iPad Monday and Open Thread

My iPad has arrived! I'm about to take it from its box and set it up. Many thanks to the very generous TalkLeft reader who gifted it to me. It's got wi-fi and 3G and a docking station/keyboard.

I'll report back on how long it takes to set up and what I think of it in a few hours.

If anyone has any ideas for a great apps to add (non-games) please let me know.

If you're not watching sports, there's "24" and Dancing With the Stars. I know we have an open thread up, but since I'll be busy with my iPad for a few hours, here's another one. All topics welcome.

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    This is awful.... (5.00 / 1) (#39)
    by kdog on Tue May 18, 2010 at 08:44:20 AM EST
    Detroit cops kill a 7 year old girl trying to impress the reality tv cameras...Link

    We're lost in the police state wilderness.

    Health and beauty - This is in reply to MT on (none / 0) (#1)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:11:34 PM EST
    a previous thread and for anybody who's into looking better than nature intended. I'm something of a product tester junkie and, in a past life, I was a makeup artist. I still read dermo journos and a bunch of other pro stuff on health and beauty.

    MT, speaking of 'mature' skin, what liquid "base" would you recommend? Chanel used to make a great liquid foundation that they discontinued. Here's what I now recommend: a super high quality facial sunblock like "Ti-Silc". They make a 45 SPF - and a 60 SPF that contains a green tea antioxidant. Both have a light 'skin' tone tint that's slightly luminous. Let the sunblock dry for 5 mins and top it off with a loose powder like Estee Lauder's "Lucidity" -- applied with a fan brush (to avoid waste). If I want a more opaque look, instead of the loose powder, I use a Dior compact powder 20 SPF -- applied with a fan brush. It all wears incredibly well and stays where you put it. Use powdered blotting papers to beat back break through shine.

    For under-eye circles, I've tried everything and nothing is better than the yellow toned Maybelline cover stick, that comes in a tube. Amazing wear and rock steady staying power. (Even better than YSL Touche Eclat.)

    The best long wear lipstick on the market is "Maybelline Superstay 16 hour lip color". Stays through breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    This is an odd one, but after trying at least 10 different dry shampoos (from cheap to pricey), I found that Klorane makes the best damn dry shampoo on the planet.

    BTW, does anybody know of any outstanding hair-straightening defrizzer product? Babyliss used to make an aerosol spray one that was GOD'S GIFT. I swear it was so good they took it off the market because it made a hundred other products and straightening appliances obsolete.

    What about a temporary hair highlighter (usually called hair mascara)? Cover Girl used to make a "hair crayon" that you dipped in water to make streaks in your hair that stayed till you washed it out. It was so impeccable - to the eye and to the touch - a hairdresser couldn't tell the difference. I believe they took it off the market because it would have taken a huge bite out of the permanent highlight market.

    Teeth: GC makes a product called MI Paste Plus that remineralizes/re-enamelizes tooth enamel. Major results in less than two months. Teeth also get whiter because it thickens the enamel which hides the naturally yellow dentin underneath.

    Suggestions anybody?

    I use an Estee Lauder base (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 18, 2010 at 06:29:23 AM EST
    with their Lucidity powder.  It works very well for me.  And of course the Estee Lauder counter will work to get you exactly the shades you need.  I've been very lucky and don't get under eye circles, at least not yet :)  I do swear by Jane Iredale eye shadows, they don't crease or gunk and have mucho staying power and they come in rich matte colors.  Frosty colors on my older eyes look horrible to me.  I also use a Jane Iredale face powder for blush and they make an amazing Green Tea coverup that never clumps or gobs up.  I haven't used berry, pink, or reddish blushes in ages now because they seem clownish to me.  I use a darker shade of face powder in tune with my skin tone.  I do wear a pretty wild mascara though, I wear blue mascara by Hard Candy because it really highlights my eyes.  There are some products that Sallys sells to touch up roots but I haven't seen hair mascara in awhile.  According to my daughter and dog show people who show spaniels and setters and afghan hounds, Biosilk is amazing for getting rid of any frizzies and getting sleak straight hair.  I love John Frieda's shine shock on my hair, but I've decided to go gray now and don't know how well it will work with that.  I hope it doesn't yellow my hair.  It gives my hair great texture and shine no matter how my hair has been processed.  I'm tired of fighting the gray though and wondered what it would be like to just go with the flow, I picked up a bottle of Clairol Shimmer Lights yesterday because everyone who has gone gray that I admire the look of seems to use it.

    Going gray (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by mmc9431 on Tue May 18, 2010 at 07:26:44 AM EST
    I decided to quit using Just for Men about a year ago and let the gray win. Last week while working in my yard I had two little girls come running up my lawn screaming "Grampa". I'm now having second thoughts!

    Unfortunately my gray is more road kill squirrel in color than distinguished silver.


    I ran into a helicopter contractor mechanic (none / 0) (#37)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 18, 2010 at 07:30:24 AM EST
    who had been at Al Asad when my husband was there.  He was trying to figure out if he knew my husband, and then an elightened look came across his face and he said, "Oh yeah, he's that older guy with the gray temples".  I didn't tell my husband though :)

    Bobbi Brown makes a tinted brow gel (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by byteb on Tue May 18, 2010 at 10:29:04 AM EST
    that she says can be used for root touch-ups. It looks like a smaller version of her mascara.

    Thanks - I'll definitely keep this info on file. (5.00 / 1) (#59)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Tue May 18, 2010 at 12:28:46 PM EST
    BTW, Benefit (Bad Gal) makes a good navy blue mascara (which I use) and Diorshow Backstage Mascara (great stuff) makes a brighter blue one.

    Guys and gals, about alternatives to all-out dyeing gray hair... There's a process, called reverse lights in Europe, sometimes just called low-lights here. It's done with foils,like highlights, but instead of lighter shades you're weaving in a shade or two that's as dark as your natural (pre-gray) hair color. Depending on whether it's a partial job or a full-head job, you end up with a lot less gray hair. It's less damaging to the hair than highlights because you're not lifting (bleaching) the hair. It grows out great too. My 'research' suggests it's a lot more common in Europe than in the U.S. I described it to a stylist who did it for the first time on a gal pal of mine who didn't want to look like she'd had a dye job -- mission accomplished. I believe any good colorist can do it pretty well.


    That dry shampoo (none / 0) (#4)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:20:21 PM EST
    is it rice bran powder? I think they should use that (since it absorbs oil) instead of dispersant on the oil spill and it would clump up and be easier to manipulate. dry shampoo the gulf.

    Here's what's in it... (none / 0) (#8)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:37:22 PM EST
    Klorane Oat Extract Dry Shampoo, which I love unconditionally. Ingredients:

    Butane [huh?], Propane [huh?], Isobutane [huh?], Oryza Sativa(Rice), Starch(Oryza Sativa), SD Alcohol 39-C(Alcohol Denat), Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Avena Sativa(Oat), Kernel Oil(Avena Sativa), CYclodextrin, Cyclomethicone, fragance(Parfum), Isopropyl Myristate Slicia.

    BTW, I AM STILL LIVID ABOUT THAT GD BP OIL SPILL. IT'S KEEPING ME AWAKE AT NIGHT (and making me look haggard -- which only increases demand for petroleum-based beauty products).

    I'll take the streetcar forever if I get to keep my dry shampoo.


    Sorry if I'm replying late but I was interested... (5.00 / 1) (#51)
    by cenobite on Tue May 18, 2010 at 11:18:10 AM EST
    The propane, butane and isobutane (the organic solvents) are very important to making this stuff work.

    They dissolve the oil on your scalp and hair (these organic solvents do that really well) and then the rice and rice starch absorb the oil from the solution.

    The organic solvents are short-chain (3 and 4 carbon, methyl=1, ethyl=2, propyl=3, butyl=4) so they have low boiling points at normal pressure and after doing their work they boil away.


    I was playing around (none / 0) (#66)
    by ZtoA on Tue May 18, 2010 at 02:07:56 PM EST
    this morning with water, linseed oil, and a dry shampoo and also with paper fibers. The paper absorbs the oil beautifully if the oil is floating (think those marbled papers in old books). But the starch absorbing the oil makes it really a mess. If the oil is globbed under the surface like a lava lamp the gulf is really in trouble. I know this seems simplistic but I often need to get knowledge via hands and eyes.

    I used a dry shampoo without the butane solvents. - rice starch, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, kaolin, silica, acrylates copolyme, tapioca starch, rice bran oil, beta glucamm oat bran extract, rice amino acids, magnesium carb, hectorite, tea tree oil chloroxylenos. May contain: ifon oxides, titanium dioxide. Maybe the amino acids is the organic solvent? Hmmm, don't like the sound of aluminum starch. Remember powdered wigs and powdered hair? They were powdered with white lead!!


    I've never used dry shampoo before (none / 0) (#10)
    by ruffian on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:43:09 PM EST
    I really should try it, since I hate blowdrying my hair.

    Exactly! You shouldn't have to wash (none / 0) (#14)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:08:26 PM EST
    the hair and blow dry every time you bathe. If you go with the dry shampoo, don't even bother with anything other than Klorane. All the others are gross to some degree.

    If you took the (none / 0) (#16)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:25:23 PM EST
    rice starch and the oat starch and combined with perhaps a bit of gum arabic and sprinkled that on oil it would make a clumpy paste. It would bind up the oil (like it does on hair, but even more so with the gum arabic - which I'm not sure would interact with oil, maybe tho as an emulsion) and render it mostly a solid. I wonder if the rice and oat starches would absorb water or just oil. Seems so simple, I'm sure it would be used if feasible. Probably the water would be absorbed at a faster rate than the oil so then it would just be more crap in the water. Still I think an oil absorbent would be a better idea than dispersant. I really need (and want) to take a chemistry class. Just thinking out loud.

    Have no idea what the butane is doing in the formula. Alcohol would be the solvent. Really need that chemistry. The booms use human and pet hair and some salons are actively donating all clippings to making booms (human hair absorbs oil). You'd think the scientists could combine hair oil absorbing properties with others..... oh well.


    After reading these (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 10:55:09 PM EST
    Booming School diaries (from DKos), I came to the understanding that "boom" isn't about absorbing oil. If done properly, boom intercepts oil and diverts it into attached "catch basins" -- from which it is subsequently collected. I haven't done any research about materials that absorb spilled oil.

    Oil can only be boomed if it's on the surface and BP has dispersed it at source with toxic dispersants such that the oil accumulates under the surface in huge "plumes". As far as I know, it can't be boomed, collected, or absorbed by anything when it's under the surface.


    Yeah, I got that the oil (none / 0) (#28)
    by ZtoA on Tue May 18, 2010 at 12:21:00 AM EST
    can be boomed on the surface (intercepted, corralled and diverted), and  was wondering just why hair (human and pet)is even a consideration since the oil absorption is not a factor.

    Well I learned a lot from the links.

    Also a boom (as I understand it) does not work in high weather with high choppy waves - or in a hurricane.... which season we are coming upon in a couple of months and which redistributes moisture/water and so now oil. Has this never happened naturally? Frankly I do not think it will create a "dead" sea. But that is a long rather than short perspective. But it could truly and really substantially change the gulf sea. I need to have the awakeness and energy to see if I can re-register at Kos to follow this thread since this guy is extremely informed and smart and I'd like to query.


    Oil Booming - I linked to this DKos diary (none / 0) (#20)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:55:13 PM EST
    a few days ago. Imo, it's worth a repeat -- rollicking and very informative. It's by a guy who's in the industry: Fishgrease: DKos Booming School; update Fishgrease: DKos Booming School II; see also Fishgrease: Pivotal Discoveries Are Booming. The language is salty as befits the subject.

    Fox, Thanks! (none / 0) (#24)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 17, 2010 at 10:50:26 PM EST
    Great links. "Generally, boom is long and bright bright orange or yellow. It is not bright bright orange or yellow so you can see it, dear fledgling boomer, but so Governors, Senators, Presidents and The Media can see it." (haha) and the language makes it much easier to read. I thought the last link was esp fascinating about dispersants. I googled 'oil coagulant' and got this. Interestingly it used linseed oil - a drying oil, and one which I've worked with every day for the last 40 some years. Fight oil with oil. The lava lamp comparison was eye opening. Geez I really wish I knew chemistry, but at least I know a couple of people who do and am going to email them - polymerizing oil by heat is something I've been studying recently and it changes the oil's consistency.

    Sorry for the rambling - it was a 13 1/2 hour day for me today. I really look forward to the day that I can awake, stretch, grab my IPad and hit the "Latte" app. I'll select 2% latte and will have a clean empty cup ready for the app to pour out my hot foamy beverage. For the time being, tho, I'll just watch a bit of cooking show with a glass of wine before turning in.  


    I appreciate your presence, ZtoA and back again. (none / 0) (#26)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 11:12:19 PM EST
    Thanks for stopping in to check up on the place. FWIW, when I've read your comments they've always been sensible.

    BTW ZtoA, have you read Andy Warhol's 'autobiography' "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again)"; 1975, ISBN 0-15-671720-4

    Pat Hackett did the transcriptions and text for the book based on daily phone conversations, sometimes (when Warhol was traveling) using audio cassettes that Andy Warhol gave her. Said cassettes contained conversations with Brigid Berlin (also known as Brigid Polk) and former Interview magazine editor Bob Colacello.

    The book is most fun for 'insiders', but it's kind of a hoot for anybody, imo. I learned this important thing from Andy Warhol: if your socks are all the same (i.e. 20 pairs of the same socks), it's not an issue when you lose one. I've lived by that for ages.

    Now I'm going to watch some trashy teevee to wind down.


    Never read it, but..... (none / 0) (#29)
    by ZtoA on Tue May 18, 2010 at 12:36:16 AM EST
    my first husband did and he talked about it non stop so I feel like I read it - and it was wonderful, funny, and revealing. I probably could quote most of the book since I heard it over and over. Loved the part about his actual apartment being "antiques" and not modernist at all. (disclosure - I personally love Warhol's work) I've read several "tell all" art books over the years, and have ordered a couple of new ones. They are fun, as are the latest art critical theory books (still re-reading Ranciere). "I Bought Any Warhol" by Polsky was a romp! If you read these books you will know why I chose to move as far away from NYC art scene as possible before falling into an ocean. Or into LA, of SF. Portland is actually a better art city than Seattle (sorry Seattlites, you have a glass hangover) for painting and fine art craft, other than glass but we have Bullseye Glass and a number of extremely well known amazing glass artists. Portland is the new Berlin of art. Ha....or at least that is what we are trying to put out there. And, btw, thanx!

    Great Read (none / 0) (#30)
    by squeaky on Tue May 18, 2010 at 12:50:46 AM EST
    For anyone, imo...  Really hilarious, and good insight into Warhol, his pals and the era.

    Hey, thank you! (none / 0) (#7)
    by ruffian on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:37:12 PM EST
    Sounds like you know your stuff. I need all the help I can get.

    For hair de-frizzer, I have been using Bed Head Control Freak Serum #3. I like it the best of all I have tried since I moved to FL. Sounds like it may not be as good as the Babyliss though.

    Last week I got my hair cut a lot shorter, so i have a renewed interest in facial products - seems like a lot more face showing with the shorter hair!


    Cripes, I spent 4 months in (none / 0) (#13)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:03:58 PM EST
    Fort Lauderdale and I though I was going to have to cut my head off. NOTHING worked on my hair in Florida.

    It probably takes a year or so to acclimate the hair and skin to a new climate -- be it very humid or very dry, especially.

    I've used the Bed Head Control Freak Serum #3, and if I don't do the blow dry just right, the hair gets really big and puffy. TI-GI (Toni and Guy) also makes a newer spray product called "Seriously Straight Straightener and Shiner" that you put on wet hair -- it's fool-proof and is the closest thing I've found to the perfection of the Babyliss product I mentioned earlier.

    I also just cut my hair short for the first time since grad school. You're right there is so much more face showing! But you know, if it's a great cut, it makes a great frame for the face and that can make the total picture look a whole lot better. Plus it allows you to play up the eyebrows and eyes. More pencil, mascara, and shadow - definitely.


    Ha- yeah, I know the feeling (none / 0) (#17)
    by ruffian on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:36:45 PM EST
    I can't make it from the car to the office without being a big mess.

    I'll try the Ti-Gi next. I think the short hair was the right move. Really feels more like me these days, and so much easier.

    i'm rediscovering all the earrings in the jewelry box too.


    One more thing... (none / 0) (#22)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 10:28:23 PM EST
    My dermatologist recommended the Clarisonic Skincare Brush -- it's motorized, vibrates and moves clockwise -- like the toothbrush. It works on even the most sensitive skin. It comes with different, replaceable brush heads -- I prefer the "delicate" one. Not cheap: $120 minimum, but it does an astonishing job of cleaning and smoothing the skin, without stripping it. I just got it after I lost a regular complexion brush that Dior made 20 years ago. Every regular complexion brush I've tried on the current market sucks (including the Shishedo).

    I love my Clarisonic (none / 0) (#33)
    by Militarytracy on Tue May 18, 2010 at 06:35:23 AM EST
    and I have to give my Clarisonic all the credit for how often I go without makeup now. I don't have things I need to hide now.

    I know! can you believe how much difference that (none / 0) (#55)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Tue May 18, 2010 at 12:00:13 PM EST
    thing makes! I mean, even after, like, one week. Here's the cincher -- it works for people with rosacea -- actually improves the condition. And that skin usually gets irritated if you as much as blow on it.

    I bought a couple of those Quasar(?) hand-held home laser units -- they've gotten great reviews, though I haven't used them yet. I'll let you know how it goes.


    Re defrizzing products: (none / 0) (#53)
    by oculus on Tue May 18, 2010 at 11:53:46 AM EST
    Aoubt a year ago my hair stylist sd., Your hair looks great, is healthy, but is frizzee.  I sd., My hair isn't frizee, it just wants to curl slightly and isn't heavy hair.  She sd., Great new product available, just ok'd by FDA.  Used in Brazil on hair for years.  Silicone.  So she applied it.  Suddently I have straight, non-frizzee hair.  Reaply in six months.  Expensive!

    a long time ago (none / 0) (#56)
    by CST on Tue May 18, 2010 at 12:07:03 PM EST
    I decided it was not worth my time/money to fight it.  But I have hair that resembles this except much, much longer.

    So instead, I've embraced it.  It's just a part of my appearance, and actually a pretty defining one.  I wear it tied back most of the time for work, but sometimes I rock it out in full.  Some people hate it, some people love it, but for me it's become a part of my identity and I wouldn't give it up for all the straightening product in the world.  I will admit I use some product to tame it a bit from total frizz to more of a defined curl.  But sometimes there's no fighting nature, and you just gotta roll with it.


    Truly different strokes (none / 0) (#63)
    by Cream City on Tue May 18, 2010 at 01:17:45 PM EST
    of the hairbrush for different folks -- as I would love to have hair like that.

    Mine is the exact opposite, stick-straight.  So determined not to curl that when I tried perms, the stylist would knock herself out winding it up on dozens of curler rods (I also have twice as much hair as any human needs) . . . and ten to fifteen minutes later, we would watch as the rods flew across the room as my hair fought back.

    So stick-straight it is, to this day.  


    I hear you (5.00 / 1) (#64)
    by CST on Tue May 18, 2010 at 01:32:18 PM EST
    on the too much hair factor.  I have straightened my hair via blowdryer and straightening iron twice in my life.  Both times took over two hours and afterwords it just looked fried.  Honestly I think the only thing that would work is "relaxing" aka tons of chemicals and effort and money.

    Needless to say as a teenager I had some rough hair days, but eventually I learned how to work with it rather than against it, and now I love it.

    The worst part was that as a kid I had almost stick straight hair with just a bit of a wave.  The transition period was not pretty.  But I just think of that time of my life as "character building".


    Please, what's the trade name for it? You're in San Diego right. If I may ask, what salon?

    I know of the Japanese straightening system that uses formaldehyde. And the reportedly less damaging Keratin hair straightening method, where a keratin product is applied to the hair and sealed in with a straightening iron.

    Did your stylist use a straightening iron on the silicone stuff? Good times.


    Deborah Knight at Envie in (none / 0) (#58)
    by oculus on Tue May 18, 2010 at 12:25:07 PM EST
    "The Village" in La Jolla on Pearl St.  Tres expensive.  Can't remember if curling iron is involved.  Definitely hair dryer.

    I'll give them a call and tell (none / 0) (#60)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Tue May 18, 2010 at 12:35:00 PM EST
    them Oculus sent me :-) Regarding expense, I drive (3 hour round trip) to Newport to get my hair cut by Eric Morales at Toni and Guy. I'm a lost cause.

    She will know who you mean as (none / 0) (#61)
    by oculus on Tue May 18, 2010 at 12:37:09 PM EST
    soon as you mention this amazing "product."

    Anecdote:  I was at Asia Society in Manhattan, about to leave Vietnam exhibit.  Young security guy sd., Do you mind my telling you your hair is beautiful?  Oh, and the rest of you is beautiful too."  (Hair looks good.  Rest of me--not so much.]


    Yay!! Have fun J (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:15:07 PM EST
    In general when you are getting apps, get the ones made specially for the iPad, as opposed to iPhone apps, which work fine but don't look as good or take advantage of the larger screen real estate. The iPad apps will show up in a separate list in the app store.

    For the most part you don't need the apps that just repackage web sites, because the screen is large enough to use the web sites as is. So that eliminated a lot of my iPhone apps right there.  

    Here are some of my favorite non-games:
    iBooks - free, no brainer! Comes with a free book, then of course you buy more for various prices.

    Kindle app - free too. Any books you have already bought on the Kindle will transfer down.

    Netflix - app is free, use your account to stream movies

    Pages - Apple's word processor. Different to get used to, but nice.
    Numbers - Apples spreadsheet. OK, but if you don't really need a spreadsheet on the Pad, I wouldn't bother.

    MaxJournal - a nice journaling app, lets you incorporate photos.

    News Apps I like:
    BBC news
    Thomson Reuters News Pro
    All of these have taken good advantage of the user interface.  USA Today is all right, but not as good

    The Guardian Eyewitness - gorgeous photojournalism app. New pictures from professional news photographers around the world every day. gives you a new appreciation for photography.

    National Geographic World Atlas

    Google Earth

    Magic Window - relaxing landscape 'window' with multiple views
    ArtStudio - drawing and painting
    PhotoPad - photo editing
    Virtuoso - piano keyboard
    Nota - music reading 'lessons'
    Star Walk - Astronomy
    Big Oven Pro - lots of recipes

    I have more, but that ought to keep you busy for a while!

    Let me know if you have any questions. I think I've found my way around most of it.

    I would add fast case (none / 0) (#34)
    by Molly Bloom on Tue May 18, 2010 at 07:04:42 AM EST
    Fast case has proven useful and a lot easier to use on the iPad than on the iPhone, though it works for both. Lexis also has an app.

    Nice To See a Comment From You Molly Bloom (5.00 / 1) (#52)
    by squeaky on Tue May 18, 2010 at 11:46:40 AM EST
    Hope all is well in your world.. miss your comments...

    Will be interested to learn if professional (none / 0) (#54)
    by oculus on Tue May 18, 2010 at 11:55:03 AM EST
    musicians practice piano on the iPad  while traveling.  Horowitz and/or Rubenstein used to practice on a table top while traveling by train.

    Lucky you! (none / 0) (#3)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:16:42 PM EST
    Can you use a keypad with the IPad? I tried the IPad at the AppleStore a couple of days ago and did not like the keypad on the screen. But if a regular keypad could be attached that would be great! And the Apple titanium keypads have a wonderful touch. If I make some $$ this summer I'm going to get one and I'll be lost to the world completely then!

    The device is yummy - a beautiful gadget. A nice reader and I think it would be fun for games. I really like visual puzzle games (relaxing) and just finished all the "Boxed In" levels. Its a fun game and not too hard. I like Sokoban usually but the app is clumsy. KenKen is OK. Don't like the Sudoku app either. "Words with Friends" is a fun way to keep up a conversation with a kid, and let them know you can still dominate on a scrabble-like board.

    But you are asking about non-games. I like to check the weather in several cities so "The Weather Chanel" is fun. "News Addict" is OK.

    There's an app that lets you talk and it transcribes into text (on the IPhone). It works pretty well, and when it doesn't its pretty funny. It doesn't seem to just sound out phonetic non-words - makes them into some regular word much of the time. so I wonder what it would do with "Scalia".

    Yes, you can use a bluetooth (none / 0) (#5)
    by ruffian on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:24:31 PM EST
    keyboard with it. Sometimes I use theApple titanium one I think you are talking about - the same one I use for my Mini.

    I'm pretty good at typing on the virtual keypad though, so I've only used the aluminum one a couple of times for long writing.

    I do like a couple of the games too - Aki Mahjong and also a Solitaire game get me hooked. And there is a great Pinball game. Amazing how much it gets me into it, just like the old days in the arcade.


    Will the iPad work like a netbook (none / 0) (#6)
    by caseyOR on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:33:36 PM EST
    for people who don't want to drag a laptop around? Would it be a good replacement for a netbook in terms of work and not just web and games and reading?

    I think that really depends on the type of work (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:41:47 PM EST
    you have to do. If it is mostly email and word processing, then I would say yes.  Spreadsheets...maybe, if you are mostly reading them while traveling and not creating new ones.  (however the little bluetooth keyboard would help with that - easy to pack).

    Can you print from (none / 0) (#11)
    by caseyOR on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:44:01 PM EST
    the iPad?

    Not now, but I think that is rumored (none / 0) (#12)
    by ruffian on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:54:25 PM EST
    to be coming in the next SW release.

    Does the wordprocessing (none / 0) (#15)
    by ZtoA on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:13:00 PM EST
    transfer to one's main computer like the IPhone does? If so you could maybe print from that. I have a desk computer and don't want to spend the $ for a laptop, but it seems that in many ways the IPad does much of the same for lots less. And then there are the apps.....

    Yes, I should have mentioned (none / 0) (#18)
    by ruffian on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:43:04 PM EST
    You can transfer the docs to your main computer and print from there.

    I can see a lot of people not neediing laptops anymore. I hardly use mine. I have one contract I work on from time to time when they need me, and I have a lot of old c files and Linux scripts on my laptop for that, but that is about it.


    White Bias (none / 0) (#19)
    by waldenpond on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:52:26 PM EST
    Watching AC360 and they are showing how researchers are repeating an old bias experiment.  Asked to select an image of a cartoon type person that has a scale of color.

    First up... whites 4 to 5.  Asked 'which child is dumb' the whites picked the two darkest colors.   Asked 'which child is mean, which has the skin adults like, adults don't like' etc.... whites showed white bias on a three questions 66-72%.

    Black children up now.....smart, dumb, ugly, good-looking. White bias - 77% of 10 year olds don't like two darkest skin colors.  (The results stated that blacks have less bias but the show did not demonstrate this.)

    Possible cause? Stereotypes.  Black parents more diligent.  Apparently, not much change from 5 year olds to 10 year olds.  I thought that experience would have changed over time.

    I liked watching the 10 year olds who questioned the questioners.

    Miss America being investigated by pageant (none / 0) (#21)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 10:13:53 PM EST
    officials. Is this news? HuffPo writes that she won an amateur pole-dancing competition at a strip club in 2007 (photo may be NSFW):
    It didn't take long for the new Miss USA to become embroiled in a scandal: Rima Fakih--an Arab-American from Dearborn, Michigan, who was crowned Miss USA on Sunday night--was exposed on Monday as a former champion pole dancer by radio show MojoInTheMorning.com, which posted photos of Fakih participating in the "Stripper 101" contest at The Coliseum Gentlemen's Club in Detroit in 2007.

    Lordy, what happens now.

    Haven't most of the recent Miss USA's (none / 0) (#23)
    by Joan in VA on Mon May 17, 2010 at 10:42:41 PM EST
    had some sort of scandal? Trump's involvement in Miss USA seems to guarantee that the contestants selected aren't quite as wholesome as the ones selected for Miss America, the older, classier pageant.
    Trump likes the publicity-possibly even leaking the scandals himself. I think the routine is that she apologizes and then Trump magnanimously forgives her.

    Yes we're talking about Miss USA. (none / 0) (#27)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 11:19:55 PM EST
    And I think you've got the routine about right.

    Widget estimates ongoing rate of oil spill (none / 0) (#31)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Tue May 18, 2010 at 01:17:47 AM EST
    in real time from PBS (?), via Corrente: Gulf Leak aka BP Spill Meter. The widget updates in real time. It has a default setting for the 210,000 gallons a day best case scenario. But you can adjust it to track other reported estimates.

    I just reset it for the lowest end of the "experts worst case scenario" of 2.5+ million gallons per day and the meter indicates the current size of the total spill is in excess of 70 million gallons.  

    I shouldn't find this funny (none / 0) (#35)
    by jbindc on Tue May 18, 2010 at 07:17:33 AM EST
    But I do.  The Jerusalem Post reports:

    It was a scene Saudi women's rights activists have dreamt of for years.

    When a Saudi religious policeman sauntered about an amusement park in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Mubarraz looking for unmarried couples illegally socializing, he probably wasn't expecting much opposition.

    But when he approached a young, 20-something couple meandering through the park together, he received an unprecedented whooping.

    A member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Saudi religious police known locally as the Hai'a, asked the couple to confirm their identities and relationship to one another, as it is a crime in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to mix.

    For unknown reasons, the young man collapsed upon being questioned by the cop.

    According to the Saudi daily Okaz, the woman then allegedly laid into the religious policeman, punching him repeatedly, and leaving him to be taken to the hospital with bruises across his body and face.  

    Righteously Beautifully Funny... (none / 0) (#38)
    by kdog on Tue May 18, 2010 at 08:18:25 AM EST
    thanks for starting my day right jb...great story.

    Hopefully this catches on and no place is safe for two-bit tryants like the Hai'a...don't they realize minding your own damn business is a virtue, and sticking your beak where it doesn't belong a vice?


    Ted Turner... (none / 0) (#40)
    by kdog on Tue May 18, 2010 at 09:06:28 AM EST
    is talking crazy like he's got a bad case of the Pat Robertson.

    If he really wants the truth (none / 0) (#42)
    by mmc9431 on Tue May 18, 2010 at 09:27:47 AM EST
    It's Poesiden releasing the Kracken!

    I'm reserving judgement... (none / 0) (#43)
    by kdog on Tue May 18, 2010 at 09:33:30 AM EST
    until SpongeBob appears before a senate commitee:)

    Responsibility (none / 0) (#44)
    by mmc9431 on Tue May 18, 2010 at 09:43:51 AM EST
    At least we know it couldn't possibly have come from lack of oversight, incompetence or negligence. So of course its an act of God and then the insurance companies can refuse to pay.

    Seriously... (none / 0) (#45)
    by kdog on Tue May 18, 2010 at 09:51:05 AM EST
    blaming higher powers for man made disasters...the last refuge of scoundrels...this one is all on us human beings.

    Unless Ted has his tongue in cheek...hard to tell.


    Homeland Security... (none / 0) (#41)
    by kdog on Tue May 18, 2010 at 09:25:08 AM EST
    trying to secure lands that don't belong to them.  Lowballing a family farm with the threat of emminent domain seizure...sh*t's f*cked up.

    Common Good (none / 0) (#71)
    by Wile ECoyote on Tue May 18, 2010 at 03:44:20 PM EST
    and all.

    Not good... (none / 0) (#72)
    by kdog on Tue May 18, 2010 at 03:49:31 PM EST
    but all too common...I hear ya.

    Republican Congressman Souder (none / 0) (#46)
    by jbindc on Tue May 18, 2010 at 09:54:43 AM EST
    Of Indiana, is resigning, just 2 weeks after winning a primary.  H/T Hot Air

    He survived a bitter primary two weeks ago, but now the Indiana Republican reportedly plans to resign amid allegations of an affair.

    According to Fox News, Rep. Mark Souder will announce his resignation today after it was revealed he had an affair with a female who works on his district office staff. The extent of the affair would likely have landed him in front of the House Ethics Committee.

    The eight-term Congressman has been absent from Washington, D.C. most of last week, Fox News reported,
    missing several votes. He has denied having an affair in the past.

    Souder, who has been a vocal supporter of "traditional family values," first took office in 1994.  "I believe that Congress must fight to uphold the traditional values that undergird the strength of our nation," he says on his Web site. "I am
    committed to preserving traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman."

    Indiana's Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, will be required to select a replacement for Souder, which will likely spark a fierce political battle among Democrats and the GOP.

    Another family values candidate (none / 0) (#47)
    by mmc9431 on Tue May 18, 2010 at 10:04:46 AM EST
    Mark Souder, a Republican congressman from Indiana, has announced that he will resign his seat over an affair with a female aide.

    The affair doesn't bother me. It's the hypocrisy of his position that gets me.

    Drudge was hysterical... (none / 0) (#48)
    by kdog on Tue May 18, 2010 at 10:07:53 AM EST
    they put "female" in parenthesis after staffer on their headline...I guess to put the jesus-patrol somewhat at ease...lol.

    Ugly defendants have no hope (none / 0) (#49)
    by jbindc on Tue May 18, 2010 at 10:11:24 AM EST
    From CBS:

    According to a Cornell University study, unattractive defendants are 22 percent more likely to be convicted than good-looking ones. And the unattractive also get slapped with harsher sentences - an average of 22 months longer in prison.

    The study, "When Emotionality Trumps Reason," was authored by Cornell graduate Justin Gunnell and Stephen Ceci, a professor of developmental psychology. It examines how some jurors make decisions rationally, based on facts and logic, while others reason emotionally, taking into consideration factors unrelated to the case - attractiveness being one of them.

    The study consisted of 169 Cornell psychology undergraduates, who were classified as either rational or emotional decision-makers through an online survey. They were then given case studies of defendants, complete with a
    photograph and profile, were read jury instructions and listened to the cases' closing arguments.

    In serious cases with strong evidence, there was little difference in the conviction rate between attractive and unattractive defendants. But in more minor cases, with ambiguous evidence, jurors were more biased toward the good-looking.

    I was thinking about this in a less serious (none / 0) (#65)
    by ruffian on Tue May 18, 2010 at 01:53:17 PM EST
    context the other night. I am convinced that on Survivor the other night, if Russell played the exact same game but was more physically attractive, he would have won.

    Oy! (none / 0) (#62)
    by squeaky on Tue May 18, 2010 at 12:53:40 PM EST
    Tar balls have washed up on Key West beaches. If they are from the leading edge of the oil gusher, that would mean that some oil already has been entrained in the Loop Current for several days

    via digby

    NYTimes on immigration (none / 0) (#67)
    by CST on Tue May 18, 2010 at 02:08:44 PM EST
    generation gap.

    Basically saying what we already know.  Young people are more accepting of immigration, mostly due to growing up in a more multi-cultural world.

    Interesting stat from the article I did not know:

    "From 1860 through 1920, 13 percent to 15 percent of the country was foreign born -- a rate similar to today's, when immigrants make up about 12.5 percent of the country.

    But in 1970, only 4.7 percent of the country was foreign born, and most of those immigrants were older Europeans"

    Also - this is just astounding:

    "Arizona has the largest "cultural generation gap," ... between older Americans who are largely white (83 percent in Arizona's case) and children under 18 who are increasingly members of minorities (57 percent in Arizona's case)."

    Finally, I'm with her:

    "My stepdad says, `Why do I have to press 1 for English?' I think that's ridiculous," Ms. Vespia said, referring to the common instruction on customer-service lines. "It's not that big of a deal. Quit crying about it. Press the button."

    Her stepdad... (none / 0) (#68)
    by kdog on Tue May 18, 2010 at 02:16:52 PM EST
    would freak if he bought the phone card I use to call Mexico...for English you gotta press 2...second billing, the horror!

    What makes me crack up are those who say..."my great-grandfather came here legally!"  Umm...your great-grandfather just showed up, same as todays undocumented immigrant...we just let your great-grandad stay without a hassle...as it should be.


    yea... (none / 0) (#69)
    by CST on Tue May 18, 2010 at 03:20:13 PM EST
    some of my grandparents are a little more recent so they had to jump through hoops.  Lucky for grandma that she was able to get out of Nazi Germany with her Italian passport.  If she'd only had a German one she would've been $hit out of luck.  Personally, I don't think it's a good thing that she had to be "lucky" to come here legally.

    I wonder if the Native Americans thought all those early immigrants were legal.  At least the ones from Mexico aren't trying to give us all small pox or kick us out of our hometowns.


    But they speak... (none / 0) (#70)
    by kdog on Tue May 18, 2010 at 03:37:25 PM EST
    the dreaded espanol...worse than smallpox:)

    That's another mystery, why does that bother people so?  Is it feelings of inadequacy for not being bilingual?  I don't get it...