May 2009


too awesome for words really.
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I am fine with labeling myself a “fan boy” for Google.  Google has become about so much more than a search engine. And, yeah, they’re a ridiculously profitable behemoth but they continue to put out quality products. Gmail? Best email you can use. Google Calendar…Google Docs…Picassa…it goes on and on.

But, coming later this year comes their latest addition to the internet. And this one might, according to some (possibly hyperbolic) reports, change the internet for us all.

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Meet Google Wave.  It is being positioned to revolutionize how we, as internet users, communicate with each other. Be it Personal, Business, or what have you the Minds of the big G are thinking BIG when it comes to their plans for Google. Here’s an explanation from the Official Google Blog:

Here’s how it works: In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use “playback” to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.

As with Android, Google Chrome, and many other Google efforts, we plan to make the code open source as a way to encourage the developer community to get involved. Google Wave is very open and extensible, and we’re inviting developers to add all kinds of cool stuff before our public launch.

Pretty cool right? Well it doesn’t stop there…here’s some more awesome info via the boys over at Mashable:

Google Wave also supports the ability to drag attachments from your desktop into Google Wave. It loads that file and sends it immediately to anyone in the conversation. It’s also embeddable, so you can embed Google Wave conversations on any blog.

…it looks very similar to a Gmail inbox, except it’s more focused on your contacts, whose faces you can see in your contacts sidebar on the left. As for conversations, well, it’s a bit different than anything we’ve seen before. You can reply and add your thoughts anywhere within a message. Communication within Google Wave is completely shared.

The key to it all is the faster line of communication. Attaching documents, like you do in email, is unnecessary in Google Wave. Real-time conversations and collaboration make it an ideal tool for business teams as well. Imagine an entire office having Google Wave open to quickly share and receive files. It combines some of people’s favorite aspects of many different web communication tools.

Excited yet? I dont know about you but my tech nerd side sure as hell is.

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Listen to LEE FIELDS on Myspace

Brooklyn NYC is known for a lotta things but I don’t imagine soul music is one of them. I mean, you think soul you think Detroit right? Well, Lee fields changes perceptions all around it would seem. This stuff sounds like it’d been perfect being released on Motown back in ’72. Just fantastic stuff.

At the risk of coming off as ‘Captain Obvious’ it’s fairly safe to say that Gay Marriage is a divisive issue. I personally have no problem with two people of the same sex getting married. Hell, why not. It’s not like it affects my day to day life in any way, shape or form. And, while I don’t see why people would get so worked being against the idea of it (I mean…really…how does it affect YOUR life. It doesn’t. In the slightest) I am fine with people having their opinion. Whatever. I don’t agree with you personally, but that’s the joy of America; you have the right to your opinion and I have mine.

And then you have jagoffs like Brenda Lee.

You see, Brenda Lee is a “journalist” for a monthly publication (The Georgia Informer) in Macon, Georgia. And she is totally against the idea of two people of the same sex being married. And, in her infinite wisdom, she decided she needed to share this belief with President Obama in the most direct way possible; by delivering a handwritten letter to him as he prepared to board Air Force One. Her logic? She has White House Press Credentials (according to her) so why shouldn’t she be allowed to get 2 seconds of face time with the President?

Oddly enough, the Secret Service didn’t see it that way. And, seeing as how it is their job to make sure that every whack job in the world with a grudge or an opinion doesn’t get within sneezing distance of the President without being properly vetted and run through security they expressed as much to Ms. Lee. She didn’t like that too much and more or less said the hell with it. She stayed the course in an effort to pass notes to the President, warning from Secret Service be damned.

Wanna guess how that plan turned out? Well….
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Dumbass.

You’ve got to admit that it would be quite funny if a player suspended for PED got elected to start in the All Star Game. You can get more info by CLICKING HERE

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I can support this idea on the surface. Mostly because the idea of a Ron Burghandy movie set in the 80’s with Ron running around dressed in Sonny Crockett garb and sporting a mean coke habit has the potential to be hilarious.

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Or the, more likely, the whole thing could suck. Oh well, it’s a chance i’m willing to take if the movie ends up getting made.

And, here is a tribute to the real “star” of Anchorman; Brick Tamblin.

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Most people by now know what Web 2.0 is. But for those of you who might not, here is a quick definition via Wikipedia:

“Web 2.0” refers to what was perceived as a second generation of web development and web design. It is characterised as facilitating communication, information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. It has led to the development and evolution of web-based communities, hosted services, and web applications. Examples include social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs and folksonomies.

The term “Web 2.0” was coined by Darcy DiNucci in 1999. In her article “Fragmented Future.”

So, essentially, this blog…Facebook…Twitter…all of them are part of Web 2.0. Of course, I don’t claim to be an expert in such things but, if you break the definition down, those would seem to be just a couple basic examples of what Web 2.0 is. And, while everybody and their mother seems to have a blog and/or a Facebook account, nobody seems to be quite sure exactly what purpose Twitter can serve in the Web 2.0 world. Messaging system? Micro-Blogging?? Mundane reports on the users day to day life??? How about using it as a tool to raise awareness or funds for a good cause?

Think about it; if you have a good cause that might otherwise slide under the radar you can hit the Twitterverse and get your message out directly to people a lot quicker than other mediums. With the prominence of Twitter users getting their updates directly to their cell phones Twitter can seemingly provide a way to get your info out to people much faster than Blogs or Facebook in most cases. Of course, for your message to be effective you have to be getting it to the largest audience possible. Thankfully, Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame) has such an audience and showed that, yes, Twitter CAN be an effective tool to raise awareness/funds for a good cause.
From Paste Magazine’s website;

...in part thanks to Reznor’s Twitter presence and the letter he posted on the NIN website, the results of his fundraising were pretty astounding, collecting over $260,000 in one day. The total is still climbing, past $645,000…

it’s also worth pointing out that because of Reznor’s help those fundraising numbers were pulled in a WEEK.

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