Today is my nephew's birthday. Happy Birthday, Josh.
For Josh's birthday, I wanted to e-mail him an iTunes gift certificate. I found out this is possible on Apple's website. Yesterday, I tried to purchase the gift certificate, but when I clicked on the link, it told me I had to download iTunes (for FREE, YAY!). I don't use iTunes and I didn't want iTunes, but I went ahead and downloaded it.
I did not see an obvious way to buy the gift certificate in iTunes so I went back to the apple website and clicked the link there. It opened the iTunes store and I started my purchase. I entered my information, Josh's information, and a gift message. I clicked "continue" and it asked me if I had an apple ID. I had to create one. Once I created the ID and verified it, I had to re-start my iTunes gift certificate purchase. I re-entered my information, submitted my order, and got this:
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It is as if Apple was determined NOT to take my money. After wrestling with iTunes store, I went to Amazon.com and sent him a gift certificate in 2 easy steps. Happy Birthday, Josh. I hate Apple.
You know how people sometimes say that jazz is the only truly American art form? Animated GIFs are like the jazz of the internet: they could only exist, and be created and appreciated, online. That said, PopTart Cat is not exactly on par with Thelonious Monk. But photographer Jamie Beck and motion graphics artist Kevin Burg may have finally found a way to elevate the animated GIF to a level approaching fine art, with their "cinemagraphs" -- elegant, subtly animated creations that are "something more than a photo but less than a video."
Yesterday, I read about Denny's new Maple Bacon Sundae--the blissful conglomeration of ice cream, maple flavored syrup, and bacon pieces. Unable to believe it is real, I searched Denny's website for proof of this beastly dessert. Sure enough, the Maple Bacon Sundae is a limited edition item on their menu. I did a screen grab and extraction from their sight.
So, is it true? Does bacon really make every bite better?