Monthly Archives: March 2009

Mar 31, 2009 “Cheapness”

Skype for the iPhone –

if you can afford the phone,

just pay for the calls.

YouTube video: Demo of Skype for iPhone

From IT World Canada:

Skype for iPhone available everywhere but Canada

Skype Technologies S.A. will make its highly anticipated debut on the Apple Inc. iPhone Tuesday, but Canadian users will be one of the only countries in the world left shut out.

“There is a patent-license issue in Canada which prevents us from making Skype available on the iPhone,” Chaim Haas, a spokesperson on behalf of Skype, told ComputerWorld Canada in an e-mail.

The free Skype iPhone app will allow non-Canadian users to make Skype-to-Skype calls at no cost, call landlines or non-Skype cell phones at a reduced rate, and use the tool’s instant messaging service.

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Mar 31, 2009 “This too”

Nothing is permanent

in this wicked world –

not even our troubles.

— Charlie Chaplin

Not originally intended as a haiku, I expect, but I did notice (when the quote was featured on an episode of ABC’s “Criminal Minds”) that it was exactly seventeen syllables; and while not “5-7-5” it does exhibit similar symmetry as “6-5-6”. So that works for me.

YouTube video: The Great Dictator: Globe Scene

From Wikipedia:
“The Great Dictator is a comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. First released in October 1940, it was Chaplin’s first true talking picture, and more importantly was the only major film of its period to bitterly satirise Nazism and Adolf Hitler, culminating in an overt political plea to defy fascism.

“The film is unusual for its period, in the days prior to American entry into World War II, as the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin’s film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Hitler, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis, the latter of whom he excoriates in the film as “machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts”. Despite the fact that the United States was currently at peace when the movie was made, Charlie Chaplin bitterly opposed the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler long before most Americans did.”

The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin & Paulette Goddard 1940
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Mar 29, 2009 Extra: “Shocking”

John Mayer is correct-

“Twitter is silly and dumb”

Let’s all panic now…

from E Online:
Los Angeles (E! Online) – The way John Mayer uses Twitter, you’d think he would have nothing but high praise for the social networking phenomenon.

But no, the singer actually has some harsh words for the latest in social messaging.

“It’s inherently silly and it’s inherently dumb,” the singer told me last night at the One Splendid Evening benefit for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation aboard the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in San Pedro, Calif. “If you really think that Twitter is the pathway to spiritual enlightenment, well…It’s one step away from sending pictures of your poop.”

So why does the Grammy-winner twitter all the time?

“I’ve always communicated at a high level as best I can whether it’s Twitter, Napster or message boards or wherever,” Mayer said. “I don’t have a devotion to Twitter. I didn’t sell out to Twitter. You do Twitter until everybody gets off of Twitter and it’s something else you go and try out.”

Mar 28 Extra “Earth Hour”

Lights out for Earth Hour!

Let’s show them we mean business.

Then, back to normal.

Turbine for Bessie (alternate title: And The Wind Cried Dairy)

These wind turbines are popping up in agricultural areas around Ontario. In an effort to minimize the effects of Global Warming, their purpose is to distribute the methane produced from the cow farts more evenly throughout the earth’s atmosphere.