a letter from Apple to people who own Macintosh computers

internet machine

Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers. The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers. We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network. There is no evidence that any data left Apple. We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.

Since OS X Lion, Macs have shipped without Java installed, and as an added security measure OS X automatically disables Java if it has been unused for 35 days. To protect Mac users that have installed Java, today we are releasing an updated Java malware removal tool that will check Mac systems and remove this malware if found.

2/19/13

the universe is full of back to the future questions

couch in los feliz

Alyson Shane asks: How do Marty McFly’s parents not realize that they gave birth to their friend from the 50’s who mysteriously disappeared?

youre far too young to remember when that movie came out.

it was such a mindblowing film that it took many of us decades to ask any questions.

a similar thing happened when everyone realized that when Luke and Princess Leia kissed in “The Empire Strikes Back” it was actually gross.

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the bonnaroo 2013 lineup

no green day

Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Björk, Wilco, Pretty Lights, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, Daniel Tosh, The National, The Lumineers, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Passion Pit, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Nas, ZZ Top, Beach House, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Cat Power, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Jim James, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tame Impala, Boys Noize, Glen Hansard, Gov’t Mule, the Gaslight Anthem, Portugal. The Man, Wolfgang Gartner, Billy Idol, Sam Bush & Del McCoury, Dwight Yoakam, Foals, Porter Robinson, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Dirty Projectors, Trombone Shorty, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, Noam Pikelny & Friends, Amadou & Mariam, Alt-J, Father John Misty, Baroness, The Tallest Man On Earth, Walk The Moon, A-Trak, The Vaccines, Earl Sweatshirt, Paper Diamond, Holy Ghost!, Divine Fits, Mike Birbiglia, Purity Ring, Swans, Frank Turner, Big K.R.I.T., Allen Stone, Cults, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fatoumata Diawara, Two Gallants, The Sheepdogs, Four Tet, Calexico, Japandroids, Death Grips, Conspirator, Wild Nothing, AraabMUZIK, John Fullbright, Django Django, Haim, Killer Mike, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Action Bronson, Clockwork, Twenty One Pilots, Reptar, DIIV, Milo Greene, Lord Huron, Futurebirds, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Charli XCX, JEFF The Brotherhood, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Sea Wolf, JD McPherson, Trixie Whitley, Deap Vally, Patrick Watson, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, The Stepkids, Aoife O’Donovan, Bombino, Bernhoft, Matthew E. White, Ed Helms Bluegrass Situation Superjam with special guests, and Soul SuperJam featuring Jim James with John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste (of the Meters), Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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a letter from Kelly Clarkson to folks fixin to read Clive Davis’ book

February 19, 2013

Hey y’all,

So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis.

First, he says I burst into “hysterical sobbing” in his office when he demanded Since You Been Gone be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn’t be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.

But, yes, I did cry in his office once. I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called “Because Of You.” I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a “sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.” He continued on about how the song didn’t rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing. This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with.
But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn’t include that in the book.

He also goes on to say My December wasn’t successful because I co-penned the album and it didn’t have “pop hits”. Well, first let me say, I’ve co-penned many of my “pop hits.” Secondly, My December went platinum (It sold 20,000 less than All I Ever Wanted which followed My December.) Hardly a huge failure. Never Again, the ONLY single they released in the US from that record was a Top 10 hit. I am very proud of that and I have my fans to thank. But, again, what’s most interesting about his story is what he leaves out: He doesn’t mention how he stood up in front of his company at a convention and belittled me and my music and completely sabotaged the entire project. It never had a chance to reach it’s full potential. My December was an album I needed to make for myself for many reasons and the fact that I was so completely disregarded and disrespected was so disheartening, there really aren’t words to explain….

Anyway, I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans. I love my label and all of my professional relationships… now. And I am grateful for Clive for teaching me to know the difference.

Cheers to another amazing year! And, as always, thanks for listening!

KC

Dave C. asks: Who’s going to lead off for the Cubs this year?

land before time

the cubs are gonna be terrible this year.

its all part of the plan.

they lost 100 games last year, and will lose 95 this year.

just like in the good book, there was 7 years feast

and 7 years famine.

true we are on year 105 now, but we only have two more to go after that.

no one will lead off for the Cubs this year.

in fact dont be surprised if they lead off the pitcher this year

just to throw everyone off.

just to get people to come to the ball game.

just to remind the american league how ridiculous the DH is.

me, id bat Darwin Barney at lead off, but most have him projected to bat 8th.

he’s gonna be your #2 hitter in a few years, give him some reps.

but that’s me, mr. vegas.