Thursday, July 14, 2011

Google PLUS

The Future.
I'm guessing that you've probably heard of Google at some point in your life -- and if you're a regular reader of this blog, you should have also heard of the very, very exciting Google+ -- that, though still in beta, has basically been released into the wild and has been very busy kicking ass and taking names (at least in my opinion -- check out Recap Attack over the next few days for an opposing take from my pal Amir). Here's why I'm on board:
  • FINALLY a way to set people's privacy that doesn't make me hate myself. Seriously, the Groups feature is fun, easy, and straightforward -- although I'm still waiting for Privacy A.I. to become part of my social networking experience. The day Social Networking Site X knows that any posts with swear words in them aren't intended for my mother will be a truly great day indeed (and will spare my !@#$%^&* keys from all the undeserved abuse).
  • It's PURTY. Facebook has nothing on the chic, modern design of G+, especially since Facebook clutters itself up with all those ads. Now, I'm sure Google+ will eventually add advertisements to its hallowed walls as well, but I'm hoping they have an algorithm smart enough to figure out that when I mark my relationship status as "married" it doesn't automatically mean I'm ready to start popping out babies or that I've already popped a couple out (Seriously, most annoying ads ever - and I'm pretty sure this is a nearly female-exclusive experience).
  • I love Google. Check the podcast if you don't believe me. Also I love that although Google does make some anti-user calls, generally I feel like their company politics are more in my corner -- and in a world where almost everything seems owned by unscrupulous people (hi, Rupert Murdoch Scandal, it always makes me feel good to be able to back someone who at least tries to not be evil.
  • As more and more people hop on board, G+ is becoming the fun-filled place Facebook was before Zynga came along -- only with a much more cleverly integrated toolbar in the form of the black bar now appearing at the top of nearly all of Google's sites. Being able to see notifications of all the cool stuff going on in Google+ without having to either clutter my inbox with notification emails or actually go to a different website is so very sexy to me.
All these things said, however, there are some definite issues in Google+ that I would like to see addressed:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Podcast is LIVE!

All right, I know you've been waiting with baited breath, and it is FINALLY HERE -- go check out the new Recap Attack podcast, and listen to me and a bunch of other cool dudes butcher any serious discussion of recent news with questionably-thought-out jokes and plenty of attitude.

For a direct link to the podcast, go here.

Stay posted for my personal take on Google+, a creative portrayal of just how disgusting the infamous baby shower "Diaper Game" can get, and why I think I'm giving up on superhero movies. Unless they come out with a Wonder Woman flick, in which case I'm in. Totally in.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

My First Podcast Discussion, and Wally Wally Wally Wally WORLD!

Whoo-hoo! Last night, I got to take part in a podcast discussion on Recap Attack, hosted by my friend and local technophile Amir Muntasser. While wading through the week's news, we got sidetracked into impassioned discussions of men versus women's bathroom cleanliness, the possibility that it was Osama bin Laden's beard that put him out of touch with the younger generation, and the reasons why only Amir is privilaged enough to refer to Justin Timberlake as "J.T." I think they'll be posting the podcast this next week, so be sure to check back here or on the Recap Attack blog for updates, sometime around next Wednesday -- I'll keep you updated as I know more.

In other news, here's my new favorite YouTube video -- immortalizing the mezmerizing keesters of the women of Walmart:

You're welcome.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Boobs on a Billboard!

Last semester, while driving to and from my music theory class at the local community college, I would pass what became a familiar sign: Two smirking men's faces, pasted on either side of two words in extremely large font: "NICE PAIR." Ah yes, the gorgeous wit that it my local talk 'news' radio station. Observe the sign:
There's something about it that makes me just want to slap someone . . .
Yes, that there would be two of the most irritating political commentators on the airwaves, Mr. Glenn Beck and Mr. Sean Hannity. And no, it's not that I don't like them because they're Republican or because Fox News provides them with an irresponsibly loud megaphone through which they can blast their utter cow pucky - although I do take issue with that second little detail (more on that some other time). In this particular moment, they are irritating me because they are the stars of a billboard advertisement that uses a pathetic sexist pun in order to pass itself off as clever.