Wednesday swag

17 Feb

{+} Here is a laughably stupid idea that I’m sure will make millions:

Tapping into the social media craze, toy giant Mattel Inc. is preparing to release Puppy Tweets, a high-tech toy that will allow dogs to publicize their everyday activities on Twitter via a sound and motion sensor.

Attached to a dog’s collar, the plastic tag randomly generates one of 500 canned tweets when it detects barking or movement and automatically posts an update to Fido’s own Twitter page.

Are we as Americans so obsessed with our goddamn dogs that we’d fall for this fraudulent crap? Oh…we are? Gotcha.

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{+} TV news: “Friday Night Lights” will be done after their fifth season, while “How I Met Your Mother” has been renewed for the sixth. Maybe by 2025 we’ll find out who the goddamn mother is.

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{+} As noted everywhere else on these here internets, Esquire’s profile of Roger Ebert is pretty incredible.

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{+} Oh good god, do I ever love this news about the new camera systems being installed on MLB fields:

Sportvision’s FieldFX camera system records the action while object-recognition software identifies each fielder and runner, as well as the ball. After a play, the system spits out data for every movement: the trajectory of the ball, how far the fielder ran, and so on.

Chalk up another huge victory for us stat geeks. This must be how it feels for rich Mac lovers every time Steve Jobs speaks from Mt Sinai calls a press conference to discuss the latest Apple release. I’ve had my manhood tucked into my waistband for a solid seven hours now after reading the news.

(Also, somewhere Bill Simmons is weeping. That poor guy is gonna be called out for his ignorance even more now, which is such a shame.)

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