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  • August4th

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    Marta Kagan, the creator of “What the ‘F’ Is Social Media” has come out with a part deux. This time with louder colors, better pictures, updated stats and a few more f-bombs. I liked the presentation the first time. So much so, I’m going to put up the sequel. There were some simple truths(co-mingled with a few shots of vulgarity) to it and I wanted to keep it on hand so I can pull out some neat-o facts and figures out of it to sound smarter in meetings. Plus it helps back up all my “F” gut feelings with real “T” type language. Long live Meyer’s Briggs and social media. And, of course, the obscene use of asterisks.

    [via DigitalBuzzBlog]

  • August4th

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    Someone finally figured out how to make a cool thing out of those video hot links on YouTube! Okay, to be fair YouTube has been the breeding ground of other cool things before, but I have a particular predilection for anything of, and relating to, Choose Your Own Adventure. My favorite one when I was a kid was the Mystery of Chimney Rock. Because there was a magic backpack that would let you grow wings. But I digress.

    The UK based organization droptheweapons.org has the worst website ever (because it won’t render correctly in Firefox), but the coolest video campaign on YouTube.

    You simply start at the beginning(below) and then every 30 seconds to 1 minute the user is granted a choice in the form of a video hot link which takes you to the correct corresponding video based on the decision made. I’ll not get much further into the details since the video is here:

  • July15th

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    I picked this up from an article over at Digital Buzzblog. Sure, there are nine more over there, but I really liked this particular presentation. There were some simple truths(co-mingled with a few shots of vulgarity) to it and I wanted to keep it on hand so I can pull out some neat-o facts and figures out of it to sound smarter in meetings. Plus it helps back up all my “F” gut feelings with real “T” type language. Long live Meyer’s Briggs and social media. And the obscene use of asterisks.

    [via DigitalBuzzBlog]

  • March4th

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    Oh my gentle Jesus! Do I have a story for you dear readers….

    Imagine, if you will, a fine morning in which one finds himself greatly in need of a new billfold. One might then say to himself, “Self, I believe we are in need of a wallet, most steadfastly.” With this sort of resolution, one would no doubt enter the confines of their modern steel steed, say a Chevy Cavalier, or a Mercury Sable and head down to the local purveyor of fine goods. Most likely for the gentlemanly set, a fine haberdasher. Or in this specific case: A Walmart.

    While perusing aisle upon aisle of finely manufactured Chinese goods the modern gentleman’s eye might light upon the perfect combination of PVC and Nagahide decorated with embossed flames, or Miley Cyrus. Reaching out gingerly to take said discovered treasure, it would be safe to assume that one might softly caress the item while incoherently murmuring, “…my….precious…”

    Truly, with triumph the only feeling swelling within one’s ooey gooey insides, the wallet might be opened. Only to discover HUMAN REMAINS! Seriously my good readers. 10 human teeth. Apparently they were not well cared for either as one had a filling. Foul.

  • February10th

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    I knew this day would come. Look, I love Google as much as the next guy, but their “helpful” little tools are starting to get alarmingly helpful. It’s scary like a certain Sandra Bullock movie. And frankly, I don’t think I’m going to stand for it any more. At least, not until I can download and beta test this sweet new app their working on.

    Check it:


    Google Energy Info

    It’s kind of cool. Especially for those Alpha type control freaks. This picture will give you a bit of a glimpse at the cool factor of being able to witness the money you give to the power company in the form of neat green little spikes:

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    The thing I don’t get, though, is that they use green as the color of the energy you use. Wouldn’t green better represent the energy you don’t use as evidenced by the remainder of the graph? But whatever. That’s just a designer’s input, and that isn’t generally worth much.

    Anyhow, my concern is the multitude of ways I’m seeing Google insert themselves into the fabric of our lives. That’s like, a lot of responsibility for one corporation to handle. I don’t know that I believe they can keep up the guise of morality for long before someone comes along and shifts perspectives. It’s not like this is unheard of either…think about the Nixon Whitehouse….or more recently Enron. Everyone just sort of trusted that things were working smoothly.

    I still trust Google. But automation is the precipice to the slippery slope of technologic stagnation. Or, as Sarah Conner referred to it: “The rise of the machines.”

    So consider yourselves forewarned here on The Quill. First and foremost: Google will Rule. And we will lose.