Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain doesn't really want to keep running

My theory: McCain is sick of running for President, dealing with the Rovians, dealing with an increasingly less enamored press corps, and running against Barack Obama. You may have heard about his recent interview with Time magazine, which you can read (McCain's prickly TIME interview) but listening to it is also available (the MP3)
I think his nomination of Sarah Palin for VP is also illustrative of his disillusionment with running as a Republican this year and having to deal with all the other VP candidates. My prediction: He is going to lose as big as is possible, in almost all of the swing states.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Great quotes from the convention

Here are some great quotes from the convention, in case you were busy preparing for classes and missed all the speeches. Just a few of my favorites:
"People who live in seven houses shouldn't throw stones" - Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)
"You know, it was once said of the first George Bush that he was born on
third base and thought he'd hit a triple. Well, with the 22 million new
jobs and the budget surplus Bill Clinton left behind, George W. Bush
came into office on third base -- and then he stole second. And John
McCain cheered him every step of the way." - Gov. Ted Strickland (Ohio)

The future of the browser

I've seen some of the videos on concepts that Mozilla has done on the future of the browser, and I haven't been all that impressed. You can see for yourself if you are interested: It is called Aurora
But this new thing is definitely much more in line with what I think could be the future, and I am going to use it right now. It is called Ubiquity, and it is trying to integrate the many ways we interact with the web.
They give the example of how we might plan a trip, email a friend our itinerary, add the event to our calendar, search through maps, etc. Take a look at the tutorial, I think we will be hearing a lot more about this very soon.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Does the Pope sh*t in the woods?

Ok, this is pretty cool. The USGS (US Geological Survey) has set up video cameras in remote areas in Glacier National Park. The cameras go on with a motion detector, and transmit via the internet.
Here is the whole article about it
And here is a video with three bears interacting with a wolf.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Hamlet (as if written only in Facebook new feed updates)

From McSweeney's internet tendency (those who brought you the hilarious lists), comes...
Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition)

A favorite excerpt...

The queen is worried about Ophelia.

Ophelia loves flowers. Flowers flowers flowers flowers flowers. Oh, look, a river.

Ophelia joined the group Maidens Who Don't Float.