Taking It Easy

Normally I go on a long excercise walk on Wednesday morning, but I won’t exert myself this morning. For the past couple of days I’ve been having stomach-flu-like symptoms. I’m thinking either:

A) I’m allergic to all those extra veggies I’ve been eating (I wish!),

B) I caught a mild stomach flu from a coworker who was out with it a week ago,

C) I have that condition from “House” where if I live in a house infested with termites, they emit this poisonous gas that gets stored in your fat and if I try to loose weight then the poison is released in my blood stream and I get sick, or

D) I’ve been shot with some alien laser beam gun that causes your body to slowly liquify from the inside out.


I found this funny article comparing the Commodore 64 to the iPhone 3GS. You can check out the original article here, but here’s the gist:

The devices
Commodore 64
Commodore 64
Apple iPhone 3G S
Apple iPhone 3G S
Commodore BASIC 2.0
Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0
August 1982
June 2009
Closely associated with pioneering computer mogul of 1970s?
Celebrity owner
Big-budget TV ad campaign?
Catchy tagline
“What nobody else can give you at twice the price”
“The S is for speed”
Starts at $199
AT&T service required?
Yes, at first, if you wished to use a modem, since Ma Bell retained her monopoly on U.S. phone service until 1984
Yes, phone locked to that carrier in the U.S.
Dimensions and weight
I’m not sure, but definitely not pocket-sized
4.5″ by 2.4″ by 0.48″; 4.8 ounces
1.02-MHz  6502 6510
600-Mhz ARM
None included; cassette recorder and floppy drives available separately
16GB or 32GB flash memory
Screen resolution
Graphics chip
MOS Technology VIC-II; no 3D capability
Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX with 3D capability
Sound chip
MOS Technology’s legendary SID
You know, I’m not sure, but whatever it is, it isn’t legendary
None as standard equipment, but you could hook one up via a peripheral called Computereyes
3 megapixel; video capable
None, which is understandable given that first GPS satellite went up in 1989
2 joystick ports; RS232 port; printer/floppy port; ROM cartridge slot
3G cellular; Wi-Fi; Bluetooth; dock connector
Use as wireless telephone nearly anywhere in the world?
Dial-up modem available?
Not yet, but we can always hope
Maximum data speed
300-bps, initially
7.2mbps, if AT&T ever supports it nationwide
Connect to Internet?
You like BBSs, right? Actually, people have not only connected C64s to the Internet in recent years
Yes, via 3G, Edge, or Wi-Fi
Use as Web server?
Not so far as I know Absolutely!
Supported by robust economy of third-party accessories?
Application store?
Yes, if Toys “R” Us counts
Yes, on iTunes
Total applications available
10,000 (that’s how many commercial apps there were according to Wikipedia; multiple commenters on this post say there were way more in total)
AOL software available?
Yes, AIM
Twitter client available?
Not back in 1982, but you’re good to go today
So many of them it’s hard to keep track
Ms. Pac-Man available?
Commodore 64 compatibility?
DRM-free music available?
Major Hollywood releases available  for download same date as DVD?
No, 1982 hits such as E.T., Tootsie, and Fast Times a Ridgemont High still not available
Yes (although E.T. and Fast Times at Ridgemont High remain unavailable)
Units sold
30 million since 1982

Pretty funny right? Oh how times change.

Oh, on my walk Monday morning I saw a Red-Shouldered Hawk. I saw two of them, actually. Took me a while to find which hawk it is online. I took a picture of it, but of course it only looked like a little dot on the picture. I don’t have much to say about the zoom on my camera. But here’s a picture of what I saw found online:

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Let’s see, what else is new. Chris has been working on a paper (as I told you this weekend) so he’s been putting in a lot of hours this week. He doesn’t mind having the TV on while he works sometimes though, and we found a new show that we really like! It’s called “Burn Notice” (on USA network), it’s about a spy who has gotten a “burn notice” which basically means he’s fired and left without id/documents/papers/accounts/money to fend for himself. The main actor is stuck in Miami, trying to figure out who put the burn notice on him and why, while running spy-like jobs on the side for money. Of course, he gets in all kinds of trouble, but it’s orverall very cute and witty. They are already on season 3 on TV so that means we have 2 seasons to catch up with… although at our current rate it won’t last us long. We’ve been buying episodes on iTunes so far to try it out, but we’ll be getting the DVDs from Netflix from now on (saving money, wooo!).

Anyway, Chris’s paper is due at the end of today, so light at the end of the tunnel for him. Yay!

Oh, I almost forgot, Bonne St-Jean! Today is the national holiday of Quebec, which is called “St-Jean-Baptiste” (or in english, Saint John the Baptist day, he is the patron saint of french canadians)! If you’re interested, you can read more about it here. Usually I’d drink a French Canadian beer in honor of the day, but considering my stomach right now, I’m thinking that may have to be postponed!


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