15: Here An iPad, There An iPad, Everywhere An iPad

January 15, 2013

1. Feminist Porn Filmmaking

I knew that there probably were porn studios out there that respected their actresses, but I had no proof of it. I’m a feminist male, and the idea of unfairness in porn is one of the reasons that I didn’t like it. I’m not sure that one example of good porn can change my mind, but this article which describes Kink.com and its’ Model’s Rights fascinates me. Check it out.

Via @GoodMenProject on Twitter

2. Invisibility

John Hawkes:

If I can’t be invisible in a group of people and observe the behaviour around me and translate that into the roles I play, I won’t be as good an actor. If somebody rents Winter’s Bone and doesn’t know who I am, that’s probably a satisfying experience for them. If I’ve done six talk shows that week and they rent it, and they say, ‘Oh, that’s the guy I saw on the talk show last night” then it’s going to be a very different experience for them. It’s been a boon to be unknown because people are more apt to believe you, and that’s disappearing for me.

Pretty amazing. It’s fitting that John Hawkes is a pretty amazing actor, too, and this speaks to one of the reasons that I love Horror cinema — unfamiliarity. It’s no secret that a whole lot of flicks in our beloved genre feature unknown cast members, which makes it easy to see them as their role and not as an actor.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

3. Nexus 7 On Contract

People are willing to put up with two year contracts on subsidized phones, and AT&T hopes that they’ll put up with contracts on already-cheap tablets too. The reason that people sell years of their lives to the cell carriers is that phones are outrageously expensive. The Nexus 7 costs — unsubsidized — as much as any given subsidized flagship smartphone. The idea that a $100 rebate off of a $200 unsubsidized device will compel people to sign two-year contracts is absurd. If the Nexus 7 were $600 and signing a two-year contract knocked off $400, I could maybe see people biting.

Until then, AT&T is just throwing stuff at the wall until something sticks, probably because it can’t find a way to get people to buy Nexus 7 tablets.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

4. Star Wars “Live Action” TV Series

Nooooooooooooooo!

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

5. The Academy To Foreign Filmmakers: Good Luck

It doesn’t take a genius to guess that it’s probably tough for foreign films to land an Oscar nomination let alone an Oscar itself. But I wasn’t aware that the selection process sucks as bad as it does.

The complicated process to receive a nomination begins when individual countries put forth a single film as their official selection, with a record 71 submissions this year.

After a screening process, a volunteer committee of academy members then put forth six films for the shortlist with the executive committee adding three more. Specially selected screening committees in Los Angeles and New York next watch all nine short-listed films over a weekend to decide the five nominees. To vote on the final award, academy members must prove they have attended theatrical screenings of all five nominees.

However, some see the process as perennially flawed until the academy reconsiders the one-film-per-country rule. At the Golden Globes, for example, where no such rule exists, the official French Oscar submission of “The Intouchables” and another well-regarded French film, “Rust and Bone,” were both nominated. (Four of the Oscar shortlisted films are in French, however.)

As film fans we should probably be ashamed that this goes on.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

6. Twitter Protecting Hate Free Speech In France

Apparently a few Twitter users in France think that the Nazis were right, which violates hate speech laws in France and elsewhere in Europe. Jewish groups in France are demanding that Twitter release the identities of the Nazi-tweeters, and Twitter is saying no.

I actually believe in “hate speech” laws. I think that we Americans would live more harmoniously if hate speech were illegal, even if that harmony isn’t real. What it comes down to is, should you be allowed to degrade others, and I think that answer is no, and I think that Twitter should comply with the laws in the countries that it operates in.

But that’s just me, and for better or worse, kudos to Twitter for standing up for what it believes in.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

7. Another Day, Another School Shooting In The US

Well, at least this one isn’t an elementary school.

Something really needs to be done about the gun violence in this country. It’s kind of getting out of hand.

via Gawker on Facebook

8. California Makes It Illegal For Your Employer To Access Your Social Networking Accounts

This is all well and good, except for the broad little “misconduct” clause in the new law. This law is a step in the right direction and California’s legislature should be congratulated for taking that step, but until “misconduct” is clearly defined, employers can probably find ways to make you give up your Facebook account.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

9. Is Office Still Important?

John Moltz at MacWorld poses the question, even if Microsoft released Office for iOS, would it matter?

What I know is that Apple shipped its own iWork office suite — Pages, Keynote, and Numbers — on day one of the original iPad’s release. At the colleges I attended, Pages passed as a Word alternative, Keynote more than passed as a PowerPoint alternative, and I only had to use school computers for Excel since Numbers kind of sucks.

Considering that iPads are seemingly selling like crazy without Office, I think that it’s fair to say that Apple doesn’t care whether or not Microsoft releases it for iPad.

via @svartling on Twitter

10. Finding iPad mini

It’s no secret that I love my iPad mini — it’s become a part of my daily life alongside my full-sized iPad and iPhone. A little less than two weeks ago I picked up a “black and slate” model (16GB WiFi-only) because I couldn’t find a “white and silver” one. I almost wish I had waited, since I’ve come to realize that I’d much prefer the white and silver version. Don’t bet me wrong, the black and slate iPad mini is sexy, but the white and silver iPad mini is beautiful.

Fortunately Apple allows trade-ins within two weeks of sale. I’ve been trying to find a white and silver iPad mini at an Apple Store to trade-in since Sunday. Those things go fast. The Apple Store reps don’t know when they’ll get shipments in, and that particular model (white and silver, 16GB, WiFi-only) sells out shortly after stores open.

There are three Apple Stores in Oregon, so every day I have to take a gamble and choose one to try. So far my experience is that at any given morning, one of the Apple Stores has some white and silver 16GB WiFi-only iPad minis in stock, and the other two don’t. If I choose the wrong Apple Store as I have every morning, the store that has those particular iPad minis in stock runs out by the time I can get to the store. It’s madness.

I’m going to keep trying to replace my black and slate iPad mini until my two weeks runs up (at which point I’ll just return it for cash back to buy the one I want when I find it). But at the end of the day, it’s obvious that Apple isn’t having a hard time selling iPad minis. I wonder what my experience trying to buy a competing tablet would be like.

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