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Friday, May 28, 2010

Gary Coleman Dies at Age 42

What a shame-- so  young. He fell, and hurt his head...and things got worse from there. He was on life support this morning. But now, that's it.

What a shame.  R.I.P.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

LAPD Censors Mugshot of Man with Boobs

Courtesy of the LAPD, Eduardo Ibarra Perez is wanted for murder. He has a history of domestic violence, argued with his wife and told her he was going to kill her, and he did; shot her in the head.

Not a funny story. However, this mug shot has had me laughing for five minutes now, mostly because you know they're gonna call him "bitch-tits" in prison. Just sayin'...

It's probably why he killed his wife-- she was smacking them around during an argument like that wedding DJ guy.

Android on the iPhone

A fellow named David Wang has come up with a way to run the Android operating system on an iPhone, setting up a dual-booting system similar to Boot Camp on Mac desktops, which enable you to install and switch between the Windows operating system and the Mac OS.

He started out with the 2G phone, but has now worked his way up to the 3G. As of now, the only thing not fully functional is the audio. Otherwise, it's the full Android running on an iPhone:

So I guess the question is: Will Apple go for this? Will they turn a blind eye, or try to shut it down? If they manage to accept this...does that mean that Flash will be able to run on an iPhone? Is this the work-around, the 'backdoor' if you will, that people have been waiting for?

I'm not sure if there are killer apps on the Android that iPhone users don't have themselves. I'm not even sure if most people would even want to do this. But I guess it's nice to have options; especially if there's a possibility to run Flash on your iPhone. If you're into that kind of thing...

For an extra-geeky take on what Mr. Wang has accomplished, check out his interview with This Week in Android (around the 23:10 mark):

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rand Paul and The Lunch Counter

Rand Paul and The Lunch Counter

Today, Rand Paul says that it was a mistake for him to appear on the Rachel Maddow Show last night; even though he chose to show to launch his Senate campaign last year. His regret stems from statements he made in regards to government making it illegal for businesses to racially discriminate; he has a problem with that, claiming that it is unconstitutional (a 1st Amendment violation).

I have said it once, and I'll say it again: I have nothing against racists and bigots speaking their minds. This is America, and we all have the freedom to say whatever we want; it's one of the things that makes this country so great. I remember about 13 years ago, in Bayonne, NJ, going into a diner with a friend of mine; a fair-skinned Hispanic girl. There were 3 other customers in the entire place. We sat down and waited for the waitress to take our order. And waited. And waited. We sat there for 15 minutes, and it became clear that they were not going to serve us. So we left. Did that suck? Yes, it did. That was in 1997. We weren't being loud, or rude, or obnoxious or anything like that. We ended up going to another diner across the street, and we told our waitress what had happened. She shook her head and said "I'm not surprised. They're idiots." And that's all racists are anyway: idiots. They clearly let their emotional and intellectual defects get in the way of making money.

Was what they did illegal? It sure was. Would it have been against their First Amendment rights to report them? I don't think so; it's against the law. But that won't stop people from denying service because they don't want Blacks, or Jews, or Asians, or whatever other ethnic group in their place of business.

On the flip side, I walked into a beauty salon with a girlfriend of mine; she was White, and the beauty salon was Black owned and operated, and located in Jersey City, NJ. We waited there for about 20 minutes, and not one person working their acknowledge us; there was only one other customer there, 4 stylists, and one receptionist. Not until my girlfriend decided that she wanted to leave-- the receptionist behind the counter said "Oh, you're leaving?" Yeah, asshole, we're leaving. Neither one of  us said that, but we both thought it. It was bad enough to deny her service, but to act like you didn't know why she was leaving....stupid.

How about THIS story: a friend of mine (White) is a fan of all things movies. He was really interested in finding a specific Bollywood movie, and decided to go into an Indian-owned video store in Jersey City, NJ. As soon as he walked into the store, the man behind the counter gestured toward him, saying "No-no-no-no-no, no White movies here! No White movies!" My friend was not only confused, but he was insulted, but still told him what movie he was looking for. The man said "No-no-no, not here! No White movies, please leave!"

These are all true stories, by the way. All happened within the last 10-12 years. All involving a variety of different people.

Okay, I'll tell you one more story. I was on South Street in Philadelphia, PA. South Street, for those who don't know, is a very young, hip place-- there was a song sang by The Orions that went "Where do all the hippies meet? South Street, South Street." Anyway, I walked into a store that sold cute little knick-knacks and things, with a girlfriend of mine (she was Hindi). The store was owned by Koreans. After about 5 minutes, my girlfriend grabbed me by the arm and said, "Come on, Charles-- we're leaving right now!" I had no idea what the hell was going on, until we were out of the store and she told me that the Korean woman in the store was following me and watching me the entire time I was in there. I hadn't even noticed.

These are not First Amendment issues. These are issues of people being bigoted assholes. Period. Sure, they can be reported. But most of all, people should just spread the word about these places. Let the market dictate what happens to them. When word gets out about how they treat people, and they start to lose business...well, that will do a lot more damage than trying to prove that someone is a racist. They would just lie about it anyway, so what difference does it really make?

I know Libretarians like Rand Paul want limited government involvement, but we need things like The Civil Rights Act. People, if left to their own devices, make stupid decisions about certain things-- particularly when it comes to social issues like race relations. Plenty of innocent people from all walks of life, and all races and ethnicities, are effected by this legislation-- not just Black and Brown folks...White folks (yes, you White folks too) can be protected just was well.

Many Libretarian views tend to clash a bit with the Constitution. This is one of them. People can't be equal, if they can be denied services because of their race, religion, or sexual orientation. If you say you believe in the American way of life, you believe in the constitution, but yet don't want Mexicans in your town, or Blacks in your restaurants, or Whites in your stores...that doesn't really work. And maybe you should think about whether this country is right for you.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Another Republican "Sins the Sh*t Out of" His Staffer

Another Republican "Sins the Sh*t Out of" His Staffer

Republican Rep. Mark Souder, a pro-abstinence advocate, has resigned after announcing an affair with a staffer.

"I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff," Souder said. "In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon and twisted for political gain. I am resigning rather than put my family through a painful drawn out process."

Sorry to break this to ya, buddy-- but the fact that you had an affair has already put your family through a "painful drawn out process".  This coming from a guy who ran on the "family values" platform back in the mid 90s. All of this...coming from an Evangelical Christian.  I guess in "the poisonous environment of Washington DC," it's kinda hard to not be a hypocrite.

As for his mistress, a Mrs. Tracy Jackson (yes, she is married)-- was hired back in 2004, and was to be a guest host with Soulder for show on Christian radio station WFCV. She had also produced many videos for Soulder of his speeches. I wonder if they produced any other videos, if you catch my meaning, if you get my drift...

On top of that, Fox News has dug up a video of Jackson interviewing Souder. Awwwww! She's actually not bad looking at all. He, on the other hand...well, I dunno-- I am not attracted to men, so maybe there's something there that women find appealing...

"It is with great regret I announce that I am resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives as well as resigning as the Republican nominee for Congress in this fall's election. Diane and my family were more than willing to stand here with me. We are a committed family. But the error is mine and I should bear the responsibility. I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff. I am so shamed to have hurt those I love."

These guys must be real smoothies, I'll tell you what...! I have never cheated on a girlfriend, but if I did...I have NEVER met ONE WOMAN that would stand up on a stage during a press conference next to me as I announced to the world that I cheated on her. I don't know how those women do it. It's shameful enough to deal with the infidelity, but how embarrassing is it to stand up there with that idiot and listen to him say all of that crap, and in the back of your mind picturing him with that woman's legs wrapped around him, among who-know-what else they were doing with (and to) each other....!

These men-- these sorry, idiotic men-- think that their "faith" can be used as a way to gain forgiveness, when their faith was nowhere to be found when they were committing these acts. Your faith has nothing to do with the lack of respect and honor for your wife and kids, and the rest of your family-- it's just the thing you use as a shield when you're in trouble.

The only "saint" that these "men" have in their lives are the spouses that decide, above their gut instincts, to stay with these disrespectful, adulterous, spineless turds.

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Flash and the City

 Last week, I attended an Adobe Flash conference called Flash and the City, which was held at the 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York City. Yes, I went to a Flash conference-- which may surprise a few of you...more particularly, the overly-sensitive Flash developers that think I'm beating up on them and Adobe, and "sucking up" to Apple...which only means that those developers probably read Action Script better than they read the English language. As an Interactive Artist and Animator and pseudo-developer (in that I can write very basic ActionScript and Objective-C), I am only interested in using the right tools to get my projects going-- I couldn't care less about which of these two companies is better. I use Apple products and Adobe products ALL THE TIME-- and I even use them together (gasp!). What I am annoyed with (for the hundreth time) is this moronic attitude that many developers have about Apple decision to bypass Flash on its mobile platform. By now, Apple has given their reasons, and Adobe has disagreed. And back, and forth. And back, and forth. It's getting old, and stupid.

To make a long story short, Adobe has kind of given up on its pursuit of getting Flash onto Apple's mobile shite, and is now working to get it's content on other platforms-- the most prominent of which is Google's Android OS. Great, I say! I've been using Flash for a long time, and it'd be great to be able to translate my iPhone creations onto the Android platform without having to learn ANOTHER language and SDK in the process! Not that I am against learning something else...but it would be an added bonus to be able to use that knowledge for another platform.

Enter Flash and the City. This is a conference that I attended through my current job, and I was really looking forward to it. The last time I went to a Flash conference was Flash Forward-- but that was several years ago. This time I knew that they would be addressing some of the things that really interested me, being their plans to integrate AIR 2.0 with Android development for the mobile platform. I was also excited to learn about new developments in Augmented Reality. I went into this conference with an open mind, looking to take away some great information that would enrich my knowledge and experience. Instead, what I found was pointless Apple bashing (mind you, almost everyone there was on an iPhone, MacBook Pro, or iPad), and Adobe software shortcomings.

First, the Apple bashing: retarded. Stupid. Obnoxious. And, once again, pointless. Most of the speakers that I saw (including speakers from the keynote) had something negative to say about Steve Jobs and Apple. Whatever-- I don't really care too much about the shit-talking. The problem for me is that there was not only too much of it, but they had NOTHING to show for backing it up. Well, not "nothing"...they had demos. Demos of "things to come". NOTHING was available, really. It was all "look at what we'll EVENTUALLY be able to do SOON". Or, worse yet, there were things that they could NOT...but the iPhone can....!

For example, I went to a workshop called "Development on mobile devices". The presentation was a bit slow, but informative. The instructor, Weyert De Boe, illustrated the possibilities of mobile development using AIR 2.0 through the example of building a museum-guide app; basically, it would be like those narration devices that you can get from a museum that talks about whatever you're looking at. He went through the steps, and talked about things like user interface design and content development. Then he introduced the most interesting aspect of all: implementation. It seems that when it came down to how to access the information that the app would utilize, there were some problems. In other would the app obtain the information about each of the individual museum pieces. He stated that GPS navigation would not work indoors. He also stated that Bluetooth could not be used because...Bluetooth via AIR 2.0 was not available(!). He added, as a side note, that camera access was also not available through AIR 2.0. But it is, however, available with the iPhone development platform. So, this is Adobe half-assing their way through things all over again.

This was the SAME EXACT PROBLEM that they had with their ill-fated iPhone compiler. Sure, you could build iPhone apps with long as you didn't want to use the camera, or Bluetooth, or access the iTunes library, or write files to an on-disk database (among other things). So, if you wanted to use Flash to AIR 2.0 to Android, you would have to do it without Bluetooth and  camera access-- no camera access?! That's at least 50% of the mobile experience right there!! How many people use their device cameras to send photos to Facebook, among other things? What about device to device transmission via Bluetooth? So, once again, Adobe is cutting off vital tools for developers so that they can CRAM Flash onto a mobile device.

Another workshop I attended was Flash Augmented Reality Workflow, as instructed by Jesse Freeman. I had a good time at this workshop, and learned a lot about how to implement AR with Flash. The main issue that I have with AR and Flash, aside from some CPU-intensive rendering issues, and lack of a native true 3D engine, is the use of markers. In Flash-based AR, you have to a very blocky marker in order for the webcam to read it properly. The only way to use something a bit more complex is to employ the supplemental use of a C-script. C...the language of (wait for it) iPhone development. And, the language that created Flash in the first place (C++ to be exact). It seems that Flash is capable of doing great things...but it's still not as powerful as other languages or environments. Jesse did tell us, however, that iPhone had pretty great AR capability. Sigh.

Through all the complaining, all the bitching, all the attitude about what pricks Apple and Jobs are...but when it came time to show us what Flash can do, they managed to prove that Flash was still a thing of beauty...when it comes to desktop development. No matter what you Adobe ass-kissers say, Flash is just not ready-for-Prime-Time when it comes to mobile development! Will it be in a few years? Maybe. I don't know, actually. 

Flash will be around for a very long time to come, and many people see that as well. So this stupid, insipid bitching about ONE hardware creator's issues is really tiring and pointless. If only Adobe could focus their energy on improving what they already have, instead of jumping all over the place to keep up with others, their products could further enhance the user (and developer) experience. Just maybe not so much for mobile. Not right now, anyway.

Sarah Palin: "We're all Morons Now!"

Well, she didn't quite say that. Almost, but not quite.

It's amazing to me that not only will people pay to see her speak, but some people will actually pay her TO speak. "Speak" in that it's the way to define how a human being communicates verbally. I wouldn't call what she does "speaking"-- she merely regurgitates whatever someone else wrote for her, without a thorough understanding of what it is that she's saying.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer asked Palin to give a talk on their idiotic immigration law, and among other things-- like blaming the new law on Barack Obama not doing his job in securing the borders-- proclaimed that it's time for "...Americans across this great country to stand up and say, 'We're all Arizonans now!" Wow. This woman is stupid. And I love how immigration concerns were NEVER an issue at any other time than under the Obama Administration. "Do your job," she says of Obama. Coming from a woman that quit hers 2 years into a 4 term governorship.

Yes, the way we can secure our borders is to profile anyone that "looks like" an immigrant. And alter the education system to fire teachers with accents, and getting rid of language programs. Yes, that's the way to do it-- if you're a moron...I am speaking to you, Mrs. Palin. You know what would RILLY stop illegal immigrants from coming to this country? STOP HIRING THEM!!! Illegal immigrants are not coming over here to start Fortune 500 companies so that they can hire their own people and slight Americans.  You know who's hiring them? AMERICAN-OWNED BUSINESSES and INDIVIDUALS are hiring them. I bet that if you started penalizing and giving fines to people that hire non-American citizens, they'll stop hiring them, and start hiring more of our out-of-work citizens. And maybe...JUST MAYBE...when all the jobs and opportunities start drying up...illegal immigrants will stop coming here to look for work. Because there will be NO work for them.

It's more expensive, and antithetical to the Constitution to police suspected illegals than it is to just attack the problem at its root. It's American citizens who are enabling the problem and, at the same time, complaining about it. You can't have your cake and eat it too-- pick something! You either want them here, or you do not. And if you don't, stop giving them jobs-- or protest the people that are hiring them!

But if you want to take your advice from a half-wit half-governor and verbal prostitute-for-hire...knock yourselves out.

That's all (for now).

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thoughts on "Our thoughts on open markets"

Adobe loves Apple. Let's just get that out of the way for a moment-- ADOBE LOVES APPLE. Everyone got that? Sweet. Let's move on.

A lot has been made of this Adobe v. Apple conflama. As someone who, within the last half a year, has some experience on both ends of the spectrum, I have also had my opinions on all of this. Most of my views have been geared towards Flash developers whining about being closed out from Apple app development; views that have not changed one bit (I still think they need to get over it-- either learn C/Objective-C/C++/Javascript, or develop Android apps). As far as the technical details of the argument are concerned, there is a bunch of information on both sides of the argument that debunk and re-debunk, and slam, and kiss-ass. It's a "war"-- there are two sides that firmly agree with what they agree with, and disagree with others. And both companies have been going back and forth, both publicly and privately, to make their points. A few weeks ago, I wrote about what I thought about Steve Job's "Thoughts on Flash". Today, Adobe CEOs John Warnock and Chuck Genschke have released their own open letter called "Our thoughts on open markets".

In their letter, Adobe's CEO's make a point that, basically, Apple is trying to "control" the web. Sigh. I dunno if I see that. I mean, are they trying to control how apps are developed on their devices? Absolutely, for better or for worse. How does that translate into "controlling the web"? Jesus, Apple is only the #3 smartphone on the market-- taking a back seat to Android phones (here that, Flash devs? FRESH MEAT!!!). How does one company's device "control" the web? Desktop computers are still more prevalent than tablets or smartphones-- a number that is not likely to change for at least another decade (maybe a little less, who knows). In the next few years, there will be more Android phones, and Google will have released their tablet device, as well as all the other companies that will be introducing their products. Sure, Apple is popular now. But how long will that last? Even with their desk and laptop machines-- Apple's got cute commercials and cute ads and all that shite....but Windows-based machines still dominate the market. Apple is on top with its iPhone because they do it better than anyone else...AT THE MOMENT.

Remember a few years ago, when Adobe was trying to "rule web development" with their LiveMotion software? You know what happened when they lost to Macromedia? They bought it. So, Macromedia's Flash became Adobe's Flash. And Adobe still feels the same way-- they want to "rule web development". They sell a popular product that everyone likes-- why not? Are they "monopolizing" web development, simply because there are no other tools that match it for Rich Internet Applications on the desktop platform? No! They have a good product that people want to buy-- period.

So right now, Apple is very popular...and EVERYONE wants to knock them down. I didn't hear anyone complaining when the iPhone came out about how they were closing the web or monopolizing the market. Flash developers certainly weren't complaining, until they got their Flash-to-iPhone compiler shot down. Well, that's not entirely true-- some people were complaining about not being able to use Flash-based sites. Yet and still, the iPhone and iPad are selling well. In my opinion, they are selling well because of their apps. The experience offered by apps has opened up a door to new possibilities on the mobile platform.  You are not necessarily tethered to a 3G or Wi-Fi connection when you're using an app-- which would render web-based Flash applications useless anyway.

As I've mentioned in other articles before, I have made my living as a Flash Animator, and was a decent programmer in the first iteration of Action Script (I gave up after AS3 because I got sick of the shifting and changing). And now, I am trying my hand at app development on the iPhone and iPod Touch (and iPad). Bottom line-- at the end of the day, I am an artist using tools. That's it. Whatever those tools are, that will help me get my content delivered-- whether it's a game or a goofy novelty application or something more useful and productive-- all that matters is the app itself. Adobe will soon allow its Flash AIR apps to be ported onto Android phones...for me, that will be two places that I can deliver to. And I LOVE that idea!

In summation, to get back to Adobe's "no one company should control the web" is WAY to premature to make that claim. There are a lot of smart phones out there, and really only one usable tablet computer. That's right now, as of May 2010. What will May 2011 be like? Will Apple still be the "only game in town"? Will Adobe still be jealous of their success? Will Flash "script-chuckers" still be pissed off (haha)?  I've said it once, and I'll say it again-- the only ones giving Steve Jobs and Apple this kind of power is Adobe. Are they really telling lies about Flash? If they are, won't the market dictate this fact? Won't people simply stop buying Apple products? And if they do, where will they go? I think it would benefit Adobe and its developers to stop bitching, and start (and keep) creating! As you will see, time goes on...and things change. Question is, are you still going to be whining about what you didn't have back in early 2010? Or will you be on top by this time in 2011?

That's your choice.

Blocking The Oil Leak: Or, What Would Rube Goldberg Do?

Would I sound like a know-it-all jerk if I said that I didn't think that this "plan" to lower a concrete and steel box over the oil leak would work? I mean, I'm not an engineer or physicist or anything, but that didn't seem like a very smart or doable solution; they come up with bolder and smarter things in movies. Is this endemic to the kinds of "minds" that we have working in the oil industry today? Are they really this stupid, or are they just pretending they are for some strange reason?

Has anyone seen the video yet?

BP lowered something called a "cofferdam" over the oil leak via a robot arm. Turns out that the pressure of the leak is so great that the oil is just shooting out of the sides of the thing. It seems counter-intuitive anyway, because the purpose of the cofferdam is to create an enclosure underwater that can eventually be drained. And with the oil and natural gas pressure being as strong as it is, it doesn't seem like there's an effective pump that can drain the cofferdam fast enough to prevent it from leaking. But again, I'm no expert.

So what now? They spent all this time and energy (and MORE money) to do this thing, and it hasn't worked. Is the only alternative to drill another well to intercept the leak? This is the "back up" plan that will apparently take 3 months to complete.  So basically, by August or so. Can you imagine what all of that oil and gas is going to do to the environment? All that marine life-- all that seafood...! Not to mention the coasts that will be effected. The people that will be out of work. And the BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars in clean-up. ALL OF THIS could have been avoided for a $500,000 remote control shut-off switch. Makes you sick, doesn't it?

Maybe these dumb-asses can do what the Bush Administration did after 9/11-- they hired a bunch of screenwriters and novelists to come up with terrorist scenarios and they brainstormed about ways to stop them. Maybe, just maybe, they need to hire people smarter and more creative than they are to solve this problem; start thinking outside of the cofferdam.

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Chinese Astronaut Ate Dog Meat While in Space

 When I first read this headline from The Telegraph ("Dog on the menu for Chinese astronauts"), I thought it may have been a joke. But then I realized that not all countries and cultures have domesticated dogs the way we have-- just as there are some cultures that do not eat cows. But I have to tell you...when I wikipedia'd "dog meat" (GRAPHIC IMAGES), I saw some pictures there that almost made me vomit-- and I say that without an ounce of hyperbole. I considered making using one of the more ornate dog dishes the headline photo for this blurb, but decided against it. In fact, I never want to look at it again. Even when you use Google Images, you see some things that would make a dog-lover wretch. And that's only because we view dogs as companions, and not food.

While not the main focus of Yang Liwei's autobiography Nine Levels Between Heaven and Earth, this revelation has certainly spurned a lot of anger from animal-lovers.

Yang wrote: "Many of my friends are curious about what we eat [in space] and think that the astronauts must have some expensive delicacies, like shark's fin or abalone. Actually we ate quite normal food, there is no need to keep it a secret."

The Telegraph also lists the menu for what Chinese astronauts ate in 2009:

Day One: Lotus root porridge, crispy tofu with spring onions, braised yellow croaker fish, pork ribs with seaweed, spinach with minced garlic.
Day Two: Spicy pig skin, braised duck neck, hairy crab with ginger, chicken liver with chilli, pine nuts with sweetcorn, three-flavour soup.
Day Three: Poached egg in fermented rice soup, Harbin sausage, Huajiang dog, baby cuttlefish casserole, eel with green pepper, spicy beans with dried tofu.

Apples, pears and oranges served with every meal, as well as rice, noodles, sweet potatoes.

 It is said that dog is good for you, better than ginseng-- as it is known in the Huajiang, a county in Guangdong, China.  I will take their word for it. I don't condemn these people at all-- we're from a different culture, and I'm sure there are some things that we do and eat that make other people as sick. It's just a bit jarring, especially to see what cooked and prepared dog looks like (look at this link, if you dare....but I warn is truly gross).

Check out this report from Al Jazeera about the Chinese government considering a ban on the 2000 year-old "countryside" tradition of the consumption of domestic animals. Some are strongly for it, some are strongly against it. Again, some of the images in this video may be too much for some people:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Adobe Flash "Platform Evangelist" FAIL

It's been really amazing to see the venom and anger put out by the Flash development community over the Apple "snub". They are going out of their way to prove that Steve Jobs is the anti-Christ, and deserving of ritual sacrifice.

One of my Flash dev buddies sent me a link from The Flash Blog this morning. In it, a video that is "finally" putting to rest one of the most horrendous "lies" that Steve Jobs has told about Flash: that hover, or rollover events DO NOT work on touchscreen devices. To prove that this is not true, this fellow named Lee Brimelo, a "Platform Evangelist at Adobe" posted a video that shows Flash working just fine on a touchscreen. The only problem is that his video is completely and totally disingenuous.

If you watch the video, you see that this guy has a touch-screen monitor hooked up to a desktop machine; a mouse-driven desktop machine. Where ever he touches the screen, a cursor will appear. The hover effects work, because his finger dropped the cursor over the button. Just like my Wacom tablet. iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and other MOBILE touch-screen devices do not use cursors. At all. So this guy, this Lee Brimelo fellow, is full of shit. And it's pretty unbelievable, too-- I mean, how the hell could you NOT see that?! How could he post that video knowing FULL WELL that it's a lie? Well, politicians do shit like this everyday, so... Judging by some of the comments he received, and the fact that a friend of mine sent this to me as a way to prove that Steve Jobs is only shows that Flash "Evangelists" are at about the same emotional state as teabaggers.

At the end of the day, who gives a shit?! I've been working with technology long enough to know that you have to diversify your skill set. You may have to learn a program you never realized (or wanted to) deal with. And hey-- Flash is going with Android, and it was just announced that Android has topped the iPhone as the #2 operating system. Look at that new audience, just waiting to be dazzled!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


In my inbox this morning, I got an email from touting a sale on 3D televisions. We always knew this day would come. 3D TV. It's "finally" here. And you know what? The sets are not as expensive as you would think-- they're about the same price as HDTV sets were about 3 years ago-- maybe a few hundred dollars cheaper (1080p sets, that is). But the TV is not the only thing you need to buy.

You have to buy new cables, a new Blu-Ray player, and special 3D glasses. The glasses alone can run you between $150-$200 EACH PAIR. Yes, you read that right-- EACH PAIR of glasses will be up to $200 bucks. So that's an additional $600 for a family of 4 to watch 3D at home.

Why? Because the technology as it stands requires a receiver in the glasses that picks up an emitter signal from the television that enables the lenses in the glasses to switch on and off in tandem with the switching images transmitted from the television. It does that because 3D films, like Avatar, are actually being projected with TWO projectors, which your cheap theater glasses can easily see. Since you are likely to only have  ONE television in front of you, different technology is required to see the 3D at home. So, you need battery-powered 3D glasses to emulate this experience at home. Sigh.

Look, I was impressed with the 3D in Avatar. And I can see that the studios are rushing to put any and everything in 3D for theatrical release.  And I'm sure some people will be impressed by it. However, I cannot think of a reason why I would want this experience in my home, ESPECIALLY with the price-point they are asking for. Pretty freakin' stupid to me. Maybe if these Hollywood people can come up with GOOD 2D movies, they wouldn't have to come up with stupid gimmicks to make their crap watchable.

Right, Roger?

I Don't Get It

The headline of this entry is the statement that Tom Hanks makes of his toy company executive rival during a pitch meeting about a building that turns into a robot, from the movie Big (it was on this weekend). And I would like to make the same statement, with the same amount of sincerity, regarding Ann Coulter; I don't get it.

I have listened to her, countless times. I have tried to read through articles and excerpts of books she's written, and I am still kind of baffled. I mean, she could easily clumped into the heaping mound of feces which are these anti-intellectual bimbos and fame-whores that we've come to know of late-- as in the Glenn Becks, and the Sean Hanity's and the Sarah Palins. But THIS woman, I just don't get.

She is much more smug than Beck and Palin could ever be, which makes almost everything that comes out of her mouth sound grating, annoying and out-right stupid. I think she has sexual appeal (ew!) to a great many older conservative men...if you like that kind of thing. I mean, on that level I find Sarah Palin INFINITELY more appealing, but...hey, I'm just one man...and I have a thing for women in glasses, so...there's THAT.

Okay, look-- the reason I bring any of this us is because I just saw the clip of Coulter on Bill O'Reily's show. One of the most annoying things about her is that she never really explains anything without mentioning that people should go out and buy whatever one of her books feels best explains her views-- which makes me wonder why she is incapable of summing up anything that's she's written in person. So, in her latest appearance on Fox, during a conversation about Fasil Shazad (Times Square pseudo-bomber)she claims that Liberals always root for "the savages"-- murderers, criminals, and such.

Video Courtesy of Media Matters

This kind of hyperbole is boring to me, mostly because it makes absolutely no sense. I just don't understand why someone who claims to be intelligent makes these moronic statements just so she can "fluff" the Conservative base. Wait, is that is? Is she nothing more than a Conservative "fluffer", willing to do or say anything that gets the base "off"?

This is the same woman that called John Edwards a "Liberal faggot". Why? This is the same woman that said that the wives of 9/11 victims were reveling in the deaths of their husbands. What is saying something like that supposed to prove? Are we supposed to think that she's "edgy"? She certainly doesn't sound intelligent, so that can't be it. Is it some kind of badge of honor that you can call yourself a "Conservative" by being an asshole? Or saying stupid things that have no basis in fact, other than the fact that it came out of your mouth.

Look, if Liberals were really that bad, would Conservatives need (or want) someone like Ann Coulter? You mean to tell me that they need pseudo-intellectuals like her to pull incredible shit out of her ass to rail against these dangerous and powerful Liberals, and their homo/black-brown/socialist agenda? If these things are clearly true, and Liberals are-- without debate-- detrimental to America...why would we need her to argue that point?

I just don't get it.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Lena Horne Dead at 92

She was one of the most important singers and performers we will ever know. This lady was INCREDIBLE.

I don't know what to say. Well, that's not true-- I do. There's so much I want to say and write, but I would be spending most of the day doing it and I don't have the time to do it. So...I guess these videos will have to do.

The Boondocks is Back!

Yeah, boyeeeee!

It's back, and it's still funny. In the premiere episode, they talk about the election of Barack Obama.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Secret JJ Abrams Film Trailer: Here.

***NOTICE**** If you just want to wait until you see Iron Man 2 to see what this is, do not read anything else on this post. You have been warned.......

So, I remember how excited I was when I saw that first mystery trailer from JJ Abrams' "Cloverfield". It really was a pretty amazing moment-- I knew nothing about the film, knew nothing about the trailer...and then POW! It was pretty freakin' slick! And, for the first time in a long time, the film ACTUALLY lived up to the hype!

Now, there is a new "mystery" trailer from Mr. Abrams. This film is called "Super 8". This is the bootlegged trailer:

Well, not as exciting as "Cloverfield" was...and not as hype-worthy. I guess we'll see. After seeing this, well...I hope it's better than the trailer is.

What's With the Anti-Gay Gay Guys?

By now, everyone has heard of the hilarious-- and tragic-- story of George Rekers, the professor/Baptist minister/anti-gay gay fellow that was caught on film at an airport being escorted by his gay male prostitute "friend", after returning from a 10-day trip European trip. The tragedy is not that he is a gay man-- that aspect actually makes him human(!). What is tragic is how vehemently he is denying it. This man has made every excuse under the sun as to why he took a trip with a young man that he found off the gay escort website (whose profile touted his "smooth, sweet, tight ass" and "perfectly built 8 inch cock (uncut)").

Rekers has joined a long list of staunch anti-gay activists who have turned out to be gay themselves. At first, this seems to be so insane. It would be like me being against Blacks moving into my neighborhood, for example. But when I think about it, I have known one or two Black folks over the years that do project their self-hatred onto others. And this is what we have here. These are gay men who are horrified to be themselves because of society's scorn, or religious intolerance, or fear of family alienation. These are men that have forced themselves into relationships with women, and make careers out of condemning and punishing a lifestyle that they secretly so desperately want to be a part of...but have made themselves believe that they cannot. But the projection of their self-hatred is doing more harm to others and themselves, and they are just too blind to see it.

Think of all the legislation that they champion, all the organizations they create and sponsor-- especially the ones that claim that they can chase "the gay" out of you (Family Research Council, The Christian Coalition, Mission America, Scientology). They dupe other confused and scared gay men into believing that they, too, can fight "the gay", and win! And the poor women that end up marrying these people...well, I don't know if I feel that sorry for them; how could you not know that he's gay?! All the lies that they tell their friends, colleagues, families...I guess if these men did not give themselves organizations to lead, they'd probably end up hanging themselves or putting a gun to their heads.

I had a girlfriend many years ago who has a gay father. She remembers her life with him, before he came out. He was surly, miserable, mean-spirited...just completely horrible. But the man that I met was comfortable, happy, and pleasant; a complete 180 degree turn from his life as a pretend-straight man. His ex-wife never really got over it. She felt hurt and betrayed, and had at that time still been very bitter about it. They had been married and divorced twice, through what she had thought were just basic relationship issues (even after two marriages and divorces with the same man). Staying in the closet damaged his relationships because he was too uncomfortable with hiding. His kids were able to get passed it, mostly because they were relieved that their father was finally happy and they were able to, for the first time in their lives, get to know he was able to finally get to know himself.

Ted Haggard, Bob Allen, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Glenn Murphy...these men need help, and not the anti-gay kind. Will their lives change upon coming out? Yes, they will. Will they be happier because of it? Who can say? Change is difficult for many people-- to leave the life they once knew, no matter how uncomfortable they not an easy thing for many people to cope with.

Bigots are out there in the world. That's just the way it is. People will hate for the most idiotic reasons imaginable. Some people have a thick-enough skin to deal with it. Others do not. Just as Blacks, Jews, Native Americans, Latinos, women have come to terms with slander, ridicule, and oppression from an ignorant populous...gays will (and have) get passed this, too. Hiding and fighting who you are only makes things worse.

If family members alienate you, if friends walk away, if your church rejects you....fuck 'em. They obviously never really cared about you, anyway.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

GOP's Oil Conspiracy Theories: Height of Stupidity

Leave it to the right-wingers to take an awful tragedy and turn it into a political football. Not that it's anything new, but the things that some of these people have been saying lately is beyond the pale. It forces one to truly question the validity of their careers, not to mention their good sense.

Their latest talking point is that the tragic oil spills in the gulf-- both the explosion and the capsizing of the two rigs-- were done ON PURPOSE, and the Obama Administration  "delayed" their response in dealing with it so that they could kill the proposed drilling initiative that they themselves introduced weeks earlier. The reasoning? To kill any (Republican) hopes of off-shore drilling, a la "Drill, Baby, Drill".  I know. It sounds utterly stupid. Too stupid for so-called educated professionals to say, either internally or out loud. But here we are.

We have "people" like Rush Limbaugh claiming that the BP rig were blown up by environmental "wackos" to off-set the Cap and Trade bill to be announced on Earth Day. He's just, after all, "noting the timing here". How about the brain trust that is Dana Perino, who doesn't want to "introduce a conspiracy theory"...BUT...questions whether or not sabotage was responsible. How about my favorite one of all-- none other than former FEMA head Michael Brown, of ALL PEOPLE, saying that he believes that the Obama Administration is purposefully slowing down their efforts to clean up the spill to kill any future plans for off-shore drilling.

How can anyone wrap their heads around this? How can ANY educated, thinking person accept these claims as rational? Do these people represent the best and the brightest that the GOP has to offer? In the midst of a horrible tragedy that could be felt for generations, the only thing they can say about it is "Obama did it"?! Are you kidding me?!

Fox News has been fond of saying that these oil spills are "Obama's Katrina." Again, this is purely moronic. As one of the vapid bimbos on Fox and Friends put it-- "Who are you going to blame for Katrina, God?" Yes, I will blame God. I will blame God for producing the DNA of the members of the Bush Administration that SAT ON THEIR ASSES while people were suffering! I mean seriously, when you hear garbage like's just...the surging rage that one can feel just building makes you want to reach through your television or computer screen-- however you're watching these wastes of humanity-- and strangle the life out of them. How about blaming the oil men that ran this country for 8 years and relieved oil companies from taking the precautions that would have prevented these problems?! It's NOW that they want to play this "Well, it was on his watch" game...the same game that they refuse to play when talking about the Bush Administration, particularly when it comes to the 9/11 attacks (I am stunned that numb-nuts Charles Krauthammer is STILL touting that ridiculous "Bush kept us safe" bullshit).

This is unacceptable; emotionally, intellectually, and professionally. I am always shocked that news organizations refuse to do their jobs and call these people out when they make these idiotic claims. I would expect the people on Fox News to say stupid things, but even this...EVEN THIS is beyond irresponsible.  All these people really care about is slander for the purpose of winning elections and keeping their jobs. They are willing to risk ANYTHING to get ahead. They will support any point of view that could help them win political points.

In the end, their only speaking to the "Obama is the devil" choir. NO ONE in their right mind can, or will, believe this garbage.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010



What began as a trailer for the film Grindhouse has now been made into a feature-length film. Feast your eyes on the latest from Robert Rodriguez! Note the prophetic immigration theme...well, it's not REALLY prophetic-- this has been an on-going conversation for years. But considering recent events, it's very topical.

Check out that cast: Don Johnson! Lindsay Lohan! Jeff Fahey! Robert De Niro! Steven Segal! Jessica Alba! Michelle Rodriguez! And of course...Danny Trejo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Arizona!!!

Here is the original trailer from Grindhouse:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Apple Faces Possible FTC Inquiry

Here we go, folks-- the war approaches its climax!

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Trade Commission has become interested in Apple's practices, regarding its app development and advertising practices. The groundwork is being laid out for a possible inquiry. The complaints are regarding their most recent licensing agreement which requires any wanting to develop for the platform to use their development kit to do so, in addition to preventing third party developers from transmitting analytical data for advertising (which lead to Apple introducing their iAds program).

As of now, the FTC has been contacting developers and ad agencies to get a full perspective of the issues. No formal action has been announced, so far.

Honestly, I can see how their iAds program could be considered a monopoly for the way it edges out other advertisers from being able to place ads in free apps. Jobs even said himself that he hated the ads that show up in the apps. That's not really his place to say so, and creating a program where people have to pay upwards of $1 million dollars to place Apple-sanctioned ads is pretty lame. Granted, mobile advertising is the next great frontier, but $1 million dollars?! You can create a free app and advertise it for less than a quarter of that price. THAT is kind of insane, and I can see where there will be changes in that regard.

As for the app development tools, I'm not so sure about that one. Apple's shunning of Adobe's Flash is also under investigation, and I don't really see that going as far as the iAd situation. I think in comparison, you could say that Adobe has a monopoly on web development tools. Their Web Design Suite is standard issue for designers and developers on the web, which doesn't necessarily mean that their monopolizing the industry-- it's merely that it's the software package of choice for web development. The mobile environment, which includes smart phones, and tablet computers, have a different set of requirements-- as Microsoft and HP have had to begrudgingly accept with the cancellation of their tablet PCs (which were supposed to run Windows 7-- an operating system that was deemed unacceptable for tablet computing).

Does this mean that the Adobe Flash iPhone compiler will now be in use? I doubt it. I think it may mean that other compilers, like appcelerator Titanium, Cocos2D, and unity, will be able to work...but I think Apple will continue to fight Adobe tooth-and-nail-- regardless if the reasons are political, or technical. Adobe has not made an official comment on the inquiry.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Man Dies From Eel In His Anus

 **NOTICE** I will advise those with a sensitive constitution to just go by the headline, as it is absolutely true. Otherwise, you have been warned...this story is gross:

While drinking with friends, a 59 year-old chef from Sichuan, China passed out. So what do his "friends" do? They shove an eel into his rectum. They did not know, however, the this eel was still alive. It apparently did not live long, and before it died, ate its way through a portion of the man's intenstines. After 10 days in the hospital, the man eventually died. None of this was known to the doctors, or the man's family, until they opened him him and made the discover. The entire time, no one knew why the man was ill; he was complaining of abdominal pain, dehydration, and anal bleeding.

Not for nothin', but this is one of the MANY REASONS why you don't get drunk and pass out in front of your friends. I mean, this isn't drawing a swastika on someone's forehead with a Sharpie...but my God...

BumpTop bought by Google

BumpTop is a slick 3D desktop interface for touch devices-- and they've just be acquired by Google.

Watch this video:

Pretty slick, eh? I like the photo manipulation stuff, and the docks on the walls, and the arrangement of the icons...this is some cool stuff! This will certainly give Apple a run for its money...whenever it gets released. I would LOVE to be able to edit video this way-- can you imagine?!

This is the kind of thing that I would like Flash developers to see-- instead of bitching and moaning about Apple, look to the future of the Android mobile operating system! Unfortunately, by the time Google gets their operating system up and running on a tablet device, or this new 3D interface onto a smart phone, Apple will probably have something comparable or better. But this is a good thing-- it's great to see people coming up with new possibilities for viewing and manipulating information.

You can actually download a desktop version of Bumptop from their website until May 7th.

Thoughts on "Thoughts on Flash"

There is a war going on. No, I don't mean THOSE wars. I mean the war being fought on American soil. The media/internet/mobile war being fought by two giants in the industry. One one side is Apple, makers of the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod-- almost anything with an "i" in front of it
. On the other side is Adobe, makers of Photoshop, After Effects, and Flash. And what, exactly, are they fighting over? Why, the very future of the interweb, of course. That, and the future of Flash developers everywhere...or so they want you to think.

Here's the situation: Everyone may (or may not) know that Flash is what is responsible for most video and tons of web-based applications (games and slideshows, among other things). Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, is not a fan of Flash; he finds it to be an unstable, performance draining, security risk-- things that are not very good for desktop computers, but even worse for mobile devices.  He sees other technologies, such as HTML5, as the true future of the web, particularly for video playback (as of this writing, Microsoft has agreed with this position). Adobe, of course, thinks that all of this is motivated by the fact that Jobs is a control freak, trying to close them out of the web business. But this stance seems disingenuous, as last year Adobe announced that their newest version of the Flash development tool (Flash CS5) would include a compiler, allowing Flash to publish iPhone apps. But within only a few days of its release, Apple announced that it would not accept any apps produced using Flash. And this set of a firestorm among the Flash development community.

I should explain. iPhone/iPod/iPad apps are produced using Apple's Software Development Kit (SDK). Basically, this is a series of applications (run on Mac or PC), that allows the user to create the apps that you see in the App Store. The programming languages used are Coco Touch (based on Apple's Coco language which is how all Mac desktop programs are written), Objective-C, C, and C++ (the latter 3 languages have been around for nearly 30 years).

Flash is an application (written in C++), which developers use to publish animations (for the internet, as well as movies and television shows), and rich applications for the web. Flash's programming language is called ActionScript. Since Flash's inception, there have been 3 versions of ActionScript-- each version was a drastic shift from one to the other. Flash has be the primary source for publishing video to the web, among other things, and has been in use since the late 1990s.

Last week, Jobs wrote an open letter to the masses, outlining his views on why Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash) is not suitable for the Apple mobile platform. This article was accompanied by a slew of snarky, pissy posts by pro-Adobe supporters who find Jobs and his Draconian rules over at Apple to be nothing more than a power play, made to phase out a "vital" web technology, just so he can control the industry.

Well, I am looking at this argument as someone who has been working with Flash since version 3 (over 12 years ago), as well as just recently (within the last 5 months) started building apps with Apple's iPhone SDK. I am looking at this "war" as someone who remember print guys in the mid-90s saying how "that internet-interactive crap is never going to go anywhere!" And I also remember all the analogue video engineers and filmmakers saying "Digital video?! That's stupid-- no one is EVER going to go for digital video!"....

I have been listening and reading about what Flash developers have been saying about this stuff. Basically, what I'm hearing are a lot of pissed off people that think their careers are going to end...but to hear some of the hyperbolic statements being made, you'd think they were going to lose their jobs in a matter of days! Everything, from "Jobs is running a monopoly", to "Jobs is a Nazi", to "Jobs is ruining developers"-- it's all, quite frankly, a bit silly.

Many of the snarky-bitchy anti-Apple/Jobs articles I've read only really touch on a couple of the points that he makes. But none of them really directly address some of the technical points, and when they do address them...they only pull the information that's relevant to their argument, forsaking the complete picture.

I think Jobs has some great points about what he's doing with HIS mobile platform. Unless you've got your mouth firmly wrapped around the head of Adobe's penis, you have to admit that Flash is NOT perfect!!! The damn thing crashes, some of the applications slow down the most powerful of CPUs, and the video SUCKS. These are facts-- I've been working with the damn thing for 12 YEARS and I see it all the time!! Now, does that mean that iPhone apps don't crash? Of course not! NONE of this crap is perfect! But to suggest, or pretend, that Jobs doesn't have a point is just silly-- it really is. Most of the criticism is, again, coming from Flash developers-- most of whom own iPhones and Macs and iPod-- that feel as if they are being shut out. Bullshit.

Ask any programmer-- I'm not talking about Flash programmers, I'm talking about the guys that WROTE Flash AND ActionScript using C++!!! Real programmers think Flash is a joke. And it's not that there aren't some cool things made with Flash...but Flash is viewed by many hard-core programmers as a sort of entry-level programming environment. And hey-- I'm not a programmer at all. I'm a creative artist and filmmaker that is learning as much as I can to do as much as I can...and I have seen developers do some amazing shit with Flash...but it ain't the end-all-be-all. There are Flash developers that say that have tried to work with the iPhone SDK, but they can't do it because it's too hard. And that is what it is-- if it's too hard for you, well...what can one say. For me, once I read an article about a 9-year old kid making an iPhone app...that was the end of it for me. It's taken me 5 months of watching tutorials, and reading blogs and books to get me to the point where I've been able to get something to work (and I will be submitting my first app for approval this week--wish me luck...unless you're a hater, then f*ck you--I'm trying. That's the least I can say to your complaining ass....).

The openness issue is also quite silly. How many times have you gone onto a site and have been slammed with the prompt "PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE LATEST VERSION OF FLASH"? How many times has that happened, even though you already HAD downloaded the latest version? Jobs is right when he says that having to constantly download plugins is making the user more reliant on Adobe and Flash. Are you telling me that's not true? On another level of openness, look at the cost:

Adobe Flash CS5: $699.00
iPhone SDK: Free. Individual developer license (enabling publishing to App Store): $99.00

The monopoly argument is just dumb. If Jobs was running a monopoly, he would have said to AT&T "You cannot sell any other smart phone if you want to sell the iPhone". Or, he would say to Best Buy "You cannot sell any other mp3 player if you want to sell the iPod." Is he doing that? No. He has said it time and time again, particularly when it comes to Flash (and porn)-- "buy an Android phone." The market is what has dictated Apple's success-- PERIOD. People will buy it if they like it. And if they don't, they won't. To say that someone is monopolizing the industry because they have popular products is nothing more than sour grapes. Hey, there are those OTHER tablet computers coming out...oh yeah, that's they aren't. I supposed Jobs pushed them out, too, huh?

As for the HTML5 argument...again, you have many Flash developers laughing at the notion that this technology will replace Flash. There's even a video floating around of a guy running HTML5 apps on the iPad to watch them fail. Fair enough. But to be honest, I've only heard of HTML5 being the "future" of other words, it's still in its infancy. This, again, reminds me of what people were saying about Flash 12-13 years ago BEFORE it became the standard that it is today. Many people did not have broadband connections-- and it took FOREVER AND A DAY to download the simplest of Flash animations-- on state-of-the-art computers of the day!  The one thing that the video does show is that there are many things that HTML5 can do that even Flash cannot (like running 3D, all in-browser, without plugins). I think eventually Adobe will even start to add HTML5 functionality in one of their software programs...they have no choice, really...

Look, I'm not kissing Job's ass. There are people that say that the man is a prick-- just like they say about Martha Stewart or Oprah. And maybe he is. I, personally, don't care. If that's what you wanna focus on, so be it. It's easy to hate someone who's on top-- especially when you want to believe that he's trying to screw you (which is a view at the height of narcissism). The fact of the matter is that Jobs and Apple have their finger on the pulse of what the future of computing will look like. And that future, to many people who rely on the old ways of doing things, is frightening.

Is this a politcal/holy war? Yeah, probably. Just like VHS v. Beta, or Blu-Ray v. HD-DVD. Some will argue that the less of the two won those wars. And they're probably right. But in the end, it doesn't matter. Hey, I didn't support the Bush Administration, and would LOVE to see Cheney and Rove behind bars for war crimes...but that more-than-likely won't happen. At the end of the day, content designers and developers need to be more focused on their products rather than the vehicles with which to create them. Most consumers don't give a rats fat ass about the problems of developers-- they want content and products, and they will get them from whoever provides them-- PERIOD.  You can't be in a software/hardware based industry and NOT expect things to change. If they didn't change, we'd all still be using Commodore 64s.

There are people who worked in print that refused to move their skills over to the web or other computer publishing...and they are out of work. There are analogue video and film people that continue to shun the digital revolution...and they are not getting any jobs. If you want to continue to believe that there is a future for Flash, so be it. And I've made a career by learning Flash. But, I've been around long enough to see that things change. If you are willing to adapt, you'll always have a future. If not...well, you'll be bitching all by yourself. But hey, what do I know? As one of my developer friends complained about the iPhone not working well with Flash: "When there's a car accident, do you blame the car?" My reply: "Say that to Toyota."

In summation, my Flash developing friends...Adobe will be introducing an AIR to Android compiler for Flash in the coming months. So I guess we'll see a bunch of new Android apps coming out, eh? Or are you still going to bitch about Apple? I guess only time will tell...


It seems that I have managed to piss off quite a few Flash developers with this article. And I thought the teabaggers were a surly bunch!!

I should mention, as someone that has been around computers since I was 9 years old  (I used to write Commodore 64 programs back in the day), and someone that KNEW AS1, got pissed about AS2, and gave up after AS3 came out....I am fully aware of the disappointments that have come with keeping up with this shit. But I've gotta tell ya...just like with the teabaggers, all I'm hearing from Flash developers is bitch-bitch-bitch-bitch-bitch. And it's stupid! 

I'm not at all mocking or putting down the art of Flash development. But to the developers that are whining about Steve Jobs "lies" and lack of fairness and all other bullshit of this sort...I can't say that I have any sympathy. At the end of the day, WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT WHAT STEVE JOBS SAYS?! Flash ain't goin' anywhere anytime soon. To act like Flash doesn't have ANY problems...well, that's just stupid. It is. Because it DOES have problems. And you KNOW it does!!!! I've seen so many of you sweating over problems and issues, not just with the problem solving that comes with programming....but the fact that FLASH DOES NOT DO EVERYTHING, and some shit it does not do well. Tell me that Flash doesn't crash. Tell me that the stupid windows don't slip out of place when you swipe over them accidentally. Tell me that the pasteboard is not too small. Tell me that there are some Flash apps that slow your down your browser and CPU!! TELL ME THESE THINGS DON'T HAPPEN, AND NEVER HAPPEN. I dare you.

Look, the only power Steve Jobs and Apple have is the power you give him. And again, if he liked Flash, and catered to it-- as many of your would LOVE him to do-- NONE OF YOU would be complaining. It's that simple. 

I do love Flash-- it's a great tool, and it's kept me employed over the years. But it's a PAIN IN THE ASS sometimes. And it's NOT perfect. Acting like it's God's gift, and trying to shit on ANYONE that disagrees with that, is foolish...plain and simple. 

Make no mistake, I am busting balls. And I can take a ball-bustin' with the best of them. But I have to tell I've mentioned before, I am YET to hear a mature and reasoned condemnation of what Jobs wrote in his letter. I haven't! I am more-than-open to hear smart and articulate opposing viewpoints. But all I hear is venom. And, just like with the teabaggers, I'm calling out all of those that are just being angry and pissy for no good reason. Why? I dunno...just because...