“You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn’t black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing. You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing. I’m tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I’m trying to do the right thing, and that’s where I’m going with this.”—New York State Senator Roy McDonald - http://www.buzzfeed.com/gavon/republican-new-york-senator-comes-out-for-gay-marr?s
The answers I saw basically said that the answer would be at least similar to the question of “what do blind people see when dreaming?” This article discusses it (though it’s clearly no more than an abstract). I like it. The thing about deaf people dreaming in sign is interesting too.
Basically, this game involves getting from any Wikipedia article to the “Philosophy” article simply by clicking the first non-italicized, non-parenthetical (not in parentheses) link on the page. I seriously just got there by looking at the page I have linked here, the “Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority.” Seriously. It eventually gets to Philosophy. A friend of mine also got there by starting at “bacon.” There are a few places where it doesn’t work, but that’s actually kind of the fault of both Wikipedia, academiia, and the way we keep knowledge. Some of the pages actually link back to one another in a never-ending loop. Those exceptions are few, but they’re out there. An example I just did was the article for “Paleolithic.” Still, the game works for the most part. Try it!
Here’s my in-the-moment live-blog-of-live-blogs take on the unveiling of iOS 5. This will be nearly-live updated as I find it out. I’m getting my info from here and here. I know this is scattered, but I’m giving it as I get it. I will likely come back to update and clean a bit. Anything in quotes I’ve taken directly from Tech Crunch or Engadget.
Apple is giving its ‘Top 10’ new features of iOS 5:
1.) Apple is doing exactly what I wanted with Notifications. Basically, it’s Android but with a bit of an Apple spin. Unobtrusive notification comes from the top and goes away after a couple seconds. You can slide from the top to bring down a list of notifications: http://tiny.cc/vtzgl
In addition, you can slide across any notification and go straight to its app (presumably after typing in the passcode if you have one).
2.) Then they moved on to News Stand — don’t care about it, personally. I’m not an iReader. I prefer my Kindle. That said, the big news here is that they’ve updated the iBooks “subscription” thing (for magazines, newspapers, etc). They made it so new issues are automatically downloaded in the background for offline reading.
3.) Now they’re on Twitter. More details after this. I’m ecstatic. Essentially, it’s built into the core of the OS. You can Tweet from virtually any app. “[…]including Camera and Photos. Just tap the action button, hit ‘Tweet’ and it’s attached. ‘It’s that simple.’ You can also send articles from Safari and locations from Maps. You can also use Twitter to automatically update contacts if they have Twitter handles. Again, taking a cue from Android.”
Also, a single sign-on for Twitter rather than having to “okay” every new app. “Jump into Settings, add in your deets, and you’re configured for Twitter. Those credentials are then saved and can be (optionally) shared with any app that requests them.”
4.) Now we’re on Safari. Added the “reader” feature from desktop Safari (strips away all the extras and just gives you the text of the story, all in one page without you having to click through multiple pages for one story on a website) and also a “Reading List” that is basically Instapaper or Read It Later for your iPhone, built-in.
Additional to Safari: Tabbed Browsing! Finally!
5.) Next feature: Reminders. This is basically a native to-do list (or just list) app with reminders and such. Even location-based reminders.
6.) Now we’re on the camera. Holy crap. Camera launch is way faster. Now a lockscreen shortcut to get to it. Even if you have a passcode (why wouldn’t you?), it’ll let you take a picture. Volume-up button will be a shutter button. On-device editing built in as well. Cropping, red-eye reduction, etc. In addition, “You can pinch-to-zoom right in the app, and if you hold a tap on a part of the photo it’ll set the exposure settings to optimize that portion of the image.”
7.) Next up: Mail. Copy/Paste from techcrunch: “Even better, adding rich-text formatting. Control indentation. Draggable addresses. Support for flagging. Search entire message (entire contents).” Can even create mailboxes (not sure what they mean) on the device. Additionally, “S/MIME is being added as well, for the security mavens.” I’m a bad geek; I only have a vague idea of what S/MIME is or means.
Also a built-in dictionary that can be used by any app. “Tap a word, tap “Define” in the popup, and you’re in a dictionary.”
8.) PC Free. Yes. Apple is “cutting the cord,” so to speak. “Set up and activate device right on the device. And you’re ready to go. It’s that easy. Software updates are now over the air.” Most importantly here: “they’re now Delta updates. You don’t download whole OS - just what has changed.”
“You can now create & delete calendars right from iOS. We already saw the improved photo editing, and in Mail you can create and delete mailboxes from iOS. Basically, it’s a much more independent operating system. ‘If you want to cut the cord, you can.’” You can even sync your iTunes library over WiFi. Sweet.
9.) Game Center updates: “Adding photos. Compare yourself to friends with achievements points. See friend of friends. And get recommended friends. And game recommendations. Purchase and download right from Game Center. Added support for turn-based games right in the OS.”
10.) iMessage. “”I believe we have the best messaging client on the iPhone.” Our customers love it. But what about our iPad/iPod touch customers. They asked us for it. New messaging service between all iOS 5 customers.” Essentially Blackberry Messaging for the iOS. Carriers could be pissed.
"text, photos, videos, contacts — everything you’ve come to expect. and delivery receipts. option read receipts. typing indications."
"iMessages are pushed to all your devices. You can pick up right where you left off if you start on iPhone and continue on iPad."
11?) “And new multi-tasking gestures too to “flick” between apps.” EDIT: This is only for iPad, as seen on the above-linked page.
Developers get the seed for iOS 5 today. Consumers will have it available in the fall. Looks like we’ll have to wait a few months. Rumor has it this will coincide with the release of an updated iPhone 4 “S,” a la the jump from “iPhone 3G” to “iPhone 3GS”
While most guys would see this and think, “Well hell yeah! Threesome time!” I look at it differently.
Here’s the scene: I’m getting it on with my lovely fiancee and look up to see another guy getting it on with her at the same time.
FUCK YOU, DUDE. *punch stab maim*
Seriously. If I ever saw another guy doing my woman, I’d kill him.
So, no. I’m not in to group sex.
EDIT: To clarify, I wouldn’t want to see anyone besides me having sex with Meghan. In fact, I wouldn’t really even want to see *me* having sex with Meghan; I’m gross. I just feel more threatened by men than women. *shrug* It’s probably sexist somehow, but it’s how I feel.
SECOND EDIT: I’m also not interested at all in having sex with anyone else. I’m perfectly happy with the way things are ;)