There aren’t many things that really make me catch myself smiling. This did:
I’m a big fan of Pixar’s films. The amount of work, effort and planning that goes into their films is truly astonishing and it shows in big ways. I’m reminded of the scene in UP where the mail arrives and the old man goes to pick it up off the floor. Pixar’s animators spent numerous meetings just discussing which direction the mail should have been held (right-side-up or upside-down) and how the stamp should have been affixed to the outer-most envelope. All for a scene that had about 3 seconds of viewing time.
For those of you with a new Apple Magic Mouse, I can’t tell you how pleased I am to come across this nifty app called MagicPrefs. MagicPrefs works by digging into the built-in Magic Mouse settings and gives you access to all the things we’ve always wanted: swiping, gestures, pinching, etc.
It’s free, easy to setup and worth a try. I haven’t enabled many of the features it allows you to enable. Mostly because I wouldn’t remember what I set to do what anyway. My goal was to make my Magic Mouse function more like my MacBook Air’s trackpad. So, I’ve enabled three finger swipes in all directions to enable Expose, the Desktop, Dashboard and Spaces. I’ve also enabled pinching.
Word to the wise: be careful where you do your gestures. Hovering over open apps like Safari that work well with the Magic Mouse may produce unexpected results with MagicPrefs. For instance, swiping three fingers left is awfully similar to swiping two the left, which is a difference between visiting the previous webpage and enabling Spaces (or whatever your choose).
Senator Al Franken (D – Minnesota) recently kicked some serious ass on the Senate floor while debating Sen. Jon Thune (R – S. Dakota). RawStory has some quotes:
WASHINGTON — In a few moments of heated but controlled anger on the Senate floor Monday evening, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) slammed Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and the GOP for essentially lying about the nature of the Democratic health care bill, suggesting they haven’t read it.
“We are entitled to our own opinions; we’re not entitled to our own facts,” Franken said. “Benefits kick in right away.”
My favorite part: “Facts are stubborn things.”
I have my own opinions on the healthcare bill, but as one Digg commenter mentioned regarding this video, “Franken is just goddamned awesome.”
Frankly, I had no doubt in my mind that Franken would make for a great Senator. We need more like him — on both sides of the aisle.