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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Crazy nite! After seeing Cirqu...

Crazy nite! After seeing Cirque du Soleil, got to hang w/some of the cast inc/an old uni friend of @siskita We even rode on their tour bus.

@cherishhellfire Ah, OK--cool....

@cherishhellfire Ah, OK--cool. Just checking. You're probably better off without men anyway. Really, I don't know how anyone puts up w/us.

@strictly haha, of course I'm ...

@strictly haha, of course I'm happy for you and your wii. Frankly, I just thought it was a funny thing to say. :)

But we had a blast hanging wit...

But we had a blast hanging with Joe and some of the performers after Cirque. 2nd surreal night in a row for me :)

At a hotel waiting for a cab t...

At a hotel waiting for a cab to take us to Newark Penn Station (yes, there's a Penn in Jersey now--whatevuh).

Having a blast at Cirque du So...

Having a blast at Cirque du Soleil. Only downside is I forgot my iPhone. I know wth. Still, @Siskita's old friend Joe Pinzon is amazing!

@strictly am jealous of your w...

@strictly am jealous of your wii.

@cherishhellfire I forgot to t...

@cherishhellfire I forgot to tell you that I loved the story about how you chose your screen name. But I thought you were bi, not gay. o_O

@coffeewithian You're looking ...

@coffeewithian You're looking for 3D glasses for the Super Bowl? Does that mean Elvis Presto is returning? It's a dream come true!!

Going to Cirque Du Soleil toni...

Going to Cirque Du Soleil tonight out in Jersey. Turns out an old college friend of @siskita is *in* it & got us comps :) WHEW. Tix ≠ cheap!

Wow, getting a lot of Twitters...

Wow, getting a lot of Twitterspam lately: badgirl53 jacijake cowgirl56 all people wondering if it's possible to make $58k a month. EFFOFF.

Wow--well, no wonder it saw 10...

Wow--well, no wonder it saw 1000 files--it's taking all of those stupid hidden ".files" OSX dumps in every damn... re: http://ff.im/Q0sH

Now it's saying the maximum nu...

Now it's saying the maximum number of files to upload at one time is 1000. They *might* try putting these limits... re: http://ff.im/Q0sH

Logged into it on my iPhone. T...

Logged into it on my iPhone. Then tried to log in on my laptop. Threw error msg at me saying "Maximum number of... re: http://ff.im/Q0sH

They had to have landed on Ear...

They had to have landed on Earth--they even had flashbacks. re: http://ff.im/Q8Rm

Just took my 169th mugshot! ht...

Just took my 169th mugshot! http://www.dailymugshot.com/main/show/421

@Andrew_Taylor ultimately, sin...

@Andrew_Taylor ultimately, since Google screwed up on a Saturday morning most Americans will have missed it, so why all the damn retweets???

@Andrew_Taylor yeah--exactly! ...

@Andrew_Taylor yeah--exactly! I haven't even used Google since yesterday so I missed the whole thing.

@cherishhellfire so my superpo...

@cherishhellfire so my superpower is I'm good at being a human target?? ;P How come I don't have a comic book then?

Hey, Me. When do I get a day o...

Hey, Me. When do I get a day off?

Seriously, can, like, 50 more ...

Seriously, can, like, 50 more people post about Google flagging every site as malware please? I just haven't read that fact enough times.

OMG! Did everyone hear??? Goog...

OMG! Did everyone hear??? Google is flagging the ENTIRE Internet as malware!!! Be sure to retweet to ALL your friends over

Actually it does look like the...

Actually it does look like they have a free version that goes beyond 14 days. Will give it a whirl. re: http://ff.im/Q0sH

14 day free trial--what happen...

14 day free trial--what happens to your data after 2 weeks if you don't pay? re: http://ff.im/Q0sH

I thought Qik could crosspost ...

I thought Qik could crosspost to Seesmic. re: http://ff.im/Q373

Friday, January 30, 2009

thepete.com: toys.thepete.com:...

thepete.com: toys.thepete.com: Charlie Mad: http://s3nt.com/cbcy

toys.thepete.com: Charlie Mad



Charlie Mad started out life as a blank Mini Munny from Kid Robot. I bought him, opened the box and found some horrible person had already done the same thing, only they'd managed to break his arm off before putting him back in the box.

Lame!

However, rather than taking him back to the store, I thought I'd use it as a design element. I was thinking about doing a piece about anger, so I decided he'd had his arm lopped off by someone. The bat was taken up as a revenge tool and I'm not sure where I got the black frame for his face--it started in my head as built-in running lines. I added the wonky shirt stripe for irony.



Sorry I don't have any progress shots. For some reason I didn't take any. I just sort of blew through this one almost in one sitting. Go figure.

Check out the Flickrset here: http://flickr.com/photos/thepete/sets/72157608716855297/

@strictly was surprised at how...

@strictly was surprised at how nice it was to see the old friends again. Weird having us all in the same city again after 15+ years away.

@cherishhellfire you know what...

@cherishhellfire you know what helps with footage that looks like it was shot without a tripod? A tripod. Just sayin'.

@strictly Yes, time is among t...

@strictly Yes, time is among the freakiest of things, I think. We're all so different yet still so very much the same people.

Back from having a really cool...

Back from having a really cool time seeing old college friends do a Q&A followed by meeting their wives & other old college friends. :)

Surreal experience--watching o...

Surreal experience--watching old college bud do a Q&A panel

Heading to SoHo to see a museu...

Heading to SoHo to see a museum show featuring a college buddy's comic art. Yep, I'm old enough to have the work of a friend in a *museum*.

@cherishhellfire What is 64stu...

@cherishhellfire What is 64studio? Looks like just a distributor of Linux distros? I can only run stuff that'll run on slow machines.

Reading about Seasteading on W...

Reading about Seasteading on Wired.com & wondering why just libertarians are involved. (http://ping.fm/1VKta)

Spaceship http://ff.im/Ppw3

Spaceship http://ff.im/Ppw3

@cherishhellfire well, I am on...

@cherishhellfire well, I am one kids who is happy to be on a Mac & not struggling to get basic stuff done on a Linux box. Been there; drag.

Ever get up on the wrong side ...

Ever get up on the wrong side of the bed? Well, I woke up on the wrong side of the city today. Or maybe the planet. Me=foul mood 2day.

thepete.com: ORGUSS 02 (1993):...

thepete.com: ORGUSS 02 (1993): http://s3nt.com/cau2

ORGUSS 02 (1993)

Anime Friday returns with the final installment of my Macross-related anime reviews! (I'm sure you're so excited!) I've watched and Pocket-Reviewed everything even tangentially related to Macross (assuming it was in Japanese) and it's been a lot of fun (and painful at times). Orguss 02 is a sequel series to Super Dimensional Century Orguss, which shared the "Super Dimensional" moniker with Super Dimensional Fortress Macross and, aside from the lead character having dated a character in the original Macross, that's exactly it. Hey, I said they were tangentially related :)


Buy it!
Positive Experience/Entertaining? It was entertaining, but I can't say I ultimately cared for it.


Technically any good? The animation designs were OK, though unlike the original Orguss (which was much more pleasing to the eye). The mecha was kind of boring and ultimately unremarkable. The story was less about a continuation of the original series and more a story that takes place in the same universe. Yes, there were direct connections to the original series, but they felt contrived and unnecessary. They almost felt like they were stapled onto a pre-existing, unrelated story, just to flesh it out more.


How did it leave me feeling? Pretty disappointed. If properly developed the story at the core of this miniseries could have made for a good show. Instead it gets diluted with elements from its predecessor. Frankly, those were the bits I liked the most. Ultimately, this shows you that the Japanese are more like us than some Westerners may think--this sequel seems like it was thrown together just to capitalize on any success the original Orguss may have experienced rather than coming up with a good story for a sequel. This was very disappointing since I adore the original Orguss quite a bit.


Final Rating? NFI - NetFlix It - if you are a Macross or Orguss purist, but that's it. Don't bother otherwise. :( Sorry, there's just too many really good anime titles to see before you sit through something like this.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

12seconds - We are SO New York...

12seconds - We are SO New York City!!! http://tiny12.tv/Q75EJ

Behind the cam at Big Night Ou...

Behind the cam at Big Night Out which will begin at 9. Live in NYC & dig cabaret? Stop by Dillon's 54th & 8th just $10 Hector Coris night!

QIK|Streaming video right from...

QIK|Streaming video right from your phone http://ff.im/OFgO

12seconds - Buyers Remorse Str...

12seconds - Buyers Remorse Strikes! http://tiny12.tv/8VEQP

Angelina Jolie's loss may ...

Angelina Jolie's loss may just be Megan Fox's gain. News, Headlines and Latest Stories on Yahoo! News re: http://ff.im/Oquc

@tomzer1 haha, wow, well, let'...

@tomzer1 haha, wow, well, let's hope this whole thing moves quickly because he is pretty boring to listen to, imho. :(

I'm thinking Blagojevich also ...

I'm thinking Blagojevich also doesn't get that you don't have to commit a crime to be impeached.

Me thinks this Blag-off doesn'...

Me thinks this Blag-off doesn't understand that this is an impeachment trial, not a filibuster.

Ugh... Slept in again. Need to...

Ugh... Slept in again. Need to stop staying up so late that I am forced to sleep so late.

thepete.com: MAXED OUT (2006):...

thepete.com: MAXED OUT (2006): http://s3nt.com/b9sx

MAXED OUT (2006)

Documentary Thursday brings you my Pocket Review of Maxed Out a documentary/opiniomentary about the credit crisis that contributed to the economic crisis we're experiencing in America right now. Like In Debt We Trust, this movie came out in 2006 and points out many of the problems that functioned as serious indicators of the rough road we're currently traveling on. It's a shame more people don't watch documentaries! Ah well. On with the review:


Buy it!

Watch it now!
Buy the book!
Positive Experience/Entertaining? Definitely. This documentary was more in-depth regarding the nuts-and-bolts of the credit industry than any docu I've seen to date.


Technically any good? This movie is definitely slanted against the credit industry, though based on the facts it presents, I wonder how you could make a pro-credit industry docu without lying your ass off. Regardless, this film talks to both the prey and the predators involved in the credit industry and shows you how both sides function. Most disturbing is seeing how much money the predators can make and how they rationalize taking horrible advantage of people's trust--or complete lack of intelligence--the film introduces us to one mentally handicapped man who was given a loan. Yep, there are people so corrupt that they will give a man almost incapable of signing his own name.

Needless to say, this film makes a powerful case for a serious reformation of the credit industry.


Final Rating? GSN - Go See Now - this film is something every American should watch. We are being preyed upon by this industry and it's wrong.

Full disclosure time: I was illegally sued for back debt I didn't owe and lost the case. The law is useless if you have a judge who won't see that it is enforced and if you can't afford a lawyer, that doesn't help either.

So, I might be a little biased in my review of this film. Then again, I think it's justified.

@tmofee because they don't hir...

@tmofee because they don't hire me to write them! Maybe I'll write a Tomb Raider spec script.

Liked "3 tampons walking down ...

Liked "3 tampons walking down the street. Maxi, mini & super. Which says hello first? None. They're all stuck up..." http://ff.im/OhP2

Quick! Go buy a uke so I can c...

Quick! Go buy a uke so I can come and steal it! I've always wanted one! :P re: http://ff.im/OhKl

Liked "Lights Out - TIME" http...

Liked "Lights Out - TIME" http://ff.im/Ofrb

Liked "Rare "Prehistoric" Shar...

Liked "Rare "Prehistoric" Shark Photographed Alive" http://ff.im/OgKu

Liked "World War II, Then and ...

Liked "World War II, Then and Now - This is just spooky" http://ff.im/OgZO

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Washington Finally Interested in Helping We, The People... imagine that!



In a January 28, 2009 article at CNN.com, CNNMoney reporter David Goldman reported on the US House passing an $819 billion stimulus bill that included a buttload of money for us poor folks. Now, there are a couple of things to note, here.

First off, do you wonder why the bill that helps the poor folks out is coming now, after the corporations and the banks have already gotten their bailouts?

I looked at that headline and had to stop myself from shaking my head and worrying about inflation. Instinctively, I wanted to say "more money injected into the system which will drive down the value of the money already in the system."

The thing is, we've already seen well over a trillion dollars injected into the US economy in the past six months or so--possibly more than two trillion--it's hard to keep track. The value of the American dollar is fucked already, might as well pretend we have money--after all, it's only fair that finally, we, the regular folks, get our turn at the pot.

Why do I think we won't be seeing checks proportionate to what the banks and corporations have gotten? Regardless, you have to wonder why We, The People of the United States of America are third in line of economic importance behind the banks and the corporations.

It's more evidence proving that our government doesn't give two shits about the people they're supposed to represent. Why do we not get our bailout before these businesses and banks?

Aren't we more important than them?

Don't they exist, like our government, to serve us?

Apparently, not.

Secondly, you have to wonder why precisely NO REPUBLICANS voted for this bill.

To paraphrase Kanye West: Republicans to do not care about poor people.

I mean, seriously, Republicans--do you understand reality? We voted you assholes out of office. You had your asses handed to you in the last election. 8 million more people wanted the Democrats' guy over your guy and you guys are retarded enough to vote against a bill that helps the regular people who voted against you?

UNbelievable.

Of course, we only get our bailout checks because we voted Obama into office. This is his thank you gift to us. Our payoff, if you will. He knows he's got to give us SOMEthing or we'll revolt.

The thing that's the most frustrating is just how illogical our "leaders" in Washington are behaving.

Jon Stewart asked, on Tuesday's Daily Show, why not give us the money and let us pay off the loans we've defaulted on, rather than have the USG buy up all the bad debt? Give us the money so we'll directly spend it on the economy rather than giving the money to the greedy bastards who caused all this trouble in the first place?

It's fucking frightening when the only sane voice in the room comes from a basic cable TV comedy news show host.

What the fuck, America?

We elected Obama, but now what?

Are we going to let ourselves be seduced by hope? Or are we going to demand actual leadership from our elected politicians in Washington?

Change may have come to America, but Washington is still filled with dipshits and morons who are happy to trade oral sex acts with the economic powerhouses that put them in office.

And that Blagojevich guy is getting impeached for being honest about trying to sell the Illinois senate seat. Seems hypocritical when we all know how our government is up for sale.

How else do you explain us normal folks seeing our bailout checks last?

thepete.com: ThePete, Siskita ...

thepete.com: ThePete, Siskita & Jay ThePal on the Hucklebug Part 2 (TheVlog for 20090129): http://s3nt.com/b9a8

ThePete, Siskita & Jay ThePal on the Hucklebug Part 2 (TheVlog for 20090129)

Yesterday, I posted part one of highlights of the video we shot of us recording our appearance on the Hucklebug podcast. The footage starts me (ThePete), Siskita and Jay ThePal and does contain profanity. The video is definitely rated PG-13. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED. :P

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If you have any trouble with the Flash player above, here's the mp4 link from my drop.io feed:

http://drop.io/thepetecom/asset/tv20090129-mp4

The file tv20090129.mp4 has be...

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ThePete's iPhone Page 2 20090125


Back on the 25th, I posted the first of many screncaps of my iPhone's home screens. Here is page 2 of my iPhone.

The top row are mostly obvious--you want your calendar and clock handy at all times. Same goes for your camera app and you photo album (I never know when I'll have to break out the wedding photos or show off some of my custom toy designs). The only unusual app in the top row is MyLite--it's just a simple app that turns your iPhone into a flashlight. Very handy.

The next row are also apps I use a lot. The Maps app is indispensible in a city like New York. Damn thing even usurps HopStop.com's usefulness and can give you public transportation routes now. Too damn useful for words.

Speaking of public transportation, the next app on row two, called City Transit, is a subway map for NYC and also syncs advisories with the NYC MTA's website. Very cool.

"Wund NYC" is a bookmark to the iPhone-formatted weather forecast for NYC at Wunderground.com, my prefered weather news source. WiFinder is a basic but effective wifi signal sniffer. It often works better than the iPhone's built-in sniffer and allows you to connect to networks inside the app.

The last app on row two is labelled "Settings" on the screen, but it's real name is "Supreme Preferences" and it's from a guy called iMario. This is another cool thing about having a Jailbroken iPhone--Supreme Prefs gives you a handful of extra things you can control--from changing the carrier name at the top of the screen, to turning on and off iPod controls, to changing calendar settings and more. I definitely recommend this app if you're Jailbroken.

Next up, we have GrandDialer. This app will log you into your GrandCentral.com account and allow you to make calls through your GC number. You tell it what number you want to call (use the keypad or your contacts) and it tells the GC website to call you at what ever phone number you give it, including your iPhone number. Not a perfect app (it doesn't give you access to your favorites and it sometimes fails to log in to GC), but very useful.

iPhone Modem 2 is something I have yet to use. There's a lot of talk about "tethering," or allowing your laptop to connect to your iPhone to share its Internet connection. I have yet to need this service. Of course, I live in a major American city, so there's usually an open wifi network around. If not, I tend to just use my iPhone. I mean, duh.

Evernote! Evernote is one of the most useful apps I have EVER USED. I have it on every single computer I own! Well, except my OLPC XO--I don't think there's a version of Evernote that runs on SugarOS. :) Evernote, if you're not familiar, is a brilliant note-taking app that allows you to sync with a web server so you can share notes across different machines and the Internet. You can post notes from this app, via email, the web or even a desktop client. It's pretty sweet if you're one of those people that is always having good ideas you want to write down.

Dropbox isn't an app (sadly), it's a bookmark for the iPhone-formatted version of the GetDropbox.com service. It's similar to Evernote, but allows you to sync files. So, you install it on your home computer and it puts a Dropbox sub-directory in your user directory (or on any internal drive) and will automatically sync its contents. Anything I need on-the-go I dump into this directory and can then access it inside Safari on my iPhone. Pretty slick. Would prefer it as an app, though. How cool would it be to have it sync files so you could access them locally, on your iPhone without a connection to the web? Very cool.

Finally for row three, we have Nambu. Nambu is a new addition to my iPhone. It allows me to post to and read from my Twitter, FriendFeed, Identi.ca and Ping.fm accounts. Very handy but it asks me if I want to follow Nambu on Twitter every time I star the app, whether I've said yes or no the last time it flashed the alert. INTENSELY annoying. Still, it's the only iPhone client I could find that handles FriendFeed and other services.

Pinger Phone is another newbie to my iPhone. It promises IM services, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace syncing. This is a great featureset but the app is seriously flawed in that it gives too much screenspace to usericons and not enough space for the status updates. So, in order to read most status updates you have to actually click on each one. VERY annoying. It's a shame because Pinger Phone would be really brilliant otherwise.

Finally, we have Pixelpipe--this is the app for the service that will allow you to crosspost media to multiple hosting sites at once. Got an account at Flickr.com and iPernity.com? Pixelpipe can post to both in one fell swoop. It'll also post to video sites (not from the iPhone sadly), blogs and other sites, too. In fact, it's the app I'm using to post my iPhone screencaps :)

So, that's it for now! Just five more screencaps to go! Wahoo! Got any questions about what you're seeing? Just let me know.

http://twitpic.com/18kmt - The...

http://twitpic.com/18kmt - ThePete's iPhone Page 2 20090125

@tmofee meh, it's based on a v...

@tmofee meh, it's based on a video game, I'll settle for a movie that makes me think a woman can kick ass. Even the Underworlds managed that

Just took my 168th mugshot! ht...

Just took my 168th mugshot! http://www.dailymugshot.com/main/show/421

Yay! Rifftrax.com/live is back...

Yay! Rifftrax.com/live is back! Hooray for Rifftraxing live!

Aw, Rifftrax.com gets the fail...

Aw, Rifftrax.com gets the failwhale :( @siskita & I were watching their live event when suddenly the stream went away. Noooo stream!

Tomb Raider Reboot? Maybe they...

Tomb Raider Reboot? Maybe they'll be able to make a GOOD female-starring action movie this time. (http://ping.fm/i9BvK)

@stennieville Yep! Part one, a...

@stennieville Yep! Part one, anyway. More footage tomorrow. And thanks--glad you like Jay's Obamicon :D It's my iPhone's wallpaper.

@toniandrews I thought we alre...

@toniandrews I thought we already were following each other. o_O Silly Twitter! :\

Gotta love the average smartph...

Gotta love the average smartphone's ability to allow me to check reviews of products while I'm in the store looking at them :)

Wow

Wow

thepete.com: SOLARIS (2002): h...

thepete.com: SOLARIS (2002): http://s3nt.com/b8oz

SOLARIS (2002)


Buy it!

Watch it now!
Positive Experience/Entertaining? Sadly, no. While I can say that this remake of the 1972 original is a more entertaining film than the original, I can't say it was entertaining.


Technically any good? The characters were vaguely drawn and nothing they did made me care about them one way or the other. The relationship Clooney's character has with his wife is boring and unspecial and, as you watch, you wonder why they were together at all. FX-wise it was amazing--great space footage, but sadly, that's all there is to like about this film. It is nice to see Clooney in a scifi setting, but that's not enough to make this a scifi film worth seeing.


How did it leave me feeling? Disappointed. I used to be a fan of director Steven Soderbergh's but after seeing this and The Limey I can't help but wonder where the mind-bending stuff he did in Schizopolis went. Is Out of Sight even worth Netflixing?


Final Rating? DNS - Do Not See - I was really hoping for something mind-bending, but all I got was a very predictable (even if you haven't seen the original) 99-minute episode of The Twilight Zone. The thing is, Rod Serling could have made this premise work really well in a 30-minute structure. A movie just seems a bit much for this premise. (SPOILER ALERT: If you've seen Forbidden Planet you've seen a more dynamic and entertaining interpretation of the premise of Solaris.)

Woke up to a call from a colle...

Woke up to a call from a collection agency computer. Funny: I haven't held any debt at all since the 90s. I love it when these bastards lie.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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thepete.com: ThePete, Siskita & Jay ThePal on the Hucklebug Part 1 (TheVlog for 20090128): http://s3nt.com/b75z

ThePete, Siskita & Jay ThePal on the Hucklebug Part 1 (TheVlog for 20090128)

Last week, myself, Siskita and Jay ThePal had the distinct honor of being guests on the Hucklebug podcast. It was very cool and very fun and since one of us was a puppet, we thought it would be a good idea to shoot video of us since the Hucklebug is audio-only. Here is the first batch of highlights from the 34 minutes of footage we recorded while Skyping with Bet & Stennie, hosts of the Hucklebug, from Bethesda, Maryland, on the eve of the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama.



Check out Episode 131 of the Hucklebug podcast at Hucklebug.com to hear the finished product!

I'll be posting part two of our batch of highlights tomorrow.

Trouble with the Flash player or just want to DL the full clip? Here's the mp4 from my drop.io feed:

http://drop.io/download/public/ouyb7inanjc9d6xbgdwr/e1e293b7eda7db5a4c4332d73ce4975bc3412dce/921d7970-61dd-012b-4845-0012799407ec/39ac0d50-cf17-012b-030c-f2e410214a0b/tv20090128_h264.mp4

@PeterSantilli I know how ya f...

@PeterSantilli I know how ya feel, man.

Liked "Register-Pajaronian to ...

Liked "Register-Pajaronian to print three times per week" http://ff.im/MCTW

Can I ask what the word "pajar...

Can I ask what the word "pajaronian" means? re: http://ff.im/MCTW

But he comes back and he doesn...

But he comes back and he doesn't wait for the sequel like that loser Spock. re: http://ff.im/MCSx

Didn't a portable version of o...

Didn't a portable version of one of those things kill Godzilla once? "Godzilla Vs. Super X Divertor" was the... re: http://ff.im/MCuj

tv20090128.mp4 http://ping.fm...

tv20090128.mp4 http://ping.fm/AdSkX was posted at http://ping.fm/smnp3

A file has been added to the d...

A file has been added to the drop thepetecom. http://ff.im/MLPh

@jpyper I have checked those s...

@jpyper I have checked those sites out & even tried some of the things they suggest, but with no luck. I'll try again eventually. Thanks tho

SMEGGING HELL: Red Dwarf Retur...

SMEGGING HELL: Red Dwarf Returns (briefly) to BBC this Easter!! YAY! (http://ping.fm/QLy9R)

Wow, I didn't think the humor ...

Wow, I didn't think the humor was *that* dry. Sheesh. Guess some people really do need the "/sarcasm" tag at the... re: http://ff.im/M5hk

Please. Just send it to: thepe...

Please. Just send it to: thepetecom {AT} gmail.com thx re: http://ff.im/M5hk

Liked "Heh, I've still got 95 ...

Liked "Heh, I've still got 95 GMail invitations, does anyone want one? ;)" http://ff.im/M5hk

Liked "IHTFP Hack Gallery: Epi...

Liked "IHTFP Hack Gallery: Epiphany Toilet on Building 37" http://ff.im/M5Fb

thepete.com: Jailbroken iPhone...

thepete.com: Jailbroken iPhone Warnings for January 27, 2009: http://s3nt.com/b7sz

Jailbroken iPhone Warnings for January 27, 2009

So far, since Jailbreaking my iPhone many moons ago, I have run into very few problems with my choice to do so. I don't miss the original firmware and it turns out I have, not one, but two apps that provide the coveted "cut & paste" function that Apple idiotically left out of their Jesus-phone. Likewise since I unlocked my iPhone back on January 1, 2009. I did have a few bumps finding an alternative data plan from AT&T's, but I'm happy with T-Mobile now and spending about $20 less a month than I was with AT&T is pretty cool. All this said, I've recently come across a couple of problems with the Jailbroken, unlocked iPhone that I think my fellow JBUiPhone-users should know about:

1) iPhone dev-team member MuscleNerd Twittered just today about the possibility of silent update that plugs the hole yellowsn0w unlock uses to get in. MuscleNerd also says: "definitely don't update to 2.2.1_5H11 if you want to retain soft unlock / yellowsn0w :)" So hold off on any updates to your iPhone's firmware until further notice. Check out http://blog.iphone-dev.org for that further notice. Personally, I'll never update the FW on my iPhone just cuz.

But don't assume you are safe to update your Mac's OS if you have a JBUed iPhone:

2) My fellow XO laptop owner friend Donna posted a comment to my last iPhone-related post about an issue where updating your Mac OS after JBing your iPhone may lock-up said Mac. She links to a Gizmodo story that informs us that we should:
Be careful with that latest QuickTime update if you have run any "DFU fix" Automator scripts on your unibody (Late 2008) MacBook or MacBook Pro. Do not upgrade to QuickTime 7.6 until you've repaired the alterations that the script made to your system. UPDATE: I am learning from commenters that this is not just limited to unibody Late '08 MacBooks, but it applies to ALL MacBooks running 10.5.6.
Seems if you've got a Mac running 10.5.6 and want to JB your phone, you may be stuck. Lucky for me, I'm still running 10.5.5 and see no reason to update. I'm also running Quicktime 7.5.5 so I'm covered there, too. In fact, after reading this, I think I'll just stay away from updating iTunes, too.

Thanks for the heads-up, Donna!

3) Finally, I'd like to point something out that I noticed myself just last night. I updated the JB app Backgrounder to the latest version (I think it's svn.r125) and ran into weird trouble. What Backgrounder does is allow apps to run in the background so you can surf the web or read email while you're waiting for a pal on your IM buddylist to reply to your instant message. It's a great app, but after I updated to the latest version last night, I found that I suddenly couldn't open any apps without locking the screen first. So, I'd tap the "email" app icon and it would just gray-out a bit. I'd have to press and hold the power button until it asked if I wanted to power-off. Then I tap "cancel", then hit the home button and unlock the screen and finally, I see the email app. This is the same for any app I try to open. Once I uninstalled Backgrounder, everything runs as it should. Sadly, I don't have Backgrounder anymore and it was a very handy app, to have. :(

So, there you have it! Be warned! Don't update ANYthing (firmware, OS, or even your apps) unless there is obviously a problem with them. I suppose if you really feel compelled to update, do your research first to make sure the updates are safe.

Don't be a good little Apple consumer and eat whatever they put on your plate. Sometimes it's bad for you.

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CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA (1961)


Buy it!

Watch it now!
Watch it free at Archive.org
Positive Experience/Entertaining? Well, as a fan of cheesy movies, it was juuust barely a positive experience. Entertaining might be overstating it, however. More, amusing (at times).


Technically any good? Well, it was directed by Roger Corman, so that's debatable. However, the movie did hint at the comic talents we'd see on display in Little Shop of Horrors, which was nice. The script is campy and silly and there's not much else to say about the movie. The acting is hit and miss, though it doesn't matter since this is one of Corman's more campy creations.


How did it leave me feeling? I guess it left me feeling satisfied that I'd accidentally stumbled across a Corman film I'd never seen or heard anything about. It was pretty crappy over all and would only recommend it to Corman Completists and since I'm not one, myself, I can't really recommend it--even to the MST fans in the audience.


Final Rating? DNS - Do Not See. This film will never (rightfully) see the moniker of "classic" Corman. It's mildly amusing and that's about it. I'd love to see it remade though--the premise of a guy getting rich off of a monster hoax that turns out to not be a hoax during the Cuban revolution is actually kind of interesting to me.

Jailbroken iPhone acting stran...

Jailbroken iPhone acting strange after upgrading to the latest ver. of Backgrounder. Tap on app icon & app doesn't open until I lock screen.

Monday, January 26, 2009

@cmiper Well, we'll see--Rove ...

@cmiper Well, we'll see--Rove might get forced to show up. I have hope. Dude, we got a black guy in the White House. ANYthing is possible!

@MariAdkins I kind of miss the...

@MariAdkins I kind of miss the simplicity of audio cassettes to be honest. Still I'd never trade in my iPod(s) for a cassette-based Walkman!

@MariAdkins I was wondering! ;...

@MariAdkins I was wondering! ;) Twitter: far from perfect, but we love it anyway. Well, *like* it.

Check it out! The $169 laptop ...

Check it out! The $169 laptop is back in stock at Geeks.com! It's a slow-ass machine, but whaddya want for $169? (http://ping.fm/GwNGQ)

Watching "Maxed Out on Credit"...

Watching "Maxed Out on Credit" so far it's good & really depressing. There are serious scumbags out there. To think we went after Saddam.

thepete.com: John Conyers Subp...

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John Conyers Subpoena's Karl Rove??? Holy Crap! We're Not on Bizarro World Anymore!

A world where crimes are investigated properly?  A planet where bad people are dealt with?  An Earth where George W. Bush faces war crimes charges?

We're not quite back to that Earth, but it seems, at least, like we're leaving the Bizarro World of the Bush Regime, behind (Busharro World?).

Today, amazingly enough, John Conyers subpoenaed Karl Rove .  According to a January 26, 2009 article from AP.org (see screencap above) Representative Conyers:

...has subpoenaed former White House adviser Karl Rove to testify about the Bush administration's firing of U.S. attorneys.

Ohhh, bummin'.  It's just about the possibly illegal firing of US attorneys and not anything like betraying the public trust, or violating international law, or even breaking the FISA law.  The nice thing about this, however, is pointed out in the AP article:

The subpoena Monday by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers continues a long-running legal battle. Rove previously refused to appear before the panel, contending that former presidential advisers cannot be compelled to testify before Congress.

If the government fails to get Rove to show up THIS time, it'll be painfully obvious that we're still back on Bizarro World.  In America, no one is supposed to be above the law.  Yet, if Rove can avoid testifying, well, that'll put several people right up there, above the law.  So, it'll be nice and obvious if it happens.

I am not so pessimistic, however.  Conyers wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post that he posted on his website.  In it he talks about "Why We Have To Look Back." It's a pretty uplifting read for those of us who believe the law should be enforced.  Here's my favorite bit:

Only by chronicling and confronting the past in a comprehensive, bipartisan fashion can we reclaim our moral authority and establish a credible path forward to meet the complex challenges of a post-Sept. 11 world.

Pretty cool, huh?  Seems Conyers understands the value of learning from history--even recent history.  This is good.  However, he has let us down in the past.  John Conyers' voice was one of the strongest calling for the i-word (impeachment) for Bush and pals, yet he let politics get to him and took impeachment off of the table when Nancy told him to.

So, while I'm hopeful, I'm not blind.  I still think politicians would rather keep their jobs than do the right thing.  

I hope Conyers is different.

On a side note, I love how, in that screencap of the AP article, Google News throws up the map of where Washington DC is.  I suppose that's useful to someone who doesn't have Google. 

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Yeah, seems like a hoax to me, too. re: http://ff.im/LFGs

/sarcasm Whoa--teletext joke! ...

/sarcasm Whoa--teletext joke! Well done, Mr. Key! +10!! (I didn't think kids today knew what teletext even was/is!) re: http://ff.im/LGtg

Hell, I just telegraph instruc...

Hell, I just telegraph instructions to my reel-to-reel to record my favorite radio shows. re: http://ff.im/LGtg

The dialog on the UK show "Dem...

The dialog on the UK show "Demons" is some of the worst dialog I've ever heard. Ever. Holy cats. Might as well call the show "Clichés"

@beach sweet--sounds like a pr...

@beach sweet--sounds like a pretty kick-butt collection you got there! Frank Miller's Daredevils were amazing.

@cherishhellfire yeah, I don't...

@cherishhellfire yeah, I don't use Last.fm at all, so it's in no place to judge. I'm more of a Pandora guy.

@cherishhellfire cool--my SIL ...

@cherishhellfire cool--my SIL @lisarein is friends with the guy behind that art--seems like a cool guy. @siskita has his screensaver :)

The Collapse by Flesh Field ht...

The Collapse by Flesh Field http://ff.im/Lxlz

Re: The First Video http://ff....

Re: The First Video http://ff.im/Lw8o

@siskita & I had a guest appea...

@siskita & I had a guest appearance on the most recent episode of the Hucklebug.com podcast. Check it out! (http://ping.fm/hvu9K)

@cherishhellfire have you ever...

@cherishhellfire have you ever visited http://electricsheep.org ? After looking at your Flickrstream I think you might dig it.

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LIMEY (1999)


Buy it!

Watch it now!
Positive Experience/Entertaining? Terence Stamp is always fun to watch, even when I don't like his choices, so, yeah, in a sense this movie was entertaining, though the whole thing falls a pretty flat.


Technically any good? The premise is simple enough, but the director manages to play around a bit too much with structure to the point where it's downright distracting as hell. I found the script to be a bit wandering and virtually none of the characters to be likable or even resonant. I also felt that Stamp's performance felt forced. I guess you could say I just didn't care for this movie (DO YA THINK?). I suppose on a strictly technical level it holds together, but when an audience member doesn't give a crap about the characters or the story, there must be something wrong with it on a technical level.


How did it leave me feeling? A big fat "meh." I'd like to see this film remade as a gritty, noir thriller without the structural weirdness and with a more intricate mystery to solve. The Limey unfolds like the most boring origami ever.


Final Rating? DNS - Do Not See unless you're just a huge fan of Stamp or Soderbergh. I thought I was both, but I'm starting to wonder about Soderbergh. Again, this movie was a big fat "meh" for me.

Shit--just found out a guy @si...

Shit--just found out a guy @siskita was in a show with passed away last week. RIP Phil Newby. Everything about you will be missed! (http ...

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toys.thepete.com: Ja Ne Neko

Ja Ne Neko set


Translation: See Ya Kitty!

Ja Ne Neko, as a project, came about when I was in an Urban Outfitters and spotted a beaten up, unboxed Hello Kitty covered in pastel-colored hearts. She had been marked down to $3 so I figured I'd take her home, give it a few coats of primer and then see what I could do with her.

As you can see in the early shots, she started out a but more sexually oriented but then I decided to go the Clockwork Orange route (got the idea from a Kylie Minogue video). :) I'm happy with the results, though I wish I had a lighter gray to work with--perhaps that's a limitation of working with permanent marker.

Check out my Flickrset for "Ja Ne Neko" or keep reading for more pics and details about this piece:

Can I ask that all e-vites inc...

Can I ask that all e-vites include location information in the description? Why invite someone to something but not mention where it is??

Still on the whole "binary thi...

Still on the whole "binary thinking" thing--if we MUST have things in b&w, why can't they be about the Rich and the Rest of Us?

Came across a Twitargument thi...

Came across a Twitargument this morning re: left &/or right wing conspiracies. Puzzling 2 me how people insist on following b&w, binary args

Watching people have a real ar...

Watching people have a real argument on Twitter is like watch a sword fight only instead of swords they're fighting with thumb tacks.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

@cherishhellfire hey now, I ca...

@cherishhellfire hey now, I carried three grocery bags and had a backpack with 2 DTV converter boxes in it. I deserve best damn picture!! :P

@beach Kept Spider-man from th...

@beach Kept Spider-man from the 80s, some X-Men and some of the cool Batmans from the late 80s. Good stuff :)

@beach bagged and boarded I ho...

@beach bagged and boarded I hope? Just before the move to NYC I sold about 90% of my collection but kept my absolute faves.

Home again, warmth, wife and g...

Home again, warmth, wife and groceries to put away. Oh yeah and chicken soup to cook for sicky @siskita :(

@siskita Nope :( no samples OR...

@siskita Nope :( no samples OR flavor. BLAST you, Trader Joe!! I WILL HAVE MY SAMPLES ON ANOTHER DAY!! THIS I SWEAR!!!

@siskita yes, honey--permissio...

@siskita yes, honey--permission must be asked for purchasing ANYthing. Remember that time I asked if you'd let me buy that ice cube? ;P

@MariAdkins I'd love a copy of...

@MariAdkins I'd love a copy of the nickelback record, btw--but ONLY on audio cassette! (that way I'll have nothing to play it on! lol!)

@MariAdkins haha, I'm pretty s...

@MariAdkins haha, I'm pretty sure he called it "ribbon" because it's what he's always called it. Just like records or Kleenex.

@kflanagan all I know is that ...

@kflanagan all I know is that if you wait long enough, crap nobody wants is super cheap :) I watched the CompUSA in Culver City, CA close.

And now there's no A train bet...

And now there's no A train between 168th and 207. Another bus ride!
Yay! (I don't like buses as much as trains)

Damn. The D is running local r...

Damn. The D is running local right now and I'm on it. Ah well. I did
want sit for a while...

Damn. They were out of samples...

Damn. They were out of samples. Almost to the register and reeeeally hungry.

In the "any number of items li...

In the "any number of items line at TJ's... Must resist the pre-packaged cold cuts! Ooo! Samples!

Damn--no L at all today. Buses...

Damn--no L at all today. Buses seem stuffed with the pipples so I've got to find another combo of trains.

Damn no L train from 8th and 1...

Damn no L train from 8th and 14th and I'm not about to walk 5 blocks east across the island of Manhat so I'm busing it. Weee!

Just leaving Best Buy--our ana...

Just leaving Best Buy--our analog/digital TV-watching future is secure! Now on to TJ's & then home.

Whoa just overheard some dude ...

Whoa just overheard some dude asking his wife for permission to buy a printer ribbon. What printers still use ribbons??

Wandering the discounts at a c...

Wandering the discounts at a closing Circuit City. Just 10% off most stuff. These guys just aren't serious yet.

The iPhone can get reception o...

The iPhone can get reception on the platform for the 1 train after all. Perhaps it's just AT&T that sucks & not the iPhone's reception.

Wow--it's not 27 degrees out. ...

Wow--it's not 27 degrees out. Whahappa to the balmy 40+ degree weather from Friday? Sheesh. Heading out for errands. Come on body heat!

@stennieville Haha, fair enoug...

@stennieville Haha, fair enough. Going to watch anything for Sunday Morning Movie?

@tomzer1 thanks! I'm glad some...

@tomzer1 thanks! I'm glad someone found that review and liked it :) Just finished watching Orguss 02 last night. Enjoyed it, but am mixed.

thepete.com: ThePete's iPhone ...

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ThePete's iPhone Page 1 20090125


Here's page 1 on my iPhone. I have the first page blank so I can show off my wallpaper easily. Right now, it's an Obamicon of Jay ThePal. In my dock I've got my phone icon, mail, Safari then Cycorder (for local video recording and storage) and then the iPod icon. FYI once my videos are shot in Cycorder I use MobileFinder to move the clips into another directory where I can then use MF to email them. Its a shame I can't use PixelPipe like I am for this post. Page 2 of my iPhone home screen tomorrow.

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http://twitpic.com/174iy - ThePete's iPhone Page 1 20090125

@stennieville and is your bed ...

@stennieville and is your bed made young lady? Hmmm?

@stennieville ahhh... Coffee! ...

@stennieville ahhh... Coffee! It's what's for dinner.

@philiphodgen they knew about ...

@philiphodgen they knew about internet2, but not epc.tmobile.com. That should be on their website's main page as far as I'm concerned.

@philiphodgen that definitely ...

@philiphodgen that definitely did the trick. I am tempted to call up T-Mobile, themselves, and let them know that's worked for me.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

@philiphodgen finally got it w...

@philiphodgen finally got it working with the new apn you mentioned (epc.tmobile.com). So thanks, man! Much appreciated!!

Yeesh, well, Soderberg's "Sola...

Yeesh, well, Soderberg's "Solaris" was better than Tarkovsky's but only because it was shorter. Still dry, vague & kinda slow--but just 99m

Finally siting down to watch S...

Finally siting down to watch Soderberg's "Solaris". To say I saw the orignal wouldn't be fair--more like slept through. Hope this 1's better

Just watched the Daily Show fr...

Just watched the Daily Show from last Thurs & I'm wondering if Fox News knows what whiners they all sound like. Welcome to my last 8 years.

Strict Machine (We Are Glitter...

Strict Machine (We Are Glitter Mix) by Goldfrapp http://ff.im/KeWu

@philiphodgen flexpaying & hav...

@philiphodgen flexpaying & have T-zones hack installed. Thing is, web was working for about a day. Spent an hr on phone w/t-mo no luck.

@play hucklebuck

@play hucklebuck

@play princes_of_the_universe

@play princes_of_the_universe

@play the_prize

@play the_prize

@stennieville haha, I understa...

@stennieville haha, I understand. Tampon box glue doesn't need to be strong at all, you are right. They could even sell them in bags. :)

@stennieville but no pressure ...

@stennieville but no pressure on being Twittery--just post when the spirit moves ya. BUT I WANT TO HEAR EVERYTHING!! Tampon glue still bad?

@stennieville Welcome! I am li...

@stennieville Welcome! I am listening to the latest Hucklebug as I type this! In fact, I'm listening to myself! COOL!

@philiphodgen My iPhone loads ...

@philiphodgen My iPhone loads web pages via wifi just fine, but the internet2 setting just isn't doing the trick. Will check out that forum.

@stennieville holy crap! You'r...

@stennieville holy crap! You're on Twitter! WOW! We are humbled by your presence! May your Hucklebuggery make our lives better! :P

@strictly I guess it is sad, b...

@strictly I guess it is sad, but at least he's getting involved. He's so private it's freaky to see him do anything like this.

Now watching a bunch of crappi...

Now watching a bunch of crappily CGed talking vegetables pretend the Bible is an historical document. @siskita is changing the channel now.

Whoa--I just saw Indiana Jones...

Whoa--I just saw Indiana Jones get his chest hair waxed in the name of fighting global warming. w.t.h?

@jennay351 what's wrong with O...

@jennay351 what's wrong with Obama's name? I think it baROCKS! HAHAHAHA!

@philiphodgen ok cool, thanks ...

@philiphodgen ok cool, thanks for the confirmation. Something else is up then since I've done that

@donttrythis haha, that's wher...

@donttrythis haha, that's where I get my Mythbusters fr--damn! I'vesaidtoomuch!

Friday, January 23, 2009

thepete.com: ics: http://s3nt....

thepete.com: ics: http://s3nt.com/b3v3

thepete.com: Facebook Ad Wants...

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Facebook Ad Wants Me to be Thankful for Bush--Now THAT'S Offensive!

The one thing about Facebook I really like: they let you tell them
when you think an ad on their site is offensive to you. This one fits
the bill!

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http://twitpic.com/16igc - Facebook Ad Wants Me to be Thankful for Bush--Now THAT'S Offensive!

@philiphodgen just a quick que...

@philiphodgen just a quick question--is there any trick beyond adding the voicestream domain to the APN to get web on an unlocked iPhone?

@donttrythis trouble recording...

@donttrythis trouble recording BSG? Two words: bit torrent (not that I'd know anything about it, of course)

Showing @siskita the original ...

Showing @siskita the original "Life on Mars". Great character show. Not so great an ending for a series, however. Still worth watching, tho'

Liked "Salt Prints of Old Japa...

Liked "Salt Prints of Old Japan - a set on flickr" http://ff.im/JsCI

Wow--Apple just sent me an ema...

Wow--Apple just sent me an email telling me that I should "Show the love. Give iPod nano this Valentine's Day." Greedy bastards.

Re: The First Video http://ff....

Re: The First Video http://ff.im/JnxQ

@bikerbar stick to your guns, ...

@bikerbar stick to your guns, man! And to your long hair! I've made sure to be a freak my entire life so most have just given up on me :)

Gorgious day out! Easily in th...

Gorgious day out! Easily in the mid-40s!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A file has been added to the d...

A file has been added to the drop thepetecom. http://ff.im/IQ1n

Re: When I activate the WP plu...

Re: When I activate the WP plugin, my comments disappear. http://ff.im/INjT

Contemplating a return to webc...

Contemplating a return to webcomics but can't find a blog script designed for comics specifically. Seems that world is a frozen hellscape.

The file tv20090119.mp4 has be...

The file tv20090119.mp4 has been added to the drop thepetecom. http://ff.im/IKWd

Just took my 167th mugshot! ht...

Just took my 167th mugshot! http://www.dailymugshot.com/main/show/421

@shindotv cool, yeah, I went w...

@shindotv cool, yeah, I went with a link, too--the form took up too much space, I think. Which reminds me, I want to subscribe to your blog

Anne Bouey: That's a great mov...

Anne Bouey: That's a great movie! and this is a creepy story, but fascinating indeed. re: http://ff.im/HPDf

Liked "Nazi angel of death Jos...

Liked "Nazi angel of death Josef Mengele 'created twin town in Brazil' - Telegraph" http://ff.im/HPDf

Mengele creates Twins City in ...

Mengele creates Twins City in South America? (http://ping.fm/CjlYv)

Hope for Bush being brought up...

Hope for Bush being brought up on charges? Or have I found another humor blog? (http://ping.fm/o6xOs)

Who wants to bet that Obama's ...

Who wants to bet that Obama's new email address is "b.obama@whitehouse.gov"?? Come on, are our leaders any more clever than that? ;P

If anyone is considering buyin...

If anyone is considering buying their own custom Muppet FAOSchwartz.com is having a 20% off sale until Tuesday. So, your muppet will be $72.

thepete.com: The Obama Watch B...

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The Obama Watch Begins

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

Thomas Jefferson, who is probably my favorite founding father, is believed to have said this and whether he did or not, it's the Truth. That's right, upper-case "T" Truth.

Just because we have a Democrat and a black guy in the White House does not mean racism is gone, the world loves us and Big Brother is now your kids' cool uncle.

Just because Bill Clinton left office with poll numbers so big they'd make John Holmes blush doesn't mean Slick Willy didn't earn his nickname.

While George W. Bush created the economic mess by failing to provide moral principles and strong, positive leadership, it was Clinton (who was no stranger to lax morals) set "W" up for some of the troubles he would see before his reign in the White House was over.

Clinton messed up in Somalia.

Clinton (in my opinion) waited too long to get involved in the Serbia/Bosnia mess.

I'm also rolling my eyes at Milosevic's all-too-timely death just before he was going to testify in his own war crimes trial.

There's also a question of what Clinton knew about the CIA's use of an airstrip in Mena, Arkansas while he was governor of that state.

Of course, I wasn't paying attention back then like I should have been--like we all should always be.

If we don't watch the edges of our freedom, there is no way we'll notice them shrinking.

If We, The People, don't watch our government and make sure they don't knock those edges back several feet, we may not notice our freedoms are gone until we discover they're long gone.

Barack Obama may very well be the good man that so many think he is. However, he is still part of a system that encourages bribery, corporate-favoritism and the exchange of morals for security.

So, as President Obama does a lot of things right (like signing the order to close the detention center at Gitmo), we can't sit back and expect him to be even close to the perfect leader.

Will he make sure that George W. Bush is prosecuted for his crimes?

Will he allow the government to spy on American citizens on American soil as Bush did?

It looks like he plans to follow through on his plans to withdraw from Iraq but how long will it take and will it be as quick a withdrawal as even Iraq seems to be ready for?

Every one of us must keep an eye on things since our mainstream media has proven they aren't up to the task. Don't listen to them when they tell you they did their best because they did not. The media is the fourth branch of government. It's not connected directly to it so it can move without interference from the rest of the government. Without it telling us accurately what our leaders are up to, we are on our own to determine just what the hell is going on so we know who we should vote for. Since they are not doing that, we must do it ourselves.

Like Jefferson is said to have said, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

I, for one, will be keeping my eye on things.

But don't trust me to be perfect either. We all need to watch, read, absorb and think for ourselves. None of us are perfect on our own. Together, that's another story.

Just (re)added to thepete.com ...

Just (re)added to thepete.com clustrmaps, mybloglog, blogcatalog, and subscribe-by-email. I feel so industrious! Now to actually BLOG. ;P

@ApexBookCompany haha, I don't...

@ApexBookCompany haha, I don't know if *that* Batman can! Also, you'd think he'd have fueled up back at the Batcave. How embarrassing!

Re: Writing Thank-You Notes ht...

Re: Writing Thank-You Notes http://ff.im/IlKU

Crazy cool custom Batmobile--I...

Crazy cool custom Batmobile--I would be proud (and psyched) to own this!! (http://ping.fm/jZlF1)

@shindotv Awesome! Thanks for ...

@shindotv Awesome! Thanks for the advice, man! Inside Feedburner, it offers 3 different services to actually do the email. Which do you use?

Re: Writing Thank-You Notes ht...

Re: Writing Thank-You Notes http://ff.im/IjLF

OK, cool: awake, coffee brewin...

OK, cool: awake, coffee brewing, footage from 1/20 converted, blogging cut out for me, *actual* president in White House, life=good!

Indeed--how do you spot them? ...

Indeed--how do you spot them? re: http://ff.im/IbOP

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

OK, before my sleep schedule g...

OK, before my sleep schedule gets totally screwed again, I'm off to bed. Tho' I'll likely watch 90 mins of anime before I fall asleep.

@shindotv Feedburner does emai...

@shindotv Feedburner does email updates? Damn--I have to figure out how to set that up! Thanks for mentioning it!

@shindotv yeah, I'm pretty luc...

@shindotv yeah, I'm pretty lucky. @siskita digs scifi and politics. I don't know who else would put up with my passion for both.

@shindotv Ooo, you could be ri...

@shindotv Ooo, you could be right! They've been saying all along there were only 12 Cylon models, but perhaps there's a 13th? Like 13 cols.

@edgyspice has a Twitter accou...

@edgyspice has a Twitter account! Holy crap! you people have no idea how much classier Twitter just got!! ART people ART!! GREAT ART.

@Hypersteve yep: BSG SPOILER A...

@Hypersteve yep: BSG SPOILER ALERT: WE are the fifth cylons! Or the 13th cylons... or um...something like that?

@Hypersteve really, I just wan...

@Hypersteve really, I just wanna know what that cylon plan was that the opening titles kept claiming they had.

paratweeting @spankystokes @fu...

paratweeting @spankystokes @fugitivetoys is selling their toy biz wanna buy it? Know someone who might? Learn more: http://tr.im/ftmsg

Awww, @siskita just referred t...

Awww, @siskita just referred to Admiral Obama after watching the Battlestar Galactica webisodes. Ain't she my adorable geek-wife? :D

@strictly thanks, Kath! Means ...

@strictly thanks, Kath! Means a lot! Being so close to DC was one thing I missed when I lived in LA. It's $25 to get to DC from NYC very EZ.

@shindotv Bu$h was definitely ...

@shindotv Bu$h was definitely NOT a good neighbor to the countries of Earth or the people of the US. Let's hope he sees war crimes charges.

@cherishhellfire ThePete.Com d...

@cherishhellfire ThePete.Com does not offer email updates, but I suppose it should. Will look into it! I already Tweet w/every post, tho'.

Just took my 167th mugshot! ht...

Just took my 167th mugshot! http://www.dailymugshot.com/main/show/421

Is it me or is there no iPhone...

Is it me or is there no iPhone site or App that lets you book tickets (aside from the British Airways one)?

Liked "Obama institutes ethics...

Liked "Obama institutes ethics rules, freezes salaries | Black Politics on the Web" http://ff.im/Hn56

Ethics?? Does he KNOW what cit...

Ethics?? Does he KNOW what city he lives in now? The gall! re: http://ff.im/Hn56

Finally home in our own apartm...

Finally home in our own apartment! Yay for home! I think I'll nap now.

@shindotv haha, good point. So...

@shindotv haha, good point. So now the rest of the world is stinking--of course I think he's left some other trash around inside the US, too

@cherishhellfire but sorry abo...

@cherishhellfire but sorry about that :( Maybe I should go back to U just to make it more convenient. I just really don't care for the UI.

@cherishhellfire Finally, the ...

@cherishhellfire Finally, the video quality doesn't seem so hot. I'm shooting some of my stuff in HD so I'm trying to keep it looking nice.

@cherishhellfire also didn't a...

@cherishhellfire also didn't appreciate how the change-over from Utterz happened with not a whole lot of attention to the long-time users.

@cherishhellfire no, I don't p...

@cherishhellfire no, I don't post to Utterli anymore. When I last checked their interface was (frankly) too annoying to deal with.

@strictly not that we could se...

@strictly not that we could see Obama taking the oath :(

@dropioTeam OK, will try again...

@dropioTeam OK, will try again. The Internet gods were cursing me since Saturday, so this could be part of it :)

@strictly thanks, Kath! Got so...

@strictly thanks, Kath! Got some more video to edit, but the money shot was in the most recent vlog post :) Obama takes the oath!

Hey, neat! T-Mobile finally le...

Hey, neat! T-Mobile finally let me pull up a web page on my iPhone just in time for my trip to be over. Sheesh.

Just about back to NYC after a...

Just about back to NYC after a great (long) weekend in DC. Thanks to Uncle Auston & Aunt Pat for hosting us!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The file tv20090120i.mp4 has b...

The file tv20090120i.mp4 has been added to the drop thepetecom. http://ff.im/GK23

OK, I'm dead tired & have a 4 ...

OK, I'm dead tired & have a 4 hr bus ride tomorrow at 8am. Time to pack & sleep. Please check out thepete.com for more footage if you want!

@mpoppel "Setting the trash ou...

@mpoppel "Setting the trash outside is my new domestic agenda" says Bush??? Nice of him to try to clean things up now that he's out. :\

thepete.com: ThePete's Washing...

thepete.com: ThePete's Washington DC Trip Day 3! (TheVlog 20090120): http://s3nt.com/b015

ThePete's Washington DC Trip Day 3! (TheVlog 20090120)

iPhone edition!!

Here is the best of the footage we shot today, January 20, 2009, in Washington DC on my Jailbroken, unlocked iPhone:

Discover Simple, Private Sharing at Drop.io


Click here to download the above video as a 13 meg mp4 file.

I couldn't livestream because they were using cell jammers, apparently. :(

@dropio I can't seem to create...

@dropio I can't seem to create a new drop--each time I try I am asked for the admin password. Anything funky going on?

made "DC Trip Day 1 (TheVlog 2...

made "DC Trip Day 1 (TheVlog 20090118)" public on viddler: http://www.viddler.com/explore/thepete/videos/2/

Wow--so is there a video hosti...

Wow--so is there a video hosting site that will post videos immediately *without* encoding time? I'm uploading QTs, here...

@jennay351 Haha, that's your p...

@jennay351 Haha, that's your pop! He's always loved the Sloppy Joe, huh?

@shindotv I think my vid was y...

@shindotv I think my vid was yanked from YouTube b/c of the 45 seconds of HBO-owned Renee Flemming I had no choice but to record. :\

@cherishhellfire wow--that's t...

@cherishhellfire wow--that's the coolest dreams EVER. I wish my brain was more like yours. Seriously.

Haha, just taught my spell che...

Haha, just taught my spell check dictionary how to spell "Barack" and "Obama". Strangely, it already knew "Hussein" go figure! ;)

12seconds - From the Washingto...

12seconds - From the Washington Monument: Cheers for President Obama! http://tiny12.tv/FTXVI

thepete.com: Our DC Trip Flick...

thepete.com: Our DC Trip Flickrset is UP: http://s3nt.com/b0wf