Archive for the ‘General Nerdiness’ Category

Nerdy AND Anti-Palin

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

This is Sarah Palin’s new Twitter account (any wagers on whether Sarah knows how to post to Twitter?):


Note the text:

Bio: Creating New Energy for Alaskans as governor of the 49th state!

As pointed out by Gawker, this blatantly violates the 1st Law of Thermodynamics, a big no-no as far as reality and existence in this dimension goes.  Physicists and chemists everywhere should write Palin to inform her that she is toying with forces she couldn’t possibly understand.

Thanks for this, Gawker.  You’re always so trashy, but sometimes your trash smells oh so sweet.

Interestingly, while I was poking around on Twitter, I found California Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Twitter page (he’s one of the 7 people that Sarah Palin follows, along with Karl Rove and Newt Gengrich.  What a classy great group of people.), and noticed that he’s following almost as many people as follow him ( Following 43,369, Followers: 55,117).  That seems a little out of character for a public figure (Newt, for example, follows 92 people, while 214,506 lost souls follow him), but maybe that’s how Arnold keeps up with all of his many, many, many friends?

Unfixable Hack

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

These are words you don’t necessarily like to hear together if you work in the software industry.  But some clever hackers at the Hack in the Box Security Conference in Dubai just demonstrated a 3K file that is a permanent, unfixable hack to Windows 7.


Granted, you need physical access to the machine — it can’t be executed remotely.  So while it’s useful for an inside job, it wouldn’t be so useful if someone wanted to, say, crack into a computer at Credite Suisse from their couch.

Still, it’s bad.  Un-fixable, and totally untraceable.

Check it out: Security team shows unfixable Windows 7 hack at Electronista


Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

A cool ad campaign using stop-action video mixed with flash menus and pretty people:


via FormFiftyFive

Billy Dee!

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Isn’t Lando a handsome devil?


I’d like to sing the praises of this man for just a minute.  Who else could’ve played Harrison Ford’s old buddy / president of a cloudy oasis planet / Ewok air support commander Lando Calrissian with quite as much flair as this guy.  Certainly not Mark Hamil….

What ever happened to dear old Billy Dee?  He was great as Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman.  Then POOF!  Nothing.

Maybe it was that after playing Harvey Dent in the first one, he thought he’d get to play Harvey Two-Face in ‘That Horrible Batman Movie We’d All Like to Forget.’  As it turned out, no.  That dubious honor was handed to other three-namer, Tommy Lee Jones, who chewed up the scenery like a termite.

Did that leave him with such a bad taste in his mouth that he left the screen forever?  Did the industry just lose interest and relegate him to various TV and video game appearances (basically, the actor’s graveyard)?  Or is he, as we speak, staging a comeback?  Only time will tell.

In the meantime, here: let Billy Dee sell you some Colt 45.  It’ll make him (and you) feel better.

via FFFFound


Friday, April 17th, 2009

From Silicon Alley Insider:

Hulu iPhone App Coming Soon, ‘Badass’


Hermitage Beacon

Monday, April 13th, 2009

A few months ago a friend and I ventured up to Beacon on a whim (sort of).  She’d been traveling back from Seattle and had met an interesting guy on the plane — who told her about a store he’d opened up in Beacon, NY, and invited her to come visit.

Naturally, since my friend Liz is the adventuresome type (and the proud owner of a car), the two of us took a little road trip the next weekend up to this gentleman’s little shop.




Monday, April 13th, 2009

Kacie Kinzer, a student at Tisch in NYC, is working on a cool project called Tweenbots — little unmanned robots that can only move forward, but which have a destination that’s not in a straight line, and therefore depend on human interaction to get where they’re going (in this case, from the northwest corner to the southeast corner of Washington Square Park ).

Watch what happens:

Check out her site to get the full story.

And thanks, It’s Nice That.