livejamie: This is very funny video from the 50s that illustrates the influence that a group behavior has on an individual. I dig this big time! Anyone ever read Robert Cialdini’s book, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”? Quick, great read.
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Follow back, y'all
Follow-spam: when someone follows you on a social network, without regard for the value of your content, in hopes that you will view their content (bringing them value), or in hopes that you follow back robotically, increasing their page rank and/or popularity. I receive follow-spam in two places, here on Tumblr and on Twitter, and I have a mechanism for dealing with it: the tried & true...
Do you remember in elementary school, when growing up meant unraveling the...– Colin Snyder
nrbd: I always have ideas. About everything. I’m constantly - literally - either coming up with new ones or working on developing existing ones. […] I struggle with how to best use my time. Because my brain is contantly running, most of my projects never end up finished because I jump over to a new one or an old one that has re-sparked my fancy. Does anyone else have this problem? How do...
The letter combination “ough” has nine different possible pronunciations. This sentence contains them all: ”A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful plough man strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.” … Aoughsome. via saramcpherson via mills
The Adventures of Autocamp 2000 →
I’m a gamer & a programmer, and this articles cracks me up so much I can barely stand it. Fun read.
FriendFeed & Socialthing: I don't get it
I’m a user (as in registered, not active) of both FriendFeed and Socialthing, and I’m going to fully admit that I don’t get it, even though my kindergarten teacher used to call me bright. Was she just being polite to my mother? FriendFeed aggregates all of your friends activities into one massive stream. Friends can be FriendFeed users, or they can be ‘virtual’, which...
Dana-Farber won't see my money again.
I have respect for their causes, and they do a great service, but I won’t be sending them any charitable contributions ever again. Why? Because after sponsoring a friend’s charity cause, they have inundated me with emails for various campaigns, and their unsubscribe option conveniently “doesn’t work”. So all the goodwill my friend brought to one of their charities,...
How much emotion do you put on the web?
I’ve been doing some thinking about my personal interactions, both online and off. I’m not a private person by nature, I tend to share quite a bit if asked. On the other hand, I do a fair bit of self censoring on the web. In particular, I try to present myself as unwaveringly optimistic (which isn’t so bad, I’m optimistic by nature). However, that does make my online-self...
Coders are destroying search!
Don’t google Python if you’re looking for snakes. Wanna know what bears do in the winter? Couldn’t tell you, Hibernate isn’t it. What’s your favorite fruit? Can’t be an Apple, they make a Leopard. Are you a science student trying to research an Eclipse? Let’s hope your teacher enjoys Java (no, not a beverage) What else have coders done to complicate...
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering...– Laozi
Tumblr Community FTW
Earlier today I posted Free Idea #3, which was about two things: first, that it’d be great if Tumblr encouraged a reading workflow that exposed you to the custom styles of the tumblogs you followed, and second, that RSS readers in general would be better if they loaded the entry links in full-browser glory. Today is my lucky day! (Yours too, unless you started working on those ideas right...
Google App Engine ported to Amazon's EC2 →
This is cool! I spent time digging into Google App Engine this weekend so I could get a better sense of who it’s for, and what it’s intended for hosting. The Internet speculated a port to EC2 was possible, and I’m glad it’s been proven so quickly. This now sets the appropriate stage for how & why the App Engine will be used, it’s a social question not a...
Free Idea #3
Tumblr is at odds with itself: it encourages site customization, but the dashboard encourages a workflow which nullifies any of that effort. The problem is broader: I consume most sites through my RSS reader, which has the same effect. I can easily imagine an RSS reader that has news items on the left, and a browser view on the right. While I speed through my RSS entries, the corresponding page is...
Truncate your RSS? Fine, I won't read your blog.
Truncating your blog’s content in your RSS feed is dumb & aggravating. I appreciate that as an author, you are looking to monetize your site & can only do so by actually driving traffic to it, and while I support your war, you’ve made a tactical error if you think truncation will help. It won’t. What it does do is cause any number of your readers to skip past whatever...
aaronwhite: Blockbuster trying to buy Circuit City? Why?
jimmurphy: To get the hell out of the video rental biz, I guess.
aaronwhite: two losers make a winner?
jimmurphy: Yahoo, MS and AOL seem to think so. ￼
Zombie + Robots is like Peanut Butter & Jelly. Thanks to Larrison Gomez for his unique view of the world!