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We only use TV 3.0 at home

tcr! · Dec 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

TV 3.0 is already here - I, Cringely

TV 3.0 is already here - I, Cringely

We all know television is bound to enter a new era sooner or later. Heck, I’ve written dozens of columns on the subject over my 17 years in this job. But this is the first time I feel confident in saying when this TV transition will take place. It already has. Forces are already in motion that will completely transform TV over the next 24 months. Come back two years from today and it will all be different with at least a few new leaders and a few icons gone bust. Get ready for TV 3.0.

Seriously… We watch everything on Apple TV or over AirPlay with the exception of the something like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The latter comes over the air via HDTV.

#tv

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Dec 9th, 2014 at 5:44:57 pm

tcr! · Dec 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm

A not-so-famous baker once said to me, “Even if you do like cake, don’t go working in a bakery unless you wanna fuck around with cakes for the rest of your life.”

#protip

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Dec 8th, 2014 at 6:28:21 pm

tcr! · Dec 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Nothing to report.. Too busy on the work front. :-(

#random #worknews

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Berlin Wall wasn’t supposed to fall?

tcr! · Dec 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm

How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Really Happened

How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Really Happened

This misreading of the actual fall of the wall is, at best, incomplete; at worst, it’s dangerous, contributing to the belief that American leaders can go “from Berlin to Baghdad,” shaping world events while ignoring the complex realities of the locals.

In truth, the opening of the Berlin Wall on the night of Nov. 9, 1989, was not planned. Well into that year, East Germany remained nearly inescapable: The last killing by a guard at the wall occurred in February 1989; the last shooting, a very near miss, in April; the last death during an escape attempt on the larger East German border, only 10 days earlier.

So what happened to make this heavily armed border open literally overnight? The answer lies in a series of mistakes by East German officials. These errors threw off dangerous sparks into the tense atmosphere of autumn 1989, already supercharged by the conflict between the rise of an East German resistance movement and the collapse of the ruling regime.

#politics

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm

jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

i know EXACTLY how Joey felt: my brain has hung upside down often. i always need something to slow me down. if there’s one thing that makes me sick it’s when someone tries to hide behind politics.

at best, Regan was criminally ignoring the complaints of the world. at worst, which is where my money is riding, is that he just didn’t give a fukc.

jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

All alone, or in two’s,
The ones who really love you
Walk up and down outside the wall.
Some hand in hand
And some gathered together in bands.
The bleeding hearts and artists
Make their stand.

And when they’ve given you their all
Some stagger and fall, after all it’s not easy
Banging your heart against some mad bugger’s wall.
—Pink Floyd (don’t know if it was david or roger)

jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 8, 2014 at 10:31 pm

that is really what i think, oh btw, which one’s pink?

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Robot and octopus ornaments

tcr! · Dec 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

robot and octopus ornaments

#photos #christmas #robots #tentacles

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 8, 2014 at 10:32 pm

artful, dodger

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Dec 7th, 2014 at 7:30:44 pm

tcr! · Dec 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Peter Pan special with Christopher Walken

I’m not so sure about this Peter Pan special with Christopher Walken.

#photos #tv

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 8, 2014 at 10:34 pm

it was a great idea.
i’ll bet he had a “redneck epiphany”, IE: this won’t end well

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Snow monster chasing snow men

tcr! · Dec 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm

There should be a least one scary Christmas craft.

snow monster chasing snow men

This one was from a couple of years ago. Still planning this year’s terror.

#crafts #photos #christmas

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm

beautiful.

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Three movies you can watch

tcr! · Dec 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

the duchess 2008 poster

The Duchess — the plot was sound and Keira Knightley wasn’t pirate-y. The other characters were solid and I never “left” the movie.


dracula untold 2014 poster

Dracula: Untold — it wasn’t Twilight in the middle ages and Vlad getting around as a bat was the best yet. Ignore the last scene.


lucy 2014 movie poster

Lucy — no love scenes and no kung-fu when it wasn’t needed. Ignore Morgan Freeman.


One movie you can skip: The Maze Runner. Besides “explaining the why” at the end, there’s this.

#movies

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 7, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I saw Lucy. Loved it. I can’t believe I missed those other two. I wasn’t even tempted by the Maze runner.

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Dec 6th, 2014 at 9:07:42 am

tcr! · Dec 6, 2014 at 9:07 am

I should have all the broken email and site links from the codebase update fixed now.

Crossing my fingers… :-P

#tcr #devhell

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Timely commentary from W. Kamau Bell

tcr! · Dec 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm

On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014

On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014

I am afraid of the cops. Absolutely petrified of the cops. Now understand, I’ve never been arrested or held for questioning. I’ve never been told that I “fit the description.” But that doesn’t change a thing. I am afraid of cops the way that spiders are afraid of boots. You’re walking along, minding your own business, and SQUISH! You are dead.

Simply put, I am afraid of the cops because I am black. To raise the stakes even further, I am male. And to go all in on this pot of fear, I am six foot four, and weigh 250 pounds. Michael Brown, the unarmed Missouri 18-year-old shot dead by police this summer, was also six foot four. Depending on your perspective, I could be described as a “gentle giant,” the way that teachers described Brown. Or I could be described as a “demon,” the way that Officer Darren Wilson described Michael Brown in his grand-jury testimony.

I don’t engage in any type of behavior that should place me in a cop’s crosshairs. I don’t live in “one of those neighborhoods,” or hang out with a “bad crowd,” (unless you count comedians). I am not involved in felonious activity. I’m not bragging. I’m just boring. But the fact that I’m not involved in any of that stuff doesn’t leave me any more confident I won’t be killed. That’s because I’ve been endowed with the triple crown of being killed for no good reason: big, black, and male.

#ferguson

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 6, 2014 at 8:31 am

It is way more likely that I will done wrong by white policemen than I will be by black criminals. Period.
I am middle aged, midwestern and so pasty I practically glow in the dark, but I am and always have been afraid of the police.
I became a card carrying avowed racist in Muncie, Indiana, in the early part of the 21st century. I despise white trash. Some kind of holocaust that targeted white republicans on welfare would be a wet dream for me.

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