Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday morning coffee

- Happy Birthday to Mr. T.--dude turns 59 today. Whaddup fool!?

- Apple is reportedly close to offering a cloud music service--the ability to upload and store music on the Web so that one can listen to it on smartphones, computers or tablets. I've tried out Amazon's version of the service and it's okay--a bit clunky and basic, and the uploading is not a quick process. Apple's likely entry into this space, which could be announced as soon as next month, would represent another occasion where the brand came into a space already occupied, and likely will offer something better and more user-friendly.

- I'm a little late to the game but I saw Thor this week. My review? A solid C+.

- Did you know...? Workers in Chicago and New York walk faster than those of us suburban types, thus elevator companies program the doors to shut faster in buildings there.

- Sign of the apocalypse: Ronald McDonald is under attack from health-care professionals and consumer groups who recently have asked McDonald's to retire the clown spokesperson. Thank you, McDonald's, for standing firm and defending Ronald. While the company has been fairly diplomatic in its response, mine would be "Hey, all you parents out there--grow a pair and guide your children on what constitutes healthy eating versus not. It's not a food chain's responsibility to parent for you!" It's unfair to single out McDonald's in this fashion given the improvements the fast-food chain has made in its menu to offer healthy eating alternatives.

- American Idol improved dramatically this season, what with the addition of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as judges, and the overall final group of singers was the best in many seasons. Yet, in one area, the song remains the same for Idol--the finalists tend to be middle-of-the-road, no risk singers. Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery both seem to be nice young people but neither has the vocal chops of jettisoned contestants like Pia Toscano or James Durbin.

- Idol, by the way, continues to put up killer audience delivery numbers--on Thursday night, over 21 million viewers tuned in.

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