Being Interesting

Russel Davies writes about how to be interesting (unrelated to the recent brouhaha surrounding the Flickr interestingness patent). This seems to be related to the phenomenon of homophily (the tendency to associate with people like yourself). By stepping outside of your comfort zone to learn and try new things you are breaking from the personal inertia that binds so many of us to our boring daily routines.

Michael J. Fox, Rush Limbaugh, and Stem Cells

(via Donklephant) The Washington Post reported on Rush Limbaugh’s outrageous attack on Michael J. Fox for political ads backing candidates who support stem cell research. Mr. Fox suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, one of many terrible ailments that stem cell research may help cure. Mr. Limbaugh accused him of faking his symptoms and not taking his medication to increase the impact of the ads. This is an appalling lack of sensitivity for a person dealing with a serious illness. I’ve listened to Mr. Limbaugh’s show since I was a child, though I generally disagree with his views on social policy I find it interesting to hear the conservative side of political issues. I’m curious if he would similarly attack Nancy Reagan […]

Don’t Download This Song

(via Forever Geek) Weird Al Yankovic, who was by the by one of my favorite artists in middle school (I owned all his albums on cassette), has released a wonderful educational song that I think even the Boy Scouts of America would love. The song is really quite catchy, and it’s a free download from his website along with the James Blunt parody You’re Pitiful (MP3 Download).

World Series Bound

Congratulations to the Detroit Tigers who are headed to the World Series for the first time since their 1984 Championship (when I was just 4 years old). It’s great to see the team doing well again after near historic lows just a few years ago. It’s good for fans and it’s good for Metro Detroit. I’ll be rooting for them in the World Series.

Freedom isn’t always fun

I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the years studying, debating, and working to understand the creation, distribution, and use of information. I strongly believe in the freedom of information. Freedom of speech, thought, and conscience are not just nifty ideas they are the foundations of a just society and a happy life. Information and knowledge yearn to be free. Ideas have a need to grow and spread or wither and die based on their validity and usefulness.

Geek Reading

Just a few links to sites that I’ve been enjoying lately. 24ways.org is a sort of blog advent calendar. It’s a collaborative effort by a number of talented designer / developers. There is a nice mix of topics and fresh content every day until Christmas. I’ve enjoyed the articles on Ajax and blockquotes. Check it out for yourself, there is a little something for everyone. Lifehacker is a blog full of tidbits that are of interest to the modern web geek. It’s got a number of contributors that post on topics such as being more productive, new software tools, fun web sites, and more. New content is posted throughout the day Monday through Friday and they seem to take the […]

Reorder Applications in Windows Taskbar

(via Lifehacker) TrayIt! is a Windows application that allows you to minimize an application to your system tray (removing it from your taskbar) and restore it later. The beauty of this is that it finally allows the really obsessive compulsive among us to reorder applications in the taskbar by minimizing them to the system tray and restoring them in the order you want. This allows you to keep applications in just the order you like them… joy of nitpicky joys. (Seriously, having them out of order drives me nuts). Windows really should have quick drag and drop reordering in the taskbar but this is a decent workaround.

Words Don’t Suffice

The attacks on London today are another example of evil at work on our world. Our sympathies go out to everyone who has been hurt or killed and their loved ones. It’s a struggle to find strong enough words to describe the terrorists who would carry our such evil acts toward fellow human beings. I went through my library of curse words and can find none strong enough for individuals that evil and vile. “Evildoers” is too forgiving, they are not simply doing evil, they are in their hearts and souls so hopelessly beyond good that it is chilling to ponder for anyone with even a hint of compassion or goodness in them. Londoners today are feeling the same pain […]