Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Do you believe in the garbage man?

Children's Imagination Important for Cognitive Development - WSJ: "70% of 3-year-olds reported that Santa Claus was real, while 78% believed in the garbage man"

Monday, December 7, 2009

Google Public DNS service not ideal for everyone

Google Public DNS service not ideal for everyone: "So should we all dive into our network settings and point our computers away from our ISP's DNS servers and towards Google's? Not necessarily."

Ars Technica Weird Science

Ars Technica: "'We started our research seeking men in their twenties who had never consumed pornography,' said Simon Louis Lajeunesse. 'We couldn't find any.'" - Ha! The 1st item links to this press release, Are the effects of pornography negligible?.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Windows 7

PC World has published A Complete Survival Guide to Windows 7. It links to David Coursey's advice to get a new PC rather than trying to upgrade, especially from XP.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Alternate Fiction Musings

Steve Stirling

There is an on-line teaser for S.M. Stirling's new "urban fantasy" novel, A Taint in the Blood. You could always read complete John Ringo novels. I was going to link to Baen Free Library, but John Ringo's Wikipedia entry has the best linkage to the books.

(This was posted on Scoreless Tie because I can't pay attention to where I post things.)

Fake Facebook Pages

Mashable post on the Top 5 Funniest Fake Facebook Pages. I especially liked Satan's. Listening to Coldplay (I knew it).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Perhaps this is how yoga got started...

I don't know who initially brought this to my attention, but apparently drinking heavily can lead to spontaneous yoga:

FUN TUNA - Drunk People Yoga Positions
Drunk Yoga
Funny Pictures: Drunks

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hunch

My results from my first Hunch question.

Which URL shortening service should I use? - make thousands more decisions on Hunch.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Underrated Websites

I like lists like this, even though I almost never visit the sites on the list. 24 Most Underrated Websites of 2008 is from 6 months ago, but I just found it.

News: The SAT 'at War With Itself' - Inside Higher Ed

News: The SAT "at War With Itself" - Inside Higher Ed - interesting.

A funny video

Even though this isn't new, it's still fun to watch now and then.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

kanYe West : Blog :

kanYe West : Blog :I loved the South Park episode. I've identified several "Cartman Types" in RL.

Zombies

This was accidentally posted on Scoreless Tie.

Zombie? Let Austen Flesh It Out - I love zombies!

Monday, April 27, 2009

YouTube - buffalax's Channel

YouTube - buffalax's Channel - English sub-titles to foreign (seems like mostly Hindi) songs. Good for a laugh on your coffee break.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sluggy Freelance

Sluggy Freelance - John Ringo's "Legacy of the Aldenata" turned my on to Sluggy (and Bun Bun). This is the new reader start page.

ArsGeek | Free your inner geek

ArsGeek | Free your inner geek Way cool blog with some obscure finds I haven't seen elsewhere.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Improve PC Performance

Some links from Windows Secrets.
Free utilities that make your PC run faster.
Earlier Free utilities that make your PC run faster.
Top free tools for rooting out rootkit spies.
Two top defraggers speed your disk accesses.

These links are for paid subscribers, so put up or lose out.
The hardware way to boost your productivity.
Windows' Registry explained in plain English.
Three top Windows cleaners boost performance

A conficker addendum:
Conficker also installs fake antivirus software from CNET, has links to CNET advice on Conficker
Conficer removal advice from Windows Secrets

Poetry & philosphy

Rabindranath Tagore, musings on duty (eh-eh-eh - he said "duty") and an anonymous thought on expectations and goals. And ever since 5th grade, somewhere in my head, Invictus is rolling around.

Hassle-Free PC Smart fixes for your PC hassles - PC World

Hassle-Free PC Smart fixes for your PC hassles - PC World - Nice column with some good tips here and there.

Some albums should be listened straight through

Turn off the shuffle: 25 great albums that work best when listened to from start to finish | Music | A.V. Club - I was disappointed that they didn't think American Idiot belonged on this list.

How to build your own Windows Home Server rig

How to build your own Windows Home Server rig - nice article.

The Hollywood Reporter: Risky Biz Blog: With 'Atlas Shrugged,' Hollywood may have its first anti-bailout movie

The Hollywood Reporter: Risky Biz Blog: With 'Atlas Shrugged' Hollywood may have its first anti-bailout movie - Who is John Galt?

Neurotopia

Neurotopia - Interesting blog.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ras Trent

Are you there ja? It's me Ras Trent. Smerconish also recommended Are you there, Vodka? It's me, Chelsea.

Want a tech gadget bargain? Get it now, or you'll be too late | The Toybox | ZDNet.com

Want a tech gadget bargain? Get it now, or you'll be too late | The Toybox | ZDNet.com - Hyperbole, but still an interesting article.

How to kick iTunes' lock-in media formats squarely in the fruit | Tech Broiler | ZDNet.com

How to kick iTunes' lock-in media formats squarely in the fruit | Tech Broiler | ZDNet.com - I am not a big fan of apple, ipods or, especially, itunes. Both boys have ipods, so it's around. It's caused me no end of issues, although running itunes 7 on my HTPC hasn't been too bad. The article isn't great, but there is some good info.

Big Changes for Business Travel - washingtonpost.com

Big Changes for Business Travel - washingtonpost.com: "With a sharp drop in demand for premium-class seats and a long-term decline in airline revenue, global commercial aviation may be getting a permanent makeover."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jokes

Old Jews Telling Jokes is an interesting take on the old joke web site. Take a look, it's good for a laugh.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

F My Life

F*** my life let's people vent about the sorry status of their lives. Amusing to downright hilarious.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Missing Frank-N-Furter

As I was watching the Oscar telecast, Hugh Jackman broke into a big musical number about "Mama Mia" bringing back the musical. The number combined pieces of numerous old musicals: West Side Story, Grease, All That Jazz, and others I don't remember. I kept waiting for just a line from Rocky Horror, but alas, the composer/arranger who put the number together didn't have a sense of humor. Of course, my memories of Rocky Horror are from midnight shows in the late '70's, and may not stand up to a current viewing of the film. (Then again, I love The Lonely Island's Incredibad, so my sense of humor may still be just as warped as it was 30 years ago.) The movie still gets 7 out of 10 stars on imdb. But the Rocky Horror fan site doesn't have any news for the last 6 months.

I guess I'll just have to take another look at the movie.

Friday, February 20, 2009

BBC NEWS | Technology | Hackers target Xbox Live players

BBC NEWS | Technology | Hackers target Xbox Live players: "Xbox Live is being targeted by malicious hackers selling services that kick players off the network.
The booting services are proving popular with players who want a way to get revenge on those who beat them in an Xbox Live game.
The attackers are employing data flooding tools that have been used against websites for many years."

Sunday, February 15, 2009

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know - Advice for keeping facebook privacy friendly.

Presidential Limo: Presidential Gatling Gun-Equipped Suburban Badder Than New Cadillac Limo

Presidential Limo: Presidential Gatling Gun-Equipped Suburban Badder Than New Cadillac Limo - When does the video game come out? Do you need permission to put out "Secret Service"?

xkcd - A Webcomic - Base System

xkcd - A Webcomic - Base System Funny - if you have my warped sense of humor.

When Secret Isn't So Secret

It turns out that electronic encryption machines transmit the unencrypted data into the magnetic spectrum. Wired's Declassified NSA Document Reveals the Secret History of TEMPEST describes the phenomenon and links to an NSA document describing the history of electronic encryption snooping.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Online Advice Columns

I enjoy online advice columns - I did a google search for online advice columns and found some intersting sites. One of them is the Advice Diva. It's pretty basic, but reasonably entertaining. Carolyn Hax at the WaPo isn't too bad either. You'll need bugmenot to get a password to read the columns. The Rules of Family provides amusing satire in a paisan vein. And there is always Yahoo! Answers to provide endless entertainment.

Identity Finder Free Edition 3.5.3 (Windows), from Identity Finder, LLC - Free Downloads on ZDNet | Shareware, Trialware, Evaluation Software

Identity Finder Free Edition 3.5.3 (Windows), from Identity Finder, LLC - Free Downloads on ZDNet | Shareware, Trialware, Evaluation Software - Interesting - Definitely worth the time to try it out.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

TG Daily - Teen sends 14,528 text messages, dad gets 440 page bill

TG Daily - Teen sends 14,528 text messages, dad gets 440 page bill - All I can say is, "Wow!" Wait until the contact is sub-vocal, and response is by implant. It will be like the "kid" in "Children of Men." Young people won't hardly exist in RW.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Mcall.com: Groller's Corner Blog

Mcall.com: Groller's Corner Blog - Liberty fans get Bethel Park championship shirts! Ha!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Heartland Institute

The Heartland Institute - Interesting Libertarian/Free Market site.