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April, 2010 Monthly archive

I’m generally not one to beat a dead horse, and although the recent debacle (full details below) with the misplaced iPhone prototype quickly achieved ‘time to make some glue’ status, this clip is worth posting. By the end I’m left asking the same question I’ve been asking for quite some time: “Really Apple…really?”

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By the way, if you’re interested in reading up on the complete story, Gizmodo has provided the following collection of links. For the record, I think Gizmodo could have handled things more appropriately and professionally, but I’m not all that surprised considering their less than mature track record.

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tl;dr at the bottom …

Background:

Adobe has made moves to allow Flash applications to compile to executable applications for desktop use through the AIR runtime. Adobe announced that Flash CS5 will allow flash applications to compile through AIR to iPhone applications. This would expose worlds of nice API and functionality and ease of deployment to the iPhone stores.

Then, Apple updates its Terms of Service in 4.0 to say that “Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited.” Essentially, this term bars Flash from compiling to the iPhone. This would also theoretically ban other systems like Unity3D and Ston3D from doing the same thing, but the current forecast is that those applications will likely be allowed through while Flash is being targeted.

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So I’ve been talking about getting the Boss RC-50 Loop pedal for a long time, and I think in a few months I’m going to start looking for a used one. I’m sure I’ve showed pretty much all of you this video, but it’s beautiful and inspirational on some level.

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Just kidding about the bastards thing, they’re probably an outstanding group of gentlemen. Or not. Seriously though, look at their logo, it’s similar to Darkwind Media’s logo…a little TOO similar if you ask me.

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Or I’ll show you mine and you show me yours.

It’s no secret that I’m a blog-a-holic and an avid user of Google Reader, but I thought it would be fun if we all whipped out our…trends…and sized up.

At the very least, I’d like to know what y’all are reading; we may end up sharing a hidden gem (like The Oatmeal (double parans + semicolon; score!; double score!)).

Also, I’d like to let it be known that I’ve been somewhat slacking as of late.  I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen and less time surfing the blegs, so I’m definitely a little out of shape, and it’s showing.

So, without further ado:

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Some are saying that this is a strong argument against off-shore drilling. Others say that if we don’t get this oil rig capped, not only are four coastlines in danger, but the whole gulf is screwed.




Oil Spill Seen From Space

Oil Rig Leak Threatens Coastline of Four States

In other news, I have decided that when I don’t want to actually research or take a firm educated stance on an issue and spice things up with some sensationalism, this is the rhetoric I am going to use.

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This is my new favorite informative website; I fell in love immediately.  Juicers are all up in the internet, so you’ve probably come across it before; it’s called The Oatmeal.  They can even teach you how to use semicolons faster and more entertainingly than any grammar teacher on Earth; how cool is that?;!;

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My friend’s dad gave me a heads up about another one of Facebook’s opt-out policies via his status update:

As of today [23 April 2010], there is a new privacy setting called “Instant Personalization” that shares data with non-facebook websites and it is automatically set to “Allow.” Go to Account>Privacy Settings>Applications and Websites and uncheck “Allow”. Mine was checked. Instant Personalization Select partners can personalize their features with my public information when I first arrive on their websites.

I’m too used to it to complain about it.  Facebook is a useful social tool.  I just want to make sure people know about things like this.

Screenshot:

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I’m really interested in Brad’s thoughts/opinions on this.

A quick copy/pasta of 23andMe from Wikipedia:

23andMe is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California[1] that claims to be developing new methods and technologies that will enable consumers to understand their own genetic information. The company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell. 23andMe was founded to “empower individuals and develop new ways of accelerating research.”[2] The current cost of 23andMe’s product is $499 for both health and ancestry. The ancestry edition costs $399 and the health edition costs $429. The product previously cost $399 for everything. Both Google and New Enterprise Associates have invested in 23andMe.The 23andMe website is currently split into four categories: Health and Traits, Ancestry, Sharing and Community, and Research. They currently test or are researching over 100 diseases, conditions, and traits.

So today (as it’s DNA Day), they’re offering the package deal of both the Health and Ancestry tests for 99$.

Totally Gattaca, right?

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Infomercial Hell – watch more funny videos

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Dear Government,

Thank you for your recent interest in making available publicly funded research papers. There was a point in time where the best publication practice was via privately-funded publishing houses. Today, however, we must take advantage of the technology available to us and distribute all future research through publicly-funded .gov websites. It is what is best for the public.

That is all. Voice some support?

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Happy Box is Happy.

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Here’s to a cute start of a hopefully adorable week.

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