Halloween wouldn't be complete without Trick-or-Treaters (we had a grand total of four) and creepy things. Marky and Aisha brought over over the bust of a demon which creeped out a ton of kids. Then there are those who don't like bugs. You gotta admit though, they're pretty beautiful creatures, no?
I think I'm prety good with the music. Turns out I suck when it comes to album cover art.
Front-page presence on The New York Times means that story will be read by millions. Too much power in the hands of one media outlet you say? Well, ok then. Now you've got headline services that will customize your very own front-page with just the stories you wanna read. Sweet, right? And then you've got the Blogosphere adding in an extra element of "what's important for all these amateur journalisitc hacks (present company included) must be important to me too!".
Like many things, I'm probably over-thinking it (and so is Steven Johnson). But I can't help but feel like the media has a responsiblity to present fair and objective news and that these new services/ paradigms are going to make us even more unaware of the world around us. It's the price we'll pay for having MyFrontPage's filled with Entertainment Tonight-like trash...and little else.
Those without kids won't know how utilitarian this thing actually is.
"Mind you, I am a pretty savvy technologist. I have an MIT degree. I have a PhD. I was VP of Advanced Technology at Apple. I can program dozens of computers in dozens of languages. I understand television, really, I do. I was the Apple representative locked in that famous room by the FCC when the computer folks battled the TV folks over interlaced signals for high-definition TV (footnote 1). And I am an expert in human perception -- I even wrote textbooks on human vision and hearing. It doesn't matter: I am overwhelmed. "
I've had a fascination with bad translations for some time now. I guess it has something to do with my first generation American status or my love of the surreal. In any case, I've been going through multiple steps to translate a phrase into another language and back again to see the whacky results; this site takes care of it for me (and adds a few more translations to the mix to spice things up).
If you're anything like me then when you were younger you had a bunch of mixtapes floating around at one time or another. These were, it turns out, the predecessor to the ubiquitous remix albums of today. Browsing this site and downloading the mixes has taken me back to a time when magnetic tape reigned.
There is a danger in allowing customers to review books on Amazon. I mean what if the author has a name that readers find impossible not to ridicule? The reader reviews are fake but I'm guessing the book itself is too.
Here's an interesting story about the Federal do-not-call-registry and the executives from trade organizations who oppose it. Well it turns out that their names appear on the registry. To be fair, these folks are in a pretty tough place since their livelihood depends on being able to invade people's private time. It is embarassing for them to be on the list of people who don't want to be bothered on the one hand while arguing for the right to do so on the other. Want to win an elected office? Make this issue your central theme.