Playboy Magazine – Every Issue From 1953 to 2010 On Hard Disk

In a day and age when printed newspapers and magazines seem to becoming extinct, up pops Playboy Magazine with a novel idea. It has placed every one of its issues dating from 1953 to 2010 on a hard disk. The 250 GB hard disk contains all 650 playmates and sells for just $300. As an added benefit, the hard disk has about 200 GB of free space for storage of your other prized possessions.

In a recent article it states that:

The drive is being released by Playboy and Bondi Digital Publishing, a company that makes the archives of print magazines available in digital formats.

Playboy isn’t the first magazine to release its archive on a portable hard drive. Bondi, which was founded in 2004, has released digital archives of the New Yorker and Rolling Stone magazines.

And last year, a National Geographic hard drive was released with 120 years (from 1888 through 2008) worth of issues for about $200 — $100 less than Playboy’s asking price for 56 years worth of issues.

The move falls in line with products released as Playboy has seen a decline in sales of its monthly print magazine.

I didn’t even know Playboy magazine was still in print. This seems like a last gasp effort to generate some revenue from those who collect old issues of Playboy.

Comments welcome.

Source – LA Times

New Yorker Cover Of Obama – Offensive Or Not?

If you have not seen the current cover on the New Yorker magazine, it pictures Obama in Muslim garb, his wife shouldering a AK-47, an American flag burning in the fireplace, a picture of Osama bin Laden hanging over the fireplace, all of which appears to be taking place in the oval office of the White House.

This alleged satire is supposed to show the politics of fear that is being spread about Obama and his family. It is not meant to be an allegation about anything that Obama is or is not. But unfortunately it can be taken either way. One newspaper stated:

The Obama campaign, as well as the campaign of Republican rival John McCain, slammed the cover as offensive:

“The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement, reported by Politico. “But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”

“We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it’s tasteless and offensive,” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.

I commend Senator McCain and his campaign for condemning the cover as being in poor taste and as offensive. I am sure Senator McCain would not wish to see himself nor his family put through a distasteful situation such as this.

What do you think? Putting your political feelings aside, do you think the New Yorker cover was appropriate or not?

Comments welcome.