What can we do for David and Jen and the kids? They need what, everything I'm guessing?
How can we help?
Two words: Southern Cross.
Don't know about overseas, but in NZ I got the nip/tuck and SC picked up the tab.
That was a major factor in my case.
Thank you all for your kind words and oh-so-cruel stories... I didn't mean to start a pissing (blood) contest - far from it (I thought it quite painless, particularly compared with a bone marrow biopsy. Ouchies!) but the tales have been entertaining.
Gerald, if you're reading this, you owe me a beer or a cut of the action. Oh wait, I already got that.
How did I miss that XKCD? That's gold...
And here I was foolishly thinking BillR had come over all social media-ist what with his Twitter account and all... haven't heard from him for a while, not since he became a PR man.
and the least said about that the better.
I said this over on Janet Wilson's site (in answer to Bill R's rant about how stupid social media is):
We last caught up at the Social Media Junction where he was speaking about museums.
He was gracious as usual (”I’m not the other Paul Reynolds”) and bumptious (”These lights are too bright”, they were too) and just typically Paul, getting stuck into Thatcher and then complaining about conference hosts who don’t have clocks on the wall so speakers can’t tell how long they’ve got left.
I got to heckle him for that (”Buy a watch”) and he got to complain that I never shut up and now he won’t get to badger me for an iPad and we won’t get talk about how it might be the saving of the newspaper industry and that is that.
Here’s to you Paul Reynolds – the original, the one and only.
Paul, I don't think that warning is sufficiently strident, but I also don't know how to make it more so. Maybe some mistakes just have to be made.
And, really, you haven't lived on the 'net (I was going to say tubes, but thought that might be a bit too rough) if you haven't seen it at least once.
I figure there's probably a whole internet generation of users who have no idea what we're talking about as they weren't even connected Back in The Day (pre lolcatz).
I hope it stays that way... but they'll have googled it and will now be pulling their own eyes out.
Still, can't say we didn't warn them.
At least it wasn't a goatse image like a certain local magazine foolishly ran...
no, I'm not explaining that further and please (for those that don't know) don't google for it. For the love of god, don't do it.
Oooh, I like it!
Plus it means we can move those surplus science teachers out of the schools (where they're just getting in the way now we focus on readin' rightin and rythmatic) and back in the lab where they can be productive members of society!
Like it. Like it a lot.
Of course, what I REALLY want is the second generation OLPC... but that won't see the light of day.
Version 3.0 looks nice though.
ew. Ugly URL. apologies all.
I'm not fanboi, believe me... I have Issues with the Jobsempire.
this is a device I will buy.
I want to watch movies on it.
I want to read books on it.
Most importantly, I want to read newspapers on it.
Newspapers are very important to me. I worked for newspapers for many years and edited one for not quite as long as I would have liked.
There's something about newspapers that really shouts to me and I can happily say I have bought my last one.
Newspapers are great, but by the time I get The Times, The Guardian, New York Times and all the others posted out to me, they're old. I want them right now.
So I use their websites, but again, they suck. They take each story and republish it but I don't get to see how each story works in the context of the newspaper. Placing stories on a page is an artform and I want to see the paper laid out as the editors intended.
With the iPad I can. I won't be going to the Herald's website again - I'll be looking at the Herald itself. I'll zoom in on a story and read it on the go (and no more black ink on my hands! ha!).
Better still, when the papers get orgainsed and put video up, I'll watch a video embedded in the paper. There will be ads. I will read it like I read the papers today.
I believe the iPad will revolutionise the way newspapers live and breath and given the rubbish they're going through at the moment, this is no bad thing.
I'm no fanboi - but I will be buying one of these the day they come out.
YMMV of course.