Archive for June, 2006

Bloglines Freedback

Since they asked, I’m going to provide good ol’ Bloglines with some freedback.

I love Bloglines. I wouldn’t recommend any other RSS reader. I tried Google Reader for a while but oddly enough, it was too complicated. It tried to do too much.

My favorite parts of Bloglines:
* the “keep new” check box
* the new drag n’ drop snazziness
* the bookmarklet (I actually use the new one in Google Toolbar, but I had been loyal until then

My least favorite part of Bloglines is when I get spam. This hasn’t happened in a while. Here’s an example from 4/20 (ha!):

So here’s to you, Bloglines. Chris Pirillo may be a teeny tiny tool, but “freedback” is a good idea anyway.

A test

If someone can find me a better song from the 1970s than “Heroes” by David Bowie (album version), I’ll give them a cookie.

Glad to know it’s not just me

Americans’ circle of close friends shrinking – Yahoo! News

Nearly a quarter of people surveyed said they had “zero” close friends with whom to discuss personal matters. More than 50 percent named two or fewer confidants, most often immediate family members, the researchers said.

Whoa, zero friends? I feel much better about myself now.

Best part: the researcher’s name is Smith-Lovin.

Do you hate men?

Frequently Asked Questions about RAPEX

I’m no Sarah Silverman. I don’t normally make jokes out of rape. However, this new anti-rape condom worn by paranoid women soon is too easy.

The FAQ is a list of both the pratical (Can this be worn during masterbation?) to the more absract (Do you hate men?).

My favorites are:
Won’t the rapist kill me?

Sadly, many women have been killed over time, as nobody can guarantee the outcome of any rape! However, the huge plus-factor is that the discomfort and pain is such, that the rapist would be disabled temporarily, (much worse than a kick in the groin that self-defence instructors teach women!) giving you time to get away and get help.

Will it cause permanent damage to the rapist?

No, not if he gets professional help without delay

Trend watch!

BBC NEWS | Americas | Female chief makes Church history

If I were a songwriter, I’d write a lovely ballad about how I wish the world was run by the Anglican Church. Gay bishops, gay priests, gay marriages, and now a female bishop. Is there a named Christian denomination older than a hundred years old that supports all these things? I suppose Quaker but, they barely count.

Not that I particularly believe that a Church needs bishops, but I suppose it’s as much an outcome of a huge amount of members as it is tradition in and of itself.

Anyway, I’m thrilled. This is great for the whole world. Congrats, Bishop Jefferts.

The original blogging & myspace

Wired News: You and Your LiveJournal and You

This clever article takes a stab at everyone’s favorite love-to-hate internet community: LiveJournal. I once had a LiveJournal. I moved over here to blogger land mainly because I didn’t need a community of “friends” as a fanbase or the comments on “friends’” posts, kissing ass or starting a flame war. I did have some good times on LJ, but the lameness always seemed to override any fondness.

Now that all the suicidal girls have moved over to MySpace, it appears as if the main groups at LJ are queers and internet-ignorant under 25-year olds. Of course, there are some exceptions.

Do speak in code. Once you have your public journal with loads of friends you don’t actually know, you may feel strange about revealing all your inner secrets. The best solution? Hide your daily activities behind vague allusions and song lyrics. Bad: “Me and Henry did Whip-Its in the tool shed until I had to feed the dog.” Better: “Boy, I had some fun over the weekend. Let’s just say Mom can’t make strawberry shortcake for a while.” Best: “You don’t know how it feels/You don’t know how it feels/No, you don’t know how it feels to be me.”

Rockin’ Dudets

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

This is so cute and so NECESSARY. All these little girls are learning not only how to rock, but simply that they can rock. They have to dig so deep in the sub-mainstream (my new word for Indie) music scene to find female rockers that they are lucky to really get into that scene. And in the mainstream world they are bombarded by “Stupid Girls.”

This is my favorite band name, Spicy Angel Sisters, aka SAS:

Oh, and they have a camp for ladies too. I should go. ROCK N’ ROLL!!!!!!!!!!!

No one on the internet has uttered this phrase

If Al Gore were preident today

How did I miss this the first time around in May? Absolutely brilliantly written, and Mr. Gore does a tremendous job, well, doing what should have been his job.

Dave Thomas would be proud

I like Wendy’s. I always have. If I had to pick a fast food burger joint, it’d be Wendy’s. I started liking it even more after I realized that you can substitute a baked potato, chili, or one of two different (and pretty decent) salads for french fries in any combo meal. Yum!

Now, improving on that healthier concept even more, they will now use a trans-fat free oil to do the fries and chicken sandwiches.