coast a couple of months ago. But my love affair has been rekindled now that the official music video has been released. The Internet also seem to love it too, judging by how many places have posted the video:

I guess that chick likes hamburgers… which makes her kinda hot.

Friday’s Roundup

– The Smoking Gun has posted the original police report about the Ben Roethlisberger fiasco in Milledgeville here. It’s pretty disgusting.

– Speaking of The Smoking Gun, I just noticed that they have greatly expanded their archive of concert riders. Who knew that Def Leppard ate more like grandparents than rock stars?

– In an interview with Cnet, famous hacker Marc Maiffret has declared Microsoft software to be more secure than Apple’s. Specifically, he says that Apple tries “to market themselves as more secure than the PC, that you don’t have to worry about viruses. Anytime there’s been a hacking contest, within a few hours someone’s found a new Apple vulnerability. If they were taking it seriously, they wouldn’t claim to be more secure than Microsoft because they are very much not.” Read the entire interview – it’s really worth it.

– While we’re on the subject of security… for a while now, I’ve been trying to tell people that the popular “alternative” PDF reader Fox-It is not necessarily any more secure than Adobe Reader. Here’s at least one person who agrees with me.

– Perhaps it surprised researchers, but news that tainted fruits and veggies end up in overpriced inner-city markets rather than the ‘burbs is no news to me.

– Hey, do you have a spare £6.2 million lying around? Then you could have bought a rare 17th century Persian rug from Christies. The rug, which sold for 20 times what the auction house had expected, is now known as the “World’s Most Expensive Rug”.

Roethlisberger to go?

It’s just part of the NFL’s considerable rumor mill at this point, but sources are saying that the Steelers might be looking to trade Big Ben:

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson is reporting that the team is at a “tipping point” with Roethlisberger. Team ownership is apparently “shaken” by how much Steelers fans are irked by all the bad press their team is getting.

Wow. I don’t know what to say. On a personal level, I think he should been shown the door weeks ago. But he is a great quarterback, and it’s hard to imagine the Steelers without him. On the other hand, trading Ben not only frees $65 million in salary, it would also (presumably) give Pittsburgh a metric ass load of draft picks.

I know Ben’s reputation is shot to hell in Pittsburgh, but is this really what we want?

via Steelers listening to offers for Roethlisberger?.

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Awwww crap! (Ashes to Ashes)

Just a heads-up:

I was out of town last week when the first episode of season 3 of Ashes to Ashes aired in the UK. I didn’t get to watch the episode until I returned home this past Monday night.

I have company coming in from out of town this weekend, so when I heard the announcer say that Ashes would “return in two weeks”, I was happy. I figured that this would give me lots of time this week to catch up on errands and clean up the house for my guests, so I could start on the recap next Monday… and be fully ready for episode two next week.

Well, come to find out the “back in two weeks” thing only applies to the high-def version of the show. BBC HD is apparently running coverage of The Masters golf tournament this week on their HD channel. So the SD version will air in the UK in just a couple of hours.

So it seems that I’ll be two episodes behind when I start the recaps on Monday. My apologies – life got in the way the past two weeks!

R.I.P. Malcolm McLaren

RIP Malcolm… [pours a bit of his 40 on the curb]

The former manager of the Sex Pistols and one of the seminal figures of the punk rock era, Malcolm McLaren, died Thursday, his son said. He was 64.

Joe Corre said his father died of an aggressive form of cancer in Switzerland, declining to give the exact location because he said he wanted to avoid a media scrum.

via Sex Pistols’ former manager McLaren has died at 64.