Monday, March 28, 2011

Rant: Philadelphia and Generation X+

( #phillymag, #GenX )

Image Credit: Manuel Brauer

Last month, Philadelphia Magazine published a cover story demanding baby boomers to roll over and die so Generation X and the Millennials can finally take over. I was amused by the balls the magazine had to put that on the cover, until I actually read the article. It is fair to say that the cover was designed to make boomers angry because... they are probably not the target demographic of the magazine. I am on the border between Gen X and Millennials and this article managed to get my face red: my generation (whatever the hell I fall into) come across as spoiled brats.

Writer Janine White begins the article by talking about how she is on a roof deck in South Philadelphia for a New Years Eve party like it was the most impossible circumstance ever. She paints South Philadelphia as a wasteland that nobody wanted to live in before the hipsters arrived and made South Philly “cool”. She of course forgets South Philadelphia’s long tradition of community gatherings, block parties (see: Mummers Day Parade), and reputation as a family oriented section of the city. White immediately highlights my problem with her suggested youth movement: the people clamoring for it are self-centered assholes.

She then solidifies the connection to Philadelphia by stating younger professionals are moving from the suburbs into the city. I find this statement frustrating. The article echos a vibe I have been picking up in the blogging community: these people moved here as adults (or college students) and are enjoying the benefits of urban living—but they will not stay. I grew up in Philadelphia, I know the issues with schooling and the general issues of raising a family in the city. It is not impossible by any means, but I don’t think these young professionals have the stomach for it:
  • Because people are moving back, home prices are rising again, but paying 300k for a 1000 square foot row home with two kids doesn’t make much sense in Philadelphia
  • I really want to see a hipster soccer mom try to double park her mini-van on 13th St
  • How far will their love affair with the city go when their kid gets mugged by older kids on the walk to school... everyday
  • Sure taxes are cheap, but that private school tuition is pretty damn expensive
  • Want to get that cool roof deck? Good luck dealing with a South Philly contractor. They will start in the summer and you are lucky if they finish the following spring (I am exaggerating, sort of)

White continues her attack on boomers by listing all of the ills they released on society (corrupted do-nothing governments and divorces that turned Gen X into latchkey kids). She proudly claims Gen X doesn’t want to change the world, they just want to make it a nice place to live. She again highlights the fundamental problem with this generation: they don’t have the passion for a fight, even when it is the right thing to do. Lets take a look at the mortgage meltdown over the last few years. People blame old men in business suits for creating the situation, but who were the people sitting on the sales floors—making the predatory calls, telling people to re-fi, and selling mortgages to people who could not afford it? It wasn’t the boomers. Gen X and the first millennial got their hands dirty and nobody was complaining when the commission checks were coming in. I am not knocking anyone (or it is a knock on everyone). The moral compass of the youth movement can get just as fucked up in the gravitational pull of money—so don't throw stones in glass houses.

Working around the system and creating alternate paths will only go so far; eventually you get high enough that an issues must be dealt with head on. It is in these situation Gen X/Y gets discouraged and goes home (and complains to their helicopter parents so they can make it all better). I had to write a paper three months ago about managing multi-generational teams: all of the research about Gen X/Y/Millennials points out that our generation does not communicate or negotiate well.

I don’t think you can solve the world’s problems in 140 characters or less. If the youth generation (me included) want a place at the big boys table, we need to admit that there is a whole bunch of shit that we do not know how to do well, figure out how to address that gap, and progress. We have to take on our parents issues and our own because we need to be strong enough to not only carry the burden, but to eliminate it for future generations, then we can pat ourselves on the back.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 03: Issue 20

( #SundayLeftovers )

Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! This week was busy with school and my little garage overhaul. Hopefully having a proper workspace will allow me to work on some nifty DIY projects I have been waiting to do. All "what-ifs" aside, lets open the fridge and see what is leftover...

[The Back Window]

CREDIT: Volcano Choir - Island, IS

[Recipe of the Week: Jalapeno Ketchup]
Credit: KitchenDaily


2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar


1. Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil and jalapeno. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until the jalapenos have softened.
2. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, and cider vinegar.
3. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until thickened and reduced to 1/2 cup, about 10 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and set aside.

[DIY of the Week: Self-Cleaning Toilet Brush]

Self-Disinfecting Toilet Brush

[Video of the Week]


Thanks for reading this week. If all goes to plan, there will be a very cool interview featured on Drinking Made Easy this week (or early next week). I also have a long form non-fiction story I am planning to post here. If you need to reach me, you can do so here. As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Garage Project

( #Garage, #Cleaning )

I had a little work done on my garage this week and called blog favorites Mr. Done Right to come over and help run some extra outlets and fabricate a work desk so I am not soldering on the dining room table.

I took some pictures and made a commercial for Mister Done Right's website because I run that website and they need content :-)


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ryan Adams: Chin Up, Cheer Up

( #RyanAdams, #ChinUpCheerUp )

Great acoustic version of this Chin Up, Cheer Up.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tom Waits: Chocolate Jesus

( #TomWaits, #Jesus )

Watching this makes me think Heath Ledger was inspired a bit by Mr. Waits for his take on the Joker....

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 03: Issue 19

( #SundayLeftovers )

Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! I got somewhat owned this week with work and school. I did manage to go out on St. Patty's Day and I have to say... Philly was pretty tame (not that I am complaining). Even though I spent some time at the bar, I still have some interesting bits to serve up: so let's open the fridge and see what is leftover....

[The Back Window]

CREDIT: Luminarium

CREDIT: Charles Bradley - The World is Going Up in Flames

[Recipe of the Week: Corned Beef Hash]
Credit: Huffington Post: Meathead Goodwyn

Got that leftover corned beef from St. Patrick's Day? Here is a hash recipe.

2 cups cooked leftover corned beef
2 cups cooked leftover potatoes
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
4 pasteurized eggs
2 teaspoons bacon fat, lard, butter, or cooking oil
1/2 cup broth from the boiled corned beef and cabbage or just plain water

1. Chop the meat and potatoes into 1/4 to 1/2" cubes.
2. In a large bowl, beat 2 eggs with a fork, then add the corned beef, potatoes, onions, garlic, and thyme. Add the broth or water. Mix.
3. On your grill or stovetop, preheat a frying pan, preferably a cast iron pan, to high and add the fat. Roll it around so it coats the bottoms and sides.
4. Add the hash mix and pat it down with a spatula. Cook on until the eggs in the mix set. With a spatula, flip things over. If the meat looks dry, add another 1/2 cup of broth or water.
5. Crack the remaining eggs and lay them on top of the hash. Turn the heat to medium. Cover and cook until the whites have set but the yolks are still runny. This could take 10 to 15 minutes, longer than you think. If you are not using pasteurized eggs you should cook them until the yolks are set. The salmonella risk is too great. Just don't burn the bottom.
6. While the eggs are cooking, heat the leftover cabbage as a side dish. Microwave is fine.

[DIY of the Week: Headphone Upgrade]

Want to turn a $30 pair of headphones into a $300 pair?
Check out this: Does it Pew?

[Video of the Week]

A history of title design...


That is all for this week. Fingers crossed that a very cool interview comes through for Drinking Made Easy this week (more on that if it happens). If you need to reach me, you can do so here. As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Bully Getting Owned

( #Bully, #Winning )

A video went viral on the internet this week featuring a small boy picking on an bigger boy. The small boy punches the bigger boy in the face several times until the bigger kid snaps and hits the kid with a WWE style dominator. Youtube took the video down and several articles have been written about how the video is damaging to the youth of the world...

The kids in the video are from Australia. Friends of the bigger kid's family (his name is Casey) say he has been bullied and tormented for years and finally defended himself because nobody did a damn thing protect him. So what happened to Casey after he defends himself from being punched in the face? He gets suspended and "professionals" are running around condemning HIS actions.

One of Casey’s friend’s father gave this information on the YouTube teen bully video page:
“This 16 year old kid has been tormented every single day of his short high school life – and today he snapped!! He was suspended and may be looking at criminal charges, all because this little runt thought he could make an example of Casey in front of his “TUFF buddies!!”
Credit: Gather News

Here is the video since it has been taken down on youtube:

This video gives me copious amounts of pleasure. Good for you Casey! Think of things this way: You spend your time and energy to raise a kid right, and some other moron spews a kid out as an afterthought. This kid goes to the same school as your nice, well-adjusted child and proceeds to make their life a living hell for the next 8 years. Teachers and school administrators don't do a thing, and now suddenly your kid is the one that is a wreck. Parents need to teach kids to stand up for themselves and not worry about the school administrators (who will be useless in this scenario).

Just for reference, here is the move done by a professional (watch the guy in the red shirt).

UPDATE: Looks like the smaller kid did get suspended too.

UPDATE 2: The BULLY'S own Mother said the little bastard deserved what he got:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Drinking Made Easy: Social Drinking Apps

( @drinkingmadeeasy, @beerby )

My reign of terror over at Drinking Made Easy continues. This time I discuss social drinking apps for your smart phones and hint at my disdain for hipsters!

Read More: Drink Socially...Alone?

Update: DME's links are dead, here is the full article...

A few years ago, I met my friends at the local pub for a beer or two almost every night. That was then. Between work, kids, and household projects (those damn shelves won’t hang themselves), I don’t see my friends as much as I used to. Just because my friends are not around, I haven’t stopped drinking. In fact, since I have been left to fend for myself, I have found some excellent beers by chance.

My less adventurous friends and colleagues often ask me what beer I am stocking my fridge with. The first few times made for an enjoyable conversation, but after a while this small talk became tedious and repetitive; enter social media! Leveraging Generation Y’s inability to look up from their smart phones to hold a conversation, everyone can now share what beer they are enjoying at any given moment via a few difference social apps.

Social drinking apps like Beerby ( and Untappd ( allow you to tell your friends what beverage is in your hand (the hand that doesn’t have the phone in it) as you are enjoying it. Beerby integrates with an existing Foursquare account allowing drinkers to log and comment on the beverages they are enjoying. The program has over 30,000 beers in its database and growing. Untappd seems to be the newcomer in social drinking apps, but it offers a nice interface and community. Beerby seems more focused on you and what you are drinking, while Untappd has more of a social focus (what your friends are drinking).

At the moment, I prefer Beerby over Untappd. I had some issues getting Untappd’s location based services to work properly (could have been my phone), which gives me the impression that Beerby is a little more polished. Another smart feature from Beerby is that system allows a user to simply rate the beer in addition to making comments. Both apps feature rewards/badges for tracking certain kinds and different numbers of beers, which is great because it encourages consumers to try out new beers.

Untappd and Beerby have an excellent feature that allows you to determine what bars near you stock/serve your favorite brews. I assumed this would be great news for all the emerging micro-breweries, but Beerby’s top beers are:
1. Yuengling Traditional Lager
2. Pabst Blue Ribbon
3. Miller Lite
4. Coors Light
5. Bud Light
This leads me to the drawbacks of social media: who gives a damn if you are drinking a Miller Lite or PBR? They are perfectly fine beverages, but they are nothing to tell the world about. Broadcasting that you are drinking Bud Light is the social media equivalent of tweeting that you are going to the bathroom. I want to know about all the other beers that I never heard of. I want to know who is drinking Rogue’s Chocolate Stout or who serves Duvel in my neighborhood. Isn’t that what social media is all about... letting people know about something that was criminally overlooked?

Any Drinking Made Easy readers up for the challenge of knocking the big three (Miller/Bud/Coors) out of Beerby’s top 5? Feel free to comment below on your favorite beers, and any other social drinking applications you are using.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 03: Issue 18

( #SundayLeftovers )

Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! This week is going to be short and sweet. I have work, Drinking Made Easy, and school deadlines and I down an hour! This week we discuss corned beef (for St. Patty's Day), a link for donation for Japan, and much more. Lets open the fridge and see what is leftover...

[The Back Window]

CREDIT: The Red Cross

CREDIT: White Denim - Some Wild Going Outward

[Recipe of the Week: Home Cured Corned Beef]
Credit: Simple Recipes | Elise


Pickling spices:
1 Tbsp whole allspice berries
1 Tbsp whole mustard seeds (brown or yellow)
1 Tbsp coriander seeds
1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp whole cloves
1 Tbsp whole black peppercorns
9 whole cardamom pods
6 large bay leaves, crumbled
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 stick cinnamon

1 gallon water
2 cups Kosher salt
5 teaspoons pink curing salt*
3 Tbsp pickling spices
1/2 cup brown sugar

1 4-5 pound beef brisket
1 Tbsp pickling spices

1 You can either used store-bought pickling spices or you can make your own. To make your own, toast the allspice berries, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, red pepper flakes, cloves, peppercorns, and cardamom pods in a small frying pan on high heat until fragrant and you hear the mustard seeds start to pop. Remove from heat and place in a small bowl. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the spices a little (or the back of a spoon or the side of a knife on a flat surface). Add to a small bowl and stir in the crumbled bay leaves and ground ginger.

2 Add about 3 Tbsp of the spice mix (reserve the rest for cooking the corned beef after it has cured), plus the half stick of cinnamon, to a gallon of water in a large pot, along with the Kosher salt, pink salt (if using), and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Then refrigerate until well chilled.

3 Place the brisket in a large, flat container or pan, and cover with the brine. The brine should cover the meat. The meat may float in which case you may want to weigh it down with a plate. Alternatively you can use a 2-gallon freezer bag (placed in a container so if it leaks it doesn't leak all over your refrigerator), place the brisket in the freezer bag and about 2 quarts of brine, squeezing out the air from the bag before sealing. Place in the refrigerator and chill from 5-7 days. Every day flip the brisket over, so that all sides get brined equally.

4 At the end of the cure, remove the brisket from the brine and rinse off the brine with cold water. Place the brisket in a large pot that just fits around the brisket and cover with at least one inch of water. If you want your brisket less salty, add another inch of water to the pot. Add a tablespoon of the pickling spices to the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a very low simmer (barely bubbling), and cook 3-4 hours, until the corned beef is fork tender. (At this point you can store in the fridge for up to a week.) Remove the meat to a cutting board.

[DIY of the Week: Hidden Door Stash]

This has been all over the internet this week, but if you don't read nerd blogs (how did you find me?), this is actually a pretty cool thing to do in case you get locked out:

Make: Hidden Door Stash

[Video of the Week]

Not to do another musical post, but this guy really gets something going with this bass horn...


Thanks for reading. Check the blog this week for my 2nd DME article and other surprises. If you need to reach me, you can do so here. As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Hunter S. Thompson and Friends

( #TGIF, #HunterThompson, #JohnCusack )

Hunter Thompson, John Cusack, and Johnny Depp in a convertible with a blow up doll. I kinda wish I was a fly on the wall (or car).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Adams

( #RyanAdams, #JenniferLopez )

Ryan Adams was trending last night on Twitter, which seems to be related to someone on "American Idol" performing his classic "Come Pick Me Up" and then Jennifer Lopez stating that she didn't know who he was...

I didn't see the show (and never have), but I heard the kid didn't do a great job (but I respect him for performing a really good song). For those who did see it last night and wonder who the hell Ryan Adams is (and obviously don't read this blog much):

Come Pick Me Up:

I also found this clip a few days ago, so this one goes out to the DRA nerds...

Harder Now That Its Over:

If Jennifer Lopez sees this, you have been properly educated.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The History of Us

( #Evolution, #Humans )

My friend sent me an email this afternoon sharing an exchange he had with his daughter last night. I hope he doesn't mind that I shared this (my friend's daughter is 4):
Last night as she’s getting in bed, she says: “I need to ask you a question that I meant to ask you when I was 3 when we were on the boardwalk.” Naturally, I say, “Sure.” She proceeds, “How was the first person born if there was no mommy to carry it in her belly?”
In his email he stated that he had a hard time coming up with an answer. This gave me an idea... when I got home from work today, I whipped this up:

Religious feelings aside, any parents think they can use this?

Monday, March 07, 2011

Human Planet

( #BBC, #Humans )

Looks like the BBC is doing another "Planet" miniseries. Called "Human Planet", the special is just finishing broadcast in the UK and I am guessing it will be slated for US viewing shortly.

I would share pictures, but the BBC doesn't have anything to grab, so check out this slide show on the site:

BBC: Human Planet: Slideshow

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 03: Issue 17

( #SundayLeftovers )

Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! This has been a crazy week between school, work, and blogging. School has taken up a lot of evenings and I am making a hard push to finish up a troubling class. I have also been sowing the seeds of future blog articles for this blog and for Drinking Made Easy. Let's open up the fridge and see what is leftover...

[The Back Window]

CREDIT: Heidi Taillefer - Venus Envy

CREDIT: Duane Jarvis - I want a girl that's hip

[Recipe of the Week: Cheese Fondue]
Credit: Kitchen Daily | Lauren Costello

Here is a heart attack waiting to happen... Enjoy!

Fondue Ingredients:
2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Fondue Accompaniments:
baguette or sourdough bread cubes
cubed apples or pears
cubed cooked ham, turkey, chicken, or beef
cooked broccoli florets
cooked potato pieces
grape tomatoes


Gather these tools: cutting board, chef's knife, dry and wet measuring cups, measuring spoons, mixing bowl, whisk, medium saucepan, fondue pot and forks

1. Toss the shredded cheddar cheese with cornstarch in a large bowl. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, whisk the milk, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg, stirring occasionally, until it is hot and begins to gently bubble.
3. Using a whisk, gradually add in the cheese. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth and bubbling.
4. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
5. Pour the mixture into a fondue pot or bread bowl. Serve immediately with bread, fruit, vegetables, or meat with fondue forks or skewers.

[DIY of the Week: Kegerator]

Image Credit: Kristin Wells

The good people at KegKits show how to make your own Kegerator using common parts. This isn't an easy DIY but for those inclined, it is pretty awesome.

[Video of the Week]

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Crisis in Dairyland - For Richer and Poorer - Teachers and Wall Street
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on Facebook
Nice Work Golino (again!)


Thanks for reading this week. Check back during the week to see if I sell out on this blog and if my feelers for Drinking Made Easy pan out (if so, a very cool article will come out of it). If you need to reach me, you can do so here. As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Friday, March 04, 2011

Conan on the iPad2

( #iPad )

I think this is spot on...(I still kinda want one)

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Pope exonerates the Jews...

( #Pope, #Jews, #Dragons )

Credit: M.Mazur

The Pope apparently exonerated the Jews from their role in Jesus's death yesterday. Huh? The fact that this is/was a real issue for some people is mind-boggling to me, but it is even crazier that Emperor Palpatine seems to have gone into the past in order to come to this decision:
In the book, Benedict re-enacts Jesus' final hours, then analyzes each Gospel account to explain why Jews as a whole cannot be blamed for having turned him over. Rather, Benedict concludes, it was the Jewish leadership, the "Temple aristocracy" and a few supporters of the figure Barabbas who were responsible, but not Jews as a whole. "How could the whole people have been present at this moment to clamor for Jesus' death?" Benedict asks.
I am glad the old man was able to come to an obvious conclusion to a made up story about 2000 years too late.

In related news, I am exonerating Japan for their involvement of breeding dragons during the great Dragon War of 1207.

Drinking Made Easy: Campari

( #DrinkingMadeEasy, #Campari )

My first article for Drinking Made Easy is up live! Please go to the site and check it out.

Drinking Made Easy: Getting Bitter(s) with Campari

Funny note: My first commenter already owned me for suggesting that Campari is still made from bugs. I think I am going to like writing for this blog.

Update: DME's links are down, here is the full story...

Like most people of Italian decent, my first experience with Campari was at a relative’s house. “Here... drink this” as a red concoction was shoved into my hand. Was I about to drink a guido version of a Shirley Temple? No. The back of my tongue immediately started the detecting the presence of bitterness and it soon become the dominating sensation.

After I finished half of the drink, my relative informed me I just drank “bug juice.” Spitting out the sip in progress, I yelp a panicked “seriously?”. I just received a nod. I thought I was detecting B.S., so I decided to do some investigation about this beverage to get the real scoop.

Campari is a bitters that hails from Italy. It was “officially” created in the late 1800s and the recipe, like Coca-Cola, remains a secret. There is one aspect of the formula that is confirmed: the deep red color was achieve using carmine dye composed of crushed cochineal insects. Notice that I used the term “was” in my previous sentence... it is a bit unclear if the carmine dye is still used or if it was replaced with an artificial substitute (I am willing to bet that it has not).

Regardless of its chemical makeup, Campari is an acquired taste. I decided to spend the weekend trying to come up with simple cocktail with a Campari base, it was not an easy task. Traditional mixers like cranberry and orange juice enhance the bitterness but do not compliment it (and the juice was too sweet). I tried a few sodas, both clear and brown, with minor success (standard cola is not as bad as you would think). I also tried pairing it with vodka, which was passable but not the winner I was hoping for. I was out of my league and decided to search the Internet for suggestions... which lead me to the Americano.

The Americano combines Campari with Vermouth and club soda. I thought it was an odd name for an Italian beverage, so I did some digging: The drink was originally called "Milano-Torino", but it became popular with American tourists visiting Italy during prohibition. The crafty Italian bartenders decided to change the name to lure in said tourists and the name stuck. Another interesting fact about the Americano - iIt was the first drink ordered by James Bond in Casino Royale. Iif it is good enough for 007, it is good enough for me!

Having become acclimated to the bitter flavor of Campari all weekend, the Vermouth added the mellow clean element that I was searching for. With the right combination of flavors, the bitterness of the Campari mingles well and becomes an enhancing characteristic in the drink. Served cold, the drink is refreshing and makes for an excellent summertime cocktail. Bugs or not, this is a drink I could get behind.

The Americano:
1 oz Campari
1 oz sweet vermouth
club soda
lemon twist or orange slice for garnish

1. Fill an old fashioned glass with ice cubes
2. Add the Campari and Vermouth together
3. Top off with club soda and garnish with citrus fruit

It is recommended that you drink a Campari cocktail before you enjoy a meal to help open up the taste-buds.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Where's Randy Savage?

( #RandySavage, #MachoMan )

Credit: Where's Randy Savage?

I found this website yesterday and I am still laughing my ass off. Make sure to check out the last picture of the last page (it involves the Macho Man defeating Japan - fantastic).

Tumbler: Where's Randy Savage?
Previous Macho Man coverage

New iPad today...

( #iPad )

Credit: FHKE

If you are a long-time reader of this blog, you probably know that I am not a big apple fan. Over-priced, underpowered, and the brand is quickly becoming a cliche of douchiness. But I am going to admit something: I think that the iPad is pretty cool. I have been tempted to buy one for a while and I have held off because I know Apple tends to overcharge for 1st gen product.

This leads me to what is about to happen later today. Do you think Apple will introduce the iPad2 at a cheaper price than the original? Or will the original go on firesale?

If so, I would be pretty damn tempted to buy one. Or wait for Motorola to come to their senses and drop the price of the Xoom.

Chime in readers... (no fanboys!)