Why I removed the Twitter app from my phone

The #TwitterApp stopped working on my phone - it failed to log me on for a few days, even when I put in the password. Twitter got in touch a few days later to let me know that the issue had been fixed and to try to log on again. I removed the app rather than try again. I could still log in on my browser, and on the computer.

Why I removed the Twitter app:

You have a limited number of characters to compose a tweet. People have been attacked for racism, misogyny, militancy, flatulence, and flatulent militancy because they can't properly articulate their positions in 140 characters or less.

Here's the prahhhh-blem: If you're composing a tweet and you need to switch to another window (if you've received a text message, or you want to check your email or the InterWeb to confirm things before you tweet, or someone has called you), then, once you return to the Twitter app to finish your mini-epistle, your half-written tweet has disappeared. The aching concision involved in tweet composition often requires minutes rather than seconds. I've written tweets that I hope appear complimentary in terms of criticism, or humorous rather than overly offensive, but it's often impossible to tell if people discern what's pejorative and what ain't.

I heard that Twitter's developers have since fixed the issue. It's a disgrace that they did nothing sooner. My browser is a far better Twitter app than the low-end Twitter app itself. When focus is stolen from my BROWSER, any tweet that I'm in the middle of writing does not disappear. The browser people are not responsible for this social media terseness. The Twitter developers are. I am very grateful for this service, which is actually a lot of fun, but the app should be far more versatile than it is.

World News Round-up of 2014

A round up of the year, with an anti-Spanish bias!

In Janyay, Ariel Sharon died. The former Israeli Prime Minister had a stroke in 2006 and he decided to see the New Year 2014 in with his own death after years in a coma. Like Yasser Arafat, he died of renal failure. Like Yasser Arafat, he died after a coma. He woke up dead on January 1st. Apparently a former general, he wasn't very hawkish, putting him in the same league as Michael Jackson in many respects, except more overweight and less aggressively cosmetically enhanced.

This year's Valentine's Day was celebrated by many. [KISSY KISSY.]

This year, St. Patrick's Day was celebrated by many. [GLUG GLUG GLUG.]

The anniversary of the death of Margaret Thatcher took place from the year before.

May Day! May Day! I can't remember any things that happened!


The World Cup was held in South America for the first time since it was supposed to be held there the last time. In 1986, Colombia won the bid, but pleaded financial problems before hosting, and Mexico hosted instead.

Not to be outdone by Colombia, Brazil had financial problems - as indicated by street protests prior to the event - but held the World Cup nevertheless. Highlights included Luis Suarez eating his way through the opposition, and Germany winning the tournament with a bunch of first generation immigints who were about as German as paella from Aldi. ACK! ACK! ACK! ACK! ACK ACK ACK! Bwaynoss Nachos!


Independence Day! Fireworks!


Summer was nearly over.


School started for many. College for some!


Halloween was celebrated by many. ACK! ACK! ACK!


The January sales were just two months away!

And so the year closes for another day!

Muslim cartoonists using advanced computer technology to create animations, experts warn

Muslim cartoonists are today using advanced technology - similar to that employed by forensic animators to reconstruct the death of Princess Diana - to entertain children.

Umar al-Jasri is working for an Oakland animation studio on a ten episode web series for children. The cartoon will feature a talking cat named Socks who drives a wind-up car. Although the cat often crashes the car as part of a running joke throughout the series, he usually emerges unscathed.
When the suggestion was put to al-Jasri that forensic experts may have used similar technology to animate reconstructions of Princess Diana's fatal car crash in a Paris tunnel over a decade ago, the Muslim animator readily admits that they probably did.

“You know, techniques like [the ones I use] would be rendered from real life situations. So it is very possible that any reconstruction technology that was used in the late Lady Di re-enactments by forensic animators are probably used today by other animators. Particularly if a previous version of the same software was used.”

There are other Muslims working in animation who employ similar technology – some of them even dealing with real world killings.

Not only are children being entertained, but in many cases people are watching historical documentaries that feature world changing assassinations of Western leaders. Many well-meaning members of society have little idea that they are unwittingly adding to viewing figures by simply watching the shows.

Indeed, Mustafar Khalid Banza – working at a multimedia firm in Silicon Valley – readily admits to participating in a computer generated reconstruction of the Robert Kennedy assassination at a previous place of employment that was created especially for a television documentary.

“Sure, I worked on the Bobby Kennedy thing – I worked on the hotel layout,” Banza admits. “It was interesting – I didn’t deal with any of the forensics stuff, the bullet trajectory. That was all somebody else.”

Banza holds down his job at the multimedia company, but he also has his own sideline as a freelance designer. When asked if he uses the same technology today that he has previously used – to re-enact the deaths of leaders of democracy he shakes his head, frowning. He then claims that right now he is working on a Flash intro to a client’s site that is “pretty much all my own work, replicating Pac Man code. You want me to show you?”