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Sunday, April 30, 2006

No-one actually LIKES voicemail

43Folders gives excellent advice on how to leave voicemail. If you ever call me, please listen to this. Well, the first half, at least. The second half is just kind of funny.

"The kittens were playfuul and delicious..." Heh.
Check out 43Folders for productivity and time-management tips.

Freemind: MindMapping Freeware

I am delighted with this piece of freeware.

Here's the sort of thing it lets you build:

The interface is intuitive and sensible. Just to try it out, I started mapping out my job responsibilities, and discovered that the way the program works really helped me flesh out what I do and what I WANT to do.

I found this hugely useful and helpful in organizing my thoughts, and can imagine using it as a tool to help communicate my ideas to others. Also interesting in making use of it as a navigation tool...but need to think about that further.

One last bonus: it runs off a USB thumbdrive.



So that I have 'em conveniently online: some images.

(Just skip this post and move on the good stuff)




Drawing by MJ Massie


Be your own Tech Support!

Great tips on how to solve your own computer problems

Filing = Bad. Metadata = Good

Because everyone will need to understand these concepts soon, here's a pretty painless introduction to the idea of metadata.

Note for libby-rarian types: Ask yourself what difference there is between Ranganathan's faceted classification and tagging with metadata. Okay, done? Now be properly amazed with how far ahead of his time Ranganathan was. Give Shiyali Ramamrita his props, yo?

Meth makes you UGLY

Americans- tell us that something is bad for us, and we'll not only keep doing it, we'l do it at an accelerated pace- just to spite the gods of health. Take that, health!

The way to get through to us, clearly, is through our vanity. Tell us it will make us UGLY.

Andy Rooney's irritation actually entertaining!

I'm not saying it is HARD to piss off the professional sourpuss- only that I have never before found his irritation the least bit entertaining.

In case you aren't familiar with Ali G.: he is a character/persona of actor Sacha Cohen. He's damned funny.
Sidebar: Do you personally know anyone who perpetually has that look on his/her face as though he/she is smelling a carton of sour milk? You know the look, that pinched, unhappy, slightly constipated look? These people should be avoided. They are, like Andy Rooney, deeply unhappy. No, there is nothing you can do to make them happy - they find comfort and familiarity in their sour milk and constipation.

Keeping Up

In this age of information overload, here's some good advice about how to manage what one actually CAN manage.

Yes, it is aimed at geeks, but applies to anyone trying to stay up-to-date in his/her field of endeavor.

Firefox Extension: VideoDownloader

Lets you download with a single click from Google Video or YouTube.

Sites supported:
Youtube, Google Video, iFilm, Metacafe, Dailymotion, Myspace, Angry Alien, AnimeEpisodes.Net, Badjojo, Blastro, Blennus,, Bofunk, Bolt,, Castpost, CollegeHumor, Current TV, Dachix, Danerd,, DevilDucky, Double Agent, eVideoShare, EVTV1, FindVideos, Free Video Blog, Grinvi, Grouper, Hiphopdeal, Kontraband, Lulu TV,,,, MySpace Video Code, Newgrounds, NothingToxic, PcPlanets, Pixparty, PlsThx, Putfile, Revver, Sharkle, SmitHappens, StreetFire, That Video Site, TotallyCrap, VideoCodes4U, VideoCodesWorld, VideoCodeZone, vidiLife, Vimeo, vSocial, Yikers, ZippyVideos... and any other webpage with embedded objects.

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These are neccessary?

Also: We already know that the Bush administration isn't interested in paying soldiers well or giving them the equipment they need, but they're not even worth the expense of hiring a bugler?

Speaking Truthiness to Power

Stephen Colbert is my hero.

Stephen Colbert pushes the envelope at this year's White House Correspondents' dinner, and freaks out a good number of attendees with his attacks on Bush. Direct links to video excerpts: Windows Media and Quicktime

Excerpt on YouTube

Torrent for whole thing.

Whole thing may also be available here.

(Edit: Complete transcript and video of Colbert's performance available here)

Sure, he's funny- but what is great is how thoroughly he attacks Bush, and how much it clearly rattles people in attendence.

What's the deal with Comedy Central continuing to show the press what balls look like? Related: Jon Stewart kicking ass and taking names on CNN's now cancelled "Crossfire," wherein Tucker Carlson is rightly called an asshole.

And that did some good, too.

LED Throwies

I want some.
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How to make your own