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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Morning News: Nerds, Elmo, YOLO

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This Election Makes Reading the News So Fun: I could read ledes that start like this all day. "As a subdued John A. Boehner started to lay the groundwork for compromise with President Obama..."

Nerds Rule! Obama's 29-year-old chief analytics officer must still be washing champagne out of his hair; presidential campaigns are changed forever. Fun story: Remember that little town in New Hampshire that votes at midnight? Well...

Dixville Notch split 5–5. It did not seem an auspicious outcome for the president. But for the math geeks and data wizards who spent more than a year devising sophisticated models to predict which voters would back the president, Dixville Notch was a victory. Their model had gotten it right, predicting that about 50% of the village's voters were likely to support President Obama.

The Scandal That Keeps on Giving: General Petraeus's affair ensnares another general—Marine General John Allen, the US commander in Afghanistan. "I think I'm more surprised by this than almost anything I've seen in my career," says NPR's Pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman. Here's a short list of the main players.

Big Windows News: Microsoft announced late yesterday that Steven Sinofsky, "the exacting and controversial president of Windows and Windows Live, [has] left the company just weeks after delivering the radical revamp of its flagship software product, Windows 8."

Vote or Die, For Real: Arizona woman drives over her husband in an SUV because he didn't vote. He's currently in critical condition.

Not Elmo! Kevin Clash, who plays Elmo, takes a leave of absence from Sesame Street to deal with "false and defamatory" accusations that he had a relationship with a teenager. Clash says the relationship "was between two consenting adults." The Elmo character will not be on hiatus during this time, as he is "bigger than any one person."

Oxford American Dictionary Word of the Year Announced: This year it's "GIF," which beats out "YOLO" and, if you were wondering, can be pronounced with a hard or a soft g.

The Turkey, eh! Mashed Potatoes, eh! It's Thanksgiving! Ark Music Factory, creator of "Friday," is back with another hit! Here, watch/listen, repeat, repeat, lose mind. Yay!

 

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Danger 1
I have been grousing about this all morning.

-'gif', (always said with a hard 'g' by the way) has never ever been used by anyone as a verb. And they stopped being a big deal 5 years ago.
-'yolo' is an acronym. The indicated phrase is not by any means new or interesting.
-Super PAC and Higgs boson are not words.
-Superstorm is no different from super storm.

Which leaves Eurogeddon and Nomophobia. Yawn. I'm truly offended by the sorry state of oxfordian lexicography. Can we not do better?
Posted by Danger on November 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this
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If you pronounce "gif" with a hard g, I'm just going to assume you're talking about peanut butter.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on November 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM · Report this
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I laughed and then felt bad for laughing at the vote or die for real blurb. Thanks for making me feel like an ass :-P
Posted by wxPDX on November 13, 2012 at 9:34 AM · Report this
Danger 4
@2 That's what I meant of course. I got it backwards.
Posted by Danger on November 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Badger 5
The Kevin Clash thing seems like a case of an openly gay man who may have made a stupid choice (sleeping w/ a 16 year old in a state where 17 is the legal age).

I'm hoping it doesn't become a story that the right wingers latch onto in order to prove that gays are all child-rapers. That seems like the kind of spin Fox News would put on it.

As I understand it, there is some question as to whether the boy was under age at the time, apparently a previous investigation showed that he was not.
Posted by Badger on November 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM · Report this
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@ 2 and 4, you're confusing me. Hard g is like go and get, soft g is the sound in Jif (or gyrate).
Posted by originalcinner on November 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM · Report this
Free Lunch 7
I did a poll around the office: the visual designers all say "gif" with a hard g, which makes me an outlier.

On the Petraeus/Allen scandal, I don't understand why the media are treating it as a single scandal. Sounds like two completely separate scandals. Unless we're talking foursome.
Posted by Free Lunch on November 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM · Report this
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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/13/ab…

@7, evidently there's much you don't understand, beginning with the fact there is no actual media extant in America.

Firstly, the "social or special liaison" to the base which is HQ of the Joint Special Operations Command, initiates an FBI investigation, which leads to the resignation of the CIA director days prior to his scheduled testimony on Benghazi.

Secondly, the lady ID'ed by the feebs of Robert Mueller III's FBI, has an intel background. Next, the commanding general of forces over in Afghanistan, soon to head NATO's military command, is now involved and his command transfer is on hold.

Perhaps this is the unique time when it "just happened" --- but too much falls conveniently into place, especially now as the former Bush White House CIA aide, presently the acting CIA Director Morrell, will be the one testifying before congress.

Don't understand the overall picture myself, but too many pieces appear to fall too conveniently into place for whatever the real agenda might be.....

The Media? What Effing Media ? ? ?

The other day Goldy criticized a submediocre Seattle Times’ columnist, coinciding with a CNN hit job on American citizens who think critically (i.e., have zero confidence in the so-called American media --- better known as the Skank News Network).

A perfect case in point illustrates why there should be zero confidence: the New York Times' hiring of Mark Thompson, former director-general of BBC, as their chief executive, who was at the BBC during the spiking of the special exposing the pedophile former BBC personality, Jimmy Savile (chronically molesting underage girls, who actually bragged about it in his autobiography, and former victims recounted how Savile used girls' reform schools as his personal rape preserves).

George Entwhistle, who had been BBC director-general for less than two months, just resigned --- although Entwhistle really wasn't involved in the matter, it was Thompson who should have suffered the consequences, instead of being hired at the NY Times!

This is still an evolving situation at the BBC; reports vary on certain aspects. Evidently, after the exposé of Jimmy Savile was quashed, another pedophile special was rushed into production, but facts weren't verified and "gross libel" was televised instead (to quote one accurate commentary). The uncertain facts concern whether several other editors/BBC employees, who were suspended actually had anything to do with the original spiking, but due to their removal, fact checking apparently was also suspended on the second sloppy pedophile special?

So, Thompson, the New York Times' new chief executive, who should be held accountable for spiking that Jimmy Savile exposé of his many years of pedophile crimes while at the BBC, will now be responsible for who-knows-what at the Times --- definitely not a bastion of veracity where the news is concerned!

During the Bush administration, when the Council on Foreign Relations, the US Chamber of Commerce (USCoC) and individual state chambers of commerce (smaller CoCs) and business forums were promoting the North American Transnational Highway (the NAFTA superhighway, leading from a deep-water port on the Pacific coast of Mexico, built by China, through America and into Canada, circumventing American unions such as the Teamsters and ILWU, etc. --- the cheapest transportation and shipping system possible to destroy the workers and enrich the super-rich and their executives), an Australian multinational involved, the Macquarie Group, purchased over forty independent American newspapers in the central region of the USA, in order to halt criticism of that project.

This is what corporate so-called "media" looks like and why CNN finds it necessary to label any critics as "conspiracy theorists" --- no theory here, it's all easily verifiable fact, and facts can be pesky things to the criminal class.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/cn…

http://cryptome.org/2012-info/petraeus-k…
More...
Posted by sgt_doom on November 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM · Report this
long-time reader 9
The "G" in ".gif" derives from "graphical", and as such should retain the hard G sound.

But this is a file format that's been around for, what, 20 years? What's next year's word of the year going to be, ".zip"?!
Posted by long-time reader on November 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Danger 10
@6 That's what I meant of course. I got it backwards again.

(Actually I just assumed @2's correction was accurate and didn't bother to think it through. It's been a rough morning.)

@9 At least zip can be used as a verb. Who the fuck 'gifs' something?
Posted by Danger on November 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM · Report this
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Speaking of real nerds, please familiarize yourselves with the below:

http://freehammond.com/

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazi…
Posted by sgt_doom on November 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 12
@8: Your problem is that you see no difference between a historical fact, and what you see as what it means. You do it in every post.

Here, you are factually correct in your timeline of the Petraeus issue, but you claim, in the face of evidence, that this happened so that Petraeus would not have to testify on Bhengazi.

When of course, he still is going to testify, meaning that the affair has no bearing on Bhengazi. You see, when someone resigns from a job, they are not dead. They can still be called into court.

It is the complete fabrication of why it happened that makes it a crackpot conspiracy theory. Your inane commentary is not fact. Your claim that it was all a conspiracy so that Petraeus does not have to testify is not fact. This is why no one takes you seriously, and no one should.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 13
I always pronounced it as "gift" without the "t." The peanut butter pronunciation never occurred to me.

But then again, back in the early 90s I thought the plural for mouse in the computer sense should be "mouses," just to be cleverly* different from the plural for mouse in the rodent sense.

*or not-so-cleverly; I was only a teenager at the time
Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on November 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Report this
pragmatic 14
Sinofsky is leaving because he'll never be the CEO and he knows it. He's held the same position now for 3 years, oversaw 2 big release waves for that MS division and that's about as much as he can do in that job. So, I expect to see him either go to a VC firm, a startup, or heading some floundering company in need of new leadership within the next few weeks.
Posted by pragmatic on November 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM · Report this
Danger 15
@13 Both 'mice' and 'mouses' are acceptable plural forms for computer mouse. 'Mice' is more common, but it doesn't matter which you use.
Posted by Danger on November 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Dougsf 16
Holy shit, are the songwriters at Ark 75 years old or is the company run by a foreigner who learned about American holidays from watching the Cosby show?

Selling teens and tweens an anthem to get them pumped about going to their dipshit cousin's house to hang out at a fold out table in the kitchen while the adults in their family humor their racist grandmothers? Ok, I could be projecting JUST A BIT, but I don't the kids eating this one up.
Posted by Dougsf on November 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 17
I call them meeses.

Look, media reviews of Win 8 are mixed. Some hate it, some love it. I think it's great for mobile phones and tablets, but it sux donkeys on desktops and blade servers. Part of why MSFT is bleeding red other than the xBox (Halo!)
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Indy 18
I honestly don't care if you pronounce it with a hard or soft G, but it's worth noting that the inventors of the GIF format intended it to be a soft G.
Posted by Indy on November 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM · Report this
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How creepy must you have to be to work as a "producer" at Ark Music Factory?
Posted by Centrists Rule the World today on November 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM · Report this
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Will: Win Server for the blades I should think, no tiles needed.
Posted by david on November 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM · Report this

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