2004mar06. I used to read Salon.com a lot. Now you have to sit through a full-page flash advertisement (once a day) to get any actual article youd like to read. First you click on a splash screen, then you watch the ad for a gaydar"-themed television series created by a rabid right-wing television station, and then you can enter Salon premium. Then you are released unto Salon.com proper (or maybe not – the last time I tried to do this, the flash ad kept repeating before it would get to the end), where among the five ads wrapped around the content, at least three of them are for the aforementioned Gaydar reality show (Im just assuming its a reality show. Thats all there is now, really). And really, its not like I sat around and watched the ad while it was playing. This is a computer Im on here, and Ive got nine kabillion windows open. You, my pathetic little flash advertisement, can sit in the background grinding away with whatever memecrap you think youre cramming into my headspace, but youre just little numbers spinning lazily in my taskbar. I only see the first frame of the ad, and the last, which, typically, are the exact same things that appear as static ads on the Salon.com content page. Your little robot talkie shill is completely ineffective and redundant. I dont go to Salon.com anymore, so now even the non-moving advertisements are no longer penetrating my soft, delicate/innocent eyeballs.
Salon.com is like the RealPlayer of media websites.
Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu has been added to your rental queue.The page also features a section entirled more movies with Shirley MacLaine. [FX: netflix.com sheepishly draws figure eights in the dirt with its foot]
Other movies with the same director, actor, and/or genre:
- Gangsta King: Raymond Lee Washington
- Raising Tennis Aces: The Williams Story
– Nastys World: White Knuckle Extreme
– Boys of 2nd Street Park
2004mar21. Language Hat kicks the 100 Most Mispronounced Words list in the face, and this churns up another bit about the difference between duct and duck tape. This then reminds me of putting duct tape all over a dryer duct years ago and watching it just fall off days later.
2004mar25. Photos from road trip. Tucumcari, New Mexico.
2004mar31. Netflix (Wired article from December 2002) is a subscription DVD rental service. For $20 a month, you select three movies that youd like to watch, and these are mailed to you. You can keep them as long as you like. When youre done with one or more, you mail them back, and the next movie(s) youd like to see is mailed to you. No late fees, no were out of that one. The only problem with Netflix is their rental queue design, which is minimalistic and yet atrocious. Netflix Freak looks like it takes care of some nagging UI problems plus adds plenty of bonus additional extra features.
2004mar31. Yeah! Thats what we need! The FBI, the CIA, the NSA, that other one that is more seekrit than the NSA, the TSA, the DHS, ECHELON, INS, IRS, DEA, ATF, the shadow government, state and local police, the impotent mall security guard ... its not enough. Soon, all U.S. citizens will be employed at one of several hundred TLAs which will spy on all the other TLA employees and themselves. Weee! We all get to wear sharp uniforms! [via doc]
2004mar31. I am travelling to Japan and various other countries. In a month. An article in Wired mentioned that theres discussion about using GPS instead of normal addresses in Japan, where sometimes the taxi drivers have to ask around to find a certain location. But I cant find any of this discussion. Really what Im looking for is a big ole list of interesting/relevant landmarks with accompanying lat/long readings. ARE YOU THAT LIST?