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And training. Don’t forget training.

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Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow, everyone!

Set vibrate to ON

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GTD, baby. GTD.

After drawing this, my inner Beavis and Butthead have reared their heads, and everything I say about my iPhone suddenly seems filled with innuendo. “Multi-touch.” “Pinch to zoom.” “Mind if I… plug in to charge?” “71:40 aspect ratio.” Uh, huh huh. Huh huh huh.

In barely related news, I finished reading Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse a little while ago. I recommend it: it’s highly entertaining, and for days after reading it, you’ll be acutely aware of just how many microprocessor-controlled gizmos surround you… and the damage they could do if the silicon chips inside their head got set to overload.

I have to think Siri in particular could cause some havoc. Enough misunderstood phrases and mistranscribed messages (“‘Have socks tonight?’ What the hell?”) and humanity could probably be pushed over the brink.

Oh — once you’ve read Robopocalypse, watch this video. Maybe just before bed. Good luck sleeping.

While I’m recommending things, the kids and I have been hugely enjoying Noelle Stevenson’s webcomic Nimona. The eponymous 14-year-old shapeshifting girl with anger management issues signs on as a sidekick to supervillain Ballister Blackheart. In a medieval world where dragons, magic and plasma rifles coexist, Nimona and Ballister plot to thwart the evil Institution — pitting them against Blackheart’s nemesis and one-time bestie Ambrosius Goldenloin.

That description can’t begin to do the comic justice. It’s all tongue-in-cheek, except for Nimona’s anger and pain. That, Stevenson treats with great care and respect. Her cartooning, humour and storytelling chops started strong and have been growing by leaps and bounds since the cartoon debuted in the summer of last year. If anything in that description triggered even a tiny endorphin surge, go check it out — I hope you enjoy it.

Buh-KAAAAWWW!

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Brand extension: a marketing strategy in which a firm marketing a product with a well-developed image uses the same brand name in a different product category. — Wikipedia

The greatest movie of all time, Demolition Man, taught us that in the future every restaurant will be Taco Bell.

What they missed was that everything else will be Angry Birds. Here’s the tally to date, as far as I can tell:

  • Angry Birds
  • Angry Birds Seasons
  • Angry Birds Rio
  • Angry Birds Magic (exclusive to Symbian)
  • Angry Birds plush toys
  • Angry Birds, the board game
  • Angry Birds, the animated shorts
  • Angry Birds, the movie (in development)
  • Angry Birds onesie and other baby gear
  • Angry Birds in various ads
  • Angry Birds, the cookbook

Am I missing any? And what’s your suggestion for the next frontier for Angry Birds to conquer?

Bumping uglies

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(I originally posted this on ReadWriteWeb.)

No big writeup this weekend, folks, as I’m on holiday in France, a country probably best-known as the one-time home of Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur. And maybe as the setting for some of “Julie and Julia.”

But the news that PayPal will now allow you to transfer money to someone just by bumping your iPhone or Android device with theirs – that’s pretty cool.

Makes you wonder what else you could swap. Maybe DNA?

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Would you mind completing a short survey afterward?

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Feel free to leave a Yelp review

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(woman in bed with penguin, to angry husband) Oh, come one. You must have suspected SOMETHING when I switched to Linux.

Should have seen it coming

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2007-08-16-standards

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