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Tattoo Fail

Posted in fail, LOL by msdisdain on January 31, 2010

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the beat right here:

Posted in Audio, MuSaK by msdisdain on January 31, 2010

RIP J.D. Salinger

Posted in News by msdisdain on January 28, 2010

The world has lost yet another mind ahead of its time:

R.I.P. Jerome David Salinger
January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010

Notable Works by J.D. Salinger:
The Cather in the Rye (1951)

On my list of top favorite reads of all time; I’ve read Catcher in the Rye almost ten times and mostly when I lived in Paris, felt completely existentially lost and needed a metro read.

Nine Stories (1953)
Franny & Zooey (1961)
Raise High the Roof Beam, the Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963)

See:
‘Catcher In The Rye’ Author J.D. Salinger Dies At 91 via NPR
J. D. Salinger, Enigmatic Author, Dies at 91 via NYTimes
J.D. Salinger (1919-2010): His Legacy Isn’t ‘Catcher in the Rye’. It’s His Glass Family Stories. via Huffington Post
J.D. Salinger, R.I.P (1919-2010) via Wall Street Journal

POTUS gives SOTUA…OMG!

Posted in LOL, News by msdisdain on January 28, 2010

Now, I figured that if I were to blog THAT much about the Apple iPad (giggle), I ought to cross party lines from technology to politics and make a short mention.  I was satisfied with the President’s State of The Union address.  What else were you expecting?  He covered the talking points I had hoped for (jobs, economy, justification of the bailout, need for banks to be regulated to pay the American citizens back, education, health care, American innovation, the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, the budget deficit and the lack of governmental trust) played each party against one another with each talking point to encourage bipartisan agreement, support and concessions (speaking on national security and war back to back civil rights) stayed away from the ones that were too much of a hot-button item (Afghanistan) and is going to do what so many political analysts predicted he would have to do shortly after being elected:  firmly plant himself in the middle ground between partisan extremes to push for necessary reforms that, as he said, can’t wait.

No really, that wasn’t rhetoric, some of these domestic reforms can’t wait.  I’m sure there were a range of disappointments on either side of party lines, and if you feel that way, may I encourage you to read this New York Times op-ed entitled The God That Fails by David Brooks to give you a clearer picture of the need for and reality of individual accountability.  His job last night was to restore faith and reinvigorate hopes and considering the stinkhole he both inherited and had trouble tackling, I think he did fine.  I also really appreciate that Mr. Obama took responsibility for the shortfalls of healthcare reform instead of the normal pass the buck or finger pointing rituals that blanket Congress.  His most notable quotes to me included, “The best anti-poverty tool is a world-class education” alongside his point about his mission to change the dialogue of politics.  “Saying ‘no’ to everything is not leadership.”  “Unity in diversity,” how novel.  Really.

What was entertaining (and strange) to me was watching everyone stand up and sit down just to get an idea of the range of support he either has or hasn’t.  It’s like watching a football game  it’s loud applause or complete cold-stare silence instead of a pass interception and fumbles.  This furthers my suspicions that politics is, indeed, a game.  In light of that, thank you Mr. President, that was a pep talk the countery needed regardless of your side of the aisle.  Both parties needed it, because of all of the, for lack of a better word, bullshit.  I appreciate the irony, the sarcasm and the well-crafted rhetoric.

Check out this awesome article on the breakdown of the State of The Union:
Analyzing the Address from the New York Times.

Also, the day after the State of the Union, Mr. Obama attended the House Republican Retreat.  If you thought the State of the Union wasn’t at all aggressive enough, have at the transcript from this speech: Obama At House Republican Retreat In Baltimore: FULL VIDEO, TEXT

SOTU Funnies

Equally enterntaining were some the commentary from viewers.  There were a couple of SOTU drinking games circling about like HuffPost Comedy’s State Of The Union Drinking Game 2010 and the following are some anonymous facebook updates, which cracked me up:

Update: “claping like a seal, two sips.”
Response1: “adjusting tie like a seal, three sips”
Response2:  “janet napolitano claps like a cymbal-banging monkey”
Response3: “Where’s the McCain cam?
Response4: “tee hee”
Respoinse5: “peter orszag claps like some thing that is just learning how to clap for the first time in that thing’s species”
Response6: “did one of the supreme court justices have a hissy fit?”

Even funnier:

Caption: ” the administration is tired of partisan politics. so, so tired.  (or is this just janet napolitano being pleasured by rahm emanuel (who is being simultaneously pleasured by valerie jarrett)? we report, you decide.”

And since Obama did point out that he inherited much of the problems (wars, deficit, general crap all around) let us reflect on a LOL:

The Response

And then of course, we have the Republican response, given by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell from Richmond, Virginia.  Tell me what is wrong with this picture (and I’ve received a multitude of comments already):

#iPad: The Next Generation Feminine Hygiene Product

Posted in geeksquad, LOL by msdisdain on January 27, 2010

The jokes over the newly showcased Apple iPad are going viral.  Here’s a few:

1.  #iTampon has become the #3 trending topic on Twitter .
2. An old short on Mad TV mentioned the iPad WAY before anyone else did:

3.
4. 8 Reasons Women Should Be Excited For Apple’s “iPad”

5. 

Got anymore jokes?  Leave a comment!

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iPad!

Posted in geeksquad, News by msdisdain on January 27, 2010

It sounds like the latest technological innovation for feminine hygiene products, but today Jobs announced Apple’s first tablet PC (touch interface).  Take a look:


[photo: Reuters]

Notes:  The iPad is sounding (and looking) like what I thought:  a gigantic iPhone.  That or you can imagine holding a high-definition television screen right in front of your face (9.7”).  That or maybe it’s a gigantic Kindle?  Regardless, it appears to be apple’s brainchild to compete with the already existing genre of netbooks, boasting a web browser better than laptops or smart phones and a virtual touch-interface keyboard that is far superior to the iPhone’s lacking one.  It can run all iPhone apps; however I still have questions on productivity apps (like Word) and agree with the Guardian that it’s more of an entertainment/organizer than a full-blown replacement laptop.  There is supposedly an iPad version of iWork, which lets users create documents, presentations and spreadsheets on a new interface; however, I am skeptical of its usability and efficiency.  For the gamers out there, graphics on the tablet are comparable to the last generation consoles (ie. PS2).  In terms of connectivity, while there is wi-fi access on the tablet, Apple will also be introducing an iPad 3G.  American users can buy a pre-paid no contract data bundle (250MB/month for $14.99) or pay $29.99, similar to iPhone users, for unlimited data through AT&T, the US’s exclusive provider).  While there is yet to be an announcement on price, sources estimate that the iPad tablet PC will cost between $800-$1,000. The wi-fi only model is scheduled to be on shelves in 60 days; the iPad 3G model in 90 days due to needed approval from carrier service.

Update:  Price $829 for a iPad 3G w/ 64GB flash memory (not including applicable data plans through AT&T).  This is probably the model I would go for.  See sourcebelow for a more elaborate price scale on other models (prices depend on wi-fi/3G access & memory).

Stats:

– 0.5 inches thick
– weighs 1.5 pounds (0.7kilos)
– 9.7 inch multitouch display
– 1GHz Apple A4 chip (built in house)
– 10 hours of battery life

– between 16GB and 64GB of flash memory
– wifi & blue-tooth enabled

What’s really killer for me is the keyboard dock:

The question I’m seeing across the board: consumer buy-in.
Would you buy one? Why or why not??

Some Sources of Apple Announcement Coverage

Coverage of the Apple Tablet Launch: Guardian Technology Blog

Engadget’s live blog with more pictures & information: Live from the Apple ‘latest creation’ event

Photo gallery of the iPad tablet PC: Apple launches iPad tablet computer

Patents for Apple’s Tablet PC:

Apple Wins iChat and Major Tablet Patent Prior to Launch

Updated:

The Apple iPad: First Impressions by David Pogue, NY Times

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A Dino Ballet

Posted in link by msdisdain on January 26, 2010
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My Work Here Is Done

Posted in Uncategorized by msdisdain on January 15, 2010

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I saw a pink hippo yesterday

Posted in Uncategorized by msdisdain on January 10, 2010

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Soothe Your Mind

Posted in Uncategorized by msdisdain on January 10, 2010