off the RIM

WSJ: RIM Readies Its Answer to iPad

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. could unveil its new tablet computer–as well as the operating system that will power it–as early as next week at a developers’ conference in San Francisco, said people familiar with RIM’s plans.

The tablet, which some inside RIM are calling the BlackPad, is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of this year, these people said. It will feature a seven-inch touch screen and one or two built-in cameras, they said.

Sorry, but how are they going to ready their answer to the iPad when they can’t even answer the iPhone?
And I truly hope ‘BlackPad’ is an internal name.

the oppressed affluent

Paul Krugman on the Angry Rich:

These are terrible times for many people in this country. Poverty, especially acute poverty, has soared in the economic slump; millions of people have lost their homes. Young people can’t find jobs; laid-off 50-somethings fear that they’ll never work again.

Yet if you want to find real political rage — the kind of rage that makes people compare President Obama to Hitler, or accuse him of treason — you won’t find it among these suffering Americans. You’ll find it instead among the very privileged, people who don’t have to worry about losing their jobs, their homes, or their health insurance, but who are outraged, outraged, at the thought of paying modestly higher taxes.

but you can’t ignore him

And I always find, yeah, I always find somethin’ wrong
You been puttin’ up wit’ my shit just way too long
I’m so gifted at findin’ what I don’t like the most
So I think it’s time for us to have a toast

Let’s have a toast for the douchebags,
Let’s have a toast for the assholes,
Let’s have a toast for the scumbags,
Every one of them that I know
Let’s have a toast to the jerkoffs
That’ll never take work off
Baby, I got a plan
Run away fast as you can

–Kanye West, “Runaway”
I watched the MTV Video Music Awards on my DVR the other night. It was the normal MTV crap that reminds me of why I don’t watch MTV (I’ll spare you the standard, 30-something guy tirade of MTV-doesn’t-play-music-anymore).
But something came at the very end that hit me in the brain. It was Kanye West’s performance of his new track, “Runaway”. Somehow he performed magic, at least on me. I started singing along to the song around the second chorus. I work with a ‘jerkoff that’ll never take work off’ and by toasting this guy, I experienced a pop-infused, fleeting catharsis.
Why the hell am I toasting the douchebags, assholes, scumbags and jerkoffs while I chuckle and smile?
This post isn’t about me trying to put Kayne on a pedestal, but whether you like him or hate him doesn’t matter – the dude is smart. Mark my words, but you’re not just going to find me singing this song. You’re going to be seeing people sing this all over the place.
If you’ll indulge me a bit more, I’ll give you the backstory. At last year’s VMAs, Kanye jumped up on stage in the middle of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video. This created a good meaty meme, a meme my friend and I were more than happy to run with.
So now 2010 rolls around and everyone’s speculating what will go down. Will Taylor fire back? What will Kanye do?
Not only did he admit fault, but he also admitted, ‘we’ve been putting up with his shit way too long’ AND made a great track out of it. Did I mention the performance and stage design was off the chain too? From the lonely piano key dings to the red suit and red sneakers to the white stage, it was hip-hop meets Kubrick.
As Richard Dreyfus told us in Apple’s “Crazy Ones” commercial:

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things…

Again, I’m hardly saying Kanye is up there with Gandhi and Jim Henson, I’m just saying he’s crazy, a troublemaker and you can’t ignore him.
Kanye West, Runaway, VMAs 2010
Kanye West, Runaway, VMAs 2010
Kanye West, Runaway, VMAs 2010
Kanye West, Runaway, VMAs 2010
Kanye West, Runaway, VMAs 2010
Kanye West, Runaway, VMAs 2010
Kanye West, Runaway, VMAs 2010
Kanye West, Runaway, VMAs 2010

We are at a global inflection point.

Foreign Policy: The Global Cities Index 2010

We are at a global inflection point. Half the world’s population is now urban — and half the world’s most global cities are Asian. The 2010 Global Cities Index, a collaboration between Foreign Policy, management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, reveals a snapshot of this pivotal moment. In 2010, five of the world’s 10 most global cities are in Asia and the Pacific: Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, and Seoul. Three — New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles — are American cities. Only two, London and Paris, are European. And there’s no question which way the momentum is headed: Just as more people will continue to migrate from farms to cities, more global clout will move from West to East.

via my mother-in-law, thanks mom 🙂