Thursday, 31 July 2008

Today’s phischbits

MyFox Atlanta | ‘Cheesus?’: Woman Finds Jesus In Bag of Cheetos
Two things I found telling from the article:

“The pastor of Kirkwood United Methodist Church does not see anything theologically special about the Cheeto, but thinks some good could come from it. Pastor David Bennett says, ‘If people can find Jesus, somehow, in each of us like she’s found in this object, that would be a wonderful thing.’

“Kelly doesn’t plan to sell the Cheeto and will keep it in a safe deposit box.”

The pastor calls it. And if I were Kelly, I’d have eaten it. Photographed it, sure. Shared the photo with my friends, posted it to Flickr, whatever. But I’d have eaten “Cheesus”. It’s just a Cheeto. And Cheetos are yummy…
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Neuromarketing » Please Your Guests by Fooling Them
The gist: more expensive wine isn’t necessarily better. Unlike, say, a real drink like scotch…
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The 10 Best Kitchen Implements For Fighting Off a Ninja
I think I’d go with the cutting board and the frying pan. Those just seem the best way to go all melee on that sneaky little ninja’s hide.
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Wednesday, 30 July 2008

The End Times

Tony Woodlief never fails to amuse me in some fashion:

[T]his is what we have come to: a grown man, grooming his eyebrows in traffic, using his rear-view mirror. In Wichita.

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Saturday, 26 July 2008

Monday, 21 July 2008

Today’s phischbits

Leopard savaging a crocodile caught on camera - Telegraph
Wow.
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Tor.com / After the Coup by John Scalzi
Short story set in the Old Man’s War universe. My favorite part: “Jazz hands.”
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Friday, 18 July 2008

Habanera



Animal is my favorite Muppet. Just for the record.

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Today’s phischbits

Audiko
“audiko is a simple service which helps you to make a ringtone of your favorite song!” Plus there’s quite the selection of ringtones there already, in MP3 format, as well as m4r for your iPhone. Totally free. (Until the RIAA overlords come crashing down upon it, that is…)
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Thursday, 17 July 2008

Ode to Joy



With thanks to my frient Tom, who lifted my spirits with this earlier today.

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Today’s phischbits

Billy Graham on technology, faith and suffering | Video on TED.com
“Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology’s power to improve lives and change the world — but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ.” Set aside half an hour of your time and watch this.
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An Enduring Measure of Fitness: The Simple Push-Up - New York Times
“The push-up is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut like a plank with toes and palms on the floor. The act of lifting and lowering one’s entire weight is taxing even for the very fit.”
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Practical tips from a long time cafe warrior
My friend Michael has some advice for those who call coffee shops their office.
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Editorial Observer - Losing Private Dwyer, War Hero - Editorial - NYTimes.com
“Pfc. Joseph Dwyer was a model of the strength and selflessness of the American soldier fighting in Iraq. But it was post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction that eventually killed him.” Please, please, please, servicemen and women: seek help if you need to. You’ve certainly earned it.
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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Some day…



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“It is at least excellent.”

Jeff Jacoby, in “The brilliance of the Electoral College”, on the latest attempts to abolish or skirt the Electoral College:

Actually, in no more than four of the nation’s 54 presidential elections since 1789 has the electoral vote winner not been the candidate who won the popular vote

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Such concerns didn’t trouble the framers of the Constitution, who did not believe that political contests should be decided by majority rule. They rejected “pure democracy,” as James Madison explained in Federalist No. 10. They knew that with “nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party, or an obnoxious individual,” blind majoritarianism can become as great a menace to liberty as any king or dictator. The term “tyranny of the majority” was coined for good reason.

That is why the framers went to such lengths to prevent popular majorities from too easily getting their way. They didn’t concentrate unlimited power in any single institution, or in the hands of voters.

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The Electoral College (like the Senate) was designed to preserve the role of the states in governing a nation whose name - the United States of America - reflects its fundamental federal nature. We are a nation of states, not of autonomous citizens, and those states have distinct identities and interests, which the framers were at pains to protect. Too many Americans today forget - or never learned - that the states created the central government; it wasn’t the other way around.

[Bold emphasis added. —R]

I encourage you to read the whole thing.

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Monday, 14 July 2008

Today’s phischbits

Hey Raena » Dear journalists
Gal pal Raena A., from Down Under, offers some helpful tips to journalists covering the goings-on of the Internet. Heed, Columbia J. school grads…
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Friday, 11 July 2008

Today’s phischbits

On The Edge 2-Stroke Gas-Powered Party Blender, Model# 900108 | Party Blenders | Northern Tool + Equipment
“The On The Edge 2-Stroke Gas-Powered Party Blender brings power to your festivities. Crank the handlebar throttle to create delicious blender beverages.”

Now that’s a blender…
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Wednesday, 09 July 2008

“Sorry about the mess.”



Sorry about the mess. from Spencer Brinkerhoff III on Vimeo.


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Zombie Outbreak
What might a zombie outbreak look like via Twitter? Perhaps something like this…
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Metro-Rednexual Results | TonyMorganLive.com
“You might be a metro-rednexual if…”
For the record, I think #8 is the funniest of the bunch.
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Monday, 07 July 2008

Today’s phischbits

List of Online Archives for Free Unabridged Books Online
“Want to go to the library without stepping out of your house? Here’s where you can go to get free unabridged reference books, novels, audio books and other texts online.”
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Sunday, 06 July 2008

Today’s phischbits

Web Worker Daily » Archive Who Owns Your Online Documents? «
“One thing that’s clearly missing is any sort of backup guarantee. While you may feel more secure storing your documents on Google’s or Zoho’s or Adobe’s servers than your own, that security is not something that you’re promised. Any of the three can lose your documents or terminate your ability to get to them at any time for pretty much any reason, and you’re out of luck. So if you do put important things online - back them up somewhere else.”
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Friday, 04 July 2008

When in the course of human events

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

[The Declaration of Independence]

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Thursday, 03 July 2008

Today’s phischbits

Heads-up: IRS Spam Now in the Wild — MiPro Unfiltered
Spam e-mail purportedly from the Internal Revenue Service may actually contain a trojan horse virus within what appears to be a Word document. Mac users are apparently unaffected by the enclosed file, but Windows users may want to beware.
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AT&T lets you keep old iPhone to use as iPod touch - I4U News
“AT&T lets you keep old iPhone to use as iPod touch.” I had originally planned to give my original iPhone to a friend, but I don’t think he wants it now that the screen is spiderwebbed. Using it as an iPod touch after I upgrade to the iPhone 3G sounds good.
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TOYSREVIL’S I LIKE TOYS: star wars bearbricks for celebration japan by medicom toy
I’d so love a Be@r Fett…
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Princess Leia - Sending Message to Obi Wan using the USPS on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. This is my last stamp.”
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Start your day with a smile


Matt’s Dancing 2008 footage. My favorites: the DMZ in Korea, the two from Tonga, and Nellis Airspace.

[Wave of the phin to my sweet for passing it along.]

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Wednesday, 02 July 2008

ATPM 14.07

The July issue of About This Particular Macintosh is now available for your reading pleasure.

Kicking things off, Mark gets in touch with his inner “me” as he ponders the news from Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference this year. When the iPhone Software Developer Kit (SDK) was first released, it was theorized in the Twitterverse and throughout the blogosphere that once Apple provided a means to install standalone applications on the iPhone, we would see a raft of to-do list and other task management apps. With the impending release of the iPhone 3G and the iPhone App Store, Ed reflects on these thoughts, along with some on what we might find in the near future.

In this month’s Photoshop For the Curious, Lee shows us how to make the image on a computer monitor or television pop and not appear burned out when the monitor is photographed. Boy, I wish I had had this info back when I did my iPhone review… Sylvester follows up his thoughts from last month on network attached storage drives with some practical advice on playing well with one. Or two. Or three. Maybe four. Heck, you know how it is with NAS drives…

Oh. You don’t? You don’t even know what a network attached storage drive is? You can’t even figure it out from the name?

Let’s move along, shall we?

ATPM reader Harry Torres is kind enough to share some of his vehicular art with us in this month’s desktop pictures selection. Cortland’s foes celebrate his vanquishment, and reminisce on how they got to that point…

Paul puts EyeTV 3.0.2 through the ringer, while yours truly reviews Macworld’s iPhone Superguide, a great resource for any iPhone owner. If you’re looking for a spelling-bee game, read Linus’s Spell-Jam review before continuing your search. Finally, Lee takes a look at a potentially handy piece of software for getting your Mac and Wii to play nice together.

As always, this month’s ATPM is available in a variety of formats for your comfort. Thanks for reading, About This Particular Macintosh!

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Tuesday, 01 July 2008

Today’s phischbits

Quantum of Solace Trailer - Mahalo
The first trailer for the new James Bond film Quantum of Solace was released on Monday, June 30, 2008. The movie opens on November 7th.
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Brand New: Less Hyphen, More Burst for Walmart
Walmart has a new logo. At first glance, it reminds me of WaMu’s logo, though on careful examination, you can clearly see the differences in the two typefaces. I do think the spacing between letters in the new logo is too close, however.
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