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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday Top 5+1



Yes We Did
MoveOn’s pimping a commemorative “Yes We Did” poster and sticker by Shepard Fairey (of Obey Giant fame). You can get one sticker for free, although I’m pretty sure it’ll put you on MoveOn’s email list. I contributed $35 to get two posters. BTW, MoveOn’s new home page design is a leap forward, I hope they’ll extend it to the inner pages soon. [via Jason]



Candid pictures of Barack Obama
By Time photojournalist Callie Shell, who’s been photographing Obama for four years.



Pomegranate Phone
Awesome! Screw the iPhone, this is the one I want! It even makes coffee!

Mission Blues
Conceptual artist Daniel Dancer transforms 200 Presidio Middle School kids into an endangered mission blue butterfly. Pics and video.

Classmates.com User Sues
Anthony Michaels has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that Classmates.com used deceptive marketing to get him to sign up for a premium account, when former schoolmates weren’t actually looking for him.



Oops
Best man drank a bit too much last night I guess.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursday Top 5

Penguins Linux ad



Buy n Large
From aerospace to food services, robotics to watermills. Now that's a global corporation. Ten points if you can figure out why this site is humorous.
www.buynlarge.com

Five dangerous things you should let your kids do
I guess I was lucky. I got to do all of these things as a kid. Although it wasn't spears, it was Jarts (later banned), and the I didn't do the driving bit until maybe 13 or 14.
www.ted.com

"Lemme finish"
In an interview with an Irish TV correspondent, Not-My-President Bush shows just how much of an idiot he is. "History will judge what I'm about."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fze2J2Ve9is

English Russia
A blog of Russian interestingness. Apparently written by actual Russians, since the English is a little broken here and there.
www.englishrussia.com

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thursday top 5+2

Learning kinesthetically
I liked this story about a mom and her daughter who "works hard to read and write" http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif(her words).
» jugglingfrogs.blogspot.com...

MakeADifferenceMovie.com
Aw, man, this is sooo cheesy, and yet it still made me all teary-eyed.
» www.makeadifferencemovie.com

Dice stacking
Amazing! Bookhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif this guy on Letterman right away.
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIayUEi_KGo

"Young Folks" by Peter, Bjorn & John
This song is uber-catchy, but I had to look up the lyrics online because I just couldn't figure out what the girl is singing/slurring.
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=51V1VMkuyx0

Music videos by a US Navy carrier squadron
What do bored sailors and pilots on aircraft carriers do? Make music videos, apparently. Here's VAW-116 Hawkeye Squadron's take on Outkast's "Hey Ya."
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEkYqL9n7vo
They also did "Pump It."
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqaWdkdFb3Y

Music.Download.com's weekly picks
I used to work with these people. And now they're doing video podcasts. Awwww, all grown up!
» www.cnettv.com...

Igor Siwanowicz's incredible reptile and insect photos
I may have posted this link before, I just don't remember. But these are fantastic pictures.
» www.photo.net/photos/siwanowicz

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Invasion of the little people

There were all these little people at work today.

Am I being politically correct? What's the correct term? Age-challenged individuals. Rugrats. Kids.

It was Bring Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day (their emphasis) at CNET, so a slew of kidlets were being ushered around my floor, where all the funtime activities were happening. Pizza lunch and a screening of The Incredibles (I would've gone, but I possibly would've felt slightly out of place).

Interestingly, most employees who brought their kids brought very small children. It seemed to be a lot of toddlers, a few tweens, and one girl who was maybe 11.

I remember when I was a kid and I used to go to my mom's work when there was a school holiday like Parent-Teacher Conference Day or whatever. Or spring and winter breaks.

I used to look forward to it so much. I'd help around the office, filing and stapling and doing lots and lots of copying. I always loved doing the copying, maybe because I got to use this big ol' machine, and whenever it jammed or refused to work, the adults seemed amazed that I could actually unjam it.

When I was a bit older I had an ulterior motive. By the 7th grade I had started my first publication, an Ozzy fanzine called "The Fellowship of the Blizzard." I hadn't even read The Fellowship of the Ring, but my friend Rocky Mullin suggested the name, and I thought it was awesome.

I was collecting scads of Ozzy ephemera. Clipping photos and stuff out of magazines like Circus and Hit Parader, and writing everything for the newsletter myself, and "typesetting" it (it would be years before I'd hear that term, though) on a typewriter at the public library after school, where you had to put quarters into a timer to rent the IBM Selectric.

I'd take the magazine pictures and the cut-into-columns articles and paste (well, sellotape*) all of them together on a sheet of letter-sized of paper. I had no clue what a halftone was, and no idea about any other production techniques (like not using tape, for example) until much later in my "career."

After a couple months, I'd have enough pages put together and I'd be anxiously awaiting my next school holiday, when I could go to work with mom. I'd spend half the day photocopying my little newsletters, collating, and stapling, and at the end of the day I'd head home with mom, my backpack bursting at the seams.

[image to come]

I did this from 7th grade through the middle of high school, and I think I made about 40 issues. I actually had a few subscribers, and I had a couple of stores that actually sold them. "Rock shops," as we used to call them. Not where you buy crystals. That craze came (and went, thankfully) later. A rock shop was where you got your Def Leppard T-shirts and your Whitesnake bumperstickers. Don't laugh. I was 14.

Anyway, The Fellowship of the Blizzard was the precursor to my eventual four-year career as an indie newspaper publisher of Western Front News. But more on that some other day.

All I can say is, I seriously doubt that my mom's places of employ ever knew how instrumental they were, being patrons to my burgeoning career as a self-styled newspaperman/boy. But they definitely foot the bill for a decent amount of paper and copier toner over four or so years. And for that, I thank them.

(* So disappointed that my xPad spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "sellotape". Not to mention "bumperstickers"!)

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