Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Wednesday, November 9, 2011


    Start cryin', Android folks...

    ...your tears are delicious to me.

    In what appears to be a momentous about-face, Adobe Systems is scrapping its high-profile effort to bring its Flash Player software to smartphones and tablets, Jason Perlew at sister site ZDNet reported today. Such a move would mean Adobe's pragmatism won out over ambition.

    Apple scrapped it from the iPhone from the get-go because 1) it sucked battery like a starving vampire, and 2) because HTML5 was "the future". And now Adobe is embracing HTML5 and admitting that mobile devices lack the horsepower to put Flash to good use.

    (ht: Vortmax)

    Posted by Tom, 11/9/2011 7:16:50 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, November 7, 2011


    Restaurant Fail

    I was recently asked to propose a place to meet for dinner. I suggested the Spaghetti Warehouse in Bricktown. My friend countered with: "That would work, but would you rather do Zio's?"

    Well, since I've lived here for 11 years, and am perfectly well aware that Zio's has a location in Bricktown, just across the way from Spaghetti Warehouse, it seems like I probably would have suggested Zio's if I had wanted Zio's. But leaving that aside for a moment, Zio's is the only Italian restaurant to have ever completely failed my Italian Restaurant Litmus Test.

    It goes like this: Every time I go to a new Italian restaurant, I order the lasagna. The dish that arrives is then compared to my mother's lasagna so that I may evaluate the relative quality of the restaurant. I've had the lasagna at everything from fancy little local places to big chains like Olive Garden to "greasy spoon"-style Italian places. While the latter may have indicated lower quality than I generally prefer, the restaurant was still considered good enough to visit on occasion.

    Zio's failed the test utterly. They put cream sauce in their lasagna, and that is an abomination. As a result, I avoid Zio's whenever possible.

    In a similar vein, we went to a place called the Deep Fork Grill for our anniversary. We were told it was a very good restaurant, and it was. But it's also marginally marketed as a steakhouse, so I ordered the New York strip. What arrived was a piece of beef cut in the shape of a New York strip, ostensibly grilled at some point, and swimming in some form of mushroom gravy. So it was very good for a pot roast, but it wasn't a steak. Deep Fork Grill may be many good things, but it isn't a steakhouse, and I call it a fail on that count.

    Posted by Tom, 11/7/2011 7:27:13 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...