Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lazy Linkage Post

This is an interesting and pretty thing, but it runs the ChromeOS. For the money, it's useless: I can get any number of cheap laptops that do more.
Whether or not the Pixel can actually sell in any significant numbers is an, as yet, unanswered question. Pichai wouldn’t disclose specific sales numbers for any Chromebooks, but he said he believes that the appetite for a high-end Chromebook is there, noting that since Google and Samsung launched their $250 Chromebook 125 days ago, that specific computer has been the best selling laptop on Amazon every single day.

“This is targeted for a segment of users who have committed to the cloud,” he said of the $1,300 Pixel. “We believe we’ve built the best laptop from a hardware standpoint.”
Surprise! Canadians whining about Americans. Like about 95% of this blog's output.
"In [Argo], Canada and Ottawa didn't exist," [former Canadian ambassador to Iran] Taylor told the New York Times' Carpetbagger blog. "It's a great film, it's great. But at the same time, it was a Canadian story that's been, all of sudden, totally taken over by the Americans. Totally."

"I don't want to be hard on Tony Mendez," he added, referencing the CIA agent played by Affleck who led the covert op. "I want to give him all the credit I can. But at the same time, I'm a Canadian, and enough is enough."

Taylor also told the Associated Press today that it would be "a further reflection" on Affleck if Argo wins Best Picture and he fails to thank the Canadians who played such a huge role in the real-life version of events.
Genesis Death Sandwich discoverers steal your joke:
Researchers using text-analysis software say they've discovered a new literary device in the first book of the Bible: the "Genesis death sandwich."

The name refers to a familiar rhetorical structure -- sandwiching bad news in between the good. In the case of Genesis, the slices of white bread are themes of life, and the slimy cold cuts in between are mentions of death.

"The structuring of life and death in Genesis appears to be something that hasn't been noticed before," researcher Gordon Rugg, a senior lecturer in Computing and Mathematics at Keele University in the United Kingdom, wrote in a Feb. 21 blog post. "We think it's a standard literary device being used on a larger scale than had been previously realized. No aliens, no secret codes, no conspiracies, but some striking images, and a great name for a band."
Nick Cave tweets!
The Q&A did not start well. His disdain for the process was quite clear as he said wearily on one six-second clip: “Whatever it is I’ve been roped into doing, I’m starting now.”

The first response, to whether he hated the event, also proved particularly apt: “I am hating this… beyond measure and I haven’t even started yet.” He later said the whole process was “bullshit”.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Commited to the cloud". why does that sound like a huge mistake?

Substance McGravitas said...

I'm sure Google knows enough horrible stuff about you already. Can more make a difference?

Anonymous said...

they already know I'm partial to low interest loans and hot moms in my area. My impotence was a closely held secret

mikey said...

The interesting thing about "The Cloud" is not how it delivers software, but rather how it decouples compute capabilities from capital expenditures. An organization seeking to make discoveries no longer has to spend millions of dollars on a supercomputer or ten thousand blade servers, but can rather just turn on that compute capability, use it and turn it off.

If you can't get excited about the immediate and nearly infinite availability of compute resources you're really not seeing the future...

Anonymous said...

i guess I'm thinking ROM not RAM. I see the future. I just don't trust it

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Oooo, I see a SERIOUS Nonny-mikey throwdown on the horizon! And me without popcorn.

M. Bouffant said...

I knew that the events on which Argo was based involved Canadians being nice & helping, but didn't know they'd written all of you out of the fucking flick.

I hope this teaches y'all a lesson about ever helping the vicious creeps to your south again.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

So... someone could have Genesis Porridge for breakfast, and a Genesis Death Sandwich for lunch... is there a Genesis-themed dinner food?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I hope this teaches y'all a lesson about ever helping the vicious creeps to your south again.

Or you could just stop going to the movies. Works for me.

Substance McGravitas said...

is there a Genesis-themed dinner food?

Lamb?

Smut Clyde said...

didn't know they'd written all of you out of the fucking flick.

Also the NZ embassy -- rewritten from being "supportive and helpful" to being "cowardly and unhelpful". That is why we are boycotting Argo in NZ. No, not really.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

is there a Genesis-themed dinner food?

Lamb?


Lies!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

He later said the whole process was “bullshit”.

You know who else said that?

That's right...
~

Another Kiwi said...

We do not speak of 'Argo' in this house.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

[i]Lamb?[/i]

Oo, I thought that was a bit predictable.


Also, it is a bit hostile to post Jewel videos at us.

tigris said...

We do not speak of 'Argo' in this house.

Kiwi and the Argo-nots?

wiley said...

jimmy carter didn't forget the canadians

Substance McGravitas said...

I must, then, link to this in tribute.