June 2006 Archives

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I've always been somewhat of a health nut (but by the state of my physique you'd never know), so it's no surprise that I'm once again recommending some sort of nutritional boon.

The new Nature's Way Alive series is excellent: they've got higher amounts than Centrum and One a Day, plus the added benefits of enzymes, immune-system building mushroom complexes, and fruit and vegetable extracts.

Starting today (June 26, 2006,) broadcast channel 69, WYMSLP out of South Bend, IN, will air the following shows (and more!):

* Batman
* Get Smart
* Green Hornet
* Lost in Space
* M*A*S*H

I'm most excited about Batman, Get Smart, and M*A*S*H, but I'll definitely watch the others.

PBS continues to air heart-wrenching, soul-searching stuff.

Its latest from its Independent Lens series: Lion in the House.


Our long-awaited Starbucks is opening this Friday, June 23, 2006.

I can't wait! Although it's expensive, it'll be nice just to have it in our neighborhood. Retail development around here (U.S. 33 and C.R. 15) is really booming.

Have we not got enough flavors of pain medication designed specifically for children?

Case in point: Tylenol's new Flavor Creator.

Growing up, I hated taking medicine too, but isn't that the point? Medicine shouldn't be candy, and anything which encourages kids who shouldn't be self-administering to desire medicine more might be missing the point...

Listen to their marketing blurb, directly quoted from their website, "All kids like having a choice. And new Children's Tylenol with Flavor Creator gives them one - when you give them their medicine. Kids get to pick the flavor they want, like apple, bubblegum, chocolate, or strawberry. Then you sprinkle it on the Children's Tylenol Cherry Blast liquid - making medicine easier to give and easier to take."


The beta of Netscape.com is out.

I need to test it a bit before I comment.

UPDATE: Ok, that took all of 5 minutes, literally.

It's horrible! Way to go, Calacanis and AOL! Good thing Yahoo.com still exists, because Netscape AOL just killed its portal.

1) I notice the mail link goes to AOL's mail, but I hope that's just a bug
2) No TV listings in the TV category
3) Similarly to 2, above, no movie showtimes (where is Moviefone, which they own?)
4) Organization--if you can call it that-- is practically non-existent
5) I don't go to a portal to read about what other users think I should read (instead, I go to read what CNN, ABCNews and CBSNews think I should read; I recognize the contradiction)
6) It doesn't use SNS, so it didn't recognize my username and login
7) Again, going back to point 4, NO SUBCATEGORIES FOR ANYTHING! If I click on News, I'm not presented with any way of reading stories based on their category (one could call their tags a category, but to me it's not as helpful in grouping, since it's highly specific)
8) They have eight employed people named "Netscape Anchors," who decide which content to push. I don't know, just feels strange
9) You can't get a weather forecast, either
10) It's a copy of digg.com, for the most part. You could claim that portals were and are mostly clones of each other, but what set apart Netscape.com in the past was its exclusive content pulled in from its Time Warner network of brands.

So much for good-quality, organized, branded content. Although I concede the AOLTW merge was a dismal failure, it'd still be nice to see content from the Time Warner properties featured. TW has some great content. This really does beg the question: Is Time Warner preparing for a sale of its AOL property? That would explain the lack of TW content.

Seriously, this is a huge bomb. The folks at CompuServe must be muttering under their breath (if any are left who now care about their employer). This is AOL's final nail in the Netscape coffin. AOL has lost what little foothold it had in the portal market now, I fear.

The New York Times article says this redesign is "AOL's plan to keep and expand that audience," speaking of the already attritioning Netscape.com, but in reality, with all of the features they've dropped, I garner it won't gain any, and probably will lose even more.

Although I've ordered Ex-Libris by Ross King and am in great anticipation for its arrival, I wonder when I'll be able to find the time to read it thoroughly.

Promotional sites like http://www.myspace.com/aninconvenienttruth for Al Gore's "Documentary" really have me wondering if MySpace isn't at times just a back-up or supplementary promotional medium.

Ostensibly, the site was created for _personal_ networking and expression, not this all-inclusive band, movie, and anything-else-goes promotional tool.

I don't see this type of thing on Orkut or Friendster, but that's likely just because those two have been relegated to has-been status in the social networking space...

Shadow of the Vampire was a great disappointment for me, as I had met it with great anticipation.

I have read Stoker's Dracula for my E303: Literatures in English 1800-1900 class.

I have many points of contention, the simplest and most profound of which is the speed of Count Orlock's (Dracula himself) reveal and subsequent crew attacks. They should have drawn both of those out; it would have made for a much more effective film.

Don't get me wrong, the concept was novel and intriguing! The pacing just felt all wrong, is all. The little jabs between Director F.W. Murnau (Malkovich) and Count Orlock were good, and Dafoe puts in a good, albeit limited (by the script) performance, replete with hisses and nefarious glares.

If you're into the "new" Blink 182 (and please, let's leave that whole are-they-or-are-they-NOT-punk discussion aside for the sake of sanity), you'd do well to give a listen to Angels and Airwaves' We Don't Need to Whisper CD.

It's even more melodious then Blink 182's self-titled effort, if you can even believe that's possible. It soars, it uplifts the soul; and I'm conscious of just how cheesily positive and uncharacteristic of my disposition that sounds, but it's true!

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Jason Calacanis's newly headed Netscape.com banner reads:

"For over 10 years, THEY programmed the web, now it's YOUR turn. A new Netscape.com is coming in 30 days..."

What's hilarious about the ad banner is its tone. With its two nerds, the banner ad tries to imply that the user can do it better, or that personalization offers something radical. Good? Yes. Radical? Not in the least, unless they're going to do something novel. The implication that geeks have "programmed" a website (I'd prefer the term "coded," but whatever) and that it hasn't been satisfactory to users strikes a chord with me, but not in the way you might think. Rather than being disappointed with the "programming," I take more issues with Netscape.com stylistically, and to an extent functionality wise.

Will this just be a limited XML/RSS customization page? Will it have any interesting default content? Will they finally give the brand the look it deserves and has deserved for so long?

I hope this isn't a rehash of earlier attempts such as MyNetscape.com, MyAOL, or QuickView in the Welcome Screen (all three on which I worked). If so, I'll be sorely disappointed.

I doubt it, but time will tell. I remember how disappointed I was when they dropped the Rome and Phoenix implementations and went with the current CompuServe channels-based templates. They're drab.

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