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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tivo'ing past newspaper ads

A local paper has posted this ad in order to boost their ad sales. Now potential legal issues of modifying Tivo's logo aside, are they actually comparing TV penetration to newspaper readership? And I'll grant that skipping a newspaper ad is a little more difficult than skipping a TV commercial. You have to move your whole arm to turn the page instead of just click a button.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Monkey business and Free Speech

You may have heard about the flack over the Obama delegate who supposedly used the word Monkey in a racially charged way. One thing in this story is being sorely overlooked. According to the AP story

[Ramirez-Sliwinski] said the children shouldn't be climbing in the tree like monkeys.
The mother of one boy called police, who issued Ramirez-Sliwinski a $75 ticket for disorderly conduct. Police say the ticket was warranted because her remark scared one of the children and disturbed a parent.

So everyone seems to agree that it wasn't racially motivated, but even if it was, can you really call the police for being slurred? This woman got a ticket for saying a word!

"You hurt my feelings! Go directly to jail. Do not pass go!"

No one said she was ranting, raving, or doing anything scary other than making the remark.

Are you sure you don't want iTunes with that?

Yes I am! As mentioned in a previous entry I ended up uninstalling all of Apple's software because it kept begging to install applications I never asked for. Problem is, it just popped up again to ask if I want to install everything that is not supposed to be there anymore.

I guess the uninstall doesn't actually remove everything!!!