Planet of the Apps: Shark Tank, but for Apps

Planet of the Apps

That's how I imagine whoever pitched the show that Apple is co-producing called, cringingly enough, "Planet of the Apps."

I do have a soft spot for these business-y shows, even though I have very little interest in business. I've been know to get sucked into a marathon of Shark Tank, and I have a TiVo season pass to The Profit (he believes in three things!) and Hotel Impossible so I might enjoy this show. But that name. Oh, that name.


Delays by protesters will be annoying

But isn't the right to protest things a big part of why this country was founded? I am very hopeful that the Philly DNC protests will be peaceful and that both protesters and police a like make sure everyone is safe and heard.

This bit from the NY Times makes me think this will be the case:

Last month, Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill decriminalizing nuisance offenses in the city, including disorderly conduct, failure to disperse and public drunkenness. The policy was part of a larger effort to decrease the incarceration rate in the city, but the mayor has also said that no one will be arrested solely for protesting without a permit during the convention.

It's a nice day for a White Kindle

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You can finally buy a Kindle, or a Kindle Paperwhite, in white (again). I'm not sure why you'd want a white Kindle since I think the gray/black helps the Kindle fade into the background when you're reading but I'm not the boss of you.

Also of note, the new base level Kindle ($79) has Bluetooth; the first Kindle to sport this. Generally I tell people NOT to buy the base level Kindle since the Paperwhite is so much better and not that much more expensive, however, if your vision is impaired, or you like your Kindles to read to you, you should totally get the base level Kindle. You can pair it with some Bluetooth headphones and listen away to your books.

Of course, my Kindle of choice is the crazy expensive Oasis. You can hear me ramble on about it on episode 87 of Upgrade.


Trump Supporters should read this article


I'm sure they will think it is bunk because it is from the New York Times, but it is really shocking. How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions:

‘Trump crawled his way to the top on the back of little guys, one of them being my father,’ said Ms. Rosser, who runs Triad today. ‘He had no regard for thousands of men and women who worked on those projects. He says he’ll make America great again, but his past shows the complete opposite of that.’

I side with... Hillary

I side 98 with Hillary Clinton

I took the quiz at ISideWith.com and found out that Hillary is for me (which I knew already). I am mostly surprised that I agree with Trump on 9% of the issues. Seems high.

I used to consider myself a Republican, though really a Rockefeller Republican which is now being a Democrat.

Why did I even consider myself a Republican? Well, I'm fiscally conservative (generally I don't think anyone should spend more than they have, and that State and Local folks probably have a better understanding of where the funds should go) and socially liberal (I don't think the government has any business telling people what to do with their bodies, who they should marry, and other things along those lines).

I have no idea who Jill Stein is, but it would seem I agree with her a lot too. And I'm not surprised to find that I agree with about a third of Gary Johnson's views. Libertarian platforms always seem like ALMOST a good idea to me, but then you get to the point where they want to abolish the Department of Education and they lose me.

Anyway, the big thing to remember is this: Donald Trump should not be president.


Hodor? Hodor!

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This morning I woke up early to go for a 20 minute run (on the treadmill). Afterwards I tweeted that I didn't even know who I was anymore along with a post workout picture.

Some folks on Twitter suggested that I might, in fact, be Hodor from the Game of Thrones on TV (Or the Song of Ice and Fire in the books).

I suppose there are worse characters from GoT one could look like.

Oh, and that's me in the picture above... on the left.


Mom and the Beatles

Mom seeing the Beatles

My mom loved music. She kept the radio tuned to the oldies station my entire childhood, which has lead to me having a taste for Doo-wop and 50's music.

She especially liked the Beatles, which makes sense given when she grew up and the fact that almost everyone likes the Beatles.

When my mom was a teenager the Beatles had arrived in New York for the first time. Mom, being a teenager, snuck out of the house and went to the Plaza Hotel in hopes of getting a glimpse of the Beatles.

Her parents were none the wiser to her city adventure until, that is, her father opened the next morning's Daily News to find the above picture featuring my mom (she's the tallest girl in the picture) behind a pack of girls "bending" the police lines.

Busted!

And thanks to the power of the internet I know this picture was taken on Feb. 12, 1964 by Frank Castoral. You can even order a print of it!


Mom

Mom is suspicious

My mom died today.

I made my mom put those antlers onAs it so often is with parents, it was both surprising and expected. She was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer 9 months ago, and we all knew what the end result would be. We just didn't know we'd only have 9 months.

Cancer isn't kind, and it really did a number on my mom. Her first round of chemo was easy (as easy as chemo ever is) and we were all hopeful that, against all odds, she would be able to treat her cancer like a chronic illness and live for a few years.

The chemo got rougher. She got very dizzy, and fell. Twice. The first time she walked away with a couple of staples in her head (she wasn't too enamored with the nurse who removed the staples, but that's another story).

The second time she fractured her pelvis (and was certain she had only pulled a muscle in her leg, so I had to sleep over at her place that night and lift her up when she needed to use the bathroom. In the morning, when she still couldn't stand, I made her go to the emergency room. Have I mentioned my mother was stubborn? Good thing I'm not!) and had to spend several weeks in the hospital and then a could more in physical rehab.

Oh, and while she was in rehab she had another round of chemo. Fun!

Mom

She did amazingly well, and after all that rehab she was able to walk, though I would have preferred her to use her walker a little more often. Off we went to visit family on Long Island for Thanksgiving. Surely, she could just enjoy this short trip and spend time with her family, right?

Turns out, not only did she have cancer but she had reduced blood flow to her bowels for some reason and needed a risky emergency surgery.

That surgery left her in 2 different hospitals for months, followed by another month in rehab.

Once again, she did a great job and was up and moving (though using the walker this time around).

Throughout all of this she was getting frailer, though in my mind she was still the big in your face person she was during my childhood (and adulthood). It was always shocking when nurses or doctors would say, "Your mother is so sweet!" I love my mom, but I would have never called her sweet (though she was very sweet to the nurses and doctors!).

As my mental image of my mother and reality drifted further apart it dawned on me that she didn't have that long to live.

When we found out that her cancer was at the point at which the treating it would do more harm than good she was adamant about one thing: she didn't want to stay in a hospital or go to a nursing home.

Just last week she opted to do hospice at home, and I do believe that was the right choice for her. She didn't have much energy but she did have her privacy and wasn't kept up by all that "fucking beeping," as she would say, from the medical equipment.

Yesterday, she was very weak and couldn't even stand up. I knew it was serious when she didn't resist the idea of going into the inpatient hospice unit.

We got a call at 9am this morning that she was unresponsive. We headed over to see her, and found that she had died moments before we arrived.

I'm sad, but glad that she doesn't have to keep on suffering through all that cancer brought.

Also, I'm glad she isn't around to yell at me for posting this. She'd totally not approve of this, especially the pictures. Sorry, mom!


Rob Liefeld seems like an ass

SavageDragon 01 1In my youth I was big into comics. Around that time Image was formed, and Rob Liefeld was the name in comics. I wasn't a huge fan of his stuff, but I did read it. I also just read this NYT article about Deadpool, which Liefeld created:

Mr. Liefeld added: ‘I wrote the stories. Like Jim Lee and others, I worked with a scripter who helped facilitate. I chose Fabian, and he got the benefit of the Rob Liefeld lottery ticket. Those are good coattails to ride.’ Neither Mr. Nicieza nor his manager could be reached for comment.

Class act.


Oh, and my favorite image comic was Savage Dragon, which is still going on!

The image with this post is the cover of the first Savage Dragon which I am sure I bought at the Dragon's Den on Central Avenue.


I heart Amazon Music

I've given up on using Apple's large scale web services long ago (this includes, but is not limited to, iCards, iCloud, and Apple Music). I get most of what I need in these areas from Amazon.

Looks like Apple managed to get international man of misery (I kid, I kid) Joe Steel to take a look at Amazon Music, and he likes it!:

Sour Note:

Amazon Music is like, ‘Hey bro, you probably just want to listen to music. The lyrics are pretty sweet, so I’ll leave them here if you want those too, bro.’ and I’m all like, ‘Oh wow, I didn’t know it could be like this.’ and Amazon Music is all, ‘Totes.’

X-Ray lyrics are pretty cool on the app and even more fun on the FireTV.