OK, this blog is just rusting away.
I’m writing a book on Pre-Production, so here’s where I’ll put my mental notes.
No one reads this blog anyway.
Apple To Announce Flying Car; ZDNet & Paul Thurrott to point out Apple didn’t invent flying nor did they invent cars.
With everyone throwing their hat in the Apple Rumor Mill, I figured my hat needed milling, too. I’ll update after and see how I did.
I predict that on January 19, Apple will send out digital postcard invitations to an event on January 26. I know everyone is saying it’s on the 27th, but Steve Jobs has an affinity for Tuesday announcements (look it up), so why should he change it this time?
UPDATE: Nope. 100% Wrongo!
It’s the 18th, and people are getting this:
There is something bigger coming.
Looking into my crystal ball here, I see Apple releasing a touchscreen tablet with a 10.1″ glasses-free 3-D screen. The typing problem is solved by a new thumb-based split-to-the-corners virtual keyboard with a thumb-optimized layout.
Bye, Bye QWERTY!
They will pre-announce the iPhone 4.0 SDK beta that’s coming in June at WWDC10, but that won’t stop the developers from grousing.
Then world will lose it’s mind for 20 seconds as Steve Jobs says there is “one more thing…”
The jaw-dropper announcement will be
The iCar: Apple’s new flying car.
Manufactured in a plant in South Carolina, the flying car will be on the road by Christmas and showcased in Apple’s newly re-designed stores immediately. The pre-order price for the 1.0 model is $29,999
“Apple is just ripping off other people’s ideas” Paul Thurrott of Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows will say. Thurrot will be quick to point out that Apple didn’t invent flying, nor did they invent cars. “This is typical Apple Fanboyism. Apple arrives late to the market and the zealots act like they invented everything.”
ZDnet will post a retrospective of Prior Art from Fred MacMurray’s Model-T to Doc Brown’s garbage-powered DeLorean. Future Quote: “People need to be reminded that Apple didn’t invent anything they announced today – especially not the flying car.”
Slashdot will start a long list of “missing” features of the iCar, including no free tethering to the iPhone 4G and no free clones of Megan Fox in the trunk.
John Dvorak will be unavailable for comment as he will be giving CPR to Rob Enderle.
You’re predicting quotes and everything??
My hat lives dangerously.
UPDATE: Take a listen to three first-time players giving it a shot by clicking here (The game itself starts roughly 9 minutes in), or scroll to the bottom for the new FAQ.
(Drinking Game w/ 2 bottles of wine and 3 players)
A “Celebrity” is defined as someone [Living or Dead, Fictional or Real] with a name recognizable to most people. Politicians, Sports Stars, Actors, Singers, Rappers, Poets, Cartoon Characters, and Tabloid Headliners are all fair game.
Player 1 names a celebrity. The person to their left has 10 seconds to name a celebrity who’s FIRST name begins with the initial letter of the LAST Name of Player 1’s choice.
If they succeed, the next person in line must take the first letter of the LAST name of Player 2’s choice, etc.
Player 1: Pam Anderson
Player 2: Al Gore
Player 3: Greg Kinnear
Player 1: Kevin Spacey
Player 2: Sarah Jessica Parker
Player 3: Pauly Shore.
If a player names someone with the same initial for both first and last name (Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Bill Bixby) then play reverses direction and the previous player has to take a drink and go again. Single-named people (Madonna, Seal, Jewel) are the same as double-initial names (Mickey Mouse, Marilyn Manson, Susan Sarandon)
Player 1: Davy Jones
Player 2: John Mellencamp
Player 3: Micky Mantle
Player 2: (takes a drink) Micky Roarke
Player 1: Richard Marx
Player 3: Maude Adams
Player 2: Amy Grant
Player 1: Gary Cooper
Player 3: Cary Grant
Player 2: George Thorogood
Player 1: Tommy Tutone
Player 2: (takes a drink) Tina Fey
Player 3: Frank Sinatra.
If you take more than 10 seconds, that’s a drink.
If you repeat a name, that’s a drink.
If you blurt out a name when it’s not your turn, that’s a drink.
No name can be used twice for the duration of the game.
If your 10 seconds are up and you “take the penalty drink”, it’s still your turn.
If you accidently use a name that’s already used, you have to take a drink and it’s still your turn.
Your turn will repeat as long as it takes for you to come up with a “correct” answer.
If you blurt out a name when it’s not your turn, that name is still up for grabs
Play ends when the 2 bottles are empty. Takes about 30-45 minutes.
Add one bottle of wine for every 2 additional players.
The non-alcoholic variation is to get a “potato” for every “drink”, and winner is the person with the fewest “potatoes” after a set time has elapsed.
The game is harder than it sounds and is much more fun with a buzzer or bell.
Q: How long does it take to get drunk? It seems like it would take a while.
A: This game is deceptively drunktastic. It happens faster than you think it will. Within 10 minutes you will be buzzing. Don’t try to rush it. The penalty drinks keep coming faster and faster as the game progresses.
Q: I want to get drunker faster, Can I use hard liquor instead of wine?
A: You can, but the game will only last five minutes and all of the players will be vomiting in an hour.
Q: What about beer? Beer has less alcohol than wine. Can we use that?
A: You can, but beer adds three complications.
1. Beer is carbonated. (a. it speeds the absorption of alcohol – making it easier to zip right past “tipsy and witty” and zoom into “drooling and belligerent” before you know it. b. it promotes “repeats” and “underbubbles”. )
2. With beer, people tend to forget the drinking rules. (a. They just sip it the whole time. b. They start taking micro-sips when they should be taking penalty sips. )
3. Beer comes in 24, 36, and 72 packs. The end of the game is too vague. It’s about splitting a bottle, not splitting a case.
Q: I think that the person should start drinking at the beginning of their turn, and keep drinking until they come up with a name.
A: That’s not really a question. Also, it’s been tried. Just like with liquor, you’ll have vomiting players in just over an hour.
Twitter is a social medium. Like all social media, it empowers its users to influence those who follow one another.
The purist form of this influence is #FollowFriday, the weekly Twitter ritual where you share a link to someone “upstream” that you follow, so those “downstream” from you can get in on the action.
This week, I’m doing something different: Six Degrees of Separation
I’m exploring the line of influence, both up and down from my place in the line.
This is an exploration of who on Twitter are influencing the people who are influencing me.
To find my #6DegreesUp person, I click on someone I’m following, then click on someone THEY are following, then someone THEY are following, etc. until I get to the sixth person from me. I will then follow that person, cutting the five “middlemen” out of the influence chain.
This is an exploration of who on Twitter may be influenced by the people I may be influencing.
To find my #6DegreesDown person, I click on someone following me, then on someone following them, then someone following THEM, etc. until I get to the sixth person down. I will then follow that person and wait to see if they follow me back (cutting out the middlemen in that direction).
I love this apartment.
I moved in only 10 months ago, in the middle of a heat wave. It’s a third floor walkup, with a view to die for – and carrying all my stuff I felt like I was going to.
I’m moving out because, in spite of falling rent prices all over town, my landlord us going to up my rent. Oh well.
If anyone is interested, it’s the top floor of the tallest building on the top of the hill in Phinney Ridge. You can’t miss it.
Oh, and I left something on the wall.
This move is an interesting one, now that I can no longer drive.
[UPDATE: I’m kinda moved. I’m in a basement at the bottom of the hill. Talk about extremes!]