Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Finally something right

How many times have we seen this happen? A driver speeding off and causing an accident. This time, the RCMP have charged a driver with criminal negligence causing death after speeding away from a drinking and driving checkpoint. Now I hope that the charges stick and someone does some time, enough for them to think about what they did. Not like this case when a Richmond RCMP officer who got killed and the driver got parole.

New stuff

Apple has released iTunes 4.9 with podcasting features, updated firmware for your iPod to sync with iTunes 4.9 as well as new iPods with color LCD screens. The U2 iPod is still available but now with a color screen and all features of the iPod Photo models. You can get all the news from Apple.com.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Bill C-38

I'm not sure how you all feel about Bill C-38, it's a topic most Canadians would hope to disappear than talk about. In my opinion, the definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. No government can change that definition even if it is passed in The House of Commons. Sadly, it appears that the bill will pass with more votes coming from the other parties. I find it hard to accept because many MP's want to take their summer vacation and get to their cottages and play golf. The whole process feels rushed.

We have people living in Common Law arrangements today with all rights similar to married couples. I'm not sure why same-sex marriages require to fall under the definition of marriage (instead of calling it a Union or Partnership) and creating this process to re-define the term. Born as a Catholic, I am like most that do not practice as much as I should, but still believe that we should not re-define this term. If we have people living together in common law situations with rights, then this should be enough for all of us to accept if same-sex couples would like an acknowledgement of their union.

I believe we need a public vote (as in the past for other issues), and see what Canadians want. This is not like the US civil rights or women's rights movement, this is changing the definition of marriage to all Canadians. Even with amendments to the legislation for churches and others, bottom line it needs to be fair and equal across the board. This cannot just be a win for same-sex couples and the rest of Canadians have to accept it. In the long run, I can't see how this will be good if not everyone in the country accepts it. I believe in equal rights, you just don't need to re-define the term marriage for us all.

This is just my 2 cents and like me, you get to respond with your 2 cents in the comments area for this post.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The real story on Oil

What really is the story with high gas prices? Oil prices 'eased off' today at $59 a barrel amid global supply fears, of coursed created by the 'few' analysts. Funny how reports use the words 'ease off', like $1 or $2 makes a big difference to us consumers. Even a couple of weeks ago, I believe the price per barrel was under $50, and the gas stations in Vancouver were still sitting between 87 cents and a $1 per litre. The next issue that pisses alot of people are the gas hikes that happen overnight. You'll drive home from work at 87 or less cents one day, next morning it's sitting at a dollar. But you never see them decrease it that much over the day, only a penny or so. It will take a week or more to decrease that much.

I do notice many more scooters, Smart cars that run on diesel and hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius in Vancouver. If I could, I would switch as well to something more economical. Reports are stating that by end of summer, we will be paying $1.25 or more per litre. I'm really not sure how people are surviving by driving their SUV's to work from the suburbs. Funny how people move further out of the city with the notion they are saving money, but still work downtown and don't think about transportation costs. At the end of the year, it all adds up. The transit system in Vancouver, is one of the poorest and expensive there is, no matter how the politicians spin it. You can read more about today's oil stories.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Archived reading

In order for quicker page loading, I'm keeping the past 7 days posted here on this page only and to keep scrolling to a minimum. Please check the monthly archives for past interesting and funny posts.

The Queen rockin' to her iPod

Queen Elizabeth II has snapped up an iPod mini, a report said. Britain's The Sun said the 79-year-old had bought a 6G silver model. Her second son Prince Andrew was reported to be behind the move. "The Queen loves music and was impressed by how small and handy the iPod is," a royal insider told The Sun.

"Obviously it is quite complicated to download songs, but I'm sure one of the courtiers will do it for her. Prince Andrew will probably also help out because he's a real dab hand with gadgets."

The newspaper suggested Abba's "Dancing Queen" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears might be on the royal iPod.

No NHL, who cares?

Yesterday the Detroit Pistons beat San Antonio Spurs 102-71, a huge win for them to tie the series 2-2. The Detroit Pistons set a new NBA record for the lowest number of turnovers in a playoff game. Next game is on Sunday in Detroit.

Also, the BC Lions played Calgary Stampeders at home on the new turf at BC Place. Dickenson passed for 311 yards in less than three quarters as the British Columbia Lions crushed the Calgary Stampeders 32-16 in front of 23,753 fans. Go Lions!

Monday, June 13, 2005

Michael Jackson... not guilty

He's a free man, I'm still surprised that he was found not guilty on all 10 counts. Earlier it was reported, that he was going to move to Europe if he was found not guilty. Wonder if he will leave the USA and sell his Neverland Ranch.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Tyson all washed up

Give it up buddy, it's all over. Tyson quits in the sixth round. Watching the fight, I would never guess he would quit. He was doing pretty good, but as he stated, he has no heart to box anymore.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Music in 5.1

Well, I stopped at Best Buy today and picked up The Eagles, Hotel California in DVD-Audio. What an amazing sound hearing this album in 5.1 Dolby Digital compared to the original.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

New Music Tuesday

I picked up two new cd's today at my local store, Black Eyed Peas and Coldplay. There was a sale today, both for $20, so I thought I would pick them up. Great cd's if you like the bands.

Monday, June 06, 2005

It's all true!

Steve Jobs has confirmed that next year there will be new macs with Intel inside. The transition to all macs is supposed to be completed by 2007. He also confirmed rumors of Marklar, a PC version of OS X that has been in development since OS X came out. What does this all mean? Let the games begin!

I think next year and the following year, Apple will look different than what we see today. Of course no one knows how this change will be good or bad in the long run. We need to believe that even if people are commenting right now that they will not buy or support Apple, where will they go? To Linux on a PC because they won't accept Windows. So tell me what is better, Linux or OS X on a PC platform? Be realistic, c'mon, this news will open the market to Apple tremendously. Microsoft should be thinking now what the hell are they going to do. OS X is a real competitor and Linux never was. I think this news is going to hurt any Linux growth in the future. It will stay with the many geeks but never grow enough than it is today I believe.

Apple Developers conference

Well, the rumours are blazing all over the web, Apple ditching IBM and going to Intel. We will soon find out this morning what exactly is happening. Perhaps Intel will continue to manufacture PowerPC processors and that's all this is about. It's going to be a full day of articles for sure.

Friday, June 03, 2005

June... the year is half over

Here we are in June and the year is half over. Good time to reflect on the first half of the year and perhaps remember those new year resolutions that we may have made. I honestly don't remember if I made any, perhaps to be healthier this year, but I think we all say that one.
I found a link to this article and video about the music industry. It's called The Way The Music Died. The 60 minute program can be viewed completely and it is cut into 4 chapters for easier viewing. It is just another show to confirm what we all knew about the industry and its plans to use musicians for the mighty dollar. Let me know what you think after watching in the comments area.