Segway Company Owner Jimi Heselden Dies…Riding a Segway

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As hard as everyone tries, it is inevitable they they will reach the end of their long  journey. Sometimes, that end is a little more embarrassing than others. Last Sunday the owner of Segway Inc. perished in an ironic twist of fate when he drove a Segway off  a cliff and into a river. Making this tragedy even more hard to believe is the fact that Jimi Heselden had only owned the Segway company since December. This blogger thinks that maybe that was an unwise purchase.

Last Sunday it was reported that Jimi Heselden had perished when he lost control of an ATV version of the Segway and plummeted to his demise over an 80-foot cliff. When the news went public about just how Heselden died, Segway Inc went into damage control mode, saying that “Segway Inc. stands behind the safety of its Segway PT product when used in accordance with the User Materials. Mr. Heselden believed in the Segway PT product, and we know that he would want us to get back to work at Segway Inc.”

I applaud the can-do attitude of Segway Inc, but the undeniable humor of a man who used to make protective walls for soldiers in battle meeting his demise at the hands of a Segway cannot be good for publicity. The Segway already got a bit of negative media coverage a few years back when President Bush took a dive off of one of the two wheeled vehicles. Back in 2001 when the Segway was only known as the “It” and “Project Ginger”, speculations were abounding about the fantastic new product, and the reality of the vehicle failed to impress.

All humor aside, the death of Jimi Heselden is a tragedy for his family and company, but it can be taken as a message to other business tycoons, that even though you like a product and have the money to buy the company, maybe it’s not the best idea. If Mr. Heselden had been a little more informed about the Segway and a little less a fan of it, then maybe all of this could have been avoided.

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Justin Bieber Has It Rough

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A lot can be said for the perks of being famous. The money, the popularity, the ability to have everything you could ever want, the possibilities seem endless. Tween super star Justin Bieber has made himself a household name and a favorite subject of all things teenage and female. Boys in high schools across the world probably pine to be him, if only to get the attention of one special girl, but in reality Bieber has it rougher than imagined. In his light speed ascent to fame he has acquired quite a few big name enemies.

Bieber’s biggest enemy seems to be  internet image board 4chan. Earlier this year a photo surfaced of Justin Bieber with the less-than-angelic Kim Kardashian, and this sparked 4chan users to hop on their desktops and trend the phrase “Justin Bieber Syphilis” to the top of Google trends in the US. A few hours into the campaign the search phrase was pushed to number one on Google trends, promoting bloggers to jump on the bandwagon and write blogs containing the phrase to boost their own hits.  Of course, Bieber is disease free, but this was only the beginning for the poor little guy.

Justin Bieber soon learned the hard way that once 4chan smells blood, there is no calling them off. One of Bieber’s many websites posted a poll asking fans to vote on which company that Bieber should play a special concert in. Everything went as planned at first, with many hits for the expected countries, until 4chan got a hold of the website and poll. Within hours the votes soared and a clear winner emerged. Legitimate fan girls pouted, and it’s likely that Bieber peed his pants a little when his next destination was revealed: North Korea. No trip to the beaches of Australia or rural America for Bieber! Instead it appeared he was destined to rock out with Kim Jong-il. Bieber, of course, did not go, his security would never allow it. Who can blame him?

Pranks like this are good for a laugh but also serve to remind us that being famous isn’t all it is cracked up to be. You may get all of the ladies before you can even drive, but you also may get scheduled to perform in dangerous dictatorships.
So next time you’re feeling bitter about someone like Bieber, remember that he has problems too, just not like the ones we do.

Apples newest innovation: The Macbook Wheel! Just kidding.

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Apple has been the scapegoat lately for a lot of rage among the technology community. In reality, they were probably asking for it. Come on Apple, we’re not holding the phone wrong, you messed up. Also, when am I going to get Flash on my Iphone? Seriously guys, get it together! Maybe this new laptop will change the public’s mind about Apple and its recent shortcomings. Or maybe not.


Well, what do you think? Fantastic? World changing? Personally, I am most excited for 19 whole minutes of battery life! I can almost write half of an email on my new wheel keyboard in that time.

While it is clear that the Macbook Wheel is a joke, is it hitting a little too close to home for Apple? The Onion strikes the nail straight on the head with this video, and even Mac fans can chuckle over some points it makes. Apple has garnered a reputation for being high-handed and arrogant. This fake product may seem ridiculous, but it is likely someone would indeed purchase it and hail its wonderful wheel as the next step in computer technology.  The truth is, some people will really buy anything shiny and made by Apple. Apple seems to make people react one of two ways: it is most likely love or hate. Opinions are everywhere about the Ipad, the Ipod, Iphone, and everything else bearing that Apple logo. So are we falling too far into Mac-mania? What will be the next inovation in simplicity, and will it run Flash? Questions are abound!