How much exercise does it take to work off that excess and/or not so good food you allowed yourself? A week after getting my first ever smart watch, I have a means to find out, and I want to share it for anybody looking to get an idea for themselves. It will be different for everybody due to the exercise, challenges in the exercise, their size, body mass index, and so on. It won’t be exact, but it might be as good an estimate as you’re going to get without all the medical gear. And I’ll also test the joke I’ve been telling myself for decades that I can run a mile per Canadian dollar spent at McDonald’s to run off any McDonald’s that I eat (within 24, if not 48 hours max). This should be interesting! But before we go on, a serious disclaimer.
As of Thursday morning in Australia, Facebook has blocked all news content from around the world to be shared on its social media platform! There was an Australian law set to go into effect where Facebook, and other social media platforms, would have to pay fees to news publishers for news content shared on their platforms, either in deals directly with the publishers, or directly to the Australian government. Google has complied, as described in this BBC article with Robert Murdoch’s News Corporation, among others. Facebook, meanwhile, has opted to go the other way, which, as far as I’m concerned, is bad news for Facebook unless it changes because I don’t think it’s going to win this one… and this could be the first step in likely many, to Facebook’s demise. I’m not saying that demise will happen fast or anything, as they’ll go down fighting, but if they stick to this mentality, they’ll be going down because unlike other big tech giants, they don’t have a lot of other revenue sources than advertising. That was partly why I proposed Apple build its own privacy-enhanced social media platform, because they have other revenue streams and can “starve out” Facebook. But beyond all that, here are some other consequences to Facebook’s decision.
It’s becoming a trend for Super Bowl commercials to be released online before the Super Bowl, supposedly to “engage” fans rather than just entertaining them for a few moments during the game until the next great commercial comes along and you lose all your attention span. That, plus more people are “watching TV” on mobile devices all the time. This year, here are some of the commercials released early. There are some great ones, and some just weird ones. See who got it right… Continue reading
November 2009 follow-up:
See Taylor’s classy “revenge” with her Saturday Night Live Monologue. 🙂
I’d like to introduce a new word to the dictionaries of modern English and every other language known. But first, a little background for context.
At the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) last Sunday (Sep 13 2009), 19 year old Taylor Swift had just won a Moon Man award in the Best Female Video category for “You Belong With Me”, beating out Beyoncé Knowles‘ “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”. Just a few sentences into her acceptance speech, though, rapper with a serious problem Kanye West came on stage to ruin her moment of a lifetime by interrupting her with a rant on how Beyoncé’s video should have won. Just watch about 90 seconds of the video below and ignore the rest to see. (Here’s a “nice try” to Viacom International, who has tried hard to eradicate every clean version of the video online, without all the fan rants. Ignorant old skool thinkers!)
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Kanye’s was about as classless an act as I have ever seen or heard about, and definitely the most classless of public acts I’ve ever seen or heard about. It was so bad I don’t have words to describe it! So to do that, I’d like to propose a new word for the English language… or any other language for that matter cause I don’t think any language has a word for it yet.
adj. as classless as possible, humanly or otherwise;
n. as classless an act as possible, humanly or otherwise.
Kind of like that was SO Kanye, or don’t pull a Kanye, man!
YouTube reactions to Kanye’s outburst just a couple of days later have been so fierce I had a lot of trouble just finding a video of the incident! Go ahead, try it! Just about everything about it that’s searchable about the incident on YouTube gives a video that is a reaction with people swearing up and down in tirades even worse than Kanye’s backstage meltdown following the incident (serious warning of offensive language!) However, Viacom wasn’t able to find everything so I have the videos here. Nice try!
On Twitter, Amy Grindhouse has amassed a nice collection of reactions among the famous. I must say I liked Pink‘s the most.
“Kanye west is the biggest piece of shit on earth. Quote me.”
As you wish, Pink one!
Even President Barack Obama weighed in, calling Kanye “a jackass”! Mind you, it was off the record (hear it onTMZ). Was. To be fair, though, the Prez was in a conversation where Ted Moran, the reporter, asked if Obama’s daughters were as upset as he was over the Kanye West/Taylor Swift incident. Some people might think that inappropriate of him, but I thought it was great. Maybe having the Prez call you a jackass will help change Kanye… though I know it’s going to take a lot more than that!
Kanye has since apologized, but he missed the point. He apologized on his blog and on Jay Leno (waste of time even to provide a link), rather than to Taylor. It was only after Taylor appeared on The View the day after to talk about it, telling the nation Kanye had not reached out in any way, that it ever occurred to him he maybe should apologize to the person he hurt. No class just like everything before it.
Luckily for MTV, the night ended with some major class. During Beyoncé acceptance speech, she invited Taylor to come up to have her moment. Viacom, again, has tried hard to remove the video. Something about 4 reruns of the show already planned for lots of money had to do with it, I think. But not good enough, I’m afraid, Viacom!
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As for that sweetheart Taylor, she also reacted with class. No retribution or anything. Just told it like it was.
“I was standing on stage and I was really excited, because I’d just won the award, and then I was really excited because Kanye West was on stage, and then I wasn’t excited anymore after that.”
— Taylor Swift
Now there’s a genuine, good ole country girl!
No wonder people love her so much!
Oh, she also had to perform 5 minutes after the incident and she handled it like the pro she is!
The Generation One Autobot icons below appeared in the cartoon series from 1984 to 1986. Their names have a double digit after them indicate the year of their debut. History and most of the artwork were courtesy of Adam Botch the Crab’s Transformers Box Art Archive. More information on each Autobot can be found at the archive or Wikipedia. In the latter, there a pretty good sized entry for most of the Transformers! It’s all very fascinating if you love the franchise, though rather violent with the comic book sagas where Transformers have their heads blown off, literally!
I have added a bit more punch to most of the artwork scans (i.e. a tad more contrast and saturation). I have also converted them to 256 pixel square pictures, with the graphic as large as possible, for use as avatars, buddy icons and profile pictures. You can use these pretty much for any application, including blogging avatars, since most don’t need a graphic as large as 256 pixels. Facebook and MySpace tend to max that out.
To get an icon:
- Click on the thumbnail you want to get it at full size
(there is NO grey trim on the downloadable picture).
- Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
- Upload it to your Facebook or other profiles.
- Click the Back button on your browser to come back to here or click the thumbnails below the picture to move on to the next picture.
- Come back another day whenever you feel like using a new one, or download them all now!
- Please click here for a complete list of avatars, buddy icons and themed Facebook profile pictures on this site (see blue header near bottom of destination page).
- Avatars, buddy icons and Facebook profile pictures
- Collectible Trading Cards (print like regular 6″ x 4″ photo)
- Facebook tagging pictures
- Posters (18″ x 24″)
- Wallpapers of many sizes
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.1