I imagine XD stands for “Extreme Disney” + the XD emoticon which can express extreme happiness or sarcasm (XD …) — I’m not sure whether Disney was being clever or stupid when considering XD with regards to its most current pop culture meaning. My guess is that they are completely clueless about the emoticon “XD” …
So … a network aimed at 6 -14-yr old boys … hmm… what comes to mind to me? Anime, more anime, and still more anime, the latest in video games, Ninja Warrior, the extreme sports videos played at Islands Restaurants, packed in with yet more anime. Disney better have a gundam anime, a “Naruto” clone and a “Bleach” clone in their programming if they hope to even have a chance with any boy over the age of 8. Geez, …, and forget even overtly having music stars (what’s with the Beastie Boys? They were in when I was a teen and I’m now pushing 35). Oh, and drop the “Disney” branding because no self-respecting male over the age of 8 wants to be associated in *ANY* way with “Disney”. What’s described in the article sounds to me like another channel aimed at ‘tween girls. Good luck Disney! and go watch some shonen anime and read some shonen manga for goodness sakes … XD
…psst … here are some clues in order from entertaining the youngest to the oldest boys:
Whatever the latest Power Ranger and Pokemon incarnation is
Naruto/ One Piece
Find 16-ish version of Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb of the G4 Network to host a video game show (nothing is as sweet to a tween boy as a cute gamer girl to crush on).
Scour Asia for a teen version of Ninja Warrior — DO NOT try to make an American version. Americans, believe it or not, are too reserved to create genuine moments like those in “Ninja Warrior”
Shamelessly copy from multiple networks (Nick, G4, FuelTV …) if you have to because no one has put together a coherent and integrated offering on TV for American boys yet.
She says the government should stay out of determining executive pay when a company receives a TARP bailout. Ummm … OH REALLY, Miss-I-was-paid-$20-Million + to-leave-HP-after-failing-as-a-CEO? Does she even understand how much R&D could have been funded with her “failure bonus”? (And that goes to the rest of you tech CEO’s receiving millions in bonuses while cutting R&D spending and jobs …)
Buwahahahahaha!!! Whooo!!! My sides hurt!!! I can’t stop laughing!!!!
Here’s a link to the nonsense that dribbled out of Ms. Fiorina’s mouth.
Monster.com has updated its website and it now drives me NUTZ!!! It’s too interactive, to the point I can barely use it and I don’t know what I’ve done with the web interface until I recieve a confirmation e-mail. It suffers from having too many notes. Here’s what isn’t working for me:
When I browse the list of jobs that have resulted from my search, as I move my mouse pointer over the job, a worthless job description covers the viewport obscuring the other jobs. This wouldn’t be bad if I didn’t have to click the close button on the description, which is especially annoying because I didn’t click on the job to read the description in the first place. I was using my mouse to guide my eye over the long list of jobs.
The pop-up job descriptions are useless. I imagine this is do to the job seeker putting useless stuff in the job description. I want to know the major duties, the job level, the key skills, the job location, and the pay range.
There seems to be no way to upload an update of an existing resume. When I cut and pasted directly from Word, the text became corrupted with a bunch of junk that is usually hidden in a Word file.
When filling out information to create or update a profile, the user has to save each section separately. The problem is that several sections are presented on one webpage or tab webpage, so it’s natural to think that the save at the bottom of the page will save everything on that page or tabbed page. When the user does this, the user gets an error and is asked if they want to continue. I thought this meant to go back to fix the error so I clicked “ok” which caused me to lose all the changes I made and because I was popped back out to my profile home page, I wouldn’t have known that my changes didn’t stick unless I went back to check my profile.
Every field tries to auto fill by popping up a little window next to the entry field. It’s distracting and none of the auto fill options matched what I was entering.
The pop-ups, in general, make reading the site very difficult. The pages are densely packed with information, so I use my pointer to guide my eye. Because of the interactivity, putting the mouse anywhere in the viewport causing something to pop-up. It broke my attention and because I didn’t actually click to activate the pop-up, I didn’t feel in control of the experience.
Yeeks!!! I hope they dial is down soon because “slick” doesn’t mean everything is interactive. I got the impression that they went for “more” rather than really thinking about how users use the website and using interactivity to really enhance the experience of using the website. It’s kinda embarrasing.
Just when you’ve gotten use to avoiding Vista, MS gives us something new to avoid … uh Vista Reborn … oh, ‘scuse me “Windows 7” … you know, because they HAVE to release a new OS every 3-yrs no matter what … This new version of Windows is supposed to be more compatible with mini-notes, netbooks, and touch interfaces. Yay … btw guys, XP workd just fine for the minis. I guess I should quit giving Vista a hard time. It works great on super beefy machines :). Anyhow, I see this going about as well as the Vista launch. The only reason I have Vista is because my new computers came with it. Given a choice, I would have stuck with XP because after years of patching, it was pretty stable. Well, it should be fun watching the confusion this time next year with XP, Vista, and Windows 7 all out at the same time. Oh, and I love the little dig about the threat from Android with respect to the netbooks. Sigh … nice piece of Google bait to hang in front of the MS bear (btw: bear baiting is illegal). All MS has to do is give us a nice stripped down version of Windows and some Office Essentials (Meat, Cheese, and Bun, no lettuce, tomatoes, spread, onions, sprouts, pickles, bacon, nor a little stick to hold it all together) and it will be all good. Anyhow, here’s a link to an article with more details about the beta launch. (There’s got to be somebody out there who wants to try Window 7 first — Lord knows who would want to sacrifice a perfectly good piece of hardware to this beast ??? It sounds like something to pay a medical guinea pig to do.)
It’s the end of the year and it’s mighty slow for those of us looking for a job. Things started drying up dramatically around Thanksgiving and then it trickled to next to nothing on Christmas Eve. I guess it’s to be expected. I hope things will pick up shortly after New Years.
Sigh … I wonder how the latest financial problem involving that Madoff guy will affect everything. How many more are out there like him? And how many companies will soon find out that the money they’ve “lent” out evaporated? I hope this doesn’t erode the little bit of confidence that could have been built up in the past few weeks. I realize that it’s going to take a while to unwind everything and figure out how much money there really is in the system. I imagine a lot of money is being double counted now. My feeling, though, is that it’s time for a return to sanity and for the world economy to be based on actual trade again rather than debt swapping. We’ll see if that actually happens. The US isn’t in the best position to actually manufacture much of anything anymore. Plus, there aren’t enough creative business people and managers who can envision cost effective manufacturing in the US that pays a good wage, is safe for the environment, and provides cost competitive products for consumers. It takes a strong will to change things and it takes courage to act. Right now, though, I see a bunch of flimsy spined folks running around who only know how to cut costs with a chainsaw or beg the government for corporate well-fare.
( Hahaha … irony of ironies … spreading personal wealth to corporations. There are so many out there who don’t have a pot to pee in blinded by the thought of the stereotypical “Well-fare Queen,” who have been fooled into thinking that they are middle class or even rich. Hahaha!!! It blows my mind! I guess this explains the state we are in. Everyone was living beyond their means because so many people deluded themselves into thinking that they had means. Welcome to reality and enjoy the global “three finger salute.” Not everyone can and should own a house and a car … that’s why there are apartments and public transportation. The rest of the world seems to understand this. Anyhow, there are some nice stats on Wikipedia about household incomes in the US — link. I wonder how many people have actually looked at their finances to understand their true situation.)
So what comes next? It’s clear that the rate at which people are accumulating stuff is not sustainable because there’s only so much matter on the planet. Which leads me to some “Duh!” moments I’ve had in the last few days:
Duh! #1: My husband says to me after thinking really hard about it,” What if there were some way like plants and trees to convert the CO2 to oxygen and water, then we wouldn’t have to worry about carbon so much anymore.” My deadpan response, “Uh, why not just plant enough trees and plants to cover your carbon usage …Duh …” Continue reading Goodbye and Good Riddance 2008 — Green Rant→