Friday, February 3, 2012
(Can't see the picture? Yes. You must click on Stephen's blog. HERE.)
In other news, Zack Schadolnik, brother of Nick Schadolnik, posted this on his Facebook today . . . and it's just that radical.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
NOTE: This article was originally published on The Huffington Post.
This wasn't your standard gathering of the nerds.
The LA AppShow was held last Wednesday at the Edmunds building in the Water Garden in Santa Monica, California. When I got there, I jammed into the glitzy underground parking garage and made small talk with a sexy brunette on the elevator all the way up. The doors opened to a row of big-screen TVs and a gaming station that made the place look like a scene straight out of The Social Network. Without pause, the dude standing there scanned my press credentials, reeled off a few lines about a few exciting apps, and then ushered me over to the free kegs of beer. I could already tell: this was going to be a gathering of ideas. Very smart ideas.
With the introduction of mobile devices and data networks over the past few years, nearly everyone carries a portable computer with the Internet. And then, of course, there are app stores, with their endless apps that perform seemingly endless tasks. Which is the fundamental frustration of this mobile device extravaganza. Which app's for me?
Yes, it's a goddamn warzone out there in the app stores. And it's getting even harder for developers to get a good app out there.
So perhaps that's why Seth Socolow started the AppShow. It's a gathering for developers and connoisseurs alike; a place where people can attend or present, and everyone gets to check out what could be "the next big hit." Even more interesting, no two apps presented even came close to doing the same thing.
As the show started, I stood somewhere near the back with my beer as I watched one presenter after another get up to pitch their app. In a cool, tech-show demeanor, each individual shared their stories of why they thought their app was a slick idea, what it took to make it, and how they saw people using it.
Nearly everyone had their devices out, downloading the apps as they were projected onto the big screen. By the time each talk was over, many in the crowd had already gone onto the mobile web site (powered by Shiva Media) to download the app, with questions ready to go. The whole process was downright mind-bending.
So in the interest of preserving my own beer-soaked journalistic integrity, the following is an adaptation of notes and thoughts I frantically scribbled down on a cocktail napkin as the night wore on. It should also be said that drinking free beer, taking notes, and trying to download these apps was no stunt of publicity. It was all a means to an end, a dereliction of duty, and a damn fine way to spend a cool Wednesday night in L.A.
And here are the apps:
- Lokast: Lets you share pictures, videos and message people.
- Edmunds: Need a car? Need to compare stuff to make a decision? This is the app.
- Trippy: Want to go somewhere? Trippy lets your friends recommend their favorite spots.
- Guess Dat Song: Exactly. Battle with your friends on your collection or theirs.
- The Honey Badger Don't Care: Everyone's favorite YouTube video now has a game.
- Vidify: Life made easy for editing videos. Great for out of the office.
- Cookbook Café: Yum... a place for wonderfully original digital cookbooks by chefs, organizations and authors.
Thank you all. It was a hell of a show.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Mauro's first Tweet:
Mauro's second Tweet:
My second response:
Mauro's third Tweet:
My third response:
Here is Mauro's article that he cited on his third Tweet. There are two places were he talks about Hamas, the Islamist group that broke with the Palestinian Authority and took over the Gaza Strip in June 2007.
The first his here:
He made similar comments in an interview in June 2010 with Don Imus, calling the flotilla raid “horrible” and again accusing Israel of turning the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into a “concentration camp” by blocking the arrival of humanitarian aid.
And the second, is just in his conclusion:
Rep. Ron Paul can state that he’s a friend to Israel all he wants, but the published record stands. He views Israel as the catalyst for 9/11, defends Iran’s innocence, parrots the anti-Israeli propaganda of Hamas, and upholds an anti-Zionist organization that views Israel as an oppressive, illegitimate state. That is not a friend.
Now, here's the point: in neither of these places is Ron Paul "defending" Hamas. So let this be an example of how a libeling "national security analyst" like Mauro is not about the facts. He is merely a partisan hack, willing to say anything that gets him on Fox News. I doubt Mauro has even been to the Middle East, or at least outside Israel. His job is only to pose like he knows something about reality--while trying to swing public opinion for his own twisted means.
To let Ryan Mauro know how you feel about his remarks on Ron Paul, feel free to email him here.
You know, it’s a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana are Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob? What is the matter with them? I suppose it is because most of them are psychiatrists."White House Tapes - 1971
For more, Hunter S. Thompson let him have it on countless occasions.
There is quite possibly only one Star of David on Earth visible from space. Coordinates: 34.797924 N, 48.512927 E. Location: Hamadan, Iran.
Until just over a year ago, the Islamic Republic had hosted a second star: Israeli engineers commissioned by the shah in the 1970s to construct Iran Air headquarters in Tehran put an unmistakable Magen David on the roof of the airport building. But the discovery of the symbol by a Google Earth user in November 2010 scandalized the mullahs. An Iranian news site reproached Tehran’s municipal authorities for failing to remove “this Zionist star symbol, 32 years after the success of the revolution.”
More recent Google Earth images show that the airport star is now covered by black concrete. But the other Star of David—the one remaining in the western Iranian city of Hamadan—attests to millennia of shared Persian-Jewish history.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Well . . . simple. Because this is about the strategy of diplomacy: who can create an environment to their favor and get the other to back down or pull away . . . or, perhaps, even find a "win-win." Think Cuban Missile Crisis.
So, here's the simple solution, writes Gelb:
The peace package is simple: Iran keeps its uranium facilities but with capabilities to enrich reduced to levels fit only for civilian use. Tehran also agrees to the tightest international verification procedures. The West lifts sanctions gradually as Iran complies with both reconfiguring its nuclear plants and accepts the necessary verification. For sure, President Obama has tried similar proposals before. This time, however, Iran may find that the biting economic pressures make the deal more palatable. For sure, neither I nor anyone else knows whether Iran will accept this time. But I do know this: if we don’t at least try the negotiating track, a war of untold uncertainties and dangers can come upon us.