Daily Archives: August 28, 2007

Jewcy’s take on Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris

Over at the well named Jewcy.com is a good response to the recent lineup of books criticizing religion. See:

What the Angry Atheists Get Wrong | Jewcy.com

Making fun on beauty queens, the importance of context and the new propaganda

I have seen this clip on a number of sites recently:


While I agree her answer is poor, I think everything has to do with context. Anyone asked such a question might have a tough time answering it without saying something obvious (and negative) like: the US education system is lacking. Or the people who can the survey did a poor job. Plus you are on stage, you have a set period of time to answer it, and some of the questions you may have been preparing to answer don’t come up.

So why the popularity of the clip? I think it is because of the context. I think it allows people to vent such things as envy or disgust or anger at the Miss USA pageant, and to do so in a simple way: displaying the clip.

One of the dark sides of Web 2.0 is the ability for anyone to create propaganda. Now this clip is a fairly benign example, but it is part of a recent trend of people trying to shape political messages and spread them via YouTube and other means. Just recently it was about using YouTube to expose the truth. Now it will be about using YouTube to shape the truth.

Focus on maximizing your time instead of worrying about the time you waste

Sprint has an interesting site called waitless.org about fast-forwarding through the boring parts of your life. It’s kinda silly. I mean, I may spend 15 minutes a day doing the dishes, but there’s not much of an alternative.

However, I thought of flipping the site and showing how even a little bit of time spent every day can yield results. For example, if I were to spend 15 minutes / day reading Shakespeare, over the length of my life I could spend over 9 months reading Shakespeare! 15 minutes seems hardly worthwhile, but if you were to add it up, it may not be scholarly, but it is not insignifigant.

Check out: Sprint Waitless

See what the hackers are up to at Hack of the day

Sometimes when I hear of a computer security threat, I think: oh, who would go through all the trouble to do that? Well, lots of people. Now not all hacks are threatening, but most hacks are innovative and go to lengths most people wouldn’t. You can see for yourself by going to Hack a Day

Ecospace – smart, ecological, affordable architecture

I would love one of these spaces myself. Here’s hoping more architects come up with such designs.

Want to know the Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun? Of course you do!

So go here and learn the Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun!

And if you don’t agree, then at least the site itself is alot of …well, you know.

BTW, it has lovely music from Tchaikovsky in the background, which may be NSFW.