- 10 Weird Miniature Versions of Normal Animals – Weird Worm – These are quite adorable.
- Puppy! – Joel on Software – "Although I appreciate that many people find Twitter to be valuable, I find it a truly awful way to exchange thoughts and ideas. It creates a mentally stunted world in which the most complicated thought you can think is one sentence long." Don't know if I'd be as grumpy about it, but Twitter strikes me as yet another source of digital noise in an already noisy world. I may be done with it soon.
- "5 Browsers and the Modes of Transportation They Resemble" by Caldwell Tanner on CollegeHumor – Cute.
- Buttersafe – Updated Tuesdays and Thursdays » Archive » Biology 101 – I'm just stumbling upon this comic, but I think it's pretty cute.
- Is WebKit too fast for its own good? | Web Builder Zone – I'm pretty sure I ran into this issue a few weeks ago with some .NET work I was doing. Chrome and Saf both were breaking on the first loads of pages (portions of the viewstate were sticking out, displaying on the page), but were inexplicably fine on reloads.
- My Java Experience – This is a great post on a .NETer taking a course in Java EE. I haven't done Java EE development before, but this makes me want to try it out of masochism. "All in all, I find myself unimpressed by the amount of work that was shuffled to the tools, it doesn’t seem right. And it seems like a justification of a bad practice. When I consider my own design principles (Zero Friction!) in light of this, I am much happier that I am mainly working in the .NET world. But I think that having this understanding is going to be very helpful moving forward."
- Coding Horror: The Field of Dreams Strategy – Reader metrics for sites and blogs — while fascinating, fun, and deliciously distracting — don't mean much if you're spending time observing them instead of writing. I like Atwood and O'Brien's approach.
Ah, podcasts. These things have saved my sanity throughout the summer. Some of these are worthy of linkage and sharing.
Not all–luckily, since I listen to entirely too many–but some.
Another favorite of mine is Next Big Hit. The announcer kills me and the music played probably won’t be the next big hit. That doesn’t make it bad, though, really. It tends to be pop [tag]music[/tag] (and there’s plenty of that new rock stuff I can’t stand), but has recently increased the number of R & B and rap artists played. A fun trick is to try to identify why the songs won’t likely hit the Top 40 charts. Sometimes it’s a singing style that’s out of favor right now; sometimes it’s a too-1990s beat.
The Gadgettes. Silly-ass, borderline sexist name, amazing podcast. Not a condescending, “Oh, girls like [tag]gadgets[/tag], too” podcast, but a podcast about gadgets done by women. And they’re funny. Very funny.
[tag]Bollywood[/tag]’s Best. The hosts act like two twelve-year olds with crushes on each other. So f’ing annoying. But it’s very worth it for the music, for I do love me some Bollywood hits.
For the best in [tag]sci-fi[/tag] shorts, there’s Escape Pod. Through [tag]Escape Pod[/tag], I was introduced to [tag]Jennifer Pelland[/tag], one of the funniest short story authors I’ve read. (I mentioned her here about a year ago.)
Finally, I suppose I should mention that WO now runs a [tag]podcast[/tag] over at Ludus Novus. I think it’s hot, and I think there’s real potential for discussions on gaming that could transcend even what The Escapist is putting out weekly. At least WO isn’t likely to do series after series on female gamers.
Anyone know of podcast aggregators that play podcasts, track read/unread podcasts (at least as well as iTunes does), and is stable?
In the past couple of days, I’ve been asked what the deal is with all the porn/sex-related links here on this site. I find this a little silly, since the proportion isn’t much different than for technology, race, and news/political links I post, but I suppose sex is always an eye-grabber.
But this brings up the general (and recently renewed) foci of this site. Along with the recent color and style change, there’s been a small change that may have been unnoticed by casual visitors and Bloglines users. This, formerly my little “about” blurb on the right:
Lissa: Runner. Rose-Hulman junior. Weight-lifter. Music-lover. Computer scientist. Minor chemist. Avid reader.
has been changed to what is now:
I don’t necessarily bring this up in order to jump on the “identity blogging” wagon (which I’m not sure I can even clearly define), but I do bring it up to demonstrate some of the things that interest me, and that, hence, I’ll be blogging about (“Everyday Thoughts”, after all). I am interested in issues of sexuality, sex, and pornography. I am interested in weight issues and athleticism. I am interested in issues of race. I am interested in issues with mainstream media and the press. I am interested in computer and technology issues. I am interested in books. I am interested in my life with WO and my relations with other people. I am interested in intelligence. I like being curmudgeonly.
These are relevant issues in my life, so I will read about these. I will write about these.
I want to inspire and foster conversation on what could be challenging issues, especially some that I am continuing to research and form thoughts about.
If the topics are too weird or offensive for people to enjoy, then friend or foe, I won’t be offended if you stop reading. That said, selective reading likely won’t hurt anyone either.
I want to move away from entries where the sole purpose is to bemoan or take glee in my current, transient emotional state. (I know I’m crossposting on LiveJournal, but let’s break some stereotypes here.) No, life ain’t always great, but I’m not sure that I want to document every speed bump in my life. In the long run, I probably won’t remember the three nights of shitty sleep I’ve had this week, but I probably will remember the issue of the equality of “girls” and “guys”. Or the issue of calling women “sluts” and “whores” in pornography.
Renewed foci (or focuses, if you prefer). Love it or hate it.