Notes for 9/30/2007

Here are my weekly notes:

  • Megan’s parents took us out for dinner tonight, to celebrate our entering the workforce. We’re now contributing to their pensions :) Heh, very nice of them, and dinner was excellent.
  • Ever wonder what the world would be like without Google Maps? We’d have more swastika-shaped buildings, that’s for sure.
  • After a bit of a hiatus, I had two articles published at last100 this week. The first was on Halo 3 and Microsoft’s strategy beyond gaming, and the second was on the potentially doomed Zune.
  • In a post that received lots of attention, Scott Karp outlined five reasons why he feels the mobile web sucks. He then wrote a follow-up post responding to some of the hostile comments left by readers of the first one. Both are worth a read.
  • Here’s what I like about Wired magazine: I can purchase the relatively inexpensive physical version, read it without requiring access to an electronic device, and then go online to bookmark my favorite articles later because they are all available at the website for free.
  • I downloaded and quickly watched the first episode of the new CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, solely because Kaley Cuoco (from 8 Simple Rules) is in the show. All I can say is I am glad I didn’t have to pay for it.
  • The new Smallville which aired Thursday was excellent! They must have spent a fortune on the special effects. I was impressed that they had a nice mix of both subtle (Clark’s skin healing in the sunlight) and over-the-top (Clark vaporizing a river of water) effects. The new girl, Canada’s own Laura Vandervoort, didn’t have much screen time in the premiere. I’m sure we’ll see much more of her though!