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Battlestar Shmattestar

Saturday, March 21, 2009 by darco

I can't say that I didn't expect it, but it still sucks: What a lemon of a series finale last night's episode was.

I've never seen such a dramatic collapse of the quality of storytelling in a series. As you may recall, I loved this show... But my, how far it has fallen.

Jett Travolta and Scientology

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 by darco

NOTE: In the time since this post went live, I have since decided to mark this post as "protected". Unless you are logged in and marked as a friend, you will not be able to read this article.

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It's Official: Ron Moore Hates Us

Wednesday, March 7, 2007 by darco

180px-Ronald_D._Moore This guy has broken my heart too many times this season.

Steve's Thoughts on Music

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 by darco

Everyone who cares about DRM should read Steve Jobs' Thoughts on Music. (thx Macalope) Here are a few choice excerpts:

. . . Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat. If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store. Every iPod ever made will play this DRM-free music.

Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy. Though the big four music companies require that all their music sold online be protected with DRMs, these same music companies continue to sell billions of CDs a year which contain completely unprotected music. That’s right! No DRM system was ever developed for the CD, so all the music distributed on CDs can be easily uploaded to the Internet, then (illegally) downloaded and played on any computer or player.

I knew I liked this guy.

It seems that Macrovision's CEO, Fred Amoroso, has formally responded to Steve's "Thoughts on Music". Luckily, John Gruber of Daring Fireball has translated the letter from PR-speak to plain English. Worth a read.

Regarding Shark-jumping...

Saturday, November 18, 2006 by darco

As I have mentioned before, I love Battlestar Galactica. But the last few episodes have caused me to ponder the unthinkable: Has Battlestar Galactica jumped the shark?


SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't been keeping up with the current season of Battlestar Galactica, you may want to skip this post.

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the French Laundry

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 by darco

the French Laundry Saturday evening, Sophia and I dined at one of the finest restaurants in the worldthe French Laundry. The experience was simply spectacular. While it was by far the most expensive meal I have ever eaten, it was also the most satisfying.

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Comic Con

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 by darco

Sophia took on the task of writing up our experiences at Comic Con this year. (Thanks hon!)

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Comic Con

Friday, July 14, 2006 by darco

comic-con I'll be attending Comic Con this year! The last time I was at Comic Con I was an exhibitor, so it may be a little depressing this time around. If you will be attending ComicCon this year and want to show your moral support by buying me a drink (or just saying hello), feel free to drop me a line. Sophia and I will be there Friday and Saturday, in sunny San Diego.

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