It’s hard to know what to say about the blog, This is why you’re fat. It’s truly scary food. In fact, this…
…may not be the worst thing on the blog. When it comes to looking at it, it is similar to a car crash: even if you don’t want to see it, you also do want to see it.
(Found via Stephen Fry on twitter)
A very interesting web site that asks people to stand up and say, not “I am Spartacus”, but “I am a file sharer”. Whether or not you agree with them, I think you will agree the approach is both new and ancient. Let’ see what happens.
Check out This is what a criminal looks like | filesharer.org
This is not only a very interesting use of crowdsourcing, but a smart way of encouraging it. How do they do that?
‘The “blind astrometry server” is a program which monitors the Astrometry group on Flickr, looking for new photos of the night sky. It then analyzes each photo, and from the unique star positions shown it figures out what part of the sky was photographed and what interesting planets, galaxies or nebulae are contained within. Not only does the photographer get a high-quality description of what’s in their photo, but the main Astrometry.net project gets a new image to add to its storehouse of knowledge.’
For more on this story, see the blog Code (a Flickr Developer Blog)
P.S. Credit to Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly) on twitter for pointing this out. As he said: Amazingly cool use of Flickr API
Ok, you can’t download your own wine, but what if, like open source software, you want to gain a better understanding of what you are using/drinking and even participate in the production of it? Well you can. Ryan O’Connell, who I have blogged about before, has a smart posting on how Master Grape is applying open source ideas to wine making: Free Culture Movement – Open Source Wine? « Make Your Own Wine.
In some ways, it is not all that different from farming cooperatives we have in North American, whereby people pay a fee in exchange for a piece of farm land where they grow and harvest their own vegetables. Except instead of harvesting beans or carrots, you’ll end up harvesting grapes and making wine! And like people who grow their own, you’ll learn alot about the process, have fun, and end up with a better product (I believe) than if you just buy it at the store.
Check out the blog and the rest of the Master Grape site. I haven’t done this yet, but I aspire to some day.
Now this is depressing. Apparently Stock Decline Have Hit Depression Levels according to BusinessWeek.com. They say:
During the darkest 10 years of the Great Depression, from September 1929 to September 1939, the stock market dropped roughly 50%, adjusted for inflation. With today’s drop in the stock market, the U.S. has now matched that unfortunate milestone. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, adjusted for inflation, is now down about 50% over the past 10 years from Feb. 17, 1999 to Feb. 17, 2009.
Plus, if you also have equity in your house, you likely have lost money there, too.
Remind me again why I am working and socking money away?