Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The best thing to come out of a email forward...

So a friend of mine sent me a message today with the very enticing subject of "FW: Has it Come to This?" To anyone who knows me that is like a shiny quarter to a kid, try as I might I am not able to resist, and to top it off the name of the file was gas.wmv. After a nice leisurely lunch with my mathematician friends about the current energy problem the world is facing I could not resist.

There is one problem though, wmv is a windows format for movies and is not supported by quick time. As far as reasons why, I will resist the leap into that rabbit hole and go with "just because." So not to be outdone by Uncle Bill I started looking for my favorite kind of software solution, free!

My Google search first brought me the flip-4-mac free version, but I really like to avoid the trial versions of things if I can help it. Then I happened to remember the VLC media player that I have used on Linux machines for years, and on their website they have the mac version on center stage. The installation was super easy (drag the app to the applications folder) and now I have watched the movie. The movie was funny, but now I am prepared for whatever procrastination inducing forwards find their way into my inbox!

Seriously, it is a great app and I recommend it for Mac or Linux, and I would wager that it would use less resources than QuickTime, Windows Media Player, or iTunes on the windows platform. It was a little heavier on the memory usage, but lighter on the cpu than QuickTime or iTunes on the Mac with an audio file.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Car flipped over on E Cameron in front of the Math Department...

Thanks to a hot text message tip by Mike, I was able to video the car being flipped back over. I feel bad for the guy but you have to be more careful. I have to think that you would need to be going faster than the 10 mph speed limit to flip the car over.

Here are also some still images of the after math...

I am not sure but I think that Mike talked to someone that saw it happen.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bush rant!

This was the best rant on George W. Bush that I have heard in a long time. It was a video on the MSNBC website by Keith Olberman.

I just wish that he had not ended the segment the way that he did. The "goodnight, and good luck" detracts from the point, and makes it seem a bit less genuine. I am sure that more could be said, but it is a start. Can you imagine the looks on the faces of the white house staff after that message?

The big question is going to be... I wonder what is going to happen the Mr. Olberman in the upcoming weeks? Will he disappear? Have a freak accident? I don't know, but I can hope nothing happens!