"Home is where the Frito Pie leaks." -- StinkyLulu
Strictly Speaking, It's Not "Stalking" If You Live On Another Continent.
When the world says it needs a young man from Australia to post some nice screencaps of Mythbuster Kari Byron to Flickr, I don't help or hinder, I just post the links and get out of the way.
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Blogland has finally reached the tipping point on blog spam. Studio-nibble.com doesn't have comments enabled and I don't use the blog search services much, so I didn't I was affected by splog at all. Until this morning, when I did an ego search at Google Blogsearch to check if my recent postings were getting indexed and found that every single result returned was from a spamblog -- starting with an entry that used a NES Pinbot review I posted to rec.games.video fifteen years ago as the body text. Boooo!!
Reveries of Retrocomputing
This weekend I've been passing time by ripping a bunch of my old Apple disks over to .DSK files on my PC, so I can run 'em in the usual suite of Apple emulators and get them saved to CD for long-term storage. I've been meaning to do this for years now, but got the impulse to really tackle it the other day when a box from my parents arrived, containing a bunch of my old computer stuff that I'd dug up on a trip back to New Mexico a few weeks ago. This box contained:
DEAR EBAY SELLER:
We regret to inform you that your listing for item #31635625043, "Realistic DigiChron III AM-FM Flip-Style Clock Radio", has been cancelled due to an inaccurate description. While we agree that the item may be reasonably described as "VINTAGE", "RETRO" and (however tenuously) "SPACE AGE", we are unable to uncover any justification for referring to this example of the late Nixon years' fetish for the domestic rebranding of poorly-constructed Japanese consumer-electronic tchotchkes in injection-molded wood-grain-"style" casings as "ATOMIC", "MID CENTURY MODERN" or (god help us) "EAMES ERA" -- the last of which invites the instigation of crushing lawsuits from the late designers' estate. Next you'll be listing your mother's old harvest-gold Rubbermaid dishrack as a "POST-WAR CLASSIC" or trying to pimp out that giant wooden fork and spoon that your late aunt had hanging on her dining room wall by putting "NOGUCHI NELSON FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT" in the title. Please stop, as you've given three of our more design-focused members the night sweats and (we believe) caused one other's recent aneurysm.
Yours for Truth In Advertising,
The Appropriate Titles And Descriptions Guild, Local 221.
"Folly" Just Sounds So Much More Aggressive Than "Cash Cow"
Self-proclaimed TV "expert" Philip Swann takes on Apple in a press release he entitles Video iPod Will be Steve Jobs' Folly:
"Americans will not watch full-length videos -- or perhaps even short music videos -- on 2.5-inch screens on portable devices. It makes no sense. [...] [It] will require you to stop what you're doing and focus on a video. Who has the time to do that during the day? Plus, the video will be on a small screen that will make watching highly uncomfortable and unsatisfying."This would explain why the Japanese have had so much trouble marketing their laughable "Gaming Boy" device among the American people. What honest working-man has the time -- nay, even the desire! -- to waste away his so-few divinely-granted hours on the frivolous playing of games? And the same must clearly be true of watching the so-called "tele-vision" programs, which are well-known to be so ruefully taxing of the mind that they are nigh incomprehensible on a screen of less than a rod-fifth's diagonal (and even then only if you pop for the full 1080p rear-projection HD display)!
Does this lunatic Jobs dare believe us a nation of idlers? If so, 'twill be his Folly indeed!
Free AJAX-driven Texas Hold-Em at gpokr.com ... Party Ben (mixing as Dean Gray): American Edit: easily the mash-up of the year ... New eps of The First 48 (tv's best reality cop show, though their most interesting detective was promoted out of Homicide this year and now only appears in reruns) ... Serenity (does it make sense to love a movie to death and still wish like crazy you'd never seen it?) ...