Archive for February, 2005

I’m a big fan of WordPress. This site is currently running on version 1.3 alpha 2. It serves me well, however there are some issues that I have with it. Most notably the damn trackback spam. Version 1.3 is actually 1.5, I think. For some reason they changed it. Oh wait, here is the reason it was changed.

I’m just not too enthused about updating my templates and plugins. I’m sure I’m going to need to. With the multitude of changes they made, there has to be some update I need to make.

Meh. I’ll look into it. Maybe it won’t be so bad. It would give me a good kick in the ass to do some code clean up, think my-hacks.php, and to update some template things, think those ugly, weird angled bullets.

We’ll see.

For those who don’t know, all three of you that is, Google released a new maps web application.

Much like Yahoo! Maps or MapQuest, Google Maps is what it sounds like, a maps program. However, this is much better than the other two. Though, some of the intuition and documentation could be improved.

I never liked Yahoo Maps!. The reason I never liked them? Their driving directions are absolutely horrid. Ironically, I still use it whenever I want driving directions. It’s like I’m compelled to use it. I get lost or very confused nearly every time I use them. Nothing is simple. Yet, time after time, I still use them.

As for MapQuest, I don’t think I ever got into their way of doing things. Their service is alright, their maps are childish in comparison to Google’s. However, it can still do driving directions decently. Unknown to me, however, is how well they would fare in a real life test.

Finally, for Google Maps. I know it seems like everyone just has to love Google because they’re seemingly un-corporate, but in reality, they are quite corporate now-a-days. I still think of it as a coolcorporation though, but hey, that’s me. Anyways, Their maps application is visually stunning. Their map doesn’t look so horribly jumbled as others do. Also, when doing a search for pizza near X address, I like their way of noting where the location is (it’s a little red spikey thing). When you click on it, it gives you some detailed information about it, which is nice.

Also, who doesn’t like the non-reloading, click and drag feature. As well as the double-click to center feature. I don’t see those on the other applications, hmmm. Makes me wonder, though, if the program is done through javascript xmlHttpRequest. Seems logical doesn’t it? But then again, as we learned from Dave’s post at Mezzoblue, Map.Search.ch doesn’t use xmlHttpRequest and it has basically the same functionality. Though, I will note that double clicking on the map here, zooms and centers. That would be nice. Google, are you listening? :-)

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Google’s new application, but I have some problems with it. I can’t seem to get it to do driving directions for me. I am trying to do some lazy directions. Such as 151st to mur-len and santa fe. It can’t seem to do that right. I am guessing that I am putting it in improperly. However, I can’t find any place showing me what the right way is. Meh. It is a Beta product. (But then hasn’t Google News been beta for years now? Hmmmm.)

But other than that stuff, I still love the application and will try it out the next time I need to go somewhere. Which is more often that I usually expect, considering I just moved to a new city where I don’t know where anything is. So, we shall see.

Everyone knows that the Super Bowl is the highlight of the year for commercials. So here is my thoughts on the commercials from this years Super Bowl. I’m only doing the product commercials. Not movie commercials. Also, there is a chance that some of these were not new ones. I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, so if it isn’t new, leave a comment and I’ll just remove it. Also, this list is long enough, so I only did the first half. Second half is a lot of repeats anyways.

  1. Ford Mustang – Frozen guy, kinda funny.
  2. Bud Light – Skydivers, funny.
  3. O2 – People are just walking around. C’mon! Not funny at all. Very boring.
  4. Diet Pepsi – Too many cameo’s. Interesting concept though.
  5. Lebron James bubble gum? – What the hell is that?
  6. M:robe – Weird dancing people. I don’t see the point of weird dancing people to promote the product.
  7. FedEx – Burt Reynolds, Bear!, Dancing animal!, Cute kids!, Groin kick!, Talking animal!, Attractive females, Product message, Famouus pop song, Additional ending! Thumbs up, I liked this one.
  8. Bud Light – Cedric the entertainer, not that empressed.
  9. Volvo XE90 v8 – I don’t like stock footage for anything. Bah to this commercial.
  10. Diet Pepsi – Cindy Crawford cameo, queery guy cameo. They’re just cameo’s, they suck.
  11. GoDaddy.com – I like anything making fun of decency standards. Haha, awesome.
  12. Bud Light – Friends go to game, buddy stays home. That’s funny.
  13. Mcdonald’s – French fry looks like Abraham Lincoln. Eh, it was alright.
  14. Visa Check Card – Superheroes, dumb
  15. Ameriquest – “You’re getting robbed” funny
  16. Quizno’s – Little kid talking. I think I’ve seen this?
  17. mbna – rugby commercial. Uh, kinda weird. Gladys Knight? No thanks.
  18. Honda Ridgeline – Commercial itself sucked ,but I’d never heard of the truck before…
  19. Budweiser – Animals want to be Clydesdale horse. Funny if you rmember last year.
  20. Lays – ball over the fence, kinda funny due to MC Hammer cameo.
  21. Subway – new hot sandwich commercial. Dumb.
  22. Pepsi – Singing bottles. Dumb. I don’t think I’m going to like any of these
  23. Degree deodorant – Mama’s Boy. Funny. This is the one that I heard a lot about. Kinda looked like the mom was jacking off the guy in the shopping cart though…
  24. Pepsi – Singing bottles 2. Eve, Gwen Steffani cameo. STOP IT.
  25. Cadillac – VSeries commercial. Best car commercial so far.
  26. Careerbuilder.com – Monkeys. Decent.
  27. Bud Light – Bird with Al Pacino Scarface voice defending girl. I liked it.
  28. Silestone – I am Dianna Perl. – Meh, Cameos.
  29. Michelob Amber Bock – “Rich, but not smooth”, It was decent I’d say.

Personally, I thought they were lacking overall. I liked the Bud Light commercials, as per usual for the Super Bowl. I don’t know what it is, but all the damn cameos started pissing me off. To me it just says “Buy my product because we paid all these famous people to be in this commercial.” Seriously, as a consumer, I demand more respect than that. Show me shiney things, then I’ll buy it. :-)