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Apple Employee Shuts Down “Crapple Store” Website

CrappleA former Apple Store employee announced today that he’s ending a critical blog called The Crapple Store. “No one likes a big fuss or legal battle,” he informed readers, “so I’ve decided, unfortunately, to stop blogging before it gets out of hand…”

There’s still a few quotes from his site on other blogs, including an e-mail he published from another disgruntled the Apple Store employee. (“I have never felt so undervalued as an employee or so constantly undermined by useless management…”) But in today’s announcement, he admitted that “it was never really meant to be read by the whole world… it was a place for fed up employees to read the sufferings of another fed up employee, and laugh about all the little things that begin to tick you off whilst working at Apple.”

It’s not clear whether Apple pressured him over the site, but today’s announcement makes clear that he no longer works at the Apple Store.… Read the rest

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Chances Are, They’re Not Nazis

Bush & Obama As HitlerAaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

Back in the halcyon days following George W Bush’s inauguration, detractors and opponents of many stripes referred to W and his administration as Nazi’s. Even before the days of borderline fascist government policies like the PATRIOT ACT or warrantless wiretapping and torture apologists, lefties and others handed out poorly Xeroxed pamphlets featuring W’s face with a Hitler mustache.

Now, the jack boot is on the left foot, with hard line right wing conservatives dropping the Nazi card when referring to all things not Right as some form or another of Nazism. Most recently, Fox News chief Roger Ailes called the top brass at NPR “the left wing of Nazism” and said they have a “Nazi attitude.” Allies’ comments refer to the firing of NPR news analyst Juan Williams, after he told Bill O’Reilly that Muslims make him “nervous.”

It seems somewhere along the line the word “Nazi” devolved to something of a schoolyard insult like “dork” or “geek” on the political playground.… Read the rest

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Randy Marsh and the Paradox of Thrift

Randy MarshWill Shannon writes at Diatribe Media:

A grateful world (myself included) has learned so much from South Park over its fourteen seasons and (now) 200 episodes. We have learned that: pig and elephant DNA just don’t splice, the true nature of God, Canadians and their flappy heads are not to be trusted, the rainforest sucks, Bono is really a living piece of shit, Family Guy is really “written” by trained manatees, clouds of “smug” are far more dangerous than smog and that Kyle’s mom is a big, fat, fucking bitch.

This is but a small sample of the lessons taught by Messrs. Marsh, Broflovsky, Cartman and McCormick and the other denizens of that hick-assed, redneck, white bread mountain town. South Park has really been a cultural touchstone, entering the debate on issues and ideas in a way that few other animated shows ever have.

So, when I saw the episode, “Margaritaville” last year (you can watch it here), I saw another “teachable moment” in their treatment of the economic crisis of 2007-whenever.

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Purported Serial-Killing Film Critic Reviews the ‘Star Wars’ Prequels (Video)

Star Wars ScandalIf you haven’t seen Red Letter Media‘s (a.k.a. Milwaukee-based filmmaker Mike Stoklasa‘s) take on the Star Wars prequels, they are really worth the lengthy video reviews.

Do note that his twisted sense of humor isn’t for everyone, particular his “Buffalo Bob”-style narration and the “Mr. Plinkett” scenes in these reviews can be distracting. (My take is he does this in the reviews to say that it’s even obvious to someone psychotic that these movies are terrible … or he might just enjoy playing a psycho.)

Regardless, he does have some salient points about filmmaking, particularly on establishing a protagonist the audience can identify with and actually having a story arc in your movie. Stoklasa also does a great job at pointing out the pitfalls of completely digital filmmaking and a (seemingly) lack of true collaboration between Lucas and his staff in the making of these prequels.

If you haven’t seen it yet I’d start from the beginning with his review of The Phantom Menace, but if you’ve already seen those, Red Letter Media‘s take on Attack of The Clones is now out.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Review (Part 1 of 7)

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Review (Part 1 of 9)

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