Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

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nov
03
2006

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U.S. intelligence unveils spy version of Wikipedia | Reuters.com The U.S. intelligence community on Tuesday unveiled its own secretive version of Wikipedia, saying the popular online encyclopedia format known for its openness is key to the future of American espionage. …

oct
31
2006

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Under Fire, Soldiers Kill Blogs | Wired News Some of the web’s more popular “milblogs” — blogs maintained by present or former active duty military personnel — are going quiet following a renewed push by U.S. military officials to scan …

oct
30
2006

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Has the iPod changed anything? | Slate Magazine The iPod people are not exactly new. “The Perfect Thing,” in its chapter on the history of the personal stereo, demonstrates how iPod culture is essentially a continuation of Walkman culture. (tags: …

oct
29
2006

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In Teens’ Web World, MySpace Is So Last Year | washingtonpost.com Such is the social life of teens on the Internet: Powerful but fickle. Within several months’ time, a site can garner tens of millions of users who, just as …

oct
28
2006

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A New Campaign Tactic: Manipulating Google Data | New York Times Fifty or so Republican candidates have been made targets in a sophisticated “Google bombing” campaign intended to game the search engine’s ranking algorithms. (tags: campaign politics 2006 google googlebomb …

oct
26
2006

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Small Fonts Spell Trouble Online | E-Media Tidbits A new study in Norway shows that readers do fine with a font size of 12 points — but an 8-point font spells trouble. The researchers found that the 8-point font resulted …

oct
24
2006

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Twenty-five years of “Weird Al” Yankovic. | Slate Magazine This is the paradox of Weird Al’s weirdness: He’s actually Normal Al, a common-sensical, conservative force. He’s Everyman trapped on Neverland Ranch, exposing as many stylistic excesses and false profundities as …

oct
23
2006

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Jenna Fischer finally gets her moment | Entertainment Weekly [On The Office,] “Pam suffers in silence,” explains Fischer. ”If Pam can’t think of anything nice to say, she doesn’t say anything at all. So I just kept looking at the …

oct
21
2006

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How Yahoo! Gave Itself A Face-Lift Its redesigned home page is based on data from users’ clicks, not its hunches. (tags: yahoo design webdesign usability ia research)

oct
20
2006

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Healthy Fast-Food and Takeout | RealSimple.com Yes, you do want fries with that. Here, how to enjoy takeout without going overboard (tags: dining restaurant diet) Minestrone Recipe | RealSimple.com (tags: food recipe soup) How to watch Web video. | Slate …

oct
19
2006

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School Colors - washingtonpost.com Md. Students Say Coded ID Tags Reinforce Divisive Labels Instead Of Creating Community Identities (tags: education color identity)

oct
18
2006

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Can Jay-Z make HP notebooks seem cool? | Slate Magazine (tags: advertising hp laptop computer) Apple’s mean-spirited ad campaign | Slate Magazine The ads pose a seemingly obvious question — would you rather be the laid-back young dude or the …

oct
17
2006

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Bush Confounded by the ‘Unacceptable’ - washingtonpost.com President Wields Word More Freely as His Frustration Rises and His Influence Ebbs (tags: language psychology politics georgewbush speech)

oct
13
2006

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Lego Thriller (tags: video legos music)

oct
12
2006

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LEGO Ice Cube Tray | LEGO Shop Serve the coolest drinks around with ice that looks like LEGO bricks, or build your own LEGO ice “sculpture!” (tags: shopping kitchen) The Handwriting Is on the Wall - washingtonpost.com Researchers See a …

oct
10
2006

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Fall on the Farm | washingtonpost.com This fall’s pumpkin crop may be sparse, but the activities at area pumpkin patches are downright bountiful. (tags: fall washingtondc farm todo) Rock’s Oldest Joke: Yelling ‘Freebird!’ In a Crowded Theater - WSJ.com Kevin …

oct
07
2006

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AlterNet: WireTap: Why Student Media Matters As the mainstream media — and even alternative media — become more corporate and consolidated, hundreds of campus publications are reporting the truth about student life and training news leaders of the future. (tags: …

oct
06
2006

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Passing the Gladwell Point | New York Observer Something has happened to Mr. Gladwells style of argumentation over time — it has become more self-referential, till the framework dominates the portrait. (tags: malcolmgladwell writing journalism) Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmaduke …

oct
05
2006

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Sally Squires - Hats Off to A Couple of Losers - washingtonpost.com It’s either a honeymoon or a disaster when a couple tries to lose weight together. (tags: health diet toread) Web Templates, Flash Templates, Website Templates Design - Template …

oct
04
2006

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French and German remakes of the BBC’s Office. By Liesl Schillinger - Slate Magazine (tags: theoffice comedy culture britain france germany television blogfodder) Judging your friends by their Netflix lists. By Sam Anderson - Slate Magazine (tags: movies privacy culture …