Recent AAPL News

While reviewing financial news today at the GOOG Finance page (my favorite money site for tracking investments) I plucked these AAPL (Apple) news tidbits from the last month.

Apple Inc. opposes Big Apple’s green logo
Mercury News
Apple Inc. says The Big Apple is worming into its territory with a logo the city is using for its green living campaign. Apple on Friday renewed its challenge to a trademark registration application that New York City filed last May, saying the apple logo was too similar to its own.

T-Mobile slashes iPhone price to 99 euros from 399
Reuters
In an offer posted on Friday on its Website (http://tinyurl.com/29pokf), T-Mobile said it would sell the 8 gigabyte version for as little as 99 euros together with a two-year contract costing 89 euros a month from April 7 through June 30.

Apple Displaces Wal-Mart As Top U.S. Music Seller 
CNN Money News
Apple said data from NPD Group showed iTunes as the top music retailer in the U.S. for the months of January and February. The data, from NPD Group’s MusicWatch survey, identifies and counts a CD purchase as 12 songs, excluding songs bought through wireless transactions. The figures show Apple surpassing Wal-Mart less than two months after a similar report in which Apple moved past Target Corp. for second place in terms of U.S. music sales.

Flickr: Smiley Lightning

I always like seeing the different objects that the electrical build-up in a storm can find to discharge through, especially cloud to cloud lightning. This one below  by Flickr user Yorri¢k is reallY cool but isn’t all that rare; since it’s over water it’s probably just as likely to find an opposite charge within some other portion of the cloud than it is over a body of water.

But I do really like how it appears to originally be attracted to the water on the right or the ship on the water when the greater difference was found in the other end of the cloud and changed directions. Nice ‘smiley’.

Wikipedia has an excellent cloud to cloud lightning photo as well, thought it’s ‘flattened’ on the underside of the clouds.

 

Smile

The Joke That Made rec.humor.funny Infamous

Here’s a nice long anecdote of a politically incorrect joke on rec.humor.funny usenet group in the 1980’s that put it on the map and raised the ire of several universities to make it one of the first to be banned.

Original post:

brian@radio.uucp (Brian Glendenning)
Radio Astronomy, University of Toronto
( rec.humor, rec_humor_cull, racist (mildly), chuckle)

(Relayed From prabhu@mitisft)

A Scotsman and a Jew went to a restaurant. After a hearty meal, the waitress came by with the inevitable check. To the amazement of all, the Scotsman was heard to say, “I’ll pay it!” and he actually did.

The next morning’s newspaper carried the news item:

“JEWISH VENTRILOQUIST FOUND MURDERED IN BLIND ALLEY.”

The Best LOST Theory I’ve Read Yet

Lost

Making the rounds on the interweb is a pointer to this Lost theory called “Lost: A theory on time travel“, that in my opinion, is probably mostly accurate in its explanation of the many mysteries, though some are still not explained (like Smokey).

In a nutshell, the island itself forms a kind of time machine and the island is stuck in a loop at the year 1996.

Read on.

Productivity Software That Enforces You To Stay On Task

FrutifulTime

FruitfulTime is a site where you can learn how to make yourself more productive in life and to make every second count. It also has released software (‘FruitfulTime TaskManager’) and an ebook (‘Stop Procrastinating Now’).

The challenge with task management programs is that they are completely dependent on the user to stay on task, keep up with the workflow and not ‘snooze’ the items for weeks on end like I sometimes tend to do.

They have a solution to that, and I honestly have to say it’s unique: FruitfulTime TaskManager Electro:

FruitfulTime TaskManager Electro takes to do list software to new high heights thanks to its innovative productivity enforcing feature.

Enforcing feature? Oh yeah!

News Links: 2008 Movies I’m Looking Forward To

The news links this time are all related to movies, some you can look forward to watching in 2008, in some cases, they’re straight to video. I’m not rehashing the ones we’re discussed before like Speed Racer, Iron Man, Dark Knight.

 

WOTW2

War Of The Worlds 2 The Next Wave 2008 STV
ReleaseLog
This is not a sequel to Steven Spielberg’s version of War of the Worlds, the one with Tom Cruise. The aliens return to complete their plan of human domination, launching a second wave of attacks that threaten to destroy what is left of humanity. This time, humanity is ready to wage ware and tries to take the fight to Mars.

 

100 million BC
100 Million BC
Kihl Studios
A scientist from the failed Philadelphia Experiment leads a team of Navy SEALs back in time to the Cretaceous Period to rescue the first team he sent back during the 1940s. Things go wildly awry though, when on his return he accidentally brings a giant, man-eating dinosaur back through the portal and into modern-day, downtown Los Angeles.

 

The Hulk 
The Incredible Hulk
Marvel 
While hiding out in Mongolia, the Hulk is captured by the Russians. After days of torture and tests, the Russians collect enough DNA to create their own Abomination. The Hulk eventually escapes and the Russians send the Abomination to destroy him.

 

Hellboy 2

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
Coming Soon
After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy.

 

The Mummy
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Rob Cohen: The Mummy
The O’Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.
Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China’s ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O’Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
IMDB
As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past.
Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds; Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching.

Squid Beaks Could Lead to Better Artificial Limbs

 Squid Beak

Science learning to improve human life through the study of animals has been occurring for hundreds of years. From a cancer cure developed from the sweat of a toad’s belly to the psoriasis remedies found in shark cartilage.

Now scientists may have found a solution to the age old problem of fusing hard medical implants to the soft tissues in your body through the study of squids and their hard beaks.

It appears the secret ingredient is chitin and other materials that change density gradually from the hard tip to a softer, more flexible base where it attaches to the muscle around the squid’s mouth.

Read about Squid Beak Medicine at Discovery.com.