Archive for February 14, 2008

It’s CloudBook Eve

February 14, 2008

The Everex site still says tomorrow’s the day.

But if you go to Wal-Mart’s site, here’s a tip: do not use CloudBook as the search term! I just did and got — books! Use Everex instead. As of 8:34PM EST CloudBook Eve, there were six results. Not one was a CloudBook.

No, I won’t be getting one tomorrow. Even if I had the money. I am not one of those crazed people who must have something first first first. I let others get it and shake out all the bugs and deficiencies and then decide if it’s safe to buy.

Besides that, even if I had the money, I’d hold onto it. I still believe an iPod Air is coming soon.

That D Word

February 14, 2008

Depression risk might force U.S. to buy assets

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fear that a hobbled banking sector may set off another Great Depression could force the U.S. government and Federal Reserve to take the unprecedented step of buying a broad range of assets, including stocks, according to one of the most bearish market analysts.

That extreme scenario, which would aim to stave off deflation and stabilize the economy, is evolving as the base case for Bernard Connolly, global strategist at Banque AIG in London.

This article is two days old. I ran across it today.

I have to wonder how this reporter came to speak to this person. What was the original discussion supposed to cover? Did the subject happen to mention the hypothetical steps of an economic meltdown — and the reporter ran with that, discarding everything else that was discussed?

I have no faith in Bernanke. But I have to wonder about the motives behind this story. This is a European talking. A European financier. They like their strong Euro.

Illegal Blue

February 14, 2008

This is What A Police State Looks Like — embedded MySpaceTV video

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I can’t embed a MySpaceTV video here. Go and see this. It really is chilling. Apparently a filmmaker sued to get copies of video recordings police have made at peaceful, legal protests. You can hear the police singling out people to capture on tape. They are especially interested in people who are hiding their faces!

I think it should be illegal for the police to tape citizens.

Why not? The police try to make it illegal to tape them!

Whose country is this?

And who are the police supposed to protect and serve?

Previously here:
YouTube Justice: Officer Rivieri Suspended
Well Now. Look Who’s Being Searched For!
Steroid Rage? Viagra Failure?
I Hate Nazis

Reference: iPod Smart Podcasts

February 14, 2008

100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better

If you think that iPods are used just for listening to music, you obviously haven’t been keeping up with the latest technology The Apple-developed music player now features all kinds of accessories to help you study better, and now other companies are in a rush to get their designs in sync with the iPod. Pre-teens, college kids and even adults are taking advantage of the educational benefits an iPod affords them. From downloadable podcasts to just-for-iPod study guides and applications, learning on the go has never been easier. To find out about the many different ways you can transform your iPod into a learning device, check out our list below.

Writers Guild Strike: End Notes

February 14, 2008

Why I Feel Good About What We Won
Strike Notes from a Screenwriter

Women played an especially important part in the strike as captains, coordinators, pickets etc. That’s a whole article in itself.

Really, those two sentences brutally summarize the low awareness-level of that column. Next!

THE CIEPLY SCENARIO
A New York Times reporter turned the Hollywood writers strike into a battle between good and evil. But was it true? David Blum doesn’t think so.

For the previous three months, Cieply—the Los Angeles–based New York Times reporter covering the strike by the Writers Guild of America against the Hollywood studios—had been watching with increased disgust as the union failed to see the error of its ways. In Cieply’s view, the chief WGA negotiators had taken an excessively hard line on its demands, showing a lack of understanding of how Hollywood was supposed to work. He was annoyed by the strong-arm tactics of the union’s West Coast executive director, David Young, and the seeming intransigence of the WGA’s leadership in the face of management’s clear willingness to compromise.

Why couldn’t these labor leaders see how close they were to a deal? All they needed to do was to play ball with management. Executives like Peter Chernin (chairman and CEO of Fox) and Robert Iger (president and CEO of Disney) were reasonable men; he knew that, he talked to them all the time (off the record, of course), they wanted a peaceful resolution to the standoff and were prepared to give up some ground—provided the union was willing to stop making some of its unrealistic demands. Cieply [pronounced SIP-lee] had originally thought more highly of WGA West president Patric Verrone, but he was starting to wonder whether he or his colleagues truly understood the Hollywood way of working things out.

Whoa! A long article that deconstructs the New York Times’ coverage of the strike. Could Cieply’s make-believe reporting have demoralized the Writers Guild, weakened its resolve and bargaining position?

Previously here:
Harlan Ellison: Writers Guild Got Screwed!
Quote: Nikki Finke
Writers Guild Ends Strike. Regret Begins Now.
They Haven’t Suffered Enough
Quote: WGAW President Patric Verrone
Writers Guild: Something Stinks
Harlan Ellison
Blog Notes: Modified Title Banner
Hollywood’s Worst Nightmare: Obsolescence
The Horror Of The Minisode

How About, Like Giving Blood To A Bleeder?

February 14, 2008

Bloomberg Ridicules Washington On Economy
‘Cash Rebates Like Booze For Alcoholics’
U.S.Resembling A ‘Third-World Country’

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) ― Mayor Michael Bloomberg has unleashed another flurry of jabs on Washington, ridiculing the federal government’s rebate checks as being “like giving a drink to an alcoholic” on Thursday, and said the presidential candidates are looking for easy solutions to complex economic problems.

The billionaire and potential independent presidential candidate also said the nation “has a balance sheet that’s starting to look more and more like a third-world country.”

Emphasis added by me.

Bloomberg is the mayor where I live. He would not get my vote if he ran for President.

Quote: Steve Salerno Valentine’s Day Cards

February 14, 2008

And Steve invents a new line of Valentine’s Day cards

Sometimes I want to just stab you
and stage it to look like a home invasion
but the forensics people are so damn clever these days….

And:

It’s been 25 years, honey, and to this day
there are times when I still think of you while we’re having sex…