Monday, March 27, 2006

Neat logo, guy



Ghosbusters has a great logo, especially on the black VHS box-- white & red ghost with X through it, over the black background and "GHOSTBUSTERS" in a serious looking font. Looks official.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

"being friendly against one's will causes nothing but stress".

Secret to a long life - get even more often

People who smile a lot and say "have a nice day" are headed to an early grave while the grumpy stay fit.

Researchers at a German university - a land where surliness is an Olympic discipline -say enforced jolliness on the job is much more likely to make people fall ill.

They cite flight attendants, sales personnel, call centre operators, waiters and others in contact with the public for extended periods of time as being at risk of seriously harming their health.

...

The study tested students working in an imaginary call centre who were subject to abuse from clients.

Some of the participants were allowed to answer back, while others had to be polite and friendly all the time.

Those who stood up to clients had a rapid heartbeat for a brief period, but for those who had to remain friendly their heart was still racing long after the client had hung up.




Sunday, March 19, 2006

www.findagrave.com

(link here) The title could be no simpler than that.

Something is wrong with blogger.com's image uploader, or my computer, so unfortunately I cannot post the ironicly cartoonish graphic that is the site's logo.

Where it comes from is, I was watching Angels in America and was somewhat curious about a character based on a real life person, Roy Cohn. Cohn was a high powered lawyer who got his start at a young age during the McCarthy hearings. He had an instrumental role in securing the conviction and, possibly, the death penalty for Ethel Rosenberg. He is portrayed in the film towards the end of his life, during which he began to suffer from complications from AIDs. Was something of an "open secret" homosexual. Anyway, on going to the page, the only link outside wikipedia was for the Find-a-Grave link for Roy Cohn.

And sure enough, click on the link, and there it is. There are two search tools available: one for famous persons, one for non. It's rather morbid, but fascinating at the same time. The webpage authors also seem to have an odd fascination with cartoon-like imagery in decorating their site, but with no sense of irony. This is apparent by the virtual flowers option, through which one can leave flowers on the virtual grave site, but unfortunately, for the likes of Roy Cohn and Lee Harvey Oswald, the second guy I looked up, that feature has been removed due to continual misuse. There's a cartoon of flower with a sad face next to this notice.

* Searches also produced results for John Wayne, Peter Lorre, John Lennon (there are pictures of the "IMAGINE" mosaic in Central Park: apparently, it is unclear where or if Yoko Ono scattered his ashes), Gene Roddenberry creator of Star Trek (it says ashes unknown, but I recently read that they were sent into outer space; this makes the choice of a cartoon of a space shuttle ascending off a launch pad either odd or somewhat suitable); and just for stretching, Daniel Webster is also listed, with portrait and grave photo.

There were no results for Rick Moranis;
I only checked because someone recently mentioned a rumor that he was dead-- and I thought this, not wholly impossible.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Karl believes that because jellyfish are 97% water, we should "give 'em another three percent and make 'em water - it's more useful".



Karl Pilkington, of the Ricky Gervais Show podcast.

While everyone waiting to pay bills at the Optimum store looks like they hate their life, I'm trying to keep myself from grinning inexplicably like an idiot, largely due to this show. Though I had downloaded all 12 free episodes, I never sat down and listened to them; I've recently found that it can make daily experiences that could otherwise be a total chore (like waiting in line to pay bills) even marginally pleasant.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

8 simple tricks for iTunes to keep your music collection interesting

You�ll want to hear newer songs more often than older ones, yet at the same time you�ll want to make sure that the old music doesn�t get lost. You want to hear your favourite songs slightly more often than everything else, but you don�t want to keep listening to the same old tracks over and over again.

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Humans evolved color vision to see emotion, not food

The eyes in humans and their closest relatives in the primate world are geared to detect subtle changes in skin tone caused by blood oxygen levels, according to a new study from Caltech.

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This May, don't leave home without your jeans, polos, and retractable adamantium claws.

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La Salle Professor Shows That Studying Islam Supercedes Race, Religion or Gender

That's my mom...

dot.com.2.0?

What is "Web 2.0"?

The concept of "Web 2.0" began with a conference brainstorming session between O'Reilly and MediaLive International. Dale Dougherty, web pioneer and O'Reilly VP, noted that far from having "crashed", the web was more important than ever, with exciting new applications and sites popping up with surprising regularity. What's more, the companies that had survived the collapse seemed to have some things in common. Could it be that the dot-com collapse marked some kind of turning point for the web, such that a call to action such as "Web 2.0" might make sense? We agreed that it did, and so the Web 2.0 Conference was born.

This article is an attempt to clarify just what we mean by Web 2.0.

In our initial brainstorming, we formulated our sense of Web 2.0 by example:

Web 1.0 Web 2.0
DoubleClick --> Google AdSense
Ofoto --> Flickr
Akamai --> BitTorrent
mp3.com --> Napster
Britannica Online --> Wikipedia
personal websites --> blogging
evite --> upcoming.org and EVDB
domain name speculation --> search engine optimization
page views --> cost per click
screen scraping --> web services
publishing --> participation
content management systems --> wikis
directories (taxonomy) --> tagging ("folksonomy")
stickiness --> syndication



The elaborate, multipage article linked and quoted above attempts to define the concept of "Web 2.0," a buzzword that has become something of a catchall associated with nearly anything new and hip on the internet. Of course, the flip side is that it may not be that it refers to everything now on the internet-- rather, it very likely refers to the most hip stuff. Like some of the sites listed above. O'Reilly's article tries to pin down what exactly the big deal is about these sites like wikipedia or flickr, and describe the general principles explaining these sites effectiveness and popularity. More clearly, O'Reilly tries to define a broad concept, which he calls "Web 2.0," that seems to be the force behind a lot of the innovation on the internet.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Eyes Have Hills

http://www.melflower.com/Yonkers1146.html

Virtual Tour of an apartment in Yonkers.

But it's a little creepy.

History of the Veal Fattening Pen

Courtesy of slashdot.org is this CNN Fortune report on the history of the cubicle, entitled Cubicles: The Great Mistake.

The cubicle was not born evil, or even square. It began, in fact, as a beautiful vision. The year was 1968. Nixon won the presidency. The Beatles released The White Album. And home-furnishings company Herman Miller (Research) in Zeeland, Mich., launched the Action Office. It was the brainchild of Bob Propst, a Coloradan who had joined the company as director of research.

After years of prototyping and studying how people work, and vowing to improve on the open-bullpen office that dominated much of the 20th century, Propst designed a system he thought would increase productivity (hence the name Action Office). The young designer, who also worked on projects as varied as heart pumps and tree harvesters, theorized that productivity would rise if people could see more of their work spread out in front of them, not just stacked in an in-box.


The article notes that even the original designer of the cubicle admitted that it had been a bad idea.

For full article, click here.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

They call me Mr. Tibbs.



Two things in the Oscars are certain:

(1) It will run long.

(2) This clip will be aired in a montage.

Monday, March 06, 2006

I know because Tyler knows.

Fight club, like, for real. Yo.

The words of a prophet.

"The room smelled like whore. Which is, incidentally, a mix of Chanel No. 5, Marlboro cigarrettes, and stale beer."

- Andy Pacheco

Saturday, March 04, 2006

She's fast enough for you, old man.



Click on photo for entire story.

Poking out of that cockpit-- a webcam. Hiding under that plastic shell-- a computer. Pretty cool deal/worth checking out of you are a Star Wars geek, computer geek, or both.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Fordham Campus Webcams


Click on the image to go to Fordham's webcam menu.

There are four webcams that regularly post images on line, with at least one webcam in each campus location, including the biological research station at Armonk. If you're ever on Eddie's parade, in front of McGinley, or on the path to the library late in the evening, rest assured...someone is watching. Or, they could be.

(Andy pointed out that the webcam in front of McGinley was particularly interesting to watch reload as it snowed today).