Archive for April, 2010



Love the New Doctor? Get A TARDIS Cookie Jar!

If you’re like me, you’ve already started watching the new season of Doctor Who on BBC with the new Doctor, played by Matt Smith. But if you can’t get enough of the Doctor, you might want to grab this TARDIS-themed cookie jar.

tardis doctor who science-fiction bbc cookie jar

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My Daily Tweets

This is what I tweeted about today…

  • 00:15 My Daily Tweets: wp.me/pWvW-3HP #
  • 00:29 Gonna watch some Inspector Lynley. Thinking about AX Lightness parts. I’ll probably order a TIME RXR VIP #
  • 00:30 Lightweight parts are cool, but they can be problematic when push comes to shove. I’d rather have durable parts that I can beat thoroughly #
  • 00:31 Had my first burger in about two months. Didn’t feel good afterward. I won’t be having that again. #
  • 00:33 I’m glad I don’t eat that stuff regularly anymore. Didn’t feel good in my stomach and I felt queasy afterward. Must be all of the grease. #
  • 00:33 I think I’ll have some more yogurt and nuts. I’m also very thirsty. Must be all of the salt in that crap. AH well. #
  • 00:48 Adjusting to life without sugar. I haven’t had any sugar in my tea today. #
  • 12:31 Darth Vader Is Your Boss: wp.me/pWvW-3HT #
  • 12:35 Dadahack’s TAP3 Is A Great Cassette Tape MP3 Player: wp.me/pWvW-3HW #
  • 12:41 It’s dangerous because it creates the illusion of understanding & illusion of control Some problems are not bullet-izable. General McMaster #
  • 12:46 This is how it ends with @GovBrewer The blind leading us into a police state. Gestapo is next. #NaziAmerica #
  • 13:08 2nd day off sugar. Not so bad. #
  • 13:24 @typefiend I dunno. I noticed that since I drink a lot of herbals teas, I consume more sugar. I ran out on Sunday & don’t plan on buying any #
  • 13:26 @typefiend My wife doesn’t use any, so I could be off sugar forever. Well, at least in tea. I rarely eat any candy. I’ll give it a whirl. #
  • 13:50 @typefiend hmm pastries. I think that sugar masks the taste of drinks. That’s one of the reasons why I’m trying to cut down. #
  • 20:16 The Kid Who Didn’t Exist: wp.me/pWvW-3HZ #
  • 21:29 Watching a bit of Kick Ass. #
  • 23:06 wow, I liked Kick-Ass. Good movie. #
  • 23:13 @kristenlubbe well, an 11-year old swears a lot & kills a bunch of bad guys so it’s not for everyone but I liked it I used to collect comics #

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The Kid Who Didn’t Exist

Brent is a young man who was facing a murky future, since he couldn’t get a birth certificate. This meant no driver’s license, no social security number, and no scholarships for college.

Dadahack’s TAP3 Is A Great Cassette Tape MP3 Player

We really love cassette tapes. They hearken back to mixed tapes and when music was still plainly analog. However, with iPods, iTunes, and MP3s, it’s hard to remind ourselves how things were before we downloaded music onto our MP3 players. TAP3 is a neat-looking MP3 player that’s got a bunch of different uses.

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Darth Vader Is Your Boss

Darth Vader is invading the streets of Tokyo, Japan, thanks to the mobile phone giant Docomo. I don’t know how much they had to pay George Lucas for the rights, but you can bet that they didn’t come cheap.

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My Daily Tweets

This is what I tweeted about today…

  • 11:51 Use LEDs For Ambient Lighting Around Your Workstation: wp.me/pWvW-3HG #
  • 12:41 Shit happens What did you expect? RT @gizmodo Police Seize Jason Chen’s Computers bit.ly/d7phQs #
  • 12:47 What did they expect? Apple is a corp with a brigade of lawyers. They’ll make you pay, no matter what. #
  • 12:47 When I worked in finance a few years ago, I dealt with a few lawyers. I don’t want to do that ever again. #
  • 12:48 In America and Canada, justice is up for sale for the ones with the deepest pockets. Capitalism at its best. #
  • 13:27 Gizmodo & The Apple iPhone Fiasco: wp.me/pWvW-3HJ #
  • 13:44 Trying to wean myself off sugar. I drink a lot of tea and they all have sugar in them. It’s not so bad. Plus, I’ve run out of sugar. #
  • 13:54 “It’s not sex, it’s always money.” House #
  • 20:47 President Obama, who warned last week that the measure could lead to police abuses. Understatement of the year. #
  • 20:49 Arizona’s Gestapo-like Immigration Law Faces Legal Challenges: bit.ly/8YILhH #
  • 22:49 And I’m done. It’s 11:48PM. Time to relax, walk Spike and write some Galactic Rim. I’m at 27,000 words for now. #
  • 23:52 Kari Ferrell nails the whole Arizona debacle. My wife and I have already decided to to visit Arizona. bit.ly/dv6zBn #
  • 23:56 The Arizona Clusterf*ck: wp.me/pWvW-3HM #

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The Arizona Clusterf*ck

Kari Ferrell over at Animal NY really nails it. WTF is going on with these Nazi policies? Next, there will be Gestapo rounding up immigrants into labor camps. Arizona is turning into a police state. I’m having flashbacks to when I first played Half-Life. Who ever thought that this was a good idea? Especially when 30% of the state is Hispanic?

Gizmodo & The Apple iPhone Fiasco

I’m pretty sure that acquiring stolen goods is illegal. That being said, everyone involved in this knew from the get-go that the next gen iPhone, which is only a few weeks away, was indeed stolen. The fact of the matter is that Gizmodo spent $5,000 on this phone, paid by Nick Denton from Gawker media. In essence, at the end of the line, Denton’s the one responsible for this fiasco.

Now this brings to surface another interesting debate: are web-journalists real journalists? The print media would like to disagree, but all in all, I’m certain that if you write for a publication and get paid for your writing, you are a journalist, no matter what the medium might be.

The thing that Jason Chen and Nick Denton didn’t really think about is the fact that Apple isn’t a cuddly little bear, it’s a corporation. Any corporation has access to a full squad of corporate lawyers, meaning that they can make your life hell if you are in their radar.

Having dealt with a few lawyers when I was working in finance a few years ago, I know for a fact that justice is for sale and the people with the deepest pockets tend to win. How does an average citizen afford to pay a lawyer $100-500 an hour? Not easily. Corporations don’t really care about this expenditure. I’m actually surprised that Apple hasn’t made life harder for Denton and company. They probably will in the near future.

I think the main issue here is whether the law considers Jason Chen’s home a newsroom or not. He works from home, like most web journalists. It would be different if he were to work in an office. That would have made things harder for Apple to flex its muscles.

I’ve heard people refer to the actions of Gizmodo as reprehensible. Even though I don’t agree with buying stolen goods, it is akin to someone buying something stolen from a fence. So Gizmodo isn’t a fence, but they bought stolen goods, which is kind of like buying stuff from a fence. They weren’t fencing stolen goods.

No matter which way it goes, I’m sure that Denton is quite happy with himself. What did this fiasco generate? Pageviews. In the world of web journalism, pageviews is the key. This episode has probably resulted in millions of extra pageviews. Since most Gawker bloggers get paid by pageviews, I’m sure that Jason Chen is laughing his way to the bank as well.

Use LEDs For Ambient Lighting Around Your Workstation

When you spend quite a bit of time working on your computer at home, you’ll find that direct glaring light isn’t the best lighting solution. The best that we’ve found is positioning lights behind the monitor, reducing the strain on the eyes. This is one of the reasons why Philips’ Ambilight system works so well for their HDTVs.

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Tweet Sleeve: Wear Your Emotions On Your Sleeve

I think social networking is sometimes like over-sharing. Really, do you really need to share every little insignificant detail of your life with the entire universe? Now here’s something that reveals even more about your inconsequential tweets – clothes that tell the whole world how you feel!

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