A disturbing headline in avian current events caught our attention yesterday morning. You may have heard about this on your own but for those who don’t keep up with the news, somewhere in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve, 4,000 red-winged blackbirds rained from the sky, blanketing President Clinton’s backyard with dead bird carcasses. We’re not sure if bizarre completely captures the essence of that headline, but it definitely
freaked some folks out ruffled a few feathers here and there. Ha. Ha. Haaaa.
First Natalie Portman announces she’s pregnant by AND engaged to the dude who choreographed Black Swan. Interesting, no? THEN the Seattle Seahawks win the NFC West and make the damn playoffs with a 7 – 9 record. Hmm. And now we have 4000 dead birds falling from the sky? Now, normally after looking at the calendar and realizing 2012 is right around the corner anyone would half a brain would fully grasp that the world is coming to a close JUST how the Mayan homies warned us it would. BUT a well-trained yuppie eye might’ve noticed some clarifying details in the follow-up reports that throw a wrench in this theory.
We have a big pet peeve around here. It’s when people lose their smartphones Blackberries. Oh, you ask why?
Because 90% of them don’t back up their contacts.
We’re geeks round here (© Memphis Bleek), so back in the days of our past relationship with the Berry, we backed that thang up (© Juvenile) like every week. But we also understand that most people don’t have the patience or concern to install the desktop software and go through that process, though we’re not sure if sending out a Facebook event and re-entering them one by one is easier at the end of the day
But have no fear. For you folks still in love with BBM, RIM has come up with an even better solution: software that’ll locate your phone when you drunkenly leave it in a cab after 80s night at the local discotheque. It’s called Blackberry Shield.
Image via BBnews.pl
Though there’s no set release date, some screenshots have leaked and it’s pretty cool. This software lets you remotely locate your Berry if you should so misplace it, and even allows you to lock it or wipe all the data from it. From the screenshots, it also seems that you can make it ring really loud (useful for when you’re trying to figure out which cab to break into to retrieve it) or display a message such as “please return this phone to happy hour where I left it.” Kinda nice, considering going through a new Berry is an easy way to blow money fast (© Rawse)
Still waiting to hear about Blackberry Aqua Shield that teaches for your phone how to swim when you accidentally drop it in the toilet of the bar. No word on pricing for that yet.
This might sound a bit weird, so if it does pay me no attention (most of you are already good at doing that). But have you ever read something that seemed so obvious, that afterwards you developed a migraine from simply trying to understand why anyone would even bother explaining it to begin with? This is what the headline in question read.
Hazards: Indoor Tanning is Linked to Skin Cancer
::deep breath:: Continue reading
It has been awfully busy here in the Egalitarian Yuppie Militia living war room. Tuesday, President Obama is going to announce his decision on what we’re going to do in Afghanistan, and right now rumor is he’s thinking about sending 25,000-30,000 more American troops. Now, we know that is sort of important news, but seriously, can you say media bias? I have yet to see ONE respectable news outlet (aside from tyd) that has mentioned my announcement on the EYM’s war strategy tonight. Everyone between the ages of 18-35 with a college degree better not get too comfortable, because the EYM is undergoing a troop surge of it’s own. Roll cameras you jabronis, because here comes the DRAFT!
After careful deliberation, the staff over here at tyd have unilaterally decided to issue an ultimatum to the Food & Drug Administration: Loosen up your regulations on oysters, or lose the support of the entire yuppie population of the United States. Yeah, I have the power to do that.
I’m here at the tyd headquarters, and once again, I got my Egalitarian Yuppie Militia with me, but we’re not feeling like being so egalitarian right about now. I’ve been hearing some things lately that I don’t appreciate, and it’s time to set the record straight. People have been talking about how yuppies are all soft, pretentious, privileged, college grads who think they can move into any neighbor…’hood, and gentrify the whole block up. Well. Most of that may be true, BUT for those who think we’re soft, we got three four words for you: Netflix. American Psycho. Blu-ray. Continue reading
Actually, I’m totally kidding. No really, I am. If there was anyone to not ask about how to beat the recession, it’s me. But this raises a big concern of mine nonetheless. NPR is running a series about privacy in the digital age ::drumroll, cymbal crash:: It’s definitely a hot topic as of late, so kudos to the luckily employed writers of NPR for catching it at it’s crest. The first article I read (and one that seems the most culturally relavant) is about “the book”. And no, not The Good Book. The bad book. The vampirical book that sucks the productivity out of each and every one of us on a daily hourly regular basis. Yes that book. The title of article is called “Is Your Facebook Profile As Private As You Think?“ For those of you pressed for time who may not be able to read the entire article, I will generously provide you with the short answer.
Perhaps one of the most complicated side effects of our anemic economy and changing times is the slow death of our once mammoth news media giants. The New York Times Company announced that they would be cutting their newsroom staff by 8%, leaving about 100 people out of jobs. After fighting rumors of bankruptcy earlier this year, this is pretty grim especially because the NYTimes has done considerably better than other major dailys in the nation. But with paper subscriptions declining exponentially, and journalists finding themselves out jobs everyday, newspapers are indeed in quite a dilemma.
…wait, did you say dilemma?