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$50 Off Amazon Kindle – Ends Nov. 1st

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Until Nov. 1st, you can get a $50 discount off of an Amazon Kindle by using the discount code “OPRAHWINFREY”. Hurry!

via Gizmodo

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, General | Comments Off

Baconnaise

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I think this speaks for itself.

via BoingBoing Gadgets

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Humor, Oddities | 1 Comment

Pimp Your SmartCar

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Now this is how to market a SmartCar. :)

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Humor, Oddities | 2 Comments

iSearch – For the Stalker In All of Us

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This is by far one of the scariest web apps I’ve seen. I know that with a little bit of elbow grease you can find out a lot about somebody through public records. That “elbow grease” is usually what keeps most people from even putting in the effort.

With iSearch, if somebody has any sort of web presence, you can find them.

via Lifehacker

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Software | 1 Comment

Free AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspot Access for iPhone Users (again)

I’ve been getting smatterings here and there from fellow iPhone users that they are receiving SMS messages indicating that we have free access to AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots now just because we have iPhones. I haven’t received my SMS yet, but I looked up how to access AT&T Wi-Fi anyway in preparation. It’s not as simple as I thought it would be:

Activate Wi-Fi from the settings icon on your iPhone
Select “attwifi” from the list of available networks
Enter your 10-digit mobile number and check the box to agree to the Acceptable Use Policy. Tap ‘continue’
You will receive a text message from AT&T with a secure link to the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot. You will not be charged for the text message.
The SMS link will only be valid for 24 hours at the location it was requested. Another request must be submitted when using another hotspot location.
Open the text message and tap on the link for 24-hour access to the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot

October 29, 2008 Posted by | How-To, iphone | 1 Comment

When Applying Life-Saving Measures…

… the tempo at which you apply the chest compressions matches the tempo of two songs (according to my wife who just had a practical exam today for nursing):

  1. Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
  2. Staying Alive by The Bee-Gees

I’d prefer singing the latter in my head, but you know what?… I’ll always remember the former now.

October 21, 2008 Posted by | How-To, Humor, Oddities | 2 Comments

Barack Obama; Stand-up Comedian


Barack Obama definitely has a fall-back career as a late-night TV show host. :) He’s absolutely brilliant in this speech he gave at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner; deftly roasting McCain and addressing issues with humor. I’d love to see more of this side of him.

“Contrary to the rumors you’ve heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton, sent here by my father, Jor-El to save the planet Earth.”

Nice find, Angelo!

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Humor, News, Video | 3 Comments

MacBook Pro Clearance @ Amazon.com

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Holy Frijoles! It looks like Amazon.com is looking to clear out their inventory of “old” MacBook Pros! A brand new MacBook Pro going for $1444? Dang.

Here’s what $1444 will get you:

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3 MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed, Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
  • 2 GB RAM (two SO-DIMM) 677 MHz DDR2 SD-RAM (PC2-5300), 200 GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA hard drive, slot load 8x Super Drive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • One FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, two USB 2.0 ports, and ExpressCard/34 slot
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit); built-in 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme (802.11n); built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • 15.4-inch (diagonal), 1440 by 900 resolution, matte TFT LED widescreen display with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256 MB of GDDR3 memory and dual-link DVI

October 16, 2008 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Mac | Comments Off

This Week in Angry Mobs

Okay all, this is getting ridiculous. And not in a good way.

I’m loathe make a politically oriented post, but I couldn’t ignore all of this, as much as I’d like to. Individually, each of these articles was somewhat unsettling, but taken together they paint a somewhat disturbing picture.

Disturbing Item the First: Angry Mobs

This past Monday, there was a McCain/Palin rally in Clearwater, FL. Reported by the Washington Post:

“Now it turns out, one of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers,” Palin said.”Boooo!” said the crowd.

“And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, ‘launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,’” she continued.

“Boooo!” the crowd repeated.

“Kill him!” proposed one man in the audience.

At that, Palin didn’t stop or condemn the comment, just sort of snickered and continued, which to me says a lot about her character, and the tone of their campaign in general. How is that in any way an acceptable thing to 1) say, 2) condone?

Even worse, someone who went to that very rally in Clearwater heard a good number of people in the crowd using the “n” word in reference to Obama, and saying things like “It’s a shame they don’t allow lynchings anymore.” That’s chilling, that this is happening today, and being incited by people aspiring this nation’s highest office.

Some other examples of the McCain/Palin campaign really driving home this “fear/outsider/otherness” meme from the Huffington Post. I feel like I’ve traveled back in time, like I’ve somehow ended up in 1950′s America.

Disturbing Item the Second: McCain Really Hates the Gooks, Apparently

From an article on SFGate published on Feb. 18, 2000, McCain is on record as saying:

“I hate the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live.”

For anyone who is lucky enough to not recognize the epithet “gook,” the article offers an explanation of the term:

The word “gook” was first used in 1899 by American soldiers fighting Filipino insurgents. During the Korean War, the term was aimed at Koreans and Chinese. It was directed at the Vietnamese when Americans were fighting in Vietnam. It is now used as a slur toward any Asian or Pacific Islander.

Now, in his defense, he later clarified that he was referring specifically to his captors in Vietnam. But all the same, I’m sure you’ll all agree that it’s understandable that I’d find this disturbing, whether or not his later clarification was sincere.

  • Even if it was sincere, well, I’m not sure that entirely justifies the use of the word, and even if it does, it displays that to this day his incarceration in Vietnam affects him deeply. Not to say that it shouldn’t; certainly that would be an incredibly horrifying experience for anyone who should survive it, and I don’t mean to take anything away from that. My point is that, going through an experience has to affect you on a fundamental level; I’m not convinced a person can be 100% “okay” after something like that. Do we want someone like that in charge of us?
  • If it was not sincere, well, then, that’s an obvious one. If he genuinely hates “the gooks” and will do so for as long as he lives, well, if he’s elected President all I could hope for is that he wouldn’t reinstate interment camps for Asians.

Disturbing Item the Third: Does McCain Think He’s Still InVietnam?

At a campaign stop in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, McCain said the following to the crowd:

“You and I together will confront the $10 trillion debt the federal government has run up and balance the federal budget by the end of my term in office. Across this country, this is the agenda I have set before my fellow prisoners and the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent.”

Whoa, wait, what now? The crowd was clearly baffled too, as right after that sentence ended, McCain paused for the usual applause but instead received only awkward silence.

Methinks the stress of the campaign trail is getting to him. At best, he’s been recounting his POW experience so often over the course of the campaign that it’s become muscle memory, and it just “slips out.” But on the other hand, it could be a sign that he’s beginning to come unhinged – which is exactly the wrong person to be the next Commander in Chief.

In Case of Emergency, Australia or Bust

I’ve been having an ongoing discussion regarding emigration (semi-jokingly) with some friends of mine, but this latest “angry mob” BS has really got me wondering if America is headed for some Mad Max-esque future. So, should the worst come to pass – either McCain/Palin winning the election, or Bush and/or Cheny suspending the election, dissolving the Galactic Senate, declaring himself Emperor, raising a clone army, and systematically killing off the Jedi – I’ve got a new place under consideration: Perth, Australia.

A friend of mine works with a guy who lives there, and he has nothing but good things to say about it. It’s one of the most isolated metropolitan places on earth, and it’s got great Internet infrastructure as it sits on the pipe to Europe. It’s got a good deal of diversity in terms of both ethnicity and religion, with the largest demographic being British. To top it all off, it’s got a booming economy, something we haven’t heard around here in ages.

I just wish it were November already. The suspense is killing me. I’d just like to know whether to keep planning on taking the California bar, or to start looking into this Australian Migration Occupations in Demand List.

October 9, 2008 Posted by | News | 6 Comments

Fring – iPhone IM Goodness

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Fring is an iPhone IM-client that almost gives you the kitchen sink. Besides being able to support all the major IM services, it also supports Skype. You can even make SkypeOut calls and do voice chats but only over WiFi.

It’s free, boys and girls, and you don’t have to create a new account with Fring to get it to work. Get it now before they change their minds!

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October 8, 2008 Posted by | iphone, Software | Comments Off

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