Lots of people getting really, really upset with Apple here in the i-lineup: most of the folks who haven’t purchased an elusive iPad are still waiting to get in – and the stores opened more than an hour ago!
A little boy behind me looks like he’s getting ready to cry. Way to go, Jobs.
I just saw this bit in one of the kabillion iPad-related stories I’ve been reading since 5 a.m., here in the i-lineup. It got me and a couple other guys laughing. It also got them to stop talking about operating systems, however briefly.
“…Late-night TV comic Stephen Colbert proved as much earlier this week, skewering our gadget-obsessed zeitgeist as he pulled the world’s most coveted computer from beneath his faux news desk and proceeded to use his iPad as a blade, slicing and dicing a tray of tomatoes into a pulpy mass, all with a triumphant grin that would make grill-shilling George Foreman blush.
“Never mind how I got it,” Colbert said of his rarer than rare electronic prize. “I had two kidneys … Luckily there is an app that filters urine…”
Some people near me in the iPad line-up outside the Apple store are talking about the different types of fibre optic cables.
You know, I think no jury would convict me for what I am thinking about doing right now.
Okay, now they are talking about the many uses of the “F1” key.
Fortunately, I am in the United States, so I can readily purchase a firearm to shoot myself with.
A guy from Burlington just showed up with a knapsack with solar panels on it.
Pray for me.
I’m in a line-up with about 20 hardcore Apple nuts at the Galleria Mall in Buffalo. There are actually two line-ups – one for losers like me, who didn’t “reserve” an iPad, and one line-up for losers who did.
A guy beside me, an engineer, asked a guy in the reserved line why he was lined up three hours before the store opens, and the guy shrugged and said: “Now we’re guaranteed guaranteed.”
I have fully, completely stepped into The Land of the Nerdlings. God help me.
- Who’s winning? Well, no one, actually. As I told the Globe’s lovely and charming Gloria yesterday, the Harper Reformatories can’t get anywhere near majority territory – and the margin, still, is more or less the margin of error. If folks are feeling good, it’s because of the weather. Not what’s happening, or not happening, in Ottawa.
- Which leader leads? I don’t put much stock in online-only polls: they sacrifice random sampling, and therefore accuracy, for lower costs for the pollster. That said, Ignatieff clearly needs to address the fundamentals, here – and, in particular, with women voters. Losing further ground with Canadian women would be very, very unhelpful.
- The Google Rule: Too many politicos, of all stripes, do the kind of stupid stuff “Happy Fingers” Guergis’ staff did. They’ve been doing it for a long time, in fact. In the digital age, however, it’s very risky behaviour – because a one-second Google search will tend to expose you.
- Coulter’s cabal: Gerry Caplan pens an important column about how assorted extremists who – as Jim Keegstra, Ernst Zundel and assorted others did before them – profess to be preoccupied with “free speech,” when their main preoccupation is the freedom to propagate hate against pretty much everyone else. Worth reading.
- The Creba verdict: The tragic death of this young woman didn’t just change Toronto, as the Star headline suggests – it changed the country. After that terrible day, my friends at Ipsos subsequently showed, Stephen Harper took the lead over Paul Martin – and he never looked back, ending 13 years of Liberal rule. The income trust issue was not what defeated the Liberal government – it was law and order. And if the issue is law and order, conservatives always tend to win.
- Happy iPad weekend! My kids will be in Ottawa this weekend – so I will be road-tripping Stateside, to line up and purchase Apple’s latest gadget for me and one of my many lawyers. Watch this here web site for regular updates and W@AL instalments about my quest. I’m betting I won’t get one – but it’ll be entertaining to try.
- Finally, from my friend Rachel, currently in France – the definition of redundancy: