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A few weeks ago I did an online search for some speakers to plug into my smart TV. You see, smart TV’s are all well and good but the standard speakers are crapola. For starters they’re at the back of the TV sending all those annoying sound bites and loud adverts directly to the wall behind, that I don’t mind but when I want to hear what Tyrion Lannister is saying I find myself straining for audio. Up goes the volume but the sound don’t get much better. Anyway, off I went into the searchiverse to find some speakers that don’t have oodles of bass boost but can amplify spoken words.

I clicked on various sites such as Ebay, JB Hi-Fi, Amazon etc., before settling on nothing. Couldn’t make up my mind. There was nothing that I liked without spending a few thousand dollars and having cables running everywhere around my already cramped sitting room. So I put the idea to bed and had a coffee.

It would appear that I have now made a new friend. Everywhere I go he appears to say ‘hi’ or ‘don’t forget about me’ or ‘can’t hear ya!’ So, this morning I decided to put finger to key and put it out there. Here are some screen grabs from the various news sites that I regularly look at.

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— this from the New York Times.

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— here’s the BBC getting in on the action. I can’t afford a BMW.

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— not one to be left out the L.A. Times joins up too!

Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 8.29.34 AM— The Japan Times snuck one in too.

Interestingly enough Al Jazeera didn’t ‘Orb’ me and Melbourne’s The Age also appeared to have missed out on the opportunity which is most unlike them.

All I was doing was checking around the web for coverage of the Tokyo anti-nuclear protests and similarly the Turkish protests against Erdogan’s autocratic rule and poor urban planning skills.

You’ll be glad to know that I have not been ‘orbed’ into submission and have no intention of being so. I still firmly believe that anything that’s advertised so heavily is not worth buying, ever! There are of course exceptions to this rule I just can’t for the life of me remember any. I’m just happy that I wasn’t looking for a 12″ black dildo, a Paris Hilton blow up doll or a Volcano vaporiser!

I was going to write a blog post about the lack of media coverage of the protests in Tokyo at the government’s decision to go full nuclear despite last year’s decision to slowly switch off all the reactors in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Apparently pressure from the good ol’ U.S. of A has led to a change of heart in Nippon HQ. I can only surmise that Uncle Sam supplies all the necessary bits and pieces to successfully run a nuclear reactor and would rather not lose the business in these times of fiscal paucity.

Estimates of 20,000 to 60,000 were put on the crowds that marched to Tokyo Tower depending on who you listened to. For a city with a population in excess of 30 million that’s not much of a turn out but it is still a show of protest none the less.

I was also looking for coverage of the protests in Istanbul and Turkey in general. Pretty thin on the ground in some parts of the webisphere. There is however a whole heap of shit hitting the fan in Asia Minor and it’s immediate environs so I can understand the logic in not wanting to confuse the geographically challenged readership in some areas.

In the end I surmised that Twitter and Facebook were/are better sources of what was/is going on out there as Rupert Murdoch et al have no control over them.

Now, is it time for my second coffee yet or perhaps I should make a break for it and try and escape the orbs before they magically appear out of nowhere and bounce me to death.

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