This is all I have to say.
This is all I have to say.
The one waiting to be made, a classic:
cool animation. watch in HQ.
Best new “supergroup” from 2008.
The Mighty Underdogs is a hip hop “supergroup” formed by rappers Gift of Gab from Blackalicious and Lateef the Truth Speaker of Latyrx, and producer Headnodic of the Crown City Rockers.
Also Sia’s music vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6PGrub3jUc
Ok, this isn’t really anything new necessarily, but it was really interesting thing to see. A picture, good or bad, put a sexy girl in it and people will probably like it, or at least look at it a lot. This can be seen subtly in photo contests, where you have two magnificent photos going head to head, but the winner is probably the one with the attractive girl in it (I see this the most in DPChallenge). This is kind of a massively broad and general statement- but I’m just speaking on what I see often.
Like right now, I’m refilling my Flickr account (after having it deleted for unknown reasons) and posted this picture.
Within a minute of posting, it had 6 views and now, within 3 minutes from post has another ten for a total of 16. I don’t really have a popular stream, all my other photos are still at 0 views, even the ones right before and after it in the stream. It’s not in any groups/pools and doesn’t have any leading tags. I’m not complaining really, just thought it was an interesting observation.
Maybe it’s not that our culture hasn’t evolved, maybe its just the contrast of content. When you’re looking through the public stream of sunset after sunset, rivers, fields, some cool lighting, peoples cousins and kids, then BAM! a white girls ass on a stark black background. The feeling of risk, like something shouldn’t be there. Oooo, this is kind of risque, lets click on it… I don’t know exactly- I just think the occurrence overall is worth noting.
This happened before too, and this photo is nothing spectacular, but on my old stream this exact photo had the most views and most frequent views on my stats (I had a Pro account) and was one of the photos with the most comments. But the comments weren’t “sexy girl”, “oh, I’ll fap to this”… They were “great photo!”, “beautiful shot”… people trying to disguise the fact that, hey, this photo is of a hot ass, I like it!
What are your thoughts?
WP 2.7 Coltrane’s one design flaw. The absence of autosaving in the QuickPress feature.
So I haven’t blogged in a while due to finals, but I just added something today and noticed wordpress 2.7 Coltrane. First impressions- it’s pretty BAD ASS. I’m using the new, improved Press This function right now. It’s pretty sweet. If you haven’t upgraded yet, you definitely should.
This is not my vid- but this was about my experience. The video does not do the ride justice however. You must experience it for yourself. When I rode, it was around 7pm, it was dark out and the park and city was lit up in the distance. It was amazing.
I cannot think of anything else comparable to the phenomenon that is a rollercoaster. By this, I mean- what else in the world, does someone wait 1-4 hours for, in order to enjoy a 45-60 second ride?
I just got an email about the launching of the Best Buy Instruments Store.
I understand expanding your brand- but you are stepping into a deep and competitive market. I hope to see you fail because frankly, I hate your brand, your store, company policies, shoddy practices and the way you completely sucker middle America into buying shit electronics for too much money and make them think they are getting a good deal. You are the shrine to all that is filler and no thriller, marketing over actual quality. You are the BOSE of electronics department retail stores. But I know how it’s going to end. You’ll be fine. Due to your scale, current brand rep, distribution, you will be a run of the mill, mediocre priced, retailer of average instruments. Nothing special. Fender, Gibson, Yamaha, the basics… Your sales associates will still be under trained and clueless. The warranties will be overpriced and ridiculous. You’ll probably start trying to offer lessons, maybe component repair and servicing. It will all be pretty bland, unspectacular, a cash cow. BUT! Now that 10 year old brat kids parents who NEED to get him the PS3 and Fender Strat he asked for can shop in one place.
Ok, so this might be old news, since I don’t stay up with Google news that much, but I was looking for directions to a store in DC, and noticed the street view button was present. I clicked it, and low and behold every street in DC has been covered (“with the exception of Pennsylvania Avenue and E Street NW by the White House, some military areas, and the Hillandale gated community in Burleith”). It’s awesome. Ok- Well, it looks like according to the DCist- it was Launched Nov 4th, 2008, so I’m not THAT far behind.
Still really freakin cool- Look ma! My house!
So right now some folks are still waiting in line for the special edition Washington Post- production issues have pushed the delivery time back to 7-8pm EST.
Since about 7am this morning every newsstand, corner store, coin operated news machine and supermarket have been out of every paper from the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Globe, New York Times and Washington Post- the Washington Post, out, in Washington DC!
Already people have spent $15-50 for copies of today’s NYTimes. Some are even listed for almost TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS! The paper isn’t even a day old.
I quit waiting in line at my Giant at about 6pm after getting there at 10 to 5. The line was about 20-30 people, some stayed even after they heard the paper won’t be there for possibly another two hours. Madness!
So you may or may not have read my previous entry about my long and ongoing issue with Flickr, Yahoo! and both of their Customer Service/Abuse departments. The short of it: My Y! ID/Flickr account was deleted over a month ago, I tried to find out why I was booted and what I could do about it and basically have been getting the cold shoulder from both Yahoo! and Flickr for weeks. So I stumbled on Heather Champ, the Flickr Community Manager’s personal email on her website. I emailed her and finally found out that my account was deleted for something else- she replied via the Flickr case number I referenced in the original message:
Your Y! ID was deactivated elsewhere on the Yahoo! network
for abuse. When this happens, it results in the termination
of all of all your activity across the Yahoo! network.
We’re not privy to the reasons for the original Y! ID
deactivation. You’ll need to contact Yahoo! directly.
I find this kind of odd, because I only used my Y! ID for Flickr- so either, this isn’t true, or someone hacked my account. Either way, it’s an actual answer, so I can move on.
But now, I can start to understand drug addicts, abusive relationships and terrible marriages. Even after weeks of running me in circles, outright ignoring me, and the fact that I didn’t get a response until I directly contacted a staff member. (I also have still not heard from regular Yahoo! support.) I want to go back. I mean, I’ll cut Flickr some slack, I did get an answer. Even if the answer opens up even more questions, it’s an answer. Yet, I feel like such a sellout. But still, I really like Flickr. I like the concept and it’s snazzy interface, API, web 2.0ness and community features. In fact, I’m reregistering and opening up a new Flickr account in another tab while I am writing this. But I’m not doing it without internal conflict.
Now, I’m not going straight back to a Pro account, but it’s only a matter of time. I’ll ease back into it, become comfortable again. My hurt and hesitations will fade away. But part of me feels like this is comparable to taking back an ex who cheated on me, which I’ve never done. It feels cheap and wrong. They violated my trust and showed me their true colors- but I still need them. I really do love Flickr. However, how many times can I waste my money and time. What if this happens again?
But I also believe in forgiveness. So consider this it. Only time will tell if this turns out to be more like a rocking spot in an otherwise good relationship or the tell tale signs of more to come. Right now it just feels like a drug addiction, but we’ll see. I just hope things go better this time around.
via Anti-Advertising Agency
Best Wazzzup spoof I’ve seen in a long time- pretty successful.
Came across this doing some “research” for my halloween costume- it gave me a good laugh:
The outtakes are decent too. I love Joker impersonating Batman.
via Jess3 blog
P: I’ve read most of them…
Reporter: Which specifically?
P: All of them…
Headline: Sarah Palin reads a lot of various “sources”. All of them actually. Safely from her microcosm of America.
Bonus: Check out the reporters totally disgusted expression at the end of the clip- she tries to look away because she knows that with each word she hears she’s probably getting dumber.
The short: Those “handmade” Hockey Mom signs weren’t actually made by the people holding them. They were most likely made by someone on the campaign staff, then placed on potential “Moms”. The author (Yamuna Ramachandran) argues the sign design negatively impacts the GOP and the perception of women within the political environment in general. You can check out the full article at AIGA Voice Magazine site. Worth the read, only about 950 words.
After the jump- a formal reflection on the article (I did it for class, but it isn’t that bad).
The short answer: ABSOF$#KINGLUTELY.
Although I never played World of Warcraft, I had friends and coworkers who did- so knowing that-
take: WoW, The Sims, Sim City, Sim Copter, StarCraft, Age of Empires, Master of Orion, A little Command and Conquer and a little bit of the Fallout series and you get- SPORE, quite possibly one of the most addicting and entertaining games I’ve ever played.
Now, I haven’t really invested time into a video game since, Red Alert 2 (Which came out almost exactly 8 years ago, for those at home counting). Gathered I was pretty involved with Team Fortress 2 a few hours a week last year, it wasn’t anything to be worried about- I’d play for an hour or so, then put it down for a week. I stopped playing it all together without much hesitation.
Today, I played SPORE for nearly 5 hours straight without even fully realizing it. I went from the Tribal stage straight to space in one sitting. I allied tribes, killed my enemies, conquered a planet and expanded my galactic empire in one sitting. Too much? Yes. Worth it? Totally.
However, it is now 1am and I have accomplished little to nothing since I got home around 6:30pm.
Why is it awesome?
When you take it at the bare bones- SPORE is really just an elegant mash up of a MMORPG, RTS (real time strategy) and life simulation. You have attributes and can have allies and wars and interact with online players- but what makes it shine is the detail and complexity of the characters. There are virtually endless possibilities when creating and painting/skinning a character. Your choices directly and dynamically effect your gameplay. The options are astounding. You created every creature, every building, vehicle, space ship. It’s insane! The freedom within the creator is incredible too. Mash elements, stack elements, resize, control the appearance, angle, etc. It’s unbelievable.
The only thing is that I wish it told you that whatever you look like before the Tribal stage is how you are stuck looking for the rest of the game.
The game play is great too! Now, I’m not sure if I have yet to actually interface with real online players- I know I’ve abducted some, but as far as allying goes- I’m not sure. Anyway- you should get it and you should play it. You can check out my player page here. Also, my user name is Dex110 and my planet name is Leroy. So join up. This game rocks.
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