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Jul
30

New Mac ads: landing with a serious thud

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SHIT SHIT SHIT! You know Jobs is rolling in his grave!!!!!!!!!

I did think that concept of Mayday was funny. But the smiles were mighty hard to come by after that. If you’re going to go the sitcom route — and that’s a very big “if” — you’ll need some writers who are up to the task. The script for Basically just makes me squirm. It’s like going to open mike night at the local comedy club.
“I know it’s hard to say after viewing the new batch of Mac ads that debuted on the Olympics. I’m still in a bit of shock myself.

Sure, Apple has had a low point or two in its advertising past — but its low points are usually higher than most advertisers’ high points.

This is different. These ads are causing a widespread gagging response, and deservedly so. I honestly can’t remember a single Apple campaign that’s been received so poorly.”

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This is what happens when Phil Schiller & Tim Cook are put in charge of advertising at Apple.

I have been calling for Phil Schiller to leave Apple for several years now, and this is even more proof of how important that is. Not to mention how terrible Phil’s previous 2 ad campaigns have been since Steve died (the horrible celebrity Siri spots & the horrible Retina MacBook Pro ad). The fact that Tim Cook looks the other way while these ads are approved is absolutely disgusting as well.Phil Schiller is NO Steve Jobs, he has NEVER been Steve Jobs, and the only thing that he ever did well was let Steve Jobs keep his terrible instincts in check. Steve Jobs would have NEVER approved this ad campaign. NEVER. NEVER. NEVER.

Apple ads are supposed to appeal to people emotionally, are supposed to be simple, are supposed to be iconic, are supposed to be witty, are supposed to be award-winning.

Instead, these ads are absolutely horrible and they only say one thing: “Mac products are so incredibly difficult to use that you need a Mac Genius to help you use them.”

I think it’s way past overdue for Phil Schiller to either resign from Apple, or read Ken Segall’s amazing book, “Insanely Simple”.

It’s just so obvious that Phil Schiller doesn’t know what is going on with advertising.

Even worse is that Tim Cook is so asleep at the wheel that he allows Phil’s crap to make it to the air.

Both Phil & Tim are a disgrace to Apple. The unraveling of Apple & the downward fall of Apple has already begun. I hate just about everything that Phil & Tim have done in the last 6 months… the ad campaigns are just one part of their miserable failures.

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Want to make a Mountain Lion USB stick or SD Card Installer? Here’s how | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence: “Apple will not offer a USB or Optical Disk external installer to Mountain Lion (as far as we have heard). That does not mean you cannot sneaker net the install around your home, office or lab like Apple Store employees do (sometimes). Lion Diskmaker has been updated to allow you to make a bootable USB or SD Card installer on a 8GB piece of media.”

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Dangerous Minds | ‘Weezy, get me some LSD’: When Sherman Hemsley met Gong: “Sherman Hemsley was known to be a huge fan of prog rock, especially Gentle Giant, Nektar and Gong.

Hemsley collaborated with Yes’s Jon Anderson on a funk-rock opera about the ‘spiritual qualities of the number 7’ (never produced). Hemsley also did an interpretive dance to the Gentle Giant song ‘Proclamation’ on Dinah Shore’s 70s talkshow, that was apparently somewhat confusing for her.

But the best story, I mean the best story of all time, is the one told by Gong’s Daevid Allen about his encounter with the beloved 70’s sitcom star. Here is Allen’s verbatim tale as related to Mitch Myers (and originally published in Magnet magazine):”

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Sherman Hemsley, Star of ‘The Jeffersons’ Dies at 74 – NYTimes.com: “Sherman Hemsley, the bantamweight comic actor who portrayed the scrappy, nouveau riche George Jefferson on the hit CBS sitcom ‘The Jeffersons,’ died on Tuesday at his home in El Paso. He was 74.”

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Jul
23

Life imitates J.G. Ballard

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The Tempe Police Department was probably not messing around Wendesday when it issued a public warning about the chemicals known as “bath salts.”

After finding 23-year-old Sean-Paul Branscome slamming himself against walls and jogging around a Tempe neighborhood in the nude on Sunday after admittedly ingesting bath salts, the cops responded to another naked-man-on-bath-salts incident just two days later.

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Jul
23

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Kiedes performed with his band at the city’s Luzniky stadium wearing a tee-shirt emblazoned with ‘Pussy Riot’, said the news website, a report confirmed by posts on Twitter.

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Residual Effects of Cannabis Use on… [Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2012] – PubMed – NCBI: “Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the U.S., and the number of illicit and licit users is rising. Lasting neurocognitive changes or deficits as a result of use are frequently noted despite a lack of clarity in the scientific literature. In an effort to resolve inconsistencies in the evidence of lasting residual effects of cannabis use, we conducted two meta-analyses. First, we updated a previous meta-analysis on broad nonacute cognitive effects of cannabis use through inclusion of newer studies. In a second meta-analysis, we focused on evidence for lasting residual effects by including only studies that tested users after at least 25 days of abstinence. In the first meta-analysis”

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BlackBerry tweet backfires on Research in Motion – latimes.com: “Research in Motion can’t catch a break. A tweet sent out Wednesday meant to promote its BlackBerry brand has backfired on the Canadian company, with many people using the tweet to bash RIM’s phones.”

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Atari Teenage Riot Goes for the Lulz With Anonymous | Threat Level | Wired.com: “In mid-February, Alec Empire of the iconic digital hardcore band Atari Teenage Riot got a call from Sony. The company was creating a commercial for their new handheld game console, the Sony Vita, and they wanted to use the song Black Flags from ATR’s most recent album Is This Hyperreal? for the score.”

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Jul
09

Open a Padlock with an Aluminum Can

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Most us who’ve had school lockers or rental storage units know that lots of people trust inexpensive padlocks to secure their belongings. Tactical studies weblog ITS Tactical proves that this trust is a false sense of security by opening the two most popular type of padlocks with shims cut from an aluminum soda can. “

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Jul
09

35 Amazing Uses For Old Pallets

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35 Amazing Uses For Old Pallets: “35 Amazing Uses For Old Pallets”

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Las Vegas tunnel people: How 1,000 people live under shimmering strip | Mail Online: ”
The tunnel people of Las Vegas: How 1,000 live in flooded labyrinth under Sin City’s shimmering strip “

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Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’ | PETA.org: “The following article was written by Ashley Palmer.

Looking for a healthier (and kinder) alternative to chicken wings? Try these juicy, tangy, and spicy buffalo cauliflower “wings”!

Deliciously versatile and with just enough “kick,” these bite-sized pieces of cauliflower offer an eerily similar experience to eating chicken wings. With all the flavor and none of the guilt, this is a secret-weapon recipe that every vegan cook should have in his or her kitchen. Enjoy!”

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Jul
09

EYES OF DR JOHN

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Chris Christie Calls War On Drugs ‘A Failure’: “WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has become the latest leader to condemn the now 40-year-old war on drugs.”

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Dr. John – Goin’ Back To New Orleans (Video) – YouTube: “

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