Teenage Girl Poisons Grandma’s Collard Greens for Taking her Cell Phone Away

girl who poisoned grandmaIn the news recently, I was unsurprised to learn that a girl in North Carolina dumped poison meant to exterminate termites into her grandmother’s collard greens while she was at church.

It gets worse… This all happened because grandma, one Gaylon Moody of Fayetteville (a dead ringer for Sweet Brown), confiscated her cell phone for a week.

Via CBS:

The seventeen-year-old Fayetteville girl allegedly dumped insecticide and termite killer into a pot of collard greens her grandmother planned on eating for Easter dinner. The station reports Moody cooked the food before attending church for services, and ate the meal when she returned home.

Moody and her friend Clifton Evans both became ill after eating the collard greens, reports the station.

“About an hour and a half later, we started getting sick,” Moody told the station. “My fingers started feeling numb, (and it spread to) my chest, my face, my mouth.”

A friend of Moody’s rushed the two to the hospital, where they were treated and released.

Teens of today care more about technology, and what that technology represents, than family. Not having the thinnest, fastest phone is a social tragedy, and not having a phone at all is like, so much worse than a dead grandma.

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Louis C.K. on Why We All Need to Drop Our Cell Phones and Feel Things

I don’t have a very unique perspective on cell phones, I just know that I weep a little inside every time I write something down on an actual piece of paper and realize that my notes could only be deciphered by other serial killers, NSA and children because I’ve forgotten how to grip a pen.

I can’t even brag that I waited 27 years to get a cell phone and didn’t grow up with television, because I substituted with an iPod Touch that made me ignore just as many people and walk into just as many walls.

Insightful funnyman Louis C.K. is hurt by the fact that we are less imaginative, more impatient and increasingly slow-minded as a human race because of technology, believing that the addiction is caused by our inability to acknowledge our gaping black souls. (Shut up, Beavis.)

Here are some of his thoughts on the matter, from last week’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien:

You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there. That’s being a person. Because underneath everything in your life there is that thing, that empty—forever empty. That knowledge that it’s all for nothing and that you’re alone. It’s down there.  Continue reading “Louis C.K. on Why We All Need to Drop Our Cell Phones and Feel Things”

Man Proposes To Girlfriend Using Imgur, Reddit and DeviantART

Game of thrones proposal meme ringSome really sweet, really progressive guy (Reddit user name: SirTechnocracy) asked his live-in girlfriend to marry him using an album of handmade memes on Imgur, plus 18 drawings of proposals he commissioned from DeviantART, one for each month they’ve been together.

LadyTechnocracy responded to raised eyebrows over the unconventional (*creative*) method by saying “This is honestly the most romantic thing someone has ever done for me. The advice animals crack me up.”

Awww. The internet used properly, without fetish porn or hateful trolls? You crazy kids give me hope.

Trailer: Jobs

In Jobs, in theaters August 16, 2013, we see Ashton Kutcher transformed as Steve Jobs in the early days, before the success of Apple Inc. and invention of the iPod, iPhone and iPad and his struggle with cancer.

As the movie progresses, he looks and sounds exactly like Ashton Kutcher with glasses on.
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The film also stars Josh Gad as co-founder Steve Wozniak, Dermot Mulroney as investor and eventual CEO Mike Markkula, and James Woods as Reed College dean Jack Dudman.  Continue reading “Trailer: Jobs”

Novelist Jonathan Franzen Heckled at Reading in Portland, OR

Jonathan Franzen James SpaderOn Thursday I went to a reading by author of The Corrections, and Freedom, Oprah-feuder, luddite and Time Magazine’s last “Great American Novelist,” Jonathan Franzen.

He read from a new piece he’s working on, a piece that consists wholly of footnotes on Karl Kraus, the Austrian satirist who Franzen relates to and calls “The Great Hater.”

Franzen spent much of the night comparing Kraus’ hatred for newspapers to his own hatred of technology, specifically Facebook, Apple, Twitter and Amazon.

Right after delving into why he dislikes Amazon (‘Like, half my friends own independent bookstores’), a woman who I assume was over 35 yelled, “I BOUGHT YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON!”  Continue reading “Novelist Jonathan Franzen Heckled at Reading in Portland, OR”

G4’s Tech/Gaming Programs ‘Attack of the Show’ and ‘X-Play’ Cancelled

Sad news for gamers and tech junkies. NBC affiliate G4 have officially cancelled Attack of the Show and X-Play. 

Fans of both shows were shaken up earlier this year when their two most familiar faces, Adam Sessler and Kevin Pereira, quit the network.

In September it was reported that NBCU was looking to turn the channel into a “TV version of GQ” aimed at the “modern male.” Funny because I thought AOTS and X-Play‘s were already targeted at modern males aka real people.

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The Pros And Cons Of Apple’s Retina Display Macbook Pro

The latest Apple technology has never been something you could expect to grab at a bargain price and the new retina display Macbook Pro, at $2,199 and up, is no exception.

It does LOOK better than anything on the market, with reduced glare and 2880 x 1800 resolution. That’s four times that of a standard display and more than twice as sharp as a high definition television.

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Apple’s Rumored iPad Mini Plans

Apple may be planning to release an iPad mini, for when your flow is extra light.

But seriously, according to reports from several Asian countries, Apple has ordered a significant amount of 7.86 inch Samsung screens, two-thirds the size of the iPad we know and love.

The smaller item would likely be successful competition against the Kindle Fire in all it’s book-reading, movie-watching glory, with a price more in the $300 dollar range, rather than $560. In late 2010 Steve Jobs shot down the idea of a device larger than an iPod Touch and smaller than an iPad, saying that apps could be greatly limited by a screen that size:  Continue reading “Apple’s Rumored iPad Mini Plans”

The Cultural Impact Of Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)

There is hardly a person alive who hasn’t owned an iPod or used a Macintosh computer. Even your grandma has walked past a Mac Store or seen a movie with some celebrity doing important research, intently staring at a screen that slyly depicted some adorable colored fruit icon.

You’d see U2 and other prominent musicians famously dancing through an iTunes commercial.

That upside down glowing white logo, shown on several season of Sex And The City, was Carrie Bradshaw’s sole means of writing her famous sex and advice column.

The villainous characters on early season of Fox’s hit show 24 would use Windows computers, while the “good guys” used Macs. Attractive women in nearly every horror movie I can imagine put in iPod earbuds and start running down the street right before a big kill scene…

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