#geekfail — Valuing immediacy over depth, accuracy, and understanding

Yesterday, I learned about the turmoil in Iran… from the blogosphere.  Some have argued that the immediacy of news on this and other breaking topics is a sign that mainstream media has failed and online media—specifically “real time” components of online media—have triumphed.  I believe such an assumption is not only dead wrong, but dangerous… Continue reading #geekfail — Valuing immediacy over depth, accuracy, and understanding

Dependence on the Internet

Just going through some of my old files, and I came across an unpublished journal/rant thing re: my frustrations upon loss of Internet connectivity.  This was from back in *2001*.  Amazing how some dependent at least I was on the Internet back then! Okay, I feel as blind as a bat right now. My internet… Continue reading Dependence on the Internet

Picking a domain name — a helpful list

My friends have been telling me that “BLADAM” is a yucky name.  Bummer.  So I’ve shopping for a new domain name, and it’s not easy!  So many things to think about, and so many damn evil squatters (but that’s a different issue). And I thought hmm, I’ve been mulling over so many guidelines and best… Continue reading Picking a domain name — a helpful list

Pandora Mobile highlights awesomeness but also severe lame-itude

Do you know Pandora?  If you’re in the United States, where Pandora is legally available, you may have come to enjoy this awesome uber-customizable music radio over the past years.  If you’re not in the U.S., perhaps you’ve discovered the beauty of anonymous proxies :cough:, which I’m not going to mention here :p. But perhaps… Continue reading Pandora Mobile highlights awesomeness but also severe lame-itude

My experiment testing user engagement on Facebook, Friendfeed, and Twitter

What did I do?!I posted an identically-phrased note on Facebook, Friendfeed, and Twitter at around 1:30am PDT Friday morning. Specifically, I posted this: “Could you kindly help me with a super-quick experiment (takes less than 30 seconds)? I’ll share results 🙂 Thanks!” Why?I was curious to see which set of friends/subscribers (henceforth referred to as… Continue reading My experiment testing user engagement on Facebook, Friendfeed, and Twitter

Facebook’s Frustrating Friending… and my reluctant choice

I have over 500 Facebook friends.  That’s a statement to help you understand my predicament, not a badge of honor.  Of these, a handful are close friends, a big bunch are “regular” friends, a ton of ‘em are colleagues with which I have varying degrees of social contact and interest, and an even larger ton… Continue reading Facebook’s Frustrating Friending… and my reluctant choice

I, Robot

Hello.  Good day.  A little quiet?I’m feeling a little blue myself.You know, A little anxious for no particular reasonA little sad that I should feel anxious at this age.You know, a little self-conscious anxiety resulting in non-specific sadness.The state that I call blue. – spoken by the narrator (“Man In Chair”) in the awesome musical… Continue reading I, Robot

Why this blog doesn’t decently render in Chrome

UPDATE:  Vinny sent me a script that fixes it.  Much thanks!— Right after I wrote a neato article on Chrome and Google Bookmarks, my blog stopped “working” in Chrome.  I finally figured out why. Apparently, the script set that powers my dropdown menu—the “Accessible Website Dropdown Menu”—is written to look for the string “Apple Computer”… Continue reading Why this blog doesn’t decently render in Chrome

Google’s new browser, Chrome, and Google Bookmarks

Have you tried Google’s new browser, “Chrome”?  It’s fast and it rocks.  But there’s no Google Toolbar!  How can you bookmark pages to a central location (Google Bookmarks)?  Here’s how, in just a few quick and easy steps :-D. First, download Chrome (duh!) :-D. If you don’t already see a bookmarks bar (right below the… Continue reading Google’s new browser, Chrome, and Google Bookmarks

Gmail tip: Use "Quick Links" to help you find important mail quickly

Do you use Gmail?  The new “Quick Links” feature, offered via Google’s Gmail Labs project, can help save you time and highlight important mail. WHAT QUICK LINKS DOESThink of it as sort of a “Saved searches” feature :-D.  Basically, you can take any search and “save” it so that it appears as an option under… Continue reading Gmail tip: Use "Quick Links" to help you find important mail quickly