Friday, September 24, 2004

The Day After Tomorrow ... anyone?

Modern Tech Support...

NSFW unless your speakers are turned down very low...

No offense is meant by this... it is just very funny, and very true...


Quote o' the day

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW-- What a Ride!"


Hey Crackhead

Over the past few years, I have compiled a list of some of the funniest crap circulating the net. I was at a loss at what to do with this massive document where I keep everything... until now. I am going to lay it all out here.

By far one of the funniest things I ever read was this rant from an anonymous person on craigslist. I still cry tears of laughter, every time.

Hey Crackhead

Never been to craigslist? Check it out! It is a no-nonsense place for classifieds, discussions, etc. The "best-of-craigslist" is a riot of rants & raves that you can lose yourself in for hours. There is a fantastic "wishlist" for teachers and non-profits. The list allows teachers, who, due to endless budget cuts have to pay for school supplies on their own, to put up a list of what they need (pencils, paper, etc.) and for you to help them get it. Amazingly simple and powerful idea.

Update: Tyler keeps the gold...

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Great RSS Reader. What is RSS you say?

As I mentioned before, I am new to this blog thing as well as RSS. I am sure that I am not the only person out there that is just catching on to all of this. Unbeknownst to me, even being a very tech-savvy, somewhat 'connected' person, this technology and culture has been around for a while and growing at an exponential rate.

Through this blog, I will attempt to provide information and links to the stuff that is helping me sort it all out, while providing content that I find interesting and thought provoking.

Here is a bit of an article on RSS; someone else has done a much better job of explaining it than I have:
RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. But it's not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS: the "recent changes" page of a wiki, a changelog of CVS checkins, even the revision history of a book. Once information about each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way.

Read the rest of this article here. Then read what follows...

Now that you are well versed in RSS, you will want a way to gather these feeds. Firefox has great functionality for this or pick up this aggregator -- RssReader. I installed it yesterday and it works wonderfully.

By the way, if you haven't tried Firefox, you should. It makes browsing the net fun again.

Hurricanes & voting for Bush...Coincidence?

This is fantastic. Thanks again to Photo Matt!

Hurricanes & voting for Bush...Coincidence?

Trouble for Tyler...

Tyler Hamilton has been looked at as the possible heir to Lance's throne. While we no that noone will ever accomplish what Lance has, especially in the way he has, it looks like Tyler won't be the one either. Of course, fans of cycling know how doping can keep you out of the sport forever... uhm, right.... Virenque, Pantani, etc., etc., etc.,.... Under normal circumstances, I would err to the side of 'Innocent until proven guilty', however Tyler will have a hard time explaining how someone else's blood got in his system -- not exactly an easy thing to do by mistake...

Shame, Shame...

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Running low on clothes? Airbrush!

I always wondered who to contact to have this done... If you are brave enough, you will be the highlight of the party!

Martin Armand

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Adam Curry article on TV trickery & Weblogging

I am new to the blogging scene.

My saving grace is that as many Texas residents proclaim "I wasn't born here, but I got here as fast as I could!"

In travelling through the blog community I have come across some very good and very bad blogs — bad in the sense that they are boring and never updated. As long as people are using them to express themselves, then I don't consider them bad no matter what the content. Matter of fact, some of the best reading that I have done has been by clicking on the "Next Blog" link at the top right hand corner of this page. Getting a random peak into peoples lives is pretty eye-opening.

On the professional, more established blog circuit there are many great ones. One of the best is from Adam Curry, the old MTV VJ. I had no idea, but the guy is very intellegent and has been very successful after the MTV years. His blog is fantastic and includes a daily show, Daily Source Code, via mp3 format that is great. The premise of the show is hard to nail down exactly but it includes tech talk for those developing apps the tech savvy out there — ipod users, bloggers, etc. There is music, ideas, and great conversation. It is meant to be delivered directy to user's ipods, but you can download the mp3 to your harddrive and listen to it via a media player. I have really enjoyed it.

I just wanted to introduce him and his blogs to my site because I will probably post stuff from him here often. I have found many other great blogs that I will do the same with. Eventually I will publish this blog through a separate hosting site so that I can add a "links" page more easily.

In the meantime, knowing how I feel about TV, here is a great article.

"Yesterday when reading the 'blah, blah, blah and blog' Wired article, something Evan said struck me right between the eyes; "[...] If you write everyday, your writing improves, your thinking improves."

Right on! The magic of blogging revealed at last.

Its brain-training.

If you read me regularly you know how I feel about the trickery used in telvision. What is rewarded as 'art' is the equivalent of chewing gum for your brain. The metaphor really fits, if you think you're sitting in front of the tube and are relaxed, then you are sorely mistaken. Your brain is working quite hard on putting the images and sounds into some sort of logical flow.

When you see two actors talking at a kitchen table, plotting to do something and the next scene show the same two actors driving in a car, your brain fills in the missing pieces. TV makers have perfected this technique through 50 years of experience. They know exactly when to cut away from the first scene to the next, what music and 'tension curve' is needed to coax the viewer's brain into the task of filling in the blanks.

If you have never read the Zen TV experiment please do this now.

The rest of the article is here. (I would have put up the whole thing but it is lengthy)

Monday, September 20, 2004

I Found Some Of Your Life...

This is really interesting. This person found someone else's digital camera memory card in a taxi and is posting the pics to their blog while recreating the person's life.

"In my possession is one (1) memory card from a digital camera. This memory card was found in a taxi in New York City. I have no idea who the owner of the camera is.

The pictures on the memory card were taken over the course of exactly one (1) year in this person's life, starting July Twenty-Fifth, Two Thousand and Three (07-25-03) and ending July Twenty-Fourth, Two Thousand and Four (07-24-04).

I am going to post one (1) picture here each day. As there are two hundred and twenty-seven (227) pictures, there will be two hundred and twenty-seven (227) posts. The pictures will appear in chronological order according to the timestamp accompanying each image.

As the images add up, I will attempt to assemble an identity for this unknown person. Each day's new picture will be a fresh addition to this photographic life-documentation. Only with the unveiling of the final picture (the two hundred and twenty-seventh (227th)) will we finally have a full understanding of this person's life over the past year - at least as far as these pictures will allow us to infer.

Further, in an attempt to present this pictoral information in a more personal manner, and also to better allow for some artistic license, I am going to pretend that I am the owner of the camera. I'll call me Jordan, because that's the name on my birthday cake (you'll see).


I Found Some Of Your Life

I found this on Photo Matt