“… to someone who is usually alone, going online feels distinctly social. I wonder if the internet, when relied upon for social stuff, ends up being malnourishing— not unnourishing, exactly (it won’t cause hunger), but the wrong kind of sustenance.”—Magic Molly: Gardening with brains
Another GTD classic from Lifehacker. A productivity wishlist. Productivity. Wishlist. Ha. Ha ha ha ha ha. Oh, my sides. Stop it, you’re making me laugh. I did the dusting and mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors this morning, and that was me done for productivity until, ooh, about April.
There’s an obvious joke to be made here about greeting this news with a reflective pause and a period of silence. But I don’t feel like making it because, rarely for an occasion when famous people pop their clogs, I genuinely think that this is a sad loss.
“I’m getting paid a salary for the next fortnight even though I’m doing bugger all productive, and you’re surviving on nothing much and grafting hard in an attempt to celebrate Christmas as tolerably as possible.”—diamond geezer
“Now, what is it that banks are always telling us? Never (repeat NEVER) enter your personal details on a suspicious website. And what am I starting at? A big white screen with a small amateurish frame in the middle, like some web designers idea of cutting edge page layout 2001 style. Distinctly suspect.”—diamond geezer: Unverified by Visa
Speaking as someone who is most definitely not a ‘real sports fan’ (I can’t abide it, frankly), I think the problem with the Boat Race is that it still features only posh types from Oxford and Cambridge. Open it up to other universities, I say. Hull, preferably.
“Saying “I’ve just finished a giant blog” or “I’m writing a blog about cheese” confuses the container object for the constituent part. A blog carries with it expectations or overtones of archive, pace, time, multiple postings. Blogs don’t finish. If you’re writing a blog about cheese then I expect to see lots of posts about cheese, exploring dairy products from all angles, not one entry, about Edam.”—meish dot org » Let’s go over this again, shall we?
“Of course, the decentralized nature of the net means that it will never be physically full. As long as we can keep making hard drives, we won’t run out of space to store those inane videos of your Aunt Sally. What is full is our attention.”—Seth’s Blog: Warning - the internet is almost full
“They say that in a down economy and stock market, one industry that will undoubtedly do well is alcohol. Google apparently gets the message, and has updated their AdWords policies to allow ads for hard liquor.”—Google: Down Economy? Sell Booze Ads
Scientific tests “showed that dogs will stop doing a simple task when not rewarded if another dog, which continues to be rewarded, is present”. Quite right, too. There’s no good standing on your hind legs and appealing with puppy dog eyes if you don’t get a chocolate drop at the end of it, while Fido does.
“So much joyful digital stuff is only a pleasure because it’s hugely convenient; quick, free, indoors, no heavy lifting. That’s enabled lovely little thoughts to get out there. But as ‘digital natives’ get more interested in the real world; embedding in it, augmenting it, connecting it, weaponising it, arduinoing it, printing it out, then those thoughts/things need to get better. And we might all need to acquire some analogue native skills.”—russell davies: analogue natives
“When I meet new people I apologized to them all the time because I don’t want to get on any one’s bad side when they don’t know me. To the point where people seem to get seriously annoyed after a while … which makes me apologize even more. It’s an awful cycle really.”—i am neurotic » i’m sorry, so sorry
And iPhone apps continue to mark their descent from Fantastic to Useful via Pleasant Waste Of Time to Oh Please Enough iPhone Apps Already This Is Just Getting Silly. Personally, I’m still on the lookout for a report about the iPhone Lethal Injection Euthanasia App. It can only be a matter of time.
Talking Heads: Lifetime Piling Up - “I got bad coordination, stuck a pencil in my eye. I can hardly wait to get back home. Why is everybody gettin’ paranoid? I’s only havin’ fun. Scumbags and superstars, tell me your names; I’ll make a bet, you’re both the same.”
“Last time I closed something down on BBC Online I was described as a cow which caused my mother to splutter over her morning coffee. I’ve warned her that I’m closing something down again …”—BBC Internet Blog