Top posts for week ending 31-Jul

I’m not sure if its the summer weather and people are spending their time at the pool or if I wasn’t as attentive to The Road Not Taken this week due to travel constraints, but overall traffic was pretty mixed across the entire portfolio of posts and none of this week’s new content really stood out (although the classic Apple commercials did have a good showing):

  1. Thomas Keller knows food (and technology)
  2. Even Apple looks bad once in a while
  3. Did Google forget about Project 10×100?
  4. The most insane beer on earth
  5. I’m not a motorcycle rider, but I wish I was given how cool these are
  6. Just what is Taio Cruz trying to get across?
  7. If you must have an iPad, then a stand is probably a good bet
  8. Which are your favorites? I have more than a few
  9. Geoengineering; intriguing dialog from The Economist
  10. CNET gets a peak at the Dell Streak

I’m going to go ahead and write this week off as summer malaise, but let’s not let it happen again.

Even Apple looks bad once in a while

Here are some of the worst Apple commercials ever to disgrace the airwaves.  Dick Cavett looking like a misogynistic idiot is my favorite by far.

This last one is not technically a commercial (it is a corporate promo video) but it is simultaneously so pitiful and laughable, I had to include it.

No IPO on the horizon for Facebook

No IPO on the horizon for Facebook – “Anonymous Sources Delay Speculated Facebook IPO Again, to 2012” http://ht.ly/2j4b5 #socialmedia

Netflix delivers on the promise of streaming as a viable business

Netflix delivers on the promise of streaming as a viable business – “Netflix delights studios with big checks” http://ht.ly/2iEET #movies

Just what is Taio Cruz trying to get across?

I know this is a major departure from my normal content, but I stumbled across the Taio Cruz video for “Dynamite” on YouTube and while I’ll be the first person to admit that the song is catchy (although not as good as other songs by Cruz) – I have no idea how someone decided to throw together these visuals with the song:

I’m starting to think the message might be, if you’re Taio Cruz you can make really pointless music videos.

Groupon makes it personal (for a few of us)

Groupon makes it personal (for a few of us) – “Groupon Eyes Further Growth with Personalized Deals” http://ht.ly/2iLgS #socialmedia

Irrespective of product generation, no one I know owns a Kindle

Irrespective of product generation, no one I know owns a Kindle – “Amazon’s Kindle 3 gets a sleek new look” http://ht.ly/2i5QT #Amazon

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Update: What’s really amazing to me about the Kindle is that the following statement (straight from Amazon.com’s Web site) is apparently true: “Kindle is our #1 bestselling item for two years running. It’s also the most-wished-for, most-gifted, and has the most 5-star reviews of any product on Amazon.” Given the volume of things they sell a year, that is really saying something.  Perhaps one of these days I’ll meet someone who owns and uses one.

Microsoft releases a great OS and wins; good approach

Microsoft releases a great OS and wins; good approach – “Microsoft Sells 175 Million Copies of Windows 7 in Nine Months” http://ht.ly/2i5M1

Is Google becoming the new NRO?

Is Google becoming the new NRO? – “Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring” http://ht.ly/2i5E2 #bigbrother

What we need is a huge death star, Pentagon pleads

What we need is a huge death star, Pentagon pleads – “Build Us a Better Ray Gun, Pentagon Pleads” http://ht.ly/2hyMp #military

Blow stuff up to the tune of $146 million per year.