13
Oct
07

Making it official

So yeah, after further consideration, I’ve decided to make the move to blogger official. You can now find all your favorite nothing over at terminalsigma.blogspot.com. Please update your links, bookmarks and what have you. Peace out, WP.

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30
Sep
07

Contemplating a switch to blogger

I’ve been getting a little annoyed with the rigidity of the WordPress format, including the inability to customize the CSS of my blog. In addition, I haven’t been able to find a WordPress layout that I really liked–most of them are just too typical of the “Web 2.0” aesthetic for my liking. Of course, WP isn’t without it’s advantages; in my experience WP’s ability to keep track of stats is far superior to that of Blogger. I haven’t made anything official as of yet, but you can see the results of two hour’s tooling around with blogger here. I like the way it looks a lot more that what I’ve got here on WordPress. Still,for the time being, I’ll be sticking around WP. 

26
Sep
07

“There’s a f–cking rocket in him, sir!”

An RPG-7

Pfc. Channing Moss was impaled by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan on March 16, 2006, while riding in a convoy with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Explosive disposal team members and the medical staff at FOB Organ E saved Moss, removing the live explosive from his body despite the Army protocol of sandbagging victims with live explosives embedded and considering them “expectant.”

Here’s a video which recounts the incident in detail. This is going on my “list of reasons I’m glad I’m not in Afghanistan”. As you might expect, a wound of this sort is indeed pretty gruesome; this is definitely not for the feint of heart. You can also read about the incident, if you prefer.

18
Sep
07

Girlfriend from a past life: Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson was the star of several films of the silent era. She was also a three-time Academy Award nominee. And, as you can see, totally hot. I can’t help but wonder what she’s playing on the phonograph, though. I’ll bet that it’s probably Black Sabbath.

16
Sep
07

Watching Footie

It’s September, which means that it’s finally football season here in the United States. Of course, there’s that other kind of football, too–the one where the ball actually comes into contact with the foot on occasions other than field goals, punts and kickoffs–and amidst the American media’s infatuation with the NFL, it’s quite easy to forget that the Women’s World Cup is taking place on the other side of the globe. Americans have traditionally spurned soccer (the game that the rest of the world knows as football,) though the sport has been gaining popularity in recent years. The same attitude is by and large held towards women’s athletics. America would do well to remember that even as it’s menfolk wage the battle in the trenches that is the American permutation of football, it’s womenfolk are playing just as hard on the far side of the world.

07
Sep
07

Calling shenanigans on iPhone buyers

Everyone in the industrialized world knows by now that Apple lowered the price of it’s vaunted iPhone from the original $599 to a more affordable $399 on the 5th of September. Almost immediately there was an outpouring of indignation from those iPhone owners who bought their phones prior to the price drop. Apple, ever appreciative of it’s dedicated fan base, announced the next day that those same customers would receive a $100 gift certificate, redeemable at any Apple Store. Charitable, yes, but Steve Jobs and company are still coming out $100 ahead on the whole deal.

Not that I’m particularly sympathetic to those early birds, mind you; I think $200 is quite a reasonable price to pay if one is hell-bound and determined to lay their hands on the latest and greatest wonder of the telecommunications world. Besides, if you were willing to lay down $600 of your (possibly) hard-earned money at the time of the iPhone’s launch, getting the most out of your money probably wasn’t among your to priorities, much like all those impressionable fools who waited in line for hours on end just so they could get and Xbox 360 or a PS3 (products as equally overpriced as the iPhone, I might add). When it comes to technology, price drops are inevitable. The sensible consumer is always better off waiting a few months before jumping on the bandwagon for the next best thing. I imagine that a large part of that $599 price tag was the distinction of bearing the Apple name, to boot.

The bottom line is that if you think you were screwed over by Apple because the iPhone is less expensive now than when you first bought it back in June, you weren’t. You were really just too naive not to buy into the hype. Steve Jobs and the Marketing department at Apple are all laughing at you. But hey, look at it this way: at least you don’t have Windows Vista.

28
Aug
07

This is sound

Earlier today, the Norwegian Avant-Garde/Experimental Metal outfit Ulver released a song from their forthcoming album, Shadows of the Sun. The song is entitled “Vigil” and it sounds great, as one might expect from Ulver. “Vigil” can be heard on Ulver’s myspace, so I advise anyone reading to head over their and give it a listen. Shadows of the Sun–which the band has described as “low-key, dark and tragic”–is due out October 1st, and I’m definitely looking forward to hearing the album in its entirety.