The Bible Experience

While heading in to work this afternoon, I heard an NPR story about a new audiobook production of the Bible called “The Bible Experience.” Normally, most people who know me wouldn’t think I’d find this newsworthy. But the audiobook really piqued my curiousity when I heard some of the people who made up the voice cast for the project (unfortunately, in PDF format instead of HTML – not sure why).

In the broadcast I listened to, they played a short section from the audiobook on the baptism of Jesus. After the baptism, the voice of God, spoken by Samuel L Jackson, says:

This is my motherfucking son, in whom I am proud

OK, I did add one word in there that isn’t in the actual audiobook. But really, is it a Samuel L Jackson part without it? I didn’t think so.

The first audiobook in this production apparently only covers the new testament. The voice of God only accounts for about 2 hours of recording work, according to the interviewee on NPR. They haven’t decided yet who will play the voice of God in the old testament production, but it sounds like it won’t be Jackson, as guestimates are 80 hours of recording work. On the other hand, how cool would it be to hear Jules speak

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

Or better, “…when I lay my motherfucking vengeance upon thee.” Yeah, I might buy it just to hear that.

[tags]The Bible Experience, New audiobook production of the Bible to improve on past productions[/tags]

IRS no longer advertising loans at free e-file tax-prep shops

The Internal Revenue Service and private tax preparers have agreed that a free electronic filing program will be offered for 2006 tax returns without solicitations for refund loans that sometimes carry high interest charges and fees.

The I.R.S. said Tuesday that the Free File Alliance, a coalition of tax preparation software manufacturers that make their software products available free, would no longer include side offerings like Refund Anticipation Loans in their programs.

I see this as a smart move. The people most likely to be hurt by this system in the past were the lower income earners in our country. While taking away the loans program will mean these people will have to wait longer for their refund, it also means they are less likely to be preyed upon unscrupulous tax shops. Many of these loans had exceedingly high interest rates, putting a hefty penalty on people who traditionally are less financially savvy and therefore less likely to realize they are being taken advantage of. (via The Consumerist)

[tags]IRS does away with loan adverts alongside free e-filing service[/tags]

Sony to release PlayStation 4 possibly in 2010?

Color me skeptical, but Smarthouse has a story in which a Sony exec says Sony will release to PlayStation 4 possibly in 2010, with significant firmware upgrades to the PlayStation 3 between now and then. I think Sony really needs to get a grip on sufficient PlayStation 3 numbers before focusing too much on the PS4. But I guess that’s why I’m not an executive at one of the largest electronics and entertainment companies in the world.

A PS4 will be launched by Sony but not until at least 2010 claims the Vice President of Technology for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Paul Holman.

What will happen between then and now is that Sony will introduce a series of firmware upgrades that will give the PS3 more media centre capability while allowing for the introduction of third party applications and hardware “Such as interactive controllers” similar to the Nintendo Wii he said.

“To say that there will be no PS4 because of a management change is a bit far fetched: he said.

I hadn’t even heard talk that the recent change of management at Sony’s entertainment division would mean no PS4, so I think most people will just be focusing on the “not until at least 2010” part. I’m guessing a lot of people think Sony expects to have their next generation console out in 3.5-4 years. To me, this says no earlier than 3.5-4, and certainly leaves the door wide open to a much later launch date. And I just don’t see 2010 as a viable release time for Sony, given the current PS3 manufacturing problems. (via TechEBlog)

[tags]PlayStation 4 in 2010?[/tags]