Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Vid of the Day: Pop Music of 2010

From FOLOTD Angela.

-Heidi Renée

30 Biggest Tech Flops Of The Decade (link)

The bane of early adopters. From

Is standalone really a word?

3Com Ergo Audrey (2000-2001)

Named for Audrey Hepburn, the 3Com Ergo Audrey was an Internet appliance that made its debut in October 2000. According to Wikipedia, it could access the Internet, send and receive e-mail, play audio and video, and synchronize with up to two Palm OS-based devices. Planned to be the first in a long line of Ergo devices, the product was discontinued in the middle of the dot-com bust in June 2001.

The standalone DVD recorder (1999-?)

A lot of people thought the standalone DVD recorder was the second coming of the VCR, but it didn't turn out that way. The DVD recorder was never that user-friendly, and digital DVRs from cable and satellite companies (along with Tivo) made them less compelling. Also, the real DVD-burning action was taking place in the computer room, not the living room. That's still the case today, as the standalone DVD recorder market has dried up in the U.S.

(See Aibo, Gizmondo, DataPlay, Dreamcast, SPOT watches, and the rest at CNet.)

The 30 Most Important Cats of 2010

List and captions from Buzzfeed. I've included just a few highlights; you can see the whole list here.

-Heidi Renée

Air-Suckling Cat: Would that all of us were so unfazed by the lamentable absence of teats in our immediate vicinity.

Pervert Cat: It is not a cat's lot to be restrained by the dual shackles of decorum and inhibition. It is a cat's lot to stare, when staring is enjoined. To act, when action is required. And to appreciate the gifts that God has given.

Cat Lassie: Running for help in a crisis is both the charitable and the practical thing to do. But is it art? Cat Lassie thinks not.

Robert Cattinson: Twilight enthusiasts like to talk about something called "The Jacob Team" and "The Edward Team" - which you won't understand if you are not a gonzo Twilight fan like I am. But the point of all this is that regardless of which swamp monster you align yourself with, pretty much everybody is Team Robert Cattinson. That is the point of all this, I think.

Hidden Kitten: Sometimes there's nothing for it but to bury yourself in a large pile of moving fur and hope for the best.

Catman: Catman never asked for our love and approval. He merely went about the quiet business of making the world a better, safer place, with one leg raised proudly behind his fuzzy little head.

Cat On A Cat: A cat is a cat is a cat. But a cat on a cat is something else. Something wonderful.

OMG Cat: OMG cat has since recovered from his dislocated jaw, but our lives will never be the same.

See the rest

Crimefighter Of The Day

I'm hoping there's more to the story. I bet the kid wouldn't share his jelly donut with her or something. I usually side with the teacher but damn.

From The Smoking Gun.

Boy, 13, Busted For Illegal Marker Possession

DECEMBER 22--A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday for using a permanent marker while in class at his Oklahoma City middle school, a violation of an obscure city ordinance.

According to an Oklahoma City Police Department report, the boy was spotted “in possession of a permanent marker” by Roosevelt Middle School teacher DeLynn Woodside. The 50-year-old educator told cop Miguel Campos that the student was “writing on a piece of paper, which caused it to bleed over onto the desk.”

Woodside reported that the child attempted to hide the marker when she asked him for it.

Strangely, Woodside’s Facebook page reveals that her “likes and interests” include the official “Sharpie Permanent Markers” page on Facebook.

Campos reported that he allowed Woodside, a seventh grade math teacher, to “sign a citation” against the boy, who was then transported to a juvenile holding facility. A police sergeant subsequently “booked the marker into the property room.”

A police spokesman referred to the student’s bust as a “citizen’s arrest” by Woodside.

The marker ban--which apparently is aimed at curbing graffiti--stems from a city ordinance making it illegal to possess spray paint or a permanent marker on private property without the owner’s permission.


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