In 2010, he made $21,646,507 and paid under 14% in taxes. All calculations on the site are based on that figure. We would use a more recent year or an average of other years, but he won’t release any more tax returns.

That last part is no longer true, as he released his 2011 tax returns. Still, it would be nice to see his returns from the years during which he wasn’t running for office, for Pete’s sake.​

Mitt Romney pulled up from his bootstraps: ‘I have inherited nothing.’

It is true that the combined bank accounts, real estate holdings, dressage horses, and assets of Willard Mitt Romney far exceed those of his father, George Romney, and that this was true after Mitt went into consulting in the 1970s. But for him to say he inherited nothing is perhaps the least self-aware comment Mitt Romney uttered at that posh Boca Raton estate.

Mitt Romney literally has no concept of how normal people go through life.​

Thoughts on the iPhone 5

I haven’t had the pleasure of using an iPhone 5 yet, so I can’t give any kind of hands-on impressions. With that said, here’s the list of features that I wanted from Apple:

  • LTE

Here’s what we ended up getting:

  • A bigger screen that has a better aspect ration for video, more saturation, and pixels that are closer to the surface
  • LTE 4G that’s almost absurdly fast
  • Despite getting a bigger screen and being taller than the 4S, the iPhone 5 is thinner and weighs significantly less
  • A better camera
  • A processor that’s literally a generation ahead of the competition

Despite all of this, a large portion of the tech press finds the new iPhone boring. These writers are idiots.

2 million people preordered this thing in a day. You know what “boring” is going to do for Apple? Bring in over $20 billion in revenue this quarter. Apple doesn’t want to make something wildly different every generation. They got most of this stuff right the first time, and for the last 5 years all they’ve had to do was tweak. Just make things that little bit better. As far as I can tell, Apple simply uses the latest technology to bring their products closer to an ideal that was evident in the very first generation.

God, I can’t wait for the 5S.

Getting back in the swing of things

I hate when bloggers are flaky and don’t post for a few days at a time. I have lots of time when I’m just sitting and want to look at my phone, but I need content in my RSS reader, dammit!

Worse than a few days off is an extended period – let’s say a month. Where the fuck did you go? You couldn’t take 10 minutes (okay, 2 minutes) away from looking at porn to stop in and say, “Hey, sorry I’ve been gone. I’ve had some shit going down in my life, needed to get away from the Internet for a while. I’m still alive, thanks for the concern!”?

Of course, I am a giant hypocrite. This post is me coming back to apologize for being gone for the last TWO months. Why did I give up on my favorite creative outlet? There are a few reasons:

  • My workload eventually picked up at my summer job, and I was doing all of my blogging while sitting at my desk waiting for more work to do.
  • I broke up with my girlfriend of ten months, which kind of sent me to a bad place for a few weeks.
  • I visited my family in Florida while they were in the process of moving, and thus had no Internet access for a week.
  • I moved back to Berkeley, and spent several weeks catching up with all the friends I hadn’t seen all summer.
  • School started, and my schedule is pretty intense compared to what I did last year.

Now that most of these are non-issues, I’ve started feeling a persistent itch to go write something. There’s plenty to cover: a new iPhone, I’ve been watching plenty of great television and movies with friends, Mitt Romney keeps making an ass out of himself, and the technology news sites are always publishing plenty of bullshit to tear apart. So this is me saying that I’m back. 

Now, to write something fun.

GOP insider: Religion destroyed my party

So many great quotes in this Salon piece by Mike Lofgren. My favorite:

In 2011 the Family Research Council, the fundamentalist lobbying organization, gave Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois an award for “unwavering support of the family.” Representative Walsh’s ex-wife might beg to differ, as she claims he owes her over one hundred thousand dollars in unpaid child support, a charge he denies.

Samsung seen increasing lead in cellphone market


Samsung is expected to have sold 50 million smartphones in the quarter, compared with Apple’s forecast sales of 30.5 million iPhones.

“Samsung is expected to be the smartphone hero in the second quarter,” said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

I’m sure Samsung’s shareholders are happy having a higher market share. Profits are for fanbois.

Hardheaded Socialism Makes Canada Richer Than U.S.

Stephen Marche, for Bloomberg:

According to data from Environics Analytics WealthScapes published in the Globe and Mail, the net worth of the average Canadian household in 2011 was $363,202, while the average American household’s net worth was $319,970.

A few days later, Canada and the U.S. both released the latest job figures. Canada’s unemployment rate fell, again, to 7.2 percent, and America’s was a stagnant 8.2 percent. Canada continues to thrive while the U.S. struggles to find its way out of an intractable economic crisis and a political sine curve of hope and despair.

Nowadays, telling someone to move to Canada isn’t so much a joke as a decent suggestion.