Flickr’s Tubes
July 19, 2006, 9:54 pm
Filed under: News, Technology

We all know by now the internet’s not a truck, it’s a series of tubes. And it appears that Flickr has got its tubes chock full of material right now. Flickr has a knack for humorous error messages, and for its largest site outage in a long time, they’ve decided to give users something to do while the site is down.

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Six Ways to Fix MySpace in 2006
January 26, 2006, 11:45 am
Filed under: News

MySpace, you've hit critical mass. A giant media conglomerate owns you, every major-label band has a page, and you're sponsoring events and concerts all over the nation. It's time to realize that you're not a grass-roots little social networking website anymore. It's time for some changes: Continue reading

Drugs… A Thing of the Past?
November 29, 2005, 3:23 am
Filed under: News

I came away from reading Chicago economist Steven D. Levitt's recent book, Freakonomics, with a Republican-esque disdain for the (illegal) drug industry. The crack boom helped knock blacks a few decades backward in catching up to white America's socioeconomic status, fuel a crime wave that lasted until the early 1990s, and basically fuck us up humanity in ways we'll probably never fully understand. But, now I'm starting to think that just as the "crime wave" peak of the 80s was followed by a just-as-large trough, we could be seeing the waning popularity of drugs in the coming years. Continue reading

Introverts Do It Better
November 29, 2005, 2:50 am
Filed under: News

I've always been introverted, and above average in the smarts department, but until now I only had years of As and high standardized test scores to back me up in my claim of intellectual superiority. I knew someday, some scientists would cook up something else for me to fuel my claims, and that day has come. Continue reading

Hitting the Campaign Trail (Again)
November 2, 2005, 1:02 am
Filed under: News

Let's recap. The Miers nomination finally fizzled out, Libby was indicted, and the rest of the White House clan (Rove, Cheney, Card) is still in danger. For the first time in five years, the Bush Administration hasn't gotten away with their antics. I said it before the 2004 election, reaffirmed it afterward, and I'll point it out once more: The Republicans asked for "four more years" and now they've got them. Continue reading

200 Years Ago…
October 26, 2005, 3:07 am
Filed under: News, Personal

Right now, I'm leeching an unsecured Wi-Fi conneciton up in one of the very few areas that has already gotten power back up, so I'll make this post quick.

Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida as a major hurricane (Category 3), but nothing even remotely close to the level with which Hurricane Andrew hit us. Despite this, Wilma dealt a crushing blow to South Florida's entire infrastructure, especially power (and subsequently communications). Many of Florida Power and Light's power substations were severely damaged by debris, and as such FPL is restoring power at a painstakingly slow rate. Continue reading

We Are Still Racists
September 3, 2005, 11:54 am
Filed under: News

Apparently, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there has been a difference in the vocabulary used when describing the manner in which its white and its black victims gather supplies. Apparently, while blacks loot their supplies, whites find them. Continue reading