"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Friday, April 10, 2009

Links of the Day

"Teabagging" Events Planned - The conservative moment has found something to rally around as they plan "Teabagging" parties to complain about upcoming tax plans. Keep in mind the Democratic plan is to decrease the taxes for bottom 95% of Americans but to offset that, increase for the top 5%. I.E., the rich pay more. Oddly though it seems those least effected (except Fox News, whose pay rates would effect all on air "talent") are most against it thus the parties hosted by Fox News personalities. Below Rachel Maddow talks about it. If you’re wondering about the clear humor and double entendres are about, well for a while now teabagging has a whole different meaning that Fox News apparently isn't aware of, "a slang term for the act of a man placing his testicles in the mouth[1] or on or around the face (including the top of the head) of another person, often in a repeated in-and-out motion as in irrumatio." Once you know that definition, the Fox News coverage gets a whole lot funnier.

Time Warner Lays Out Pricing Plan - Basically for those that like to download movies, you could be hit with up to a $150 bill per month for internet access. How? Well do you really know how much data you download and upload in a single day? Yeah I don't either. Now currently the cap is only in a few areas but don't fool yourself, this is like printing money for the company (everyone pays the same or more for the same services) so this will be companywide by the end of the summer. If you have alternatives available, you might want to start trying them out now.

Batman: Arkham Asylum Collector's Edition - I don't even own a PS3 or 360 yet I might have to get this set just for the 14'' Batarang that comes with it. The only problem is there is no indication of what the 'rang is made of (plastic or metal). The set will also come with behind the scenes DVD, Doctor's Journal (with leather dust jacket), and other sweet items. It is also going to cost around $100 and listed as getting released on June 23rd.

iPhone App Store Nearing 1 Billion Downloads - Considering the service isn't even two years old that is pretty darn good number to hit in such a short time and shows how ubiquitous the iPhone has already become. Makes me wish I had saved money to buy stock back in 2000 when I knew the iPod was going to be a hit. Keep an eye on the link because the one billionth downloaders could win prices. At the rate the dial is climbing my guess is that day will be around the 18th or 19th of April.

Syringe Removed After 31 Years - A Chinese man, Lao Du, finally removed a syringe piece that had been "lost" in his rear after breaking off for 31 years. He finally had to have it removed when he started experiencing pain for the last 5 years. I am curious to know why it took that long for it to become a problem.

Selling Used as New Illegal? - That is a question GameStop has to be concerned with as it appears that employees sometimes do that. The report indicates its part of a lending practice at stores were friends and works will borrow a new game, play it then sell it to customers as new when done with it. All I know is the few times I try to buy a new game from GameStop (unless on day of release) the game is often "opened" but being sold at a new price. Since GameStop no longer does "extra" with game releases I simply stopped buying from them and problem solved.

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