But that those of you who do may find interesting.
One of Brendan’s chief complaints about the iPhone seems to be that he couldn’t connect it to his lapper and use it as a modem.
If I’m reading this right, that seems to have been fixed by some enterprising computer person.
I’m really just posting this for those of you who actually know how to do that kind of thing. I don’t know how/if/why it works.
It’s being woefully and shamefully ignored in the halls of jurisprudential theory.
That is all. Brendan, hope everything feels better now that it’s over.
On news from AT&T that only 146,000 iPhones were activated during the opening sales push on the new device, Apple stock took a $8.81 hit today.
Then again, there’s better news in the linked article. Seems like there’s better evidence to support my prior assertion that seems to confirm that a 3G iPhone is almost here. From the article, it sounds like November.
Sweet. If the stock is currently in the crapper at $134 bucks a share, what’s it going to do when it’s in all out rampaging bull mode?
Saw this letter to the editor in the Knoxville News Sentinel today, and laughed just a bit. I guess this person was sirius..err serious.
Like millions across the world, I saw the new Ã¢â‚¬Å“Harry Potter,Ã¢â‚¬Â movie, which was even better then I hoped, but I was also struck by a possible underlining message.
As most people know, the issue of the movie is He Who Should Not Be Named is back, and unless everyone starts working together, the world is doomed. But, though there is plenty of evidence to support the crisis, the Ministry of Magic Ã¢â‚¬â€ the government of the Magic world Ã¢â‚¬â€ is refusing to admit that there is a problem and is actually undertaking a media campaign to discredit Professor Dumbledore, Harry and others who are trying to warn the world of the coming danger.
As most people know, each book or movie starts with Harry living in London with his normal family and in a world that knows nothing of magic. The first couple of scenes in the movie take place in blazing hot heat with media reports of a record heat wave.
Is anyone else other than me seeing some similarities between the movie and our nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s handling of the global-warming crisis? Of course, in Britain there is widespread acceptance of the incredible scope of the global-warming crisis, and both the Liberal and Conservative parties are united in their will to fight.
In the movie, there is no conspiracy Ã¢â‚¬â€ just policy leaders who canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t deal with the scope of the problem and therefore simply convince themselves that the experts are wrong. So, if President Bush is our Minister Fudge, I guess it is up to us to take up the issue.
Right now it looks like He Who Should Not Be Named is clearly winning. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just hope we have enough people who join DumbledoreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Army to save the day.
So I understand how there is some indication of the ineffectiveness of a government bureaucracy and a “none so blind as he who wouldn’t see” motif can come through in the HP books. Certainly makes sense to me. I think that JK Rowling has even stated that there’s some metaphor on governments and bureaucracy in HP. Extending it to global warming? Saying that the government is taking on a media campaign to discredit global warming activists? The logic doesn’t seem to follow to me from what I’ve seen in the news.
Taking the same logical leaps that the writer of this letter did, I’m going to make some broad, unsupported by objective proof (since I don’t feel like researching them now to buttress my case) statements at this point. In our country now, the advocates of the position of human induced global warming tend to get much more favorable press than those that are dubious of the claims. Global warming caused by burning fossil fuels and other man-made activities is taken as absolute gospel truth. The global warming doubters are labeled in the press as Luddites who simply refuse to see what is glaringly obvious. That is hardly the case in HP.
Think about your comparisons in more detail before you try to be cutesy in writing a snippy letter to the editor or a blog post. Read what you’ve written more than once before you send it. Does it really make sense? I know that I’ve written tons of things that I’ve later decided weren’t correct. It’s after this kind of review and analysis that you can determine if there’s a true metaphor there.
I really don’t care what position you take on global warming, and I don’t think it’s particularly relevant to the point I’m trying to make here. Ultimately, we can’t shoehorn every possible pop culture reference to model our personal world view. The drafter of this particularly poor letter to the editor has tried and miserably failed in his attempt to do so.
I say “Expelliarmus” to this bad piece of writing and to the KNS for printing it. Hopefully the spell will work to exclude nonsense such as this from the paper in the future.
Get a good night’s sleep, focus in, and knock it out, Chief.
I know it’s not exactly appropriate based on content, but I always think of this Tennyson classic when thinking about the bar exam:
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
I know that it’s “Crossing the Bar” and not “Passing the Bar,” but I don’t remember any good lawyery poetry on the same subject, so I’m sticking with Tennyson.
I’m just over a week into my Mac ownership, and because of that, I haven’t really had much occasion to step back and use the household PC much recently. However, I’ve been converting my recently acquired Harry Potter audiobook into mp3 format through the subscription service we use, Rhapsody, so I’ve been toying with it (and also importing it into iTunes on the Mac.
Wowzers, is the MacBook fast. The time it takes to accomplish essentially the same task is seriously slower on the PC. Of course the PC is a couple of years old at this point, but I never felt that I was experiencing any real meaningful slowdowns of my performance. That is, until I hooked into this little speed demon that I’m using right now.
Also, the score on shut downs and reboots in the last week is MacBook 1, PC 12. This thing is amazingly stable and smooth. I do see why Mac users say that the system and the OS are stable, simple, and elegant. Seems like everything I try to do on the PC requires some massive ordeal of a shut down and restart to implement.
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Since the Bloy isn’t checking the web these days, and since I’ve got access to post, I’m going to take this opportunity to do so.
Might as well open up a free-for-all, pick on Brendan thread, right?
I’m lobbing a great big ole softball right over the heart of the plate. Swing away, batta-batta.
Barry Bonds, He Who Must Not Know What Cream He is Using, has hit two home runs today, in action between the San Fransisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. This gets him to a career total of 753, two shy of tying the all-time career record.
Somewhere Hank Aaron is spinning in his grave. No, wait…
I certainly understand that there are tons of fanboys and fangirls for all kinds of pop culture things. The people that are the uber-hardcore devotees that wind up waiting in line for a week to see the show, for the new product release, or whatever.
Since when did it become the thing to do to permanently ink yourself up with logos and such from these things?
A grown man with a Harry Potter related tattoo? A Dark Mark, placed on the arm where Voldynuts would have done it? Yikes.
Is it just me being a stick in the mud, or is this just stupid?
While He Who Must Not Be Blogging is sitting in a self-imposed internet exile, I thought I’d take a second to post about my preferred (and ignored) blog topic of choice…poker.
As those of you who follow the poker scene should know, the World Series of Poker has been running at the Rio in Vegas for the last six weeks or so. For the last two weeks, the $10,000 buy-in World Championship No Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament has been running. Yesterday, the final table was conducted, with nine players vying for a first place prize of $8.25 Million.
As an aside, I would note that this is the first year in recent memory when the total number of entrants in the Main Event has declined from the previous year. I could rail against the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) for its contribution to the freedom of the poker playing American public, but I shall hold my tongue.
Anyway, I ordered the ESPN PPV live broadcast of the Final Table, hosted by Ali Nejad and Phil Gordon. The only real drawback for the average poker watching viewer was the absence of the “hole card cam” to check the holdings of the players as the game progressed, but for the purist, it was really a bit more exciting at times to watch the play without knowing everything that the players were holding at all times. The commentary was excellent, the quality of the show was very good.
It was an interesting final table, to say the least. Coming into the last night of the tourney, the chips were relatively evenly spaced among the players, and with large stacks in relationship to the blinds and antes, there was plenty of room for the players to make moves.
As the game played out, though, only one player really made any moves. California psychologist and poker amateur Jerry Yang came in as one of the shorter stacks at the table, but certainly did not waste any time in becoming active with his chips. He came into pots early and often, usually starting out with an oversized initial raise of the blinds pre-flop. At the first stages of the blinds (120K-240K), Yang most often came in for 1.5M as an opening raise, when conventional play would suggest an open raise of between 600K-800K.
He was able to take a couple of pots early, and double up his initial starting stack. From that point, he managed to catch hands at opportune moments, and took out the starting chip leader as the first casualty of the Final Table. From that point forward, he never lost the chip lead, gong on to knock out 7 of his 8 opponents.
Characterized as weak-tight coming into the Final Table by conventional wisdom, Yang somewhat masterfully, somewhat inartfully maneuvered his way through the field like a buzzsaw. Practically every time an opponent decided to play back at Yang, he either forced them all-in or called their all-in.
I don’t know that I’d call him a great poker player in general, but there is no doubt that he was in the zone during the Final Table. He did exactly what his opponents were not expecting him to do. He always applied pressure, almost never caved to responsive pressure, and held a stranglehold on the tournament from the get-go.
Bottom line is that his plan worked perfectly, and he’s now $8.25M richer for it. He won his entry in a satellite tournament for $225. Not a bad parlay.
I’m interested to see how the overall media reports on this event turn out. Yang is a very devoted Christian, and made no apologies for that, both during the tournament and afterward. He’s donating 10% to three charities. From the debacle of Jamie Gold’s championship last year (where the darker, less public friendly side of poker and money were opened to critique), Jerry Yang may be a refreshing return to poker as an “everyman’s” activity.
Congrats to the Champ.