Sunday, September 19, 2010

iPod Apps (Specifically Free Games)

So my newest hobby is to download (mostly free) games onto my iPod Touch, try them, then removed them. Well, most of them ended up being removed, to make the clutterness manageable.

Here's how I think the ratings of the games should go:-

1 - Uber awesome, a game that I am willing to pay (up to $2.99) for, and don't feel ripped off
2 - Addicting game that I'll play even when I should be doing something else
3 - Okay game that I'll play with if I'm in line or waiting for a friend running late
4 - Ugh, it's okay, but Delete!
5 - A waste of time to just install/uninstall it

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010


By now we are all used to the model of a free video clip after we are forced to watch a short commercial first. Okay, that's not a complaint, I understand that somehow the bandwidths got to get paid, the engineers putting the websites up have to get paid. But if I am on watching the video of a product, isn't that in and of itself a commercial? Why is there a commercial in front of another commercial? :O

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Marriage, Revisited

People think that when they are not cheating on their current partners they are in a monogamy relationship. True monogamy, in the animal kingdom, is defined by mating with one partner for one's entire life. Hard to imagine, isn't it? A few species, mostly birds, are actually monogamous. If their mating partner die before them, they will never mate again.

For the longest time I wondered what is the reason to get married -- as many who does not support the institution of marriage would say, "If I am faithful to him/her, does a piece of paper matter?" On the other hand, if a piece of paper does not matter, why DO people get cold feet before marriage, if it changes nothing?

I have finally found the answer to my long term quest of the meaning of marriage -- when you are in a monogamous relationship, a lot less thought went into that decision, if it's a conscious decision at all. Is it still a commitment? Sure it's a commitment of sort, a commitment that says you agree to be monogamous on a temporary and indefinitely basis with your current partner. Whereas a marriage is, hopefully at least at the time of the wedding, a commitment, sometimes in front of many friends and family that a conscious decision has been made to spend the rest of one's life with the partner and, for most, the realization of starting a family.

Nissan Commercial: Kidzilla

What? No fine print disclaimer on the bottom that this was dramatization and NOT really how they test their cars? And here I thought everything in this country has to come with a disclaimer...