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Archive for March 22nd, 2006

Pope’s Vintner Sells to the Devil

Posted by glasscastle on 22nd March 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It seemed like the perfect gimmick:
a celebrity porn star would launch her own wine, with her alluring picture
on the label.

Savanna Samson did just that, but when it received a score of 90 to 91
out of 100 by wine guru Robert Parker, the project became serious. It turns
out Samson, the star of "The New Devil in Miss Jones," has produced
an exceptional wine, becoming the toast of two industries: wine-making
and pornography.

The seriousness of the idea was lining up a respected wine maker. So she
convinced Italy’s Robert Cipresso — also a vintner to the Vatican — to
join the project.

Samson went to Tuscany and tasted dozens of Cipresso’s Italian-grown varieties,
then she selected a mix of 70 percent Cesanese, 20 percent Sangiovese and
10 percent Montepulciano. She ordered over 400 cases.

The result is Sogno Uno, a 2004 vintage of an Italian red wine packaged
under the Savanna name with a label of Samson in a see-through gown. It
was launched last month.

Parker has been called the most influential wine critic in the world, and
a score of 90 to 95 denotes "an outstanding wine of exceptional complexity
and character."

from Reuters

Let’s get this straight. This guy Cipresso makes
wine for the Pope, and for the Devil in Miss Jones? Isn’t that a little
selling uranium to the Israelis and the Iranians? Also, although
many of our favorite writers were alcoholics, isn’t it amazing that Robert
Parker has enough time to be the most influential wine critic in
the world, in between writing all those Spenser novels?

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Techno-Lust Retarded

Posted by glasscastle on 22nd March 2006

It’s getting to be that time again. The old CPU seems
sluggish, despite regular maintenance and spring cleaning, and we have
access to software our hardware can’t handle. It happens like clockwork,
every three years or so, and starts as a mild but nagging interest in
the latest offerings from Apple. Within six months or so it usually evolves
into focused lust for one particular configuration, which like all true
lusts gradually aggravates until it becomes intolerable until consummated.

This time, however, we are at a loss. The new Intel
Macs are intriguing, although we learned long ago to eschew the first
iteration of any major revision of hardware or software.  Plus,
universal binary versions of the tools we use daily, (Office, Photoshop
and Dreamweaver), will not be available until late ’06 or early ’07.
Meanwhile, even Apple advises against using Rosetta emulation to run
"Professional level" aps like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro.

Plus, we still love the iMac’s gorgeous 17-inch screen
on the infinitely adjustable articulated neck. The screen is as bright
and brilliant as the day we took it from the carton, and we love it more
than any screen we have ever had. Why? Because of the neck.

Sometimes, early in the morning, after an industrial
mug of Flor de Manabi coffee, we are wont to sit up ramrod straight,
and need the screen high and tight. Other times, like late at night,
watching some pirate video or reviewing a movie for possible classroom
use, we slump in our chair like Caligula at a seder, and need the screen
down low and dirty. Sometimes we keep it at a respectable distance and
keep our spectacles on, sometimes, for detail work, we whip off our glasses
and pull the screen right up to our eyeballs.

Unfortunately, Apple no longer makes a model with an
articulated neck.  The new iMacs have a one-piece processor/screen,
which can be tilted, but not raised or lowered, or moved closer and further
away. We even looked for third-party monitors, figuring we could get
a Mac mini or G5, but could find no reasonably=priced monitors as elegantly
articulate as the iMac’s.

So our question is this: Is there any way to connect
a new computer to the iMac and just use it’s screen? Some kind of screen
sharing or remote desktop? How about a direct connection from the new
computer to the video card on the iMac, which unfortunately has no video-in
port? How long will we have to wait for infinitely resizable windows
floating in thin air, a la

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