Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Why the internet is dying...

...advertisers. Sitting, watching, waiting for pages to load. Pages that can't load, won't load, until the streaming video ads load. Time to close that tab. I'm just not interested enough to wait and wait and wait...

I am slowly going crazy
1 2 3 4 5 6 7!
Crazy going slowly am I
7 6 5 4 3 2 1!


Saturday, August 14, 2010

End of long day

All of my friends who think that I'm blessed
They don't know my head's a mess
No, they don't know who I really am
And they don't know what I've been through...

— Brandi Carlile

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Imperative Playlist

For your mind's ear's aural pleasure!

Be My Girl
Be Near Me
Burn It to the Ground
Bust a Move
Call Me
Don't Stop the Music
Dream On
Evacuate the Dance Floor
Give Me Some Love
Pour Some Sugar on Me


nr: _Schooled_ by Gordon Korman
np: "Little Wing" by Jimi Hendrix

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How do cats feel about baths?

I love this passage!

It's not that cats don't _like_ baths. It's not that cats have a difficult relationship with baths. It's not that cats chose not to vote for baths in the last election. It's not that cats would rather choose vanilla over baths. It's not that cats neglect to send baths a card on their birthdays. It's not that cats pick baths last when choosing sides for a kick ball game. It's not that cats think about baths in the same way a fire hydrant thinks about dogs. It's not that cats look at baths in the same way that a vegetarian looks at ten pounds of raw liver. It's not that cats once bought baths an awesome present that cost an entire month's allowance, and then baths didn't even have the decency to say "thank you."

It's simply that ...


Despite this warning, if you want to know how to give a cat a bath, read Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty Gets a Bath.

If nothing else, you'll have something to smile about while you heal from the shredding your kitty's going to give you.


Monday, August 02, 2010

Meet the iPhone, ca. 1945

Your interesting fact of the day, from an article by Vannevar Bush, 1945, about his proposed device, the memex:

... a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.

Apart from the mechanization (which has been supplanted by digitization), Bush foresaw smart phones and similar hand-held devices. He did recognize, though, that computers would be integral to the realization of the memex, which he did not live to see produced.