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Dear Son, Don’t Let Robin Thicke be a Lesson to You

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Matt Walsh on bludgeoning Miley Cyrus while giving Robin Thicke a pass:

In any case, this gives you an idea of the full scene: A 36 year old married man and father, grinding against an intoxicated 20 year old while singing about how she’s an “animal” and the “hottest bitch in this place.” And what happens the next day? We’re all boycotting the 20 year old. The grown man gets a pass.

Must read.

Tip o’ the hat to Josh Cohen. While you’re at it, give his Kickstarter a look.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

August 29th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

There Are A Million Ways To Sell Yourself Out…

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…And I guarantee you’ll hear about them.

Perfect.

Watterson print

Via Zenpencils.com

Written by Jeffery Battersby

August 27th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

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Make Every Word Matter

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Make Every Word Matter.

Be concise and clear.

Fewer words.

Less meandering (without purpose).

Using too many sounds like bull$hit, and usually is.

Via The Loop

Written by Jeffery Battersby

August 27th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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More On Why You Should Be Reading (And Watching) David Simon

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And those who know me understand that while it is refreshing to meet people with no opinions, I am not that fellow. I like to argue. I don’t take the argument itself personally — and I am often amazed at so much outsized commentary that assumes otherwise — but rather I delight in pursuing a good, ranging argument. It’s why I value a writer’s room so much. It’s why I used to love a healthy newsroom, which I have described as a magical place where everyone disagrees with everything all of the time. Arguments make the work better; when people stop arguing, or at least arguing intelligently, absent the usual half-assed, rhetorical cheating, the work invariably suffers. So, for me, any dialectic is a temptation.

I’ve been reading David Simon since I first started watching Homicide: Life on the Street back when it was on NBC. Two books and several TV series later, Simon remains one of my favorite writers and commentators on culture, news, the inner city, politics, you name it…

His TV shows, Homicide, The Wire, Treme, The Corner, Generation Kill, are smart social commentary that’s compassionate, true, intelligent, ambiguous (like so much of life), and not preachy. If you haven’t watched them, you should.

What I love about Simon is summarized in the previous paragraph from his blog, The Audacity of Despair.

I like a good fight. Nothing personal, just a good, hard, thoughtful fight that makes you think differently and challenges what you believe. This is also why I hate and refuse to watch any television news shows. They’re mostly didactic schlock with no interest in anything productive. Best line in the paragraph?

It’s why I used to love a healthy newsroom, which I have described as a magical place where everyone disagrees with everything all of the time. Arguments make the work better; when people stop arguing, or at least arguing intelligently, absent the usual half-assed, rhetorical cheating, the work invariably suffers.

You betcha.

Now, go read…

Written by Jeffery Battersby

July 26th, 2013 at 10:26 am

Apple Acquires HopStop

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CNet is reporting this morning that Apple has acquired HotStop.

While this isn’t the Waze acquisition I was hoping for (damn you Google!!), I reviewed HopStop a little over a year ago and it remains my goto tool for using mass transit when I travel.

Great pickup for Apple.

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July 20th, 2013 at 7:39 am

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Sad To Say…

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My review of Office 365 for iOS is up at Macworld.com.

Sad to say… not much there.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

July 9th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

iBank Review and an Office for iPhone first Look

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My review of iBank for iPad is now up at Macworld.com. I really like this app and it’s probably the time I’ve felt like a personal finance app for iOS held its own against similar apps on the Web or designed for your Mac.

On another note, you may also have missed my Macworld First Look at Office for iPhone. Not exactly a stellar app, but if you’re desperate, Office for iPhone just may offer you options in a pinch.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 25th, 2013 at 2:30 pm