December 2012 Archives

Spotify and Trojan


I’m no longer listening to Spotify. I used to like it, but today’s heavy rotation of Trojan ads, which are PG-13 at best, has pushed me back to Pandora. Different services, yes, but the ads are much more tolerable on Pandora.

Trojan man? Seriously?!


“Well,” you might say, “the parents of a victim might be entitled to… something… right?”

I’ll save you the clickthrough: The suit is being filed on behalf of a survivor. A physically-uninjured survivor. Because the state “failed to protect Sandy Hook Elementary School from ‘foreseeable harm.’” Though Jill Doe may have “suffered emotional and psychological distress”… $100 million?! Really?

Parents of Jill Doe, why didn’t you use your crystal ball? Because if you didn’t, you’re just as much at fault for sending Jill to school that day.

I don’t really care if Hasbro makes a “gender-neutral” Easy-Bake Oven or not. What I want to know is what the cook time is for a cake with a compact florescent bulb in the oven when we can’t buy incandescents anymore.

Just What is This Guy Doing?!


Here’s the caption:

A worker breaks bedrock by sledge hammer as a rotary dredge rips the coal face of the Borodinsky opencast colliery near the Siberian town of Borodino on November 15, 2012….(Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

Seriously? With a sledge hammer?

Stupid attorney quote of the day on why she lost:

But [attorney Paige Fiedler] said Iowa’s all-male high court, one of only a handful in the nation, failed to recognize the discrimination that women see routinely in the workplace.

Fortunately, the rest of the country has bought into the idea that judges can be fair without necessarily having the same color skin or genitalia as the participants in a lawsuit. (Surely you’ve heard of Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade?)

You might want to read up on this concept.

Rachel Lucas on the Newtown, CT, shootings:

I want to say “I don’t get it”, but I do get it: this kind of story is great for TV ratings, so it’s given 24/7 coverage. The hundreds of kids getting chemo this afternoon and who are probably going to die agonizing deaths in the next few months aren’t “exciting” and don’t get ratings or Presidential pressers or Tweets from celebrities. The media tells us to be upset about these particular 20 children, therefore we are, because we are well-trained and it feels great to go along with the crowd.

I wish we would realize that there is more to living than the media would have us believe.

I don’t know why we are naming random cloud formations. Has the NWS gotten that bored? Or is this lamestream weather “forecasters” looking for something to spice up the 6pm news?

Oh. (Warning: link to typical liberal website, so I’ll save you the trouble: it’s the latter plus The Weather Channel.)

Blue and I may not agree on anything else (and I’m sure we don’t), but on this we can both agree: naming random cloud formations is just plain dumb.

Because... Accordion!


I don’t know why, either.

The ringing phone at the end makes for the perfect ending.


Dear Mr. Obama,

You said you wanted to do something substantial about the tragedy of yesterday in Connecticut.

Well, do you really?

Were you joking when you paraphrased Abraham Lincoln, saying “I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.”?

If you weren’t joking, then you know exactly what to do, and exactly what to encourage your fellow Americans to do.

Sincerely yours,


William N. Eccles

In today’s USA TODAY, journalist Matt “I’ve seen an iPhone” Krantz says:

Apple’s latest technology defeat at the hands of Google, most recently in the area of maps, is underscoring how the two tech titans are going head-to-head in a tech battle where the stakes loom large.

Unfortunately, he’s unaware that Google and Apple aren’t competing with each other in some “head-to-head tech battle,” and that all of the financial comparisons he then proceeds to make are pointless. Yes, Google seems to think that Apple is battling teh Goog, perhaps because of the patent wars where there is a true battle, but it’s quite clear that the two companies’ focuses are completely different.

Apple sells Hardware, and it makes nearly all of its profit on its hardware. It makes software to sell its hardware. Though Google makes hardware too, it’s not a huge profit center for Google. No, Google makes hardware—and the software it gives away to other hardware manufacturers—to get the Google Information Collecting Machine (my term) into every pair of hands that it can. That’s because Google sells Search.

Similarly, Amazon makes the Kindle and Barnes and Noble has its Nook, but both companies’ main product is Content.

Google sells Search. Apple sells Hardware. There is no competition.

So why can’t journalists and analysts get this through their heads?

Beats me. Perhaps I’ll Google for an answer on my iPhone…

Hug your kids when they get home from school, OK?

Ω On Unions and Right to Work


In a right to work state, unions are not illegal.

In a right to work state, collective bargaining is not illegal.

In a right to work state, strikes are not illegal, either.

In a right to work state, no employee may be required to be a member of a union to hold a job.

In a right to work state, right to work laws are neither pro-union nor anti-union.

You can still have a job. The union just has to prove its value to you—just like any other organization. And if the union is a good deal, then you’ll gladly and willingly join.

Congratulations, Michigan.

Driving in Russia |


Go ahead. Click. I then dare you to watch less than the whole thing.

Seriously. I dare you.

I double dare you.

I double dog dare you.

(Gotta’ live up to the “Now with 100% more dogs!”, you know.)

One question Kottke didn’t ask: Why are there so many dash cams in Russia?

via Shawn Blanc

I asked “Why not in the US?” regarding iPhone assembly two years ago. Tim Cook has answered (not directly to me, of course) with the best news out of Apple in decades:

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said “we will do one of our existing Mac lines in the United States,” vaguely confirming that production of either iMacs, Mac Minis or Mac Laptops will make a wholesale move to the US in 2013.

I’m going to guess that it’ll be either iMacs of Mac Pros because neither ships particularly well from China (lots of air in their boxes), and doing customization locally would be a lot easier that way, too.

We can hope this turns out to be a good more for Apple, but more especially so for the U.S. Apple is demonstrating a confidence in and optimism for the U.S. which we desperately need more of, especially right now. I’m also hopeful that other companies will follow suit and reverse the trend of offshoring jobs of the past decade.

Do I care if the factory is stocked with robots? Of course not. Somebody still has to build and maintain the facility. Somebody still has to build and program the robots. Truckers still have to haul material in and out. Managers still have to manage. And those are high- and low-tech jobs which would otherwise not exist at all in the U.S.

Bravo, Tim. Bravo.

via Engadget