Economic Crisis Fatique

I hate to say this but I’m tired of hearing about the US/World wide economic crisis.  The whole thing has become so big that it’s become almost meaningless.  I feel like the underlying truth is the the US is bankrupt, but if that was ever admitted then this whole sham would fall leaving us with the unknown.  What blows my mind the most is that it seems the govt’s solution is to print more money — and yes, that’s what this $700-billion “loan” amounts to since there’s no new asset to back it.  And then Wall Street goes nuts about the plan one day and then after thinking about it, sags the next.  And then none of what’s proposed will help anyone who is about to lose their house.  I’m exhausted by it all.  I’m exhausted because it’s frustrating because I can’t do anything about it other than exercise my vote and hope that the next set of governement officials is smarter than the current set.

So what happen to the idea of the “Jubilee?”  You know, every 75-yrs, all debts get erased and everything gets reset.  Hahaha, of course, there’d be no point seeing as how the folks that got us into this mess (everyone) are always looking for a way to game the system … sigh … In the end, I guess this more of a social problem than a money problem.  Everyone likes the ride up, but nobody wants to pay for it in the end.  So tired … I wonder what it would be like if it all went to heck.  Strangely, enough, thinking about the idea of a Jubilee, our crisis now closely coincides with ~75-yrs since the melt-down of 1929.  Hahaha, … maybe the idea came from the natural cycles within human society.  You know, about every 75-years, the slate needs to get wiped clean because that is how long it takes for economies to expand and then go to heck due to corruption.  I’m glad the FBI is now involved.  Perhaps their presence will contain potential schemers from acting now.  $700-Billion is a big chunk of money, even if it’s just printed paper.  I’m sure various parties are thinking of ways to get their chunk of the bonanza.

WiHD to be Featured at CES 2009

hmm … so, supposedly WiHD is a technology that will free your living room from wires by wirelessly streaming HD content to devices within a 10-m radius of a transmitter (it won’t deal with those pesky power cords, though).  According to this article the signals can’t go through walls or metal, rather the signals will bounce off the walls and your head in every direction.  Because it is omni-directional, there won’t be any line of sight issues and there’s DRM too — sigh … well, whatever.   Oh, and they claim they can jam two HD signals from a signal transmitter for PIP and dualview (3-D and two images from the same display for gaming) Hopefully, there is some education put out there well before this goes wide so people understand what WiHD is.  I’ve seen too many things like this fail because manufacturers can’t explain the technology to consumers effectively.   Consumers are having a hard time with the analog to digital conversion and many don’t understand what it takes to have an HD household.  Sigh … the poor consumer.   Here’s a link to the article for more information.

GE and Tatung to make HDTV’s

GE’s random re-entry into various small appliance markets continue.  Last year it was digital cameras and a printer, and in 2009, it’s HDTV’s.  I remember GE making TV’s when I was little and then TV’s left the US for good in the late 80’s.  Anyhow, GE claims these TVs will be high-end and it looks like they are planning to use them as vehicles to pump their programming from NBC-Universal — content provider and content displayer — hahaha!

“Executives at the venture say they are working on ways for the new sets to highlight Internet content from GE’s NBC Universal unit. They haven’t explained exactly how those technologies and relationships will work.”

I guess they are making a small bet (only $15-million) on a solution play.  They better hope Americans have a nostalgic feeling towards GE TVs, because all that comes to mind to me are the cheap looking TVs from my early adolescense.  Here’s a link to the article for more information.

Kodak’s Sweet OLED Wireless Digital Photo Frame

Here’s some info about it from CNET-UK.  It’s too pricey from my blood, but when it comes down, this is one I will definitely check out.  I like being able to pull pictures from Flickr 🙂 so I don’t have to worry about what 2GB of stuff I want to put on the frame.  Here’s a link to the Kodak site for the frame.  It’s a super annoying noisy and CHEESE-MO Flashsite that takes a little over a minute to load over a high-speed connection each time you choose a new link to explore.  Thank goodness there’s a button in the lower right corner to shut the darned music off.  Yeeks!!!  Work on your image compression guys (or perhaps ditch the tunes)!  Long load time is not cool once you are supposedly already in the site.  A little bit of Flash can be a dangerous thing …

Sheep

I am determined to make a sheep because they are so cute.  Here’s my start:

I spent a lot of time on his body this afternoon.  I will work on his face tomorrow and then the legs, and then I will see what magic I can work to give his fur depth.  Then I will animate him.  Sheep!!!  So cute!!!