Apr 222012

Apparently not content to navigate only an increasingly poor business model, Best Buy has decided to misguidedly and unapologetically support CAIR—the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

CAIR is innocuously named, but closely linked to Islamist terror organization Hamas.  If you ask about it on Best Buy’s Facebook page, here is the canned statement you get:

Best Buy’s customers and employees around the world represent a variety of faiths and denominations, and we respect our employees’ efforts to constructively promote diversity and education in their communities. Over the past two years, our Inter-Faith Employee Business Network, a group of employees focused on promoting diversity and inclusion at Best Buy, has supported CAIR-Minnesota with $1,450 in total contributions to support an annual banquet.”

This is not “inclusion.”  It’s “terrorism.”

A retail landscape increasingly hostile to the Best Buys of the world is, apparently, just not challenging enough all by itself.  So incredibly, they’re trying to stop the bleeding with a straight razor.

Best Buy, this isn’t hard to understand, but I’ll say it plainly:  support of CAIR is incompatible with ever seeing another dollar of mine.  Any freedom-loving person who spends 60 seconds and as many IQ points looking into CAIR is going to come up with a remarkably similar conclusion.

How many of those are there, do you reckon?

 Posted by at 5:31 pm
Apr 202012

Maybe twelve years ago at a family gathering, I heard my future brother-in-law complaining that his phone didn’t display the clock all the time.  I took his Nokia 5165 from him and started navigating the menus, hearing someone murmur “how does he know what to do?” and another someone answer “he just does.  Leave him alone.”  I handed it back, and his phone displayed the clock on the main screen.  Elapsed time:  15 seconds.

Wednesday night, hanging with the Rocket City Bloggers at The Nook, it was rammed home for me that I’m not that person anymore.  Someone 15 years my junior took another’s phone, and helped her with an email account synchronization problem.  She was going just as fast as I was with that brick 12 years ago, and solved the problem just as effectively.

Now I seriously doubt she did anything I couldn’t grasp.  It’s not a problem of comprehension; it’s a problem of concern.  It’s not that I can’t understand.  It’s that I’m beginning to question whether I want to.  I used to trip over this with my dad, but I’m getting it now.

You know, I’m already lining up judgment on that Vizio tablet—in terms of whether it’s my mobile blogging rig or not, anyway.  It’s considerably sexier than my netbook, but when I want to write on the go, it seems I prefer the trappings of Windows (and a paradigm largely intact from two decades ago).  I’ll definitely keep the tablet around, just like I’ve kept my Kindle Fire, and for the same reason:  it’s cool enough for the money.  I can get enough use out of it to keep it, without ever sucking it all the way into my life as the maker intended.

My whiz kid successor and I discussed that a bit night before last, too.  I seem to be trying the tablet out as a concept, but am I really?  Or is my unusual cheapness in this market segment damaging the integrity of my results?  I have two tablets now.  Their average price was $182.  Guess what?  The top ones start at double that.  Am I unable to learn anything useful about whether I want this thing in my life because I’m not gathering data with a more highly-regarded device?

How much anxiety over my budding—well, it’s not exactly technophobia, but close enough—is appropriate?  It’s definitely there.  How much does it matter?

 Posted by at 12:01 am
Apr 192012
 Posted by at 8:46 am
Apr 182012

The punditocracy is having a lot of fun with this:

The choice in this election is between an economy that produces a growing middle class and that gives people a chance to get ahead and their kids a chance to get ahead, and an economy that continues down the road we are on, where a fewer and fewer number of people do very well and everybody else is running faster and faster just to keep pace.” – Obama adviser David Axelrod, April 16, 2012

See what happened there?  Axelrod accidentally told the truth.  Heh.

What we’ve really got here is a thousandth chorus of “Bush did it,” only instead of setting it up first, Axelrod delivered only the dig.  As far as I know, Rush pointed it out first (as he is wont to do).  Jonah Goldberg has it today.

Despite the occasional tortured narrative describing Obama’s presidency as a wonderful thing, his team knows that he can’t run on his record.  So, it’s still Bush’s fault.  The bold and visionary policies President Obama has put in place are just beginning to work, but it’s critical that we keep him in there for stability.  These Republican-caused problems are graver than anyone could have imagined, and it’s just taking a little longer, is all. Also, Mitt Romney is a woman-hating cult member who built his fortune stealing from the poor.

Might be a tweak here or there, but that’s the Obama reelection strategy.

 Posted by at 12:34 pm
Apr 162012

This is the new mobile blogging rig!  I’d never used woot.com before this, and here I am.  This is happening on a “refurbished” Vizio tablet, and I’m thinking the refurbishosity stems from a single dead pixel, which I’m mostly convinced I’m going to be philosophical about and ignore.  It’s still very cool.  Lea and the boys got it for me for my birthday.

(My Bluetooth keyboard works mostly all right, though the delay is noticeable.)

Tough to say whether I’ll prefer this to my netbook or not.  It’s certainly sexier, but it’s not so easy to deal with graphics.  We’ll see.

 Posted by at 10:50 pm