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Facebook bug allows people to spy on their friends.

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Facebook experienced a bug that allowed users to see what their friends were talking about while chatting and they could also see pending friend requests.  The bug didn’t last long (probably a good thing for some users) and facebook admin removed the chat application and are fixing the issue.  It should be up and running again, if not really soon.  Glad I don’t use it nor log on as often as I used to.  All the fb creepers out there who got to take advantage of the slip-up, hope you were able to obtain incriminating info on your friends!  LOL

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May 5, 2010 at 3:43 PM

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Lady Gaga & Polaroid …don’t forget her hair too!

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One of the many reasons why Lady Gaga gets people talking.  At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, she announced that she was hired as Polaroid’s creative director.  Not too bad for trying soooo hard but creativity did pay off in the end.  I’m all for Polaroids making a comeback!!

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January 10, 2010 at 3:10 AM

News, news, news

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◙   Ahhh, the ‘Balloon Boy’ saga continues.  Richard Heene will be spending 90 days in jail and Mayumi Heene will be serving 20 days of community service.  Womp, womp.  I’m sure they thought they would be getting away with it – NOT! hahaha

◙   How did Time magazine come up with the idea to name Ben Bernanke the ‘Person of the Year’?  He didn’t save the economy; such a sham!  He’s the head of  the Federal Reserve, which in case you didn’t know by now, is a private company (not the government), run by a few really rich men, who decide the fate of the US.  He shouldn’t be praised for nothing.

◙   Dave Matthews Band is the Number One most grossing concert tour of the decade.  Hellllll yaaaa!  For all those DMB haters, you have no idea what you’re missing out on, until you see Dave and the boys live.  It’s no wonder they are ranked number one because they have such a huge following..and their music is amazing.

◙   Serena Williams has been named Female Athlete of the Year by The Associated Press.  Meh…

◙    Ohhh, the joys of having a Blackberry.  The uber popular smartphone experienced it’s second server outage in less than a week.  Either upgrade your systems RIM or get your crap together.  People pay really good coin to have and utilize a bb; I don’t blame people for questioning RIM’s reliability and credibility. 

◙   Susan Sarandon and her long-time partner Tim Robbins are splitsville.  Too bad, because they were together for something like 20+ years.  I guess if they’re not happy it was the best thing. 

◙   Another rockstar/celeb who’s gone in and out of rehab.  Steven Tyler has entered rehab again, this time for a pain killer addiction.  Yikes.

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December 24, 2009 at 1:06 AM

“Christmas Light Hero”, indeed-o.

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Happy ho ho hooo everyone…well those who partake/celebrate at this time of year, and I know Guitar Hero fans will also appreciate the fantastical work of Ric Turner, of Burbank, California who is a former Disney “Imagineer”, definitely wins Decorated House of the Decade, in my opinion.  The technology behind such a wonderment of coolness is mindblasting.  Thank you youtube for giving us the means for such crazygooodamazing moments!!  I love when people get realllllllly into the spirit of things.  It only took:

“Christmas Light Hero is using 7 light controllers from Light-O-Rama built from kits to control 21,268 lights and LEDs. Each controller has 16 outputs and 2-3 TTL level control inputs that are used by the game system to fire different programmed light sequences depending on what happens in the game. It relies on the fact that the game sequence is very consistent. If the game and the lighting sequences start together, they will stay in very good sync through the length of the song. The light program allows branching and overlays for fail, star power and “ready.” I have some ideas to automate the initial show/game sync, but for now you have to push doorbell buttons at the right moments.

To program the show a video recording was made of a perfect round of Guitar Hero playing Eric Johnson’s Cliffs of Dover. The timing of all the dots and the light show choreography follow that video.

When you play, you watch only the Christmas lights, but the audio you hear is from the Wii, so your flubs are broadcast for all to hear (people in cars can tune 99.1 and crank it up as loud as they want.) When we are not playing, a separate version of the program that has the audio from the recorded game plays with the lights as a loop. The YouTube video also has this audio, (because I forgot to record the direct audio when I was shooting the documentation, and the camcorder did not pick it up very well.)

A video screen is on the driveway showing the game video, but if you want to be on the high score list you have to make it through the whole game only watching the Christmas Lights. Even though the game is in “easy” mode, the lights don’t provide the same timing detail as the game does, so it is much harder. Even expert Guitar Hero players have a hard time with the lights, and nobody has made it through without errors (yet).”  (Makezine.com)

Oh ya, he even put together a show for Halloween – awwweeeeesome!!!! 

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December 16, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Also made in Japan, you can marry a video game character!

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Some kid known as ‘Sal9000’ married the love of his life, a character off of a Nintendo DS game called “Love Plus”, named Nene Anegasaki.  Why would they even allow this to be a legit event?  Yes there was a real priest there too.  Only in Japan….wow.

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November 26, 2009 at 2:45 AM

Randomness….

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Happy 40th anniversary Sesame Street!  My childhood wouldn’t have been the same without you!  Cookie Monster will forever eat cooooookies!!!

I still love rubber duckies!!!

Intel has been handed another hefty lawsuit for it’s ridiculous business practices
◙  New York’s Attorney General has handed Intel an antitrust lawsuit for its “illegal business practices” – paying computer distributors big dollars to strictly use Intel processors as opposed to their competitor, AMD.  Well, as the saying goes, money talks and bullshit walks.

Yayyy, the New York Yankees have won another World Series
◙   It’s the 27th time they’ve won the championship.  I guess it makes everything better for all of America.

More H1N1 vaccine drama….
◙   Wall Street employees get access to the shot before millions of others who actually need the shot.  Here  in Canada, more professional athletes (NHL players, for example) are receiving the shot before the rest of the general public, which in both cases has people extremely upset.  We know why these groups got the shots before the average-Joe, but really, how are they more at risk than other people?  They’re the percentage of people who can actually afford any type of medical care they would need.  Once again, money talks……

12 dead after rampage shooting at army base in Texas
◙   A horrifying incident for all who were there at the Fort Hood military base in Texas today.  31 people were wounded and 12 people are dead after a fellow soldier started shooting at his own comrades.  It was thought that he was dead but he’s in hospital recovering from gunshot wounds as well, after a female soldier shot back at him.  Reports are saying that US authorities knew about the soldier (Major Malik Nadal Hasan) 6 months ago as he had posted threats on the internet about suicide bombings and other attacks, but they’re still questioning whether it really was him or not.  I wonder what will come out of all this – besides him getting the death penalty.  What a crazyass mofo.

◙   Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will be co-hosting the Oscars.  I hope we can see some Jack Donaghey-ness on stage….I’m thinking it’ll be a good show.

◙   No Doubt is suing Activision (the makers of Guitar Hero) over the newest game “Band Hero” over a feature that allows players to control band members, to sing other artists’ songs. 

◙   Rihanna is finally sharing her side of the story.  Diane Sawyer interviews her on Good Morning America about the situation/abuse that took place between herself and Chris Brown, with the interview also showing on 20/20.  Timing couldn’t be any better with Rihanna’s new album coming out on November 23.  I’m sure she’s sincere about what she discusses but the timing of the interview is just a little wack, in my opinion at least.  Play on the heartstrings of young girls and women out there Rihanna and company, just to make a buck.

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November 6, 2009 at 3:01 AM

Facebook really has a good purpose!

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A recent study completed by the Pew Internet and American Life Project has found that the internet/social networking sites as well as cell phones are allowing Americans to expand their level of communication and networking, as opposed to isolating them from society.  It’s obvious that with all of the resources that the Internets and cell phones provide people, they don’t really have to try that hard to expand their communicative horizons.  Facebook has most definitely helped with that, as it’s a great avenue for people to talk with people or read other sorts of information that they normally wouldn’t.  The real study should be ‘can Americans (or people in general) communicate with others and avoid social isolation, without a cell phone or Facebook’??  Hmmm, I wonder….

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November 5, 2009 at 10:49 PM

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