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April 18, 2011

And nothing of value was lost -- the rescue of Encyclopedia Dramatica

TL;DR: The Web Ecology Project thought it unjust that companies -- when it suits their business needs -- simply disenfranchise, demean and delete online communities and their content built up by countless people over countless person-hours. (Imagine -- Jimmy could just turn off Wikipedia, if he felt like it.) So, they started scraping pages. Fortunately for fans of The Lulz, they had just gotten finished scraping Encyclopedia Dramatica's text and link structure jut before its owners pulled the plug: Archiving Internet Subculture: Encyclopedia Dramatica : Web Ecology Project
Recently, Encyclopediae Dramatica (ED) — a wiki dedicated to the archiving of -chan subculture, celebrity, and the lulz — was removed from its servers with no effort to preserve the information contained within. While it has been replaced with a new wiki, we at the Web Ecology Project remain disheartened that no opportunity for the preservation of ED was offered nor any warning given. Luckily, during a recent Web Ecology Camp in mid-February 2011, researchers Seth Woodworth and Alex Leavitt — during a scoping session for a project on Anonymous and Operation Payback — scraped ED and downloaded the textual elements of the wiki. We currently possess .txt files detailing the wiki markup used in the 9401 pages of ED (total at the time of collection), including links and records of images (though we do not possess the actual image files; we also do not have the edit histories, discussion pages, or user pages).

April 12, 2011

Girl Talk Takes Rolling Stone on a Tour of His Computer

Girl Talk Takes Rolling Stone on a Tour of His Computer | Rolling Stone Culture | Video Blog | Music Entertainment Videos

A telephoto lens for your iPhone camera? #Seriously

Objects of Desire: The iPhone Telephoto Lens

April 07, 2011

Recipe: Butterbeer Cupcakes

For the cupcake-loving Harry Potter fan in your life. Sunday Sweets: Butterbeer Cupcakes | amyBITES

April 04, 2011

Southwest planes grounded after rips found in fuselage

Aging planes. Heavy use. The skin of a jetliner shredding like tissue paper at 30,000 ft. NTSB: Cracks found in 3 grounded Southwest planes - Yahoo! News
YUMA, Ariz. – Three more Southwest Airlines jetliners have small, subsurface cracks that are similar to the cracks suspected of playing a role in the fuselage tear of a Boeing 737-300, causing the aircraft to lose pressure and forcing a frightening emergency landing, officials said. The 5-foot-long hole tore open in the passenger cabin roof area shortly after the plane left Phoenix for Sacramento, Calif., Friday afternoon. None of the 118 people aboard was seriously hurt as the plane descended from 34,400 feet to a military base in Yuma, 150 miles southwest of Phoenix. Since then Southwest grounded its 79 other Boeing 737-300s and began inspecting them.

April 01, 2011

Blizzard announces Crabby the Dungeon Helper, a dungeon with no light, a Horadric Cube app, and a way to play Starcraft by flailing

Blizzard always go above and beyond for April Fool's. Dungeon Helper - Game - World of Warcraft See also the Tomb of Immortal Darkness. And the Horadric Cube app.

March 22, 2011

How to: Write a Manifesto

How To of the Day - The Daily What

Firefox 4 is out

Faster. More features. More customizable. Mozilla | Firefox web browser & Thunderbird email client

US Gov launches their own URL shortener

U.S. Government Launches 1.usa.gov URL Shortener | TPM Idea Lab
The federal government has launched a publicly accessible URL shortener in collaboration with popular short URL site bit.ly. Called 1.usa.gov, the URL shortener automatically creates a short address for any .gov or .mil URL entered into bit.ly, j.mp or a government portal. Integrated functionality is expected to be announced shortly for mobile platforms and popular Twitter applications like TweetDeck and Seesmic. A URL shortener accessible only to federal employees, go.usa.gov was launched in 2010. While any member of the general public can access go.usa.gov links, only federal employees may create links with the service. 1.usa.gov, however, is publicly accessible; anyone who uses bit.ly can create a 1.usa.gov shortlink.

March 18, 2011

CNC-based tattoo machine randomly assigns religious denominations

Automatic CNC tattoo machine -- Ponoko – Blog The machinations...