“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge”?
The title of my new podcast comes from a passage in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. I simply changed the pronoun in an attempt to make it more personal.
The Merchant of Venice is seen by many modern readers and theatregoers as a plea for tolerance. Something appropriate in this day and age of cultural clashes that fall on issues of gender and race and this is what my new podcast is actually about.
Anyway, besides announcing it here, I wanted to show that Apple saw fit to bleep out the title of the podcast.*
First why and second what’s the point when the words still exist in the logo? Is it because of the very loose sexual association? It’s a very standard verb and isn’t as focused in use like the verb ‘fuck’ for instance. You can’t even say, ‘prick me’ to somebody and have it make sense. So because Apple sees something sexual with it, now everybody needs to do so as well. It’s like where Apple decides to tell us what pornography is or isn’t in content like here (that’s with only a depiction of flesh, there’s nothing pornographic about it. It’s only because they think they see something pornographic). Or when Apple bans words relating to female anatomy, but not male when it comes to iPad engraving.
I would expect more open mindedness from a company that is now proud of it’s many human issues that it’s engages in now, (now that Steve Jobs has passed away). I would expect more from a company that has a gay man as its CEO and I would expect more from a company that is located in one of the most liberal places on the planet.
Some fucking tolerance please.
That aside, the new podcast is going to deal with issues of feminism, sexuality, relationships, dating, race and some news critique. The first episode discusses the issue of starting a conversation with these new mobile dating apps, how do we need to greet each other and are the problems of starting a conversation a consequence of the success of playing with these apps like Tinder and OKCupid? Hopefully the perspectives gathered in this series will be engaging and informing.
It’s on the iTunes store now, new episodes will be out in January.
*You can still find the podcast using the words ‘prick me’.
Episode 22 has landed and it’s Game of Thrones related again as Adam is still playing too much Playstation again. It could be work related, but it sounds more adventurous if I pretend he does what he wants rather than acts like a responsible person.
Anyway, Charmaine joins me once again for the discussing of the first half of season three.
Music by Jez Aditore
- The Queen’s continued quest for power.
- Our love and hate relationship with Stannis. Is there a devil and an angel on his shoulders?
- How Stannis’ story changes from the book and TV series.
- Storm’s End and Dragon Stone (I get the castles mixed up sorry, but you’ll understand).
- I sussed out what Theon did to the two boys correctly.
- Littlefinger vs Varys.
- Dany vs slavery.
- End of episode music.
- There is never a good sword fight at the right time!
- Nitpicking at the introduction of new characters with significant actors.
We quickly discuss a TV series that I’ve introduced to Charmaine (Deep Space Nine), the first five episodes to be exact. But also we touch on how it has aged as a series. It has been 20 years now.
Then we get back to GoTh discussion with our stand out moments from the series.
- Finding out who the King beyond the wall is.
- The introduction of the White Walkers.
- Theon’s torture.
- Mormonts death.
- Margeemry and her relationship with Joffery.
- More female characters as the series progresses.
- Dragons and people’s lack of reaction to them.
You can find the show on iTunes here.
This is from the Guardian:
“A former Amazon employee embroiled in a legal battle with the online retailer is set to go on hunger strike in an attempt to force the company to change business practices which he calls “deceptive and fraudulent”.
What did Amazon do? The article doesn’t say.
“Amazon has called for the claims to be dismissed, stating in court documents that Varghese was an “underperforming employee who had a difference of opinion with his employer”.
What did the former Amazon employee do? The article doesn’t say.
“I think if Amazon customers took a few minutes to look at this and see how Amazon treats employees they’d be shocked,” he said. “My goal with stepping it up with a hunger protest is really to drive more awareness of their practices and really what happens when people buy from Amazon. Every dollar that is spent at Amazon is going to fund this bad behaviour.”
So what is Amazon doing? The former Amazon employee doesn’t say.
Fuck all details have made a story front page of the Guardian.
There was this:
“Amazon has just announced a “long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage” for its global infrastructure footprint”.
Though I’m not sure how that’s relevant to the story about supposed mistreatment of employees.
Disclaimer – I don’t shop at Amazon, I have an account, but don’t shop with them.
Monument Valley is such a brilliant game ($4US) and I’ll gladly pay for the expansion ($2US). What I don’t understand is how people can have a disconnect from the price of an app and what it takes to make that app.
Only last night, I had a friend sorta grumbling about the price of iMovie for iOS. WHY? iMovie has amazing value, it doesn’t matter if you’re one of those who need to buy it*.
People who better understand the economics of app development will compare an app purchase to a cup of coffee for a reason, a cup of coffee costs more and has a one time use, but people gladly walk into coffee bars everyday for repeat cups. But that attitude doesn’t translate for apps.
Who are these people who buy cups of coffee, but complain about the price of iOS apps?
On the opposite end of the scale. Who are these people who want to be first sporting the latest iPhones, but complain about the price of iOS apps? Who are these people buying Beats headphones, but complain about the price of iOS apps?
There isn’t a direct relationship, but there is definitely an overlap between using these products, but there isn’t a generally fair one towards the shopping attitudes with these products. Ridiculous.
I just don’t get it, because at the same time we generally feel, freemium games aren’t worth it either. We can’t have it both ways, but $2 expansion for a $4 game? I remember lusting after a $70 Star Wars game for my NES back in the early 1990s for Come on people.
*There is also the perception problem that if iMovie has a low price or is free, then the bar is lowered further for indie devs who don’t have as many resources as big software houses. Those things that consumers obviously don’t give a shit about. For Apple, iMovie is a sugary coating on top of their other products and services whereas for a game or competitor to IMovie, it could be that company’s sole bread and butter product.
This is the entire Back to the Future trilogy presented to you in one edited chronologically movie. The power of love for these three films have made me combine them all into one gigantic five hour spectacular. Hope you enjoy what could have been. The hardest parts to edit were the “Enchantment Under the Sea dance” scenes. Both the first and second movie have some moments that are out of order. It isn’t realised watching each movie individually. Scenes in particular are when George McFly is dancing alone before confronting Biff and when Lorraine kisses Marty. In this edit, these scenes and many others are integrated with the first movie taking precedence. The actor who stood in for the character of George McFly isn’t actually very good once you edit his parts. It’s best to keep the original scenes. Otherwise the movie was very uncomplicated to edit. Enjoy!
Update: Pulled without a single view, that was quick. How is that when there are hundreds of other copyrighted content still on Youtube?