American TV watchers’ long, awful nightmare is almost over

Headline from here:

Samsung’s New Smart TVs Will Have ‘Finger Gestures’ That Let You Change The Channel By Swiping Through The Air

 Pressing that button to change the channel was inhumane.

And no, we are not now using technology as some sort of self-inflating form of masturbation.

You swipe your screen, and voila, you have power!

All you shiny, happy shallow humps are headed to an early grave

Sub headline from Salon here:

New research suggests that experiencing negative emotions is good for our long-term well-being


In recent years I have noticed an increase in the number of people who also feel guilty or ashamed about what they perceive to be negativity. Such reactions undoubtedly stem from our culture’s overriding bias toward positive thinking. Although positive emotions are worth cultivating, problems arise when people start believing they must be upbeat all the time.

Read it and say aw shucks, everything’s great and I’m gonna have a great day and I’m excited to deny reality and die early.

Subway ‘Footlong’ means their sandwiches taste like feet

From here:

“With regards to the size of the bread and calling it a footlong, “SUBWAY FOOTLONG” is a registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub sold in Subway Restaurants and not intended to be a measurement of length.”

 Duh, everybody knows what footlong means.

Hmmm, foot sandwiches.

There’s a lot of unknown history out there


After combing through obscure records, newspapers and journals Downs believes that about a quarter of the four million freed slaves either died or suffered from illness between 1862 and 1870. He writes in the book that it can be considered “the largest biological crisis of the 19th century” and yet it is one that has been little investigated by contemporary historians.

Ironic, no?

From here:


Sinclair, 41, said that over the past year he’s found it increasingly difficult to make money because of the macroeconomic environment, and that investing in health care since 2004 has left him “physically and mentally exhausted.”

If this hedge fund manager found it exhausting running his $400 million plus fund, he should try being shit ass broke.  It’s way more exhausting.

Hedge fund manager, heal thyself.  You should get some of that California medical chronic and chill, yo.

‘I’m afraid to have a black son in New York city’

From the Guardian here:

Police have said they thought Graham had a gun. The suspicion apparently prompted the officers to follow the teenager to his home and force their way inside. Originally the police said he ran into the building, fleeing from officers who told him to stop. Surveillance footage showed the claim to be untrue. The police also say Haste yelled the word “gun” before he fired a single shot into the 18-year-old’s chest in front of his younger brother and his grandmother.

Graham didn’t have a gun though, and Haste didn’t have the training required to work in the unit to which he was assigned. He and his supervisor, Sergeant Scott Morris, have been stripped of their guns and badges.


I haven’t seen much of this story in New York City papers.  I wonder if there’s a reason for this.

I do know New York City is run by a billionaire media mogul.  I wonder if that has any relevance.

Making the trains run on time is one thing, killing unarmed black kids is a whole nother thing.

The NYPD’s behavior under Bloomberg’s reign is the dark underside of his legacy.

Mob bosses to the left, geeks to the right

A lot of time and energy has gone into opening up a can of whup ass on the major labels and their ways.  Not nearly so much energy has been devoted to the geeks and their emerging influence in the music business.

Everybody loves the geeks, they are the business titans of our time, but it is hardly a slam dunk to say they are well equipped to save the music business.

Check out the excerpt below and allow me to address two points from the excerpt.

1.  The paying of producers $100,000 per song.  I think Katy Perry is a hard working person, ambitious, and very cute and willing to shake the junk in her trunk.

Do the geeks really think she is overflowing with musical talent and does not require the talents and reputations of skilled proven producers to maker her records work in the marketplace?

The $100,000 number would appear high, but what I would guess is going on is that Ms. Perry and her management are not looking to pay points for producers’ work, points being a percentage of sales.

This is a mistake by geeks to think that $100k for a song is an unnecessary expense, it’s an essential part of the Katy Perry Formula.

2.  The issue of the payola/”special promotions”.  I promise to be polite on this issue, but the geeks are really showing their naivete here.

Where would Katy Perry be without the saturation marketing?  Working at the Gap, fellas.  The world was not waiting for and hoping for the genius of Katy Perry, she was foisted upon a somewhat malleable American public, and that shit is expensive.

I’m all for discussion of the music business, but it has to be a little more connected to reality than this article and the geeks need to have a deeper understanding of the music business than just a social music experience and an algorithmic music filter.

A few weeks back, the folks at Planet Money tried to break down the economics of Katy Perry’s massively successful album with its five hit singles. Specifically, they wanted to figure out how much money her label made from such a big success. What comes out is a step-by-step description of the massive inefficiencies of the major label recording system. There are things like paying producers $100,000 per song they produce on the album. Then there’s all the payola… er “special promotions” to get the songs played on radio so much.

I predicted this North Korea bat shit crazy

North Korea is punishing citizens who didn’t participate in the organized mourning period following Kim Jong-Il’s death by sentencing them to six months in a labor-training camp, according to The Daily NK.

Check my post here.

Not boasting, I just understand dictators and how they rock it.

White folks should bitch about NYC stop and frisk

“I have to say something that we have to put out there with the greatest respect for all New Yorkers,” Mr. Stringer explained. “You cannot close your eyes, as somebody who’s Caucasian, to the fact that of the 700,000 who are stopped, questioned, and frisked, 85% are African-American and Latino.”

Two comments:

1.  Mayor Bloomberg is more than willing to conduct these constitutionally gray areas searches because he’s a psychopath and he’s cultivating that side of the NYPD.

2.  For all those white folks pinheads and Ron Paul supporters, not only are 85% of all those stopped and frisked black, but 85% (or more!) of all crack is smoked by white folks.

Hey, go white folks! Way to make your problem appear to be black folks’ fault.