…i like Canada.

PanPacific Stitch

I have never seen such a dense concentration of hipsters as was present this weekend in downtown Vancouver, BC.  Even my friends in town from LA were impressed, and that says something.  We had a great time – check out the pics.

Vancouver ‘011
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…i got there first.

I got ripped off by Motorola – or maybe not, whatever – but I want some credit.  A couple of months ago I entered a limerick writing contest with the theme of Mac vs. PC.  It was for Maximum PC, I asked people to vote for mine so that I could win, almost none of my friends did, and I lost – narrowly.  Don’t feel guilty about not voting, I’m over it.  My entry went like this;

In the year nineteen-eighty and four
Ran a Mac ad with jaws on the floor
It referenced George Orwell
Breaking free from control. Tell;
Isn’t Steve just “The Man” all the more?

The advertisement I was talking about is a really famous Apple add that ran during the Super Bowl in 1984.  If you haven’t seen it check it out here.  My limerick’s point was that however Apple saw themselves back when this add came out, their current policies about how their devices can be used are kind of Orwellian.  Which brings me to Motorola, who stole my idea.  They are releasing an Android based tablet that is actually kind of exciting, and will hopefully be the best competition to date for the iPad.  But now they are releasing their own Super Bowl add that is going to compare Apple to “the Man”, just as Apple was relating IBM to “the Man” in their 1984 add.  Did they steal my idea?  I don’t know, but it is possible somebody read my poem and decided it was a good angle for an ad campaign.

Xoom Tablet Ad Teaser via Gizmodo

Maximum PC contest page – 10/29/10

…i’m mostly a scrooge.

lights of Xmas 10

 

Had a great time last night checking out some x-mas lights with the fam.  An old friend came along who had a daughter Matthew’s age.  Fun was had by all, pictures turned out good.

…i think aaron sorkin is a douche

Sorkin

As a young person, Facebook user, and nerd I’m insulted.  I was never excited to see The Social Network because I like to reserve my cinema dollars for movies that take me away from reality most of the time.  However the early Rotten Tomatoes scores (it has since dropped, but was at 100% for a few days) did make me perk up a bit.  Then I saw this asshole interviewed on The Colbert Report.

I have my own problems with Facebook in general, but I at least have respect for what it is, and why it is so popular.  That someone who writes and produces a film can have so much disdain for both his subject, and his audience is amazing to me.  He sounds like an 80 year old man with a hate/fear of technology; “I think socializing on the internet is to socializing, what reality TV is to reality.”  Yep, you got it covered – everyone who participates in social networking is basically Snookie from Jersey Shore.

Harvard professor, and Internet advocate, Lawrence Lessig is much more eloquent in his criticisms of the movie in his piece for The New Republic.  He describes a feeling of ‘self-congratulatory contempt’ in the way the story is told.  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but maybe I should because its apparently a nice work of fiction about some horrible fad that nobody that’s hip is interested in.

Sorkin vs. Zuckerberg – Lawrence Lessig

The antisocial movie – BuzzMachine

Aaron Sorkin on The Colbert Report

…i’m a flip-flopper.

GVcalling

I know I just did 400 words on how Google might be turning evil, and colluding with the telecom companies, but now I’m excited about a new Google feature that makes me seem like I have amnesia. Since the introduction Google Voice, fans have been asking for some kind of desktop, Skype like calling features so that you could make calls without even a phone. Last week, via their official blog, they announced exactly that. Now users can make free domestic and really cheap international calls directly from Gmail, and you can even receive calls!

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