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I’ve seen games in Excel before, but this is something else:
Spreadtweet is a Twitter client that makes a person’s incoming Twitter stream look like a typical Excel spreadsheet, giving the impression that an employee is working when they really are not.
Via The Type-A Way (Thanks, Marina!)
Chace Bank’s Redmond, WA branch is trying to stiff me for $385 due to the manager’s error. His behavior is pitiful. It looks like I’m not the only one who is fed up and closing my account:
Fox News reports that during the early rounds at Wimbledon, a lot of second-level, but good-looking female tennis players have been on Center Court, while some of the stars have been relegated to side courts.
An event organizer noted, “It’s not a coincidence that those (on Center Court) are attractive.”
Not at all. The price of TV rights is based on viewership, so the sponsors want to maximize it: “Our preference would always be a Brit or a babe, as this always delivers high viewing figures.”
Drunk-driving aside, Shia LeBoeuf has today proved himself to have just about the most game of any young man on the planet. Confident, laid-back, funny, and you KNOW he’s got the upper-hand when courting any young lady because he happens to be a movie star. Watch the action on the Today Show this morning when he pulls out a female fan from the crowd and makes women everywhere love him:
She asked him what type of girl he likes, to which Shia responded “all kinds” before letting her know his afternoon was free. Now, I’m not saying these two went and had sex in a fancy hotel, but I am saying she looks like the appreciative type who can keep a secret.
When you can tap the knowledge of everyone you know, on a single platform, with responses coming at you near instantaneously, who needs a specialist anymore?:
Due to an apparently fraudulent election in Iran, an interesting situation has presented itself. One in which the world would be much better off if the man controlling the White House was former-President George W. Bush.
One of the most hated Presidents in recent memory (if not the entirety of American history), George W. Bush managed to divide the nation into hostile camps of partisanship. He led a war into a foreign country that did not attack America, going against the traditional anti-war stance the Republican party had held for much of U.S. history (including Vietnam). He changed tax policy to increase the amount of earnings that the rich could keep, which both inductively and effectively led to increasing wealth inequality and disparity, fanning the flames of class warfare . And he was a foreign policy hawk, largely due to the construction of his cabinet which included prominent gung-ho warriors like Elliott Abrams, Dick Cheney, and Paul Wolfowitz.
Barack Obama, in contrast, is a foreign policy diplomat. His message as well as his actions indicate a desire to show a new face to the world: an America that engages other nations constructively as an observer, but neither infringes on nations’ sovereignty nor involves itself in their internal affairs.
Enter the 2009 Presidential Elections of Iran. It’s come to light that Mr. Ahmedinejad, the victor, may have actually come in 3rd in votes. The vote was certified within three hours of being counted, whereas Iranian election law dictates that they be certified no earlier than three days after an election, so as to allow for appeals on grounds of corruption or voting-tally errors. The security services have green-lighted a provision to allow police to fire upon demonstrators and protesters who dare question the results, and have already begun shooting protesters in exactly this fashion.
It is time for a change of the political system in Iran, the first major change since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. A young and resurgent Iran demands Democracy and modernity, and now needs to rip the power away from the entrenched theocracy, the Mullahs, and the (Grand) Ayatollah (Al-Sistani).
Equally important to the Iranian people’s revolutionary actions would be American intervention. The United States’ CIA is widely-known as being responsible for the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq in August 1953, and is just as able to foment a revolution in Tehran now as they were then.
The best outcome of these election irregularities would be a peaceful popular uprising and a revolution. The mullahs, however, have other ideas, and would be a strong adversary during a revolution. The mullahs would call up the military to institute martial law in order to keep the revolutionary hordes down. Because of the mullahs and their power, the most likely endeavour to bring about revolution in Iran would require outside (U.S.) intervention in addition to a popular uprising.
With Barack Obama sitting in the White House being the calculated and ‘safe’ President that he has shown himself to be time after time, it is not likely that we will see strong support from him for an aggressive U.S. response/intervention. Doing that would go against not only the principles that he ran on and his outspoken stance against the war in Iraq, but against his subconscious self that has been shaped by his experiences in politics and law for decades.
Barack Obama is not the President who will help Iran over the pass and into the Valley of Liberty and Prosperity.
But who is?
The first man who comes to mind is none other than George W. Bush. Bush’s father, George Herbert Walker Bush served for a time as Director of Central Intelligence under Gerald Ford, and knows of the CIA’s capabilities regarding illegal and unauthorized activities and intervention on foreign soil (he was actually called in by Ford to investigate and clean-up the agency of this kind of activity). Bush 41 also led the charge of Desert Storm into Kuwait and Iraq in 1990 and is likewise quite willing to use the military and the CIA in defense of America’s interests abroad. Bush 41′s son, George W. Bush, was likewise a war-hawk, willing to intervene for global interests and to ensure that authoritarian hegemony has no safe harbor in our modern world. He and his cabinet led the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 in addition to the occupation of Afghanistan, and managed the occupations until his two-term presidency ended in January 2009.
If George W. Bush were the President of the United States, he and his cabinet would likely support and execute a covert intervention in Iran and supply the Iranian revolutionaries with intelligence, supplies, and money. Such a development would be best for Iran and the world, but because Barack Obama is such a measured and calculating anti-war President, American intervention is unlikely. Iran and the world will doubtlessly suffer because of this cruel joke of history.
It’s now up to the Iranian people to rise up, as Ukraine did in 2004, and do what must be done–with or without the help of a passive and unassertive America.
Cameron Newland is a mobile phone expert and technology writer from Seattle, Washington. You can subscribe to his blog’s RSS feed by clicking here, and follow his Tweets here. He can be reached at cameron at cameronnewland dot com.
I felt I’d really achieved something last night when I was introduced to a guy who had already seen my T-Pain’s Top Inspirational Quotes post (We think a mutual friend must have sent him the link).
Day-in and day-out, I strive to bring more inspirational T-Pain content to the neediest of people who would otherwise miss out on his gospel. I’m kind of like Dr. Phil, in that sense. Perhaps I should be up for a Pulitzer; I mean, really, when you think about ‘biggest-contribution-to-society’, what else is more fitting than an amalgamation of T-Pain quotes?
I wish this was a joke, too:
I thought I was dreaming for a second there. Then I thought this was a joke. It turns out, people apparently do like Karl Rove. (Note: not smart people).
This is an amazing time to be alive, what with all the things that are changing, evolving, improving.
A major step was just taken that will revolutionize how video is produced and consumed. It’s called the Panasonic GH1.
It dispenses with the traditional SLR mirror and optical viewfinder, allowing a shorter lens-to-sensor distance; in turn enabling smaller, lighter, and quieter cameras. The platform, called ‘Micro Four Thirds’, maintains the same-size image sensor as a traditional DSLR, and uses similar (though smaller) interchangeable lenses that allow for shallow depth of field, which is one of the defining characteristics that DSLRs have long had a monopoly on versus point-and-shoot consumer cameras.
So it’s smaller. Why is this camera so revolutionary, then?
Well, size is not the revolution. HD video functionality is.
Though hardly the first digital camera to shoot HD video (notable examples include the Canon 5D Mark II and the Nikon D90) the GH1 manages to provide jaw-droppingly-good HD video (1080p) in a smaller and less-expensive package* than its predecessors and rivals. This means that any idiot with a thousand bucks, a subject, and a PC can become a movie producer.
Here’s the freshest example of HD video shot off a Panasonic GH1 (if you watch the HD version closely and notice the shallow depth of field and fantastic quality, you’ll understand how revolutionary this is!):
What we’ve seen with print media–the replacement of the top-down newspaper/magazine model with a more democratic, user-generated model–is exactly what is going to happen with digital video. With the increased accessibility of cheap HD video recording, sites like Vimeo and FunnyOrDie are going to be swimming in quality user-generated content (if they’re not already). The losers are going to be the big studios, whose only advantages will be 1) bigger budgets for marketing/production, 2) star power, and 3) existing distribution channels (movie theaters, et cetera). The studios, however, will be at a massive disadvantage on the internet, coming up against small niche players who will be able to undercut them on production cost AND content pricing, providing the content for free (ad-supported). If the big studios eschew the free-content route, as print media did, and they’ll lose market share to the internet upstarts.
This is a MASSIVE opportunity for anybody with film-making experience. You have the opportunity to be involved in a revolution. Yes, the democratization of HD video will mean declining prestige, and an increasingly flooded content marketplace. But at the same time, it allows content creators to put more professional-looking creations on the web and garner maximum exposure before the big studios begin to adapt to the new platform.
If there is to be an internet video production star made, he/she will be made king very soon. As I said earlier, this is an amazing time to be alive.
*Note: the Panasonic GH1 may be priced similarly to the Nikon D90. We’ll have to see.
Musically, it’s solid (though certainly not my favorite). Logistically, it’s a masterpiece. It was shot in only ONE TAKE on a RED ONE (yes, the audio is all from that original take, as well). Also, the room begins empty, and fills up with musicians during the song (they all disappear when the camera is looking away via a special door/wall). The title is self-referential/reflexive, as the beat builds from nothing to female vocals, adding piano, brass, violins, electric guitar, drums, and a banjo — all the while Nyle spits bars. Cool conception/execution.
If it wasn’t already clear to you that Silvio Berlusconi is the devil (or your new hero, depending on how you look at it), here’s something to chew on:
Yet again, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s wife has written a public letter rebuking her 72-year-old husband for consorting with young and chesty women who are not her. Among them is a business associate’s daughter who has posed in underwear revealing most of her bottom and whose 18th birthday party Mr. Berlusconi recently attended in Naples.
“This surprised me,” Veronica Lario, 52, Mr. Berlusconi’s wife said tuesday “because he never attended the 18th birthday parties of his children, even if he was invited.”
Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania disclosed plans Tuesday to switch parties, a move [...] that will push Democrats within one seat of a 60-vote filibuster-resistant majority.
One-party hegemony is nearly assured. F***.
Specter is trying to play this off like he won’t automatically be the Dems’ 60th vote, and that he won’t change his stance on unions, for instance.
Centrist Republicans Lindsay Graham and Olympia Snowe spoke out in support of Spector’s decision:
Snowe said the party’s message has been, “Either you’re with us or you’re against us.”
Her frustration was shared by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), who slammed right-wing interest groups for pushing moderates out of the party.
Barack Obama has made a calculated move. During sweeps week–the most important week for television networks that will affect ad rates for an entire year–Obama will be holding an hour-long press conference. And he’s doing it to hurt Rupert Murdoch where it hurts: his pocketbook.
During the last primetime Presidential press-conference, broadcast nationally on 8 networks simultaneously, Fox’s broadcast garnered a paltry 4 million viewers. Compare that with the 13 million viewers that normally tune in to its popular Lie To Me during primetime–precisely when Obama’s press conference is scheduled for.
It’s a simple choice for Fox. 13 > 4: they should stick to their regular broadcast schedule, and snub the President’s broadcast. That’s exactly what they’ve said they’ll do. But other networks will reap the bounty of those four million viewers at Fox’s expense. Fox won’t put up viewership numbers anywhere close to what they expect because even a new episode of Lie To Me can’t compete with such an important Presidential address. Fox will be like a desert island, the only major broadcast network not broadcasting the President’s speech.
This may not be the last time Obama strikes at a media organization critical of him.
In 1990, soon after the publication of The Satanic Verses, a Pakistani film was released in which [author Salman] Rushdie was depicted plotting to cause the downfall of Pakistan by opening a chain of casinos and discos in the country. The film was popular with Pakistani audiences, and it “presents Rushdie as a Rambo-like figure pursued by four Pakistani guerrillas.”
Rushdie called the film “a distorted, incompetent piece of trash.” The film was a massive hit in Pakistan, but went virtually unnoticed in the West. In Rushdie’s favorite part of the movie, his character tortures a Pakistani fighter by reading aloud his book, The Satanic Verses.
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