God is Dead

I don’t know why this isn’t bigger news: NASA Completes 52-Year Mission To Find, Kill God:

After more than five decades of tireless work, brave exploration, and technological innovation aimed at a single objective, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Wednesday that it had finally completed its mission to find and kill God.

“I am ecstatic to tell you all today that we have beheld the awesome visage of the supreme architect of the cosmos, and we have murdered Him,” jubilant administrator Charles Bolden said after being drenched with champagne by other celebrating NASA employees. “There have been innumerable setbacks, missteps, and hardships over the past 50 years, but we always stayed true to our ultimate goal and we never gave up.”

“We finally got the son of a bitch!” Bolden continued. “He’s dead! God is dead!”

Download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Today

windows7 sp1Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is supposed to be available from Microsoft today.

Update: Microsoft has made the download available (iso).

I’m posting this cause I’m curious how many hits it’ll get with the news that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 can be downloaded today.

It should be available at the Microsoft Update Center or its Service Pack Center sometime today, February 22, 2011.

SP1 contains the following updates:
– Additional support for communication with third-party federation services.
– Improved HDMI audio device performance.
– Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents.
– Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX).
– Improved Support for Advanced Format (512e) Storage Devices.
– Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec.
– Virtual desktop improvements.
– Bug fixes.

Aren’t you excited?!

What To Watch On Netflix: In Bruges

in bruges movieIn Bruges (thriller/dark comedy – 2008) 9 out of 10 stars (9/10)

Netflix provides recommendations based on your previous viewings and ratings. We try to watch videos that have ratings greater than 3 out of 5 stars and we’re noticing our selection is becoming limited for certain genres, such as science fiction, action, and thrillers.

In Bruges has a 3.5/5 rating on Netflix and Roger Ebert gave it his highest rating, so we decided to watch it; we’re glad we did – it’s a great movie.

In Bruges is about (click link there for wiki entry) a couple criminals in hiding (in Bruges, Belgium), waiting for their boss to call with further instructions after their last job didn’t go well. It’s violent, interesting, emotional, and laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommended.

Netflix Complaint: During the last 20 minutes of the movie the video paused a lot – every few minutes. I had to rewind it 30 seconds or just wait a minute or so before the video started again. It was very annoying – all during the climax too. I suspect the Netflix servers were being overloaded since it was around 10:30pm Atlantic, which is probably prime viewing time on a Saturday night; but still, it was distracting and frustrating.

Phillip posted about In Burges back in 2009.

The meaning of “friends” has changed

friends tv showYou Have Fewer Friends Than You Think:

…no matter how many people you friend on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or connect to on LinkedIn, you can truly be friends with only 150 of them. If you have more than 150 people in your social circle, then you have to accept that the quality of those relationships is rather poor…

I’m not close to 150 and wouldn’t want to be.

The article suggests some ways to maintain close relationships with true friends, including:

Make a list of 10 close friends (parents count as 1 friend). Once a month, send each of them an email and schedule a time to meet, Skype or chat on the phone (aim for in-person chats as much as possible). Set aside an hour to catch up on life, work, hopes, disappointments and goals.