Time Warner’s ‘TNT’ cable network has picked up ‘Southland’ from GE’s NBC/Universal. The series had 7 episodes last season and 6 episodes had already been filmed for this Fall before NBC pulled the plug. I’m just glad that the show will get another chance. If you missed last season you can catch up before the new episodes air. If the 13 week period goes well then maybe, just maybe we’ll get to see another season of ‘Southland’.

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Fortune’s Apple 2.0 weblog posted an article today covering the Piper Jaffray report surveying teens and the ChangeWayve Research survey professionals on their interests/intent to buy.  They reported that 16% of teens and 30% of professionals plan to buy iPhones.  The percentage amongts teens was down from the period right after the 3G launch, but I expect this to climb back up sharply when they introduce the next version, rumored to be announced at the WWDC this summer.  Amongst teens, actual ownership was only at around 8% however.  With AT&T’s exclusive deal ending on the iPhone, this could change as companies compete to entice iPhone users away from AT&T.

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For my birthday teh internets gave me two sites that will suck away hours and hours of time.

bomomo.com is a great way to spend time ‘drawing’ nonsense, starting over and going again and again and suddenly it’s 5 and time for the weekend to start.

Etsy.com is a way to shop by color. Right, cause normally when i want to go shopping I say, man I need something orange, not orange orange but more of a burnt amber color and then go shop. Whatever though, it’s neat and time consuming and amusing.

Happy Birthday to me. Now I’m going to go back to watching an xbox version of the super bowl being playing out on the internal tv system in the office… yay working for a sports network.

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The full list can be found lots of places, try here if you are having trouble finding it. This pretty much means I have to see ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ this weekend as it nabbed 13 nominations. It also means maybe next week I’ll go see ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ as it grabbed 9. Along with its many nominations ‘Slumdog’ beat out ‘Button’ at the Golden Globes a couple weeks back so this could be a very interesting race. Until I’ve seen all of the movies (and this year the best picture nominees pretty much run the table of the other nominations) I won’t make any predictions but my expectations for ‘Slumdog’ have been set pretty insanely high.

Best Picture Nominees:

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • The Reader
  • Slumdog Millionaire

In other nomination news, ‘Wall-E’ might have been left out of the top running but it was nominated in six other categories including Best Animated Feature of the Year, which it is. The animated short, ’Presto’, that preceded ‘Wall-E’ was nominated for Best Animated Short.

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Everything’s gonna be all right.

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Obama Inauguration

Want to “Relive ‘The Moment’ when Barack Obama took the oath of office’? Then head on over to CNN and check out the 3-D image they are creating of the exact moment in which the Chief Justice screwed up the Oath.

I can’t get enough of today’s coverage and on top of the thousands of things I am thankful for that Obama will bring to this country I am also thankful I’ve got CNN being the only major network to really jump into the deep end of the tech pool. They’ve done interviews with 3-D holographs on election day, they were the first to use touch screen maps that John Kinghas really made an

integral part of this past year’s election season. Now, using a Microsoft product (yeah, what the hell?) called Photosynth, they’ve created a pretty sweet image that they’ve been adding to throughout the day. You can get a row of Hollywood players sitting off to the left of Obama. Steven Spielberg and Disney CEO Robert Iger seem awfully chummy.

Today is a great day for the future of everyone and everything, and technology is not going to be left out. So, I say congratulations to all of us!


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"Hi, I'm a Mac", "and I'm a PC"

So, Steve Jobs isn’t going to Macworld and Apple isn’t going to Macworld after this year all together… let’s drop their stock 6 bucks a share. Anyway, I’ve been crazy busy the last few weeks. We’ve had snow, much like much of the nation, and have the potential for more, lots more. Hope everyone is staying warm and is too busy to notice that neither Jason has been posting much while we continue to work out the kinks of moving.

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Time Life magazine has partnered up with search giant Google (let’s just call them the inventors of ‘teh internets’ from now on), aka the library killer, to compile their images onto an easily search-able database. I’ve geeked out over vintage 1950s Disneyland pictures, and it’s only been live since Tuesday. Software engineer Paco Galanes wrote on Google’s blog that “this effort to bring offline images online was inspired by our mission to organize all the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” This marks a revival of sorts for the discontinued magazine that ran from 1883 to 2006.

Google and Life Together
Google and Life together forever

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We’ve installed a new feature here at I and B. Now you’ll be able to follow along with two frustrated Apple iPhone users (2nd generation even) as we drop calls, have apps crash, and have to do hard resets like we are running Windows 95. Speaking of which, check out what Jonathan Golob of ‘The Stranger’ had to say:

The iPhone crashes. A lot.

Calls drop all the time. Safari, the Apple web browser, crashes continually. Woe on you if you navigate a partially-loaded page (fed up with the abysmally slow AT&T network). The mail app creaks when opening, often leaving you with a blank white unresponsive screen. The SMS program occasionally refuses to open.

Owning an iPhone–even the second-generation iPhone–is much like fighting through Internet Explorer 5 or Netscape 3.0 on Windows ’95. When it works, you get a clear sense that this is the new way of doing things. Through the grime of incompetent implementation can be seen glances of what could, and likely will, be.

Apple maintains control over most every aspect of their hardware and they currently have the luxury of telling the unruly kids who don’t want to play by their rules to take a hike. Now, I’m not the Apple expert between the two Jason’s, but I know when a product isn’t living up to the hype, expectations, and reputation the company set for it. Maybe it was the public that brought on this unobtainable level of perfection, but for whatever reason it exists it might be time for Apple to try to fix the problem.

In the time being we’ve put up a new widget that we’ll update for every hard reset we have to do as well as what I call ‘the black screen of death’. Windows users might be familiar with ‘the blue screen of death’. Well, to all those Windows diehards who like to mock Mac users, here you go. When an app fails on the iPhone the first thing that happens is your screen goes black, then anywhere from 1 second to a minute or two your main icons re-appear like an annoying magic trick you can’t avoid.

I, like Jason T, and Jonathan Golob see the great potential in this phone. When the phone works as a phone, and when applications don’t crash it’s pretty much the greatest device out there. However, given the fact that it does crash so much and it drops calls like its going out of style the idea of waiting until the iPhone ’98 platform comes out might not be the worst idea ever. I’m not saying don’t get the iPhone if you want it, but know that you are getting the latest and greatest and there are going to be pitfalls and practical issues that come with it. Now, if Apple, or from what I hear AT&T, could get its act together and focus on fixing these issues we can feel like we are using OS X and not Windows ’95.

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It’s election time.  And this year brings even greater numbers of electronic voting machines.  While hanging chads will slowly become a thing of the past, digital voting boxes aren’t without their own set of problems and critics.  

From the article:


  • 55% of American voters will cast ballots via optical-scan systems
  • 33% will use electronic touch screens
Complicating things are the fact that each county in each state can be completely different from the next.  You might have the optical-scan, various forms of touch screens recently introduced, to hand counted paper ballots and the 1960′s punch machines.  Users have already reported false selections with the electronic touch screens, and not all electronic systems produce any kind of paper trail.  At least with a punched hanging chad ballot you’ve got the physical record to look at.  Lack of a paper trail makes it potentially a lot easier to manipulate the system.  
The best advice from the article is that if you’re at a polling location and think something is amiss, do not hit the ‘cast vote’ button and immediately call over an election official or poll worker to investigate.  Otherwise, once the vote is cast, correctly or otherwise, there’s no way to change it.

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