This item, from the always interesting Overheard in the Newsroom, rang a bell ... because I've played the second part in the conversation, although hopefully with a better grammatical sense (and more tact):
One of the big pieces of criticism of the iPad is that it, like the smaller iPhone, will only let you do one function at a time. Personally, I'm more peeved by the lack of a USB connection, but I don't understand why Apple is married to its focused design.
British comedian Charlie Brooker hosts programs on the BBC and writes a column for the Guardian, so he gets to share airtime and ink with journalists. He also likes to take at a kick at them. That said, I bet the following piece, a meta-report on TV news, will draw a laugh from others who've reported for TV.
I may have spoiled things; as you'll see, the subject matter is not quite clear. Even so, the spot, produced for Sussex Safer Roads in a campaign that launched just last week, is very compelling. As seen on AdRants.
Stephen Fry, actor, novelist and legendary early adopter (particularly with regard to Apple) attended the launch of the iPad on Wednesday. You can read his thoughts here.
This section, though, resonated, as he laid out in detail how the "meh" chorus of the non-impressed (you know who you are) is very similar to the launch of another Apple product.
I know there will be many who have already taken one look and
pronounced it to be nothing but a large iPhone and something of a
disappointment. I have heard these voices before. In June 2007 when the
iPhone was launched I collected a long list of “not impressed”, “meh”,
“big deal”, “style over substance”, “it’s all hype”, “my HTC TyTN can
do more”, “what a disappointment”, “majorly underwhelmed” and similar
reactions. They can hug to themselves the excuse that the first release
of iPhone was 2G, closed to developers and without GPS, cut and paste
and many other features that have since been incorporated. Neither
they, nor I, nor anyone, predicted the “game-changing” effect the phone
would so rapidly have as it evolved into a 3G, third-party app rich,
compass and GPS enabled market leader. Even if it had proved a
commercial and business disaster instead of an astounding success,
iPhone would remain the most significant release of its generation
because of its effect on the smartphone habitat. Does anybody seriously
believe that Android, Nokia, Samsung, Palm, BlackBerry and a dozen
others would since have produced the product line they have without the
100,000 volt taser shot up the jacksie that the iPhone delivered to the
My son was wanting to catch another look at this animation showcasing the mascots for the upcoming winter Olympics in Vancouver. He apparently has seen it several times, so I figured putting it here might make it easier!
The opening notes of the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter are so well-known, it seems strange when you hear someone else have a go at them, not to mention the rest of the song. Patti Smith includes the classic-rock gem in her set; this version, from the Later ... With Jools Holland show how her band adds some crunch to the chords.
"Life gets mighty precious when there's less of it to waste." - Bonnie Raitt
The above, of course, is from Raitt's song Nick of Time, from the album of the same name, which not only revived her career but transformed it utterly. Below is the video of the tune, which introduced a new audience to her longtime collaborators, singers Sir Harry Bowens and Sweet Pea Atkinson, who performed with producer Don Was in - what else? - Was (Not Was).
The radio in my home office is tuned one station: CBC Radio One (640 in St. John's). Because I do some work from home in the morning (I'm on leave now, but head back in just over a month), I need to be focused on what's happening ... and I'm too lazy to lean over and change it. In other rooms, and especially in the car, my loyalty flies out the window.
All the same, I got a kick out of this newly revealed design that makes life easy for CBC Radio fans: program your stations, and then just flick between Radio One and Radio Two. (If you like Radio 3, you'll need a computer, but this gadget can hook up to an MP3 player.)
I've been bolstering the library of tunes on my Macbook, which has become the primary working device in the house. I had been transferring batches of tunes, en masse, through a jump drive, but I've decided to add new tunes the old-fashioned way: one CD at a time. If nothing else, I realize what I'm adding.
One of them was an album by Carla Bley and her musical and personal partner Steve Swallow. That prompted me to look for videos of Bley, a remarkable (and sometimes inaccessible) pianist; I came across this performance from 1990, when Bley's Very Big Band was in full flight.
Lyle Lovett's new album, Natural Forces, is just out; he played one of the tunes, Pantry, on a visit to CBC Radio's Q. Another Lovett song of heartbreak, and another one with food in there somewhere. (Nothing beats Church, from Joshua Judges Ruth).
I just saw this terrific video, which is one of the coolest time-lapse videos I've seen. With the world's attention turning now to Vancouver for the winter Olympics, it's a beautiful showcase of the city.Thanks to Doug Murray at Roadspill for the pointer.
We watched part of the Hope for Haiti broadcast on Friday night, and recorded it for later watching. On Monday morning, I downloaded the album of the performances from iTunes. It's a great value for a good cause: 20 songs by a who's-who of performers, with the proceeds split among major charities working in Haiti after this month's earthquake. I was pleased to see that the album is already at No. 1 on iTunes' chart. Justin Timberlake is at No. 1 on the singles chart today, the latest artist to cover Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.
Bruce Springsteen's arrangement of We Shall Overcome has been a favourite in our house for years, and I thought it was appropriate he revived it for the show.
I've been wondering how the makers of MacGruber would translate Will Forte's Saturday Night Live character to the big screen; clearly, we'll see a lot more than the triptych of countdown jokes. Also expected: more explosives, a few Wiig-outs, potty humour with an R flavour, and Val Kilmer in funny mode (I hope).
So, it was cool watching Robert Downey Jr. fly around in the Iron Man suit, right? (Yes, yes, I know that wasn't Downey in those scenes, and that it wasn't actual flight.) That is where my mind went when I read this piece about a NASA-sponsored program to develop individual flight.
Living in Newfoundland and Labrador, where the puffin is the provincial bird, I got a kick out of seeing that the personal flying suit is called the Puffin. The video below gives you a sense of things:
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.