“The Street.com” chimes in on Mindset Media’s survey of Mac users

February 18, 2008

TheStreet.com had some interesting reporting on Mindset Media’s survey of Mac users with frankly information that most of us know. 

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The Humane Society’s Undercover Video of Cattle abuses in Chino, CA

February 18, 2008

Very rarely am I honestly horrified by anything I see on TV these days but this clip had me literally holding my head in sadness, cringing during the replay of the video.

I sincerely hope those people in the video are more than just ‘fired’ and instead criminal charges are pressed. I understand there’s a pecking order in this world and that cattle=beef, and I know that the cattleman’s job is a hard one, but there’s still a really big difference between consumption & cruelty and this demonstrates it.

The difference between humans and animals is supposed to be our capacity for civility, humanity, and the ability to differentiate what we as beings "can do" versus what we "should do".

This is that which we simply "should not do".


Pedigree’s Million Dog Mosaic… a thing of beauty and kindness

February 14, 2008

image Quick!  What’s so special about the photo to the left?

Look closely – you might be able to figure it out.

Still haven’t got it?  Check the photo to the right.  Now do you see it?

No?  It looks like fabric, yes? 

Alright.  Let’s show you an even closer shot.  Take a look at the imagephoto to your left again and below.

Are you getting it?

Yes?

It’s called the the Million Dog Mosaic.  It’s sponsored by Pedigree and it’s a collage of photos that make up one giant photo of a dog.

What’s special is that Pedigree will donate $1 for every photo that gets uploaded to the mosaic.

So upload your dog’s photo!  What have you got to lose?

http://dogsrule.com/03Adoption/Million%20Dog%20Mosaic/Default.aspx#empty

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CBS: If you’re not going to discuss real issues, why bother interviewing candidates?

February 11, 2008

Last night on CBS’s 60 Minutes, Steve Croft interviewed Barack Obama while Katie Couric interviewed Hillary Clinton.  Croft asked Obama a serious of interesting questions including (summarized):

  • You want to portray yourself as an underdog.  Explain how you (Obama) are an underdog compared to Clinton, when you may very well have more delegates that she does at this point.
  • You don’t have any executive experience and you haven’t actually run much of anything.  How do you expect to project that you have the experience to be President?
  • You are riding on a platform of change which seems to imply change from both the Bush’s and the Clinton’s.  In what way?
  • Your policies are very similar.  What do you feel is the biggest difference between you and Senator Clinton?
  • A complaint about your campaign has been the lack of specifics.  How do you account for that?
  • What do you think about what’s going on in Iraq right now?
  • At a time when violence is down, is this the right time to set timetables for withdrawal?  Regardless of the situation around sectarian violence?
  • Why do you feel you have the best chance to beat McCain?
  • There has been "nastiness" thrown about.  Is there a point at which you go to the closet and pull out Clinton’s skeletons?
  • Are you the same person you were a year ago?

Alright.  A decent set of questions for mainstream TV.  I’ll take those.  Now meanwhile, Couric hit Clinton with a bunch of questions like:

  • Have you grappled with the idea that the nomination could be Obama’s and not yours?  Even in your deepest darkest moments, don’t you question yourself?
  • It’s exhausting.  The photo shoots, the debates, the schmoozing… how do you do it?
  • Do you pop vitamins or coffee?  How do you stay healthy?
  • What do you think of Barack Obama’s gains?  Will it have sustainable momentum?
  • Do you like Barack Obama?
  • Is there any bad blood between the two of you?
  • Do you think the media has treated Obama the same way as they have you?
  • You’ve implied that the GOP will unearth dirt on Barack Obama.  What do you have to say about that?
  • Why are you seen as poll-rising?
  • Why did you authorize the war?
  • Will you reassess your assertion that we should withdraw troops once you’re in office?
  • It must have been so demoralizing to have your father always tell you that you weren’t trying hard enough.
  • People say that you’re going to be part of a co-Presidency. <what do you have to say about that>
  • What do you see yourself doing if this doesn’t work out?

Uh what?  Can you say "softball questions"?  I’m sorry.  This was a really unbalanced interview.

CBS could have started with the list questions based on the issues highlighted by Ontheissues.org:

Civil Rights Issues

Domestic Issues

Economic Issues

Defense/International Issues

And then there’s issues of character:

  • Visionary, intelligent, & thoughtful
  • Trustworthy, earnest, & principled
  • Effective, savvy, & able to execute

NEWS: Major League Gaming signs agreement with ESPN

February 11, 2008

The Xbox360-exclusive Major League Gaming (the biggest console-gaming tournament imageorganization in the world) signed an agreement with ESPN.com to exclusively host MLG  video game competitive content, material & news at http://sports.espn.go.com/videogames/mlg and ESPN branding will be attached to MLG game tournaments.

Oh, that’s so sweet. 

Why?  It means there’s more money coming into MLG.  And with more money comes bigger venues, bigger prizes, more prestige, more publicity, and more exposure to professional video gamers.  The top prize in 2007 was $100,000 with over $475,000 in prize money doled out.

Now, with a national broadcasting outlet like ESPN available with national advertising aligned with it… oh… my…

ESPN Enters Content Agreement With Major League Gaming

image ESPN.com, the leading online sports destination, today announced it has entered a content agreement with Major League Gaming (MLG), the leading professional video game league.
ESPN will serve as a primary outlet for news about MLG, providing extensive digital coverage of MLG’s 2008 Pro Circuit Competitions, including exclusive streamed matches, pro player interviews, and scores and stats. Additionally, MLG will host ESPN co-branded online video game tournaments.

ESPN will be on site at each of the 2008 MLG Pro Circuit Competitions, reporting news from its own coverage booth for various ESPN programs and platforms, including ESPN360.com, ESPN’s signature broadband sports network.

Additionally, ESPN.com will launch a competitive video gaming section replete with all of the latest news, information and video as it relates to competitive gaming. The section will include background on MLG, interviews with marquee players, video from past competitions and the ESPN/MLG Top Ten, which includes regularly updated video highlighting top game play from MLG pros and players. ESPN.com will announce details of MLG’s 2008 Pro Circuit season in the coming weeks.

More at http://www.mlgpro.com/?q=node/181255 

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(I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise to you that when I was a kid, I realllllly wanted to play video games professionally.  Add to that, that Major League Gaming uses Xbox 360 exclusively, playing world tournaments for such reknown games as Halo 3, Halo 2, Gears of War, and Shadowrun… you can understand my excitement over this announcement.  God speed Major League Gaming!)


QUICK: What’s wrong with this picture?

February 11, 2008

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VIDEO: Bill Gates’ Harvard Commencement Speech

February 8, 2008

Bill Gates gave a commencement speech to Harvard Graduates on June 7, 2007.  He talks about the inequities of the world and essentially why he has dedicated his post-Microsoft life to the causes he’s pursuing.  Interesting stuff.

Transcript: 
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/MediaCenter/Speeches/Co-ChairSpeeches/BillgSpeeches/BGSpeechHarvard-070607.htm