Archive for the ‘On The Web’ Category
Just about done with a new custom theme. Still a few tweaks left to do before I’m happy with it, hopefully in the next couple of days.
In the meantime, here’s a couple of interesting links from the past few days…
The most recent episode in the series just came out this week, but I’m going to start with the first because it’s my favorite so far…
Simon’s Cat – Cat Man Do
Reminds me of someone, but I can’t quite place it…
Continue reading for more adventures of Simon’s Cat…
Continue reading “Simon’s Cat”
Very cool video, produced entirely on an Apple Mac…
The catchy though repetitive song is “Again & Again” by The Bird & the Bee.
Visit the free Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial and leave a tribute, story, or photograph about any of the 58,256 veterans killed or missing in the Vietnam War…
Netvibes has earned a place on the list of tabs auto-loaded every time I open my browser. With Netvibes, I can satisfy my craving for daily info by organizing the sites I read regularly (currently a few more than fifty) into tabbed pages of RSS subscription feeds.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a standard way for Websites to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, or podcasts. An RSS reader like the one in Netvibes can display the content published on any number of sites without having to actually browse to each and every site. Even if I get
lazy, uh busy and manage to fall a few days behind, RSS makes it easy to wade through what would otherwise be information overload.
If you’re not already reading this blog entry in Netvibes, I recommend you try it and see for yourself.
Cracked.com has a hilarious list of the 50 Reasons Lord of the Rings Sucks (referring to the movies).
A few selected favorites…
- Speaking of Orcs… The Orcs were obviously stolen from PC game maker Blizzard and its Warcraft series. Too bad Blizzard is apparently too scared to sue New Line over it.
- Homage or theft? The “happy village of little people” idea was stolen from Willow.
- Homage or theft II? The wise old wizard character was stolen from Harry Potter.
- What’s that smell? As bad as the Lucasfilm internet leaks were with the last Star Wars trilogy, the filmmakers of Lord of the Rings allowed the paperback novelizations onto shelves years in advance. As if we needed any less of a reason to go see it.
However funny the list itself is, that’s not really the point of this post. What’s really interesting is the number of people who were moved to leave a comment ripping the article as if it were a serious criticism of the movies.
Now I’m sure that more than a few of the comments are from trolls just trying to stir things up, but I’m also sure that some
moron well intentioned (but sarcastically challenged) individual somewhere feels that they struck a blow against the evil forces of sloppy journalism.
Things like this make me question whether there’s any intelligent life on this planet.
Lifehacker.com has been on my list of (almost) daily blog reading for quite a while now.
It satisfies my technology jones, but also manages to spill over into other areas of life, the universe, and everything. From their About page…
What does the word “lifehacker” mean?
Here a “hack” is a clever shortcut or a lesser-known, faster way to get something done. A hacker believes that information-sharing is a powerful positive good, and that it is a hacker’s duty to share her expertiseso we will. The “life” part comes in because while the hacks you’ll find here will focus mostly on technologylike how to automatically back up your hard drive, they’ll also extend to things like how to re-purpose a shoe-holder to organize your gadgets or build an air conditioner for under 30 bucks.
Lots of interesting stuff to be found here.
In fact sometimes the sheer amount of information published each day can be overwhelming, so Lifehacker even provides a detailed explanation of how to subscribe only to the topic(s) that interest you. If you’re like me, that might include Windows downloads and tips, but not Apple or Linux so much.
Check it out.
This is quite possibly the most adorable photo I have ever seen…
Happy Valentine’s Day.
I neglected to post a Sunday site last week and considered listing two today, but I decided not to so that I wouldn’t detract from a terrific site…
dooce.com is a glimpse into the life of blogger and stay-at-home-mom Heather B. Armstrong. A very honest glimpse. In her words…
This website chronicles my life from a time when I was single and making a lot of money as a web designer in Los Angeles, to when I was dating the man who would become my husband, to when I lost my job and lived life as an unemployed drunk, to when I married my husband and moved to Utah, to when I became pregnant, to when I threw up and became unbearably swollen during the pregnancy, to the birth, to the aftermath, to the postpartum depression that landed me in a mental hospital. Im better now.
See what I mean?
In addition to her exceptional writing, Heather is also one of the best amateur photographers on the Web. In fact, dooce.com is currently nominated for no less than five Weblog Awards (“bloggies”), including Best American Weblog and Best Photography of a Weblog.
I highly recommend you put dooce.com on your list of daily visits.
Author Steven Brust has written a free e-novel named “My Own Kind of Freedom” based in Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe (prior to Serenity). For Browncoats (like me) looking to get their Firefly fix, the further adventures of Captain Mal Reynolds and crew can be downloaded here.