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Why no internet slacktivism aimed at Apple?

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What is the deal with 'Mericans and Apple? My question pertains to the TOTAL lack of internet activism directed at this company. Some great stuff has happened because of so-called "slacktivism". A bunch of uptight ladies jump on JC Penney for using a (gasp) lesbian for spokesperson and BOOM - that group of gals got their collective asses handed to them on a plate and Penney's gained a ton of new fans. Rush Limbaugh calls someone a "slut" for using birth control and BLAMMO - the internet comes alive and sponsors pull their money faster than you can update yer FB page.
I am old enough to remember when it was discovered that Kathy Lee's line of clothing was being made by kids (it was in 1996) under piss poor conditions for sale in Wal-Mart, the poop hit the propeller and things changed quickly. She was so affected by the whole thing that she worked with President Clinton to address child labor.
So, how come with ALL the attention being focused on the con…

Letter for letter transcription of talented writers.

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Just recently started spending time on YouTube (I know, I know.....). I have been inspired by what I have found there. For instance - the are TONS of "note for note" videos in which aspiring drummers and guitar players play solos or entire songs by their favorite musical idols "note for note".



Ha! I can do something even cooler. I am doing "letter for letter" transcriptions of authors I admire. Consider this "letter for letter" version of a kick ass Mark Twain passage from Tom Sawyer:“The children fastened their eyes upon their bit of candle and watched it melt slowly and pitilessly away; saw the half inch of wick stand alone at last; saw the feeble flame rise and fall, climb the thin column of smoke, linger at its top a moment, and then — the horror of utter darkness reigned!”

Emboldened with that success, I threw caution out the dang window and tried my hand at others: John Grisham, John Steinbeck, Agatha Christie, Harold Robbins, Bill Shakespea…

Don't people READ their emails?

What the heck? Do people NOT read their emails? I listed my motorcycle on Craigslist recently. A couple days ago I received an email asking if it was still for sale. I replied that it was available and then received this little gem (anyone who has sold something on the net probably has received something similar). Please note the extra email at the bottom from "Deaf World" which this person left tacked on:

"To: cliffy7.....
Sent: Sunday, March 4, 2012 10:31:47 AM
Subject: Re: 2004 BMW Rockster 1150R SE - $5775 (Ada)

Hello thanks am glad to read from you ,will appreciate more pictures. i am a marine engineer and my permanent residence is in Pacific Junction, Iowa, i am at sea right now. I am buying this for my twin sister as a surprise promise Gift so am willing to offer you the amount you required. I can only pay through PayPal at the moment as i don't have access to my bank account online (i don't have internet banking with it), but i have it attached to my Pay…

Stuff I Thought Was Funny At The Time Vol 2

2.10.12
(upon learning of the pay to graduate scandal at Dickinson U)
Would you join me in singing my alma mater:


"You are good and you are great,
Allowing foreign kids to matriculate,
And if they pay the going rate,
they are sure to graduate.
... Dickinson, Ohhhh Dickinson, you mighty seat of learning,
Its too damn bad they caught on to the money you were earning.
Amen"

2.8.12
I just joined: 400 Million White Guys Against Everything And Everyone Who Is Not Just Like Us. We are going to change 'Merica. We are going to return it to when it was worth returning to. We are gonna boycott n protest n take action, baby. This country was founded by White Men for White Men. 400 Million White Men is a kick ass group - just ask any of the three of us for more information.

2.6.12

Our back deck is covered with Sex Worker Frost (we don't use the word "hoar" in our house).

2.3.12
Just found a good indicator of 'Merica The Confused: In a state with a Gubner that just…

Stuff I Thought Was Funny At The Time Vol. 1

3.3.12 
I think its really really neato that you took your Iphone to the concert. Wow the footage is superb (not) and the audio is shit. Whatsamattatu? Got no erase button? Y O Y is YouTube crammed with concert footage that looks and sounds like diaper rash. Put your phone down and enjoy the show - we will believe you went there, you don't hasta prove it.


3.2.12 
I wonder why sleeping dogs just can't come clean? Who decided it was best to let them continue to lie? I, for one, am sick and tired of their ways and will not stand for it anymore. Won't you join me? Make Sleeping Dogs Tell The Truth - NOW!

2.29.12
I could not figure out what that NOIZE was, then I realized it is the volume from my hair! That new volumizer is the shizzle.

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I refuse to acknowledge "Leap Day" a ficticious day not found in the Constitution. Our wise founders seemed to get by on 28 days in February and that is enough for me. Happy March 1st. (this may get tricky on other holidays, …

Stuff That Works - A review of MuteMath in concert.

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Here are some key words for a MuteMath concert: Passion - Energy - Musicianship - Showmanship - Heart L to R - Roy (bass) Paul (keys) Darren (drums) Todd (guitar)
Uhm, the instrument labels only sorta work. Outside of Darren, the other three guys jump fluidly amongst a host of instruments - but they mostly play what they are credited with.

I was channel surfing in December of 2011 - came across MM on Palladia doing their Armistice show. They grabbed me in seconds. I watched the whole show and enjoyed it several times in the following days (thanks for playing so many times Palladia). Who were these guys? Who was that wild man on the tiny drum kit providing the big pocket for his buddies to groove in? This Paul character sings with his whole heart and soul. The band is tight and obviously loves what they do. I immediately bought the Armistice DVD/CD and MuteMath CD. Jumped on the web - Glorioski, they are fixing to tour. Signed Julie and I up for some tix with a package that included t…