Monday, December 12, 2011

American Airlines Apoligizes to Alec Baldwin


As Newt Gingrich appears poised to seize the 2012 Republican nomination, I'm reminded of this dramatic reading of one of Newt Gingrich's press releases. The reading starts at about 3:45

Sunday, December 11, 2011

What a Wonderful World

Via The Dish, a tribute to David Attenborough's final appearance on the BBC. I crew up loving his nature programs. How much longer do we have to enjoy any of these miracles on nature?

Friday, December 09, 2011

Pujols could have had it all, but instead he chose $254 million

I'm not sure if Albert understands the difference between being a much loved icon and being just another hired gun, but he will very soon.

CBS baseball columnist Scott Miller certainly understands the difference. His column today is a must read.
When it gets ugly for Albert Pujols -- and it's going to get ugly for Albert Pujols -- he'll have himself to blame. Because it didn't have to be this way. Pujols could have been Derek Jeter. He could have been Cal Ripken. He could have been Ernie Banks or Ryne Sandberg or, yes, Stan Musial. Instead he'll be Alex Rodriguez or Manny Ramirez or Gary Sheffield, just another big-bopping mercenary playing out the string in a city he chose because it offered the biggest selection of his favorite color: green. And if there's one thing sports fans don't have tolerance for, it's a mercenary who isn't earning his keep.

It's not just what will happen late in his career, when Pujols turns 40 -- or maybe 45; there are scouts who believe he was born in the 1970s, not 1980 -- but what will happen as soon as he hits a prolonged slump. Pujols just signed for A-Rod money, and A-Rod gets no slack from Yankees fans. Same goes for Pujols when he starts another season the way he started 2011, hitting .233 in early May and languishing 50 points below his career batting average into August. Fans in L.A. will see his batting average on the scoreboard and they'll boo. That's what fans do, especially to players who make about $60,000 per plate appearance and who spend an evening at the ballpark striking out twice and grounding into a double play. That's $180,000, down the tubes.

This is the future for Albert Pujols, just as it's the future for all but baseball's immortals. Pujols could have been one of those, but he sold his soul. At least he got top dollar for it.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Carrier IQ

Trevor Eckhart is all over the news with the below video showing how Carrier IQ software on your Android phone is recording and transmitting every possible detail of your phone use (including all web pages visited and the content of your text message BEFORE you even see them). The software company initially threaten to sue Trevor for exposing them, but as since back away, presumable having spoken to their own counsel and PR people.

I would expect several major class action lawsuits filed by the end of this week.

UPDATE: As predicted, Carrier IQ has been hit with the first, of what will be many, many class action lawsuits.

Herman Cain's new lie detector ad

This guy is one serious wack job.