Talk time at the democratic debate

The Chris Dodd Presidential campaign web site has an interesting chart of candidate talk times at the latest Democratic debate.

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I’m not really surprised by who has the most talk time, but I do plan on learning a little more about the candidates with the least talk time since I know so little about them right now. (via Victoria Kos)

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I smells a h0axor!

Since I’m enjoying the whole LOLcat phenomenon so much, I feel obligated to point out the origins of LOLcat, as told by Ape Lad.

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Not many people know this, but my great grandfather Aloysius “Gorilla” Koford, was also a cartoonist. From 1912-1913 he produced a comic strip which was featured in 17 newspapers, including the Philadephia Star-Democrat, the Tampa Telegraph, and the Santa Fe Good-Newser.

The strip was entitled “the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats” and featured the exploits of one Meowlin Q. Kitteh (a sort of cat hobo-raconteur) and his young hapless kitten friend, Pip. The strip did not last long due to a run-in my great-grandfather had with none other than William Randolph Hearst.

I believe this is one of the finest secondary effects of an interpipe meme, and hope others jump on the bandwagon. (via boingboing, which links to additional origins stories)

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iPhone gets official release date

engadget_iphone-june-29th.jpgIn case you haven’t been keeping up, on June 29th you can get your iPhone, provided you don’t mind getting stuck with a 2 year contract on a version 1.0 $600 cell phone. Hey, I’ll admit I could be wrong about how well this product will perform in the market, but to exceed my expectations, I think the market will need to be filled with idiots or folks with too much money for their own good.

During an onscreen demonstration of the iPhone in Apple’s sprawling retail store here recently, an employee, clad in a black T-shirt, of course, surprised a potential customer.

Nonplused, the customer stammered, “You mean it’s a cellphone, too?”

Hmmmmmm. My idiots prediction might just be what Jobs is counting on for high market penetration. I guess I could just be wrong due to the cult of Apple that keeps growing. Oh, yeah, there’s also this:

Most analysts believe that Apple will easily exceed its initial goal of selling 10 million phones by the end of next year.

“It will be just 1 percent of the handset market,” said Jagdish Rebello, director of wireless communications research at iSuppli, a market research firm based in El Segundo, Calif. “But it is essentially shifting the balance of power into the hands of the mobile device manufacturers.”

That has a high probability for proving my prediction wrong, too. I could have sworn I read that Jobs was aiming for 10% of the market. Well, I may turn out to be the idiot here – 1% is too easy given the hype surrounding this.

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