Apple today seeded build 12D74 of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, marking the twelfth beta iteration of the newest version of Mountain Lion. 10.8.3 was first seeded to developers in November of 2012.
In its annual rankings, Fortune magazine has named Apple the world’s most admired company for the sixth year in a row. Fortune calls Apple “a financial juggernaut,” citing Apple’s $13 billion in net income last quarter — earnings that made it the most profitable company in the world during that period. The magazine also applauds Apple’s “fanatical customer base” and the unprecedented success of the iPhone and iPad product lines.
Smits made his debut as the gangster Nero in Season 5, where he romanced Katey Segal’s Gemma and assisted Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and the rest of his motorcycle club deal with their enemies. He’ll reportedly be appearing in all 13 episodes of Season 6, but won’t be credited as a series regular.
Allison Janney joins “Masters of Sex.” The “West Wing” alum will play Margaret Scully, the wife of Beau Bridges’ character, University Provost Barton Scully, in five episodes of the Showtime drama. [Showtime]
Mary Kay Place visits “The New Normal.” Place will play Bryan’s (Andrew Rannells) estranged mother, who is reportedly loosely based on co-creator Ryan Murphy’s own mom. [TV Guide]
Carol Burnett and Tim Conway to reunite on “Hot in Cleveland.” Burnett will play Victoria’s (Wendie Malick) mother Penny, a local TV legend and puppeteer on a children’s program. Conway will make his return to the series as Nick, Elka’s (Betty White) ex-boyfriend, but this time around, Nick has his heart set on Penny. [TV Land]
“Bones” finds Booth’s mother. Joanna Cassidy will play Marianne Booth, who reappears in her son’s (David Boreanaz) life after a 24-year absence for the Fox show’s season finale. [TV Guide]
Man, if the cuts go as deep as everyone is saying they will after the sequester, I’m really worried that my research into an app that helps you find out which members of Congress are douchebags will remain tragically under-funded.
It was going so well, too. My prototype software allowed you to wave your smartphone at your local representative and get back an instant evaluation of either “douchebag” or “half decent.” Not only that, my team of developers found a way to simply wave your device at C-SPAN on any given day and get back the same information. Our early tests with swiping your phone across an image of a member of Congress on the Internet were also proving successful at identifying douchebag tendencies in the House.
The bottom line is this vital work may not be able to continue if all these proposed cuts go through. Imagine what it would be like if your ability to instantly peg your representative in Congress as a douchebag were suddenly taken away. I sure hope you will get in touch with your local politicians to make sure that development of the Congressional Douchebag Detector App remains fully funded.
If this pioneering research does get cut off at the knees, I guess we can all take some consolation in one thing. Based on the approval ratings Congress has had lately, we may not need something that lets us know which one of them is a douchebag, anyway.
James Napoli is an author and humorist. More of his comedy content for the Web can be found here.