Thirty-two monkeys flew in the space program; each had only one mission. Numerous back-up monkeys also went through the programs but never flew. Monkeys from several species were used, including rhesus monkeys, cynomolgus monkeys, and squirrel monkeys, as well as pig-tailed macaques.
You really have to feel for all the “back-up monkeys” who trained but never got to go. I’ll bet they had dreams, too.
Still waiting for the nationwide rollout of what was active last year in Sonoma, of all places: the ability to identify and immediately download the song currently playing while you’re waiting for your coffee. As you can tell from the story, this feature has had a lot of false starts.
… we’re starting to hear more about what new users think. My biggest complaint: battery life. I’ve taken a fully charged phone into editing for the last two days. I admit I’m leaving everything on - 3G, WiFi, GPRS - but with only two or three actual calls, and what I consider a moderate amount of dicking around on the web, I’ve run out of juice both days. Literally drained the battery. Five hours of talk time - the specs - seems a pipe dream unless you turned everything else off.
As is becoming my pattern, I got the phone on Saturday, the day after the launch. I went for white, and bought a case just because I need a case until the kind of case I want comes out and I can buy THAT case. Know what I’m talking about?
The ATT store had maybe 25, but I was number eight in line by virtue of getting there at 7AM for a supposed 8AM opening. Which turned out to be 9AM. At least, it was supposed to be 9, but the computers “weren’t online” so we waited a bit longer. Then they started admitting people, FOUR AT A TIME. When I finally got in the nice guy who helped my began by warning “This is going to take a while.” Start to finish it was maybe thirty minutes, which included about five of the guy trying to reinsert the SIM card into my original iPhone, a task he never accomplished, leaving me with an unusable original phone that was suppposed to be going home to my wife. His advice: take it to the Apple Store. But I fixed it myself after about two hours of cogitation and modification of various sheets of plastic. That’s the kind of guy I am.
Anyway, I’m liking the phone. And, why shouldn’t I, it’s essentially the same as the first… especially since I DON’T GET 3G IN MY HOUSE!
I cruised by four ATT stores and an Apple store this morning at nine. The lines did not look good, especially at the Apple store. An ATT employee told me that Apple had a LOT more phones in store than did ATT - but the Apple line was around the block and out of sight. Frankly, I can wait until tomorrow.
“But what about the hearings on North Korea in which he made repeated references to “Kim Jong the Second”? In order to prevent any repetition of this idiotic gaffe, Helms’ staff propped up a piece of card on which was clearly written the pronunciation “Kim Jong ILL.” The senator from North Carolina duly made the adjustment, referring thenceforth to the North Korean despot as “Kim Jong the Third.”—Christopher Hitchens, sharing an anecdote about the recently deceased cracker and national stain, Sen. Jesse Helms. (via merlin)
Good theories here, back up by initial numbers. It’s going to be an interesting trend to follow. I like evolution. Change is good. The landscape that is my business is slow to react, but can’t help but alter its methods eventually. I’m interested to see how that manifests.