www.geoffmitchell.com

Archive for May 2006

Two New Employees

with 3 comments

kidBadgesThe kids love to get my Apple badge, walk around the house, and say ‘I go to work. I go to Apple’. Then, of course, comes the battle to get the badge BACK :-). So, A quick stop at badging for a couple of clips and holders, a scan of my own badge, some photoshop work, printing and trimming… Problem Solved. And I took them to the campus today to try them out… wearing the appropriate t-shirts, of course.

Check out the photos. (Password required: contact me if you don’t already have it)

Written by gsm

05/27/2006 at 11:58 am

Who Killed The Electric Car?

leave a comment »

In a lunch discussion this week the topic of gas prices, hybrids, and electric cars came up. A point was raised about the disappearance of electric cars that we’d seen appearing in the late 90’s. Then, today, I saw this preview for a film being release soon, and the circle is complete.

It was among the fastest, most efficient production cars ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no emissions and catapulted American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry. The lucky few who drove it never wanted to give it up. So why did General Motors crush its fleet of EV1 electric vehicles in the Arizona desert?

Visit the official movie site…. it’s very informative.

Written by gsm

05/26/2006 at 9:33 pm

Thank You For Smoking (3 stars)

leave a comment »

Big Tobacco spin doctor Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is on a mission to make the country forget the dangers of his product. Rallying for the cause, he works to promote smoking in the movies and hush former employees who bad-mouth cigarettes, all the while trying to remain a role model for his young son. Maria Bello, Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall and William H. Macy co-star in Jason Reitman’s razor-sharp satire based on Christopher Buckley’s novel.

Geoff’s Comments: This was a quirky but very funny movie. It’s of those that you have to be in the right mood for, similar to films like ‘The Royal Tennenbaums’ and ‘Election’ or the subtlety of ‘Arrested Development’. But if you just go with the flow, you’ll be laughing out loud a some of the one liners and deadpan deliveries.

[ rent Thank You For Smoking at netflix.com ]

Written by gsm

05/26/2006 at 7:49 pm

Posted in  Video 

Thank You For Smoking (3 stars)

leave a comment »

Big Tobacco spin doctor Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is on a mission to make the country forget the dangers of his product. Rallying for the cause, he works to promote smoking in the movies and hush former employees who bad-mouth cigarettes, all the while trying to remain a role model for his young son. Maria Bello, Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall and William H. Macy co-star in Jason Reitman’s razor-sharp satire based on Christopher Buckley’s novel.

Geoff’s Comments: This was a quirky but very funny movie. It’s of those that you have to be in the right mood for, similar to films like ‘The Royal Tennenbaums’ and ‘Election’ or the subtlety of ‘Arrested Development’. But if you just go with the flow, you’ll be laughing out loud a some of the one liners and deadpan deliveries.

[ rent Thank You For Smoking at netflix.com ]

Written by gsm

05/26/2006 at 7:49 pm

Posted in  Video 

I Hate People

with one comment

I hate people. I do, really. I know it’s not a ‘popular’ thing to admit in today’s society, but if I am going to be honest, there’s no other way to say it. I Hate People. Words I’d use to describe people would include ‘shallow’, ‘ignorant’, ‘vain’, ‘mindless’…. and that’s just scratching the surface. I’ve plenty more and rest assured, none are flattering or positive in any way. This impacts my every day, because almost everywhere I go, I end up seeing people. And far worse then having to encounter People in my travels outside the home is the extreme distain I have when I come home and find people in my house. I’ve tried to explain to my wife how strongly I feel about it, but she’s her own person, has her own interests, and feels differently about people then I do. She enjoys their annoying and insignificant stories and vacuous chatter. I’ve even asked that if she must have any contact with People she do so outside the house, but that line gets crossed occasionally and it always turns my stomach.
Read the rest of this entry »

Written by gsm

05/26/2006 at 12:25 am

Posted in  Journal 

DVD & Video Encoding Guides for the Mac

leave a comment »

There’s an increasing amount of information available online about how you can use your Mac to transfer your favorite DVD and Video content onto your computer or your iPod, for playback. I love this option, as I envision a future where i’ll have favorite shows or movies on a hard drive, connected to my TV, accessible immediately. Of course there’s still that whole ‘time to watch’ and ‘why watch the same thing over and over’ issue to resolve, but it’s still pretty cool. Meanwhile, using the simple encoding options, I can easily rent or checkout a movie, save it to my hard drive, and watch at my leisure. That’s a great option when I don’t always have time to watch them right away, or I know they’re not something i’ll be watching with my wife.

Here’s just a few sites that have been useful resources for me.

Playlistmag.com Posted this article about Encoding for TV playback from an iPod.

iLounge.com provides this info regarding Encoding for iPod or CPU Playback

Plasticbugs.com also have more details regarding Encoding for iPod.

Written by gsm

05/25/2006 at 6:55 am

DVD & Video Encoding Guides for the Mac

leave a comment »

There’s an increasing amount of information available online about how you can use your Mac to transfer your favorite DVD and Video content onto your computer or your iPod, for playback. I love this option, as I envision a future where i’ll have favorite shows or movies on a hard drive, connected to my TV, accessible immediately. Of course there’s still that whole ‘time to watch’ and ‘why watch the same thing over and over’ issue to resolve, but it’s still pretty cool. Meanwhile, using the simple encoding options, I can easily rent or checkout a movie, save it to my hard drive, and watch at my leisure. That’s a great option when I don’t always have time to watch them right away, or I know they’re not something i’ll be watching with my wife.

Here’s just a few sites that have been useful resources for me.

Playlistmag.com Posted this article about Encoding for TV playback from an iPod.

iLounge.com provides this info regarding Encoding for iPod or CPU Playback

Plasticbugs.com also have more details regarding Encoding for iPod.

Written by gsm

05/25/2006 at 6:55 am