No one cares about your apocalypse next week.

I’m sick of people posting stuff about the end of the world in a week or so. I know most of it is internet chicanery and I love a good silly meme which can spawn endless iterations of a meme generator, as much as the next person. However, there are far too may people who are taking this seriously. and it really really needs to stop. It is fine to improve you emergency supplies and food storage but some people are going to far. I’ve had enough. Even the modern version of the Mayans have had enough. This isn’t a science versus religion argument.

Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012

Answer (A):The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?

A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

Read the whole thing …

Way more information is available here anout the Mayans: http://www.famsi.org/research/vanstone/2012/index.html

And please stop listening to this jack ass spewing his modern day jack-assery. Yes I just said that. It is amazing what people want to fool themselves into believing. Have fun.

NFO Creator for Boxee Box

I’ve had a few movies that BoxeeBox has been unable to identify lately. It is really annoying especially if you ever move source files around on your LAN. I have so much content I can;t cram it all onto a single source without paying a fortune. A while ago I started using my own cover art because BoxeeBox would lose them from time to time. Now, when BoxeeBox has a tough time identifying a movie I use NFO Creator for Boxee Box. This has proven to be pretty flawless. This site is highly recommended. Handwriting your own NFOs is just plain silly and a waste of time. Having your own NFOs allows you to also add the information of your choosing instead of relying on BoxeeBox. For the truly anal retentive you can tweak your descriptions to your heart’s content.

With the future of BoxeeBox very uncertain this may become a necessary tool in the future. My hope is when the first generation BoxeeBox is abandoned by D-Link, they make it usable for LAN content and ditch the Internet streaming features which are the cause of a lot of trouble. This seems almost improbable given D-Link’s history. One can only hope.

Blockbuster Bankrupt

As I predicted back in March, Blockbuster has filed for bankruptcy. Blockbuster is expected to close as many as 500 stores. Although I would say most of them will be gone. There are a few markets and locations where Blockbuster actually performs well. The Blockbuster near Columbus Circle in Manhattan for example. When Blockbuster filed, it listed assets of $1.02 billion against debt of $1.46 billion. Are all those stores really worth that much? With both feet in the grave and clinging to life with only one arm, the company that emerges from bankruptcy will look very different, if it emerges at all. They will probably relaunch their online streaming service, but will the Hollywood dinosaurs invest in this already extinct beast. Earlier this year Blockbuster’s leadership redefined its business entirely too narrowly – video (retail) stores. A broader definition, “Connecting viewers to films and games they’ll love” might have succeeded. New entrants always seek market spaces that leaders ignore.The company has been around for far too long and has consistently proven it inability to innovate. Of course there is always someone who thinks differently. Carl Icahn will pretty much control what emerges, and he is a pretty savvy businessman. I think ultimately the corpse is to far gone to be brought back to life.

Of course all of this is great news for Netflix and Redbox.

Blockbuster one step closer to the grave.

Reports are starting to fly around the intertubes about Blockbuster preparing for an epic meltdown.

Blockbuster missed yet another interest payment. Of course it tries to paint a mush more rosy picture than what is actually happening.

A Blockbuster closure will force the movie studios hand at making deals with Netflix and Redbox as one of their cash cows dies off. Like so many companies it failed to innovate and its competitors innovated with new distribution methods (the Internet) and they are now facing that unstoppable force. This comes on the heals of Apple integrating Netflix into their brand new Apple TV. These days when Apple throws it’s weight behind you you’ve got something going on.

Blockbuster woes continue

More trouble for Blockbuster. They need to act now and act boldly, as their debt is crushing them. Blockbuster Will Be Delisted.

This of course is good news for both Netflix and Rebox. Having the Blockbuster nightmare removed from the scene will force the studios to make better deals with these two strong performers. Unfortunately, the studios are still dumb and slow and they still think the Blockbuster model will continue to work. They continue to resist change and embrace the business model of the 90’s, that made them so very rich. The only notable exception seems to be Paramount. Hopefully when Blockbuster finally does implode, the studios will hop on board the clue train and work with Netflix, Redbox, Hulu, and the like. Its in their best interest. Will it happen? Doubtful, especially given the awful track record the studios have for an unwillingness to change. Worst case scenario is they continue ignore these “new” media outlets, the not-as-worst case scenario is they try to build their own Netflix competitor. It wouldn’t surprise me if that is exactly what they try to do. Remember the many failed attempts of the RIAA members to do exactly that? Even the RIAA has finally seen the light, suing your customers is bad for business.

It is only a matter of time and it looks like my prediction of Blockbuster folding by the end of the year is holding strong still.

Tweets from the Death Star

Topless robot is having a contest to find the funniest tweet from the Death Star. The contest ends at 12:01 am EST on Monday, June 21st. As an avid Star Wars fan this really made my day. Here are some of the best so far. I’m sure there are more to follow.

@Clone7323: @Clone6323 I’m telling you, they looked really similar. They weren’t bf/gf. They could have been brother sister for all we know.

@Motti: And they all just sat there. The f*cking guy is choking me with his f*cking mind, and they do NOTHING!!!!

@TK421: Nocked out, yelld at 4 not @ post, and lost uniform to boot. ASSigned 2 garding cell blok 1138. Could this day get ANY worse? FML

@BigPapaPalpintine You sure you don’t want to to order a thermal exaust post cover? They are like 20 credit

@Randall: @Dante I told you working here was a bad idea
@Dante: @Randall I’m not even supposed to be here today!

@Clone9376 @Clone7245 You think your job sucks? Big green laser breezes past me and I don’t even have a rail to lean against.

@Mark Hamill: The moon is so beautiful tonight
@Alec Guinness: @Mark Hamill That’s no moon, it’s a space station.

@Gold_5 RT @Gold_5 hey @GoldLeader maybe you should STAY ON TARGET

@CorrellianPimp: I can’t believe they bought that. 12 parsecs? Might as well have been 573 wookiemiles. 9384 jawameters. Effing N00bs.

@Master_P: @YoungJedi – you want this? Hmm? Gonna strike me down? Hmm? Use your hate? Hmm? So cute when they’re young. #shitmyapprenticesays

RebelAgent1: Boooored in my prison cell. Death Star food sucks. Pretty bummed Leia’s gone. Hopeful our comrades will rescue me soon!

@R2D2DaShizit: Why do these MFer’s not understand I am telling them Vader is their F’ing DAD! Beep wooo Beep Beep Wooo MFer’s!!!!

UFettUrAss: Slave 1 in pursuit of Milennium Falcon, OMG HATE YOU SO MUCH SOLO #followfriday

@LonelyGunner15: It’s like no one gets me. But at the same time, everyone IS me. #Confused

@Clone1579: Someone explain why WE don’t get laser swords! I mean wtf?

@OB1KENOBI @LukeSky NOT DEAD! QUIT SHOOTING AND GET IN THE FALCON!

WaxOnWaxMoff: Terrorist attack a government structure, and WE’RE the bad guys?! #NVR4GET

@Dianoga: You know what would be great? If you guys threw something other than random scraps of metal down here.

@DeathStarPR: Don’t think of us as a “Death” Star, think of us as an “Opportunity” Star. #deathstarcares

StormTrooper3482: I’m supposed to guarding the exhaust, but I’m on Twitter, LOL!

Ranking Pixar

Pixar

Some friends and I started talking about Pixar movies and we all had different ideas about which one is our favorite. So I decided I needed to rank all the movies in order. This will probably change in six months and if I made this list a year ago it would probably very different.

  1. WALL-E (2008)
  2. The Incredibles (2004)
  3. Up (2009)
  4. Ratatouille (2007)
  5. A Bug’s Life (1998)
  6. Cars (2006)
  7. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  8. Toy Story (1995)
  9. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  10. Finding Nemo (2003)

I know most people will say, “Finding Nemo, last? What’s up with that?” Well for my personal taste that is the way it broke down and I’m sticking with it. Yes I know it is still the highest grossing Pixar movie to date. There are four Pixar movies in the pipeline, one of which we get this year, Toy Story 3. The others are Cars 2, Bear and the Bow, and Newt. It’s always good to know we have more magic to look forward to.

I’m still amazed at the impact Pixar has had on both family entertainment, animation, and movie making. The stories they have created are still engrossing and fresh with each new story. Everyone in the industry has copied Pixar and just like Colton said long ago, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Does anyone make 2D animated movies anymore, not counting stop-motion animation? Dreamworks is the biggest competitor to Pixar. So how do they compare? I think the chart below made by Gagnon II pretty much sums it up. Click for the full size version.

Pixar vs. Dreamworks

Keep on rockin’ Pixar. I’ll keep spending my money on your flicks. Deal?