Shallow Bible Memes

I get tired of shallow Bible-memes that do little more than try to guilt you about your Christianity. For example, this “you-should-use-your-bible-as-often-as-your-cell-phone” one that keeps going resurfacing amongst my Facebook friends.

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Since it keeps popping up, I’m going to start posting this under it every time. It lends some perspective on it I think:

It’s certainly much more accurate, don’t you think?

8 Inch Die-Cast Enterprise

My wife purchased an 8-inch die cast model of the Enterprise from the original series. We checked the price when it arrived, and it looks like she got a killer deal on it also.

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Einstein Apple Newton Emulator on Android

The Einstein NewtonOS emulator was updated for Android recently, and I couldn’t wait to get home from work to try it out. I had the older version on my HP Touchpad, and it was too pokey to be of much use. I was really hoping for some performance enhancements.

Got home and installed it. It works very well on my 32GB HP Touchpad. I’m running the latest CM9 nightly from 12/30. Sadly, I have no sound (oops, I broke my sound when I , or any way to adjust the resolution (but I can’t remember if the latter was an iOS-only feature).

Einstein Newton Emulator on the HP Touchpad
Regardless, it was very speedy. It boots much faster than I remember my original 2100 being able to do. Outside of that, it seems to match the 2100′s speed in many areas: both the fast and slow ones. Writing on it is enjoyable, and it isn’t sluggish. I took notes at work today exclusively using Newton’s notes, and it didn’t hinder my work at all.

Einstein Newton Emulator on the HP Touchpad
If the aspect ratio were exact, the upscaling seems like it would be excellent. It’s nicely smoothed and it look very good even on the 1024×768 display.

Einstein Newton Emulator on the HP Touchpad
Adding the green backlight was a nice touch. It’d be nice to be able to control it so that I can always keep it on if I chose to (it really is a nice shade of green), but its not that important. What is important is this: this is the closest I’ve gotten to using a Newton since I reluctantly sold my 2100 for rent money years ago.

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3D with the Olympus VR350

Spent a bit of free time today testing the 3D mode on the Olympus VR350. I haven’t had time to get used to the new camera, but I’m getting there, and the new 3D mode is entertaining, and slightly annoying. It’s one of those camera modes where the only setting available is “take a picture.”

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LockerGnome hates their readers (apparently)

Ryan Pierson and Chris Pirillo discuss how ad-blocking software is ruining their revenue from LockerGnome on Google +(PDF). I’d link to LockerGnome, but I don’t really feel like it now. It’s because Chris Pirillo acts like he hates his readers. Publicly also. His response to the people that disagree with him? Calls them worse than parasites. Some screen grabs:

And later on he responds by calling everyone in the thread freeloaders: 

(Side note: The offensive action here is not from Ryan Pierson, or the respectful way he shared his opinion. Chris Pirillo verbally attack readers.)

I think Chris has a problem outside of ad-blocking. I rarely ever look at LockerGnome because it is irrelevant and basic. There is no new information in there. It reminds me of the content on Kim Komando’s website. There isn’t very much discussion on the site either. Almost every article on the front page has no comments. It’s no Engadget. It’s no Gizmodo. What if their real problem is their articles generally aren’t very good, and the bid for ads to be displayed has decreased?

Of course not! There real problem is that everyone of their readers/customers is evil, a parasite, and uses ad-block. The problem can never be with them, it must be with the customer. And that’s a winning attitude that causes companies to disappear.