I've been spending a large amount of time in front of the computer. Writing, mostly. And starving, unfortunately. Start-up content takes more time than I originally expected and pays just as little as I had feared. Hopefully the stock options will kick in soon. Of course even if what I currently own and am being paid multiplies-- let's just use an arbitrary large number like, four billion--it would still be zero.
The Motherfucking Zero Rule:
Four billion x Zero = Zero = What I currently am being paid to write these gems
Today's material took a shameful amount of time to find and write -- roughly four hours(!) To my defense the unattractive foreign girl giving me eyes and terrible rap music playing at the coffee shop with free wi-fi threw me off. What respectable coffee shop plays black music? From living black musicians(black and dead being the apparent requisite state to get onto Starbucks' playlists)? All I know is tomorrow I'm going to the place across the street. And they better be playing some familiar shit like Ray Charles or Miles Davis or Billie Holliday--what I like to call "cool black music uncool white people still like". Or at the very least, some John Mayer.
So enough with the babble--here's what I found on Google News for Tuesday, May 30th:
In world news, recently jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah has been blogging from behind bars, Wired.com reported Saturday. The 24 year-old Abdel-Fattah, according to sources, has been scribbling messages on slips of paper and sneaking them out of prison. The slips of paper, in turn, have been making their way onto the internet and then around the world.
However, while the courageous Abdel-Fattah has been consistently updating his blog, reports say that he has neglected to keep up with his Facebook messages. In addition to the some 134 new messages he has received and not read, he has also left unchecked 16 new group invitations, 28 new friend requests, and 14 new comments on his wall. Matters have gotten so serious that his wife and blog partner, Manal, has requested that her Facebook relationship status with Abdel-Fattah be changed from “Married to” to “It’s Complicated”.
In medicine and technology this week, The Korean Times reported that disgraced South Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk wants to resume his stem cell studies. Hwang, who was dismissed from Seoul National University in January after it was determined that his landmark papers on stem cell research were based on manipulated data, promised, if given another chance, that he would never to lie about his results again, cross his heart and hope to die.
Hwang then guaranteed that, if he was allowed to continue his work, he wouldn’t create an army of evil genetically-engineered superhuman clones, but a benevolent one.
An exotic theory proposing the existence of an extra fourth spatial dimension, could be tested using a satellite to be launched next year, reports the website NewScience.com. The complicated hypothesis is based on string theory, quantum mechanics, and a whole bunch of other stuff no one understands.
In celebrity land, The Boston Herald reports that actor Ben Affleck spent his Memorial Day in a Cambridge, Massachusetts hospital after being rushed to the ER for a migraine. Affleck was taken to the hospital around 2:30pm by his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, and released two hours later.
If Affleck was a baseball player he would have been put on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained vagina. Unfortunately he’s just a bad actor working on a big-budget directorial debut and will resume work on that debut sooner than the American public wants. Which is anytime earlier than never.