Okay, Rev Jackson has made another stoooopid statement.

Adidas had plans to made a midtop shoe called JS Roundhouse Mids.
There were going to be “so hot you will lock your kicks to your ankles.”

The shoes had jail house orange (rubber) chains and shackles.

“The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation, where blacks were considered three-fifths human by our Constitution is offensive, appalling and insensitive. Removing the chains from our ankles and placing them on our shoes is no progress. … These slave shoes are odious and we as a people should be called to resent and resist them.”

Is the good reverend trying to assert that sneakers are for black’s only?

Has he become so overly sensitized that he sees oppression and racism in everything around him?

Geek Pride Day

Okay, today is Geek Pride Day.

It is a home run for geeks:
It is Towel Day (You Dougles Admas fans), The anniversary of the release of Star Wars, Glorious 25 May from Discworld, and major geek factor for today’s date. . .
5 + 25 + 12 = 42

If you fail to grasp the significance of 42, then you may well have your geek union card revoked.

It’s 5+25+12=42! Do you know where your towel is? Grab your lilacs, towel, or pin & win loot: http://j.mp/KI2olG #GeekPrideDay

Is reality about to slap the shit out of Apple?

I know that some here are quite happy with their Apple products.

It is also no secret my disdain for Apple, the typical Apple user’s attitudes, and Apple’s products.

I think the only product that I have found useful and worth owning is the iPod.  After having being urged to add the term “macitude” to the Urban Dictionary, I have finally gotten around to submitting it, and await approval for the definition.

Anyway Apple has been taking heat for the conditions that the employees in it’s factories deal with.

The Mac OS “just always works” and they never get viruses… I hear it all the time. I have had callers respond with the tone that I must be an idiot, since I think that it may be possible that their machine may need a restart or could be infected. It pisses me off to no end.  You think that an Apple can’t get a virus? fuck off and do some reading. Granted, the Apple platform is nowhere near as easy to infect, does to its closed nature. Google three words; Apple, Flashback, virus. It was a virus that affected some 600k Apples last month.

Oh by the way, the first virus to pose a problem for Apple machines was created in 1982. It was called the Elk Cloner virus.

Apple (and Microsoft, Amazon and others) is moving toward cloud computing. This is is a scary thing for us old timers. What if you cannot get a connection to the internet? You are screwed. What if the cloud becomes infected, you are even more screwed.

When an iPhone, iPad, etc get updates, there is always the chance that it will toggle your incoming email protocol, from pop to imap. Oh, but it just works… until it doesn’t.

Apple is having to resort to more frequent updates, because they are not keeping their code as tight as they used to.

People in some respects are tired of paying too much for them.

Finding botnets running on the Apple platform is becoming more common. It is said that the only reason that Apple’s don’t show up as infected as often is due to their small market share.

The Chief Technology Officer at Kaspersky  Labs declared that “the Mac OS is really vulnerable”.

Hmmm… will reality make a virtual slap for Apple sting like one in the physical world?

 

 

Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys

I am saddened to hear the passing of Adam Yauch.

One less Beastie Boy. . . Their Album Licensed to Ill was an anthem during my high school years.

“Now my name is M.C.A., I’ve got a license to kill
I think you know what time it is, it’s time to get ill
Now what do we have here, an outlaw and his beer
I run this land, you understand, I make myself clear.”

 

He will be missed, by many, as well as by me.

RIP Adam

SOPA version 2? Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Well this week it is expected that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act will hit the floor for debate and perhaps a vote.

Folks, you do not want this act to pass.

In my daily role as an Abuse Specialist, this act could provide me with further job security. I do not want job security this way. This is another invasive maneuver that is being pressed by big business not the best interest of the populace.

If you look down the list of supporters it is very curious who and why they are on the list.

Why does Facebook support this?

LOL Russia Today reports that “This is worse than SOPA”. When the Russians see it is bad, they have quite the measuring stick to use.

An anonymous Obama administration official told the hill… “the companies that run the Internet would no longer be accountable to the laws that protect privacy,” and could possibly “disclose very broadly, private sensitive information to the government.”

The bill is not really like SOPA, but it will screw us hard and we the people are tied of not getting dinner and kisses before we get fucked, let alone without lube.

420 – certainly a much celebrated topic

.

Before I start I want to take a moment to remember that this is the anniversary of the shooting at Columbine HS. God rest their souls.

 

April 20th, 4/20, 4:20… It has become such a strong cultural (perhaps just sub-cultural) reference.

putting four and twenty together often causes snickers from teens.

Can you think of good cannabis related songs? I am not looking for a collection of links to videos either.

I would much prefer the titles, maybe with the artist if you know it.

 

Here, I will start it off with a favorite of mine: The Devil Went To Jamaica. (I wish I knew it well enough to do that one at the bar, but with the regular lyrics on the screen just to hold the surprise.)

 

Rest in Peace Dick Clark

Rest in Peace Dick Clark

Thank you for all of those years helping to form music as we know it.

Thank you for helping bring News Years in with grand fashion and pleasure.

You have been a fixture in the television/music industry for so long.

Looking at the amount of work he has done, it is incredible.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0163863/

I don’t even want to try to list all of his work.

 

My heart goes out to his friends and family.

It is a shame to see you go.

 

(I beat KATU to this story)

Impending Catastrophic Event

Will you bug in, or bug out? Or neither?

What do you predict the event to be?

Have you prepared, or are you planning to at some point?

 

Bullies

We are seeing a huge push to stamp out bullying.

Bullying is human nature, is it good? I see no reason for it to be good for anyone, even the bullies.

Do we need to add another layer of laws to address the bullies behaviors? Don’t the existing laws cover it?

Or are our kids so pampered that we cannot let little Johnnie Or Jenni handle situations on their own? Can we not teach them how to handle those situations?

What is going to happen with they get out into the world and have tough things happen to them?

Our kids need to be raised to have a spine…

Mega-metal show tonight

Tonight at the Back Alley, we are having six majorly heavy metal bands play.

The cover is 5 dollars.

Also appearing (but not on stage) is the best bouncer in Vancouver. We don’t know if I am working  the door or near the stage.

Simon Says Die will be making a video tonight.