Category: News & Commentary

Scientists As Rock Stars

Time magazine recently interviewed Morgan Spurlock, the writer and director of Super Size Me and the creator and star of 30 Days. He talks about his new season of 30 Days which starts tomorrow at 10:00pm on the FX channel, and continues every Wednesday. I recommended the show last year and it didn’t disappoint, even

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It Was 20 Years Ago Today

Floyd Landis, Chattanooga Originally uploaded by Frank Steele. No, not Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play, and maybe not exactly to the day, but 20 years ago Greg Lemond was the first American to ever win the Tour de France. He was obviously better than the rest of the field, and his only rival

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Jon Udell Does Lawnmowers

This video is interesting in a couple of ways. First, it points to a new(-ish) video service called Blip.tv which, like YouTube, serves up citizen-created video and then allows you to share it in a munber of ways. Its codde didn’t paste into my WordPress install as easily as YouTube, so there will be some

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Al Gore Pimping Global Warming

OK, now I’ve done it. Two political posts in a row. Actually, this is just funny and it playfully promotes Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Truth. I actually prefer this type of promotion, as opposed to the website with the “scary” music.

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No, This IS Funny

In this space, I try very hard not to be blatantly political. In Friday’s Washington Post, columnist Richard Morin’s Unconventional Wisdom claims that research shows that The Daily Show is bad for democracy. I’m re-reading it to try to find the clue that this guy can’t be serious. Nothing yet. Yes, it’s true that we

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Now Hear This – Or Not

I had glimpsed this story on a couple of sites last week but never followed the link. It seems kids are using a high frequency ringtone to signal incoming text messages in class (how pervasive this is, who knows). Well I’m proud to announce that at 41 years old (for another month and a half)

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On Making Me Feel Valuable

Photo by Fastfoodweblog.nl Sometimes it’s a string of things that I see posted on the web over time that coalesces into a darn good feeling. The first is a quote from Alan Levine’s blog about his current state of mind before a big conference. Oh well, the brain cells are headed towards oatmeal, and I

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Uh Oh Flickr, Here Comes SnagIt!

No sooner did Alan Levine have a bone to pick with Flickr, TechSmith’s SnagIt! comes along and (as far as I can see innocently) makes available a plugin to upload screenshots to the Flickr service. I think this is wild, because while Flickr is playing hardball with Alan (and certainly SecondLife screenshots are much more

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Those Cocky Apple Folks

From Viruses to Networking, Apple is back promoting the differences between PCs and Macs. Starring “The Daily Show” correspondent John Hodgman, and Justin Long (“Warren” from NBC’s “Ed”), Apple has no problem showing how confident they are about their computers being trouble free. The spots are cute, funny, and effective, but I just can’t help

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Making the Switch to Digital

SearsWishbook.1983EC.P408 Originally uploaded by Sears Wishbook. Thanks to Digg I found this bit o’ history at the Flickr website. It looks to me like the word awesome was coming into its own about the time that the word digital was. I love how they relate the workings of the CD to the old technology. “Wow

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