Saturday, February 28, 2009

Asimov & Moyers



I've read countless of his books and stories, but this is the first time I've actually seen and heard Isaac Asimov... and now that I have, I really, really, really want Christopher Walken to play him in a biopic.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fiat Currency?

This wasn't there when I parked here last night...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Testing Blog It

Just a quick test... Doesn't seem to be a way to post photos...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Canceling Hulu

So the reply I left yesterday didn't make it past their moderation.  I'm guessing that's because it had the word "piracy" in it.  No matter, I've just canceled my account.  Screw those guys.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hulu blocks boxee

They announced it on their site today, and I left a comment:
Even though I've never used Boxee, I see this as the final nail in the coffin for Hulu.

The first really big faux pas was that your content isn't permanent. I watched Ghostbusters one day, and the next day it was gone. On the Internet, that doesn't work. You can't do that; you're breaking a rule. When stuff like that happens, you lose the trust of your users - who won't return to your site if the experience isn't continually better than the last time.

Now, with this update and what content you have remaining, you're imposing limits on how we consume it. If that's the case... well, what's the point? How long before Hulu only works in certain web browsers? At certain times? In certain places?  

In your post you said there's no "win" for us consumers, but I disagree. The "win" is the lesson we're taking away from this situation. We've learned that the content providers haven't learned what we want. We've learned that as it stands today, the only way to enjoy the content we want in the way we want, is through piracy - or not at all. Their bottom line and yours will depend on whether or not you both can provide a better experience for us consumers.
This is just more evidence that the content providers either don't get it or don't care.  It's also a great argument for alternative media.

Edit: It's interesting to note that my comment wasn't immediately published.  Also; this morning Hulu's feed republished all of their latest stories - presumably so the boxee post would get lost in the shuffle.  Dirty pool.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Moving from Tumblr

Tumblr has no export function.  I should've noticed sooner.  Mea culpa/caveat emptor, etc.  Anyway, since Yahoo! is rumored to be courting them, I'm taking the opportunity to ditch 'em.  So I'll be manually moving posts over and uploading media to Picasa while I'm at it.  Might as well.

So that'll take a while.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hey look at that!

It works!

Day After: Still not working...

Looks like we're waiting for DNS changes to propagate or something.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

This is a test...

Testing Google Apps integration... 

Hmm...

Now what's this?  I've got a Blogger account and an account with Google Apps.  Let's see if I can't get those working together... 

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The Robinsonad

And our logical Robinson says further: "A man without Others is a fish without water, but just as most water is murky and turbid, so, too, my medium was a rubbish heap.  My relatives, parents, superiors, teachers I did not choose myself; this applies even to mistresses, for they came my way at random: throughout, I took (if it can be said I took at all) what chance provided.  If, like any other mortal, I was condemned to the accidents of birth and family and friends, then there is nothing for which I need mourn.  And therefore - let there resound the first words of Genesis: Away with this clutter!"
The Robinsonad, Stanislaw Lem

Sonic Bed by Kaffe Matthews


The Sonic Bed by Kaffe Matthews.  Under the mattress of Sonic Bed there lies a network of loudspeakers including six very large subwoofers that produce very low frequencies that penetrate the body.  The deeply sensuous immersion of Matthews' Sonic Bed offers a trance-like corporeal, audio experience that transcends current visual-aesthetic frameworks.