Thursday, October 30, 2008

the behemoth strikes again?

a little unnerving to find that the online voter registration database in DC didn't have me registered, and even more so that when i called and they entered my address as additional information, i popped up. why would that matter?

this provided an odd parallel to the FBI fingerprinting process that i had just completed.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

tweet! gaffe!

mccain takes the cake, by far.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

trying to play the same old game on a different field

corporations and interest groups are extremely vigorous in their attempts to maintain the dominant paradigm and existing system. case in point is the NAB's opposition to freeing up for productive use the "white spaces" that exist between over-the-air broadcast television stations. it seems quite foreign to these actors to embrace change and become a dynamic, innovative entity. maintaining entrenched modes of operating is attractive i guess when you are making lots of money.

timothy karr breaks it all down at the huffington post.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

nail on the head?

rick redfern is learning much about the new media landscape

Monday, October 13, 2008

at a loss, sort of

for reasons not worth mentioning, i end up looking at a lot of master's theses and PhD dissertations. invariably a number of them have odd, rambling dedications that divulge far too much information. often the amount of dedication text is inversely related to the quality of the actual research.

this statement, from a 2005 PhD dissertation from Capella University, was by far the strangest:

Finally, I would like to publicly thank God for the experience of New Year's Eve 1993 when the free will of a gang, through their initiation activities, left me with a bullet in my chest and the opportunity to "Be still, and know that I am God."
I'm not sure what one, as the reader, is supposed to garner from this intensely personal disclosure, but I can certainly say that it created quite an interesting back story for the resulting reading.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

a small illustration of the stupidity and inanity of Complex

let's ignore the fact that they are highlighting track bikes in their Style Guide A-Z (we don't need more idiotic style outlets heaping on this bandwagon), or that it's a picture of a guy on the BQE holding onto the spoiler of a Lotus. but you'd figure that if you were trying to highlight a trend, that you'd actually be aware of what are the main components (as it were) of that trend. as will be obvious to even the most casual bike rider, this bike is certainly not a track bike.

if you weren't aware of the fact that Complex simply co-opts and highlights style trends of which they are often completely clueless, then here's simply one example.