Perhaps you are one of the more than 45,000 people currently following a Twitter page called Twitter.com/BPGlobalPR. This, for those who are wading, rather than sailing, through the week, is not an officially sanctioned site.
You see, it been created by those who believe that BP is a company polluted by venal perpetrators of environmental disaster.
Hark at its first tweet, which was offered on May 19: "We regretfully admit that something has happened off of the Gulf Coast. More to come." Soon, this Twitter page, purporting to represent the folks who are "Beyond … Read more
It is hard to understand why some enterprising TV company hasn't already created a game show called "Breach of Privacy." This would entail people telling their stories of the most egregious ways in which their privacy was removed from them, with viewers voting for the winners.
Stephen Conroy, Australia's Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, would surely be a worthy contestant. In a senate committee that was set up to discuss Internet filtering, Conroy reportedly became so fired up that he was unable to keep his views about Google to himself.
Is there a more painful and stupefying feeling than when a good guy turns out to be a bad guy? My girlfriends tell me they can always see it coming. The thing is, they only tell me that after the event, when the formerly good guy has revealed that he's married, in debt, or even worse, an insurance broker.
This past week, Google went out of its way at its I/O Conference to suggest that a company it once thought of as being just this side of Tom Hanks, Apple, represented a "Draconian future, a future where … Read more
One of AT&T's new TV spots seems to be covering itself with something considerably less than glory, as all sorts of people toss accusations of, if not plagiarism, then at least strange insensitivity.
The spot is the one where large orange-colored drapes are tossed over buildings and beaches to prove that the company covers 97 percent of all known germs. Oh, wait, perhaps I've muddled a couple of ads up. But I've embedded it for your satisfaction.
When this ad first emerged a few days ago, the art world's beady Cyclopian eye bulged like … Read more
You knew it had to happen some time. But now that the time has come, it's hard not to feel sad. According to MacRumors, and confirmed by a visit to the Apple site, the company has removed the "Get a Mac" ads from its site and now transfers visitors to a more prosaic "Why You'll Love a Mac" area.
Actor Justin Long had rather let the horse pull away from the cart last month, when he floated the idea that the "Get a Mac" campaign was done.
Still, the removal of the ads from the site does feel a little like the removal of a president's statues from an Eastern European city's main square in preparation for the introduction of a new regime.
As Google showed with such unusually biting vigor this week, it now considers Apple its Darth Vader, something that seems to consign the Apple/Microsoft contretemps to the level of a mere old-school video game. … Read more
I cannot predict (though I can dream it) Kobe Bryant being sunk by Los Suns de Phoenix in the NBA playoffs. Can the alleged Superman Dwight Howard defeat those hardy assailants from Boston? My heart says probably not. My brain says absolutely, positively no way in this lifetime or any other.
But these are mere emotions. They fail us. And the more our emotions fail us, the more money the left-brainers make. (Look at Google, having invaded our laptops, now marching its armies toward our TVs.)
Yet what is lovely about some left-brainers, especially mathematicians beyond Wall Street, is that … Read more
Australia, once a country of rather basic mien, has made great strides in the direction of culture. It makes wine that can mostly be ingested without indigestion. It even occasionally qualifies for the World Cup.
However, I wonder whether a newly noticed Australian cultural wrinkle might set the country back in the perceptions of many international travelers.
The national barometer, the Sydney Morning Herald, is alerting visitors to Australia that their laptops, and indeed the rest of their luggage, might now be searched for porn.
It seems to have taken the Australian Sex Party, which does much sterling work--including promoting green sex toys--to first notice a change to those little cards that aliens must sign before entering one of the jewels of Pacific Rim exploration.
Since September of last year, visitors have been required to answer whether they are carrying "pornography" on their person, place, or thing. This seems a something of a hoary question, as my dim knowledge of such things suggests that some pornography is, indeed, legal.
Perhaps some will be changing their travel plans when they hear that Australian customs officials confirmed to the Herald that they do now have the power to peek inside your laptop, iPhone, or even iPad and check whether you might have some naughty images or, even better, movies.
Others will be relieved that the customs officials declared that they will apply "tact and discretion." Which, presumably would mean no loud exclamations including the words "Cor!" "Blimey!" and "Sheila!"… Read more
Just when you thought Apple was an unstoppable beast, you come across this distressing news. No, Apple hasn't changed the name of the iPhone 4G to the iPhone 4Gizmodo. It's far more worrisome than that.
You see, Carrie Bradshaw, who has spent so many hours penning so much angst to so many troubled souls, has decided she can no longer do that on a Mac. The new "Sex and the City" movie, tantalizingly named "Sex and the City 2," will see the newly married Mrs. Big stroking her fingers along the keys of something made by HP and powered--oh, yes--by Windows.
How can one be sure of this? Well, just look at this new HP advert featuring Carrie's alter ego, Sarah Jessica Parker, she who is proudly multitasking while an ad for the new movie hangs glorious in the end frame. And, well, the New York Post says so.
I know many among you will be disturbed by this development. After all, the only reason some people bought a Mac is that they saw Carrie Bradshaw using one.
Some can still remember the very day they witnessed that crushing moment when Carrie's Mac crashed and she took it along to TechServe. The kind and thoughtful tech explained to her very simply why her relationship with Aidan would never work. Yes, he was a PC guy.… Read more