"The practice of sport is a human right"
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games got started in Sochi, Russia today (even tho the Opening Ceremonies won’t take place until Friday) and as you may be well aware, many protests are taking place all around the world, in various ways, to stand against the horrible state-sanctioned anti-gay laws in Russia. Many people are disgusted by the fact that Russia is hosting the Olympic Games, which celebrates fair play among all peoples, and have no problem enforcing laws that treat gays and lesbians as criminals. Google unveiled their latest Google Doodle today to mark the start of the Olympic Games. As you can see below, this new Doodle is meant to offer support to the gays in Russia, as well as the gays traveling to Russia to compete in the games. More »
Posted under: Google, Google Doodle
Science and Religion
Last night, at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, scientist Bill Nye participated in a debate with Christian author Ken Ham in a battle of wits arguing Evolution vs. Creationism. I heard that this Creation Debate was going to be live streamed online and, thankfully, remembered to tune in to watch it as it happened live last night. Personally, I believe in evolution and was really impressed with how well Nye handled himself and with the way he presented the case for evolution. I must admit, tho, that I was also impressed with Ham‘s ability to argue for creationism as well. While I don’t agree with his arguments, I can appreciate how well-thought out they are and how adeptly he presented his beliefs. In the end, I don’t think the debate changed anyone’s mind on the matter. Folks who believe in evolution likely saw Nye as the winner, creationists likely saw Ham as the winner … but I think the debate is definitely worth watching. Click above to watch the full 2+ hour debate (which starts at the 13:13 mark of the embedded video) … which is long, I know, but I’m telling you, it’s worth watching if you have the time.
"[T]he moment Friendster got the publicity, people started to copy it"
As we learned earlier today, Facebook is celebrating it’s 10th birthday today and from the look of things, it’s likely that Facebook will be around for another 10 years (or more). Back when Facebook first launched, there was another social networking site that ruled the Internet world … even before MySpace launched in 2003. Friendster was, for me, the very first social network that all of my friends (in the flesh and online) used and back in the pre-MySpace/Facebook days, it was THE site for social interaction online. But as MySpace rose to popularity and then Facebook rose to even more popularity, Friendster fell by the wayside and just … went away. On the 10 year anniversary of Facebook, Jonathan Abrams — the founder of Friendster — is talking about the good ol’ days when Friendster ruled the social networking roost and recounts the effects of the social networking “wars” that led to the demise of his company. More »
Welcome to TheFacebook
10 years ago today, on February 4, 2004, the social network site TheFacebook launched on the campus of Harvard University by site creator/mastermind Mark Zuckerberg. At the time, TheFacebook was a social network that was only accessible to people who had a @harvard.edu email address and was not meant to be a financially profitable service (it wasn’t until 2006 that Facebook was made available to the non-collegiate public and it wasn’t until 2009 that the site started making a profit). 10 years later, Facebook is one of the most profitable companies in the US and is the social networking home of billions of people … outlasting and supplanting in popularity other once social media giants like Friendster and MySpace. To me, 2004 doesn’t seem like that long ago particularly since Pink is the new Blog also launched in 2004 (June) but yes, an entire decade of Facebook has been reached … and the site is showing no signs of letting go of its superiority. More »
Posted under: Facebook, Facebook Paper
30 years ago today, Apple Inc. unleashed upon the world the Mac desktop computer. Little did they know at the time (or maybe they knew all along) that Mac computers would change the way the world interacting with personal computers. Mac computers led the way for the PC revolution that has so completely changed our modern age. You young’ns under 30 years old don’t even remember a time when we didn’t have access to personal computers in our homes. To enlighten some and remind others of the revolution that Apple created with the Mac computer, the company has released the video embedded above in celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the release of the first Mac computer. It’s insane to think how far technology has come in the last 30 years. I can’t even begin to imagine what the tech world will look like in 30 years from now. Happy Birthday, Mac. Here’s to many more
Posted under: Apple Inc.
“What song comes next is as important as what song is playing now.”
Early last month we learned that a new streaming music service called Beats Music — headed by Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor and others — would be coming our way this month and today we learn that the new music service is set to launch on January 21. In a feature story for The New York Times, the Beats Music honchos talk about the future of music enjoyment and explain how they hope to change the world with Beats Music. While Beats won’t be the first music streaming service, it will offer functionality that other services like Spotify and Pandora do not offer. Additionally, Billboard magazine got to play with the new service and they provide us with a preview tutorial of what to expect when Beats Music launches next week. Read on to learn more. More »
"We are being attacked with fishsticks and must launch sooner."
Remember a couple of days ago when we learned that a new form of digital currency had been named in honor of Kanye West and was due to launch later this month? When I blogged about it, I guess that Kanye would either LOVE the idea and buy up as much of this cryptocurrency that bears his name or he’d HATE the idea of someone else cashing in on his name and likeness and launch a legal attack. It turns out that the latter of the two turned out to be the case as West‘s attorneys have filed a cease and desist order against the folks responsible for Coinye West. It appears that the folks behind Coinye West had a contingency plan in place should Kanye file legal paper work because they changed the name of the digital currency, moved their internet servers to a different country and launched the currency last night to get ahead of the legalities of a lawsuit. Whether Kanye likes it or not, the cryptocurrency he inspired has now been released to the public. More »
Posted under: Coinye West, Kanye West
The TV Guide
Last night I met up with my friends Emma and Josh for a really fun night of SCIENCE up in the Hollywood Hills. First we enjoyed a great meal at Mess Hall in Los Feliz and then we trekked up into the hills to spend some time learning at the Griffith Observatory. We talked about visiting Griffith last week but we couldn’t get our trip together until last night. Griffith Observatory is one of my fave places in LA and I do try to pay a visit every once in a while. It’s been a couple of years since my last visit so, yes, I was really excited for our little science excursion. More »
Posted under: Griffith Observatory
"He put a ring on it!"
Congratulations are in order for Ms. Kelly Rowland because she *just* got herself engaged to be married to her manager Tim Witherspoon. What’s really novel about Kelly and Tim‘s engagement is how he popped the question to her. In an interview on The Queen Latifah Show, set to air tomorrow, Kelly reveals that homie asked for her hand in marriage by way of a Skype video call. Yes, folks, these two are really living in the modern age. Click below to watch a preview of Kelly‘s appearance on The Queen Latifah Show tomorrow and get your first look at Kelly‘s new engagement bling. More »