It’s more along the lines of a home or start page, but it provides a nice experience for keeping up with the sites you like. It allows you to add bookmarks, categorize, and track them. If a bookmark you are following has been updated since you last logged on a little blue dot (or other visual cue depending on your theme) appears next to the title. Click. See the site you like in it’s natural environment (i.e. outside a feed reader).
Nice and easy. I will definitely be giving it a test run.
“[Running zombies were] likely at the behest of some cigar-chomping, focus-group-happy movie exec desperate to satisfy the MTV generation’s demand for quicker everything - quicker food, quicker downloads, quicker dead people. The zombie was ushered on to the mainstream stage, on the proviso that it sprinted up to the mic. The genre was diminished, and I think it’s a shame.”—Simon Pegg on why the undead should never be allowed to run (via)
Doing the math for the general case shows that to break even: You need to buy ~156 small cups of coffee, that’s just over 3 a week or 13 cups a month You need to buy ~62 $4 Starbucks, that’s just over 1 a week or 5 a month.
I think a blog dedicated to these types of calculations would be most useful. (via)
“This is Sparta. The rookies and the mack daddies, the hard cases and the head cases, the low talkers and the loudmouths with their tattoos as inscrutable as runes, laughing like pirates, yellow towels and balls of ankle tape flying everywhere, their names above the lockers on illuminated signs, their names up in lights, the reporters in little knots moving from one player to the next, the lockers hung with hoodies and bespoke suits, stacked with shoes and books by Koontz and Patterson, packed with supplements and gels and shower sandals, helmets and pads and pants, deodorant and mouthwash, lotion and liniment and baby pictures, magazines and travel mugs, wallets and watches and BlackBerries.”—Inside an NFL locker room from Here Goes Nothing, an article about Favre and the Jets.
One man explores over 100 miles of Illinois roadside and discovers ” … a strange world filled with a surprising density of native and non-native plants and animals, all living under a constant barrage of traffic noise.” (via)
The attraction, called “Professor Cline’s Dinosaur Kingdom,” imagines a lost chapter from Civil War history. It supposes that in 1863, a group of paleontologists inadvertently stumbled upon a valley of live dinosaurs. The discovery comes to the attention of the Union Army, who, recognizing the destructive power of the giant lizards, decide to capture them and unleash them on the Confederate Army. Naturally, it results in Jurassic Park-inspired carnage.
I am so dragging my family to this! It will be my Wally World.
The researchers used two of the most popular ploys currently used by spammers – firstly offering a fake pharmacy site and, secondly, offering a herbal Viagra-style remedy to boost libido.
“After 26 days, and almost 350 million email messages, only 28 sales resulted,” says the research paper.
Yet even with this apparently abysmal response rate of less than 0.00001 per cent, the researchers still estimate that the controllers of a network the size of Storm are still bringing in about $7,000 (£4,430) a day or $3.5m (£2.21m) over a year.
You mean to tell me your quest for an all natural woody is the reason I get spam. Stop buying this shit people. Man up and go to your doctor’s office for the little blue pill. Jeez!
Gary Vaynerchuk does a pretty good job of calling out Stern for busting on bloggers for doing exactly what he has done for years. Talking about themselves. But the more interesting point is his take on Stern’s motive. Which he thinks is fear of a new media that is enabling Stern’s own audience to compete with him. Interesting stuff if you like the whole old vs. new media thingamabobber.
The increased scrutiny has taken a toll on some players, including Broncos defensive tackle Marcus Thomas. Last year, after the policy was announced, Mr. Thomas had called his agent in a panic: He said he was convinced he was being followed by “a white man in sunglasses” who had been sent by the NFL. A league spokesman says NFL security did not follow Mr. Thomas.
I wonder if NFL players have their own urban legends. Followed by Men in Black or calling a Mr. Wolfe to help them clean up an unfortunate incident.
"Obama will appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21st century. The CTO will ensure the safety of our networks and will lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices."
This is truly needed. I worked on Federal websites and technology initiatives for about a decade. I truly believe the agencies I worked with were putting forth their best effort to make their sites useful and informative, but it was very ad hoc.
Some of the agencies had decent budgets for their sites while some of the smaller ones had a shoestring budget at best. Every agency had a different definition and knowledge of 508 compliance. Some ignored the web or did the bare minimum. And as you can imagine politics often over-shadowed the application of good sense.
If the CTO position has the right tools and mandate they could really make a difference for the average citizen trying to find information from Federal websites. Why is this important you ask? Because the Federal government is the gatekeeper for some truly unique, useful and important information.