Jedi Cat

February 2, 2013

Because I didn’t get around to finishing today’s post, enjoy this funny video instead. Seriously, it rocks.


22: A Lot To Think About

February 1, 2013

1. Rise Of The Indonesian Apes

Ryan Broderick, BuzzFeed:

Earlier this week, a group of about ten monkeys went on a rampage through the Eastern Indonesian village of Toddang Pulu. The gang of monkeys broke into homes, attacking and biting villagers and sending the community into a panic.

Uh oh.

When the Gibbons turn, it’s time to panic.

2. Europe Hates The Mac Pro

This is interesting. Because of an EU amendment, Apple won’t be able to sell the current Mac Pro in Europe after March 1st, 2013. I’m curious how much Apple honestly cares about this news, because A) it had to see this coming and B) I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Apple sells no Mac Pros in Europe on most days. Certainly if the Mac Pro was currently important enough for Apple in Europe, it would have been updated to get around this amendment a while ago.

Honestly, the Mac Pro being unavailable for sale in Europe is probably a minor inconvenience for Apple at worst. I could be completely wrong, but that’s my guess.

via FlipBoard for iOS

3. US Senator: Video Games Are A Bigger Problem Than Guns

And politicians like Senator Lamar Alexander are a bigger problem than both.

4. Warm Bodies Expected To Be Hot

ScreenCrave is predicting that Warm Bodies will pull in $15 million over the weekend, despite being Super Bowl weekend.

I hope that this turns out to be correct — from what I’ve seen so far, Warm Bodies looks like it’s going to be a welcome addition to the zombie-comedy subgenre. It’s generally not a good idea to hold your breath, but at least cross your fingers.

5. I Don’t Know Whether To Root For Selena Or Feel Bad For Justin

Way to kick a guy when he’s down. Selena Gomez is tweeting pictures of herself being overjoyed, apparently to “send a message” to Justin Bieber, her ex. I tend to disagree with the expression “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”, but if Selena is intentionally teasing Justin, dang, that’s cold… albeit vaguely entertaining. I have a sudden desire for popcorn.

via @cambio on Twitter

6. Speaking Of Senators

Love or hate Senator Al Franken, he does say some pretty sensible things. For example, at a Senate hearing on gun violence, he said the following:

I want to be careful here — that we don’t stigmatize mental illness. The vast majority of people with mental illness are no more violent than the rest of the population. In fact, they are more likely to be the victims of violence.

I agree completely. The fact that the gun control debate has been stigmatizing mentally ill people is disconcerting. Particularly in my network, what I hear from the opponents of sweeping gun control laws, is that it’s mentally ill people that need to be kept away from guns. Call my experiences anecdotal, but I’m glad that a senator is addressing it.

via Al Franken on Facebook

7. Cutting The (Vocal) Cords

Over the past few days I was tasked with babysitting my younger brother and his dog, and the dog was sometimes a little bit loud. Joking around, I did a search to see if surgery exists to remove a dog’s vocal cords, and I was shocked to find that the surgery does exist.

It’s called “devocalization” and it’s basically cutting the vocal cords of a dog or cat. That’s kind of an abhorrent practice, and the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) is looking for volunteers to lobby congress to make devocalization illegal. The problem is that ISAR is a nonprofit and can’t lobby congress, so it needs other people to.

Here’s hoping that ISAR succeeds. It’s not often that a joking search turns into a harsh realization.

8. Best Practices For Humor On The Web

Jim Cooke, Gawker:

It’s unfair of us, America’s self-indulgent online writers, to expect the average reader to be able to tease out these hidden meanings. Going forward, we recommend the following guidelines when using “humor” online—so everyone can enjoy the fun.

  • Blinking text: When the reader sees the text blinking, he will say to himself, “Ahoy! Humor ahead.”
  • Spanish punctuation: It’s a stretch to imagine that readers can pick up on subtle humor when it’s formatted so that it blends seamlessly into the rest of the text. But what happens when they come across an exclamation point… that’s upside down? Ay, dios mio!
  • Footnotes: All instances of humor should be fully explained with footnotes. A simple rule. Follow it.
  • Pictures of clowns: Not everyone is a librarian type who can understand and appreciate the meaning of words, punctuation, footnotes, or writing in general. Pictures of clowns send a clear message: humor, in this vicinity.
  • The article is a little bit satirical, however it does drive home an irritant that everyone who communicates in text over the Internet has to deal with. It’s very tough for emotion to shine through, and the inventor of emoticons is a genius — the winky face has protected me from a lot of misinterpretations.

    via Gawker on Facebook

    9. How Jason Bateman Convinced Melissa McCarthy To Star In Identity Thief (Video)

    Check out this interview with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.

    I’m kind of excited for Identity Thief — I’m a Jason Bateman fan and I know someone who’s experienced identity theft, so it might be fun to see Bateman take on that role.

    Another fun thing, though, is that apparently alcohol was involved when Jason Bateman convinced Melissa McCarthy to play the identity thief. Awesome.

    via IMDb

    10. The Most Valuable Feedback

    I mentioned in yesterday’s post that the most valuable feedback that one can give is negative feedback, and maybe it’s time to expand on that.

    In my mind, the saying that “if you have nothing good to say, you shouldn’t say anything” is misguided. How do you know what problems that you need to work on if people don’t tell you? People who are honest and strong enough to tell you that you suck, at risk of your ire, are the people who help you grow.

    As an example, if I received no negative feedback from my college instructors, I’d still use contractions in formal papers. Today I reserve contractions for informal writing, such as on this blog.

    Speaking of this blog, honestly its biggest problem is that very few people give me any negative feedback — in fact, I haven’t seen much negative feedback at all in my more than two years blogging. If you compare my very first entry to today’s, the difference in writing quality is surreal. I’ve had to identify almost every problem on my own, which isn’t a big deal, but I’ve received the exact same “good” feedback since the mediocre first post.

    If you have something negative to say about my work or anyone’s work in any industry, say it. We can’t work on fixing our flaws if we don’t know what they are, and if we aren’t aware of flaws it can severely affect our professional lives. If I think that I’m an awesome writer but I’m not, I wouldn’t have a single gig outside of this blog.

    I’ve been told that I’m a good writer enough. While I appreciate having readers that like me, I need to make clear that I don’t care to know if you think that I’m a good writer today. If you want to take the time to give me feedback, tell me what I need to know to be an even better writer tomorrow. Tell me how to properly use and ; since I regularly confuse the two.

    Obviously not all negative feedback is fantastic. For example, a straightforward disagreement of opinion helps nobody. “Trolling” helps nobody. If you tell me that my blog sucks because Apple sucks, I’ll point you to blogs that you’re more likely to appreciate.

    Negative feedback, as long as it’s constructive, is volumes better for people than positive feedback. Receiving negative feedback can suck particularly for people that pour time, energy, and money into something that they regard as their baby, and they may (will) retaliate. But at the end of the day there are few better ways to show respect.


    What Would Gordon Ramsay Say?

    January 31, 2013

    I’ve recently watched every season of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (UK) and I just finished Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, and they’ve made me very observant at restaurants because I know what problems to look for. It actually kind of stinks because now I feel snobbish when eating out.

    As an example, this past evening I was relieved of babysitting duties for a few hours to go out to dinner with a few family friends. This restaurant in question is a small Japanese restaurant called Syun Izakaya, and I was impressed by the food but the service was sub-par.

    I could go into every detail and bore you, but I haven’t ever written comments on a “comment card” before in my life, until now. Now anytime I go to a restaurant I’m going to judge both the food and service, and I’m going to be “that guy” that writes comments on comment cards.

    Thanks Gordon Ramsay.

    That said, negative feedback is the most valuable feedback, so being snobbish and pointing out to restaurants how they can improve isn’t a bad thing. I encourage you to do it too.


    Babysitting Part 2

    January 30, 2013

    I didn’t have to clean up dog poop today, hooray!

    I’m eager to get back to the days of getting writing done at Starbucks, where I do my best work by far. It’s difficult to write in an environment that I’m not familiar with. Say what you will about Starbucks and its (how do you say?) shoddy coffee, it’s become my workspace.

    The problem with unfamiliarity is that it’s distracting. The particular Starbucks I go to has become familiar; I know every inch of the customer area, so nothing catches my eye. I can tune out every person that I’ve seen before, and even the music seems more faint over time.

    Environmental changes like the one that will continue for me until Friday prove that finding a workspace is crucial to getting things done. It’s easy to become distracted when everything around you is new, and while life can force you to change workspaces, try to find a place and stick to it as long as you can.

    Regular “editions” should resume on Friday.

    Montana


    No News Today – Sorry

    January 29, 2013

    Stuff came up and I’ve been busy running errands, babysitting, cleaning up dog poop, and the works, so I’ve been unable to write an entry for today.

    That said, to any of you with an iOS device running iOS 6, on your iOS device there’s a present waiting for you in Settings > General > Software Update.

    Cheers!

    Montana


    21.5: Trying New Things

    January 28, 2013

    I dropped into the Oregon Buddhist Temple on Sunday to see what it’s like. I meditate enough where I need to at least get an idea of what I’m doing, and there’s no better place to do that than a Buddhist temple.

    I’m not sure that the questions I had were answered, however the experience taught me a lot. The temple I attended practices Shin Buddhism, and I’m not gonna lie, it was weird being in a hateless place. There wasn’t an ounce of judgement towards any group in the world. What I was taught at the temple is that “everyone is one and one is everyone”.

    After the service we did a fun activity, which was to write a haiku and present it. I was one of three people that was new, and one of the other two is transgendered. Her haiku announced to everyone that she is transgendered, and it received applause. I won’t name names, however that haiku probably wouldn’t receive applause in every religious institution. These people were refreshing to be around.

    If anything, this was growth for me as person, which is the most important thing. Every experience adds to us as people, and we should always strive to learn new things. If you aren’t learning, you’re sedentary, which isn’t a place that’s good to be. Try new things. Go to a Buddhist temple. Just step out of your comfort zone.

    And with luck you’ll even enjoy the new things that you try.


    21.5: We Got The Beat

    January 27, 2013

    Honestly the title has nothing to do with the following article, it’s just the song I’m listening to at the moment which happens to rock.

    I mentioned recently that I’m planning on outright removing traditional web browsers from my life (with very few exceptions), and I don’t think that I explained why. I hope that this entry can make my stance crystal clear so that we can have an understanding.

    I have a history of abandoning technologies and services that I view as being on the way out. Be it Adobe Flash, traditional computers (with exceptions), and even e-mail (with exceptions), I’ve consistently put my money where my mouth is. I’ve inconvenienced myself for a bit of time, but I’m vindicated with Flash and traditional computers.

    As far as I can see, e-mail too is on its path towards irrelevance, meaning that I need to find more dying technologies to get rid of. Based on my own observations the next thing to die is traditional web browsers. Dedicated service apps — from social networking to media to news — are the future and I aim to help show people why traditional web browsers are antiquated comparably.

    At the moment I’m thinking up a list of rules for myself and others to follow once written and published. Getting rid of traditional web browsers is so much more complex and harder than any other tech I’ve shelved because, at least at present, they’re integral to our lives.

    I’ve learned recently, however, that traditional web browsers slow me down in the face of apps dedicated to services like Flipboard. Finding news is so much faster with that than it ever can be using a traditional web browser; I’ve been a fool to avoid Flipboard as long as I have simply because of its dumb animation.

    The Flipboard, Tweetbot, TechCrunch, and Pocket [iTunes links] iOS apps are what make this blog possible. (slightly) unkommon was a slow-to-publish, aimless mess before I decided to start waning off of the Safari web browser to find information.

    Today I can A) find approximately 20 articles that interest me, B) narrow them down to nine, C) write a paragraph or two about each one, D) write a 300-to-500 word post about something random, and E) edit it all in less than three hours. I find that kind of phenomenal, particularly as a junior writer. I can credit having an iPad mini as a companion to my big iPad as speeding me up, but the real stars are the news and information apps.

    As always, the only way to usher in the future is to live in it prematurely. Be the change that you want to see in the world, and you can move mountains; at least that’s what I believe. And traditional web browsers will almost cease to exist in the future that I want to see.


    21: Paying The Bills

    January 26, 2013

    1. Unlocking Phones Is Illegal Again

    I’m not sure that this was ever a concern of mine, but this is an example of the US government just not getting the tech industry. I feel slightly ignorant since the decision to make unlocking phones illegal today happened in October, but one thing is clear: Jailbreakers beware.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    2. Mean Girls Is Amanda Seyfriend’s Best Work, So Says Amanda Seyfried

    Yesterday I basically raved about Amanda Seyfried, and she’s already in the news again; this time for telling IndieWire the film that she considers her best work.

    I’ve just worked a long time. I’ve gotten a lot of cool opportunities here and there and I’ve made some good choices with the help of my amazing team…. I still look back at ‘Mean Girls’ as my best work.

    I guess that I need to watch Mean Girls again.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    3. Django Unchained Tied To Pulp Fiction

    Now this is cool. Apparently Quentin Tarantino links his films together in little, pretty unnoticeable ways. Christopher Walken’s character in Pulp Fiction is a descendant to a gang member named in Django Unchained. It’s very interesting, and of course something that Tarantino would do.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    4. Miley Cyrus Eats Pizza, Gets Sick

    Honestly I’m slightly biased because I have a strong distaste for “Hannah Montana”; Miley Cyrus’s use of my name led to me being teased a lot by my friends. Some people outright called me “Hannah”, others who knew my nickname “Tanner” called me “Tannah Montana”, and it’s been very irritating.

    So as far as I’m concerned, Cyrus getting sick from eating pizza is definitely news. Normally I don’t like to hear that people get sick, but in this case it’s awesome.

    via @cambio on Twitter

    5. Steve Wozniak Hates The Steve Jobs Movie (So Far)

    Any Apple fan could have told you that the trailer for jOBS looks to be inaccurate, but no one has more authority than Steve Wozniak himself. So what does Wozniak have to say?

    “Admin”, Studio Briefing:

    in two emails to the Gizmodo tech site, has pronounced it “Totally wrong.” In fact, he said, he was “embarrassed” by the entire clip. What actually happened in real life, he said, is that he had been “inspired by the values of the Homebrew Computer Club” to build an affordable computer. “Steve J. wasn’t around and didn’t attend the club,” he pointed out. “Steve came from selling surplus parts at HalTed [and] always saw a way to make a quick buck off my designs.” As for how he himself was portrayed in the film by Josh Gad: “I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different than what was portrayed. … I never wore a tie back then. I wore blue jeans and the same style blue button-up shirt every day of my life.”

    Not surprising at all. Tap or click here (YouTube link) to watch the clip in question.

    via IMDb

    6. Android Redefines Feature Phones

    Preston de Guise, unsane.info:

    Android is going into two entirely different markets when it comes to mobile phones. There’s the area everyone focuses on – smartphones. That’s where people get confused over number of phones sold vs web usage coming from the phones. Then there’s the other market – the market where the cheaper Android phones are going head to head against the feature phones.

    And this is why Android’s market share means next to nothing. Android is a smartphone OS, but that doesn’t mean the phones it powers are deserving of the title.

    I’d wager that if you were to remove the people who only use their Android phone to make phone calls and txt friends, the iPhone would have a higher share if the smartphone market than Android phones. But that’s just my guess.

    7. Rumor: The Next iPad (5th Gen) To Look Like iPad mini

    I use both a 5th gen iPad and an iPad mini; in fact at this moment I’m using the two side-by-side. It’s honestly disgusting how much better the iPad mini looks. It’s solid. It’s beautiful. It f***ing glistens in the light.

    Apple should be ashamed that the iPad mini — which costs $170 less than the 5th gen iPad — looks so much better in comparison. If the 5th gen iPad doesn’t take design cues from the iPad mini, it will be a tragedy.

    This rumor had better come to fruition.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    8. Men Commit More Research Fraud Than Women

    Now this is interesting albeit maybe unsurprising. Apparently, of researchers who commit fraud of one sort or another, 2/3 are men.

    I say that this is “maybe unsurprising” because, while I don’t know the numbers, I’m guessing that male researchers outweigh female researchers. If A) there are more male researchers than female researchers, and B) we assume that each gender is equally ethical, then C) females would likely commit an equal amount of fraud as males.

    Of course I have no proof of my above guess, so take it as the speculation that it is.

    via @dougcoulson on Twitter

    9. Apple Terminates Relationship With Chinese Manufacturer Because Of Underage Labor

    Apple fired Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics — one of its suppliers — for employing underage kids. Good for Apple.

    I’m surprised that the headline of the original article doesn’t read “Apple Responsible For Layoffs In China”.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    10. Paying For Articles

    Despite me writing basically for free, I’ve long held the belief that writers deserve to be paid for their work. This stuff isn’t easy; it’s a job, paid or otherwise. My mom classifies blogging for yourself as an internship, which is a good way to think about it. I’m not getting paid but I am gaining experience and learning something new every day.

    But even internships are considered “work”, and internships do lead to paying gigs in the future. Or so they should.

    Some of my favorite blogs are written by writers who go unpaid. These are people who pour their heart out into onto the web sometimes every single day, putting in an hour or two or three, and receive nothing in return except satisfaction. Last I checked, satisfaction alone doesn’t pay a single bill, which is kind of unfortunate.

    Some writers have a large enough audience where they can plaster ads on their site and make at least a little bit of money in ad revenue. That’s all fine and well, however the problem that I see is that our readers become a product that we’re selling to advertisers, which isn’t cool. If I’m going to earn money, I should be selling my articles, not selling you.

    Unfortunately that isn’t reality, and sometime in the near term (1-2 years) ads will go up on unkommon.net, at least until I’m comfortable asking you to pay for my articles. I’m hoping that I never lose sight of my goal which is to make money in an honest fashion.

    To remind me of my goal I do outright pay for some of my news, The Magazine and Matter. Those two publications are very good, and the reason they are very good is that they have to be worth paying for. With ad-based compensation, we only need to be good enough to drive traffic. If we’re asking you to pay us, our work better be outright fantastic otherwise you’ll go elsewhere.

    If you’re a regular reader, and you spend four minutes on my blog every day of the week (in the future when I write more) on average, that’s two hours of entertainment that I’m giving you each month. The cost of a two hour movie in theaters is $10. Now, the cost of movies is overpriced, so if we’re comparing just time of entertainment, this blog probably deserves $4 each month from each daily reader.

    Obviously I’m not good enough to ask $4 each month from anybody yet, but when I am good enough, that’s probably going to be what I ask to read articles here. Just a multi-year heads up. ;-) In the interim you should pay for other articles that are worth paying for; don’t be intimidated, trust me, those articles will usually be better than anything ad-based. Because they have to be.


    20: Leaving The Past Behind

    January 25, 2013

    1. Stop The Presses! Amanda Seyfried Nude

    Amanda Seyfried is a beautiful actress, and news of her dropping her top should pull at the heart strings of any straight male movie geek.

    Screen Crush:

    Seyfried’s nude scenes weren’t a problem for her when she signed on to star in the film. “[Appearing nude] didn’t scare me at all. I wanted to jump right into all that kind of stuff,” she told MTV. And while “Amanda Seyfried nude!” might be a selling point for the movie, the actress hopes audiences get more out of the film than that:

    Honestly, good for her. Lovelace — the upcoming movie where she takes it all off — is a biopic of an adult film star, so nudity is a given. Considering how much I respect Seyfried, I’d wager that her nude scenes are tasteful and handled with class. She doesn’t strike me as a person who would be filmed just to attract a demographic, and her attitude here is great.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    2. Embedded Tweets And Copyright Issues

    David Holmes, Pando Daily:

    You could say, “Well if you don’t want your photos shared on the Web without credit or compensation, don’t upload them to Twitter.” The trouble is, now that embedded Tweets include not only photos uploaded directly to Twitter, but also Flickr photos, images from Tumblr, article previews, videos, audio, and even some apps, the copyright implications of Tweets are thornier than ever.

    It sounds to me like Twitter has some work to do.

    via @SpionKopRed on Twitter

    3. Twitter Has To Give Up Identities Of Racist Tweeters In France

    I’ve written about this before while it was still developing, but it’s now official; Twitter must hand police the names of racist tweeters, so says a court in France which has laws against hate speech.

    I remain indifferent, but the court has spoken.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    4. Speechless: New Mexican Lawmaker Hates Rape Victims

    Representative Cathrynn Brown in New Mexico has introduced a bill to the NM House that would make rape victims who receive abortions felons. The argument is that terminating a pregnancy caused by rape would be tampering with evidence. There are few words to describe how messed up this is, and we should hope that the NM legislature has the sense to shut this down.

    via @NFLion on Twitter

    5. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys To The Power Of The Written Word

    I don’t particularly consider myself a writer despite publishing a solid amount of words every day, because I’m always learning and still finding my voice. Tips like the ones pasted into this article help me identify my own flaws, and helps me know what I need to work on.

    My favorite of the eight keys:

    4.Have the Guts to Cut
    It may be that you, too, are capable of making necklaces for Cleopatra, so to speak. But your eloquence should be the servant of the ideas in your head. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.

    It, along with the preceding tip which is to “Keep It Simple” are probably what I need to work at the most.

    Thank you Kurt Vonnegut.

    via a friend on Facebook

    6. “Pop Star Pouts”

    Man, I love Capital FM; it honestly isn’t a bad radio station (although I’d question their claim of being the UK’s “#1 hit music station”) and they happen to publish some funny stuff too. Today I’m delighted to present to you… Ten celebrities pictured pouting.

    (I think that this blog has reached a new low.)

    via @capitalofficial on Twitter

    7. Congratulations, Netflix. Take That, Pundits

    Kit Eaton, Fast Company:

    Netflix announced on Wednesday that it had increased its subscription numbers by 2.05 million in the fourth quarter and is now in 27.15 million American households. This figure, according to the company, led to a net income of $7.9 million.

    I really like Netflix and I’m very happy to see it do well. Back when I first started writing I was doing movie reviews, and I had a weekly feature dedicated exclusively to movies on Netflix (streaming). Netflix deserves every ounce of success it receives, and I hope that it continues since it pushes digital media forward.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    8. What Success Looks Like For Path

    Kevin Rose interviewed the founder of Path, Dave Morin, and in “defining success” for Path, Morin included “maintaining trust” and having an “honest relationship” with users. I stopped using Path a long time ago simply because it didn’t fit into my life, but it’s nice to see a social networking company get it.

    9. The Women In Horror Month Movement

    The aptly titled Tumblr page WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH has a few tips by Hannah Neurotica on how to drive awareness for Women In Horror Month (February). If you’re a Horror fan you should read through the list and do what you’re able; chances are there is something for you to do. I’ll be using this blog to advance the cause, and might figure out some other things to do.

    via Thirst for iOS (Which has been temporarily removed from the App Store, meaning I have no download link, sorry)

    10. Idea: Abandoning The (Traditional) Web Browser

    Note: When I use the term “web browser” below, I’m referring to traditional ones like Safari, Chrome, IE, Firefox, etc. Technically every app that access the web and loads information is a web browser, but if it doesn’t have a URL and search bar, in my mind it’s too different to qualify.

    Since I’ve taken this blog in a more news/magazine direction, I’ve noticed that my web usage habits have changed dramatically. I went from using the Safari web browser on my iPhone and iPads to frequent sites, to discovering news using 3rd party apps/services like FlipBoard, Thirst, Tweetbot, Facebook, and Pocket.

    This new way of discovering news has been a boon for this blog and even for myself. The news sites I source are so varied that it’s introduced me to so many more writers and writing styles, whom and which I hope that I’m introducing to you. It’s a departure from reading stuff from the exact same writers on the exact same sites every day.

    Browsing the web using a web browser like Safari kind of slows me down. Apps like FlipBoard load information fast since the only thing being loaded is article text. Web browsers are egregiously slow comparably because they end up loading text, images, ads, comments, and outright unrelevant information.

    My reasons for using Safari (or any web browser) have been dwindling, and it’s made me a happier person. I’ve known for a long time that “apps are the future”, but before now I wasn’t aware how soon that future would come.

    Given everything, I feel that by the end of the year I can be in a position to dump web browsers. My new goal is to not use a web browser for an entire year, starting anytime before 2014. I think that I can do it, and I think that I should do it. Obviously there must be exceptions — for example, if I need to use Safari for work or school — but casually browsing as I know it should be dead.

    I’ll draft the rules and more specifics of my plan later, and I’ll publish them here. My hope is that other people will do this with me. I’m actually kind of scared and simultaneously excited… This will be fun.


    19: Help A Brother Out

    January 24, 2013

    1. Record Sales, Record Revenues, Record Profits: Apple Stock Down 10%

    The stock market is a joke.

    I wonder how much Apple’s share price would go up if Apple reported that it had 100% market share in phones and tablets but it gave the devices away for free and lost billions. Its stock would probably be through the roof.

    2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt Not Appearing in Man Of Steel As Batman

    Mike Sampson, Screen Crush:

    ‘Man of Steel‘ will feature a post-credits scene cameo from Joseph Gordon-Levitt who will introduce himself as the new Batman! That was the sexy rumor from late-2012 and the explanation for how Warner Bros. would kickstart the ‘Justice League‘ buzz. Unfortunately it’s not true.

    How tragic.

    (Where’s a sarcasm emoticon when you need one?)

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    3. Batman Rebooted In 2017?

    Speaking of Batman, apparently we might see the next take on the franchise in 2017. Only if Man Of Steel is successful, though; which makes no sense, but Hollywood will do what Hollywood does.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    4. Nintendo: “We’re Sorry (Now Take This And Leave Us Alone)”

    Not going to lie, I’m a Nintendo fan and wear my Pokéwalker proud. I’ve had every Nintendo console from the SNES upwards — except the Wii U which I really want — so, full disclosure there.

    The company has been embarrassing with the Wii U though, and as much as I want one, the public presentations that I’ve seen and now this apology is just sad. Nintendo should be long finished with these new Mario, Zelda, Yoshi, and Super Smash Bros. games, and not “working on them“.

    Nintendo is the best developer for its gaming systems by far, and it needs to release a very steady stream of titles at least for the near term.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    5. Odd How Things Work

    Back on Apple’s hit in the stock market, apparently with today’s report, Apple has brought in “the largest corporate earnings in the history of the earth“.

    Either I’m having a dream where things are backwards, or the investors that are tanking Apple’s stock price are outright mental.

    via DaringFireball

    6. Quora Offers A Blogging Tool

    Liz Gannes, All Things D:

    So Quora is inverting itself, and offering a basic blogging tool, starting today.
    This isn’t blog service with custom layouts and nifty widgets. It’s not a full competitor to WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr or even Medium. It’s a place to write good stuff and get read by the Quora audience.

    Chalk this up as interesting and kind of cool.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    7. “Can you press the shutter when I look most compromised?”

    This is even more interesting and more cool.

    via @jim_napier on Twitter

    8. Google Redesigning Image Search… For Keyboards

    I’m all for redesigning things for the better, but I’m not sure that, in 2013, designing websites to be enhanced when using physical keyboards is forward-thinking. Especially for a company like Google which knows that the world is moving to touch-based systems.

    via @iHKDesign on Twitter

    9. Ray Liotta In The Muppets… Again

    It seems as if every week there’s more exciting news about the next Muppets movie. I’m starting to worry that all of this good news will hype us fans up way too much and we’ll be disappointed in the end.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    10. Caring

    As you may be aware depending on how often you frequent this blog, I basically dropped my iPad (3rd gen) and it basically cracked which basically voided the warranty. Undeterred, I took it to my local Apple Store the following day to see if Apple would replace it for me. The iPad did have mild light bleed, so I had hoped that the “Genius” assigned to help me would overlook the grossly voided warranty and write it off as defective.

    I walked out of the Apple Store fifteen minutes after I walked in, with a brand new, crack free 3rd gen iPad in hand. The bill should have cost me $299, but the Genius at the Apple Store ignored the voided warranty and gave me the new iPad for free. $299 effectively handed to me just-like-that.

    And some people wonder why I always return to Apple for my computer purchases.

    Obviously your mileage may vary and some Apple Store employees might not want to help you, but I’d wager that those people are the exception to the rule. Apple genuinely cares about its customers and would like to see them be repeat customers.

    I don’t necessarily feel that I’ve earned the replacement iPad I’m typing this entry on; I feel slightly vindicated but only because I have friends who got amusement from my iPad cracking (“It wouldn’t have happened if it was in a case! Haha!”). I didn’t deserve a $299 replacement for free because of a mistake that I made, but Apple thinks that I should have it.

    Apple effectively told my aforementioned friends to piss off, in so many words.

    To people who think that this is an anomaly: If Apple’s policy was to outright not help out customers in self-inflicted distress, a lot of employees would be fired. Clearly there is a “bend the rules if you feel like it” clause somewhere in there.


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