Frivolity

04/18/2012

It breaks my heart a little bit to think about the rather asinine, incomprehensible choices people sometimes make. Police pursuits aren’t exactly unheard of here in Los Angeles, but they really should be. It’s one thing to think you can outrun another car, but when a helicopter gets involved, the little chase over is effectively over. The LAPD always has a presence in the skies, so any manhunt or pursuit can be followed from a much different perspective in a matter of minutes.

The latest police chase making headlines took place last week north of L.A. – in Woodland Hills – which resulted in the death of 19-year-old motorist Abdul Arian. Police had attempted to pull Arian over for reckless driving. He then fled, and a police chase ensued. When his car finally came to a stop, Arian exited the vehicle and ran, backpedaling and putting both hands up in front of him – in the same “aggressive shooting stance” manner the LAPD proclaims. Ultimately, the police fired 120 bullets at the driver, who turned out to be unarmed. Arian’s family is now suing the Los Angeles Police Department for $120 million.

News footage of the pursuit can be found online and, if the family were to watch it, they would see the young man trying to outrun the police and witness the aggressive actions he took just before he was gunned down. There is no need to seek “justice” in this case because there is nothing that needs justified. Ignorance IS NOT bliss and truth will ultimately prevail.

It really is a shame that this young man’s family has to deal with such an aftermath. No doubt, for them, there are more questions than answers, and some of the usual, defensive positions are being taken: “He didn’t even own a gun” and “The police responded with excessive force.” To address the latter notion, the police did what they had to do to eliminate a threat. Whether it was perceived or real in this case doesn’t matter because Arian clearly made it look as though he was brandishing a firearm. There is no simply no reason to hold a cell phone – or anything – and point it at officers who are already under duress.

The fact that there is even a lawsuit seems to demonstrate that some people will do anything for money. Quite frankly, the family should be embarrassed to look past most of the facts in this case and simply say “The police killed my boy, and they didn’t have to.” But the point is, the police had to protect themselves from a lunatic that called 911 during a car chase and said “If they (the police) pull their guns, I’m gonna have to pull my gun out on them.”

Mac vs. PC

04/14/2012

The Mac vs. PC debate is much like beating a dead horse… a VERY dead horse. There will NEVER be any glimmering examples that prove either system tops the other, so it’s both funny and irritating to read the comments on the Yahoo.com article “How to know if your Mac is infected with the Flashback virus (and how to fix it),” which can be read here:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/know-mac-infected-flashback-virus-fix-181632690.html

Look, I grew up using Windows systems at home and, thinking back, I spent a lot of time in a lot of weird places. One such place was my buddy, Brady’s, grandma’s basement. I don’t remember how we ended up hanging out there, but what I do recall is starting up the record player and booting up her Windows NT computer. Oddly, at the time it really didn’t feel odd at all. Even before computers were the norm, they felt like the norm, and some of us just naturally gravitated toward them.

Anyway, I spent A LOT of time on Windows systems, growing up. But I started using Macs more and more as time progressed. In middle school, my friends and I obediently took turns playing “Oregon Trail” on “free days” in our Ohio History class. That was seventh grade. In eighth grade, we learned proper typing skills on old Macintosh Classic IIs, which had only black and white screens. Then, in high school, the “bondi blue,” “tangerine,” and “ruby” iMac G3s became all the rage, when our high school installed them.

Fast-forward a decade later, and I own both a Windows computer and an Apple computer. They both serve a purpose but, when it comes to processor-intense applications, I have no choice but to use the Apple system. The same logic is in place in the office. We have one Windows system that’s dedicated to data transfer. All of our video editing, though, takes place on Macs… most editors prefer them… so do audio engineers… and graphic designers… not all, but most, and there is a key reason: stability.

Windows enthusiasts sometimes rave about how they can build a system that is just as good, at a fraction of the cost. Well, “just as good” is a rather subjective observation, unless they are perform actual bench tests.

Although many people like Apple computers for their ease-of-use, I have found Windows operating systems to be super customizable. People can spec them out and, for those that have such an interest, games made for Windows are quite abundant. On the other hand, they historically start to become less and less reliable as they get bogged down with heavy processing. I can’t have that with some of the work I do.

I originally bought my Mac to transfer video footage for a TV show. It was flawless in that capacity and has served me well with audio editing. Freeware and expandability gives Windows an upper-hand in those categories, however. So basically, with all this said, each operating system has its uses… its pros and cons. So, if you haven’t done so already, check out and compare both. It could open up a whole new world…

Don’t agree with this list? Let me know about it in the comment section below!

1. Counting Crows – “Mr. Jones”
2. 4 Non Blondes – “What’s Up?”
3. Tom Petty – “Into the Great Wide Open”
4. Garbage – “Only Happen when it Rains”
5. The Refreshments – “Banditos”
6. Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”
7. Beck – “Loser”
8. M.C. Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
9. Collective Soul – “The World I Know”
10. Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
11. Local H – “Bound for the Floor”
12. Cracker – “Low”
13. Nine Inch Nails – “Closer”
14. Sneaker Pimps – “Six Underground”
15. Butthole Surfers – “Pepper”
16. Live – “I Alone”
17. Stabbing Westward – “Shame”
18. Stone Temple Pilots – “Big Empty”
19. Veruca Salt – “Seether”
20. Alice in Chains – “Heaven Beside You”
21. Blind Melon – “No Rain”
22. Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight”
23. The Verve Pipe – “Photograph”
24. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give it Away”
25. Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
26. Weezer – “Say It Ain’t So”
27. Depeche Mode – “Policy of Truth”
28. Tool – “Stinkfist”
29. The Cure – “Friday I’m in Love”
30. R.E.M. – “Losing my Religion”
31. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “The Impression that I Get”
32. Smashing Pumpkins – “Disarm”
33. Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
34. Primitive Radio Gods – “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in my Hand”
35. Alice in Chains – “Rooster”
36. Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
37. Rob Zombie – “Dragula”
38. Weezer – “Undone (the Sweater Song)”
39. Filter – “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
40. Orgy – “Blue Monday”
41. Skee-lo – “I Wish”
42. Candlebox – “You”
43. Harvey Danger – “Flagpole Sitta”
44. Sublime – “What I Got”
45. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge”
46. Faith No More – “Epic”
47. Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”
48. The Offspring – “Gone Away”
49. Republica – “Ready to Go”
50. Nirvana – “All Apologies”
51. Pearl Jam – “Black”
52. Live – “Selling the Drama”
53. Eagle Eye Cherry – “Save Tonight”
54. Collective Soul – “Shine”
55. Dishwalla – “Counting Blue Cars”
56. Nada Surf – “Popular”
57. 2Pac – “California Love”
58. Cake – “I Will Survive” cover
59. Korn – “Got the Life”
60. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
61. Lit – “My Own Worst Enemy”
61. Foo Fighters – “My Hero”
62. Snoop Dogg – “Gin and Juice”
63. Toadies – “Possum Kingdom”
64. Eels – “Novocaine for the Soul”
65. Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know”
66. Soul Asylum – “Runaway Train”
67. Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”
68. Ben Folds Five – “Brick”
69. Garbage – “Stupid Girl”
70. Danzig – “Mother”
71. Toad the Wet Sprocket – “Walk on the Ocean”
72. EMF – “Unbelievable”
73. INXS – “Suicide Blonde”
74. Nine Inch Nails – “Wish”
75. Jesus Jones – “Right Here, Right Now”
76. Breeders – “Cannonball”
77. Bush – “Little Things”
78. Foo Fighters – “I’ll Stick Around”
79. Blur – “Song 2”
80. Marcy Playground – “Sex and Candy”
81. Ugly Kid Joe – “Everything About You”
82. The Verve Pipe – “The Freshmen”
83. Salt-n-Peppa – “Shoop”
84. Reel Big Fish – “Sell Out”
85. The Rentals – “Friends of P.”
86. Radiohead – “Creep”
87. Poe – “Angry Johnny”
88. C+C Music Factory – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
89. Garth Brooks – “Friends in Low Places”
90. Nirvana – “Come as You Are”
91. Jars of Clay – “Flood”
92. Lisa Loeb – “Stay (I Missed You)”
93. Us3 – “Cantaloop”
94. Placebo – “Pure Morning”
95. Primus – “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”
96. Cardigans – “Lovefool”
97. Meat Puppets – “Backwater”
98. Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn”
99. OMC – “How Bizarre”
100. Letters to Cleo – “Here and Now”

Honorable Mentions:
Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Kris Kross – “Jump”
Spin Doctors – “Two Princes”
Prick – “No Fair Fights” (I love this one, even if only about eight people in the world have heard it)
Boyz to Men – “Motown Philly”

Songs you can’t convince me belong on this list:
Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
Snow – “Informer”
Sugar Ray – “Every Morning”
Crash Test Dummies – “Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm”
Rednex – “Cotton Eye Joe”
Los del Río – “Macarena”
Ricky Martin – “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
Savage Garden – “Truly Madly Deeply”
Billy Ray Cyrus – “Achy Breaky Heart”