Xiaomi Unveils $13 Fitness Band -
Why does this $13 wearable look and sound better than 99% of the other wearables — each of which cost hundreds of dollars — currently on the market? I have no clue, but this just increases my Xiaomi bullishness.
Anonymous said: Regarding the R+L=J Theory: George RR Martin is known to hate predictability, especially when it applies to his own work. This theory has been around awhile, and frankly I was hoping it wouldn't reach the masses. Now that nearly every book reader and likely a huge portion of the show’s viewers know about this “in retrospect so obvious” revelation, what are the odds Martin changes the story now that one of, if not the, greatest plot twists/surprises is out in the wild.
Probably pretty decent, I imagine. Maybe with a flashback to the “Red Bedding” to reveal what really happened?
It struck me that part of the reason we always stay jacked in is that we want everyone — at the other end of the phone, on Facebook and Twitter, on the web, on email — to know that we are part of the now. If we look away, we worry we will disappear. — David Carr, writing eloquently as usual about the death of print.
Anonymous said: You've pondered what HBO is going to do when the TV series catch with the books. Here's a crazy idea. What about a prequel to Game of thrones. Could be: 1. Robert's rebellion 2. Aegon and his sister's rise to power
I really like that idea. Let’s hope they do that.
The only reason I’m an actor is that a lady pulled out of a parking space in front of a producer’s office. — James Garner, who passed away yesterday at the age of 86, on his Hollywood career.
Her by Like a Monkey Art
"Other details of the case were murky, like a good Hefeweizen." -
As national euphoria gripped Germany on Tuesday with the arrival of its world champion soccer team, an apparent crime in the Rhineland served as a reminder that all was not well. Unidentified thieves, the police said, had spent the weekend stealing 10 truckloads of beer.
"Has anyone noticed a large amount of beer?" police in the city of Krefeld said in a news release. "Can anyone provide information on a possible storage area?"
The equivalent of 140,891 six-packs. Someone had a fun night.
Comcast: Decodedly NOT Customer First -
Adrianne Jeffries on why Comcast customer service reps are such pushy creeps:
Metrics-obsessed reps are therefore highly motivated to get every customer to not only continue service, but keep the same number of subscriptions — phone, internet, Xfinity — or add more. Essentially, these reps are trying to reach a predetermined outcome in the call, and they’re trying to do it in under 11 minutes. Comcast has turned its customer service reps into sales reps.
"Comcast likes to pretend to be "customer first," txmadison writes. "But then they turn around and provide an entire incentive structure that is decidedly NOT customer first."
No surprise there. Not only does Comcast not find such behavior problematic, they actually very directly encourage it.
But please, by all means let Comcast buy Time Warner Cable to ensure even more customers get such service.
Another relic from my childhood room. Because what kid doesn’t want a faster 486 with Pentium power?