One of my longtime favorite places on the web, fazed.net (.org is for fascists), has announced it will be shutting down shortly after the turn of the year. In an oldschool internet dying the death of a thousand cuts, losing fazed is a huge gash indeed.
Monday, Oct 21st 2013 (4:34pm)
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It's no secret that I don't trust google and don't exactly count myself as one of their fans. I worry about any for-profit enterprise that aspires to be the sole repository for the entirety of the world's knowledge. That being said, though, I find their image search to be pretty damn handy, and they've just added a couple of really good features to it - the ability to search for transparent images and animated gifs. Begrudging kudos to you, you megalomaniacal corporate juggernaut.
Wednesday, Mar 20th 2013 (5:03am)
In a cold and cynical world, where social media are becoming increasingly more popular. Where real friends and socializing is replaced with likes and meaningless comments. Many people find themselves standing on the outside looking in.
How do you get enough thumbs up to get through a gray day? Who will leave some nice words on your photo when it has been out there for 30 minutes and nobody sees the value of your contribution?
There is hope. They call themselves the Facebook Patrol, they are wearing caps and are Norwegian.
The Facebook Patrol - there's no one like us.
Sunday, Feb 10th 2013 (3:24am)
It might feel like our communications systems have evolved past the point where we'd need tons of cables, but it couldn't be further from the truth - undersea cables are an integral part of the internet's backbone. But where are they, exactly, and which cable links which hubs? TeleGeography makes a great four-color graphic every year that show exactly that. You can zoom in on the map using your mouse scroll wheel.
There is so much happening on the Internet during a year. How many emails were sent during 2012? How many domains are there? What's the most popular web browser? How many Internet users are there? Here's a list of truly fascinating facts about the year that was.
Some of the numbers are snapshots taken during the year, others cover the entire period. Either way, they all contribute to giving us a better understanding of Internet in 2012.
The N+7 procedure, invented by Jean Lescure of Oulipo (Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle: Workshop of Potential Literature), involves replacing each noun in a text with the seventh one following it in a dictionary.
In this Poetry Generator you you can enter a text and 15 alternative texts will be generated, from N+1, which replaces each noun with the next one in the dictionary, to N+15, which takes the 15th noun following.
It's Talk Like a Pirate Day to the power of a thousand. If you are reading this on December 21st, 2012, then the population of every social media outlet is currently falling all over themselves to prove just what they think about that silly Mayan calendar doomsday scenario. Some are debunking, some are mocking, most are making terrible jokes about the Mayan calendar guy getting distracted.
Friday, Dec 21st 2012 (6:18am)
Thomas Roll is not such a man. Since July 14, his lot in life has been to represent for the often-omitted hyphen in Spider-Man's name.
So, one of my favorite places on the web is Topless Robot, a wonderful self-loathing nerd humor site. I've been going there since it started up 5 years ago, and the reason TR is so goddamn awesome is the guy who runs it, Rob Bricken. Bricken writes about 90% of everything that goes on TR, generally while drunk and angry, and the site would be absolutely nothing without him.
Today is Rob's last day at Topless Robot. io9 backed a dumptruck of cash up to his door to entice him over to the dark side, where he will become another faceless cog in their mammoth Gawker suck machine. Thank you, Rob, for years of entertainment. Topless Robot will go on, but really, it'd be lucky to come out of this a mere shell of its former glory. RIP Topless Robot, best of luck to you Rob, and fuck a great big bunch of you, io9.
Friday, Nov 9th 2012 (6:12am)
Foodagram is a web app that lets you create personal video messages as a humanoid food puppet. To make your own, go to the Foodagram site, choose one of five puppets, a background, record your voice and a quirky video message will be generated. The app is a project of My Food My Way, a Toronto-based campaign "with a bold goal: to change the culture of food in our schools, homes, and communities."
Monday, Oct 29th 2012 (12:01am)
Since the NFL's replacement referees have been such a success, the NFL will now give you the opportunity to get that same kind of quality from your Google searches. Just type in your query at the NFL Replacement Google and see how they do for you.
Wednesday, Sep 26th 2012 (10:33pm)
Yeah, me too. Fortunately, you can blow your browser up to fullscreen, hit up pointerpointer.com, and give the mouse a little wiggle. They'll find it for you.
Tuesday, Jun 12th 2012 (12:03am)
If you'd like to read Wikipedia in an airplane (of the offline variety) or in an area with no or limited connectivity, or install it in a university, or just to have it handy in case of a zombie apocalypse, you can now download a full text copy of the English Wikipedia (from January 2012) in the convenient OpenZIM format, which was specifically developed for sharing wiki content.
OpenZIM files can be read in multiple reader applications, the most popular of which is Kiwix, available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Sugar.
Start your BitTorrent client and grab a copy of the 9.7GB file (.torrent link, other download options). You can also download content packages directly from within Kiwix using its library feature, including content from sister projects like Wiktionary and Wikisource, as well as non-Wikimedia content.
Monday, Jun 11th 2012 (2:13am) | Thanks: Kooolcat
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