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Why I don’t do Facebook:

There is one question that I hear all the time. Is Facebook going to last, or is it just a fad? My answer is always the same. If you are trying to find an excuse for not doing “social,” then Facebook is here to stay. But, if you ask “is Facebook going to last?” Then the answer is no; it’s already dying.

So I don’t know if this is true from personal observation, like I said, I don’t do Facebook, but I could have guessed at exactly the types of brain dead behaviors he describes. Been there, hated it.

(From “Facebook is Dying – Social is Not (by @baekdal) #opinion“, via Marginal Revolution.)

May 8, 2010   Comments Off

Making history

This very night, at approximately 1915, history was made as uniformed representatives of the United States, for the very first time in Iraq since the start of the war, prepared a batch of peanut brittle. It is believed, on the basis of no evidence, and zero research, that this is actually the first time peanut brittle has ever been prepared by US forces in the entire CENTCOM theater of operations.

Truly, a day that history will little remember and long regret.

May 2, 2010   1 Comment

Secure, Contain, Protect

This is fun: The SCP Foundation. A Wikipedia-style collaborative encyclopedia of made up facts about a fictional research facility dedicated to preserving—and preserving us from—strange, weird, occult, legendary, incomprehensible, reprehensible, harmless, supernatural and/or mysterious artifacts. Each entry describes a made-up object in the style of institutional paranoia that lends a touch of authority and bureaucratic madness.

It’s a bit of a mash-up, X-Files and the Twilight Zone rolled for the Web 2.0. It seems to be open to the public. I may have to add a bit of lore.

(Original article, via Evil Avatar – News Items.)

February 23, 2010   Comments Off

Wallpaper. Furniture. Two great tastes that… nevermind

I’m going through a backlog of posts from Cool Hunting. Here is a good one. This company refurbishes old furniture with wallpaper. First, they make wallpaper this awesome? Who knew? And secondly, I really like the style. I could see going crazy with this. My inner craftsman wants to know, how hard is this to do at home? The curmudgeon doubts that the surfaces hold up to anything more demanding than a glance.

Bryonie Porter Black

The handcrafted pieces aren’t just simple cut and paste jobs, but rather subtle and elegant pieces that dynamically engage simple furniture and enthusiastic prints. A black bureau with embossed black flowers elegantly boasts the clean lines of the piece, while a children’s bookcase displays a map of the world.

Bryonie Porter Map BookshelfBryonie Porter Yellow

(Original article via Cool Hunting.)

February 22, 2010   Comments Off