Posted by Thomas Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:15:56 +0000

Maybe I take myself too seriously?

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An advertising first

Posted by Thomas Tue, 28 Apr 2009 23:06:44 +0000

This has to be the first time in my life where I wanted to see some advertising staring me in the face but didn’t. I have been watching more late night tv of late. A few nights ago, Stewart had some dude on. The dude sounded smart and was schlepping a book. I go to comedy central’s website to find said book. Unfortunately no love for a “hey you! find this book on amazon!” button. I had to like watch the video for 2 seconds and type the title into papa goog to find it. What a waste of my time. :) But more importantly a possible revenue sharing opportunity lost for ye olde comedy central (even though amazon is shying away from their affiliate program nowadays). Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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What happened

Posted by Thomas Tue, 28 Apr 2009 00:53:06 +0000

Oh for the love, what ever happened to:

  • late night tv where guests stayed the whole time
  • news that covered more than one story per day
  • sitcoms with undercurrents of political/societal commentary (can anyone name one that’s not Stewart or Colbert?)

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Transporter 3

Posted by Thomas Sun, 19 Apr 2009 02:06:39 +0000

I watched the first and second Transporters either last weekend or the weekend before, and tonight I watched the third installment. Skeptical given its current lackluster rating of 5.9 on IMDb, I was expecting to be let down. But either due to or in spite of lowered expectations, Transporter 3 delivers (hmm, no pun intended).

I think what I like so much about the series is that it doesn’t take itself seriously. I might sound like a broken record on this, but I remain resolute that this is one of the significant indicators of a good movie. As a movie maker, you’re asking everyone to suspend their belief for a while, so I think it’s good when they give a cosmic nod to that fact.

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Home network crawl/index/search

Posted by Thomas Fri, 17 Apr 2009 09:54:19 +0000

Why is there no componentized, modular, gpl’d crawl/index/search service for home networks that would search your smb, nfs, ftp, upnp, and daap shares, index them, make them searchable, and add value to the results (like cover art, imdb info, etc), and then serve it up for other media renderers? It’d be like the locate cron job, but distributed, and with more value add.

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Posted by Thomas Fri, 10 Apr 2009 10:17:12 +0000

For all you philosophizers out there. Describe truth in the context of history in 30 words or less. How much of what we think is true, really isn’t? Discuss.

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Word of the day: recrudescence

Posted by Thomas Wed, 08 Apr 2009 20:35:51 +0000

Reiter notes that each of the possible causes of the “rapid recrudescence” of mosquito-borne diseases—including population growth, “irrigation and other agricultural activities, ecologic change, movement of people, urbanization, deterioration of public health services, resistance to insecticides and anti-malarial drugs, deterioration of vector control operations, and disruptions from war, civil strife, and natural disasters.”

Hmm, I should have picked a shorter sentence…

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Word of the day: paucity

Posted by Thomas Tue, 07 Apr 2009 20:29:18 +0000

“The paucity of information” in the IPCC reports “was hardly surprising: not one of the lead authors had ever written a research paper on the subject!”

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Word of the day: codicil

Posted by Thomas Mon, 06 Apr 2009 20:35:26 +0000

We protest, but are rarely quoted, and if so, usually as a codicil to the scary stuff.

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