Archive - 2009

November 13th

The Scientist and his legacy

I’m not going to explain this one:

Well, ok here’s an explanation: It’s a picture of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Pluto looking for Pluto the ex-planet. Neil is famous, amongst other things, for being a prominent documenter of Pluto’s (the celestial body) demise as the 9th planet of our solar system.

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November 12th

Jon Stewart vs The Archivists

Oh, the SAA is going to love this! The Daily Show featured the Grateful Dead Archivist position that was noticed by BoingBoing last Monday. Some choice quotes from the episode about the job:

“UC Santa Cruz is looking for a Grateful Dead Archivist. They’re looking for someone who loves the Grateful Dead, and yet somehow has exceptional organizational skills. So basically what they’re saying… is that they need a miracle”

And then it gets better (or worse, depending on whether you have a Masters in Archives.) Here’s what Jon Stewart has to say about Archivists:

“By the way, a masters degree in Archives Management? What does that mean? “Oh I can archive things alphabetically or numerically”. What?! Alphanumerically? Slow down, I don’t have a doctorate! There you have it, 4 years of undergrad, 2 years of graduate school and now you can spend your days picking blotter acid coming out of Phil Lesh’s underwear from the Blues for Allah tour.”

(video clip of the comment:)

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November 8th

Why I use a Mac

From HackerNews , an answer to a common question my friends ask me — “Why do I use a Mac”?:

So the point of all this is that for a product that has been tested, debugged, and gone through all levels of Dante’s circles and back before being released, Windows is just not good enough. It seems like its so close. You just start to like it, and then it does something weird again. Its like an old friend of mine. She drinks and can be really raucous. But she’s a great person but has off moments. Its like hanging out with her on a good day and everything seems awesome, and then she randomly punches a cop. You kind of expect it, but you let your guard down for a minute and then wham, you get reminded again.

So in the end, I just fell for Mac because she’s really my type of girl. We fit well together. Windows is really pretty, and we have some good times, but she’s just not the one. We’ll still be friends, but that’s all we can ever be.

I agree with most parts of it; although I must say that Snow Leopard has crashed(i.e. with a gray version of the Windows BSOD) on me twice so far, and seems to get laggy on me while multitasking, so it seems nobody’s perfect. But in the end, I feel less stupid when I’m using a Mac — that’s how simple the explanation is.

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November 6th

walrus

 It's like a vampire, but awesome

November 3rd

daylight savings time

julieklausner , via coreyc :

I need to remember that “darkness” and “sadness” are not the same thing, especially this time of year. As in, “It gets sadder earlier now.”

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Breeze

I just woke up
with this memory of
a cool breeze
blowing across my face.
I’m just a little confused
if I should smile
at how wonderful it felt in my dream
or curse myself
for not being awake
to catch it.

October 28th

Hey Jude Song Flowchart

From LoveAllThis , a brilliant flowchart of the Beatles song, Hey Jude:

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October 20th

Street View Fun

Here’s a fun video:

Ever wonder what it’s like for the dudes who have to drive those Google camera cars around? I think it’s a little something like this…

 
On the other side of the Atlantic, to promote the UK band Editors’s new album, Sony has produce a new streetview hack, where you have to browse around London to discover hidden things :

This is how it works: a cleverly hacked version of Google Street View allows users to preview tracks from the album in the areas of London that inspired them. As well as being able to move around as you would in the normal Google Street View, there are red arrows to find in nine different London locations (one for each track of the album) that each point to a location off the road – click it to find custom panoramic photographs of the band, shot at night by photographer James Royall.

Here’s a preview video of the game:

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October 9th

Barack Obama Nobel Prize Sound Bites

From the Wikipedia :

On October 9, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize less than one year after his taking office (in fact, the nominations closed on February 1, about 11 days after Obama took office). While the committee praised his ambitious foreign policy agenda, it acknowledged that he had not yet actually achieved many of the goals that he had set out to accomplish. Former Polish President Lech Wałęsa, a 1983 Nobel Peace laureate, commented: “So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far. He is still at an early stage. He is only beginning to act.”

This is pretty amazing news. My Facebook, News and IM streams are flooded with one-liners. I though I’d collect them all:

  • “I too would like a Nobel Peace Prize for the thesis I am about to write in the future.” — me
  • “it’s a pretty swell booby prize for losing out on the Olympics” – n.d.
  • “Surely preventing Sarah Palin from taking over the free world deserves a prize… even if it is a Nobel?” — v.b.
  • ““NASA bombs moon”; “Obama wins Nobel Prize” — is today Onion News Day?” — me
  • “Barack Obama linked to terrorist Yasser Arafat” — fark via a.a.
  • “The Nobel? Really? I mean, cool…but it seems like we have our cart on the wrong side of the horse. Not that it isn’t a very nice cart.” — c.m.
  • “…thinks they might as well have given him the Nobel Prize for Literature, Chemistry (we’ve all seen the shirtless photos), Physics and Economics as well. Oh and made him a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath” — r.d.
  • “Nobel Committee Rewards Obama For Not Being Bush” — f.n.
  • “I just want to point out that the Nobel Committee made its decision BEFORE Miley Cyrus quit Twitter.” — j.h.
  • “Obama will win a second Nobel next year if he can restrain himself from reacting to the snark generated by this one.” — m.w.
  • “Pretty sure Obama will just trade in his Nobel for a Google Wave invite.” — t.b.
  • “The news of Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize spreads. Across the miles I can almost HEAR my dad’s eyes rolling.” — p.g.
  • “Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize? About time Rakhi Sawant wins an Oscar, then.” — s
  • “If you don’t think Obama deserves that Nobel, then you’ve never seen Sasha and Malia fight.” — a.e.
  • “Apparently Arizona State has a higher standard than the Nobel Committee. Good thing I never tried to apply there.” — r.m.
  • Business Insider has some more.

October 5th

Larry Ellison on Cloud Computing

Oracle Man Larry Ellison gives his two cents about the new Cloud Computing hype:

“Do you think they run on Water vapor? It’s Databases, and Operating Systems, and Memory, and Microprocessors and the Internet! What are you talking about!”

Also see: the 60 Minutes episode where he pitches the Network Computer.