Monday, November 29, 2004

Kanye West, the experience

Yesterday (Saturday) I went to see Kanye West at the Heineken Music Hall. Here follows a short review of the show:

Kanye West

The concert was featuring Talib Kweli. Because of certain circumstances I missed most of it and only saw the last 10 minutes. However I must say it was OK. As it was only 10 minutes I can't properly review his performance. I was REALLY looking forward to seeing him (more the Kanye West) but alas. Maybe next time.

Talib Kweli

Kanye West was OK. While his flow sounded different (duh, his jaw isn't wired shut anymore), he was (as expected) an average rapper. The show he put on was nice. Not too much vulgarity or bling bling and no G-Unit style gun samples (grow up please). Also there was a small dose of humor.

While the material wasn't very original (only stuff from his album) this is to be expected. What wasn't expected was that he did a small freestyle. While it didn't knock my socks off it wasn't bad either. A pleasant surprise.

The DJ was a guy named A-Trak. Apparently he's the 4time world champion. He also showed his skillz solo for some 10 minutes. I have only one word for what I heard: Flawless. This kid's got skillz. If he every plays anywhere near here, I'm there.

Overal for lack of a better word, an OK show. Especially considering the price (10 euros). While not being a super duper fan of Kanye I don't regret going there. A well deserved 7.5/10. If he's ever in your town and you have nothing to do, check him out.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Relive your Commodore 64 childhood for low low prices

Juist saw this commodore 64 joystick on slashdot:

New Commodore 64 in a Joystick

I quote:

An arcade full of fun in one take-anywhere unit! Based on the classic Commodore 64 home computer gaming system, this plug-and-play joystick is as easy to set up as it is to enjoy. Simply plug it into the A/V jack on your television and get ready for awesome retro gaming action.

Thirty fun-filled games are built right into the unit, so there are no cartridges to lug around or lose. The games are presented in full color and can be personalized with different challenges and options. For even more ways to play, each game boasts several levels--like "Winter Games" which features multiple sporting events. A super-cool gift for nieces, nephews, and grandkids, this compact, self-contained unit lets you leave a whole video game library in someone's stocking!

Requires 4 AA batteries, not included.

I gotta get me one of these.....

Car Knocking

Just found another totally useless gadget on engadget.

The Knock-In-Lock

The device, the so called "Knock-In-Key" is a box, that when connected to your car allows you to open your door by knocking on your car window......

Am I the only one who sees the insecurity in this? This could be cool if used as additional security (ala port knocking).

What will they think of next.....

TV Piracy


I just read an article on Slashdot about tv piracy and posted to the forum. I just realised this would be a good post for my blog. So here goes:

I live here in Holland and can give you a few very good reasons tv piracy is going mainstream:

1)Bandwidth (duh). Seing how bandwidth has increased considerabely, tv shows are the new mp3s. Where before you would spend 20 minutes downloading the newest single from your dialup, you can now download the latest simpsons episode.

2) Compression Techniques. Thanks to divx you can now download series at very good quality with reasonable sizes (20 minutes is 140 MB with decent compression). With mpg you need at least double the size for decent looking compression.

3) Bittorrent. Your bandwidth is my bandwidth. Episodes can also be listed in sites/rss feeds and quality can be assured.

4) Commercials. Too many, too long, too irritating. Why should I have my viewing experience ruined by commercials? How come the BBC don't have any and still produce programs of superior quality to their American counterparts?

5) Release Dates. I wanna watch Sopranos and I wanna watch it now. Not tomorrow, not next week and definately not when the series are finally releases here in Holland (ie: Couple of years).

6) Quality of TV. Need I explain this? TV really is a waste of everyones time. Why should we have to sit through all those shity programs just to get to the couple of gems that are made? Much better to download the episodes and watch them when you get home from work to relax. That way you can spend the whole evening doing something useful instead of sitting in front of the boob tube.

These are just points from the top of my head. I'm sure I could think of a couple more if I had the time.

What is all comes down to is that the TV stations have to adapt. Suing everyone wont help. There will always be people distributing this over the internet.

A good compromise would be for the studios to set up portals where people can download the episodes direct, without commercials for a subscription fee. Fail on any of the above stated terms and people will download the episodes from bittorrent sites instead of from you.

Anyway, these are just my $0,02

Sunday, November 21, 2004

To Jimmy Woo or not to Jimmy Woo?

Inside Jimmy Woo

Just went to Jimmy Woo's with a cousin of mine. I must say it wasn't what I expected. The overal ambience was quite quite nice, and there weren't that many snobby people there.

Inside Jimmy Woo

The music was quite good, with a mix of soul, funk, disc, hip-hop and (I REALLY hate this) bubbling. The dancehall is in the basement, but because of the door policy isn't overly filled. You can do your thing and aren't bothered by other people. The ceiling of the dancehall has justin timberlake style lamps on the ceiling, which gives a nice effect. Upstairs (ground floor) is the lounge area. Nice lounge couches that don't smell, and drink prices are reasonable.

Inside Jimmy Woo

The women there were O.K. Most were alright, some were pretty & some were (inevitebly) not. Although, being Jimmy Woo's, the fashion left something to be desired. An example of this are the horrid snow shoes that seem to be all the fashion these days. Just hideous.

Inside Jimmy Woo

Anyway, while it's very muched hyped Jimmy Woo's is still a decent night out, as long as you know someone on the guest list. A well deserved 4/5.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Yup. It's movie time. I just saw this wonderful Tony Scott production. Judging from the trailers I thought this would another one of Denzel's medicore movies (he seems to be making a lot these days). However, here he shows that with the right guidance he trully is a great actor (anyone who thinks otherwise should first see his portrail of Malcom X).

Anyway, where any other directory would have created a mediocre production, Tony Scott (who directed the even more wonderful Spy Game) has saved the day. Beautiful cinematography, great scenery and a NOT sickeningly cute litte girl save the movie. While I don't think this is as good as Spy Game, it is definately worth watching. A well deserved 8/10.

Oh, by the way, the movie being talked about is of course Man on Fire ;).

Friday, November 19, 2004

All systems are go!

IMP LOG. This is the first of what I hope to be many posts to my new weblog. I hope to post at least weekly and to try out this whole blog thing for myself. If I ever get into the groove I'll write my own blog and host this on my own server.

Of course the blog will probably just be mindless ranting, but if you're really bored check it out. Subscribe to the RSS feed, maybe one day I'll have something useful to say. The subjects of these blog posts will be my own personal interests (duh) & opinions.

Anyway, can't think of anything useful to post (03:00 in the morning), so I'll get on with my coding. Until my next rant.