Racist Hello Kitty

Avril Lavigne Facing “Racist” Backlash Over “Hello Kitty” Music Video

Avril Lavigne has found herself on the receiving end of criticism, following the release of her latest music video.

The 29-year-old pop star released the music video for her single “Hello Kitty” on Tuesday but the clip was taken down almost as quickly as it was uploaded, presumably, due to the controversial content, which has received a considerable amount of backlash with many calling the singer “racist.”

buddy of mine just IM’d me a youtube link to this video, saying it was “best song of the week dude, gotta hear it!”

i should know better.

i really don’t know if it’s “racist” or not, seems to me like everything is becoming “racist” these days which is a shame (fucking PC police), but whatevs… it’s just bad. period.

i still think friday by rebecca black is worse. *shudder*

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Damn Murder Tattoo

Man on Trial for Murder Worried “MURDER” Tattoo Might Hurt His Case

A Kansas man facing first-degree murder charges is trying to convince the government to let him do something about his giant “MURDER” neck tattoo before the trial begins.

The first-degree murder case against Jeffrey Chapman is scheduled to begin next week. Prosecutors say Chapman killed a man in 2011, leaving the body behind in a roadside ditch for hunters to discover.

According to the AP, Chapman’s defense attorney is now seeking to have the state bring in a tattoo artist to obscure or remove the giant mirror-image “MURDER” tag. Prosecutors say no, pointing to the fact that Kansas tattoo artists can only work in licensed facilities, a list that does not include jail cells.

hate to say it, but the irony here is almost funny… but i found myself stare’n that that mug shot of the guy wondering if he did the tattoo himself while looking at a mirror, because it’s fuckin backwards.

oh, i’m sure the jury won’t notice the teardrop tattoo either.


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Happy Hump Day

well ladies and gents, we’ve plowed through to another humpday — woohoo — so let’s sit back, take a few moments, and enjoy the booty.


a few more random booties because… well… da booty > bewbs — that’s just science, mang.

happy hump day!


Watching HBO With Your Parents

HBO Knows How Awkward It Is to Watch HBO With Your Parents

Game of Thrones: First Cousins

Girls: Your Body, Your Choice

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Happily Married Parents

oh man, these are great. *chuckles*

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Site of the Day

i don’t know how long this will actually last, or how legit it is, but you can sign-up right now for unlimited cloud storage over at streem.com right now.

Streem - Unlimited Cloud Storage

i just signed up and it said their were over 20K people in front of me, so we’ll see.

speaking of the cloud, i updated the addthis blog yesterday to use the S3 Amazon Cloud web service to store the blog images… never did that before, so was pretty cool.



‘Palcohol’: The Powdered Alcohol Of The Future Is Here

PalcoholPalcohol may soon be at a liquor store near you. The product was recently approved for consumption by the Federal Government, which means society could well be on its way to snorting itself into oblivion. But that’s NOT HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE USED, PEOPLE.

Palcohol, which is used by adding water to a powder packet, also seems to have been caught with its e-pants down because SB Nation, Gawker and other sites found verbiage used on the company’s now-changed homepage that seemed to advertise the product as a solution to the hassle of trying to sneak booze into venues.

“What’s worse than going to a concert, sporting event, etc. and having to pay $10, $15, $20 for a mixed drink with tax and tip. Are you kidding me?!” the text read. “Take Palcohol into the venue and enjoy a mixed drink for a fraction of the cost.”

oh man, not sure how i feel about this one… on the one hand, it seems almost genius and they make a damn good point about dropping $10-15 for a drink… at the same time, i can’t help but see a shitload of teens & college kids taking getting drunk to a whole new level.

p.s. almost sounds like a roofie. lol

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Google Design Minutes

google has started a new series of videos titled Google Design Minutes — here’s a few they posted with some of the lead designers over at google talking about the challenges behind the projects they’re working on.

Search: The beauty of speed

Maps: Putting the user front and center

Glass: Make it simple

i’ve really liked the direction that google as been going in over the past couple years on the design front, so it’s interesting to see and hear some of the people behind it all.

Google Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time


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HBO On Amazon

HBO Shows Will Soon Stream on Amazon, in Blow to Netflix

Soon you’ll be able to get Tony Soprano with one click.

In a surprise move on Wednesday morning, Amazon announced that it had acquired the rights to stream HBO shows like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under as part of its Amazon Prime Instant Video subscription service, a huge acquisition in its ongoing battle against Netflix.

The agreement will make HBO shows available to stream to non-HBO subscribers for the first time ever.

i’ve always kind of wondered why HBO didn’t broaden access to their shows via Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc… though i guess it makes sense from a business standpoint since they obviously want you to sign-up and pay for HBO.

this is great news though — i don’t see any mention of Game of Thrones though… i’d happily cancel my HBO subscription if i could watch it for free on amazon.



A Nonprofit In Queens Makes A Difference

A nonprofit in Queens taught people to write iPhone apps — and their incomes jumped from $15k to $72k

There’s a booming tech scene in New York City with over 70,000 open jobs, but it’s always been somewhat insulated from the city itself — a problem that’s led to only one in four of those jobs getting filled.

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That situation led the non-profit Coalition for Queens to start Access Code, a unique training program that teaches people from the Queens community to code iOS apps, while receiving mentorship and guidance on career development and entrepreneurship from notable figures from the New York startup scene. Six months after the first Access Code class of 21 students completed the 18 week course, the 15 graduates who accepted job offers have seen their income rise from under $15,000 to an average of $72,190; the other six students are either still in college or have chosen to launch their own startups. And the class as a whole is commendably diverse in an industry that has been struggling to attract women and minorities: it’s 50 percent women, 50 percent underrepresented minorities, and 40 percent immigrants.

i just thought this was a pretty good story about what a non-profit in NYC is doing to help… and not to get overly political here, but it also falls inline with “teach a man to fish…” philosophy versus just handing them some food stamps.

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Titty Tuesday

thought i’d take a quick moment out of my day for a funbag moment.

my twitter feed’s been overrun with mentions of “earth day”, which is apparently today… so… ummm, yeah… dunno why, but does Earth Day seem a little cheesy at this point or is it just me?

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VW R400

CONFIRMED: VW’s Burly-Ass, 395-hp Golf R 400 Concept Will Be Built!

love’n the sound of a 395-hp golf, sure does sound pretty tasty… on the flipside, i’m sure it’ll be over $30k and at that pricepoint, i think most people would start looking at BMW’s or Audi’s — i know i would.

p.s. not sure about that yellow trim either.


Rape of Thrones

That Game of Thrones Scene Wasn’t a “Turn-On,” It Was Rape

In last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, the character Jaime Lannister rapes his sister and long-time lover, Cersei, beside the corpse of their dead son. As she repeatedly yells “no” and “stop,” he tears off her clothes, pushes her to the ground, and says, “I don’t care.”

This isn’t the first rape scene in Game of Thrones—far from it. And there’s been controversy over the show’s use of rape before. But what makes this scene the most upsetting one yet is that the director didn’t realize he was filming a rape scene. This is what Alex Graves told Alan Sepinwall over at Hitfix:

Well, it becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle. Nobody really wanted to talk about what was going on between the two characters, so we had a rehearsal that was a blocking rehearsal. …Nikolaj (Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime) came in and we just went through one physical progression and digression of what they went through, but also how to do it with only one hand, because it was Nikolaj. By the time you do that and you walk through it, the actors feel comfortable going home to think about it. The only other thing I did was that ordinarily, you rehearse the night before, and I wanted to rehearse that scene four days before, so that we could think about everything. And it worked out really well. That’s one of my favorite scenes I’ve ever done.

I’ve seen a lot of disturbing things on Game of Thrones. I’ve seen people burned alive. I’ve seen men castrated. I’ve seen prostitutes forced to torture each other. I’ve seen pregnant women stabbed in the stomach. But none of that holds a candle to how disturbing the above comment is to me.

i just watched the re-run of the episode late lastnight on HBO, and it was just as disturbing the second time around as the first… then again, it really isn’t the first rape scene in the show, which i’d almost completely forgot about — sad to say.


AT&T’s Pony Show

AT&T’s “Expansion” of 1 Gbps to 100 Cities is a Big, Fat Bluff

AT&T today announced that the company is “eyeing” 100 potential target cities as locations they may deploy faster 1 Gbps “Gigapower” service. According to the company’s press release, this “major initiative” will target 100 “candidate cities and municipalities” across 21 metropolitan areas nationwide. Those users could then get AT&T’s $70-$100 per month 1 Gbps service, currently only available in a very small portion of Austin, Texas.

Before you get too excited, you need to understand that this is a bluff of immense proportion. It’s what I affectionately refer to as “fiber to the press release.”

Ever since Google Fiber came on the scene, AT&T’s response has been highly theatrical in nature. What AT&T would have the press and public believe is that they’re engaged in a massive new deployment of fiber to the home service. What’s actually happening is that AT&T is upgrading a few high-end developments where fiber was already in the ground (these users were previously capped at DSL speeds) and pretending it’s a serious expansion of fixed-line broadband.

It’s not. At the same time AT&T is promising a massive expansion in fixed line broadband, they’re telling investors they aren’t spending much money on the initiative, because they aren’t. AT&T’s focus is on more profitable wireless. “Gigapower” is a show pony designed to help the company pretend they’re not being outmaneuvered in their core business by a search engine company.

well that’s a damn shame really.


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Pied Piper

Fake Startup Landing Page From HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Is Better Than Many Real Startup Landing Pages

to be honest, it really does look better than most real start-up pages doesn’t it?

love that it comes on right after Game of Thrones… another show that cracks me up?


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3 Ways Forward For Xbox One

The Three Ways Forward For Microsoft And The Xbox One

My colleague Mark Rogowsky recently published a piece that contained a rather worrying chart, which showed the growing disparity between PS4 and Xbox One sales. Though the gap was a million consoles a few months ago in favor of Sony , now the gulf has widened, with Microsoft MSFT +0.03% more or less refusing to publish actual sales, giving only a units shipped number that forces everyone to compare apples to oranges.

Sony is bursting with pride, announcing that 7 million PS4s have been sold to consumers, while Microsoft seems reluctant to admit that “just” 5 million Xbox One have been shipped to stores, which means total sales are even lower. As seen by the chart, the gulf is widening, and the fact that Microsoft is destroying 360 sales at the same point in time doesn’t seem to matter.

So, what to do?

introducing a smaller, disk-less version of the Xbox One this fall sounds pretty good to me… but at the end of the day, they really need to get the price down so it’s at least the same price as the PS4. period.

they were taking a gamble, and it’s not paying off as far as sales numbers go… seems pretty damn obvious why to me… hell, i know i struggled with paying an extra $100 for the damn kinect, but ended up biting the bullet and going with it anyways.

after using it for a few months, i think it’s a bit gimmicky and not really worth the extra money.

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