Pulling features out two days after they’ve launched is the new fail whale. A little less problematic, but still ridiculous. #twitterlists
RT @Remiel: If it’s truly awesome, someone will ruin it. If you’re nodding right now, you’re them.
Accidentally on Purpose — I don’t often enjoy sitcoms, but this has enough good bits of writing and acting and damn perfect smooth body.
Have there been studies to determine if there could be a correlation between serialkillerism and being disgusted by babies?
Half a second delay caused a 20% drop in traffic [on Google]. Half a second delay killed user satisfaction. […]
This conclusion may be surprising — people notice a half second delay? — but we had a similar experience at Amazon.com. In A/B tests, we tried delaying the page in increments of 100 milliseconds and found that even very small delays would result in substantial and costly drops in revenue.
So you pretty much can’t get phone support for anything Google provides, except… their free public DNS service. How is that not fishy?
Working with InDesign was both infuriating and exhilarating; there’s still nothing like the physicality of print. Anyone need a brochure?
In my mind I’m the editor-in-chief of my Google Reader, rewriting or rejecting each story — and that job is awful for my blood pressure.
J’essaie d’imaginer un sujet qui pourrait me motiver à écrire un vrai post entier sur mon blog, et je ne vois pas.
Unsubscribed from all the awfully-hosted podcasts that were hurting my brain (1up, all TWiTs), but now I don’t know what do with my time.
The CrunchPad story is entirely obvious; it’s just hard to believe Arrington was a corporate lawyer once.
“Publishing pictures of an unfinished product on a blog… is not a recipe for success,” he said — in a videoconference blogged by every site.
It’s weird how much my muscle memory spontaneously goes for a missing “Like” button when I’m out and about on the web.
There hasn’t been a new GTD application to play with in a while. You wouldn’t have believed that could ever happen.
Confused… Did Pirate Bay only announce that it would stop hosting .torrent files, counting on its prosecutors not to check that it did?
Alice — Passable script, nice sets, okay cast, big crush on the Hatter, but it would have taken a better director to make it work.
I am so annoyed by how few blog posts about Chrome for Mac care to mention that it’s Intel-only. I feel old and abandoned.
J’ai des reflux acides à chaque fois que je tombe sur ces pages de Wikipédia France écrites dans le ton d’un exposé de collégien.
Je viens de lire une page mal écrite sur Wikipédia et je me suis senti obligé de me lever et sortir de la pièce. I’m in trouble. Also, old.
When you’re designing the menus for a four-episode DVD, maybe placing episode titles in a 2x2 matrix isn’t quite ideal?
Many respected sources have required that practically all singular nouns, including those ending with a sibilant sound, have possessive forms with an extra s after the apostrophe. […] Such sources would demand possessive singulars like these: Senator Jones’s umbrella; Mephistopheles’s cat. On the other hand, some modern writers omit the extra s in all cases, and Chicago Manual of Style allows this as an “alternative practice”.
Huh. I thought writers who dropped the ‘s’ on singular proper nouns were illiterate.
Classical, biblical, and similar names ending in a sibilant, especially if they are polysyllabic, [often] do not take an added s in the possessive […] As a particular case, Jesus’ is very commonly written instead of Jesus’s – even by people who would otherwise add ’s in, for example, James’s or Chris’s. Jesus’ is referred to as “an accepted liturgical archaism” in Hart’s Rules.
What the fuck kind of rule is that?
I’ll stick with the ‘s,’ because dropping it randomly hurts my geeky sensibilities.
UStream Broadcaster makes crappy video on the iPhone 3G, but that’s better than no video at all http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2846134
Buffy’s season 1 is so bad I’m gonna have to ask myself if it isn’t a bit true that you have to make creative compromises to get started.
Fringe 2.10 — That would have been a great character payoff if they’d actually fixed him. But of course they wouldn’t on that show.
Oh, DVD Player remembers where I was in the middle of a Buffy ep when the power went out last night.
RT @biorhythmist: Amazon has turned FedEx and UPS vehicles into ice cream trucks for grown-ups.
Dreamed that I woke up and half my hair had turned white overnight. (But at least I had a lot of hair.)
It may looked to the untrained eye like I’m clicking from related video to related video about kittens on YouTube.
If lead glass is a wee bit toxic and you shouldn’t store liquids in it, how is Cristal, named after its lead-crystal bottle, legal to sell?
Geez, there’s a “Veronika decides to die” movie (actually, two), and it stars Gellar. I hated hated hated the book, but I’m too curious.
Kindle for iPhone available internationally = downloadable first chapters for lots of books. Too bad the mobile Kindle store sucks.
Oh, finally got an idea for a new blog (and podcast, TV show, award-winning series of documentaries): “Why Everyone Is Wrong About…”
(I didn’t rush to download a Kindle sample from Twilight, okay? It just happens to be in the best-seller list.)
Dexter 4.12 — Damn. The episode didn’t really work for me (don’t know if it’s the show’s fault, or my mood), but still.
Damnit! Google Reader has been ignoring all of my feed’s digests for a while, because apparently it now discards hash anchors.
After carefully considering the issue, Apple is now allowing applications to use the function UIGetScreenImage() to programmatically capture the current screen contents. […]
A future release of iPhone OS may provide a public API equivalent of this functionality. At such time, all applications using UIGetScreenImage() will be required to adopt the public API.
This annoys me. A lot. Not because I don’t like the idea of issuing derogations for using this or that function from the private API (which I don’t), but because the reason why everyone wants to use UIGetScreenImage is that it’s currently the only way for an application to capture video and process it on the fly (or to capture video at all on anything but an iPhone 3GS). And I don’t really mind stopgap measures per se, but it scares me to see Apple forum moderators addressing the future issue of having to use the upcoming official screen-capture API, rather than the real problem of not being able to access live video capture from the camera sensor… when the UIGetScreenImage produces awful three-frame-per-second 160-pixel video, and apps for a jailbroken iPhone 3G can instead make somewhat fluid, usable video — because they don’t have to use that terribly inefficient workaround of displaying video, capturing the screen, and encoding it themselves, all on a pretty limited CPU.
Sure, just because Apple doesn’t mention an upcoming video streaming API doesn’t mean it isn’t coming, but I can easily see them being content with the access they just opened for capturing screenshots. And, if or when they finally do give developers a direct access to video capture, I can even more easily imagine that they’d still restrict it to the iPhone 3GS.
And it pisses me off because there’s no good reason for that, and because I’m not going to be able to upgrade until next summer at best. (Well, I might be able to, but even if I got a huge contract next week it would be stupid to upgrade my iPhone this late in the product cycle.) I have kitten videos to make!
Mon RSS qui bumpe vingt articles d’un coup, deux jours de suite, rien de tel pour que les gens se désabonnent.
Where the Wild Things Are — True that it’s long and slow and the prologue is the most relatable part, but it’s still cute, creepy, and cool.
I thought the Transformers movies made it clear that police and army vehicles were supposed to sport the Decepticon logo, not Autobot. Look at this guy’s face — or maybe he’s a super-deceptive Decepticon?
I was so busy with my own problems I hadn’t realized we were coming to the end of the naughts. Holy shit. So. Old.
I need to find a messageboard worthy of my time. (My time isn’t worth shit, but most forums are still beneath that.) Ideas?
Avatar est le genre de film que je devrais plutôt voir en salle, non ? En français sur un écran de deux mètres, donc.
Misfits 1.04–1.06 — Awesome finale, both for the monologue and the reveal. I’m as excited as disappointed that there’ll be a season 2.
Oh my, Amazon finally removes items from my wishlist when I buy them for myself. Took them long enough.
Merde, combien de donations j’ai perdu parce que Paypal cache le lien pour payer par carte bleue bien au fond d’un paragraphe de texte ?
RT @FakeAPStylebook: Typing in all capital letters is perceived to be shouting, so only do it when addressing foreigners or the elderly.
A weird blog post from the producer of Top Gear, who addresses the growing criticism (I was just googling around because this week’s episode very nearly jumped the shark) by saying that he understands why people feel that way, and he’s kinda sorry about it, but the team doesn’t really care because they’re gonna be doing what they think is fun to do, and people can just stop watching if they don’t like it — yet the same article includes this bit:
I miss the three mates who mooch along – there were flashes of it in the Lancia film, and it’s there in the South American Special, and yes, it’s nice to have it back. I know James definitely feels that way, and Jeremy and I were saying the other morning how the Lancia film was a bit of a wake up reminder that we can actually make good films just enthusing about cars.
An odd contradiction, but overall I wouldn’t say I’m optimistic about the show’s evolution. There’s only so many ways to talk about cars, and clearly they’d rather do something new and stupid and over-the-top than have to repeat themselves. That’s the risk with any long-running series, and maybe there’s just no good way to handle this; it’s always a choice between repetition or caricature.
But it’s so sad to see good television go bad.
P.S. If there’s a show that should end its final episode with a literal re-enactment of “jumping the shark,” it’s Top Gear. Write this down.
RT @hotdogsladies: I don’t mind getting the stink-eye when I say, “Happy Whatever Holiday You’re Weirdly Touchy About,” because THAT is the spirit of Whatever.
A game called Orba is temporarily free on the App Store, and I recommend you give it a download. Simple, but a nice time waster.
RT @aedison: You know social media has gone too far when all your Christmas presents have twitter integration.
Sent from my ugly sweater.
It hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation.
Interesting idea — if the program surfaced when Google launched its public DNS servers, I missed it. (And, of course, like all the latest software made in Google, it’s Intel-only, godsdamnit.)
On my Mini I get 68 ms on Google’s servers, and 82 ms on my ISP’s (that’s Free). I had wondered if it was quite reasonable to try and use Google’s Public DNS from all the way across the ocean; apparently, it is.