Gang o’ DVD reviews…

A sick weekend prompts a slew of rentals, here is the quick and dirty

The Motorcycle Diaries – A very well shot and acted account of the early days of Che Guevara
My Architect – An excellent documentary from the son of Louis Kahn
The Newsroom Complete Series – An awesomely funny short-lived series from the CBC in the spirit, but predating, the BBC series “The Office”
Cellular – Big hollywood thriller that bugged me at first, but then I got into enough to finish watching it.

catching up with Salon

I love Salon, here are some links to cool stuff they’ve had

Doing the math on President Bush’s budget proposal
A Talk about how President Bush could turn his losing battle on social security back on the democrats, but it also nicely dissects the plan
George Bush’s poll numbers suck
More on the sordid past of Jeff Gannon

there is a ton more that you can find on Salon. Highly recommended for high quality reporting.

Nice article on Microsoft

This reporter notices some stuff that most don’t see.

I came across this article from ABC News, and I thought it was really interesting. I worked at Microsoft for a number of years and was increasingly frustrated by just how bad Microsoft treats its employees. I always thought that when employees (like myself) didn’t feel valued, they didn’t do good work and the company was bound to suffer. While I’ve seen lots of articles talking about Microsoft cutting back on employee benefits and while it has been dropping in the “Best Places To Work For” survey by fortune magazine, I haven’t seen anything that talks about a link between this and possible problems for Microsoft. I’m not ever going to write off that company, but I thought the article was especially insightful.

More illegal government propoganda?

The White House gave credentials for a news organization that had existed for less than a week

Jeff Gannon was a reporter for Talon News, a web site owned by a GOP activist. He was given White House press room credentials less than a week after the Talon News website was registered. He had no history of news reporting. He did not have a journalism degree. Once in the room, he asked questions that sounded more like GOP talking points than actually queries. Now he has been exposed by MSNBC. Here is the transcript.

Now, the question is, will the administration take responsibility for this obvious attempt at propaganda? Propaganda by our government against its own citizens is illegal. Will we see anyone prosecuted for this? I doubt it. It is once again time to write your congressman to demand hearings on the White House attempts to manipulate its own people.

Witold Rybczynski’s Celebration slideshow

One of my favorite architecture and city planning writers has a slideshow on Disney’s planned town

Like many city planning geeks, I’ve got a weird fascination with Celebration, Florida. It is a town designed, built and controlled by the Disney corporation. On Slate.com, Witold Rybczynski has an interesting little slideshow about the town which is now 10 years old.

Matt Richter kicked out of Consolidated Works

If you know the Seattle arts community at all, you’ll realize that this is pretty serious

When Matt Richter made Consolidated Works happen, the Seattle art scene was in decline. There were fewer and fewer exhibition spaces for up and coming visual artists. He created an ambitious and amazing and huge space for visual art, theater, film and music. Over time, with good curators, it became an anchor and important part of the modern art scene in the Northwest. When Paul Allen reclaimed the building that Consolidated Works lived in, Matt oversaw the move to a new, even larger, space and made that venue just as vital. On Tuesday, this week, the ConWorks board removed Richter for reasons that are currently unknown. I hope that this won’t mean the end of Consolidated Works or Matt or Northwest modern art.

New Tiny Mitsubishi DLP projector

Perfect for impromptu or guerilla theater

(via Chait Gear)

Using tri-LEDs for it’s new DLP project, Mitsubishi has been able to make a TINY, super-light device with instant on and 10,000 life-span (since there is no bulb for replacing). The press release talks about having the project close to the surface, 1-3 feet of throw products 20″-40″ diagonal projections. There will also be a battery pack available. So with this retail priced at $699, for way under a thousand dollars, you could have a portable DVD player and projector that would let you create your own movie theater anywhere! All we need now are tiny power speakers! One detail that is noticeably missing is the brightness and detail of the images. The projector is 800×600, but I’m wondering if it isn’t very bright given that it is using LEDs and they are talking about projection distances of under a yard.

Turning the Mac Mini into a media center

An open source group is working to turn the Mac Mini into a media center, but I don’t know if that is needed.

The Center Stage project is looking to put together a nice app to make the Mac Mini into a sweet media center. I think that is cool, but I just figured that an El Gato EyeTV 200, and a Sonica Theater would take care of that.

Engadget has a how to on this too.