Friday Fan Page: Emily and Fiona AKA Fiomily





Movin' On Up
The talented Emily and Fiona, AKA Fiomily continue to move up the charts on Apocalypzia's most popular posts.

With so much that seems off-balance and out-of-focus in the world, we like to applaud those who sing their song, dance their dance and follow their bliss.

Take a few moments this Friday to link back to our previous posts about this adorable duo.

Emily and Fiona Sing The Beatles

A lot of people covered the Beatles but Emily and Fiona capture something of the spirit and passion from the early days in Liverpool.

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Fiomily (Emily and Fiona) Encore





The Music of Fiomily: It's Emily and Fiona, Back to Back!

It's a musical showdown with Fiomily squaring off against some of the best in the business.

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Back to the Future: Apple iPod Predictions from 2005


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How Business 2.0 got it all wrong and all right at the same time

Five years ago, Business 2.0 ran a cover story on the future of Apple.

Based on the Apple's product line at the time and the company's innovative history, the magazine made some bold guesses about where Apple was headed.

But what Business 2.0 saw as separate components, Apple saw as an integrated whole.

As it turned out, the least-likely Apple product predicted would be the one that would have it all.

Here's what they came up with, in the order of likelihood to come to market..

1 The Wireless iPod Likelihood: Virtually Certain

"If there's anything close to a dead-bang sure bet on what Apple will do next, it's a wireless iPod."


The magazine was certain that WiFi was the magic that would connect the iPod to iTunes.


2 The vPod Likelihood: 75 percent

"(Steve) Jobs has repeatedly argued that video doesn't make sense on a portable device."


Business 2.0 believed that Jobs was using disinformation to throw the media off the trail of the inevitable video iPod.



3 iHome Likelihood: 70 percent

"What's clearly emerging from Jobs is a vision of the home network that is an entertainment network."


Maybe Apple TV is as close as they came to this.


4 iPod on Wheels Likelihood: 60 percent

"Eventually the iPod will wirelessly communicate with the car, providing an iPod-like (dashboard) interface that handles not only music but also addresses calendar information, and even a navigational system."


Many car manufacturers have iPod interfaces but this hasn't exactly been the most exciting development for Apple's music player.


5 iPhone Likelihood: 50 percent

"An Apple phone's functions could be accessed hassle-free with the iPod's scroll wheel, and the numbers could work with a slide out keyboard or a simple touchpad system on the screen."


What Business 2.0 gave only a 50/50 chance has become the central component of Apple's business model.


Today's iPhone

Will there even be a classic iPod five years from now?
The iPhone and its cousin the iPod touch make some wonder whether the classic iPod has a future at all.

In addition to making a call, the iPhone can download music anywhere, play video, turn off your lights at home and unlock your car.

Business 2.0 had a pretty good fix on Apple's future. Steve Jobs just pushed the envelope and put all the goodies in one package.

While the magazine's prediction of the iPhone of the future wasn't dead-on, it was a sight better than this one:



What happened to Business 2.0 anyway?
The excellent magazine, Business 2.0, folded just two years after this article was published.


Busted: Jim Sikes and the Little Toyota Prius that Couldn't


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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Toyota has enough trouble without dealing with bozos out for a quick buck and fifteen minutes in the national spotlight.

It seems pretty clear now that up-to-his-neck-in-debt Jim Sikes concocted a bogus story about the uncontrolled acceleration of his Toyota Prius on a California highway, earlier this month.

After engineers looked at the car, Sikes' story just didn't pass the smell test.

Jalopnik.com, among other sites, has done their homework on this guy.

The Jim Sikes Reality Show
During the alleged high-speed terror-ride, Sikes had no interest in following the excellent guidance of the 911 operator, who gave him specific directions for regaining control of the car.

He didn't want to shift the car into neutral because he would have to put the cell phone down. In fact, his desperate call for help went on for over 20 minutes.

Over 20 minutes!

Huh?!

And what's so important about staying on the phone while hurtling through traffic at 90 miles an hour?

As anyone who has ever driven a car at 90 mph will tell you, you'll wish you had three or four hands on the wheel at that speed.




Toyota should be held accountable for problems with faulty cars sold.

But -- as it increasingly appears -- if Sikes was making a prank 911 call for fame or fortune while putting innocent civilians at risk by driving 90 miles per hour on purpose, he should be thrown in the slammer pronto.

Of course, the other question is on us.
Why are we so quick to believe what people say when it aligns with our preconceived notions?

Once we all bought into the narrative that Toyota makes unsafe cars, the Jim Sikes' story meshed with the reigning zeitgeist without suspicion.

In a world where predators lurk everywhere ready to con us out of our money, our time and our freedoms, critical thinking may be our last and best defense.

Without the inclination and the will to challenge our assumptions, we lock ourselves into perspectives that leave us easy prey for the next snake oil salesman to come along.

It certainly worked for that WMD thing...
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Crime and Punishment: Martha Stewart vs Richard Fuld





Martha Stewart, Chairman and CEO, Martha Stewart Living Omnipedia
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Crimes against the State: None
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused Ms. Stewart of avoiding a personal financial loss of $45,673.

On December 27, 2001, she sold 3,928 shares of her ImClone Systems after receiving nonpublic information from Merrill Lynch broker Peter Bacanovic. The day following her sale, the stock value fell 16%.

Punishment: Plenty
Ms. Stewart was indicted by the US government on nine-counts, including charges of securities fraud and obstruction of justice.

In March 2004, Ms. Stewart was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding, and making false statements to federal investigators.

She was sentenced to serve a five month term in a federal correctional facility and a two year period of supervised release, including five months of electronic monitoring.

In the settlement of a related SEC civil case against her, she agreed to a five-year bar from serving as a director, CEO or CFO of any public company.

After her release from prison, the UK Border Agency refused to grant her a visa to enter the United Kingdom because of her criminal conviction for obstructing justice.


Richard Fuld, former Chairman and CEO, Lehman Brothers


Crimes against the State: How much time have you got?
Fuld was at the helm of the economic Titanic when Lehman's bankruptcy registered as the largest in U.S. history.

The Lehman collapse led to the Dow suffering its largest single day point loss.

A court-appointed examiner report indicates that Lehman executives regularly used cosmetic accounting gimmicks at the end of each quarter to disguse and otherwise obfuscate the shaky finances of the firm.

This practice was a type of repurchase agreement that temporarily removed securities from the company's balance sheet. However, these deals created "a materially misleading picture of the firm's financial condition in late 2007 and 2008."

Coming in at number 9, CNN named Fuld as one of the "Ten Most Wanted: Culprits of the 2008 Financial Collapse."

Punishment: None
Apparently the only justice Fuld received was vigilante style. He was reportedly attacked and "knocked out cold" in the gym by a disgruntled Lehman employee.