Archive for the ‘up for debate’ Category

According to Wired’s awesome article, The Web Is Dead. Long Live The Internet, the web is in decline.

Let me rephrase a little: surfing the web is dead.

When you jump on your iPhone, Droid, Blackberry or iPad you have go-to apps. You check your email, maybe the headlines or scores, Facebook, Twitter or maybe even your blog. At what point did you ‘surf’ the web? You have 5 or 6 applications that bring you all of the information you want.

No browsing necessary.

Which brings me to Facebook.

Facebook just launched their Places app – which will eventually crush FourSquare, Gowalla and any other location based apps because you’re already using Facebook, why would you need FourSquare? Check out the Places promo video below.

Don’t get me wrong, Facebook certainly isn’t the final piece of social media – remember how cool MySpace was? Facebook is becoming one of those go-to apps where you login and all of the info you want is right there.

No browsing needed.

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus’ newest album has ‘tanked’.

Ok, it hasn’t really tanked.

Miley’s first week’s sales were only 102,389. While that staggering sales number is about 101,000 more albums than your average band sells during their first week, it’s low for Miley – actually down 72% from her first album.

While Miley was once known for her bad acting and ‘Disney’ appearance, she’s changed her image so much that she’s losing her audience. According to the New York Times, it’s not even the parents that are ditching Miley’s sexy new act – it’s the preteens themselves. Check out the article here.

Money in the pockets of preteens is like gold. As soon as they have it, they’ll spend it. And if their parents approve, they’ll spend more. Why in the world would you move away from that? Regardless of what you create, if you have a million fans, why would you move away from them?

That would be like McDonald’s doing pizza. Oh wait…they did…and it failed…

Just goes to prove, once again, that you should stick to what you’re good at.

Where's Lebron Going?

It’s been proven several times that there are only 4 of you who read my blog. Of you 4, only Matt Manes will care about this post.

So, Matt, here we go.

Where’s LeBron going?

New York? Miami? New Jersey? Chicago? Cleveland? Brooklyn? Dallas? LA? Free agency starts tonight at midnight and I’m sure LeBron knows where he wants to go, but his camp is keeping quiet.

The thing is, if you own an NBA team and you sign LeBron, you’re getting more than just wins. You’re leading the league in ticket sales, jersey sales, face time of NBA Inside Stuff, and killing the tv and airwaves with talk about your team. The world immediately starts caring about your team.

We’re talking millions of dollars without even playing a game.

Wait, NBA Inside Stuff isn’t on anymore? Dern. I loved Ahmad Rashad.

Blown Call

I feel really bad for Armando Galarraga. I really do. But I feel much worse for umpire Jim Joyce.

Joyce’s blown call was the history maker in Wednesday night’s Indians/Tigers game. Minor detail here: the blown call kept Armando Galarraga from being the 21st pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball from pitching a perfect game. Galarraga had retired the first 26 consecutive batters.

So you understand the context, more men have orbited the moon than have thrown perfect games.

Now, the human element to Joyce’s blown call is the major factor here. Half of baseball fans want instant replay while the other half are complaining that the games are too long. Jim Joyce thought he made the right call during the game – it wasn’t until the game was over and he had a chance to watch the replay that he changed his tune.

Joyce also took it upon himself to tearfully march into the Detroit locker room and apologize not only to Galarraga, but the entire team.

Complain all you want about the call – it was obviously wrong – but Jim Joyce is a classy cat. It’s too bad he’ll be the one remembered for this game eons more than Armando Galarraga.

Major League Baseball Commissioner, Bud Selig actually has the power to overturn the call and approve the perfect game, but said he has no intentions to do so.

I hope fans will have more respect for Joyce than my beloved Cardinals fans had for Don Denkinger

What say you? Should the call be overturned? Should Joyce be allowed to call games this season?

I am all for second chances. I’m all for better opportunities. I’m all for restarting your life. I’m also for this country being a land full of migrants who come to the U.S. to become citizens who pay taxes and help better our country. I truly believe this is the greatest country on earth and I want others to be able to experience the chances and life that I have as a citizen.

A new law just passed in Arizona that will give law enforcement the ability to arrest and detain illegal immigrants. Arizona currently has 460,000 immigrants – that’s a stack of taxes that the state and country are not collecting. If an American doesn’t pay their taxes, they go to jail – why shouldn’t illegal immigrants be treated the same?

I’ve just seen the reports on this from the surface, but if well over half of the state is in favor of this bill, why would President Obama and many others be calling this bill irresponsible?

Educate me here.

JayZ & Sinatra

Both grew up outside of New York City in poverty, both were involved in crime and both associated themselves with democratic presidents.

Jay-Z married Beyonce. Sinatra married actress Ava Gardner.

Jay-Z sings about New York in Empire State of Mind. Sinatra sings New York, New York.

Their music couldn’t be any more polar opposite but in their primes, they both were at the top of pop culture and they both claim New York as their own.

What do you think? Is Jay-Z our generation’s Frank Sinatra?

I’m a huge history buff. So when my buddy Josh asked if I was interested in watching the DVD set of Band of Brothers, I immediately was stoked. So far we’ve watched the first 8 of the 10 DVDs in the series and I’m hooked. The series is done very well – directed by Tom Hanks and Steven Speilberg – and is extremely detailed. Also very graphic – but that’s war, right?

The best part of each episode is right at the start – it begins with interviews from the soldiers who were there. First hand accounts, memories and details from the very guys who were on the front lines. Each character in the film portrays an actual soldier who fought – so it’s amazing to see these guys recall their stories.

What really shook me to the core was seeing these heroes (I’m calling them heroes from now on, because they are) talk with precision about little things like freezing in Bastogne or jumping from planes in France. Then they would just stop and put their heads down. It’s hard to watch a hero get emotional.

These same heroes told stories of men in their hometowns who so badly wanted to join the military but couldn’t fight in the war for one reason or another. Several of them killed themselves because they weren’t able to fight for their country.

They killed themselves because they couldn’t fight in the war.


I could go on and on and on about this series, about these heroes and mostly about their bravery. What kills me is that our country really doesn’t seem to carry the pride it carried nearly 70 years ago. Sure, when 9-11 happened we had our generation’s heroes step forward and start fighting. But I don’t recall seeing any stories about people not being able to fight and being so angry that they couldn’t help that they took their own lives.

Which ultimately leads me to this – would you fight for your country? Would you give up all the comforts that these heroes fought so bravely for? Would you leave your family, friends, job, warm bed, tv, xbox, tivo, iphone, etc to fight for all those things?