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Things I Found Interesting Around August 19th

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

All Feedback is Welcome

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Tr.im said they were shutting down. They said it was an unviable business model (I’m sure it is), while whining heavily about Twitter partnering with Bit.ly.

People were pissed and worried about link rot.

Tr.im says “Oh wow! You guys DO care about me!!” Plus, more whining about Bit.ly.

Bit.ly offers Tr.im $10,000 to take it over. Tr.im says:

They used this “offer” to inject themselves into the conversation, and generate attention for their shallow initiative to address link-rot. It was transparent, and so I rejected it.

I leave a comment pointing out how rather insane it is to reject an offer for a pile of cash for something you were just about to throw in the dumpster.

My comment is deleted.

Comments like this are all over:

Yes!! i really like tr.im. MUCH better than bit.ly

Whatever. All feedback is welcome my ass.

If Twitter Disappeared Tomorrow…

Monday, August 17th, 2009

…and all of my history of tweets were gone forever. I would be like “Aw. That’s really a bummer. That was lots of fun while it lasted.” Then I would go make a sandwich.

I Love Email

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

I wrote a post on CSS-Tricks one time called “Moving Boxes“. I now show up in Google fairly high for this search, and ever since, I get awesome emails like this:

HELLO C/S
I WANT TO ORDER YOUR MOVING BOXES,BELOW IS THE TYPE OF THE MOVING BOXES THAT I WILL LIKE TO ORDER. 4.5 cubic ft 24x18x18 INCHES BOXES AND I WILL NEED THE LARGE MOVING BOXES .AM DONATING THIS TO THE ROYAL ORPHANAGES HOME SO PLEASE GIVE ME THE TOTAL PRICE OF THAT 500PIECES OF THAT MOVING BOXES DONT ADD THE SHIPPING TO IT I WILL HANDLE THE SHIPPING MY SELF OK AND FOR THE PAYMENT I WILL LIKE TO PAY VIA MY MASTER CREDIT CARD FOR THE CHARGES OF THE 500 PIECES OF THAT MOVING BOXES OK SO I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO SEE THE TOTAL PRICE, BYE FOR NOW…PLEASE DO ADD YOUR FULL NAME AND YOUR PHONE NUMBER WHEN REPLYING ME.
REGARDS..

Super Shipping

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I was randomly sitting in a bar this past Saturday with some friends. I got to talking about how awesome I thought the show The Black Donnellys was. I ordered it through my Amazon app on my iPhone. A few hours later, still sitting at the bar, I got an email that my order has shipped. I kinda forgot all about it. That’ll happen when you spend the day inventing new drinks (e.g. “Church Juice” = Cheap Red Wine + Whiskey + Mt. Dew). Monday morning, delivery truck rolls up with a package. The Black Donnellys. Seriously? That is some super speed shipping.

Coraline on Blu-Ray

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

I am super pleased with my recent purchase of Coraline on Blu-Ray. I don’t buy a heck of a lot of DVDs or BluRay discs, but I was just enamored with the awesomeness of Coraline in the theater I had to own it (you know, to go with my poster, soundtrack, and original copy of the book).

I would have been pleased get a High-Def version of the movie, but much to my surprise, the movie is optionally playable in 3D as well! I saw the movie three times in theaters because I figured this would be the last time the movie would ever be watchable in 3D ever again. There are 4 sets of 3D glasses (old school tinted film glasses, JAWS style) that come inside the Blu-Ray case, so the whole family can watch. The 3D is of course not nearly as good as the modern technology in the theater is but it’s still pretty cool. It just strains the eyes quite a bit more, isn’t quite as intricate and really desaturates the color of the film.

It comes as a two-disc set, the additional disc being a DVD of bonus features, which I have yet to delve into but I’m sure are great.

My favorite part? It comes with a “Digital Copy”. Basically you toss the DVD in the computer, fire up iTunes, enter a code, and it downloads a copy that you can play on your digital devices (iPod, iPhone, etc). It’s still copy-protected though, which is lame, but at least it’s not illegal to transfer the video and watch it on other devices.

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