What Has Been Memed Cannot Be Unmemed

Well, you know, Wally, I got very nervous, you know, and I said: “Well, what is a beehive?” He said: “Well, a beehive is at eight o’clock a hundred strangers come into a room.” And I said: “Yes?” And he said: “Yes, and whatever happens is a beehive.” And I said: “Yes, but what am I supposed to do?” He said: “That’s up to you.”

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8:13 am • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

The Law Of Horses and Bayonets Sez: The man riding the tank and armed with a machine gun wins.

10:46 am • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

Fewer anecdotes, not less. Are you just trying to give SFL, Flippin, and me an aneurysm?
BTW, Targa, the local grammar nazis welcome you to Stinque. ;->

11:59 am • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

@Mistress Cynica: But then you lose the less/more, which is essential to the construction. Rhythm trumps Grammar.

/s/ Grammar Freedom Fighters

12:06 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

Stinque World Domination Headquarters will be closed from 10am PT for approximately ninety minutes as Apple livestreams its iPad mini announcement and the drones huddle around the Apple TV in abject worship. We thank you for your understanding.

1:17 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

@nojo: Stay safe.

2:00 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

@Mistress Cynica: Thanks. And, in my defense, I was working with a construct from radio brags of yore: “Less talk, more rock.”

Add: …and gin.

2:32 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

@Benedick: And, we’re back. $329 for an iPad mini doesn’t sound like an impulse buy. Although mine will be a business deduction.

3:51 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

@nojo: Meh, too little, too late. I’m sure it’ll do well, because it says iPad on it. But this is the worst “me too” game I’ve seen from Apple in quite a while.

4:07 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

@nojo: At $250 I would have done it.

4:08 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

@Targa: Less talk, more rock is correct. If something can be counted in units of some sort, fewer is correct.

Yes, one is insufferable and has few friends, thanks for asking.

4:51 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

@Mistress Cynica: Beat beat-beat-beat, beat beat-beat-beat. That’s all I hear. Especially with my fingers in my ears.

5:02 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

@IanJ: @Mistress Cynica: The angle Apple’s pitching is a substantially larger screen than similar mini-tablets, but I agree with the consumer psychology: $299 or less, preferably $249.

There are production reasons for playing it how they did (the screen is basically a multiple of a 3GS screen, cut from similar LCD sheets), and since it runs existing iPad apps, you can’t shrink them too much from their intended “full” size, but still. It’s not quite playing in the Nexus/Kindle Fire market.

That said, I bought Last Year’s Kindle Fire for development, and the screen size seemed awkward to me. So, who knows.

6:02 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

I’ve got a Galaxy Tab 2.0 7″, and it seems pretty good. The screen is a touch too small, and the body is a touch too big, so I’m calling it overall about right. I also have a (now outdated) New PrevGen iPad through work, which seems ridiculously large to me.

11:44 pm • Tuesday • October 23, 2012

What people still forget is that Apple never really leads in tech innovation, they just watch and see what everyone else is doing before refining their product.

The iPod was far from the first digital music player. It was, however, the first one that didn’t look like a potato, and the first with an efficient system for organizing music.

2:28 am • Wednesday • October 24, 2012

@matador1015: I was happily making the same argument until January 2007 — that Apple’s genius was refinement and popularization.

The iPod wasn’t the first MP3 player, but the first MP3 player done right. The original Mac developed Xerox PARC’s insights much more than Xerox did. OS X is a Unix shell done right (although it took three rounds to nail it). Even USB — an Intel technology — was lying fallow until the iMac forced the issue.

But the iPhone was all but inconceivable before Apple introduced it. And the iPad created a tablet market where a decade of Microsoft attempts had failed.

Those might be, in the long run, exceptions — Apple’s strength remains waiting for technology to gel before pouncing on it. But even there, Apple is spectacularly innovative: They make shit work.

8:41 am • Wednesday • October 24, 2012

@nojo: Actually, the iPhone wasn’t Apple’s first attempt. The fact that it was a massive fail didn’t stop Apple from getting it right a couple of years later.

1:25 pm • Wednesday • October 24, 2012

@matador1015: That fail’s on Motorola. But you already knew that.

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