Jun 23 07 · culture, internet radio

Internet Radio To Go Silent on June 26th (0)

Thousands of U.S. webcasters plan to turn off the music and go silent this Tuesday, June 26th, to draw attention to an impending royalty rate increase that, if implemented, would lead to the virtual shutdown of this country’s Internet radio industry. In March, the Copyright Royalty Board announced that it would raise royalties for Internet broadcasters, moving them from a per-song rate to a per-listener rate.

The increase would be made retroactive to the beginning of 2006 and would double over the next five years. Internet radio sites would be charged per performance of a song. A “performance” is defined as the streaming of one song to one listener; thus a station that has an average audience of 500 listeners racks up 500 “performances” for each song it plays… What a load of crap.

Jun 19 07 · news, culture, special

Numbr: Need a Disposable Phone #? (0)

Ever have the need for an anonymous phone number for something you’re selling or for your want ads? Numbr, which works in 23 cities in the US, lets you create disposable numbers that can expire in an hour, day, week or month.

Numbr also give you the ability to have calls forwarded to two phones and can record a voice-mail, which will be sent to you on your e-mail. You can also access detailed call logs, set do not disturb times, and reject anonymous callers (Oh the irony!).

Numbr is currently available in beta form for free.

Jun 10 07 · design, culture, social news

Virbified. (0)

I had the opportunity to check out Virb.com the other day, and I must say.. I am addicted. It is seriously a million times better than that stupid myspace crap, and it seems like a melting pot of designers and average users. I really like how the site is structured and how easy it is to find groups and people to exchange ideas/ just random talk.

While I do feel it caters to more designers/css styling, the user interface is simply amazing compared to any other social network. I suggest you check it out, and hit me up; my page is http://virb.com/base16

Apr 30 07 · culture, politics

Democratic Hopeful- Or Just Plain Hype? (1)

Until the first Democratic presidential debate here on Thursday night, former senator Mike Gravel campaigned in almost total obscurity since becoming the first Democrat to declare more than a year ago, in April 2006.

“Gravel’s campaign is based primarily on his ardent support for direct democracy (The National Initiative), but also emphasizes his support for a national sales tax and abolition of the IRS, immediate withdrawal from the war in Iraq, and a single-payer national health care system, and term limits during his campaign.” -wikipedia


Apr 10 07 · culture, comic, humor

Heat Vision and Jack; (0)

In 1999, Ben Stiller set out to make the worst superhero television pilot imaginable. The premise was absurdly bad: An astronaut, Jack Austin (Jack Black), flew too close to the sun, his brain expanded—”like cookie dough”—and he became three times smarter than the smartest man on earth, though only when the sun is up.

“Heat Vision” (Voiced by Owen Wilson) is his motorcycle, sidekick, and unemployed best friend, formerly known as Doug. Heat Vision was transformed from human to motorcycle by character actor Ron Silver. Not a character named “Ron Silver,” but the actor who is purported by the credits to be playing himself. Silver is a “former astronaut,” NASA operative, and “gifted actor” trying to find Jack and so NASA can extract his brain and study it.

The pilot was never picked up…probably for being too awesome.


Apr 07 07 · culture, politics

How much is too much? (0)

U.S. presidential candidates have announced their record-breaking fundraising results for the first three months of a longer-than-usual campaign. The totals point to what many expect will be the first-ever billion-dollar election.

Republicans and Democrats reported over the last week that they had raised more than $120 million, and two Democratic candidates, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, raised more than $50 million between them.

While the figures are astounding, the mostly private campaign finance system currently in place virtually demands that candidates raise vast amounts early and never let up.


Feb 23 07 · culture, music

Code Monkey (0)

I sat down at my desk this morning, popped the tab on my mountain dew, and pulled up my favorite tech news site: digg.com After skimming through some titles, I noticed one called, “Code Monkey.”

“Hmmm.. That title sounds interestingly funny,” I said to myself. I know just what it’s like to be “a slave to the code.” (yes, i am talking about programming.) After some light reading, turns out this title is a song. A song? That’s too funny. I figured, if it made it to the front page of digg, it has to be somewhat funny. Listen to this amazing song here.

A blurb about the song, from the composer: “This song is not autobiographical, but I did indeed used to have a job writing software. VB! MS SQL! I affectionately referred to myself and my co-developers as code monkeys, especially when a client asked me a question that I didn’t want to answer (”What do I know? I’m just a code monkey.”).”

Feb 22 07 · movies, culture

300 the movie (0)

An amazing movie: well, from the preview anyways. Not only does this movie look very pleasing graphically, it re-imagines the true story of a small band of Spartan soldiers led by King Leonidas. The Spartans held off an enormous army of Persians that was commanded by Xerxes and bent on conquering Greece. How do I know this? Too much history perhaps? or google; you decide. The movie 300 is director Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s Greek-history-as-superhero tale.

What’s more amazing, is that the whole movie was shot indoors, on a sound stage. Yeah, you heard me right. Director Zack Snyder filmed the ultra-violent 300 on a Montreal sound stage. After recording real actors doing fake battle, he added heavily manipulated digital backdrops. Like Robert Rodriguez with Sin City, Snyder went to enormous lengths to precisely match Frank Miller’s eerie landscapes.

This will definitely be added to my “must see” list.

check out the preview here.

Feb 20 07 · daily dose, culture

Daily Dose: Extralife (1)

What’s cooler than the life of a geek? Poking fun of one of course! As a semi-geek myself (I’m sure my wife would claim otherwise), I think these comics are down right hilarious. My favorites tend to include World of Warcraft mockery, as well as those that make fun of current media events. These comics are updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

“Its a visual comentary of the general geek lifestyle including video games, cyber culture, technology, movies, etc. It seems that people are enjoying it.”

Check out this comic, as well as the complete arsenal of geek culture comedy.

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