Daily Archives: January 30, 2014

Recommended TV: Black Sails, Rake


Black Sails is a series original to the Starz pay TV channel. The first episode introduced so many characters that I had to watch it twice. I also wanted to see if my first instinct to watch more was correct. It was. There is more to this than whatever your notions of “pirates” might be. This has a large canvas. Learn more here (which might have the first episode available to see) and here.

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Family urges flu shots after virus claims News 10 advertising executive

These were Nancy Pinnella’s last days: On Jan. 21, she felt sick, leaving work early. On Jan. 22, she went to a doctor, hardly able to speak or breathe. By 6 p.m. that day, she was in intensive care at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Her kidneys were failing, her lung capacity severely reduced. Doctors sedated her, induced paralysis and put her on a ventilator and dialysis. Then, as quick as that night, doctors told her family she was in very, very bad shape.

The H1N1 influenza was winning the battle.

On Friday, a bright spot: her kidneys and vital signs got better. Then, between midnight and 6 a.m. Saturday, Pinnella suffered three severe strokes in three different parts of her brain. On Sunday, the family said goodbye and took the 46-year-old advertising executive at KXTV News10 off life support.

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“Pity Tablets”

1Pad rips Five Technology for its new very-low-end iFive 100 tablet and coins a new term for these egregiously under-specced tablets [Google Translate]:

If the vendor ‘What consumers need to’ do the tablet as a starting point, I think this kind of people ‘pity’ tablet will not appear.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And, as I finished reading that, it turned out Archos released a new slew of pity tablets: Archos launches Neon tablet line… in case you can’t afford a real tablet?

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