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June 25, 2009

How To: Meet a Nerdy Girl

The Park Bench: How to Meet and Woo a Nerdy Girl
Tip #1: Know where to look. The number one thing to know about nerdy girls -- they're probably not going to be doing body shots at the local sports bar on a Friday night. If they're out partying, it's over a micro-brewed pale ale in the quiet corner of their local hole-in-the-wall watering hole. Other good places to spot nerdy women: libraries, bookstores, used bookstores, any other place with books you can think of, comic book stores, knitting stores, craft stores, sitting in the park...reading a book, the local cat fanciers convention, at a midnight showing of "Alien" or in their living rooms, watching "Firefly" again.
The other tips are fun and include #3: Read lots of books, #6: Be interesting and #2: look like Doctor Who (David Tennant) or John Hodgman.

June 18, 2009

OMFG! WolframAlpha Handles IP-based GeoLocation Look-ups!

Shit just got *real* people: 76.226.55.38 - Wolfram|Alpha All of...

The "Circle of No Life" can bite me

Dave Ex Machina - A Thousand Points of Articulation -- Is This the “I Don’t Even Own a TV” of the 21st Century? Dave Lartigue says it best.
This is an image that has been going round. Starting at the top and going clockwise, the logos are RSS, Flickr, Facebook, Gmail, Tumbler (so I’m told…I’ve never seen this logo on Tumblr), Blogger, and Twitter. I’m surprised no instant messenger software made it into the “Circle of No Life”. ... What AM I doing during those times? Well, through RSS I read blogs about politics, science, comics, boardgames, and other things that interest me, as well as hear how my distant friends are doing and what they’re thinking about. Flickr is my source for interesting and inspiring Lego creations. On Facebook I’m playing Scrabble with a local friend and a remote friend from high school who I recently got back in touch with through Facebook. I get to see videos of friends’ kids and talk to people I haven’t seen in decades. Gmail is one of my main forms of communication with people, since I absolutely despise the telephone. It’s another place I do a lot of talking with friends. Tumblr allows me to get jiggy and party with various historical personages. I don’t use Blogger, but my various blogs are this one, the one where I post about Legos, and the one where I post about the music I grew up with. All three are things I consider creative efforts. And Twitter, while mostly just goofiness, also lets me keep an eye on current events.

New legislation would make it harder for telecoms to cap bandwidth

Bill Targets Time Warner's Bandwidth Cap Plans
Proposed legislation would require large broadband providers to submit volume usage pricing schemes such as Time Warner's proposed broadband cap plan to the Federal Trade Commission for approval. If the FTC determines that a pricing plan is imposing rates, terms and conditions that are unreasonable or discriminatory, the agency would be given authority to can the plan. Prompted by the grassroots support for his opposition to Time Warner's proposed broadband cap pricing scheme, Rep. Eric Massa introduced June 17 the Broadband Internet Fairness Act (H.R. 2902) to require phone and cable companies to disclose their pricing plans to the Federal Trade Commission. The bill would give the FTC authority to prohibit a proposed volume usage scheme if the agency determines that the plan is imposing rates, terms and conditions that are unreasonable or discriminatory. The FTC would also be required to hold public hearings on the pricing plans submitted. The bill targets only broadband providers with 2 million or more subscribers.

June 17, 2009

TED: Q&A with Clay Shirky on Twitter and Iran

TED Blog: Q&A with Clay Shirky on Twitter and Iran
NYU professor Clay Shirky gave a fantastic talk on new media during our TED@State event earlier this month. He revealed how cellphones, the web, Facebook and Twitter had changed the rules of the game, allowing ordinary citizens extraordinary new powers to impact real-world events. As protests in Iran exploded over the weekend, we decided to rush out his talk, because it could hardly be more relevant. I caught up with Clay this afternoon to get his take on the significance of what is happening. HIs excitement was palpable. What do you make of what's going on in Iran right now. I'm always a little reticent to draw lessons from things still unfolding, but it seems pretty clear that ... this is it. The big one. This is the first revolution that has been catapulted onto a global stage and transformed by social media. I've been thinking a lot about the Chicago demonstrations of 1968 where they chanted "the whole world is watching." Really, that wasn't true then. But this time it's true ... and people throughout the world are not only listening but responding. They're engaging with individual participants, they're passing on their messages to their friends, and they're even providing detailed instructions to enable web proxies allowing Internet access that the authorities can't immediately censor. That kind of participation is reallly extraordinary.

How To: Easily enable tethering in your iPhone

Enable tethering shortcut found - iPhone 3.0 is Live! | 9 to 5 Mac A few quick steps. Super easy. There is currently a bug that temporarily disables voicemail though. No word from AT&T on how they'll charge for tethering.