It also had a tag on its ankle. We think it’s a secret agent messenger bird, recently returned from Afghanistan.
This week’s internet cruising:
- EJ Flavors – Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Lost And Found: The Lost – An excellent Valentine's Day mix by EJ Flavors. Yeah, I know it's barely even February anymore, but Angela Bofill's "I Try" puts chills up my spine whenever I hear it.
- Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year’s End – NYTimes.com – I'm totally going to want to be an early adopter of these. If they seem promising, it'd be worth switching to contact lenses for.
- World population statistics – I always like these types of infographics. ^_^
- Slavery By Another Name – I heard this on my local NPR station the other night, and was glad to hear the injustices of the prison system be spoken for all to hear, but in a calm and reasonable voice.
- What’s Wrong with the IGF « The Rotting Cartridge – "Eight (8) judges were assigned to Kale In Dinoland. Of those judges, 1 didn’t install the game or respond to any of our invitations (which we had to send multiple times before judges joined). 3 judges didn’t play the game. Of the remaining 5 judges that played the game, 3 played it very close to the IGF deadline, which was December 5th. […] Excluding the outlier, on average each judge – including the 3 that didn’t play it – played the game for almost 5 minutes’ time. […] So we’re talking almost 4 minutes for each judge of actual game time."
And now for a vibeo:
A little dated at this point, but wonderfully funny. I like Jay Smooth on politics.
- Some Quick Thoughts on "Until Abortion Ends" – YouTube – More Jay Smooth: "But the underlying logic of this protest is baffling. They seem to be hoping that women who’ve decided to seek an abortion will visit this site and say 'wow, if you feel strongly enough about this that you’re making the irrevocable life-changing decision of giving up Dr. Pepper, maybe I should reconsider having a child that I can’t support!'"
- Thought: Double Fine’s Kickstarter Asks Big Questions | Rock, Paper, Shotgun – "The reality is, people like to pay for stuff – in fact, they’ll go out of their way to pay for stuff, pay more than asked, and even for products that don’t yet exist, just in good faith."
- What I learned from watching people watching Notch – O! Mr Speaker! – "No one was delving on the irony of spending an hour or so arguing about which language is better for games, without noticing that an actual game was unfolding before their eyes. If only games were flamewar powered!"
- Mitt Romney: Susan G. Komen Was Right to Cut Planned Parenthood – The Huffington Post – Oops. Even The Susan G. Komen folks backed off of that one, Romney.
- Robot blurs biological boundaries | Addison County Independent – The last section of the article (on emotions) is particularly interesting.
This week’s internet cruising:
- No Moods, Ads or Cutesy Fucking Icons (Re-reloaded) » Extraordinary Claims – Dust off your scientific hats for this one. Watts does an interesting analysis of the responses to a paper showing statistically significant evidence of precognition. Other folks apparently jumped all over the precog article with some borderline dishonest critiques, which Watts chews on.
- The “…the fuck…” exercise. « intangible.ca – Hear, hear. "Think of the last time you had to write an About Us page. Or a FAQ. Or craft an elevator pitch.
The big challenge is coming up with a clear, engaging, and succinct description of your project."
- Change in passport language is boon to gay rights activists – "'There are relationships that are immediately implied by mother and father that aren't implied by Parent 1 and Parent 2,' he said. 'It's not just a change to more bureaucratic language, it's a redefinition of the relationship.'"
And how is this a bad thing?
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – This is totally what my robots are going to do.
- How propaganda poisons the mind – and our discourse – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com – The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal all published nasty falsehoods concerning Wikileaks, but could only lower themselves to make half-assed apologies on the matter.
- Three Word Phrase, by Ryan Pequin – I love Monopoly for just this reason.
This week’s internet cruising:
- Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else – WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress plugins, themes, news and help – WPMU.org – I'm not at all surprised by the hackery going on in free WordPress themes.
- YouTube – Brick in a washing machine – I've always wanted to do this!
- Twitter’s Response to WikiLeaks Subpoena Should Be the Industry Standard | Threat Level | Wired.com – "Twitter introduced a new feature last month without telling anyone about it, and the rest of the tech world should take note and come up with its own version of it
Twitter beta-tested a spine."
- Dot Dot Dot – Animated – This is really damned funny: a dramatic reading of a lousy flash game comment… including bad spelling and grammar. Great voice, great text animation.
- The Saddest Book in the Universe (pic) – Imgur – This is, indeed, rather sad.
- Windy City Times – VIEWS Surviving the ex-gay program – 308 – A man's attempt (and ultimate opting out of) trying to become straight. I knew that there were programs to try to do so, but wasn't aware that they were based in Exodus: "I learned the basic theories of Exodus: that homosexuality wasn't real, that gay people were just confused straight people, that gay sex was a sin similar to idolatry. The theories seemed a bit far-fetched but I did my best to embrace and understand them." A good tale.
- <Insert title here>: TSA encounter at SAN – I'm disappointed that I hadn't heard about this back when it happened (I'm sure I was under some rock). This guy–who had done his due diligence on his local airport and believed it to not have the uber-scanners–opted out of the scanning process and the pat-down.
I swear, my heart was racing as I read it.
- Privacy Icons: Alpha Release « Aza on Design – An interesting attempt to have “second-tier” sites label themselves in terms of how they store and use your data–“I share your information with advertisers”, etc.
There’s a great discussion in the comments (albeit not much back and forth) on the flaws and pluses of the idea, but the biggest issue seems to be that companies with crappy practices just wouldn’t display the icons. Asa proposed some Mozilla-initiated measures around that, but it seems like a hefty undertaking.
Down to six hundred sixteen unread Google Reader items! Here are some of the coolest of the nearly 200 I’ve read in the last couple of weeks (as well as random surfing, of course):
- How to Lower Your Heating Bills This Winter – I definitely need to try out lowering our thermostat. We keep it on 72 F in the winter, which we could probably stand to lower by 5-7 degrees if I bundled up more.
- 9 New High-Quality Free Fonts | Freebies – I really like the Spatha and My Fair Cody fonts on this list. I'm (back-burner) working on a design for charsheet.net, and the styles of those two fonts grabbed me.
- The Definition Of “Money” Is A Bit Different In Swampland… – Das Krapital – Washington City Paper – "Two BILLION dollars…I wonder how much you would have to raise taxes on the wealthiest one percent to raise two BILLION DOLLARS over the course of the fiscal year?"