Confessions of a Disgraced Crowdfunder. I backed Instacube, and gave up on getting one many months ago. Even if I do eventually get one, there’s little chance it won’t seem dated from the first use. I don’t care anymore, but the excuse that “the product hasn’t shipped yet because the reality of hardware development is that hardware is hard,” is a load of crap. Instacube sought $250K, and raised over $620K. That was enough money to overcome a lot of “hard.” Having said that, I have obtained a lot of really cool stuff via Kickstarter. I’m sold on the platform, just not the excuses.
The only people who don’t want to kill all the feral hogs are city-dwelling yuppies who think they’re all like Babe. They’re not. They are extremely disruptive. Here’s an app to help destroy as many as possible.
On the other hand, Neil can keep his iPod substitute. An iPhone man don’t need him around anyhow.
Interesting read on that kid who killed all those babies in Connecticut. Even if that symphony of warning bells could have been missed or misinterpreted, to add a slew of accessible guns to the mix is stunningly idiotic. But it’s not about gun control, either. It comes down to obsession. Guns are tools. Like pliers. Use guns and pliers for reasonable purposes? No problem. Obsess over guns or pliers, or cats? Crazy. Fill your house up with crazy people and accessible guns? Insane. This was a tragic storm of bad decisions.
YouTube has slowly but surely become the best music repository on the web. Whenever I want to hear a song, YouTube is the first place I search. This is especially true for live performances and older, harder to find songs.
Like classic soul.
Fortunately for the rest of us, there are people who find and curate wonderful channels full of good music. My favorite is Soulhawk. He/she has a vast and carefully assembled collection of classic soul music, much of which would otherwise remain in obscurity. It is not unreasonable to declare Soulhawk’s YouTube channel an audio museum full of priceless treasures.
The other day I posted the first photo I ever uploaded to Flickr. Here’s the first digital photo I ever took.
30 Cult Movies Everyone Must See. I’ve seen 17 of them. Altered States and the Holy Grail are two of my all-time favorites. The Warriors, Lost Boys, Night of the Living Dead and Rocky Horror are excellent. Eraserhead is horrible. People only claim to like it because somewhere along the way, it became cool to claim to like it. Where is The Belly of an Architect on this list?
Speaking of awesome movies (the first one was on the list above), Sharknado 2 will be here on July 31!
Thank goodness for this. Otherwise, my entire family (including me) would be goners.
Good. I may lose my liberal card for saying this, but it’s a horse race between crazy people who harm kids and death row inmates for the group I have the least sympathy for. Stated another way, were I to list the ways we should spend our time improving the earth, there would be a lot of things above helping those folks.
I’ve talked about flow before. The related podcast is very, very interesting. I have been aware of this concept/experience for a long time. It’s good to see someone study it. Here’s the podcast.
10 URLs That Every Google User Should Know. Unfortunately, the one I want to use the most doesn’t work with Google Apps: “You are trying to access Inactive Account Manager from a Google Apps Account. Inactive Account Manager is only available for Google Accounts.“
I can’t believe I’d never heard of sonder before. It’s early, but I think this might be important. I’ve been thinking about it.
sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk. (via Reddit, with what may be a really good example)
Well, I’ve tried before. And bailed. But it’s a new year, and what the hell.
Here’s the Beta Version 1 of what may or may not become the weekly Newsome.Org Sounds of Tech Podcast. It’s an abbreviated episode, in which I talk a little about car audio and play a great old, obscure alt. country song.
This is very rough. I’m still in the “let’s see how it goes” stage. Recording with Garage Band, something I use a lot for music, was easy. We’ll see how WordPress.Com handles podcasts.
Here’s the RSS feed. If I don’t immediately bail, I’ll have an iTunes link later.
A friend lost her husband this week. I saw this song on Reddit. For all that have gone…
One of the things I have learned over the years is that if I buy a stock, the price will go down. If I love an application, someone will kill it. So when I started to really enjoy and rely on Zite, it was only a matter of time. Flipboard is OK, but there’s something about having my preferred application nuked in the hopes of forcing me to become a Flipboard user that rubs me the wrong way. TechHive has more on the likely results of this acquisition.
Speaking of things that I (at least used to) love whose days may be numbered. I ported my mobile number to Google Voice years ago. Google doesn’t seem to be doing much with it, which is never a good sign. I also find that I use Google Voice less and less, because it still doesn’t fully integrate with my iPhone. Would I do it again? Probably not.
16 Family Feud Answers That Caused Steve Harvey To Lose Faith In Humanity. Cupine was priceless.
“For those who disagree, I can only say that I am doing what I think is right. In the final analysis, I had to make a decision that I could be proud of — for me now, and my daughters’ judgment in the future.” I wish more politicians would think and act this way.
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