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In response to: Cowon A2 Battery

Comment from: Mehmet Ali Ünal
Mehmet Ali Ünal

I need two batteries for my NOWON A2.Your help will be appriciated

01/09/13 @ 08:55

In response to: Was the Asus tweet extraordinarily sexist?

Comment from:
Dustin

You make some good points. I did (wrongly) tone down the message of the tweet to try to make my case. It was misleading and I apologize.

You’re right, the tweet is sleazy. But I am not more offended by it than by the existence of booth babes. They are there to appeal to untempered sex drives and the tweet just shows that they are having the desired effect. It is shattering an illusion. That is why people reacted.

I guess my point is that people need to examine why they reacted badly to the tweet. It was because they disagree with the objectification of women. In my eyes, saying the booth babe has a nice rear is a side-effect of employing someone to show off their body for sex appeal.

People are ready to boycott Asus because one marketing guy made a crass remark. I think it’s ridiculous to stop there when entire companies employ women to parade around these shows in skimpy clothing.

06/06/12 @ 15:21

In response to: Was the Asus tweet extraordinarily sexist?

Comment from:
Jeff Cutsinger

I think part of the reason for how strongly people reacted is that the tweet is really sleazy. Your characterization of it as “mention[ing] that their employees [are] attractive” is misleading. If the text had been “Wow, our booth attendant is very attractive!", it probably wouldn’t have garnered as much attention. As it is, Asus’ tweet is reminiscent of sexual harassment. I’m sure if I ever made a similar remark at work I’d get in huge trouble, maybe fired.

I also think that to some degree we allow ourselves to believe (true or not) that the booth babe phenomenon is “what is done", and as such is not necessarily approved of by the companies participating in it but rather thought of as a necessary evil. Asus’ tweet shatters this belief/illusion and makes explicit that the company approves of the phenomenon.

And while I think perhaps the response is disproportionate, this _is_ bad, worse than just the plain existence of booth babes. I’m not really sure what the benefit of pointing out that the mere existence of booth babes is also offensive. I’m offended by that; but even more offended by Asus’ tweet. You’re also not presenting anything actionable. OK, we agree that the phenomenon of booth babes is bad, but what should we do about it? Boycott the industry as a whole? At least putting pressure on Asus shows that we care to some degree about women being treated as people.

Of course I wish more people were generally aware of and angry about women being used as objects to sell other objects, and it’s definitely good to get that message out. I just don’t think it’s a bad idea to be especially angry at Asus right now.

06/06/12 @ 14:01

In response to: Life Lessons

Comment from:
Alison

Just get a gun…

01/22/12 @ 07:00

In response to: Borders Forced to Liquidate, Close All Stores

Comment from:
Alison

I am weeding books right now at the library. People’s personal habits are DISGUSTING. I say buy at Amazon. If you’re not sure about it, check it out at the library, and then buy it on Amazon if you can’t live w/out it.

07/31/11 @ 07:43

In response to: Borders Forced to Liquidate, Close All Stores

Comment from:
Dustin

Yeah, my wife and I went to Borders on Saturday. Huge sign out front said “Everything up to 40% off!” The place was packed.

Almost all of the fiction books were only 10% off. Graphic novels were 20% off.

I pulled out my smartphone and did some price comparisons. Every item I was interested in was cheaper on Amazon.

07/25/11 @ 10:26

In response to: Borders Forced to Liquidate, Close All Stores

Comment from: mike
mike

OH, and by the way…. to prove that there is a fool born every minute - I went to my local borders to witness the frenzy of buying “discounted” books by people who, I dont know where their brains are.. There were NO DEALS, as usual, with this “clearance sale” as there have not been in the past with Circuit City or Linen and Things, etc, etc. Its the same clearance company, the same signage, the same boost-the-price and slap a 40% off sticker on it, deal. Ugh. I had to laugh at the 40 people long line as I walked right out.

And, by the way, the computer books were ONLY 20% off – which means I could still order a book from Amazon at 35% off and even with shipping, have it delivered to my front door cheaper than waiting on that long line of fools all thinking they’re getting a deal. Oh well.

07/25/11 @ 10:19

In response to: Borders Forced to Liquidate, Close All Stores

Comment from: mike
mike

Borders failed because computer books, among other books, were 30 to 40 percent less online for over a decade and they refused to drop their prices to combat that. Instead of making a sale by matching an online price, the Einstein management decided to take that hardline and refuse. Also, they hardly ever ran sales on computer books. I say computer books because I primarily purchased computer books - but you can swap in any type of book really.

If I can get X book online within 3-5 days with shipping and, in many cases, no tax, then why would I go to Borders? Well, maybe I want that book now. Maybe the Einstein management should have taken a policy that allowed matching of online prices or even GET CLOSE TO online prices. Maybe I would have purchased a few more books at the local store instead of going there to browse the book at the local store and actually place the Amazon order from within the local store using their FREE WIFI.

And that brings up another point, why would you allow people to walk around and read books for free, while drinking coffee (that you had to purchase) anyway? Why would you turn your brick and mortar STORE into a library where you could eat and drink and read everything you wanted to, then get up and leave? Coffee shops dont give out free coffee for your entire visit. Maybe free refills and maybe they even have a limit (if they’re smart). But you had to purchase that first cup of overpriced coffee - no? The entire business model of the brick and mortar bookstore spelled doom for them. People used to go there, buy coffee, take dozens of magazines or books or whatnot to the coffee shop and read for hours, then leave everything on the table and go home.

If they required that you purchase that book, they might not have been out of business. Maybe they wouldnt be selling much coffee but personally, I dont go there (or anywhere) for coffee as I can make it at home for a LOT LESS than getting goughed at the coffee shop - which is a completely different, although related, story.

07/25/11 @ 10:14

In response to: Happy Easter

Comment from:
Dusty

Well said…by you and the President.

04/24/11 @ 22:30

In response to: Election Results

Comment from: Clay
Clay

Good one. We’ll be doing it again in the next election.

11/03/10 @ 11:56

In response to: Cynthia Stevenson

Comment from:
Alison

You are WAY too young to be in that frame of mind. I blame the age of TMI (too much information!)

10/31/10 @ 09:39

In response to: Emily Dickinson wrote a poem about Facebook

Comment from: Michelle
Michelle

Excellent observation. Apparently Emily was a very modern gal…

http://xkcd.com/788/

09/16/10 @ 23:59

In response to: Opera Mini on the c905

Comment from: David Thomas
David Thomas

Wow, this was a big help. Also allowed me to activate the email, navigator and youtube programs on my c905. Thanks!

05/11/10 @ 22:58

In response to: Social Causes of the Obesity Epidemic

Comment from:
Alison

If I liked to drink- I’d be an alcoholic, I’m sure.

04/17/10 @ 20:14

In response to: Social Causes of the Obesity Epidemic

Comment from:
Alison

My trouble is availability, poor choices, inactivity and, of course, appetite.
No one to blame but myself. :(

04/17/10 @ 20:12

In response to: An Inside Perspective On The WikiLeaks Video

Comment from:
Alison

War is ugly. I see old men take out WWII books, particularly certain battles, and they look scarred, haunted.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness- we have no idea the cost.

04/11/10 @ 19:54

In response to: Political Extremism

Comment from:
Alison

Orson Scott Card wrote an excellent article in his hometown paper re: the media’s biased reporting.

03/24/10 @ 10:47

In response to: Opera Mini on the c905

Comment from: al  
al

Wonderful :)
thanks a lot

03/11/10 @ 16:55

In response to: Opera Mini on the c905

Comment from:
Dusty

That’s the whole reason I won’t get an iPhone. I’d love to have it for all the apps and such, but I don’t want to pay AT&T $30 for a data plan. That’s how much I pay for DSL at home. Anyway, I jailbroke an iPhone for a friend of mine a few months back. I may try to find one do the same for me, even though I have AT&T. I just don’t want to have to pay for a data package when I’m only going to use the internet when a wireless connection is available. I called AT&T to see if they could block the data package for my phone. They said they could but that would prevent me from receiving multimedia messages. They are so screwed up.

01/21/10 @ 11:46

In response to: braritto?

Comment from:
Dusty

Dude. I’m more worried about Girl 4. If that’s real snake skin, then that has to be uncomfortable.

01/08/10 @ 09:51
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