Archive for the 'News' Category

25: I Finally Updated The “About” Page

February 7, 2013

1. A Habitable Planet Might Be Only 13 Light Years Away

Eryn Brow, LA Times:

Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., said Wednesday morning that an “Earth-like” planet — that is, a small rocky planet warm enough to have liquid water on its surface and potentially capable of hosting life — could be as close as 13 light-years away.

The biggest question in my mind is how we would decide who gets to move to this mystery planet and when it would happen. My guess is that, sometime in the far away future when technology has advanced and the earth is doomed, the upper class will be the first to make the journey. The middle class will be reluctantly included to retain a decent population (are there enough rich people having sex to keep a planet habited for the long term?).

Unfortunately, the lower class will be left to A) get hit by an asteroid, B) be consumed by the Sun when it becomes a red giant, or C) kill each other off fighting for the remaining non-perishable foods.

2. Letterpress Copied For Android

One of the best word games for iOS, Letterpress [App Store link] has been outright ripped off [Google Play link] by an Android developer. The name, gameplay, and even color scheme has been stolen. There are few things as shameful that one can do as a developer.

via @TwoLivesLeft on Twitter (which is via @mattgemmell on Twitter)

3. Gay Marriage Passes The British House Of Commons

Well it’s nearing full-on official. Again, I ask, why does the US have to be so behind the UK in something as basic as equality?

via Daring Fireball

4. Good Riddance, Westboro Baptist Church

Two more members of the Westboro Baptist Church are out of there, and apparently are now outspoken against it.

Welcome to the world, Megan and Grace Phelps. Do not count on it to easily forgive your former actions, however. You’ve got a lot of families of deceased children relatives to apologize to.

5. DreamWorks To Layoff Staff Because Moviegoers Don’t Like Its Films

Kristen Acuna, Business Insider:

Rumors are circulating that there’s about to be layoffs at DreamWorks Animation.
Cuts are expected to come to the studio’s production, technology, and overhead departments, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The changed film schedule follows the underwhelming performance of “Rise of the Guardians” last fall. Though the film eventually earned $300 million worldwide (thanks to a $200 million cushion from the foreign box office), its opening weekend was $23.8 million.

This is sad. While I haven’t enjoyed every single DreamWorks animated film that I’ve seen, hearing of layoffs in an industry that I care about is depressing. I wish the best for any DreamWorks employee that does get laid off, assuming that this rumor turns out to be true.

via FlipBoard [App Store link]

6. Shocker: A Girl Wants Justin Bieber To Stay Single

Admittedly, I have a whole lot of fun reading Justin Bieber gossip.

And admittedly, I do it primarily because it drives my friends insane.

via @cambio on Twitter

7. Is TV The Future Of Film?

“Celluloid Liberation Front” at IndieWire thinks that, because of the financial possibilities, filmmakers will move to creating TV shows instead of movies. As proof he/she cites shows like The Wire, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad.

I’m not sure if I buy this idea though, because it assumes that filmmakers work for money over art, and I’d wager it’s the reverse. But, what do I know?

via FlipBoard

8. Angry Birds Cartoon In The Spring?

There are signs of the apocalypse. This could be one of ’em!

What scares me the most, however, is this final quote:

Jordan Crook, TechCrunch:

Further down the line, Rovio has plans for a full-length Angry Birds feature film.


9. Not-So-Secret Secret Drones

It was revealed that the New York Times and The Washington Post covered up a CIA drone base for the Obama administration. It’s an odd cover up, however, since Fox News of all organizations already reported on it.

I’m not sure what’s worse, news outlets covering up stories at the request of our government, or the fact that our government requested it. Ignoring that, it’s a bit of an odd cover up since the story isn’t new; in fact I’d argue that the story has become worse now that we know our government worked with journalists to cover it up.

via @AdrianChen on Twitter

10. iPad mini, Month One

I picked up my first iPad mini (I exchanged the black model for the white model later) on January 3rd, and by my calculations I’ve been an iPad mini user for more than a month. For a month I’ve used both my 3rd generation iPad and iPad mini together, and there’s one question I haven’t answered yet: If I could only have one iPad, which one would I choose?

Thus far I’ve discussed at length the benefits of each iPad, but I haven’t taken a black or white stance. Would I choose the large iPad for its productivity chops, or the iPad mini for its “consumption” savvy and superior design? Going further, if I could only recommend a single iPad to the general population, which would I recommend and why?

If I could only have a single iPad, it would be the large iPad without question. The iPad mini is fine for basic typing, but it’s — how do you say? — f**k-all for long form typing. I type a lot of words every single day, and while it can certainly be done on the iPad mini, it would be cumbersome and my documents would be riddled with typos.

At the end of the day, the large iPad can do everything that the iPad mini does, although it does “consumption” tasks a little bit worse. So when measuring my needs, I need a productivity device more than a “makes many tasks easier and fun device”.

But which device would I recommend to the general population if I ignored individuals’ needs? I’d selfishly recommend the larger iPad. I want iPads to replace traditional computers outright, and for anyone wanting to be productive the larger iPad is the iPad for that. If everyone goes iPad mini, traditional computers will be around for a while because a lot of people type up more stuff than e-mails.

And there are other people that need to draw, or create and edit music or videos, and the list goes on. After a month of use I’m convinced that the iPad mini isn’t the device for that stuff, at least not yet or in the near future. Eventually new UIs will surface and the way we use our devices will change, but until then the iPad mini is overwhelmingly a “consumption” device.

24: Just A Thought

February 6, 2013

1. OUYA Will Be DOA

OUYA, a game console based on Android, will be officially launched in two months. Sounds good. There’s only one problem — it will launch with no compelling games.

2. Poor Guy

While Matt Moore — an “ex-gay” Christian blogger — has probably done a lot to damage the LGBT community, I feel kind of bad for him. It’s confirmed that he has an active profile on Grindr, a dating site for gay people. While it might be right to proclaim “hypocrite!” and hate Moore’s guts, it must suck to be him.

Clearly Moore is battling himself, because on one hand he’s gay, and on the other his religion tells him that it’s unacceptable. There probably aren’t many worse things than being at odds with your own being, and while I don’t appreciate hypocrisy — particularly when it hurts others — I can at least think that therapy is a greater response to this news than pitchforks.

That said, if you are gay, and you are Christian, you should know that Leviticus says that eating seafood is a sin. So unless basically everyone goes to Hell unless they live by Leviticus, I think that God will forgive you. Or if Leviticus is the final word on all things, you’ll have a whole lot of people to share Hell with, many of which have probably hated on you.

Gotta love silver linings.

via Gawker on Facebook

3. So What’s Different?

Speaking of gay stuff, it looks like the UK is going to legalize same-sex marriage. Here’s what David Cameron, the Conservative Prime Minister, said about gay marriage:

I am a strong believer in marriage. It helps people commit to each other and I think it is right that gay people should be able to get married too. … This is, yes, about equality. But it is also about making our society stronger.

It’s hard enough to get a Democratic politician in the US to say something similar, let alone a Republican politician. I’m not David Cameron’s biggest fan, but kudos for this.

via FlipBoard [App Store Link]

4. Hooray: Warm Bodies Is Hot

I was pulling for Warm Bodies since the first trailer was released, and I’m thrilled to tell you that it brought in $20 million over the weekend (not including Sunday afternoon and evening).

Part of that was the $31.50 from me for three tickets. Surreal that we’ve gotten to the point where ticket prices actually exceed $10, isn’t it? I remember when ticket prices here in Portland were $9, and while the price increase over so many years might not seem like much, it adds up.

These prices are zombifying.

(Sorry for the lame joke.)

5. Want To Know Where I Am Always?

This is just a rumor, but one I wouldn’t have a hard time believing. It seems as if Facebook is working on an app that will keep track of your location so that your friends can see where you are. Allegedly it will also help Facebook with its targeted ads.

If (or when) this app does come to pass, I’m curious to learn how many people value their privacy so little.

6. Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez Back Together?!?

Like, OMG.

via @cambio on Twitter

7. This Death Star Just Won’t Die

People are determined to get that Death Star up and running. E for Effort, I guess.

8. We Survived The Fall Out Boy Hiatus!

Honestly Fall Out Boy’s hiatus was the closest thing to an Apocalypse that the world has seen, so we should all pat ourselves on the back for surviving it.

9. The Real Story Is What James Cameron Thinks Of Avatar

James Cameron just won a lawsuit where he was accused of stealing ideas for Avatar. Good for him! What’s disconcerting is this little gem from Cameron’s mouth (emphasis mine):

It is a sad reality of our business that whenever there is a successful film, people come out of the woodwork claiming that their ideas were used. AVATAR was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades. I am grateful that the Court saw through the blatant falsity of Mr. Morawski’s claim.

Considering that Avatar is basically a mediocre retelling of the Pocahontas story, I’m sorry that Cameron feels the way he does. His “most personal” film, really?

via FlipBoard

10. Showcasing The Little Guys

If you haven’t noticed, I often use this blog to brainstorm. Ya know, it’s my party blog and I’ll cry ramble if I want to. So bear with me!

I’ve had this little idea since yesterday, that maybe I should start sourcing my friends instead of huge news sites that really don’t need traffic from me. Most of the people I regularly talk to on Twitter have blogs of their own and can write well, and I feel that I’ve been ignoring an opportunity to show them off.

The biggest problem I can see is the publishing schedule. This blog’s seven-day publishing schedule is an anomaly among other small blogs with a single writer. If I want to keep my posting format as-is (Thoughts on nine different articles and a few hundred words about whatever is on my mind), I would need my friends who blog to collectively churn out at least 45 articles per week — problematic, yes?

The problem with that being problematic is that I really like the idea of sourcing my friends for my posts here instead of, say, TechCrunch or the LA Times. So I have to find middle ground somewhere.

At present the posts I publish on Sunday and Monday are standard articles, little to nothing newsy about them. I could dedicate just Monday to my favorite articles from friends for the week prior, which would leave Sunday as the only day I publish standard articles. Assuming my network continues to grow and I make enough blogging friends, I might be able to start phasing out huge news sites for bloggers that might want my promotion.

I might try this out for next Monday’s post, but I’m not sure. It’ll be a surprise to both you and I.

As a sidenote, regarding what was mentioned above about me using this blog to brainstorm: I didn’t come up with the “middle ground” solution to my dilemma until writing it here. Thanks.

23: Somebody I Used To (Not) Know

February 4, 2013

Editor’s Note: I’m out at the moment and can’t get things written about each article I’m sharing. Provided are just the links and then my final thought. Each link is via FlipBoard.

1. Smartphone consumers are less willing to experiment

2. ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Producer Says 3D Glasses Need To Evolve Or Disappear

3. “Evasi0n” Overloads Servers As Over 270,000 People Download The New Jailbreak For iOS 6.0/6.1 Devices, Including iPhone 5

4. 100 Reasons To Recover #729

5. How Church of Scientology channels Apple at Super Bowl

6. Smartphone consumers are less willing to experiment

7. FreedomPop Plans ‘LTE Clip’ To Give Free LTE To iPad, Android Tablets

8. Feds call on app makers to take privacy more seriously

9. From the Wire: Netflix Turns Art into Math

10. Who The Heck Are You?

I was kicking back on the bus, eavesdropping on conversations as I tend to do, and two girls were talking about Twitter, blogging, and how people who they don’t know follow them. And they find it weird and maybe a little bit creepy.

In my mind, the fact that outright strangers from countries I haven’t even heard of can me on Twitter, or read my blog, is fascinating. Things like that are explicitly why I use Twitter and why I blog. I’ve been opened up to worlds because of how social the web can be, and to me it’s weird that some people find that weird.

But I’m curious how widespread that sentiment is. One thing I know is that, despite being a middle class white American, I’m in the minority in a lot of ways. An easy example is how I’ve already replaced traditional computers with iOS devices; I believe that people can, but probably very few have.

So what if I’m in the minority for being social on the web? How many people are creeped out by the fact that I follow them either on Twitter or WordPress? That amount of people who I know for certain that aren’t weirded out by the idea is small relative to the whole amount of people I follow, and nonexistent relevant to everyone in the world.

The people who are cool with the idea of following and being followed by anyone are probably in the minority. It’s a humbling thought and it means that we (the social networking proponents) might want to change our messaging.

Thus far on this blog and elsewhere I’ve rambled about the benefits of blogging and Twitter,nut I haven’t tried to calm people into the idea. It might be time to change my overall message surrounding this stuff.

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.

    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,

    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, 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.

    18: Oh No! My iPad (3rd Gen) Fell And Cracked! :(

    January 22, 2013

    Well. Thankfully I at least gathered articles for today’s entry. I was saying goodbye to a cute girl and my iPad was on my lap, and it slipped and fell to the floor. The result:

    Shattered iPad Corner

    Hopefully Apple replaces it. Fingers crossed. I’m too in shock to write blurbs on the nine news articles I want you to check out, so what follows is just a few links. I’m stunned.

    1. Wrath Of The Titans Insults Intelligence

    2. Intel (Finally) Ramping Up Investment In Mobile

    3. How To Limit iOS Device Time For Your Kids

    4. Pope Benedict XVI Tweets In Latin

    5. iPad or iPad mini?

    6. iPhone 5 Jailbreak “Behind The Scenes”

    7. First Kick-Ass 2 Photo

    8. Surprise: Google Doesn’t Like Microsoft

    9. Anti-Apple Anger

    17: Don’t Be A Bum

    January 18, 2013

    1. Kansas House Speaker Asks House To Pray For President’s Death

    Mike O’Neil, Speaker of the Kansas House in an e-mail to other House members:

    Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

    At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!


    via @kingbry7 on Twitter

    2. Apply For Enstitute

    I’ve previously written about Enstitute — an apprenticeship program where students work for a startup in NYC and “learn by doing” — and I can’t believe I missed the news that it started accepting applications for 2013 last month. Applications need to be submitted by February 3rd and must include 1) a video explaining why you should be accepted to Enstitute and 2) responses to a series of questions (my favorite: What is the failure that you most celebrate? Why?).

    If you’re even slightly interested, get on it now. Sorry to my readership outside of the US, Enstitute doesn’t have an international presence yet; it will eventually, so stay tuned if you like the idea. Otherwise, Enstitute is cool and if you want to work in the tech sector, there are few better ways to start if you can manage to be selected for it.

    3. Because It’s Printed On A Mug

    Have you ever wanted to be rude to people but didn’t have a good excuse? Well those days are over! The author of Guinea Something Good (one of the webcomics I read) uploaded a mug design to his DeviantArt page based on a mug in the comic.

    The mug reads I CAN BE RUDE BECAUSE IT’S PRINTED ON A MUG and it’s selling for $12.99. I’ll be picking it up later, and it’s brilliant enough where you might do well to pick it up too.

    (No I wasn’t paid or even asked to post this, I just really find the mug fun.)

    4. It’s Not Just Chivalry That’s Dead

    Alex Williams, New York Times:

    Traditional courtship — picking up the telephone and asking someone on a date — required courage, strategic planning and a considerable investment of ego (by telephone, rejection stings). Not so with texting, e-mail, Twitter or other forms of “asynchronous communication,” as techies call it. In the context of dating, it removes much of the need for charm; it’s more like dropping a line in the water and hoping for a nibble.

    Online dating services, which have gained mainstream acceptance, reinforce the hyper-casual approach by greatly expanding the number of potential dates. Faced with a never-ending stream of singles to choose from, many feel a sense of “FOMO” (fear of missing out), so they opt for a speed-dating approach — cycle through lots of suitors quickly.

    I’m not going to lie, I’ve been a participant in the “online dating” scene. I don’t particularly expect (or want) anything serious to come of it, but the idea that traditional dating is dead is interesting. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though; of my friends, two of the most successful relationships I know of started online.

    It makes sense, doesn’t it? As vaguely alluded to in the quote above, when you aren’t restricted by location or schedules, you’re more likely to meet people who have similar interests. Traditional dating might be a casualty in favor of new communication mediums, but it’s a casualty that I’m okay with.

    I say it a lot, but the world is changing.

    via friends on Facebook

    5. YouTube Might Be Investing In VEVO

    If this rumor turns out to be true, it will turn out to be a pretty big “it’s about time” for YouTube. Janko Roettgers lays out the numbers on paidContent, but in short, one of the primary reasons people use YouTube is to watch VEVO videos. An investment by YouTube makes more than a whole lot of sense.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    6. Mark Wahlberg And Ted At The Oscars

    Mike Sampson, Screen Crush:

    While making an appearance on Anderson Live – Anderson Cooper’s now-canceled afternoon talk show – Wahlberg revealed that, yes, they are working on a ‘Ted 2‘ but that it won’t take that long before you see him and his stuffed friend reunited. Says Wahlberg, “Ted and I will be appearing at the Oscars.”

    If you follow me on Twitter you probably know that I’m not a fan of the Academy Awards — I view it as the industry patting itself on the back and film festivals are the events that really matter — but this will get me to watch at least part of the show this year.

    As a sidenote, if you haven’t seen Ted, you really ought to. It’s one of the funniest theatrical releases last year and simultaneously has a lot of heart.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    7. Tips To Succeeding In Online Courses

    Some of the hardest classes that I’ve taken at traditional universities were online, and my performance in a few still sting me to think about. There’s an idea that persists among some students that online courses are easy — they aren’t. Online courses require a certain self-directing study ethic that’s hard to summon if you aren’t interested in the material, and US News has a list of five tips that can help students complete online courses.

    My favorite of the tips is Have a consistent workspace. It probably seems obvious but, I know that when I was enrolled in traditional universities, I kind of threw study-places at the wall trying to find one that stuck. I’d rotate between a variety of coffee shops, the school library, my home, etc., and the inconsistency left me consistently distracted.

    For somewhere around a year I’ve made a specific Starbucks my primary workspace for almost everything — homework, studying, blogging, coding — and the familiarity has amped up my productivity. If you do work on a portable computer, particularly important stuff like schoolwork, find a location you like and stick to it. The location might get boring after a while, but you’ll be there to work, it doesn’t need to be exciting; infact it’s better if it isn’t exciting.

    via @StraighterLine on Twitter

    8. S-VHS Teaser

    While most of my Horror-friends weren’t incredibly appreciative of the indie Horror anthology V/H/S, I thought it was entertaining enough. As such, I’m happy to link you to the newly released teaser trailer for its sequel, S-VHS.

    via @MrHorror on Twitter

    9. Being A Minimalist

    Design Taxi is a great blog that turns up in my feed every so often, and this time it’s an article about how to be a minimalist “in design and life”. The piece is effectively just a reblog of a comic by Grant Snider, but alas, credit where it’s due. If you’re looking to live a minimalist life, you’ll be hard pressed to find better advice.

    via @MacTheDave on Twitter

    10. Keeping Busy

    At present I don’t make a whole lot of money; it’s been more than two years since I’ve had a well-paying, traditional job and I’ve lived off of pennies coupled with student loans and help from my parents since. Obviously that can’t go on forever — nor should it — and the reason why I’m learning Processing and hopefully other coding languages following is because I believe that skill can at least help me support myself. The icing on the cake is that it’s something I enjoy.

    My last traditional job was as Apple’s rep at PSU for the 2010 school year, and that lasted between February 2010 to December 2010. It’s very easy to become sedentary when you receive the financial assistance that I have over the past two years, and it’s important to not let that happen.

    The reason why I started blogging in December 2010 is because I didn’t have anything better to do. I liked movies, I felt like my opinions were half decent, and I didn’t have a job, so I started Picture This! Reviews and ran from there. Since then I’ve switched blogs outright, I’ve been hired onto a few others, I’ve even started a webcomic (which is admittedly on hiatus). I’ve consulted a little graphic design company on various things and through all this I’ve been going to school on-and-off.

    When the time comes for me to make a half decent paycheck again, I’ll have a strong enough work ethic to do my job and do it well because I’ve kept myself busy for my two years away from regular cash. I didn’t have to — I would’ve received the financial assistance I have anyway — but I think that it’s important for my growth that I didn’t let myself become sedentary.

    Even if you have to do work for pennies or even for free, it’s so much better than doing nothing and letting yourself become a bum. It’s so easy to do and I know because I’ve gone through periods where I took my assistance for granted and became lazy. Don’t do it. Keep yourself busy no matter what.

    16: Don’t Kill Me Please

    January 16, 2013

    1. I Didn’t Come Here To Die

    Check out the trailer [YouTube link] for this Horror flick that recently made its way onto digital avenues. I hear good things and intend to check it out this weekend. You can rent I Didn’t Come Here To Die on iTunes by tapping/clicking here, and on Amazon if you have a Prime membership.

    via a friend on Facebook

    2. Txt-Alternative For Kids

    My search-fu is failing me at the moment, but based on personal interactions I’d wager that a significant amount of young kids send txt messages fairly regularly.

    It’s no secret that txt messaging kind of sucks and is a pure cash grab by our mobile carriers, and that we’re all better off using alternatives like Facebook Messenger, iMessage, etc. Unfortunately services like Facebook Messenger aren’t incredibly youth-oriented, and now a youth-oriented alternative called Jongla is launching on iOS and Android.

    Honestly I don’t particularly care what alternative service that kids use, but if we want to end the txting hegemony, all age groups need to contribute. If there are services targeting youth, I’m all for them.

    3. Ashton Kutcher Really Really Looks Like Steve Jobs

    The resemblance is striking. I’m still not convinced that he’ll do a fantastic job acting as Steve Jobs in the upcoming flick jOBS, however we’ll have to wait and see.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    4. Self-Published Authors Kicking Butt On Kindle

    At least in the UK, 15 of the top 100 best-selling Kindle books were self-published. That’s fascinating, and the situation is probably similar in many countries where Amazon sells Kindle books.

    The world is changing.

    via Thirst for iOS

    5. The 6 Best Dresses At The Golden Globes

    There are some days where you can’t not love The Onion.

    via @acarboni on Twitter

    6. 7 Men Gang Rape Bus Passenger In India

    Faith Karimi and Shah Singh, CNN:

    In an incident eerily similar to a sexual assault that sent shock waves worldwide, Indian police say a woman was gang-raped over the weekend by seven men after she boarded a bus at night.

    So sad. It’s surreal to think of how much evil there is in the world. One of the things I hope to see in my lifetime is world peace, although I realize that it’s probably a few generations away. Maybe 100% hate-free is impossible, but I think that 99% can happen with time.

    You can say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. [YouTube link]

    via With Fetus

    7. Wearable Computing Is The Next Big Thing

    These days you can’t find a tech publication raving about watches and glasses that can do more than tell time and help you see, but do tech writers represent the general population?

    I can see the value in reading my Twitter notifications without having to take my iPhone out of my pocket, but I’m not sure that everyone wants to make fashion accessories out of their mini-computers. I could be wrong though.

    8. Easter Eggs In January

    Arrested Development is one of the few TV shows that I’ve ever watched, and the fact that Netflix is bringing it back is fantastic. If you’re in the US (presumably — I can’t test anything in Canada or the UK) Netflix has a bit of a promotion going on. If you’re an Arrested Development fan, follow these instructions and enjoy!

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    9. Reason To Recover #709

    100 Reasons To Recover:

    Because one day my story will change someone’s life.

    I’ve linked to 100 Reasons To Recover before, and if you haven’t checked out that blog yet, you really should. It’s kind of inspirational and it can satisfy as a life guide for most everyone feeling down.

    10. The Death Glare

    A common look that I receive from people who see me using both my iPad and iPad mini at the same time is the Death Glare. For whatever reason a solid amount of people have a problem with me carrying around two iPads; these people often tote around Macs which are more expensive than my two iPads combined, but that’s beside the point.

    The iPad mini kills the larger iPad at “consumption” — it’s smaller size and weight makes it easier to use kicking back leisurely-like — so I use my iPad mini to find articles to share here. When it comes time to write bits about those articles, I keep the articles open on the iPad mini and type up my thoughts on the big iPad, which saves time as opposed to switching between writing and reading on a single iPad which I did before picking up an iPad mini. Not having to leave the app that I write in saves a whole lot of time, I can probably finish blogposts twice as fast now.

    In addition, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m learning a nifty coding language called Processing. Prior to getting an iPad mini I switched between both the book and the Processing app on my iPad, which was slow. Now that I have an iPad mini I code on the larger iPad and read on the iPad mini. Again, having the iPad mini probably makes me go twice as fast.

    There are genuine reasons that I have and use both an iPad and iPad mini. So what’s the deal with people?

    I’m reminded of when I picked up my first iPad in 2010; I had an iPhone 3G at the time, and friends derided me for having an iPhone and a big iPhone that couldn’t make phone calls. The problem was that the differences between iPhones and iPads hadn’t yet been established, so to a lot of people I was seen as A) wasting my money and/or B) an upper class jerk showing off my wealth (which was a laughable idea if you knew my financial situation).

    The iPad and iPad mini have loads of crossover, I won’t pretend that they don’t. But I have each for their differences; the iPad’s larger screen makes it good for typing, coding, drawing, and the type of content creation that I do, whereas the iPad mini’s smaller screen makes it good for leisurely gathering and consuming information, gaming, and consumption in general.

    The hate that I’ve received is weird and, in my mind, unfounded.

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