Those were the days. Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | comments
/goes back to cranking out a psychopathology paper
Rebels with guns drive into a city shooting people all around and we see people being struck (blood spurts and they fall to the ground), cars exploding, a woman holding a child is shot (we see blood on the woman's shirt), and many people run toward a line of government troops that open fire on them and we see many cut down as they run. Two men and a boy are shot as they run away. A man is shot in the chest, and he falls back dead. Several men are lined up against a wall and shot (we see one struck and he falls to the ground).
Several young boys are beaten and whipped and brainwashed into believing that they are unloved by their parents and unwanted in order to be made into ruthless and bloodthirsty warriors (we see blood on their faces and chests).
[quotes taken from Kids in Mind]
It's nice out Monday, March 26, 2007 | comments
And no joke, I saw a guy skipping down my street.
Here's a promo
This site contains PDF documents that can be printed and cut out to make lens hoods for a variety of 35mm and digital SLR camera lenses. Lens hoods give better quality photographs by reducing flare caused by nonimageforming light.
New Daily Offices Sunday, March 25, 2007 | comments
Cat that supposedly says its own name Saturday, March 24, 2007 | comments
From The Next Net
"[A creator of the show] says that Loneygirl15 gets 1.5 million views per week, or 300,000 to 400,000 per episode. While he wouldn't say exactly how much Hershey's is dishing out for the product placement, he confirmed that it was in the same range as what Diggnation gets from its sponsors (which is as much at $10,000 per show per sponsor).
Transcript from the LG15 wiki:
(Cut to car stopped)
Daniel: Hey, what is that?
Bree: What? Ice Breakers Sours Gum.
Daniel: Can I have a piece?
Jonas: I would-I would love a piece.
Bree: Um... I only have four left.
Daniel: What do you mean, you...There's only three of us in the car!
Jonas: Come on...
Bree: I know, but I...
Daniel: Come on. We came all the way out here to pick you up. That's exactly right, so, uh...
Jonas: So what? That's it?
Daniel: Besides, my mouth right now feels like...
Bree: Okay, okay, okay.
(Bree pours out the four pieces of gum in her hand and holds it out.)
Daniel: Alright, thank you!
(Jonas and Daniel reach out their hands to get some, but Bree puts them all in her mouth instead.)
Jonas: Oh, that's so messed up.
Bree: Whoa, it's sour.
Jonas: You give us this big buildup and no delivery.
Bree: Okay, lets go. Why are we sitting here?
Video (scan ahead to 3:30)
They're getting pretty popular so I guess they can do these kinda things now. A couple months ago they had Katherine McPhee (of American Idol) on a pretty pointless episode. As seen here:
^^Stuff like this doesn't do anything to move the plot along. Unlike this one:
Completely lost? See the LGPedia entry on "the story so far"
Bedside Table that becomes Bat and Buckler Shield Wednesday, March 21, 2007 | comments
"somatoform disorders" women
and it gives me back this study:
"Why do women complain of vaginal discharge? A population survey of infectious and pyschosocial risk factors in a South Asian community"
Diag Pillowfight Monday, March 19, 2007 | comments
There was a pillowfight on the diag. See above video and this girl's flickr album
[Via SomethingAwful's Weekend Web]
Today Eston sent me this video. Looks like they have a ways to go still. Can't say I would reccomend watching all ten minutes of this, but at least scroll through it.
(btw, PCs are better than Macs still)
Reagan Tear Update Saturday, March 17, 2007 | comments
Let's have a look at kind of "questions" O'Brien is getting asked:
-Some people say that it doesn’t look fake enough, but I think it’s obvious.
-Isn’t it an accepted fact that photo-illustrations are a normal part of the language of magazine covers these days?
They couldn't ask the guy any questions that were easier or more leading than this. Except maybe "So, as everyone who's not an idiot surely knows, this happens all the time, doesn't it?"
Seriously though, I'm glad that Time is running this interview. I think that this signals to the readers what's going on and let's them know what to look for in the future.
On another note, O'Brien says, "I’ve been reading the media blogs all day and it’s funny that people think it’s [the cover’s] pulling the wool over people’s eyes. I think it has more to do with people being afraid of seeing a man cry."
And I think it has absolutely nothing to do with that. (Though that may be the case for Reagan's son [he said that his dad would never cry]) It has to do with people possibly thinking that this moment happened as pictured on Time's cover. I guess it's just the photojournalist in me.
Again, I'm glad Time's running the interview to set the tone for this and future issues.
Also, nice cover Tim.
Flickr Color Selector Friday, March 16, 2007 | comments
You pick a color, it outputs a bunch of flickr photos of that color.
10 Totally Stupid Online Business Ideas That Made Someone Rich Thursday, March 15, 2007 | comments
This listing has 10 ideas--from selling pixels to monks that refill your ink cartridgers--that made someone on the net rich.
“Every day we have to scour the entirety of what is available on YouTube, so we have to look for our stuff,” Mr. Dauman [of Viacom] said. “It is very difficult for us and places an enormous burden on us.”
If Youtube really wants to fix its problems, it needs to go the route of Wikipedia, whose articles are policed by an army of volunteer moderators. Youtube currently has restrictions on the quality, size, and length of content that can be hosted on their site. If it offered certain Youtubers benefits that superceded these restrictions, they too could have an army of mods keeping their site out of trouble. And for free.
"The first new-look issue, on newsstands tomorrow, features what appears to be a photo of Ronald Reagan with a fat tear sliding down his cheek, illustrating the cover story, "How the Right Went Wrong." A somewhat cryptic credit in small type on the (revamped!) table of contents describes the image this way: "Photograph by David Hume Kennerly. Tear by Tim O'Brien." Nowhere does it specifically state that the cover is a photo illustration—in other words, that it's Photoshopped."
"Men tend to fixate more on areas of private anatomy on animals as well, as evidenced when users were directed to browse the American Kennel Club site."The purpose, however, of this article is to look at good news article design and watch how people interpret information. But of course, the blogosphere (like boingboing where I saw this article, and kottke where they got it from) goes for the crotch sell. Got you to read it though. And me to link it.
Correct Me If I'm Wrong Wednesday, March 14, 2007 | comments
Google Blogoscoped found a way to zoom into Google maps ridiculously close.
The Net's Best Podcasts [and others] Tuesday, March 13, 2007 | comments
Given the fact that I'm a 22-yr-old male college student, it might be surprising that one of my favorite podcasts is about knitting, but I really like this podcast.
I don't know a thing about knitting, but Carry's stories are what make this interesting. Sometime she gets too in-depth in the knitting stuff, but that's what makes the ffwd button on my mp3 player worthwhile.
There's something nice about walking around campus hearing about whats new with this woman's sheep, dog, rabbits, and cat and hearing stories from now to when she was a kid. Plus I learn some random stuff about sheep (e.g. feeding a spinner's flock grain is important).
Soy learning Spanish for free! 20 minute Spanish lessons.
NYT: The Ethicist
I always like reading advice columns in newspapers, and this weekly ethics column is as close at it comes in the NYTimes. Covers topics like "Is it alright if I sublet my company's second parking space away and keep the profits?" The podcast doesn't have any extra content beyond what's written in the New York Times magazine, but it's still good if I for whatever reason miss the column.
The Bitterest Pill
I actually haven't listened to more than about 5 minutes of this. It seems really interesting, but I don't want to start over from the beginning. Sometime when I've got a bunch of time I'll burn a few of these to a CD and see what I think.
This American Life
Full episodes of NPR's best show. Each week, the people of Chicago Public Radio pick a theme and then have a lot of people tell interesting stories about that theme. Recently had stories by David Sedaris and Ann Arbor's own Davy Rothbart. Best story in recent weeks: guys getting stranded on an island well in view of New York's skyline
Around the Net
While the main Attack of the Show podcast feed sucks pretty bad, the individual segment feeds are good. This one is by far the best. The hosts go through four funny/interesting videos from video sites every weekday. Sometimes I've already seen em, sometimes they're not funny, but they're always worth checking out.
Attack of the Show Hardware reviews. Laptop reviews are boring. Airsoft gun reviews are interesting.
Car Talk is a great show. But it costs 99 cents if you want to download a full episode. I'll take a free weekly call as a consolation.
NPR's business and money show is interesting for all its random inside business stories. Last week I learned that some work-at-home postings on Craiglist are money laundering jobs, where your criminal bosses don't care about you and you're likely to get arrested in about a week.
AOTS: In Your Pants
G4's video advice column. The title makes it sound like something skeezy, but its not. Mostly it answers questions from the G4 demographic. What's a gamer to do when his internet girlfriend breaks up with him? More typical questions too.
Board Games with Scott
Twice a month or so, Scott gets out a new nerdy board game and shows you how to play it. Given my love for nerdy board games, this is my kinda podcast.
Fear the Boot
While we're talking about gamer podcasts, I should talk about Fear the Boot, which seems pretty well listened to in the tabletop RPG community. I just burned this to a CD to give it a chance. So far they've talked about Settlers and how much they love it. Not surprising for a gaming podcast.
Wasting Time at Work
Another podcast I'm giving a shot: two guys take 10 minutes out of their workday to talk and make jokes. I've listened to about an hour of content thus far. Sometimes they're really funny. Sometimes they just need to get on with the podcast and stop making up stories. I wish they encoded to mp3 format so I could load this onto my mp3 player instead of having to burn it to CDs
A pastor's podcast about marriage. Good because there aren't maybe decent Christian podcasts out there. Meh because he's only done 4 podcasts so far.
Not sure how I feel about this yet. A puppet show about a webdesign firm. The net needs more webdesign humor.
Best Week Ever
A Daily podcast making fun of the going-ons on people's favorite TV shows. Better than the TV version because I can fast forward through boring crap
Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!
NPR's News Quiz Show. The question writers must browse some of the same sites I do, because sometimes the questions will be about stuff I read on the net a few days earlier.
That's it for now. If there's any podcasts out there that you think I'd like, please shoot me an email or leave a comment.
The ironic image are right was taken from a sorority member's website (it was the first thing that came up on a google image search).
In other news, the New York Times news service is always really behind on stories like these. I think I first read about this at least three days ago. If only I could turn "being on top of internet news" into a job somewhere.
Anyhow, this guy wanted to see if he could mail a letter using change instead of stamps. Read the full story to see what happened.
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