Loose Ends

Its been a crap day. Well, actually, it’s been a beautiful day, but I’ve felt down. Elizabeth is pretty fatalistic on even the best of days, so you can imagine what it’s like when she’s feeling whiney.

I’m used to not getting around to writing down some of the blog articles that I want to, but I’m just not getting to ANY of them now. I’d like to bang on some quickies all at once here:

The Power of Social Networking in the Middle East: I’m sure you’ve seen the articles and news stories by now. What a load of crap! As someone on the virtual front lines of Egypt’s little revolt, all those news stories are garbage. Egypt’s protests were grass-roots and door-to-door. The same thing would’ve happened without ANY of this Internet garbage. Anyone who says differently is simply a liar. And if Egypt didn’t really need the Internet, do you think Iran or Yemen does?

iPad 2: Ooooh, yeah! Apple just hit the reset button on the Tablet Wars. Nothing even comes close to the basic $500 iPad 2. The original iPad was kind of meh (especially for the price), but this thing is a beauty. Except for the crap camera! That just gives them the justification for next year’s redesign. It also may be the first time since the Apple IIe that an Apple device is properly priced and positioned. I am drooling…and thinking about the wife’s credit card in my pocket Winking smile

Sony v GeoHot: A US court let Sony get a record (IP address) of anyone who visited Hotz’s blog?! Really? REALLY?! You expect Facebook to sell your personal information, but the US justice system?

All Star Wars Moves to be Rereleased in 3D: Duh! Not like Phantom Menace will suck MORE in 3d. I’m in!

Time of Eve: I hope I get around to reviewing this show. This was the ‘art house’ anime I fell in love with back in the ‘90s! Back before it was all moe and shonen, anime used to do a lot of cyberpunk (US writers: Philip K Dick, William Gibson (also Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison)) type stuff and reflect upon what it means to be human.

This is suitable for viewing by anyone. It is six 15 minute parts and in its original Japanese with English subtitles. Best of all, you can watch it streaming online for free at Crunchyroll. I’ve copy/pasted the show’s description below:

The future, probably Japan.
Robots have long been put into practical use, and androids have just come into use.
Influenced by the Robot Ethics Committee, it’s become common sense for people to treat androids like household appliances. Their appearance - indistinguishable from humans except for the ring over each android’s head – has lead some people to empathize unnecessarily with androids. Known as “android-holics,” such people have become a social problem.
Rikuo (Jun Fukuyama), a high school student, has been taught from childhood that androids are not to be viewed as humans, and has always used them as convenient tools. One day Rikuo discovers some strange data in the behavior records of his family’s household android.
Rikuo and his friend Masaki (Kenji Nojima) trace Sammy’s (Rie Tanaka) movements, only to discover a mysterious café that features a house rule: “No discrimination between humans and robots ” . . .

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