• Quote of the Moment

    Quote of the Moment conradIt’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.

    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

     
  • MLB All-Star game modified

    MLB All Star game modified mlb logoThe MLB (Major League Baseball)’s Players Association has made changes to the All-Star game. The All-Star Game will now have a designated hitter regardless of which league is hosting the contest. The updated designated hitter rule came among a list of other procedural changes the league has officially adopted for its jewel event at the recommendation of the Special Committee for On-field Matters.

    Other changes include a restriction on pitchers who have pitched the Sunday before the game, a one-man increase in the number of position players elected and a unique re-entry rule. In an effort to protect pitchers who have started a regular season game on the Sunday immediately before the game, these players will not be eligible to pitch in the game and will be replaced. As with any player who is ineligible or unable to play, they will still be recognized as an All-Star.

    Personally, I think this is somewhat unfair, as it will always benefit the American League who plays their season with Designated Hitter’ positions, whereas the National League plays with forcing the pitchers to bat. Therefore, there are specialized hitters in the AL that have little-to-no defensive skill and their pitchers have substantially no hitting skill.

     
  • Happy Meal toys – a thing of the past?

    Happy Meal toys   a thing of the past? alg mcdonalds happy mealHappy Meals may no longer come with a toy in California’s Santa Clara County, after lawmakers passed a ban on including toys with kids’ meals over 485 calories.

    County supervisor Ken Yeager said Tuesday that the ordinance “prevents restaurants from preying on children’s love of toys to peddle high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium kids’ meals,” and would help fight childhood obesity. “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes,” Yeager said. “Under this ordinance, restaurants are still permitted to give out toys. This ordinance merely imposes very specific, common-sense nutrition standards for children’s meals that are linked to these incentives.”

    While McDonald’s and its rivals have introduced healthier meal options for children, some critics say they have not done enough to fight childhood obesity — a battle that California’s lawmakers are more than willing to take on.

    California was first to institute a state-wide ban on soda in public schools and state lawmakers now are weighing a proposal to tax full-calorie sodas and other sweetened beverages.

     
  • Nokia releases monster smartphone

    Nokia releases monster smartphone 0,1468,i=262304,00PCmag states Nokia has launched the N8, the first device to feature the company’s next-generation Symbian^3 OS. The N8 comes with a capacitive touchscreen that supports multitouch gestures. It also supports 3D graphics acceleration in hardware, improved memory management for multitasking, and Qt, a software development environment that will attempt to help developers build applications for Symbian and other platforms simultaneously.

    The N8 also features a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a Xenon flash, and a larger sensor that the company claims will rival those found in standalone compact digital cameras. The N8 records high definition video, and features an HDMI out for connecting to a home theater system. In addition, the N8 will work with various global streamed TV services, as well as Ovi Maps for free voice-enabled GPS navigation, and it will come with social networking tie-ins. It includes 16GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot that accepts 32-GB cards.

    This seems like quite a serious phone to me, which will release to “select markets” near the end of this year; however, being that it’s a Nokia, and seems to be released for T-mobile only, means it will likely be a failure.

     
  • YouTube now offers movies

    YouTube now offers movies youtube logo lgYouTube now offers movies at its store, priced between 99 cents and $3.99 each, for the rental. The Google-owned video service dabbled with the idea earlier in the year by offering Sundance films for rental, but now decided on a different turn.

    Rented movies can be viewed for 48 hours. All of the transactions are handled by Google Checkout.

    The rental store features newer movies to  TV shows to selections for young children.