27 April 2007

Laughed Out Loud

Found here (via this potentially NSFW link)

If you want to know if Spot loves you so, it's in his tail

When dogs feel fundamentally positive about something or someone, their tails wag more to the right side of their rumps. When they have negative feelings, their tail wagging is biased to the left.

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It suggests that the muscles in the right side of the tail reflect positive emotions while the muscles in the left side express negative ones.

Sounds like a good candidate for an Ig Nobel prize.

Link

26 April 2007

Mozy Online Backup

Nerds, rejoice.

Online backup company Mozy is here to save your data. Mozy is essentially off-site backup storage for the consumer. What's that, you say, you don't have off-site storage? What happens if tragedy strikes and your hard drive fails and the last backup you made was a 700MB CD two months ago?

With Mozy, you get 2GB of storage and a client that automatically synchs your new data to the Mozy servers. The best part? It's free. 2 GB of free storage. Got more than 2 GB? For $5 a month you get unlimited storage.

And they're not going anywhere; Mozy just landed a contract with GE to provide the Pro service to all 300,000+ employees.

I've been using the service for about a week and even convinced J-- to try it out. If you're thinking about trying it out, consider using this link to get me a referral. If you do use it, we each get an additional 256MB of storage space.  

24 April 2007

ROFLMAO!

This was kinda funny, in the I'm Too Big of Geek Kind of Way.

16 April 2007

Military Hand Signals. Kinda.

Link

Help Make Think New Orleans a Real Nonprofit

Alan at ThinkNOLA has hit a tough spot. Head over to the ThinkNOLA Blog and donate some cash to get him and the server through not just this month, but help make ThinkNOLA a real non-profit.

I'll issue this challenge. Anyone who's coming to the party this weekend, donate $25 to ThinkNOLA. That's two beers and nachos at Cambridge House.

Party in GR - 20 April

Get your petty cash out and butter up the significant others because we're going out on the town. The semi-annual TPC Board Advisory/excuse to drink with Dr. Sandy is on this week Friday. You don't have to be a board member to attend (although you will have to drink with board members) to come out. We're starting at Sazarac Lounge and maybe a trip to Cambridge House; who knows.

So polish off your weekly cartoons, write that movie review, by the kids a DVD. Just get your butt out to Sazarac at 6:30 this Friday. No photos will be taken. Well, maybe one if we get John to do that thing.

Bill Maher - New Rules

Want to be really scared about your government? Watch this.

Confirmation of Maher's claims here and here.

13 April 2007

Penn & Teller Expose the Fallacy of Gun Control (video)

Thank God at least one television network has the balls to broadcast this stuff. Can you imagine any talking head on the Big 3 even thinking about the gun control issue in this way.

History is so old.

Link (with NSFW language)

08 April 2007

A holy symbol inside a potato

"It's been really hard," Sachs said. "This potato has changed everything. I can't explain it."

All hail the potato! Glory be it's starchy mercy.

Oh, wait, Marshall, MI. Never mind.

Tune in next week when Holland resident Gertrude Van Pennipinchen sees Jesus in profile in a plate of toad-in-a-hole.

06 April 2007

Thanks WMS-STCers

Thanks for inviting me to your meeting last night. I had a great time and was only disappointed that we didn't have more time to talk. If you had questions that us panel members didn't get to, please feel free to ask them here in the comments or via email at ryan@youknowwhatpart.com.

Since we didn't get to all the questions, my notes for the session and available here.

Thanks again; hope to come and talk with you again soon.

05 April 2007

Google Maps - My Maps

Google introduced My Maps, where you can create hyper-local maps using the Google Maps interface. Friggen awesome. I've started one for Chelsea hereOfficial announcement and instructions.

02 April 2007

Careful What You Wish For

EMI Says Goodbye to DRM

Huzzah! Finally, one company has the guts to call the technorati's bluff and offer higher quality, non-DRM'd music downloads through a major digital distributor. EMI has announced that they will offer all of their digital assets, via iTunes, as non-DRM'd AAC-format files at "twice the quality" of the DRM'd version. EMI's press release doesn't mention the detailed of the kbps size, but 256kbps seems likely.

The hitch? The files will cost more, $0.30 more. Now, not a huge bump and, as BoingBoing points out, could be a sneeky way to backdoor a price increase, but not a terribly huge increase. This is feeding into the geek cred of we'll-pay-more-for-no-DRM line. The real test will be if the general consumer will do the same thing. In a world where cheaper often wins out over quality, it won't be the stock-optioned Valley web head that decides this, it will be the average iTunes user; the one who now sees that $20 iTunes card worth 15 songs, not 20.

Hopefully we'll huge sales on non-DRM'd Coldplay, Pink Floyd, the Stones, and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds to validate this business move. I'll be surprised, but here's hoping.

Scary Smart

You ever wish the people in your daily life were this smart?

One of These 37 Signals is Weak

David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails and partner in 37 signals, went nuclear on the official 37s blog in a profanity-titled post called You're not on a fucking plane (and if you are, it doesn't matter)! - (37signals). Now, I'm not a prude (feel free to search this blog or come out drinking with me), but leading a post on your corporate blog with the f-bomb is, what's the word, dumb.

But I'm not here to lament David's immature way of titling a post, but to take issue with the content of his post. Essentially, David argues that there's no need for offline components to web applications because connectivity is so ubiquitous. Which is true, if you live in a major metropolitan area, such as David does. But here in the uncharted backwaters of suburban Detroit (Ann Arbor), there's no such thing as ubiquitous WiFi. Sure, I could pay another $80 a month to get an EVDO card, but do I really need that? Not really, certainly not for business.

From a business standpoint, I know that my customers (professors and researchers) like to go to places that, ding, no one has been before. I wonder if they've laid lines that can handle 10mbps internet connections or cell tower that carry EVDO. I'm going to guess not. So, when I want my customers to interact with the web application we've built for them to get their research reviewed, how do they do that without an offline component? The answer now is paper, fax, and time.

So, why is 37 signals being so shortsighted? Apollo. Yep, that old chestnut called competition. Can't access your Basecamp account from the airplane? Build your own app that let's you update your project information offline and then synch that data when you do connect to the Internet. Sure, it's a stretch but the threat to 37 Signals and RoR is there.

As one of the commenters to the 37s post said, "Distortion field at work here, folks."