Saw this link from friend Matt Clower – http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2013/02/26/juggling-drones-quadcopters-that-can-bounce-catch-and-balance/ and at first I didn’t know whether people were controlling them or they were responding themselves. That it’s on Model Airplane News should be a clue, of course – but turns out it’s not a clue at all. These machines quadcopters / quadrocopters ARE responding to the world around them.
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Perihelion, the farthest distance between the Earth and the sun. That’s 91,402,560 miles from the sun.
Aphelion, the closest distance between the Earth and the sun. That’s 94,508,960 miles from the sun.
Sold Out at the Canadian Mint but I haven’t forgotten.
I want the quarter size to keep American state quarters in, but you have to go to eBay to get them now, and who knows if the price is going up and up.
What I want to know is, how I got one?
This is at the bottom of Google News. I don’t remember seeing it there before; anyone seen it there before.
The selection and placement of stories on this page were determined automatically by a computer program. The time or date displayed (including in the Timeline of Articles feature) reflects when an article was added to or updated in Google News.
And what should I know about Twitter?
I’m cringing inside at the idea of Google buying something else – growing beyond its means, thigh deep in a culture that … anyway, I’m thinking Groupon? Sure, they get some $$$ from companies to highlight them, but how the unholy hell are they worth, first $4 billion and then – the latest figure I heard today – $6 billion?
Their scope is global, to a point. Coupons are a big deal to many people. But money that big usually doesn’t just involve networks. There’s usually a heavy weight of physical assets.
So, obviously Google could integrate Groupon into its Maps and its advertising. They can upsell in a big way. Compared to most of their latest efforts and acquisitions, it makes sense. And – I guess – they have to stay in stride with Facebook’s Deals and Places, though unless they kick it in gear Facebook’s design and lack of ease, will be its downfall.
But $5.3 or $6 billion is truly, really, a crazy figure for what is still referred to as a start-up. And there’s some doubt as to why.
And then I hear today, that the latest “bidding war” has Twitter valued at “just” $4 billion. The direction of this company is skyrocketing. They’re developing into a portal – albeit one that’s vastly different from the dinosaurs of the recent past. It’s core demographic is laden with cash that it likes to spend on shiny things. It’s a solid deal. It’s the real deal.
So why “only” $4 billion compared to Groupon’s $6 billion. Are Google owners just flashing cash like Saturday Night Live’s Roxbury boys?
Not sure why – but Arizona Foothills magazine needs a face. Here’s loads of them in the competition. No idea the criteria.
Remind me to watch the video? Tah.
Or something. This short article about making female masturbation “bad behavior” on par with cutting and low self-esteem, diddles around a bit before a great eye-opening climax:
Sexuality is more like a muscle, and if you don’t use it, you lose it. One reason many women have trouble orgasming in a sexual relationship is they don’t masturbate enough, and they have trouble knowing what works and what doesn’t. Indeed, the research links losing your virginity later in life to experiencing more sexual dysfunction. And anecdotally, most of us can think of times when we’ve been so busy that we don’t have time to think about sex (i.e., experiencing those lustful thoughts so condemned by Christians fundies), and so when we get home and are expected to perform, we have trouble getting aroused. Following the fundamentalist list of sex rules seems like the quickest way possible to drain a marriage of any passion, which strikes me as a bad idea if you want to hold those marriages together.”
[Post-haste? Um, no. This post is post-posted. That is, I posted it July 8 for June 28, because I forgot to wrap it up then.]
So The Shtuff is a collection of blogs and sites, and news pages, I visited. Some I finished reading. Not all necessarily caught my attention but some I’m thinking others might get something out of. Started at Twitter, then my still anemic Google Reader feed – but the capillary web of bloodshot goodness exploded from there. In no particular order:
•• The Happiness Project: Eight Excellent Tips for Living That My Parents Gave Me … SLATE.com
•• The Happiness Project: Why You Should Force Yourself To Wander … SLATE.com
•• Don’t Be Fooled By Apple … The Street
•• The President vs. the Pop Star on Facebook … The Big Money …. Also, enough with the metaphorical idea that we all like to see a star fall. Try the actual. She has no style because she’s all styles. Truly a mess.
•• Fashion Victim! Lady Gaga takes a bad fall … NYDailyNews.com
•• FleeHarmony.com … The Big Money
•• When Print Becomes Precious … The Big Money (with typo in URL :) )
•• Burger King Blows Its Marketing Wad … The Big Money / Daily Bread … Yeah, juicy, dripping burger’s have never looked so good. (NSFW)
•• Let’s hope it was accidental. And she’s still a damn stunner, honestly on and off court. But the last two paragraphs don’t bode well. –> Jennifer Capriati resting in hospital after ‘accidental overdose’ of prescripition drugs … NY Daily News.
•• HOLY SHIIIIT. God Forbid, ‘My Baby Is Black’ – The Root. — A little treatise on part of a trailer to a film released in 1961.
•• Why Can’t Twitter Handle It’s Record Traffic … The Big Money
•• Michael Jackson: The Writings On The Wall … The Root
•• The most idiotic thing I read today? — Please, Dear Lord, Do Not Let Soccer Become An American Obsession drezner: Foreign Policy …. And WTF, commentators here are verbose
•• Postcards From Hell … Foreign Policy — Um, prepare to tear up. Stunning images
•• Gun-Rights Decision May Have Limited Impact Newsweek.com
•• Why Is It So Hard To Make a White iPhone? The Big Money
•• It’s Been Such a Pleasure Working With You The Big Money
•• It Gets Worse: Apple Censors a Gay Kiss in Oscar Wilde Comic The Big Money
•• Civil Rights Organizations Call Out Kagan The Root
•• West Virginia’s coal country pays tribute to Byrd, who never forgot it Washington Post
•• Kagan’s Hat Trick SLATE.com / Supreme Court Breakfast Table
•• The Narcissism of the Small Difference SLATE.com — It’s hard to find in all the garbage, but occasionally Christopher Hitchens makes a point worth reading and even pursuing
•• One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists TruthDig.com
•• Presidential Memorandum: Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution WhiteHouse.gov — Seems an important milepost to the future. Potentially, anyway.
•• Broadband Availability to Expand New York Times
•• Why We Check In: The Reasons People Use Location-Based Social Networks Read Write Web
AND … AND … AND
•• Greg Sargent at a WaPO blog forgetting about his own weak-on-the-facts past. His bio is also horribly twee “(in those days people mostly did journalism on paper”) crouched permanently in the defensive position that is the charge against “old media.” As if Politico isn’t old media, as if old media hasn’t moved to the Internet. AS if they’re separate. Exactly the charge he levels against others. Yawning inconsistency or just, yawn?
Which was in response to this quick update from Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg on the Washington Post’s firing of yet another blogger (though for different reasons than others of the past, Dan Froomkin and Ben Domenech.) His previous post on the subject
•• Dan Froomkin Fired From Wa Po.com Welcome Back To Pottersville — In the way back machine related to the latest Washington Post fracas Along with the following posts: Was Dan Froomkin Fired For Declining Traffic? Froomkin Says No. (Andrew Sullivan/The Daily Dish) …… The Washington Post, Dan Froomkin and the establishment media (Glenn Greenwald/Salon.com) …… The Washington Post fires its best columnist. Why? (Glenn Greenwald/Salon.com, 6/18) ……
•• Who Runs Gov. beta. Seriously Washington Post bloggers are “partnershipped” with them and it’s a fairly innocuous, pretty close to anonymous, in-house entity?
•• A series of Slate articles that I followed solely based on headline worthiness – but then read neough to want to inclue here. Happiness Myth No. 3: Venting Anger Relieves It.” (Or is that Relieves IT. Nice take, didn’t like that the studies cited were mostly not referenced or even linked to. So, “studies” get to an unsupported (to the reader) conclusion. …. Dear Prudence. The Daily Bump and Grind – about a company that makes employees dance when they get rewards / recognition? Seriously, WTF? Wish I knew which company it was. … “On game shows, female host usually lose big.” wherein “lose” wasn’t really supported but “unsupported” was. Surprised, too, that the link was from 2001. Missed shows on The Game Show Network, but the date most likely a factor there.
That one also includes a link to this “poem“:
A quiz-master I’d like to be,
But as I am a girl, you see
Perhaps I will apply to go
As his assistant on his show.
I’ll have to usher in each guest,
Persuading them to do their best:
But if they lose, I’ll have to say
“Bad luck, dear,” or “It’s not your day!”
Each night a different dress I’ll wear,
And not forget to style my hair.
Apart from this I must display
A personality bright and gay.
Won’t mother have a grand surprise—
She hardly will believe her eyes:
“Quick, Dad,” she’ll cry, “Look on the screen—
Just see who’s on with Hughie Green!”
•• Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia died today, aged 92. He was, famously, still working. The Associated Press had a comprehensive and good article going. Found at the Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune.
•• Wired.com, “Yo Senators: Here’s What You Should Ask Petraeus” Questions inquiring Senators could ask the shoo-in Gen. David Petraeus upon his confirmation hearings. Including, “Let’s be real. That July 2011 drawdown date is bullshit, right?”
•• A nifty Slate piece called, The Agnostic Manifesto, which won’t change my beliefs at all, but has started to make me think I should define them for myself so I can articulate them if anyone asks.
—Yes, Related Pages links works
I haven’t paid attention to this Colorado race much – but I know Romanoff was likely asked not to run by the Democrat Party machine. I also know after this letter he sent to supporters today that I like him. Dana Milbank I generally do like, but he’s got several agendas he pursues regularly that can get too inside the deskjockeystrap and just too political, without enlightening anything,.
Romanoff’s letter to supporters starts: “Dana Milbank got my name right — but that’s about it. Mr. Milbank’s attempt to malign my character consumed 13 paragraphs in Sunday’s Washington Post and Monday’s Denver Post. Nearly every paragraph is false or misleading. The newspapers’ decision to publish this work of fiction is disappointing enough. What makes matters worse is Mr. Milbank’s decision to discard the evidence he made a pretense of seeking.”
Funny, someone just asked about joining a social media team for Terry Goddard. And I believe this is the second or third column I’ve printed at my site. This one is about an industry I have mixed feelings about. It does make you pay extraordinary high interest rates – but on the other hand, it’s not like they hide or try and slip in hidden fees. It’s all up front.
Obviously people in Arizona voted the industry out. My feelings are still mixed and I voted for the industry to say. It’s just another option another tool, people have to stay afloat. If used wisely – and sparingly.
Note – at some point media should stop giving Goddard “My Turn” columns since he’s running for governor and most of his columns are feel good “This is what I’m doing” turns. And he has done a lot of good – and well, my feelings are somewhat mixed here, leaning more positively. So essentially free ad space and more importantly, not giving the same space to opponents.
Making Sure Payday Lenders Don’t Evade Law’s Sunset
(Phoenix, June 14, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard has written the following “My Turn” column about his efforts to ensure that the payday loan industry complies with the expiration of the state’s payday lending law on June 30.
I drove from Tucson last night, cruising for two hours listening to .. well, no bum notes. It hit the best of several bands, and coming home from a very special day with Carrie (yup, midweek; today is when she flew in from Montana (via drive to Spokane and layover in Denver) it just truly fired – on all cylinders .
Not all music plays well when driving, when cruising or when trying to stay full of energy.
With the window down, the playlist was.
Metric – Lou
Soul II Soul – Back To Life
The Might Mighty Bosstones – Someday I Suppose
Lily Allen – Back to the Start
Madonna – Secret
The Donnas – Don’t Break Me Down
The Raveonettes – Wine
The Airborne Toxic Event – Some Time Around Midnight (timely)
Lacuna Coil – Our Truth
Tor / Sufjan Stevens – The Tallest Man / I like it
Will.I.Am – I got It from my mama
The Gits – Precious Blood
Deftones – My Own Summer
Love Me Nots – You’re Really Something
Ke$ha – TiK ToK
Flyleaf – All Around Me
Lacuna Coil – Spellbound
Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World
Justin Timberlake – Senorita (Thick Dick Mix)
Barenaked Ladies – One week
Social Distortion – Ring of Fire
Lily Allen – Nan, You’re A Window Shopper
Surfside IV – Surfari
The Airborne Toxic Event – Wishing Well
Karen O and the Kids – All Is Love
The Gits – Rose (Live)
Incubus – Drive (I Swear)
And after I got home and closed the door, it continued.
Johnny Cash – Cocaine Blues
Prince – Sign of the Times
The Gits – Italian Song
Poe – Hello
The Raveonettes – Gone Forever
Deftones – Teething
Bassnectar – Heads Up
Cake – Never There
Sade – Bring Me Home
Ben Harper – Walk Away
Rademacher – On Yr Marks
Paul Simon – Homeless
Scars on Broadway – Serious
Deftones – Shove It
Jane’s Addiction – Sex is Violent
The Gits – Social Love
Rehab – Last Tattoo
Love Me Nots – Shuffle
The Gits – I’m Lou
Poe – Angry Johnny
Bassnectar – Kick It Complex
I’ve heard of theDNA Shoah Project but was reminded of it today.
Posting here mainly to remember again later.
When you update your Touch manually there’s all kinds of guessing you have to do. For instance, a window pops up and tells you if you continue with Sync of, say, Applications or music it will delete the files in your iPod. What it doesn’t tell you is whether if you hit OK on that window it starts deleting them right away.
So if you’re smart you don’t. Or if you’re really smart you’ve done it enough to know it won’t sync yet. So I copied music files to a borrowed back up external hard drive and I proceeded.
But then you try and sync Applications specifically and it doesn’t seem to work as it’s supposed to – again asking and warning you that some Apps will be deleted except perhaps the ones you’re trying to delete.
And somewhere in the middle of me doing all of that it suddenly went into backup mode and took a good 20 minutes to backup what I had. Which luckily by then was devoided of any and all music with the aid of a little free patch / program called ExPod.
I have no idea where these backup files are now. I have no current idea what my password is to change that setting. Throughout all this, of course, the thing I’m worried most about is Photos. If they disappear it’s going to be very very very painful. I took screenshots of some things for specific reasons and those are all in my iPod photo library.
And at one point when I thought I had the hang of syncing Apps it suddenly asked and warned that my photos were currently synced with a different library and all the ones on the iPod would be deleted. Seemingly out of nowhere for no reason it asked me that. I stopped trying there and so I may have to manually email or post more than 800 pictures so I know I won’t lose them.
A little screwed up Apple and I don’t say that very often.
The only silver lining in all this is that while the backup was taking its own sweet time my idle hands deleted spam on this very blog (This is not as yet time consuming as it can get) and remembered that I had to change an XML source in my blog settings so I could post to my blog from my free WordPress app.
I changed settings and now I’m posting from my iPod Touch. And even sweeter is that it looks like I’ll be able to set up a few local drafts even if I don’t have a connection.
Yesterday I dove pretty deep into a wedge of blue cheese that was left on the wall of my cubicle (is there a more soul-sucking word in the lexicon of professional careerism. I hatessss it.) It was a big wedge. I touched it, it left stank on my hands. And I got distracted by my hate there but food at work us not unusual at all, but leaving cheese there is on the odd side. I’m still not completely sure who left the Point Reyes Farmstead blue cheese there but it was rich, creamy full of goodness. When I opened up the packaging and the foil it was in, a tiny bubble of liquid emerged from the network of blue and the surface of white and fat corpuscles. Oh yeah, I didn’t look at the “nutrition” label. Packed it with smoked turkey in a wrap and gobbled for dinner.
And I found out about Healthy Bitch Daily which promises to be a source of hilarity, with a side of education and damn usefulnesstarity. Also a good link to give to others, which I already did.
(Hey if they can block out ho on the radio but leave other words with more pregnant meaning I can star the I in bitch.)