October 6, 2011: Apple

It's a post-Steve Jobs world. I hear a lot of people bumming about the fact that he was only 56, but who did more with 56? I look forward to the documentaries about him.

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    1. not a huge time commitment

      Except if you're not talking every minute of daylight, it's generally suspected that you're a werewolf.

                1. i think you're putting in the general image page URL. you need to use the direct link.

                  1. I used that one first. I edited in both, I've been able to do it in the past around here. Must have put a typo or five in there.

          1. Your comment was caught in the spam filter it seems. It had a bad image link anyway, so I'll just leave it there to make it look like you're just really confused.

            1. ******* Mel Gibson *************

              To hell with you, you #$@$%@# wolf.

              ******* Mel Gibson *************

      1. I watched it more than a few times to try to figure out how he managed to throw the ball behind him using a full throwing motion.

          1. Though I am certain that if I were in the same situation, I would have thrown it backwards and up into the stands.

    1. I wish I could, but we're driving to Chicago first thing in the morning. And apparently I have lots of "things" to "do" before that can happen.

    2. Unfortunately, I think this falls square into the "put the girl to bed" zone. Since that's my responsibility, I think I'll have to pass, lest I arouse the wrath of the pregnant one.

            1. I don't know about ether, but laughing gas shouldn't have any lasting effects, if used sparingly.
              Wait... why are you concerned about how to incapacitate a pregnant person?

    3. For those of you who aren't sure if you want to do a long game, this is a good way to get a good feel for the game!!!

    1. Very cool. Too many athletes have no plan B in the likely scenario that sports don't set them for life. I'm eager to see what their clothes look like. I'd support that.

  1. So, I'm a couple of days behind, but I see that the NBA preseason was wiped out and the first two weeks of the regular season will be if there's no deal by Monday (it looks like this will happen).

    For those following closely: any idea how bad this is, really? I guess if anything, it gives me a chance to watch hockey regularly. It starts tonight, after all.

    1. Well, the owners said they lost $300 million last year and the players, from what I read, offered a $300 million concession, but that's a lot less than what the owners want. So, who knows.

      I should add that it sounds like a hard cap won't happen. I never thought that it would, and it appears that there has been some other movement, too. But, both sides say it's not close. I expect a month or two of lost games, minimum.

      1. Just when the Wolves were getting interesting (well, I suppose it could be argued that they never stopped being interesting, but...you know). Poor Wolves. Poor me, for liking them so much.

        1. Yeah, this is kind of a bummer. Would have like to have let Adelman coach these guys up for a month or so before they play games that count.

          1. There could be some benefits for a short season, though. With the small sample size, they have a better chance of maybe fluking themselves into the bottom of the playoffs. (Big maybe, but easier to go on a 40-game hot streak than an 80-game hot streak.) If they are out of the playoff picture, they will have fewer meaningless games at the end of the season, which seem to only demoralize the team and the players don't seem to benefit from the extra minutes. Fewer games means less opportunity for a key player to get hurt, which isn't so bad, either.

    1. It continually amuses me that people can get away with something so big. Also, the risk taken for the difference of a single year! It's wild.

      As long as MLB offers hundreds of thousands of dollars' difference for 16 and 17-year-olds, though, the problems will persist.

      1. A commenter on Tango's blog mentioned exactly that. Nunez has actually been valuable in his career, but no team would have signed him if he didn't lie. The next Moneyball!!!

  2. Does anybody know the HTML code for setting font size in a cascading style sheet? I want to increase the font size in several paragraphs, but I'm not sure what tag to use, or how/where to close the tag. Help me, Obi-Wan!

    1. There are several ways. The simplest way, and it only applies to that particular element and should never be used for large-scale things, is to include it with the element like so:

      <p style="font-size:110%" >

      If you have control over the CSS file or the HTML file, and want it to apply to several different elements, but not all, and don't want to type that every time since I gave a scary warning, you can add this to the CSS file/section:

      .enlarge {

      And then with each element include:

      <p class="enlarge" >

      In this case, it's probable there are already some words in the class list, so just add yours to the end. Also, I recommend renaming the class to something more fitting to what you're trying to do, just to help with identifying what it does.

  3. I've been meaning to ask this for a few days (but the thought annoys me because I then can't get the song out of my head), but why did MLB or TBS (not sure who's call it is) choose the WWE Wrestlemania and Royal Rumble (and some Premier League broadcasts) song for the past several years as the playoff theme this year? I'm looking for CM Punk at every commercial break.

    1. I guess the theme's contract ran out or they just rented it out? I've seen other instances of that with movie soundtracks and the like, and if they're iconic, it always throws me.

      1. Good point. I remember all the commercials for Mystery, Alaska (no idea why I remember it) using the theme from something famous (OTOMY either Rudy or Braveheart).

        1. Trailers are often another thing entirely. Most of the music that isn't pop songs or easily recognizable themes isn't even available for public purchase.

          1. Trailers often go out before the movie's finalized, too. Shots that bring people into the theater are occasionally not in the final film. I remember Twister had that...the popular shot from the trailer was a tire flying toward the camera, and it didn't survive the final cut.

          2. most of the trailer music IS available, if you can find out what it is. it's either recycled, or the artist will be wanting to make som $$ off of it in the public sector

            1. I know that's true with Two Steps From Hell, but I was always under the impression that they were one of the only ones that actually did that, and only because they got so big after the Dark Knight trailer that they pretty much got their say. I thought that usually the movie distribution companies kept the rights to original trailer scores.

        2. I remember Scream 2 used tracks from the very cool Broken Arrow soundtrack (this is not an endorsement for either of those films). It was odd that the film actually reused a theme, but even odder to me that the theme seemed to fit Scream 2 even better than it fit its original film.

          1. i'm pretty sure i've heard themes from older movies in movie trailers. danny elfman gets recycled a lot if i remember correctly.

            1. That lines up with my memory. He'll even get used for the trailers of movies he has no involvement in. Strange, since Elfman's sound is very obviously Elfman.

        3. trailer theme music is almost always something other than the actual OST, since the OST (like the movie) hasn't even been completed yet. This allows folks like E.S. Posthumus to become gods among soundtrack afficionados.

    1. Now all the White Sox need to do is fire Ventura and hire the Big Hurt and they will have employed their entire starting infield from the early 1990s as manager in the span of a month (granted the Joey Cora Era didn't last too long).

    2. He’s generally well respected around baseball, but has zero coaching track record aside from working with his son’s high school team.

      he's perfect!

        1. in this case, i'm not so sure. i imagine that you'd want someone that's at least proved something.

          1. Over my time in the big electronics chain, I managed hopeless noob 16-year-olds and I managed talented veterans. The job was essentially the same. I know it's easy to hack on the guy for only coaching high school to this point, but I really don't think it's a different job.

            1. So, "working with" 16- to 18-year-olds is essentially the same as managing multi-million dollar players in the third-largest market in the major leagues? Not buying that at all.

              1. Despite your wording meant to make it sound as different as possible, yes, I think it's about the same. If you can manage at any level, then you can manage. If you can manage at one level and not another, you shouldn't get anywhere near it.

                    1. well, i guess we're about to find that out, aren't we? also, i don't think he was even the manager, just a hitting coach.

                      regardless, still apples and oranges.

                    2. well, i guess we're about to find that out, aren't we?

                      Well, no. If he succeeds or fails, it's not going to have any bearing on whether he did the same job at another level. It could be for a myriad of reasons, none of which people outside the clubhouse probably have any real way of quantifying.

                      However, if he was just a hitting coach, sign me up on the other side of this thing. I thought he was at least a manager.

                    3. I'm with spoons, at least his original point. Signing a proven (terrible) manager is a worse idea than giving someone with zero MiLB or MLB managing experience, but still some managing experience, a chance.

                    4. I'm pretty sure there are examples of successful MLB managers with little-to-no managerial experience. It's just baseball we're talking about here, not sending a man to Mars.

                      *goes looking*

                      Joe Torre went straight from playing to being the field manager, and he's #5 on the all-time wins list. Tony La Russa managed in the minors for less than a total of a season before getting his major league gig. I'm sure there are more examples.

                      Not having managed is a strike against Ventura, sure, but it's not three strikes against him.

                    5. How hard can it be? Charlie Manuel appears to be functionally illiterate, but there he is, taking his team to the playoffs every year.

                    6. I think Kenny Williams' main criterion here was: hire somebody I get along with.

                      I imagine after Ozzie, Ventura is going to be almost boring.

                    7. Nobody said the only other option was a proven bad manager. I think there is a manager that has won two World Series that is available. I would have at least tried to interview him.

  4. Is this Werewolf turbo game really gonna die four people short? C'mon, dudes! In the meantime, we're cracking wise and telling survival stories over at CdL.

      1. After my haircut, I stopped at the liquor store. Didn't really need anything. Got the pick-a-sixer option:

        Shiner 102 (Shiner isn't all that great, but the liquor store nearest my inlaws stocks it, so I'm working my way through their lineup)
        Moose Drool
        Sam Adams Latitude 48
        Magic Hat Wacko (which I assume I'll hate, but I wanted to try it)
        Goose Island Honker's Ale

        1. This is the list I perused at dinner tonight at SmithHouse.

          I lied. There were several other beers I have not had. Of course, most of them were fruity cr@p that I'm never gonna try.

          We had the Green Flash West Coast IPA, Green Flash Summer Saison, Stone Cali-Belgique, and Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA. By my count, I've (now) had 90 of the beers listed on tap.

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