Movie on President Bush

I find it interesting that a movie was just released about the life of our president, George W. Bush.  Clearly, he is a polarizing figure.  However, I personally think it is disrespectful to release a movie about any President while he/she is in office.  This is not a political issue, but rather relates to presidential respect.

On a side note, the reviews of the movie have been mediocre and surprisingly some reviews have suggested that it treats the President reasonably fairly.  Regardless, releasing a movie about a sitting president’s life just seems very disrespectful.

All of this said, I am huge proponent of free speech and believe that it would be a mistake to outlaw this type of movie.  However, I would hope that directors and/or producers would recognize the inappropriateness of this and would wait to release the movie until after the President’s term is over.

What do you think?

 

 

Rovio mobile webcam

I was perusing the Internet and came across a very cool new gadget called Rovio.  The device is essentially a webcam mounted on a wheeled platform.  The cool thing is that you can remotely control the Rovio and drive it anywhere you want.  It also allows you raise and lower the camera, and includes a built in microphone and speaker so you can talk to anyone you see.  Essentially, you login to the web GUI of the device remotely and then drive it around your house to see what is going on.  How cool is that?

It goes one step further and has a pathfinding feature where you can set a path and program the device to follow this path at fixed intervals.

This is one of the coolest devices I have seen recently.  I am not really in the market for this type of device, and if I was, I would jump all over it.

Opinion on mortgage crisis article

I generally try to stay away from political commentary on this blog, but I recently read an article in BusinessWeek that I just had to comment on.

The article told a story of a homeowner who has mortgage problems.  In this case, the homeowner had an expensive house with a mortgage and then decided to redo her kitchen.  The result was that the amount of the mortgage ballooned and when interest rates went up, she was unable to pay.  Her bank bank was IndyMac (which the government now controls) and so what they recently did was reduce her mortgage rate to a fixed 4.75% which meant that her monthly payment decreased by 1/3 and that she could now handle the payments.

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Josh Beckett

I have been meaning to post for a few days now and wanted to vent briefly.  As everyone knows, the Red Sox are currently embroiled in the ALCS and are struggling;  my frustration relates to pitching.

Josh Beckett is renowned for being a big game pitcher.  Last year in the playoffs, he was outstanding and dominated.  My frustration is that he has been the opposite this year.  His performance has been mediocre at best and I believe that he bears the majority of responsibility for the loss on Saturday night.

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Pats Chargers on Sunday Night

I watched the Pats game on Sunday with great interest.  The team was coming off a win vs. the Niners and before that a loss to the Dolphins.  I was interested to see how the team would perform against the Chargers, a team that has had a tough year, and has a reasonably strong offense and defense.

The game was a tremendous disappointment.  We all knew that the Patriots offense would suffer with the loss of Brady; however, most people thought that the offense would do okay and the defense would help.  The defensive perspective was fueled by the addition of Dom Capers, the return of a 100% health Richard Seymour and numerous additions in the secondary.  (Of course, the Pats lost Asante Samuel, but the thought was that improvements in other secondary players would help.)

My frustration with the game yesterday was that the defense looked hopeless. Rivers picked the secondary apart and they gave up far to many big plays.  Part of the problem was that the front line did not get enough pressure and the secondary simply could not effectively cover the Charger’s wide receivevers.  This was a huge problem all night.  Compounding these defensive issues is an effective offense, but I would give the offense a bit more leeway given that Cassell is the QB.

In short, the Pats offense and defensive are looking terrible right now.  The offense is understandable given the Brady injury, but the defense is not.  They should and must do better if they expect to even make the playoffs.  I have no idea what it will take for the defense to step it up.  If they continue to play like they did on Sunday, it will be a painfully long season and they will be lucky to go 8-8.