Recent posts tagged fail


2017


Fail Better Dept.

The trick to learning from failure is to not make it into a morality play.

2011


Stripped Gears Dept.

I'm still reeling from the sheer amount of technological catastrophe that decided to visit Chez Genji this past couple of weeks, which apart from work is a big reason why I haven't posted anything. This wasn't some simple fender-bender or...

2010


Dumb Phone Dept.

Well, that was short-lived. After barely three weeks of use, my brand-new Motorola Cliq XT Android phone decided to turn into a desk paperweight. A service call to T-Mobile ended with "Let's cross-ship you a new phone", so I can't...

Cell Hell Dept.

Yesterday I made the mistake of "upgrading" my phone from a primitive-but-reliable Nokia to one of Motorola's new Cliq XT (Droid) touch screen models. The experience has confirmed, for me, why I loathe and despise most current phones: they try...

Thump Thump Thump Pew Pew Pew Dept.

Q: How desperate for ideas, how creatively bankrupt, how cowardly does Hollywood have to be to option the video game Space Invaders as a feature film, and do so with a completely straight face? A: Very. Someone in the comments...

Hunting The Snark Dept.

How's this for a nyah-nyah duel? Amazon Vs. Macmillan, Round Three: Amazon caves and agrees to allow e-book pricing to be set much more competitively, but does so via an announcement worded for maximum acidity: Macmillan, one of the “big...

Blah-Ray Dept.

It's beginning to look a lot like the Blu-ray edition of Ran scheduled for domestic release is the crummy upsampled master, and not Criterion's own direct-from-the-negative 1080p transfer. Here's a review of the Optimum import version, which is also region...

Anti-Social Dept.

A friend of mine recently sent me an invite to a "social networking aggregator" -- oh, god, I can feel my hair falling out already -- called Threadsy. Most people know I have little love for "social networking" sites, not...

Z Is For ... Dept.

Not long ago, a friend of mine gave me his old Zune 30GB model (he replaced it with the current HD edition). He gave me carte blanche to gripe about it as well, because as grateful as I am for...

Cringeworthy Dept.

For some reason I'm still getting flyers from QPB, even though I haven't ordered anything from them in too long a span of time to remember. This issue, however, featured something so cringe-worthy I had to show it here: their...

2009


Poor Text Editing Dept.

Every time I get that much closer to using a webpage as an application of some kind, cold hard reality leaps out of the closet and tears my head off. Movable Type 5's default in-browser rich text editor is pretty...

Empty Shell Dept.

My copy of Ghost in the Shell 2.0 on Blu-ray arrived today. I encourage everyone with an iota of respect for this film not to buy it. There are two things wrong with GITS2.0. The first is the 2.0 "remix"...


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