Friday, September 29, 2006

Compilation of Web 2.0 Tools for School

With the start of the new school year, many teachers and students are seeking new products and technologies to help them through their upcoming academics. With the increase of teachers using blogs and wikis, and students networking and utilizing online tools, the demand for easier and more efficient ways of learning is on the rise.

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The best insurance company commercial I've ever seen

Is this in San Francisco?

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mmmm cheeese.... sponge

Apartment Therapy - LA

i read this when i was a kid

Thursday, September 28, 2006


Originally uploaded by nbrier.
neato tats.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

NewsSnacks - The Best RSS Homepage Ever

On top of having all your feeds in one place, NewsSnacks allows you to import OPML files from the web, have multiple layouts, and even grab other users' setup for your homepage.
Feeds that are in the system can also be rated and personalized. Check it it out, really impressive stuff.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sony eBook Reader hands-on - Engadget

"..a 6-inch E Ink display, enough battery life for 7,500 page turns, support for DRM'd BBeB and unprotected PDF, TXT, RTF, and Word files -- but the big news is that this thing will in fact support RSS feeds. Sort of." Lots of good pics.

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God doesn't exist, science does

Professor Richard Dawkins argues that belief in god is irrational and inflicts great harm upon societies.

no duh!

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Monday, September 25, 2006


Digg founders launch 2nd business - Revision3

Revision3 has close to $1M in financing from a group of investors that includes Marc Andreessen, the founder of Netscape, and Greylock Partners, a VC firm that has backed the start-ups Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as Digg.

It is trying to capitalize on the rapid growth of Internet video. The company is built around a series of video podcasts.

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crap. i missed it.

Laguna Art Museum: Current Exhibitions

all about Steve - Boom!

Family Guy Episode Uses the word Fucking

Watch the guy in the hummer say "fucking"

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Who needs a Mighty Mouse? Hold shift for horizontal scrolling

A slick scrolling trick built into Mac OS X: with a standard scrolling mouse, you can hold the shift key in most apps to scroll horizontally.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Walmart says "Serious Ramifications" if Studios Hopped in Bed with Apple

His message, according to a studio exec involved in the discussions: that there would be "serious ramifications" if the studios hopped in bed with Apple. The situation between Bentonville and Hollywood has gotten so heated and so high-level that Jobs recently phoned Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott to ask him to moderate his stance, according to a source.


Fuck Wal-Mart!

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i want a fish loft, but first i need fishies

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Inventing The Future: 10 Radically Innovative College Programs

The next 20 years of American innovation will be shaped by these 10 cutting-edge science and engineering programs. But before they change the world, these undergraduates will have to finish their homework.
UCI is mentioned.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

JPG Magazine: Brave New Photography

JPG is not just another photo sharing site - it's a community that's come together to create a photo magazine.

neato cool

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Quest for perfection?

MIT dean takes aim at admissions anxiety - Yahoo! News

The quest for perfection "is making our children sick," the MIT dean of
admissions told a recent gathering of college admissions professionals
in Boston. She means it literally, snapping off statistics on the
increase in ulcers, anxiety disorders and control disorders such as
cutting and anorexia.


My contention is that these kids are statistically few and far between. How many high school students, do you know, have aspirations of MIT? All the rest are perfectly content in their quest for mediocrity.

Planet in need

Great site for the 'Got Milk' campaign. This raises above the slightly dull subject matter by having the excellent idea of having a small planetary system discover milk. Great design and use of flash technology.

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Originally uploaded by zzztimbo.
They shaved her beard off.

Things I did yesterday

  • Visited my mom. Ate some lamb that she bought.
  • Looked at coffee at a coffee roaster in LA. They had bugs in one of the packages of biscotti.
  • Bought cupcakes at Sprinkles in Beverly Hills
  • Ate at Hide Sushi. It's across from Giant Robot.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Math for Geniuses

Simply amazing.
oh god! this is funny!

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Tea's got a brand new bag

"At age 100 or so, the old bag is increasingly being filled with fine whole leaf tea, the kind connoisseurs brew in their teapots, and the bag itself has been redesigned in shapes that are not only elegant but constructed to allow those flavorful leaves to show what theyâ??ve got."

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Oh my Om

I watch a podcast called Cranky Geeks, hosted by John C. Dvorak, on a regular basis. One of my favorite guests on the show is Om. I find that I can relate to him well, regardless of the fact that he's big and from India and I'm medium sized and my parents are from China. I get a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside when I see people of color representing the tech universe, especially in broadcast media (video postcasting included).

Friday, September 15, 2006

words of wisdom

Originally uploaded by melissaharrell.
oh ye sagacious dog.

Leica M8 Hands-on Preview

Could this be the street camera many street photographer's have been waiting for?!?
Well I know for a fact that John has been waiting for it.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

it still can't run Mac OS X therefore, it's still a POS laptop


so why do people interrupt me 20 times a day?

"Multitasking doesn't look to be one of the great strengths of human cognition," says James C. Johnston, a research psychologist at NASA's Ames Research Center. "It's almost inevitable that each individual task will be slower and of lower quality."

CareerJournal | Why Multitasking Doesn't Work

Steve Jobs presents Apple 'iTV'

i would like one please.
Steve Jobs interviewed on CNBC - September 12 2006

love the sirens!

Neanderthals' 'Last Rock Refuge'

Our evolutionary cousin the Neanderthal may have survived in Europe much longer than previously thought

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Apple iTV a Stab in The Heart for Microsoft

For nearly two years, since the launch of Windows Media Center XP 2005, Microsoft has tried unsuccessfully to convince consumers that they should stick their PCs in the living room. The unveiling of Apple's coming iTV product yesterday was the final stab in the heart to Bill Gates' vision of doing for consumers what he did for businesses.


die microsoft! die!

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ipod review from 2001

The iPod has "good features, but this is a pretty competitive category," Baker said. "The question is whether people want that robust of a feature set with that high of a price."

Apple's iPod spurs mixed reactions | CNET

Thanks to for the link.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Hmm.. 1st gen Nano available for $99 [refurb]

Old 5G iPods will be able to use at least gapless playback - it is an iTunes feature - as well as brightness adjustment and games. Search does not appear to be available on the old 5G or nano; the nano certainly will not get brightness or games. It looks as if the older iPods won’t have the new semi-iconic listing view found in the newer iPods’ menus, either. Any and all of these things could possibly change with a new firmware update, and there are apparently other features that have been quietly added to the old iPods for use by developers. The iPod shuffle won’t get any of these new features.

Ten Must-Read Details on the New iPods

Moderate drinkers end up better thinkers

In a study of more than 7000 people aged 20-24, 40-44 and 60-64, researchers found that moderate drinkers are better thinkers than heavy drinkers (no surprise here) and those who do not drink at all. "This does not necessarily show that moderate alcohol use is good for our brains."


geez this explains why i'm so smart!

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Wal-Mart Plans to Add RFID to 500 More Stores

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, says it will double the number of stores using RFID to more than 1,000 by January 2007.

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guess what this is?

almost famous

almost famous
Originally uploaded by amandajane.
hmm... me suspects some photoshopping was done here.


Originally uploaded by johnkuo.
man, why are my eyes so puffy?

When is The Best Time to Buy Everything

AT 50 CENTS a roll � instead of the regular retail price of $4 � buying wrapping paper after New Year's is an easy way to save. The same holds true for buying half-price inflatable pool loungers and patio furniture after Labor Day weekend.

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Developer Interview Questions: Testing Attention to Detail

Someone who pays attention to detail stands less of a chance of forgetting to check their code into source control, checking their code into the wrong place, misspelling method, variable, or column names, having poor quality or missing comments, etc...

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

My plan

Apple to Make Big Consumer Electronics Push in Next 6-9 Months

A trio of Goldman Sachs analysts predict that Apple will be pushing hard into the consumer electronics field. The company will switch its focus from the Mac to consumer electronics. They predict a barrage of products in the next 6-9 months.

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Don't read blogs, watch it LIVE! Link to Quicktime stream of Apple Event

Unless Apple has a quick change of heart, It appears that they have a link to the quicktime stream that is set to start at 10am Pacific. Currently the quicktime link opens a 404 message, but should open an actual stream at 10am Pacific.

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Why Apple is Winning in Media Downloads

It's no accident or dumb luck! Apple has taken ownership of the music download market by using some of the same principles used by Microsoft to build support for Windows. Here's an interesting look how Apple took the lead, why there is so little effective competition, and why things aren't likely to change. Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine ===

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pretexting has its consequences

too funny » How To Dress Like a PC

thank you to whomever commented with this link!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Drug could end the despair of premature ejaculation

Hope for men affected by one of the commonest and most embarrassing sexual problems has been raised by research showing premature ejaculation can be treated with a new drug. The drug, dapoxetine, more than trebled the time to ejaculation in men taking the highest dose as well as improving their sexual satisfaction and that of their partners.


dude, i'm glad i don't have this problem.

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how to dress like a mac

word of the day: pretexting

Supposedly an HP exec obtained phone records for an investigation this way.

poor paul frank, literally