May 31, 2009

The Onion Does Star Trek

The Onion is a "news" site devoted to spoof news stories on current events. Often they have language that doesn't allow for embedding on my blog, but this one is clean...and funny...and a topic I cover. Star Trek is talked about in this "news report." Enjoy.
Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

Star Trek Uses a Jewish Hand Signal Meaning Shaddai (a name of God)

SO, Leonard Nimoy came up with the "Vulcan salute" based on a Jewish hand gesture used in the priestly benediction to bless the congregation. It's the shape of the letter "shin" in the Hebrew alphabet, which is the first letter of the name Shaddai, a name of God. Here is a picture from the grave of Rabbi and Kohen(Jewish priest) Meschullam Kohn (1739-1819) in F├╝rth (Bavaria, Germany). This is crazy stuff. The Rabbi's last name is close to the name of the enemy in what is probably the most popular/well known Star Trek movie, "The Wrath of Khan." I'm sure there is no correlation there. Here's old Spock explaining it.

iPhone Nano Concept by T3

This is great. I think a slimmer phone, possibly longer, would fit nicer in my hand than the current iPhone. This is a cool design in my opinion.

May 23, 2009

This Car Chase is Strikingly Good

This is a clip from the movie Striking Distance with Bruce Willis. Although I don't like Sarah Jessica Parker, this movie is decent. I watched it on TNT today, while my son and wife napped in the hotel room here in The OC. We are down here visiting my grandpa. This goes well with the other great car chases here on Jimmy the Gun. Enjoy the battle of Ford Crown Victorias and Chevrolet Caprices. There is some language so heads up on that, but this is pretty good. It's amazing what these drivers can do with these big old cars. The 90's were a sweet time.

May 19, 2009

Just Enough

I've often said the 12oz can of soda is just short of what I want. 2 cans are too much, but 1 can leaves me wanting just a little more. Enter the 16oz can. Sure it's just another example of our society wanting more and more, and it's another way to get fatter and fatter; but this, for me, is an answer to satisfying my desire for just a little more. No more finishing off 2 cans. One 16oz will do. Now we just need Throwback in 16oz size and we will be good to go.

May 16, 2009

When Is The Apple Store in Roseville Opening?

Sure they put the website on the temporary front of the coming Apple Store in Roseville, CA, but when is it opening? It's not on their website.

May 11, 2009

GO!

Those are the brake lights of the Corvette on front of me on my way home from work. Can anyone tell me why my VW can handle the challenges of this highway, while this 'vette driver can't get off the brake pedal? Sent from my iPhone.

May 10, 2009

MD Throwback Can Go Back

Well, I ended up loving Pepsi Throwback, but I didn't end up changing my mind about Mountain Dew Throwback. The flavor that I've grow to love as the "nectar of life" is not the same with sugar. There is a different after taste, reminding me of diet MD. There seems to be less bubbly goodness and it's missing the distinct Mountain Dew taste. It reminds me more of the generic versions (Mt. Breeze, etc.). I'm actually hopeful that Pepsi Throwback sticks around. And if PepsiCo decided to start selling all their sodas with sugar instead of HFCS, I'd still support the MD franchise. But as far as flavor comparisons go, I'm actually going to have to say the HFCS version does win in this taste test.

Pepsi Natural at Costco

I love that Pepsi Natural has hit Costco shelves....ur ah, pallets. I love the box. It looks so....natural.

Star Trek Movie

It was amazingly good. Go see it!!!

May 7, 2009

HFCS vs. Sugar

I started doing some reading about High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) vs. Sugar and I’ve found some interesting articles on some differences. First, HFCS is made from a process that increases the fructose in corn syrup. This makes it sweeter. And this process is cheap and gives the corn syrup a longer shelf life than sugar. Because of the financial benefits, companies in all sorts of food industries use HFCS instead of sugar. Bread, soda, juice, cookies, ketchup, etc., can all be found to have HFCS. Now the financial benefits have led to the use of HFCS in so many things we consume here in the USA. BUT, is there a health risk? Possibly. Some nutritionists, according to one site, believe “HFCS is 10 times richer in harmful carbonyl compounds.” And “carbonyl compounds are elevated in people with diabetes and are blamed for causing diabetic complications such as foot ulcers and eye and nerve damage.” Also, according to the San Francisco Chronicles Website SFGate, “The body processes the fructose in high fructose corn syrup differently than it does old-fashioned cane or beet sugar, which in turn alters the way metabolic-regulating hormones function. It also forces the liver to kick more fat out into the bloodstream.” There is a lot of debate out there about HFCS. And, of course, loads of sugar isn’t good for us either. Sugar is just natural, not chemically made. For now, I’m going to believe that sugar is a little better for me so I can drink soda again. Since Pepsi Natural, Pepsi Throwback, and Mountain Dew Throwback all came out with their sugar instead of HFCS blends, I’ve been enjoying the “throwback” to a better time. The 80’s were good, right up to the point where HFCS and “the Big Gulp” joined forces and we became the “give me more of everything I want” society. Dear Pepsi, Thanks for doing what you’re doing. We appreciate the sugar, even though it costs you more. We appreciate the ideas to Refresh Everything. How about refreshing us all with a wider use of the beautiful bottles you use for Pepsi Natural, and start bottling all your beverages. Jimmy the Gun

Parents Who Drive Foreign Cars Have Children Who Drive Foreign Cars

Or, it could be based on quality.

The Econoline Can Haul and Rock

This was found by one of the automotive blogs I read and posted by them based on the use of the Ford Econoline Van in the video. I thought the stop motion video style and one shot camera angle was pretty cool. The song is okay too, although I can't tell you what they are saying. UPDATE: After re-watching the video, I think they performed to a slowed down version of the song and then sped up the video to match the actual song speed. I don't think it's stop motion.

May 2, 2009

Apple Store Coming to Roseville CA

Coming to the Roseville Galleria is an Apple Store. YEA!!!

The Music Industry is Killing the Music

This video is a really good explanation of what is happening to the music industry and the quality of music being produced. I think a new artist would be wise to figure out how to market him/her self. Us the the power of the Internet to sell one's music/self.

Stand by Me...Around the World

If this video was really made by recording different musicians around the world then it is awesome.

Playing For Change | Song Around The World "Stand By Me" from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

I Do Like Some Sports

First, sorry about the music. Second, I do like some sports. Jumping is one of my favorite things, cause I was once pretty good at it.

Texting While Transporting the Handicapped

Wow. It wasn't even an iPhone. At least with phones that are not touch screen, you can feel the keys you are pressing. The iPhone is impossible to text with without looking at the keyboard.

More Than Meets The Eye

Transformer "Revenge of the Fallen" trailer #3 from Bay Films/Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo.

The new Transformers movie looks good.

May 1, 2009

Quick Rant About Excessive Packaging

First of all, I hate the Thomas & Friends franchise. They have boring videos, tooooo many variations of their trains (sizes, looks, materials), and they don't take any time with the production of there "educational" toys. The puzzle set pictured is supposedly an educational matching game. You match the letters of the alphabet to words and pictures characters or objects, I'm assuming, are part of the franchise's list of characters and objects. For the letter "X" we match the letter to the word "box" and the picture of a some crate I'm sure Thomas and Friends transport as freight. Why? Why a box? I guess because box ends with an "X." Apparently Tomas and Friends can't think of any words that start with an "X." Stupid. But this rant is about the packaging. Look at the picture again. I could fit 4 or more puzzle sets in the box. But we only got what is pictured, not four sets. Hey jerks at Thomas and Friends, you suck. So do your movies. So do your miss matched toys. So does you waste of packaging. And done. UPDATE: I think this rant was more about Thomas being stupid. "Oh well," they said when planning for what to match up with the letter "X." "Box will work." I say "Oh well" too. I'm not paid for this stuff.