1. First Pictures Of ‘Working’ iPad Mini Surface | Cult of Mac →

    The real question isn’t about the device.  It’s about the apps it’ll run.  The UI elements of iPad apps would be too small on an iPad mini.  iPhone apps would run very well, but would that be enough to inspire anyone to buy an iPad mini if they already have an iPhone?  I definitely have no idea, and I’m sure Apple has done their homework - research wise.  But I have doubts.  Only time will tell, though I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.

  2. The Only Five Apps You Need to Watch Football This Fall | Cult of Mac →

    Sadly, cable still has one heck of a stranglehold on the NFL.

  3. Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? →

    Would you believe it’s Barack Obama?  Check out the chart on Forbes.

  4. Teatanic [via Uncrate] →

    What…  too soon?

  5. In Romney’s Voucher Education Policy, a Return to G.O.P. Roots - NYTimes.com →

    Hey, I have an idea!  Let’s divert money from our poor schools and give it to the richer schools.  Children are like little businesses.  Bet on the best and eff all the rest, right Mr. Romney?  Bain Capital 2012!  ”What could possibly go wrong?” says the guy who’s never been rich.  I say “No Thanks.”  (…or perhaps just “No.”)

  6. Venus Transit Day: You Will Be Sorry if You Miss This Twice-in-a-Lifetime Experience - Laguna Niguel, CA Patch →

    "Only six such events have occurred since the invention of the telescope," said astrophysicist Sten Odenwald, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md

  7. An Introduction to Sour Beers 5 to Get You Started | Primer →

    And, of course, one of the five just so happens to be a small Portland brewery.  Yum.

  8. Boehner Endorses Romney - NYTimes.com →

    It takes strong leadership to wait until the pool of choices gets whittled down to one and then say “I endorse that.”  Of all the planets we’ve found to be suitable for human life, I endorse this one.

  9. Contact Congress (a free iOS app) →

    Find your representatives in Congress and talk with them, instantly."  What a brilliant idea.  And you can’t beat the price.

  10. Pew: 19% of US has tablets, 22% uses no Internet at all | Electronista →

    There are some interesting numbers in here, but the research has one fatal flaw: These days, cell phones ARE internet devices though I suspect they aren’t counted as such here.  Still, the numbers are interesting.

  11. The Fate of the Republicans Who Supported Gay Marriage - NYTimes.com →

    "I know plenty of gay couples, O.K.? Some of them, if not all of them, are very good people, O.K.?"

    I can’t help but wonder how “good” the people are who not only support discrimination but in fact fight for it.

  12. Arizona Abortion Bill: Legislators Pass Three Bills, Including One That Redefines When Life Begins →

    A sentence in the bill defines gestational age as “calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman,” which would move the beginning of a pregnancy up two weeks prior to conception.

    Wow. 

  13. Portland donut shop clerk chases down armed robber | kgw.com →

    You know you weren’t meant to be a criminal when you find yourself in a dark alley being beaten by a donut shop clerk wielding YOUR GUN. “The suspect was described as a white woman in her 30s or 40s … may have injuries to her face after being hit with the gun.”

  14. Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed →

    An interesting - and sad - article.  I haven’t read the books or seen the movie, but if you have, I think this will be a particularly interesting read.

  15. Minimalist Econ Posters : Planet Money : NPR →

    If you enjoy minimalism, these are great.  This is Part One of the series.