DJMcloud Podcast 81 – It has a little story

‘Sneaky sneakster.’ / “Maybe the environment creating the expression of the genetic propensity.” / “Caught the attention of a lot of people around the world–I think.” / “They seem to see a world that other people don’t see.” / ‘This false reality..’ / “Her embrace of radical, nontraditional ideas.” / “The reasons for that are not outlined well.” / “A protest of the repressive culture.”

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Tim O’Reilly asked me if he ran over my dog.  [I don’t own a dog.  I do have birds.]  Who thinks about stuff like that?  Was he trying to be funny?  Or…?  Anyway here’s what I said that got him so defensive:

I was excited to read the attack piece on @timoreilly by @evgenymorozov until I realized it was like a bad book report on software politics. [link]

Blending the smug-rich-guy-meme-maker of today‘s @timoreilly with the biz-shilling-publishing-hype-man 90s version is lazy @evgenymorozov [link]

So I’m really sharing my distaste for a disappointing article written about O’Reilly, which (as I interpreted it) started with a deceptively easy goal: expose the mushy hype at the core of the publishing magnate’s thinking by considering his own words.  A goal at which I thought it mostly failed [when I despaired of it being any good and clicked away halfway though.]  After O’Reilly’s lame reply I continued:

@timoreilly: @pacificpelican @evgenymorozov So did I run over your dog too?” No. I just don’t like the way you launder & amplify bad ideas. [link]

Which is true.  Though I would have hoped that classics scholar O’Reilly would have worked in a Cerberus reference when talking about dogs.  Anyway I continued:

I stopped caring about what @timoreilly says a long time ago. I had hoped @evgenymorozov would convince other smart people to do the same. [link]

Instead the article by @evgenymorozov was so poorly constructed and easily part-refuted by @timoreilly from his perch at G+ that I wondered. [link]

I don’t really care, as I said, and I think that eventually a lot of thinking people are going to realize what he’s up to.  But in the Google+ post he wrote linking to it, O’Reilly went as far as to say he found the Morozov article “entertaining and informative.”  Two things he consistently fails to be.

New Yorker article about feminist writer Shulamith Firestone.

Tila Tequila on World War 3.

Assassin of Youth” movie from 1937.

Topless female protesters in Germany call Putin a dictator.

Tunisia’s ‘Amina Tyler and other subsequent protests by women.

The Dorse Issue #1 for May 2013.

On The Hunt” video by @gemllama.

Jason from Henderson.”

DJMcloud Podcast LXXX – Members of the co-op are supposed to volunteer

“Maybe half-read it.” / “A lot of crop circles.” / ‘You can start by not believing the people who lied to you before.’ / “They’re buying that audience.” / ‘If you are an alcoholic, you need pizza.’ / “I’m not sure if one side of him is already in heaven, or what.” / “Android seems to be where they get a lot of their identity from.”

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Video: Michael Moore: “[Iranian president] Ahmadinejad is building a bomb?  I’ll believe it, you know, when he walks in the room here with it and shows it to me!”

Apple now requires 1400×1400 images for podcast artwork, so I made a California palm trees picture with birds on a stoplight the new DJMcloud podcast logo.  


Is the new Gmail compose window (at the bottom right) a good idea?  (No.)

The DJMcloud Podcast soundboard has some new audio files added to it.  The episode number for this podcast has been moved up to 80 (LXXX) since it is actually the 80th episode in the series when including episodes 0 and 10.1.

Amazon buys book social network Goodreads, which includes a laughable readers’ top-rated books list filled with garbage.

@_FloridaMan tweets about the “real-life stories of the world’s worst superhero.”

A book is out called “A Story of God and All of Us: A Novel Based on the Epic TV Miniseries ‘The Bible.'”

Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk “suffered a massive stroke last year and later told the press that three angels had appeared at his hospital bedside to ask if he was ready to join them in heaven.”

King of the Hill: ‘Raise the Steaks‘ episode.

Neo-Prohibitionist propaganda falls by wayside as a majority of Americans favor marijuana legalization.

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DJMcloud Podcast 77 – I heard Portishead the other day

“Get rid of the guy who won the Cy Young.” / “I think I talked over the swear.” / “It auto-plays her music sort of like a Myspace page.” / ‘And it’s really cold.’ / “Semi-hidden functionality.” / ‘Fans got a little upset, but, you know.’ / “That person with her office uptown.” / “The same stupid video tricks.” / “A more metallic kind of look.” / “Not just Moondance.”

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Chicago Tribune: “The owner of a scrap company where the remains of several school buses were found after being stolen from the Far South Side has been charged with illegal possession of auto titles, police said.”

4-year old in Union, New Jersey found living with days-old dead body, trying to care for it by applying lotion.

Ohio’s “Average Homeboy” has a Kickstarter.

And singer Megan Zurkey has a Kickstarter.

Will the Cleveland Indians home opener be another soggy letdown this year?

New pause/skip interface in iOS 6.1 when double-tapping the home button while audio is playing–looks nicer but moved to the top.

Looking at replacements for Google Reader:

Feedly: syncs quickly with Google account and grabs feeds; claims it will survive the end of Google Reader; offers Android, iOS, Kindle and Chrome apps.

The Old Reader: says it’s based on, well, the old [Google] Reader. Imports feeds (supposedly–has taken days for me and is still not there) based on XML file exported via Google Takeout.

More on Google Reader being shut down: Why should anyone trust Google now to keep their data?

Neener song “Gravitons” was played on the Rathole Radio podcast last September.

The river downtown in Chicago – an iconic location, a difficult photographic target

I wandered around East Wacker Drive in Chicago when staying at a nearby hotel recently. Hoping to meet Jessica during a break from her conference, I walked across the Chicago River on the Michigan Avenue bridge and found her at the U of C conference facility’s cafeteria. When she was due to return for the afternoon sessions, I walked back to the hotel on the other side of the river and, despite the sprinkling of rain that prevented me from bringing my Nikon camera, I used my iPhone 4S to capture a few photos.
Some of the photos I took were interesting from a technical perspective–for example, an upriver shot was not at all beautiful aesthetically given the appalling architecture on the north bank there before the bend but which still revealed an interesting artifact of the 4S’s depth of field and where it ends along the river where detail of buildings offers a rich test of the issue where many deep backgrounds offer only gradients and sameness.
But there were a few I liked because they looked good, more or less. The images are compelling to me–but I have had to sadly reject the only photo in the group that was lined up the way I liked, because it was too dark and some 45 degrees off of where it should have been aimed–but that would have made it mis-aligned too. I don’t know.

downtown Chicago #1 (Michigan Avenue)

downtown Chicago #2

downtown Chicago #3

DJMcloud Podcast 76 – the minute it comes out

‘I want your content give it to me the minute it comes out.’ / ‘What can he really do?’ / “Background color gradation on the way the staircase is painted.” / ‘Nestled up there, just at the base of the hills.’ / “It’s so key.” / ‘Along the promenade…sleepy little beach town.’ / “I took a phone camera picture.” / “Marginal value in taking all this data down.” / “It’s just a lot more direct.”

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show notes [recorded March 13, 2013; hosted by me and Jessica]

LA: HollywoodWatts Towersobeliskcolored stairs; Venice Beach; pelican at Long Beach.

Al fresco dining.

Newly elected Pope is a Jesuit.

Google Reader RSS client is shutting down.

DJMcloud Podcast 75 – Not claiming to be without the power

“More in prison than anybody” / “These pointless and obviously corporate messaging vehicles.” / “We’re all over north Africa.” / “They’re certainly not claiming to be without the power to kill Americans without trial on U.S. soil with drones or otherwise.” / “Convince people around the world to divest.” / ‘That’s pretty easy to do nowadays.’

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show notes – recorded February 23, 2013

Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions.

SodaStream profits from the occupation of Palestine.

British MP George Galloway walks out of a debate with an Israeli at Oxford.

Juan Cole: “Top Five Reasons Israel is Losing the Public Relations Battle.”

Thomas Gideon: “The idea of a hacker.”

That is the evil empire.”

Barack Obama’s administration seems to think that it has the authority to kill Americans on U.S. soil without trial.

CNET can continue to distribute BitTorrent software.

DJMcloud Podcast 74 – I don’t know, USB or FireWire

“Doctrinal disputes, real or imagined.” / “Maybe it’s more about anticipating what Apple PR thinks??” / “I should get a better tripod.”

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I wondered what happened to the stock manipulation claims. Rene Ritchie of tweeted this in response to me: “Stock manipulation seems to be continuing though, if yesterday’s Foxconn story is any indicator.”

Apple investor wants to get some value out of the company’s massive cash horde: “On a conference call with investors and reporters, David Einhorn, founder of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, laid out the case for something he calls ‘iPrefs,’ a class of dividend-bearing preferred stock.”

Pope Benedict was an arrogant extremist who started an ugly crusade against American nuns, undermined Vatican II & served in Hitler youth.

Nuns are one of the few parts of the church where you will find some Progressives. This pope started a witch hunt against these women.

Cleveland Browns owner is an investor in fracking.

Late Night Alumni – “My Awake.”