Incoming hurricane Wednesday-ish [PHOTO]

I just took a look at NOAA and saw there’s going to be a hurricane that’s going to hit Texas around Wednesday.

I put this high-tech graphic together to show where abouts I will be in this mess.

June 2010 storm

June 2010 storm

Looking at the projected size of the hurricane and looking where it’s going to be and after very careful thought, I have to say…. crap. Specifically crappity crap crap crap.

Kellogs is recalling Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Froot Loops, and Apple Jacks cereals

Dude. What’s up with all the funny-smelling-packaging that’s making people sick lately? First it was some meds, and now it’s some breakfast cereals.

Kelloggs just announced… “a voluntary recall Friday of certain breakfast cereals including Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Froot Loops and Apple Jacks, due to an “uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell coming from the liner in the package.”

According to the official Kelloggs recall site, the following items need to be trashed or sent back if you have them…

Kellogg’s® Apple Jacks®
UPC 3800039136
17 ounce package with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 10 2011 and JUN 22 2011
UPC 3800039132 3
8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between JUN 03 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s® Corn Pops®
UPC 3800039109
12.5 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
UPC 3800039111
17.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
UPC 3800039116
9.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 05 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s® Froot Loops®
UPC 3800039118
12.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
UPC 3800039120
17 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
UPC 3800039125
8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s®Honey Smacks®

UPC 3800039103
15.3 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

The Kelloggs official recall site also notes that “only products with the letters “KN” following the Better If Used Before Date are included in the recall.”

Click here to see the CNN article.

Click here to see the Kelloggs recall list from the Kelloggs site.

CNN : “Apple on iPhone complaints: You’re holding it wrong”

I wasn’t planning on getting one of the new iPhones because of the consistently rotten service from AT&T. But apparently the brand new iPhone has a lot of problems in and of itself.

On Gizmodo, they say not only does the front glass scratch and crack easily, the whole iPhone will scratch and crack easily. There’s also a constant yellow tint with spots on the display, some of the volume buttons are improperly installed from the factory, and if you hold it in your left hand like you do any other cell phone in existence, the signal will drop!

Geez, Apple. Who did you contract out for quality control on this? Lancelot Link – Secret Chimp?

Well, CNN just posted Apple’s response to the signal loss problem. “”Just avoid holding it in that way,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs wrote in an e-mail.”

What? Seriously? You have to hold the iPhone all dainty? Put it in a soft case and don’t forget to keep your pinky finger out?

Damn. That’s pretty insulting. Even for an Apple product.

Here’s the link to the CNN article.

Drop-Side child cribs to be banned under pending US Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations

A new article on Bloomberg says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission “intends to issue federal regulations on crib safety by the end of the year” that will completely “eliminate the drop-side design” of baby cribs.

The article says 9 million cribs have been recalled in the past five years, and there have been “32 deaths since 2000” apparently due to the design of the drop-side cribs.

“Drop-side cribs are popular with parents because one side can be raised or lowered on tracks, providing easier access to the bed. Infants can suffocate or be strangled when the hardware fails and a side detaches, creating a gap.”

If you have a drop-side crib, check out JPMA’s site (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) for information on what is being recalled and what you can do if you have one of these cribs.

Current oil spill photo from NASA [PHOTO]

This is how bad the oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico is right now…

Oil Spill as of 06/22/10

That little white dot in the lower left area is where the oil spill started.

Those little patches of blue are what’s left of the ocean.

Click here to visit the NASA site with the original photo.

Click here to see a giant photo of the region from a little higher up (NOTE: large 10mb image)

Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

EDIT / UPDATE: Just found this forecast of its’ potential spread…

Who ships a slightly customized laptop faster – Apple or Dell UPDATE

In an earlier post, I mentioned that back on the 8th of June I ordered a laptop from Dell and that I also ordered a Mac laptop on the 10th of June. Both had similar configs and identical shipping preferences, but the Mac got to me first on June 16th.

It’s been one week with the new Mac, and I’ve been happily running Windows 7 and Vista under Parallels and running the latest Ubuntu and assorted miscellaneous server images under VMware Fusion. All this in addition to the usual Mac software I’ve had installed on my previous laptop.

The Dell was supposed to ship on June 24th. Today the status changed to say the new and improved estimated shipping date is June 30th.

Over three weeks to get a laptop? Dude! Not funny!

Red Pill Screensaver settings

I’m in the middle of re-installing some minor updates to my new MacBook Pro and just got around to the screensavers today.

There’s a old matrix-scrolling-code screensaver called RedPill that the developer (very graciously) had updated for use on 10.6.

After installing the update, I went to OPTIONS…

Red Pill 01

Red Pill 01

…and noticed a setting on the very bottom right to “ENABLE SPOON”.

Red Pill 02

Red Pill 02

Clicking on ENABLE SPOON brought up this dialog…

Red Pill 03

Red Pill 03

And after clicking OK…

Red Pill 04

Red Pill 04

…there is no spoon.


Even though the Matrix came out 11 years ago, I still have this screensaver (or a variant of it) installed on most of my laptops. I figure it’s better than yelling at kids to get off my lawn.