Ep. 999: Where we press all the right buttons Video
Kenley is back on The 404 today to announce the winner of our Nerd of the Year contest, and Stupid Andy is the winner!
Stupid Andy returns to the show and delivers an impressive cover of Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" using just an iPad and the Classic Guitar app! Andy also shows off his new non-Apple tablet, so be sure to check out Wilson throwing a schoolboy fit in the studio in protest.
"Stoopid Andy"--Not as stupid as his name implies(TM)--joins us on the show today along with MTI, otherwise known as Mark Licea, to fill in for Justin, who again is enamored by a printer.
In today's social climate dominated by capitalism and corporate strong-holding, the individual rights and voice of the common people are vastly diminishing. Even hip-hop, a culture born from the truest human will to express, is being poisoned by the sheer motivation of greed. Representing a conscious collective positioned opposite of today's "brainwash" culture, is a band that stands independently as a "group of the people, for the people": the Visionaries. The Visionaries are six diverse and unique individuals working as a unified team that cherishes and teaches the values of love, truth and humanity through their music. Visionaries' members: LMNO, 2Mex (OMD), Writer's Block (Zen and Dannu), Key-Kool, and DJ Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies), come from an assortment of cultural backgrounds and a plethora of life experiences, truly representing the dynamic essence of hip-hop. Translating their heart and soul through music, Visionaries possess the intangible ability of connecting with their listeners with a truly distinctive sound.
The new DreamScreen tablet from HP looks like what everyone wants from Apple at first glance. Until we dig deeper and find out it may be what nobody wants. The music publishers also seem like they're full of stupid too wanting to get a performance right for you watching a TV show alone in your room. And Cooley and me get in a knock-down over Kurt Cobain's proper presentation in Guitar Hero.
Stoopid Andy highlights today's episode where we question the very existence of the US Postal Service.
There is a lot about pants in today's episode. I mean, the French Parliament killed the Net piracy bill, Conficker started adding a key logger, and the AP does more stupid stuff. But really, it's all about pants. The new "Star Trek" movie was shown to a surprised group of Austin fans. Apparently, it melted one man's pants, it was so good. And there are also some robotic pants in today's show. But, the show is far from pants in the British sense. Just listen.
Rich DeMuro is at the X Prize Cup in New Mexico, where teams try to make traveling to space as simple as pressing the Up button.
On this week's show, BOL special counsel Gil Cabrera joins us to break down the mobile apps privacy protections (meh), the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (unenforceable without Congress), and the "Do Not Track" button (weak). He's kind of a buzz kill. Also, poor little T-Mobile, Microsoft's most unprofessional legal lawyer ever, and Nilay Patel buzz-kills Pinterest, big time. Plus, "Into It/Not Into It" returns!
This week's episode is inspired by Natali's incredibly appropriate (if not unintended) comment from last week's episode. Really, if you haven't heard it, check it out. Then listen to today's show where we discuss a wide array of chairs on which to sit. That's right, chairs are the "it". Why, what were you thinking?