Archive for November, 2008

Cool New Internet Toys
November 30, 2008

Can’t remember how I found this, but over the break I started playing with a new Internet browser called Cruz. It’s not Firefox, but it doesn’t try to be–I see it as more of a supplement, but the stuff it can do is pretty cool.

Fluid is the site-specific version. Basically, it turns sites into desktop applications.

I’m still trying to figure out how to make this stuff work for me. It’s definitely a new way of experiencing the web, and something I haven’t quite gotten the hang of yet.

Do You Know Where the Power Lies*
November 28, 2008

Well, this is good news: It looks like Samantha Power is going to be helping staff the Clinton State Department. That doesn’t necessarily mean that she’ll have a role herself at State, but one can hope.

Anyway, if Power is helping oversee the transition, that seems to be a signal that it’s not going to just be made up of Clinton allies, but also some people whose views on foreign policy aren’t extremely discomfiting. One has to wonder how Clinton herself feels about this.
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Give Me Opinions to Have
November 28, 2008

DENIZENS OF THE INTERNET:

I’m in kind of a bind here. I feel like I should have a strong opinion one way or the other about Kanye West’s latest album, but I’m not sure what that strong opinion is.
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Thanksgiving
November 27, 2008

Obviously going to be something of a post reduction over the next few days. Here’s a YouTube video to kill some time.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a dinner date with one of the birds Palin turned her back on.

Atrios is Always Right
November 26, 2008

As Mr. Meginnis would say.

Anyway, here’s Atrios being right:

Any time the phrase “what the blogs should do…” comes to mind you should probably not type it out. Start your own damn blog and do with it what you want!

Yeah. Trying to berate the liberal blogosphere into becoming some sort of homogenized infantry unit is stupid, because the thing that makes it so cool is that it’s not that. And whenever someone tries to imply that it is, I think back to Netroots Nation and some stupid thing I overheard about how the netroots weren’t partisan, they were ideological. By which the guy saying that meant, “My blog is more partisan than ideological, and since I think that’s the only correct way to do things, I’m going to project it onto the whole Internet.”

Imagine how fucking boring blogging would be if that dude was right.

One more year! One more year!
November 26, 2008

You can read my thoughts in further detail here, but the long and short of it is that I’m more or less cool with this decision. Not “this is the best idea ever” cool, but “well, I can see the reasoning behind this and maybe a year from now I’ll look back and decide that it was a really good decision” cool.

Secret Societies
November 26, 2008

I’ve got this idea bouncing around in my head for a follow-up to Epic Summer which involves [yet another] fictional secret society. Though this one is much more in the mold of the spooky Skulls & Bones/Illuminati pastiche of powerful men in shadowy corridors with secret knowledge. So I decided to do some research, and see if there were any real (or, at least, believed to be real by someone) secret societies that I could appropriate for my own ends.

Anyway, that led me to this fascinating Wikipedia list. Originally I was skimming as many names as I could to try and locate a promising one, but eventually I just started reading the ones that looked interesting. And hot damn are some of then interesting. Check out the Knights of the Golden Circle.

Life, the Universe, and TED
November 25, 2008

It’s recently come to my attention that not everyone knows what TED.com is. And that’s a shame, because not only should everyone know what it is, everyone should watch it obsessively.

TED is an annual conference where the foremost thinkers in every imaginable subject–physicists, poets, writers, musicians, philosophers, politicians, comedians, and even parrots–assemble to deliver 20-minute lectures on their fields of expertise.

TED.com is what happened about a year or so ago, I think, when they decided to start releasing videos of all of those lectures (and musical performances, and poetry readings, and so on) online. It may also be the world’s greatest classroom.
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Today’s Pushback Post
November 25, 2008

In which, inexplicably, the phrase “Sarah Palin was right” is used.

“Never Say Never”
November 24, 2008

Rematch, anyone?

Fucking bring it. If Dylan makes good on his promise to invade the state of my upbringing in 2012, residual Nutmeg pride might even compel me to come back and help finish what I was around for the start of in 2006.

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