Archive for July, 2008
Well….it’s finally time. I’m off to experience one of those places that Discovery Channel and Nature (PBS) have made me want to visit since ever since. This is one of those major vacation spots that I’ll be able to put a check mark next to as: visited. Anyway…I’ll be in Alaska for while…then I’ll be in Kings Canyon National Forest (California) immediately after I return from Alaska. Yes…this is gonna be a great double vacation. And let’s admit the obvious…if anyone deserves some time off….it’s definitely me…hehehehe.
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I finally got to sit down to watch this flick last night. Since it was said to be pretty action filled and plenty of gore, I wanted to wait for a nice HD version to become available. In a word, I’d have to say: fun. This isn’t anything that’s headed for Oscar nomination territory (not that the Oscar’s are a very valid indicator of what’s good/great/etc. nowadays), but it does what it’s supposed to do. It’s a fun movie. There’s plenty of action, and they spared no expense on fake blood…hehehe. Although there were definitely some times during the movie that I had to really try to ‘stay focused’ and let some irritants slide, overall I still enjoyed it. On that note though, I have to admit that I’m a big fan of post-apocalyptic genre flicks. ..And this movie definitely shows that people involved (director, writer, etc.) are fans of movies like, Mad Max, Escape From New York, and even Aliens.
I’ve read some pretty hostile reviews toward this movie, but I think that sometimes ‘critics’ are too harsh and have trouble removing themselves from reality and allowing ‘silly’ and ‘impossible’ things in movies to be acceptable. There is definitely a cheesey aspect to this movie…don’t get me wrong…it’s just that I didn’t mind it…and actually kind of expected it, I guess.
If you’re into the movies mentioned…and enjoy the gratuitous blood splattering and decapitations, you should check this flick out.
Earlier today a buddy of mine sent me the link the the Kaspersky website that reports a new worm that has been detected in .mp3 files. So….for all you .mp3 junkies out there, this just might be interesting to you. Here’s the scoop:
Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management systems, reports the detection of a malicious program that infects WMA audio files. The objective of the infection is to install a Trojan that gives a cybercriminal control of the user’s computer.
The worm, which was named Worm.Win32.GetCodec.a, converts mp3 files to the Windows Media Audio (WMA) format (without changing the .mp3 extension) and adds a marker with a link to an infected web page to the converted files. The marker is activated automatically during file playback. It opens an infected page in Internet Explorer where the user is asked to download and install a file which, according to the website, is a codec. If the user agrees to install the file, a Trojan known as Trojan-Proxy.Win32.Agent.arp is downloaded to the computer, giving cybercriminals control of the victim PC.
Unlike earlier Trojans, which used the WMA format only to mask their presence on the system (i.e., the infected objects were not music files), this worm infects audio files. According to Kaspersky Lab virus analysts, this is the first such case. The likelihood of a successful attack is increased because most users trust their audio files and do not associate them with possible infections. It should be noted that the file on the counterfeit web page is digitally signed by Inter Technologies and is identified by www.usertrust.com, the resource that issued the digital signature, as trusted.
Immediately after Worm.Win32.GetCodec.a was detected, its signatures were added to Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus databases.
Here’s you early warning….you’re welcome.
A lot of folks can’t understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country.
Well, there’s a very simple answer.
Nobody bothered to check the oil.
We just didn’t know we were getting low.
The reason for that is purely geographical.
Our OIL is located in :
Our dipsticks are located in DC.
Well…before I even take a sip…let me just say that this stuff is d a r k…..hehehe…like a stout is supposed to be, but since it’s pretty warm tonight, I’m not entirely stoked on the dark thickness of this stuff I’m about to drink. And yet, I’m entirely excited to sample another of the “Stone” family.
Upon taking my first sip, I’m reminded of why this one is called a Stout. It’s got that semi-flat and bitter combo that stouts tend to posses. What’s strange about this one though is that while bitter, I’m tasting a hint of some sort of sweet accents. I can’t explain it….as I’ve written before, I’m not a beer snob/connoisseur with a wealth of bullshit…COUGH!…um..pretty adjectives to describe beers. I guess I should say that I’m not a huge fan of stouts. Not saying that I don’t like them, but I definitely like to pick and choose when I do battle with them. This is one that I could/would engage in indulging again. Once again, Stone Brewing has succeeded in brewing up some good shtuff. It almost….almost, reminds me of that Young’s Chocolate Stout from England. If you’re a stout fan, this is definitely worth checking out. If you’re an occasional stout drinker, then this should also be on your to-drink list. If you don’t know what stout is, but want to try the breed out….grab one of these, as I think this is a nice way to wade into the category.
This stuff weighs in at a hefty 10.8% Alc/Vol. and is a ‘limited Spring 2008 release’….so get em while you can find them.
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