Monday, January 10, 2011

Why Bloggers Are Broke - Jessica Gottlieb

Jessica Gottlieb is a "mommy blogger" who, as my friend Marla Schulman put it, isn't "just plain giving it away."

Although, technically, Jessica's doing just that on YouTube as she's not a YouTube Partner, but giving her view for free, essentially. But that's a minor technicality at best.

Enough from me; more from Gottlieb:

The word is Nigger

Michelle Diane has penned a heartfelt, cogent, timely response to the politically-correct, navel-gazing frenzy which Auburn Professor Alan Gribben stirred up with the planned release of a re-written, sanitized version of Mark Twain's work.

”We may applaud Twain’s ability as a prominent American literary realist to record the speech of a particular region during a specific historical era, but abusive racial insults that bear distinct connotations of permanent inferiority nonetheless repulse modern-day readers...”
Professor Alan Gribben, Wall Street Journal Interview

Writing at the new michellediane-naked blog, she bluntly goes beyond what most mainstream media pundits bother to explore, urging her readers to tear down the curtain on a step backwards deceptively cloaked in gentle political correctness. This is not an academic discussion, the effects of which will be confined to ivory towers and American Literature classes.

"...America needs to keep saying it until America stops living it. Hold it up as a mirror on the realities that be. Demand that neither they nor we can hide behind a politically correct “N” until criminals like Haley Barbour can no longer circumvent ethics, even simple human decency, in the name of political gain."
Michelle Diane, in
The "N" Word Deception

I'm not in a position to comment on Gribben's motivation, but if we ascribe the best of intentions to his undertaking one must still be wary of the constant reality of unintended consequences - and Michelle Diane is a voice well-worth heeding on this topic. If she persists, hers will be a blog well-worth following; her forthright perspective is clear, well-articulated, and more importantly thought-provoking.

Read it.

Thomas Hayes is an entrepreneur, former Democratic Campaign Manager, journalist, and photographer who contributes regularly to a host of web sites on topics ranging from economics and politics to culture and community.

Sarah Palin Crosshairs Map Still Up; Palin's Insensitive To Shooting

Sarah Palin, the person who is the former Governor of Alaska, still has her infamous "crosshairs" map up on her Facebook page here.

And yes, the map includes Tucson, Arizona, where U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is still fighting for her life in the wake of a point-blank range shooting by an off-kilter person named Jaren Loughner.

Louhner shot 14 people; six are dead. And some political anchors claim there's no direct connection with Former Governor Palin.

Like hell there's not.

Palin's helped extremist conservative groups attack and protest Giffords, planting the seeds for the idea that harm should come to the Congresswoman (and all over the Heath Care issue), and so much so that Giffords herself mentioned Palin's approach and it's possible consequences.

Moreover, Sarah Palin's spokespersons are saying the crosshairs on the map are "surveyor crosshairs."   Right.

That from someone who loves to have you see how much they love guns.

Palin's thin skin and massive ego strikes again.  She can't even show the proper respect this matter calls for; she's got to stick it to the rest of us.

Sarah Palin, take down that damn map, NOW!

The Green Naked Lady by Snakebyte at CES 2011

Basically, this lady is naked, OK. It's hard to tell where she's not. Check her out. The The Green Naked Lady by Snakebyte was all over the North Hall Exhibit floor, showing it off. Dancing and prancing.

The personal trainer by day explained she had to undergo 4 hours of body painting work for her role at CES 2011 for Snakebyte.

And it was a smart move for Snakebyte, because while I never got over to their booth, they got coverage anyway.

San Francisco News: Transbay Terminal Construction Schedule

In this San Francisco News, construction of The Transbay Terminal is under way. This space will have updates from the newsletter of the Transbay Terminal organization. If you're wondering what this is all about, the idea of a new transportation terminal in downtown San Francisco started almost 20 years ago. It culminated in this design competition:

From the newsletter of The Transbay Terminal organization:

This week at Transbay...
Weekend Work (1/7/11 - 1/9/11): This weekend, work will take place on Saturday, between the hours 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM. The contractors will move the crane known as “Big Red” into the west portion of the old Terminal footprint in order to continue demolition of the West Terminal building.
Weekday Work: Weekday work between Monday, January 10, 2011 and Friday, January 14, 2011 will focus on the demolition of the West Terminal building using the wrecking ball. Work began on Thursday, January 6, 2011 to demolish the ramp between Howard and Natoma and will continue for the remainder of the week.
Webcor’s subcontractor, Trinet, will continue utilities work along on Minna Street. Sewer trenching along Minna Street will begin on Monday, January 10, 2011 and will work its way towards Second Street. Due to the trenching, a small portion of Minna Street will be closed entirely, however all affected buildings will be granted full access to their loading docks.
The contractor will work between the hours of 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM.
Street and Sidewalk Closure: The sidewalk on the east side of Fremont Street is closed. Pedestrians must use the west side of Fremont Street. Pedestrian protection will be provided.
Lane restrictions will remain on Natoma Streets. A small portion of Minna will be closed, however all affected buildings will be granted full access to their loading docks. Lane restrictions will be in effect on both Fremont Street and First Street between Mission and Howard Street between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
What to Expect Next Weekend (01/14/11 - 01/16/11): Demolition of the West Terminal building using the wrecking ball will take place on Saturday, January 15, 2011.
Should you have any general questions about the Transbay Transit Center Project, please call Courtney Lodato or Adam Alberti, Transbay Outreach Team, at: (415) 227-9700 or via e-mail at:
If you have any urgent questions regarding site-specific demolition or construction activities, please call our construction activity number: (415) 409-TJPA (8572).
Please continue to check our website for the most up to date schedule of activities at:

CES 2011: 3D Tablets? Stream TV Networks Says No and Yes

CES 2011 featured an estimated 75 different tablets, which is what the iPad is. Yep, 75 of them. But of all of these tablets, was any one of them a 3D tablet?

No and Yes, says Stream TV Networks, Inc, which presented their eLocity brand at CES 2011.

The focus of a Monday video release, Stream TV Networks' announced an eLocity 3D tablet at CES 2011, but they only featured a prototype. Stream TV Networks reports the eLocity 3D tablet will have the following features:

3D Without Glasses Display,
Storage: SDHC (Up to 64GB)
USB2.0 Host & Slave
NVIDIA Tegra 2 T250,
1GHz, 1MB L2 Cache
Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
IPS Multi Touch 1366x768
1.0W Stereo Speakers
Haptic Feedback
3MP Front Facing CMOS, 5MP Rear Webcam
802.11b/g/n w/ Internal Antenna
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
3G & 3.5G Options w/ GPS
HDMI Output (1080P)
3-Axis Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Vibrate Mode

I've seen the eLocity 3D without glasses TV, and it's real, and real impressive. As my upcoming video will show, Stream TV Networks's demonstration of the technology really works and if they can release it this year, eLocity will become a new household word in America.