Zombie Blog Anyone?

May 31, 2009 at 9:06 AM (Uncategorized)

A few years ago, a friend and I started co-writing a zombie blog. Yes, really.

It was a blog written by a fictional person in the present day just as a zombie apocalypse breaks out. We were having fun writing out bizarre posts, making up fake IRC chat logs, quoting hysterical postings from non-existent blogs etc.

Because, if a zombie apocalypse happened right now, you just know the people not-yet-eaten and barricaded in some building would be blogging and Twittering about it. That is EXACTLY what would happen.

We were backdating it so that, when it was unleashed upon the world, it would look like this all had started a month previously and then begin updating on a regular basis from that point forward, like a real blog. Just to have enough backstory to get people interested in keeping up with it. IMHO, we had some good stuff on there.

Unfortunately, my friend sorta disappeared. Like, just completely vanished and nobody knows what happened. Since it was his site and he was the (sorta, kinda) famous one, that put the kibosh on that.

I’ve been thinking about restarting the idea on my own. It was fun and the idea still sounds fun now. And besides, now I wouldn’t have to share credit with someone who was e-famous. >.> <.<

I would have to start a new blog for it. It would look pretty stupid mixed in with the other crap I post here. WordPress.com lets you do more than one blog, right? (Note to self: Go find out about that)

Anyway, good idea? Dumb? Die in a fire?

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Twitter #Fail

May 30, 2009 at 8:33 PM (Uncategorized)

Twitter is broke. Everybody panic.


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This Is A Weird Theme

May 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM (Uncategorized)

You know, I just now noticed something strange about this theme I’m using here. There’s no “prev” and “next” link on each post.

I’ve never seen that before on a blog. It just seems weird, like a TV without a channel button or something.

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Too Noisy To Sleep? Not Anymore

May 28, 2009 at 1:48 PM (Uncategorized)

Not long after I moved to my present location, I discovered that one of my new neighbors was one of those “special” people (ie. morons) who let their dogs bark all night. Yeah, you know the type I’m talking about.

This presented a bit of a problem whenever I wanted to, you know, SLEEP. The sound of a barking dog causes a physiological response similar to “fight or flight”. Certainly it aggravates the complete hell out of me. How these “special” people are able to sleep through all that noise themselves, I’ll never know.

I wondered for a day or two whether or not I should buy a flak jacket and go figure out which was the “special” neighbor. This is NRA country, so everybody’s armed to the teeth and the “special” people who let their dogs bark all night are statistically likely to be mentally unhinged, so this was a talk I was not looking forward to having.
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TwitterTV Will Not Stalk You

May 27, 2009 at 11:16 AM (Uncategorized)

Josh: The Internet people have gone crazy.
Donna: No kidding.
The West Wing

Update at the bottom

The Twittersphere started buzzing on Monday, after news hit the web of a possible Twitter-based reality television show.

Details about the program are sketchy, as the producers have released virtually no information about the show. All that could be learned from numerous identical, syndicated articles was that it would involve people on Twitter competing with each other to locate one or more celebrities in various locations around the world. This scarcity of known facts about the TV show has led to widespread speculation across the internet.

And people speculating on the internet always works out well, right?
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Dear California

May 26, 2009 at 1:44 PM (Uncategorized)

I don’t even know what to say, so I’ll just leave it at this:

RT @LATimescitydesk: Prop. 8 upheld 6-1. #prop8 on Twitpic

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Can I Have That Gift Wrapped?

May 25, 2009 at 2:42 AM (Uncategorized)

All those black market types trying to buy/steal old Russian nukes are doing it wrong. Apparently, you can just order uranium from Amazon!

Somebody call Doc Brown and tell him he can quit rooting through the trash can.

Oh God, the comments! I’m dying here…

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Nevermind the 21st Century. Traditional Media Needs to Understand the 18th Century

May 22, 2009 at 5:48 AM (Uncategorized)

News publishers, especially newspaper publishers, are in a panic right now. The combination of the free distribution of information over the internet and a crappy economy has them eyeing their bank accounts with a certain amount of anxiety.

They just can’t make any money, it seems. Several publishers, including Rupert Murdoch, want to begin charging for online access to their news content. The reason most of them have not already done so, it would seem, is their fear of Google. Google makes it so easy to find news content that, if any news publisher walls off their web site, people will simply find the same news somewhere else.

Well, certainly that’s a good point. A shiny, new post from Techdirt’s Mike Masnick shows that this is exactly what will happen.

Masnick points to a Slashdot post discussing Craigslist’s lawsuit against the Attorney-General of South Carolina. The original Slashdot post provided a link to an article at the Wall Street Journal. That article sits behind a pay wall. The posting later was updated with a link to a similar story on the San Jose Business Journal web site that is not behind a pay wall.

What’s the lesson here?
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I <3 NY. Now Pass The Grenades.

May 20, 2009 at 3:09 AM (Uncategorized)

If Calvin Klein doesn’t offer this kid a job as an underwear model when he musters out of the Army, then there is just no justice left in the world.

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Hughesnet, Where’s My Internet?

May 20, 2009 at 2:29 AM (Uncategorized)

I am thoroughly disgusted right now.

At around 1:30ish PM on May 18, my internet connection was, for reasons unknown, throttled by Hughesnet under their (un)Fair Access Policy.

Hughes deceives customers by stating that when a connection is throttled by FAP, it is reduced to dial-up speeds. In reality, the internet connection is rendered nearly useless. Dial-up speed would be a profound upgrade. Even RSS feeds take forever to load.

I wasn’t downloading things or watching YouTube. I was just browsing the web. Some of the web pages were a little heavy on images, but not to the tune of 200MB (the limit at which they hose your connection). I don’t have a clue what set off the FAP limit and I’m starting to wonder if something is just plain broken.

These FAP throttles are meant to last only for 24 hours. It is now 2:00AM on May 20 and the FAP is still active. Hughes is now 13 hours past due on reactivating my service and I am getting impatient. I have things to do and I don’t pay Hughes’ exorbitant monthly fee for a connection that is 1/10th the speed of dial-up.

FAP does not apply between 2:00 and 7:00AM. For two days in a row now, I’ve been stuck to these hours to use the internet for anything useful. I had meant to post some new stuff here, but I can’t even browse to research what I want to write about, except in the dead of night.

I am sick to death of Hughes satellite internet and wish I had not let myself be scammed into being locked into a contract for it. I wish I’d just stuck with dial-up. The service would have been far superior to what I have right now and I’d be paying far less each month.

If anybody needs a roommate in Wilson, North Carolina (and if there are any jobs there), I’d be happy to move, just so I could have that beautiful Greenlight service the city sells.

Hah! Now 4:30AM and I just looked at the modem’s control panel again. FAP is finally deactivated. Damned well better stay that way.

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