Friday, July 21, 2006

Spore: Robin Williams Demo

Can't wait for EA to release Spore -- one of the most creative "games" to come out in decades.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Net Neutrality Primer

If you spend any amount of time surfing the Web, you've probably come across the term "net neutrality." But what is it, and why is it stirring up controversy in Congress, the business world and the blogosphere? Here's a quick primer in text, or via video:

Monday, July 17, 2006

School fundraisers... made easy, thank goodness!

Candy bars, cookie dough, lollipops. Sound like the corner candy store? No -- they're all popular school fundraisers. It's time to put a stop to all this sugar-laden fund raising, and teach kids how to eat better and power their schools with money from healthy sources.

Check out -- they couldn't make it any easier to order healthy products, earn serious money, and speed cash to schools. Back to school is nearly here -- spread the word!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Wifely Kudos: Harry Potter Pride!

For the past two years, Debbie has been working her butt off as the head of Lumos 2006, a non-profit, educational conference set for the last week of July in Las Vegas. Putting her admin skills to excellent use, she and her dedicated unpaid crew have turned the event into a sold-out affair with all the bells and whistles.

Imagine my pride when this happened last week, as reported in today's Luminosity newsletter for event attendees:

By Genii Grimsley

Last month, Harry and the Potters asked people to submit titles for a new song. In the past month, you responded by sending us a ton of lovely and hilarious possible song titles. Unfortunately, only one winner could be picked, but Harry and the Potters were up to the challenge. The band chose their favorites in a blind vote based solely on the song titles.

Nonetheless, the winner of the song title contest is none other than our Minister of Magic, Debbie McLain, who submitted the title “Let’s Drink to Aragog.” In a quick interview with the band, they told us, “We chose ‘Let’s Drink to Aragog’ because, like the scene from the book, the whole idea of raising a glass to this hideous monster is rather absurd.” Harry and the Potters will award Debbie with a hygiene kit, an autographed t-shirt, a poster, and a set of the band’s CDs. In addition to all of that, Debbie will receive the ultimate prize of hearing her song played at Lumos for the first time ever.

Once again, Lumos and Harry and the Potters would like to thank everyone for submitting their wonderful titles. For now, the band “expect[s] to spend the next few weeks in the van passing around all sorts of sing-a-long verses in preparation for the premiere of this song at Lumos.” We will see everyone in just a few short weeks. Don’t forget to bring a glass to raise to Aragog as Harry and the Potters sing their brand-new song!"


Friday, July 07, 2006

Best Whiteboard on the Internet

This is one of those great tools that the Internet was born to host! A free online white board that you can easily invite people to collaborate with. With a plethora of features and no membership required. Great for small businesses, not for profits and just people that want to share ideas.
Bloggers & "Ted Hitler"

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin 1
Conspiracy Theorist 0

All About The Pentiums... Baby!

Net Neutrality Has a Spokesperson: The Village Idiot

The Net neutrality bill took kind of a weird turn despite its defeat, when the public got to hear the mouthpiece for the telecom industry, Senator Ted Stevens. Wow. Stevens, an Alaska Republican, made a 10-minute speech before Congress that was something of a cross between a comedy act by Professor Irwin Corey and testimony by Casey Stengel, both famous for flubs, non sequiturs, and double-talk.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Losing their jobs and even their iPods

National Semiconductor giveth, and it taketh away. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company gained loads of publicity last month for announcing plans to give every employee a 30-gigabyte video iPod. Last week, the company laid off 35 employees at its Arlington plant. To the surprise of some at the plant, the laid-off workers were asked to give back their high-tech toys.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Mr. Firefox looks to the future

Excellent interview with one of the guys behind Firefox, the anti-Internet Explorer web browser. One of the more interesting passages: "Q: Microsoft essentially allowed Internet Explorer to go dormant for several years, until Firefox started coming along and chipping away at its market share. What do you think about that, and what does that say about the state of competition?"

"Ross: That makes me furious, to be completely honest with you. That, more than anything, is why we really had to start Firefox in the first place... The truth is I think Microsoft is very directly responsible for spyware and adware and the pop-up ads in general that proliferated across the Web after they abandoned their product. I mean, this is the world's most-used software application ever ... and I just think it's irresponsible for a company to abandon it simply because they can't find a financial incentive to continue development on it."

Right on!