Monday, April 26, 2010

I do not "Like!" (with 70% less tin foil hats)

Last week Facebook rolled out its new Open Graph (seen as the new Facebook "Like" button across the web). I'm the Queen of Oversharing on the web (maybe in frequency rather than depth) but I don't feel comfortable with Open Graph.

Last night, I wrote a fairly snarky "Put on your tin foil hats!" kind of post, but this morning I found a post by Valeria Maltoni which says basically what I wanted to but in a much more level-headed way, and she links to most of the sites I was going to. So, here it is: Five Reactions Around the Web on Facebook Announcements

Once you've read through all that, if you want to know how to opt out, Mashable has a step-by-step tutorial. For now, I've opted out. We'll see what the future brings.

Unfortunately, there isn't another social media site quite like Facebook out there. It's allowed me to reconnect with friends and family I haven't seen in years, and that's hard to walk away from. So, I won't be going as far as deleting my account, but I will be keeping a weather eye on Facebook's horizon.

Update: This doesn't mean I won't "like" stuff you post directly on Facebook - that's a horse of a different color. I just won't be using the button on sites outside of Facebook.

Photo by / CC BY 2.0

Friday, April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Crescent Earth

Crescent-shaped Earth and Moon

This is why I lurve Flickr. This picture was taken by Voyager 1 in 1977, but I don't think I'd ever seen it until NASA Goddard Space Flight Center uploaded it to their Flickr account this week. Just gorgeous!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I knew there was magic smoke, but had no idea about the holy water

I just caught myself idly trying to work out what that resistor mass would actually be, and realized I had self-nerd-sniped.

I've also left a few solder blobs in my time...okay more than a few...okay it was probably the only thing I ever actually did to a circuit. "A blob here, a blob there...hey, it works now!...sort of."

You really have to sit and absorb this one. Every time I glance at it, I notice something I didn't see before. Enjoy!


Beautiful Volcano Pic

Eruption Perspective

I came across this last night and thought it was just gorgeous and a bit reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. If you click through, the photographer explains that this is not Eyjafjallajökull (that's on the right, still dormant when this was taken), but the equally-unpronounceable Fimmvörðuháls. 

via ReadWriteWeb

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wed Pic: Seagull tracks


I don't know why, but I think these little trails are adorable - I love how they sort of make a chain of footprints.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Is your favorite on the Fictional 15?

Every year, Forbes publishes its "Fictional 15," a ranking of the richest characters from fiction. Here's this year's list:
  1.  Carlisle Cullen from The Twilight Saga
  2.  Scrooge McDuck
  3.  Richie Rich
  4.  Tony Stark from Iron Man
  5.  Jed Clampett from "The Beverly Hillbillies"
  6.  Adrian Veidt (aka Ozymandias) from Watchmen
  7.  Bruce Wayne (aka Batman)
  8.  The Tooth Fairy
  9.  Thurston Howell III from "Gilligan's Island"
  10.  Sir Topham Hatt from "Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends"
  11.  Artemis Fowl from the novels by Eoin Colfer
  12.  C. Montgomery Burns from "The Simpsons"
  13.  Charles Bass from "Gossip Girl"
  14.  Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby
  15.  Lucille Bluth from "Arrested Development
Forbes gives more information on each character in their slideshow

I have to say I'm surprised by the inclusion of Sir Topham Hatt (does the "Thomas the Tank Engine" show get that specific?) and the Tooth Fairy. I'm glad to see Jay Gatsby holding up (I've had an itch to re-read The Great Gatsby lately). My current fave from the list is Tony Stark.

Monday, April 05, 2010

8 (and then some) years later, IT IS FINISHED!

I bet it didn't take David McCullough this long to write the darn thing, but I finally finished reading John Adams. Maybe that should be "reading" because I finished the last third by getting the audiobook from the library.

I got the book as a gift for Christmas 2001, and I don't really know why it took so long to work through it. I would pick it up, read a bit, put it down, not get back to it for months. The story was interesting, but it's not like I was hanging on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened next. I knew the arc of Adams' life, I was reading for details. And details just weren't enough motivation to keep me reading consistently, I guess. I found very quickly that it was not good bedtime reading, since I would barely get through a page or two and fall asleep, and it's a very heavy book to let fall (this does not imply it was boring - if I can fall asleep reading about a dragon crashing through Gringotts bank, I can fall asleep reading anything).

The book had languished on my TBR pile for about a year before I did the Great Book Purge and cleared away the "I'm really never going to read this" books. Those went into a giant "Donate" pile and John Adams went on the "Keeper" shelf as a "I will get back to it, but I don't want it staring me in the face every day" book. (guilt, guilt, guilt)

Then a couple months ago, I was wandering through the audiobook section in the public library. As soon as I saw John Adams, I snatched it up. I started from the beginning, and 26 discs and almost 2 months later, I FINALLY finished the book yesterday while I was cleaning the house for Easter dinner. It felt a little anti-climactic, but I can now move on to other books completely GUILT-FREE! Yay!

What about you? Have you ever had that one book that you couldn't get through, but also couldn't let go?

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Why don't you Topeka that?

Google has done some awesome April Fools jokes over the years (CADIE, Virgle and hiring for jobs on the moon, for instance), but I don't think they've ever gone as far as changing their name before.

I especially love their usage guidelines:

Why Topeka? Find out here