Perfect Moo minicard carrying case

Saw this at Sephora and instinctively knew it was a perfectly sized tin for my Moo cards. Pricey at $4 for mints and a mirror, but way cheaper than anything else I left the store with. =X

Perfect Moo card holder

Also available on Sephora.com for the same price.

Littleput Books sells handmade pendants on Etsy in the same box, but each one is hand decorated. I plan on decorating my own, but these are definitely worth a look.

Former Gizmodo editor rips the gadget blogosphere a new one

Consumer electronics are a joke. It’s everyone’s fault but mine. You assholes.

That’s the title of a Gizmodo editorial, written by former editor Joel Johnson, that thousands of gadget geeks are waking up to during their morning RSS read. The article is likely the most beautiful feature ever posted to that site.

And you guys just ate it up. Kept buying shitty phones and broken media devices green and dripping with DRM. You broke the site, clogging up the pipe like retarded salmon, to read the latest announcements of the most trivial jerk-off products, completely ignoring the stories about technology actually making a difference to real human beings, because you wanted a new chromed robot turd to put in your pocket to impress your friends and make you forget for just a few minutes, blood coursing as you tremblingly cut through the blister pack, that your life is utterly void of any lasting purpose.

I quit reading Engadget and Gizmodo quite some time ago because of the signal to noise ratio, which is quite disenfranchising for a self-proclaimed gadget geek. I’ve preferred to focus my time on sites such as Techdirt, Boing Boing, Lifehacker (and good ole Slashdot). Sites with a better chance of seriously improving my ability to be a geek. Stuff that matters.

Get it together: every single one of these consumer electronics companies should be approached as the enemy. They work for us. Hold their feet to the fire when they say their product is going to change even a small part of our lives. Circle back again in six months when they’re shilling the incremental upgrade and ask them why the last version didn’t cut the mustard. Step out of your blogging trench and ask yourself what your responsibility is to the tens of thousands of idiots who are reading this site right now to determine what they should spend their next paycheck on.

Hopefully Joel’s column serves as the rally cry we so desperately need to convince the squadron of complacent fanboys currently driving the market to make a stand for the quality, functionality, and value that consumers deserve.

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Web 2.0: The Machine is Us

Created by an anthropology professor, this video explains the history of how information sharing “worked” when the Internet first began, then explains why the transition to XML was important to give us new ways to use this information. The second half then goes into how it is our responsibility to tag, categorize, and describe our Internet…and what legal pitfalls need to be re-evaluated. Even though it is still a draft, this video is the perfect way to help explain Web 2.0’s importance to people who Just Don’t Get It.

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The truth about hitting it big

Lisa: technology alone doesn’t make anything successful
Lisa: it isn’t the catalyst
Lisa: which can be depressing if you think about it too much
Lisa: the technology is the product, or it can enable further sales or whatever
Lisa: but it takes an evangelist to give that technology a soul
David: you were very poetic about it, but all you really just said was “marketing”
Lisa: dude, I tried REALLY REALLY hard not to use that word

A refreshing insight on why the RIAA doesn’t get it

I skip most MAFIAA bashing articles these days since they’re always rehashing the same old complaints (or stupid new tactics), but Mike from Techdirt actually has some clever commentary on industries who as a whole don’t understand what market they’re in.

It’s interesting to note that it wasn’t horse-drawn carriage makers who became successful automobile companies. No, they ended up going out of business, because they too narrowly defined their markets as being the horse-drawn carriage market, rather than the road-based transportation market, or just the transportation market. Of course, that was something the railroad businesses could have claimed as well — but they also were too narrowly focused on being in the railroad business (and, some say, were the inspiration behind passing certain anti-automobile laws early on in the automobile’s history). The horse-drawn carriage makers, however, very much should have realized they were in the transportation market, and should have been always looking for ways to step up to provide better and better systems for local transportation.

In the case of the RIAA[…]they believe their job is to distribute music, promote it, and get people to buy it. They make money by keeping that system closed and locked down. If they recognized they were really in the “entertaining people with music business” they should only be ecstatic about new technologies and services that make their job easier.

Link: http://techdirt.com/articles/20070125/004949.shtml

PS: One of the commenters on this article also brings up an interesting point that we’re nearing an economy where there is “so much free stuff available that people will pay you to find it for them”.

Why I don’t feel guilty about walking away in the middle of conversations

Dave: ok, so I just did all the math
Dave: it depends on v
Dave: I swear dude
Dave: no look
Dave: look the derivative, see?
Dave: well, I guess you could do that
Dave: that would certainly means it could apply to waves of any speed
Dave: have you tried to apply this to wave tanks?
Dave: orly, what were your results?
Dave: I guess that backs this up then, yeah
Dave: why don’t you publish this, anyway?
Dave: modesty be damned!
Dave: Where would the world be if Edmond Halley didn’t convince Newton to publish the principia?
Dave: your genius is being wasted, ya know
Dave: well, I do care!
Dave: hmph
Dave: fine, do what you want
Lisa: =D
Lisa: see!
Lisa: see what I mean?
Dave: hmph
Dave: I’m not talking to you
Dave: I can’t believe you’ve come up with an unprecedented model of light waves and haven’t told anybody about it

Voluntary NSFW categorization: courtesy or a can of worms?

Everyone has probably come across one blog or another with NSFW in parenthesis after certain links. These charitable souls provide this service to avoid the oh-so-embarrassing moment of clicking on situationally inappropriate images just as your boss walks past your cube.

PJ Doland is advocating moving this convention to a more machine-readable form by utilizing the REL attribute (Google popularized using rel=nofollow to remove the search engine boost given to comment spam on highly-ranked blogs). The HTML spec allows for the value of that attribute to contain whatever it wants, so the W3C needn’t get involved. I imagine Doland visualized his concept being implemented via a toggleable Firefox plugin to hide all block level content (not just links, but images, divs and paragraphs, too) marked NSFW.

Similar functionality would be trivial to implement on a per-site basis with CSS. Create a button for the user to toggle NSFW-blocking, then use a bit of javascript to change the stylesheet to one that specifies the class NSFW to visibility: hidden, or possibly with a colored background to alert the user that content has been removed.

So the technical feasibility is validated: it’ll work without causing too much pain to the user or webmaster. But is the most altruistic self-censorship still censorship? What about differing opinions on what is “safe” and what isn’t? What about trolls who deliberately mark or don’t mark content just to fuck with people? And here’s my real fear…what if this idea really catches on, so much that the government hears about it and requires every link and block of text to be categorized to “save the children”? Kinda takes away that warm fuzzy feeling if you’re forced to censor yourself, doesn’t it?

If you’re ready to hop on the bandwagon, here’s a link to a greasemonkey script that filters rel=nsfw. Just don’t expect to see it implemented here.

Ambivalence

The holidays are always a really strange time for me, and since this year is the first time I won’t be with my parents for Christmas, I think this is the first chance I’ve really had to analyze it. I’ve always wanted to have a big, close-knit family that does all kinds of stuff together, but there were always so many secrets when I was growing up that it never happened. Now it feels too late.

Being an only child with divorced parents and not even any remotely close cousins doesn’t help.

I spend a lot of time wondering what I can do about it. Can I start over? I could have my own kids and promise I won’t make the same mistakes my parents made, but I’m not sure if I’m cut out to be a breeder. I’m scared to death of babies, but I love kids. I’ve seriously considered adopting a gang of 10 year olds.

I long for human connection, but I dread contact.

Family, and people. Synergy. The definition of love. The search for poetry. These are all topics that have been weighing on me heavier than usual the past month or so.

Which is more depressing, having something awesome and no one with the capacity to share it with, or to never have had anything awesome at all?

Or maybe I’m just too fucking self-righteous, with my delusions of idealism. To always be a source of discovery, and to always find something new to discover (this is seduction). I feel like I’m resonating in a vacuum.

*long pause while searching for something else to say*

Screw all this emo bullshit. I’m going to go spike my eggnog and play DDR. It’s Christmas.

Why we never get the good toys

“Products shouldn’t be released in America” first. And that is exactly what is happening more already. Sites like Gizmodo and Kotaku complain on a regular basis about “why o why don’t we get this fancy new gadget States side” Well, many manufacturers are scared to enter into the American market. Large as it may be, it is filled with degenerated morons who all have their lawyers phone number tattooed on their right arm.

Any manufacturer mostly release their products in normal countries first to give them a chance to make the product USA Idiot proof. Once they have done that and stockpiled enough money to handle the lawyers fees they will incur in the USA they might think about releasing there.

I design a range of products for clients and I always suggest to steer clear of the USA because there is always a dick that is going to sue you and you better have a fat wallet ready.

Source: http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=212614&cid=17305170