Weekend Technology Adventure

I went to the mall with a friend of mine to brave the lines and the crowds and the hullabaloo and pick up his iPad. Luckily he pre-ordered, and the lines weren't that bad. Although, it was exciting enough that I was only able to capture two videos, the one above and this one. NOTE: The videos are a joke; don't be mad at me.

The lady behind us in line was both crazy and clueless. She said, among other things, that she needed to buy several iPads, one for each of her children. But, being a conscientious tech consumer, she wasn't buying anything until they answered all of her questions:

"Does it have email? Can I connect it to a printer?"

She also made the following observation:

"Yeah, it does kind of look like a an etch-a-sketch."

Looks like Apple has done it again.

We were also fortunate enough to avoid the other exciting thing about buying Apple products at Perimeter Mall. Check the video...Very sad.

Four Letter Words

Very nice. But notice the frequency of semi-dirty words?

"The algorithm's tendency towards scatological or 'dark' subject matter is influenced by a variety of language and perception studies..."


Although after my last post, I feel obligated to say that maybe pointless work isn't really pointless. Just the pointless work that I'm not crazy about...

Rob Seward via Rhizome

This One’s for My Mom

She just loves that "Zoo-ey Dechannel".

So while I'm posting cute, somewhat idiosyncratic music videos, I might as well put this one up. 500 Days of Summer was excellent, if not heartbreaking, I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt (a decent architect character for once), and I like She & Him - they're almost as good as Munchausen By Proxy. And M. Ward is good, too. Enjoy.

Pomplamoose Again


Maybe it's not worth saying, and maybe I'm misunderstanding, but I'm pretty sure they're making fun of Lady Gaga (or this genre or our twelve year old culture). What's great about it is that the way they mock her is oddly positive and constructive. Instead of criticizing in the usual internet way - ie. "you f****** suck" or "you're a F****** N*****" or, my personal favorite, "go F*** yourself, F*****" - they're doing it by putting in a ton of excellent work. It's clever, they're talented, and the end result isn't mockery for meanness' sake, but a great fun video.

So what I'm praising here is a bit of an oxymoron, but I think it's nice to see someone really take the time to mock something well. It's too easy to sit back and throw stones - profanity-laced, bigoted, hateful stones - at the people who are actually out there creating. I say you're only allowed to throw stones if you're willing to put yourself out there and make something, and making something great that also happens to throw stones totally qualifies.

I guess I think that putting time and effort into something gives it an inherent value (perhaps not much, but...). Cussing someone out has no value because it's easy. Write a detailed, reasoned and well-argued rant about why something is in fact "gay as hell" or whatever and, while I won't read it or respect your opinion, I think most would agree that your thoughts are worth considerably more for your emotional commitment to them (and I appreciate the opportunity to throw stones at your rant).

Easy things lack value. Pomplamoose videos are full of it (IMHO).

Coincidentally, this reminds me of another excellent Blankenship post about the nature of comments and criticism on the web.


I Can’t Not Watch This Over and Over and Over. Why?

I don't what this means, but I've watched it several times and I enjoy it immensely. Is anyone out there studying this phenomenon?

Monique’s Oscar Acceptance Speech

I truly hope that I've missed something here and that Monique's speech was perfectly harmless, but it kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I've looked around a bit and it seems that no one is talking about it, so surely I'm in the wrong. At the beginning of her speech Monique says:

"...I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics..."

And she's met by uproarious applause. But doesn't this presume that awarding the Oscar to any of the other nominees would have been a way of showing that it can't be about the performance? If Monique doesn't win, then it's all about politics, right? Who claps for that, and who is so confident in their performance that they're comfortable insulting all of the other nominees? Did the other nominees issue statements saying "If any of us win, it's not about our performances; it's about politics"? What did I miss?

The version above doesn't have the best sound quality, but it does show Samuel L. Jackson making a funny face at the end. Maybe he thought she said something odd as well.

UPDATE: Apparently, I didn't look hard enough. Check out a reasonable explanation here. I guess that means Samuel L. was just looking at a baby or something.

Rihanna - Rude Boy and My Growing Curmudgeonry


Pop culture is growing increasingly more confusing, and I sense that it's not just me. I'm young, but I'm beginning to sympathize with the old folks who don't understand what's going on with the world. How have things changed so much and so quickly? Teach me, Rihanna. I know you're a millionaire and world famous and several years younger than me, but I need your help. Where are we?

Image from her new video “Rude Boy” posted on YouTube.