I feel it in my bones. I am going to have a lot to say today. So, this is going to get set up for all-day writing. And here we go …
- Huffington Post recently ran a story about teens who use Facebook and social media are more likely to smoke, drink and use drugs. The lede: Is Facebook the new gateway drug? My response: Facebook is as much a gateway drug as Marilyn Manson was the cause for Columbine.
- Yesterday, I used some harsh language toward Idiot-boy, I mean, Bloomberg after reading about this on CNN. For the people who sacrificed so much, how can you just blow them off during the biggest ceremony. Oh, but it’s OK because he’s going to memorialize them at the smaller ceremonies. Prick.
“Beats me.” — That’s what the masochist said when asked why he hangs around the sadist.
Steve Jobs has resigned.
Here’s his Letter of Resignation:
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple”s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Jobs still a part of the company as he’s been elected Chairman of the Board.
Per Apple’s succession plan, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook has been named the successor and Cook will join the board effective immediately.
What does this mean? Well, nothing really. Other than the fact that there’s a new person at the very, very top, there’s really no change. Although, NH Investment & securitiesCo.analyst Seo Won Seok says Cook “may try to improve the relationship with Samsung.” In case you haven’t been keeping up, Apple banned Samsung from selling smartphones and tablets inAustraliaand the European Union to name a few international places. HTC, Sony and Nokia are, undoubtedly, breathing a sigh of relief as this may ease the tremendous competitive pressure. I didn’t say it would — I said it may.
- Take a gander at Jillian Lauren’s piece over at Greg Olear’s Fathermucker blog. It’s fantastically crafted and is sure to make you laugh. Can I just say that I LOVE the fact that I’ve been involved as a reader and a member of the book club over at The Nervous Breakdown. I’ve gotten the chance to read very good writers in their books and on the site itself. And, in some cases, in their personal blogs, too. It’s tremendous to be a part of something like that. For me, it’s very special. On that note, take a peek to the right; you’ll see three blogs that I read religiously no thanks to TNB. And there are a couple more to be added, too.
- Webster’s has announced new words for its College Edition:— Americana (1841): genre of American music with roots in early folk and country music.
— boomerang child (1988): young adult who returns to live at her family home, especially for financial reasons.
— bromance (2004): a close nonsexual friendship between men.
— continuous positive airway pressure (1975): abbreviated CPAP; a technique for relieving breathing problems (as those associated with sleep apnea or congestive heart failure) by pumping a steady flow of air through the nose to prevent the narrowing or collapse of air passages or to help the lungs to expand.
— cougar (1774): slang term for a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man.
— crowdsourcing (2006): the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, especially from the online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.
— duathlon (1988): a three-part long-distance race typically having a running phase, a bicycling phase and a final running phase.
— fist bump (1996): a gesture in which two people bump their fists together, as in greeting or celebration.
— helicopter parent (1989): a parent who is overly involved in the life of his or her child.
— m-commerce (1997): business transactions conducted by using a mobile electronic device, such as a cellphone.
— parkour (2002): the sport of traversing environmental obstacles by running, climbing or leaping rapidly and efficiently.
— robocall (1993): a telephone call from an automated source that delivers a pre-recorded message to a large number of people.
— social media (2004): forms of electronic communication, such as websites for social networking and microblogging, through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal message and other content such as videos.
— tweet (1768): a post made on the Twitter online message service.
— walk-off (1990): ending a baseball game immediately by causing the winning run to score for the home team in the bottom of the last inning, i.e., a walk-off homer. Also, won by the home team in the bottom of the last inning, i.e., a walk-off win.
Always nice when the dictionary FINALLY catches up to everyday lexicon. Way to catch up, guys.
- After lunch, and … yep. Been thinking about the best produced record of all time. It has to be either “Sgt. Pepper’s” or “Abbey Road” by The Beatles. Could it be “Aja” by Steely Dan, maybe. I much prefer the former to the latter, though. Your thoughts?
- Months and months ago, I was a “believer” in a Jonathan Davis project on a website called Sellaband. He recorded a show on his solo tour with the SFA (Simply Fucking Amazings) in England and went through Sellaband to set it up so fans can buy into the project with a promise of receiving goods. In turn, the money the fans were submitting was supposed to offset production costs. Ha. All of a sudden, things haven’t been shipped out to the Sellaband people who bought into it, but people are getting it from Amazon.com or FYE. I am pretty pissed off. How can he allow his name get dragged through the mud like this. And before anybody can say “He didn’t know that would happen,” why wait for this long (since April) for his legal team to get involved. Doesn’t he have a manger that backs him? Doesn’t he have a label that backs him? Absolutely fucking absurd.
- Nature is a whore — one of my favorite lines from Kurt Cobain. Certainly true, as Hurricane Irene and her Category 3 ass is scheduled to create some havoc on the East coast. Bleh.
- That pretty much concludes the all-day blogging experiment. Hope you’ve enjoyed yourself. I may do this more often as it’s an easy way to let a ton of things out throughout the day and actually have a good way to pinpoint what you were thinking when you were thinking it.