If you’ve ever met a Swede, chances are you asked her the following question: “What do you think of [ABBA/Ikea/The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/socialized medicine/the Swedish Chef]?”
For Swedes, it’s the last of these questions—the one about the unintelligible, shotgun-wielding, and much beloved chaos Muppet—that is especially vexing.
I know this because it was one of the first questions I asked my Swedish wife when we were introduced. “I don’t see how it’s funny,” she responded in a tone that I took at the time to be an endearingly sarcastic deadpan, but would soon learn was actually an endearingly sincere deadpan.
In advance I’d like to say I am sorry. This is not the ideal situation to first acquaint oneself with someone and I am mortified. Sorry! However, under the circumstance, I feel like you owe me a moment of your time, even though we’ve never meet.
The circumstance being you called me a whore.
Well written, intelligent, and funny letter. A must read.
I don’t know you Alice Moran, but I sure wish I did. You seem awesome.
UPDATE: Changing the link from Facebook to the HuffPo article, just in case people don’t have Facebook and can’t read the article.
UPDATE 2: The Toronto Star is reporting that Ford has “apologized” for her ignorant and insensitive remarks.
I think it’s safe to say they’ve become the Fox News of tech journalism.
Rather than a block quote from the ridiculous article itself, I’m going to quote one of the commenters, JoeSally. Yes, I’m quoting commenters now… What does that say about the article?
This story is an embarrassment - for Gizmodo. You’ve accused actual, identifiable people of crimes and made many damaging allegations against Apple and its employees without a shred of actual evidence beyond the ramblings of a couple of unidentified clowns on IM. No matter how many “me too” emails you may have received since this piece was published, not one of them justifies publishing this piece based on the evidence you had (or rather, didn’t have). This story is a libel suit waiting to happen, and you’ve handed critics of online journalism a great example to support an argument that they shouldn’t believe anything they read at sites like Gizmodo, which is a real shame. Sam, I genuinely hope you learn enough about journalism someday to be deeply ashamed of this piece.
This is a religious nation, but it is also a secular one. For decades the American people have found a way to balance religious beliefs with secular freedoms. We have enjoyed freedom of religion as well as freedom from religion. These need not be incompatible. No one should have to subjugate their religious freedom, and no one should have their personal freedoms infringed. This is America and we must protect the rights of all Americans.
The people want movies. None of Hollywood’s baffling legal constructs will stop the demand. The studios are trying to prevent a dam from bursting by putting up a picket fence.
And if you don’t make your product available legally, guess what? The people will get it illegally. Traffic to illegal download sites has more than sextupled since 2009, and file downloading is expected to grow about 23 percent annually until 2015. Why? Of the 10 most pirated movies of 2011, guess how many of them are available to rent online, as I write this in midsummer 2012? Zero. That’s right: Hollywood is actually encouraging the very practice they claim to be fighting (with new laws, for example).
Piracy is bad, and illegal, blah blah blah, and we all do it. Is it because we feel entitled? Partially. But I can honestly say I much prefer the ease of Netflix and iTunes to legally acquire a film. I tend to turn to The Pirate Bay when those both turn up dead ends (which, lately, hasn’t been very often).
That said, I still prefer a physical media that I can own and ensure I’ll be able to watch again and again without the studios taking it away from me for no good reason.
That said, we tried to watch a movie the other night and were greeted with 2 commercials (not trailers, straight up commercials), 5 trailers (for horrible films I’d never watch), a piracy warning, and a few other un-skippable screens I didn’t care about.
I couldn’t simply press “menu” to start my movie, but instead had to “skip” each advert (and wait for the blu-ray to buffer to the next ad). All said it took 5 minutes to start watching the movie.
If successful, App.net may push Twitter, Facebook, and the rest to better serve their users.
But here’s the thing: I don’t think App.net will succeed.
I hate to be the spoil-sport. The cynic. The asshole. But I prefer to think of myself as the realist. While it’s great that we’re all going gooey over the altruistic underpinnings of the message here, I think honesty is just as important. Actually, it’s more important.
I gotta say, I think I agree with MG here. Twitter never set out to push ads to it’s users, but that’s the way businesses grow. Eventually they have to go this route. You could argue they could add a paid “pro” service to get money but look how well that turned out for Flickr.
Competition is good. I hope app.net succeeds. But there’s a reason Twitter and Facebook are popular and eventually turned to advertisements: it’s the natural way a successful business grows.
I speak of a subtype of militant atheists who I’ll call the “Reddit Atheists.” These are the folks who have, ironically, adopted the attitudes of hardcore evangelicals who try to convert strangers on subway platforms—it’s not enough for them that they don’t believe in God, they want to make sure you don’t believe in God either. Just by being themselves, they make the best case against humanism.
I have (had?) a few friends like this. It’s part of why I consider myself agnostic.
You don’t want to believe? Fine. But you have no right to belittle those who do, just as they have no right to belittle you for choosing not to.
A follow up to yesterday’s article re: online account security. Some great tips here.
Take aways: 2-step authentication for Gmail and any service that offers it (a pain at first but worth it), unique passwords (get 1password to help on that, I’ve bought it 3 times and trust me it’s worth every penny) and the ever so important backup (again I use Carbonite).
Hopefully none of us will ever go through the pain he went through..
I’m also upset that this ecosystem that I’ve placed so much of my trust in has let me down so thoroughly. I’m angry that Amazon makes it so remarkably easy to allow someone into your account, which has obvious financial consequences. And then there’s Apple. I bought into the Apple account system originally to buy songs at 99 cents a pop, and over the years that same ID has evolved into a single point of entry that controls my phones, tablets, computers and data-driven life. With this AppleID, someone can make thousands of dollars of purchases in an instant, or do damage at a cost that you can’t put a price on.
Chilling. That’s the only word to describe this whole tale.
CD two offers fans a rare listen to thirteen additional tracks, 6 of which are previously unreleased demo recordings created at Michael’s personal studio built at his then-home on Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino, California. Also included are all three bonus tracks from the 2001 expanded edition of BAD, the previously un-released French version of Michael performing the classic, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” a high power version of “Speed Demon” remixed by Nero and the brand new remix of “Bad” worked on as an electrifying collaboration between Pitbull and Dutch DJ Afrojack.
Six. Six new unreleased tracks. From an album that started life as a 3-LP set. I guess they’re saving the rest of those for the innumerable re-releases over the coming years (Bad 30, Bad 35, Bad 40, Bad 45, Bad 50…)?
In addition to the complete Wembley Show, the DVD will also contain “The Way You Make Me Feel” from Michael’s July 15th performance at Wembley Stadium. This is the only song not performed on July 16thdue to the late start of that night’s show.
Further proving my theory that the whole “Personal VHS Copy” story is total marketing B.S. Which is fine, I get it, but at least be honest about stuff Sony. Don’t try to pass things over our heads thinking we’re too stupid to figure this stuff out.
Then again, I’m not sure why this should come as any surprise. After all, this is the company that put out an album with 3 potentially illegitimate tracks - tracks that have caused an uproar and divide amongst fans they still haven’t recovered from - after a swirl of controversy when they released the first one as a preview. They could have simply stepped back, dropped the 3 tracks, grabbed 3 others from the archive that there were no doubts about and been on their way. But no. That’s 3 less tracks they’d have for future posthumous releases.
While you can certainly argue that the home theater experience is comparable to that of many standard theaters (and in some cases, much better), IMAX is incomparable. It enhances the magic that made movies so special in the first place.