Daily Archives: April 8, 2013

R.I.P. Annette Funicello, Actress/Singer

R.I.P. Annette Funicello

It’s never a good day when I have two R.I.P. posts.

And yes, young women used to be just like the ones she portrayed in all those movies. Hard to believe now.

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A Modern Napoleon Hill Story

From Selling Scoops Of Ice Cream To Founding ZeroCater

Trust me, you must read that. It’s one of the most inspirational things I’ve ever read.

1) There’s no shame in starting at the bottom. The bottom is what most people ignore. But that’s where the rich soil is that will make things really grow. It seethes with opportunities.

2) At a discussion elsewhere, someone used the phrase “valuable problem.” If you can find one of those to solve, you’ll make money. He did. But he found it only because he was at the bottom. When someone says, “I hate this and don’t want to do it,” an alarm should blare: “Opportunity!”

3) Napoleon Hill said, “Start where you are with what you have.” He did. He had just a spreadsheet! Let that sink in. His entire business was a spreadsheet and it grew from that. Would you think a spreadsheet could grow into something?

4) He didn’t have to know everything to start. I have zero idea of what technical infrastructure his company now runs on. And when he began, he probably didn’t know what he’d need, either. But what he didn’t know didn’t stop him.

5) He had determination. That’s most of the damn battle right there, what used to be called “stick-to-itiveness.” Determination can be applied to anything. It’s the overriding trait that makes everything possible.

Additional:

Past real-life inspirational stories at The iPeople Blog

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Call Fox’s Bluff

News Corp. Threatens to Pull Fox off the Airwaves if Aereo Wins

News Corp. COO Chase Carey said his conglomerate is considering moving programming from its Fox broadcast network, which viewers can receive over the air, for free, to its pay cable networks.

If he does that, the FCC should revoke Fox’s broadcasting license. It’s that simple.

That ambulatory tumor, Murdoch, won a concession that allowed him to own both WNYW TV (once WNEW) and the NY Post, which was once — in better, sane days — against the rules of the FCC.

So for any of his smug minions to get up on their hinds legs and threaten this deserves not a simple smackdown, it deserves a flat-out beatdown.

Revoke that license, take down the entire goddamed Fox OTA broadcasting network. Return those airwaves to the American people.

It’s not like anyone will drop dead if they can’t get their sick perv on watching The Following for free.

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Scott Turow Opens His Yap Again

The Slow Death of the American Author

I’m just going to address a few nails-on-chalkboard points:

Last month, the Supreme Court decided to allow the importation and resale of foreign editions of American works, which are often cheaper than domestic editions. Until now, courts have forbidden such activity as a violation of copyright. Not only does this ruling open the gates to a surge in cheap imports, but since they will be sold in a secondary market, authors won’t get royalties.

WRONG! How could any editor at The New York Times let that absolute lie through? The authors get royalties on those foreign editions, where they are being originally bought. A sale is still a sale whether it’s in a domestic or a foreign market. International rights are never granted royalty-free.

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iPad Mini Clone Onda V818 Mini On eBay

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Ultra Thin 16GB Quad Core 7.9” Onda V818 Mini IPS Screen Android 4.1 Tablet – US$$229.00

In Europe at an online store: Onda V818 MINI / 7,9 inch / Android 4.1 / Quad Core: All Winner A31 1,0GHz / HDMI / 1GB/16GB – €254.95

Previously here:

iPad Mini Clone Onda V818 Mini Gets Firmware Update
Onda V818 Mini Tablet Announced
Guide To Chinese iPad Mini Clones

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Blake’s 7 Reboot Incoming

I maintain it was already rebooted. It was called Firefly.

Nevertheless:

FremantleMedia International Launches Georgeville TV’S Remake of Cult Series Blake’s 7 To MIPTV Buyers

The year is 2136, Blake wakes up on one side of the bed. He reaches for the other side. There’s nobody there. As reality sets in, this handsome ex-soldier sits up, and looks at a photo of his wife Rachel. Beautiful. Deceased.

Errrrrm….

On the other hand, Battlestar Galactica worked out.

But Blake’s 7 was actually great to begin with.

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TV: Orphan Black

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R.I.P. Margaret Thatcher

Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies

In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan was intent on confrontation with the Soviet Union, the “Evil Empire.”

When Gorbachev came into power, Reagan wouldn’t meet with him. Thatcher did. I remember seeing her on a TV profile, saying, “I like Mr. Gorbachev. I can do business with him.”

She swayed Reagan to meet with Gorbachev. That led to the eventual downfall of the Soviet Union, the collapse of Iron Curtain, the reunification of Germany, and the rout of Communist power from several nations.

So, yes, despite her other policies, rest in peace.

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