Microsoft plots Macromedia coup against Java:

The J2EE community sorely lacks a programming environment that can make Java more accessible to mainstream developers.

What is a “mainstream developer”? I’m not poo-pooing on the article’s story, or the possible strategy of MS buying Macromedia, at all; rather, I’m curious what kind of coder this article is talking about: I thought I was a mainstream coder, but I’ve never had any problems dealing with J2EE stuff. There is a bulk of knowledge needed to code in it, and some tedium, but isn’t that how all coding is?

I’ve occasionally suspected that MS coding is easier, or less tedious, than the world of coding I know, in that there’s a closed set of functionality that can be done: that all of them can be funneled into an IDE that has a bunch of Wizards and the occasional text entry. Maybe it’s not so much a closed set of functionality, so much as a closed set of how that functionality can be coded.

But this still leaves the question open: what is a “mainstream developer”?

PastaPro Update

I’m sure everyone will be happy to know that I’m now the #5 result for “PastaPro” on Google.

In related news, Matt Ray and I both saw a new PasaPro commercial the other day that introduced a white PastaPro. Red does seem to imply Italian food, while white implies a more general appeal: that market’s opening wide up for the Idiot-proof way to drain pasta…and meat: just pour out the fat!

That’s my favorite infomercial selling point: just pour out the fat! You could be selling a paint-gun, and one of it’s benefits would be that you could just pour out the fat!!

Holiday Working

Man, let me tell ya: when there’s no one at work it’s peaceful, calm, and super-productive.

More Good Things About Holidy Working

  1. No rush-hour: drive 80 to, and from, work at any time during the day.
  2. Internet connection is super-fast.
  3. No one seems to mind if I play Kool Keith because no one’s here.

That’s right, I’ll just keep telling myself those things to keep from thinking about…

Bad Things About Holiday Work

  1. The Folk’s blog posts are coming slower than molasses in January — well, a January anywhere it actually gets cold anymore.
  2. No one to go to lunch with: What? Am I supposed to eat alone?
  3. Being at work.

KHM: Game

Generally disenchanted with the current state of musical affairs, Keith claims the only person who moves him these days is Missy Elliott. “I don’t see anyone doing anything more innovative than [her], including myself. People will listen to a bunch of records that have no significance. They will go out and buy a CD just because it has somebody weird on the cover or because it looks like it has 18 spaceships on it. It’s just marketing. The CDs look so future, and then you put the music in and it sounds like some 1974 shit.”

To answer’s Matt Ray’s question, the new Kool Keith — rather “KHM” — album I have is called

. It’s pretty good so far, as long as you like the post-Black Elvis / Lost in Space stuff.

Then again, one Amazon reviewer said, “My roommate, who typically lets me listen to whatever insane [stuff] I want made me turn this album off.”

Also, it looks like there’s more albums coming:

“I’ve got stuff for soundtracks. I’ve got Keith … Straight Up Keith. Then Keith Part 2: The Return of Keith; The Return of Black Elvis 2; The Awakening � Keith; Dr. Octagon, Black Elvis and Dr. Dooom; Jackie Jasper and Keith Part 1; Dr. Dooom Part 2; Matthew Part 2; Sex Style Part 2 and 3, all going down � endless. A compilation of new artists, I’ve got volumes one, two and three. Ultramagnetic Part 2: The Return and The Resurrection of Dr. Octagon. It’s all being worked on right now as we speak.”

But, I wouldn’t be suprised if the loki of hip-hop was just making all that shit up for the interviewer.

There’s also Statesman article from Dec. 12:

Keith doesn’t much rap the way you might think of Jay-Z, Eminem or Snoop rapping. Half the time, he seemed to simply declare his comments somewhere near the beat rather than on it, before it or behind it. He mumbled, he yelled, he occasionally rapped, and hip-hop fans found themselves totally hypnotized.


Kitchen Krisis: Pasta Spills!

As most of you know, I have, as some have called it, “sick” fascination and photo-graphic memory for commercials. My favorite this week is the
commercial: a red pot whose lid locks onto the base, and allows you to easily pour out the water you’ve boiled your pasta in.

You may be asking, “What’s the need for this cheap looking hunk of red-metal that’s sure to end up on the recycled K-Mart shelves of BigLots! or Dollar General sometime next year?” Apparently, dear reader, Americans are increasingly unable to properly pour pasta into a colander. Long strands of spaghetti and linguine are being eaten alive by the gapping maw of the

The commercial depicts straining pasta as a perilous task, often resulting in most of your pasta missing the colander, and slipping down the drain. Then, of course, there’s the shot of the family — a boy, a girl, and a man — in virtual riot because diner’s not ready yet. Use the PastaPro, and you can stave off the all too often occurring kitchen riot. I know I’d go ape shit if my spaghetti wasn’t served to me in a timely manner. And don’t give me lip about how hard it is to drain pasta! Just fix the damn problem, Jane! Thanks PastaPro!

I could go on, but I’ll a spare you the vivid recollections. Some ad-wizard created a problem that’s never existed before: draining pasta.