Category Archives: ordinary

>1 way I’m saving time on the internet.

>When Gawker Media user accounts were hacked I went through my passwords to various things, tightening up security giving some thought to all the little accounts for various bullshit I have signed up for over the past decade. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll never sign up with anything for the privilege of making blog comments again. The reason has nothing to do with security, it’s just the blog commenting is a waste of time. Huffington Post, Gawker, boingboing, The Daily Beast, etc all get thousands of comments a day, most of them in written to protest the point of view of the blogger or some of the other comment-leaver, and, I suppose, correct their thinking on the subject at hand. This sets other people off, who comment in outrage to correct the corrections and soon you’ve a threat of a couple hundred comments, that if you really want to keep up on the post you will have to scan and rescan frequently. By then, unless your comment is especially outrageous or obnoxious your contribution will be lost in the crowd. You will see that others are still making the argument the you so succinctly demolished pages earlier, and then you will consider posting again.

I say don’t do it! The only way you can have an impact is if you are one of those power comment-leavers and have the time to leave dozens, if not hundreds of comments a day. I know you; you have better things to do, many more useful and satisfying ways you can contribute. If a big registration-required blog has an article you really feel passionate about just share the link on facebook, your own blog, or tweet about it. Don’t sign in the blogs using your facebook or twitter: not that there is a security danger. Linking a blog to one of you existing accounts will save you time and convenience in set-up, but you’ll lose more time in the end if you start leaving comments. The real danger is time-suck.

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Requires research …

Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Dilbert and NYPD Blue.
The story should use a sex-change operation as a plot device!

Generated by the Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator

Via Mamatas

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Last night’s dinner

The stuff on the tomato slices is ground flax seed.Img_0284

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Stuff I hate (part 1 of a series)

Finding I left kleenex in a pocket after doing laundry.

"Napoleon … with dragons!"

"The American Revolution … with dragons!"

"Apollo 13 … with dragons!"

"The Holocaust … with warlocks!"

"The Cold War … with aliens!"

Does this year feel longer to you?

With leap day successfully passed though, we are now back on schedule.

Gorging on 35 Dishes, Daily

Does Sullivan manage to post 15 – 35 times a day in part because he doesn’t allow comments? I wonder. The other Atlantic.com bloggers take comments, and Yglesias post nearly as often, and takes comments to boot. One of the Atlantic bloggers (I can’t find the post now) did mention that he or she mostly has to ignore comments to avoid the time sinkhole. And Sullivan’s post are usually one hit: i.e. one idea, one snip, and one link max, with the occasional longer post. I find it very addictive. I probably check Sullivan more often than I check my own political blogs labeled RSS feed. So do many others, as Sullivan is on the Technorati 100. In fact, almost all the blogs I read daily are in the Technorati 100 — which attests to how mainstream my web time-wasting is!

The what’s-next-on-your-party-shuffle-playlist? post

…or the I’m-too-lazy-to-type-tonight post.

Pre-Holiday Feast: The Pleasure of Veganism

I haven’t talked about it much — not at all, really. You might read The China Study, if you are interested. Or read this.

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Design changes

Sadly, all the available fonts look crappy on Windows boxes. My advice: get a Mac, or run Ubuntu.

One more minor thing

that is annoying about Blogger is that post-dated posts appear immediately when they are saved, and not hidden until the date and time they are scheduled to appear. Another awesome thing about Blogger is no annoying drop-down calendars to select dates from. Just type a date in the date field like a sentient with reasonable motor skills and move on.

Oh and one more awesome thing about Blogger? Free.

I need pants

Because I finally switched from cable internet from DSL, I ditched my land line. Because I ditched my land line, my blackberry is my only phone. Because it is bound to warm up outside around here one of these days, I’ll need to carry my blackberry (which is further fattened by a maxi-sized battery and a rubber exo-skeleton) somewhere besides my jacket, and because I don’t want to have to carry a messenger bag all summer, and because I need pants, I bought a couple pair of cargo pants with giant leg pockets.

If it were practical I’d buy another six pair.

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Bad Blogger

*Sigh*

I’m still being a bad blogger. I set up some tools, now all I need to do is get back in the habit and start typing away again. I believe it was Robert Benchley who said something like: “Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.”

Awesome. He also said: “The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.” He fathered Peter Benchley, who wrote Jaws. That book was made into a movie. I read the book and saw the movie. The book was better, though Benchley fils had a little too much fun making up “Kiss Me Deadly” -type titles for boorish secondary characters to read, considering the general condition of his own work. Steven Spielberg made the movie, and the movie made his career. Spielberg took out the sex, smoothed off the rottenness of some characters, added special effects, and just look at what the cinema has become. It was, if not the first, probably the first, “adult best-seller” I read, and the film was the first film to cement the peterpanish holywood blockbuster we still know today. The ’70’s. Before Jaws: The Godfather. After Jaws: Star Wars. Hollywood has never looked back.


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