Celebrating Family Guy’s 100th Episode

26 10 2007

Stewie Kills Lois

9 days and counting…

The countdown to Family Guy’s 100th episode is in full swing for me. I’m a big fan of the show and the anticipation for the 100th episode is very exciting. Looking back now, the possibility of the show to successfully reach such a milestone seemed almost inconceivable.

When Family Guy debuted in 1999, it had a significant impact on the animation industry with its provocative humor, outrageous cutaway gags and “anything goes” mindset. Since then the series has taken everyone on an astonishing ride. Family Guy was cancelled twice; once in 2000 and again in 2002. However, strong DVD sales and the large viewership of reruns on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim convinced FOX to resume the show in 2005. It is the first cancelled show to be resurrected based on DVD sales. And now a mere 8 years later, we’re here to celebrate what was once unimaginable…100 episodes!

The show’s break-out star, Stewie Griffin is a matricidal infant so it’s only fitting that he reaches his “lifelong” mission in this milestone episode titled “Stewie Kills Lois”. In the 100th episode, Lois and Peter go on a cruise, leaving Stewie and the family behind. When Stewie gets upset with Lois for leaving him at home, he vows to carry out a diabolical plan. When Brian challenges him to actually do it, Stewie stows away on the ship, finds Lois and….well I guess the name of the episode says it all.

The 100th episode is set to air on Sunday, November 4th!





Dumbledore’s Gay!

23 10 2007

Dumbledore

Alright so as we all know by now, our beloved wizard Albus Dumbledore is (or was) actually gay. During the last leg of J.K. Rowling’s book tour in NY, Jo announced the true sexuality of Dumbledore. Jo conducted a brief reading of the Deathly Hallows, which was followed by a questions and answers session. A young fan asked Jo whether or not Dumbledore ever found true love in his life, to which Jo replied, “Dumbledore is gay”. Followed by gasps from the audience, Carnegie Hall soon erupted in applause. Moreover, his “love interest” if you will, was none other than his greatest rival, Gillert Grindelwald.

What do I have to say about this? Big freakin’ deal…

So the guy’s gay. Does this change my opinion about him? No. Is this interesting news? Yeah of course, especially for devoted Harry Potter fans who have relentlessly wondered about Dumbledore’s non-notable love life. But that’s about as far as it goes.

Of course this revelation has ignited huge debate amongst many groups of people and communities. There are, and always will be, naysayers in society that frown upon homosexuality. But that is the world we live in and unfortunately, it’s an inevitable battle that will continue.

However, to all the devote Harry Potter and Dumdbledore fans, I don’t think we should judge Jo or her characters based on this new revelation. We have been religiously reading Harry Potter books for years now, why should our opinions about the books, about Jo, and about Dumbledore change now? Take a moment and think about the kind of man/wizard Dumbledore was. He was an advocate and champion for the rights of house elves, giants, werewolves, muggle-borns, merpeople, centaurs, and even alternative marriages, such as that of Lupin and Tonks. When he fought for the rights of the above mentioned groups, did we as readers frown upon his actions and opinions? Did we think any less of of Jo or Dumbledore because they encouraged equal rights for all? I didn’t think so.

All in all, fans of J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series should consider this new discovery about Professor Dumbledore as simply novel information and insight about a wonderfully mysterious character that we have grown (and hopefully will continue) to admire.





Samsung’s New Pretty Printers to Be Apple Exclusive

19 09 2007

Apple likes exclusives, as evidenced by O2’s alleged offer for the iPhone. But it looks like it goes the other way, too, as Apple has gained for itself a deal with Samsung to be the exclusive outlet for that company’s beautiful new piano-black printers.Anyway, the printers will be available at Apple Stores and apple.com at $300 or $200, depending on whether you grab the standalone or the all-in-one.

 

EW SLEEK, ULTRA-COMPACT SAMSUNG PRINTERS TO BE SOLD EXCLUSIVELY AT APPLE RETAIL STORES

World’s most compact printers are both stylish and easy to use

IRVINE, Calif., September 18, 2007

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the world’s second largest manufacturer of laser printers, today announced that its ultra-compact monochrome laser printer, the ML-1630, and multifunction printer, the SCX-4500, will be available exclusively at Apple Retail Stores nationwide and online at http://www.Apple.com. These two new printers are perfect products for consumers who value both style and functionality. The devices – which are two-thirds the size of traditional laser printers – feature high-glossy and seamless exteriors that create a truly ultra-minimalist design. Samsung’s new, innovative laser printers meet consumer demand for reliable electronics that aesthetically harmonize with any office or home environment. The ML-1630 and the SCX-4500 will be sold exclusively at Apple Retail Stores until they are widely released in January 2008.

“Samsung is consistently looking for opportunities to enrich and diversify the global printer market,” said Jang-jae Lee, Senior Vice President of the Digital Printing Division, Samsung Electronics. “In turn, we are thrilled to team up with Apple, a true leader in its field, for the U.S. release of our newest printers. The ML-1630 and the SCX-4500 include button-less touch-sensor panels that reduce the user interface. Plus audible alerts and blue LED scan-process indicators ensure that the devices are extremely user-friendly.

“Among electronic products, printers are very complex and sophisticated,” said Jun Won Bae, Senior Designer, at Digital Printing Division of Samsung Electronics. “In turn, we wanted to create a printer with a simple exterior design that would serve as a counterbalance to its interior complexity.”

“Samsung has taken the printer – which is often considered as an add-on device – to an entirely new level of artistic refinement,” Lee added. “These days, consumers are looking for products that are not only functional, but that also reflect their own personal styles.” Samsung’s new printers will available at Apple Retail Stores and apple.com.

MSRP is $299 for the SCX-4500 and $199 for the ML-1630.





Single Line Of HTML Code Crashes IE6

7 08 2007

A Japanese blogger who goes by the name Hamachiya2 has discovered a single line of HTML and CSS that crashes IE 6. The line is:

<style>*{position:relative}</style><table><input></table>

If you’re brave, you can copy that line of code in Notepad and save the document as an .htm file. Then open it in IE using the File > Open option.  The code is rendered correctly in Firefox, Safari and Opera (didn’t get a chance to try any other browsers, but presumably they work too). But in IE 6 it raises a fatal error in mshtml.dll.





How Long Foods Stay Fresh in the Fridge/Freezer?

7 08 2007

The other day, one of the local radio stations were discussing this topic, so I did a bit of research…here’s what I found out:

First off, it’s not always the best idea to rely on labels. Some foods don’t have them, and the ones on others can be confusing.

Also, most people don’t realize that once they open certain popular items found in containers or cans, a new freshness clock starts ticking.

So, it’s important to know which foods have a shorter lifespan once placed in the fridge.

If items that have been sitting in the fridge too long are eaten, they can lead to food poisoning and, in some cases, serious health problems.

BABY FOOD: LASTS 1 – 3 DAYS IN FRIDGE ONCE OPENED

An open jar of strained fruits and veggies lasts two-to-three days in the fridge. Opened cooked meat and vegetable combos need to go after a day or two. Meat and veggie combos should go after two days, tops. The bottom line: Don’t leave open jars of baby food in the fridge longer than three days. A hidden danger with baby food is that parents may feed babies right out of the jar, so saliva transferred to the jar can promote bacterial growth when placed back in the fridge. If you’re using a jar more than once, make sure you portion out what you’re going to use, so the dirty spoon doesn’t go back into the jar.

PASTA SAUCE: LASTS 5 DAYS ONCE OPENED

Once opened, tomato-based sauces are only good for five days to a week. Don’t wait for the mold to form. In many cases, you won’t see the mold in the sauce after five days, but it actually could be there. Some mold produce toxins that can be harmful, so why take the risk? Mold grows in very wet environments. What promotes the mold is the high moisture content. No amount of cooking will kill the toxins. So, to be safe, you need to throw it away.

MAYONAISE: LASTS 2 MONTHS ONCE OPENED

Mayo has a high fat content, which means it’s not as susceptible to mold and bacteria growth. But the oils in mayo break down over time, so its flavor changes, and it will no longer taste good. There may be a subtle “off” smell, but you may or may not be able to smell it, so be on the safe side and dispose of it after two months, no matter what type of container it comes in. For other condiments, such as ketchup, oil, and salad dressing, refer to the expiration dates, which are normally accurate for these products.

Because it’s not always easy to keep track of how long your food has been living in the fridge, Freeman suggests taking tape and a marker and writing down the date you open any glass jars or metal cans. Use the dates as your reference point. Once you’ve gone past the date, it is time to trash it!

CHEESE: LASTS 1 – 4 WEEKS

Softer cheeses generally have a shorter shelf-life than hard chesses. Hard cheeses ( e.g. cheddar or Swiss) last three to four weeks in the fridge after they’re opened; soft cheeses (e.g. Brie) last one week. With cheeses, you can follow the “use/sell by” dates as your guide, but it’s best to examine the cheese: Look for mold and smell the cheese to see if it has an odor of ammonia.

It’s possible to prolong cheese’s shelf life before you store it in the fridge: Remove the plastic that firm cheeses often come in, and wrap the cheese in wax paper. Finish it off with a light layer of plastic wrap.

It’s also still possible to eat cheese that has mold on it, but you must be careful: Cut off an inch beyond the mold on all sides, keeping the knife clean between cuts, so you won’t spread it. Re-cover it with some fresh wrap.

EGGS: LASTS 3 – 5 WEEKS

Eggs should last three to five weeks after you put them in the fridge. Keep in mind that it’s very important that you don’t put eggs in the front of the fridge — even if there are compartments for them there. They’ll spoil earlier if they’re in the front. Stick eggs along with milk, and raw food (fish, meat, and poultry) in the back of the fridge, because it’s cooler there. Bacteria grow at a slower rate in colder temperatures. The back of the fridge is typically the coldest part of your fridge, so store items there that need to be kept freshest. Butter is good to keep in the front of the fridge, to keep it warmer so it’s easy to cut. Butter, bottled water, and other unopened drinks are items that are less susceptible to temperature problems.

LEFTOVERS: LAST 3 – 4 DAYS

Kung Pao chicken, pepperoni pizza, or tuna salad must go in the fridge within two hours of serving to reduce your risk of food-borne illnesses, because bacteria grow more quickly at room temperature. Don’t leave leftovers hanging out in the kitchen. Put them in the fridge as soon as you’re done with them. Cold temperatures slow the rate of bacteria growth. For larger items, such as macaroni salad or large quantities of Chinese food, refrigerate in several shallow containers rather than large clumps. That way, the food will cool evenly and more quickly. You don’t want a big clump: That risks the chance of something growing in the center because it didn’t cool properly.





New Apple iMac Unveiled

7 08 2007

Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced two new iMacs at the start of an event held this morning (Tuesday 8/7/07) at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

The latest iMacs are a 20 inch and 24 inch model, both made from aluminum and glass and come with the new keyboard featured in my previous post here. The new iMacs along with the new keyboard are much much thinner than the previous versions. Both of these iMacs are now available from the Apple Store.

The specs:
20 Inch Version:

 

 

  • $1,199
  • 20-inch, 1680 x 1050 LCD
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1GB RAM
  • 250GB SATA
  • 8x SuperDrive
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT

20 Inch Version Souped Up:

  • $1,499
  • 20-inch, 1680 x 1050 LCD
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1GB RAM
  • 320GB SATA
  • 8x SuperDrive
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro

24 Inch Version:

  • $1,799
  • 24-inch, 1900 x 1200 LCD
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1GB RAM
  • 320GB SATA
  • 8x SuperDrive
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro

 





Sony 80GB PlayStation 3 On Sale Now

5 08 2007


The $599.00 80GB Sony PlayStation 3 is now available for sale online in North America. Sony didn’t previously give us a date or anything, but it looks like GameStop / EB Games is stocking the $599 80GB console (bundled with MotorStorm), and claims shipment in 24 hours. Here it is on the EB Games website.








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