Oct 09

Daily Links for October 23rd through October 27th

All excerpts are quoted from the respective link(s).

  • What Obama’s Doing With Fox News « Whatever – I think some people are under the impression that the White House wants Fox News to disappear. Nothing, I suspect, could be further from the truth. The White House is in fact delighted that Fox News and its merry cast of commentators exists. Nor is the White House vexed that its every pronouncement concerning Fox News solidifies Fox’s core audience; that’s actually the plan. The point is not to moderate Fox News by accusing it of being biased/not a real news organization/running or being the propoganda arm of the GOP; if anything, the point is to make it more extreme in the views it airs.
  • On The Origins And Meaning Of The Term, “The Villagers” | The Plum Line – To these bloggers, Quinn’s description of Washington as a “town” gripped with prudish outrage over the behavior of the rude and common impostor Bill Clinton seemed to capture a larger truth about the Beltway. Thus, to the bloggers, the term “Villagers” refers to the Beltway elite and the kind of small-town insularity, prudishness, clubbiness, status anxiety and addiction to catty gossip that D.C.’s elites are prone to on occasion.
  • Self-jiving Nation – Clusterfuck Nation – It begins to look now as if the Obama team is determined to run this creaking vessel right over the falls. We could have bravely faced the structural perversities in banking the past year, but we decided not to. So far only a tiny minority of the public – unfortunately the "tea-bagging" race-baiters – have been the only ones to squawk. I look around at my fellow baby-boomer ex-hippie, ex-political radical age-cohorts and I see a sad-ass claque of passive, played-out, defeated dreamers too depressed to form a coherent thought about what's really going on… lost in sentimental fantasies about "world peace," or free heart-transplants-for-everybody as they, the boomers themselves, lurch toward the graveyard.
  • Where the Jobs Are – Partnership for Public Service – Where the Jobs Are is the only comprehensive projection of hiring needs for critical occupations in the federal government. This edition is the third in an ongoing series produced by the Partnership for Public Service, covering fiscal years 2010 through 2012, and updating information in the 2005 and 2007 reports.
  • Create Your Own Comic | Marvel Super Hero Squad | The Official Web Site
  • Digital Signatures: Good Enough For Business? – A digitally signed contract is just as legitimate as one signed by hand in most countries. There is plenty of precedent dating from the time when people were first signing and returning contracts by fax. If you ever need to, you can take someone to court to enforce a contract signed electronically. However, policies on accepting digital signatures can vary from company to company. Where one company will be perfectly comfortable accepting all your paperwork by email, another may want you to fax or mail in signed documents. We’re moving towards being able to do business without hard copies of our documents, but we’re not quite there.

Sep 09

Daily Links for September 9th through September 10th

All excerpts are quoted from the respective link(s).

  • If You Printed The Internet … | CreativeCloud
  • Open Letter To The Angry Mob | APOLITICUS.COM – Don’t get us wrong. Individually, you may be top notch. You may be gentle folk who are saavy to the ways of the world. Like the good kid who starts to get bad grades when they hang out with the wrong crowd, you may have just lost your way. You may be dumb by association, or suffer from temporary dumbness. You may have a treatable version of dumb rather than a chronic dumb.

    It is with this hope, and with temporary absence of that guy in the bud hat sporting a “Obama eats puppies and washes them down with kittens” placard, that we offer you a few immutable facts to help you determine whether you are running with a smart angry mob or a dumb angry mob.

  • Google – Internet Stats – This Google resource brings together the latest industry facts and insights together in one place. These have been collected from a number of third party vendors covering a range of topics from macroscopic economic and media trends to how consumer behaviour and technology are changing over time.
  • Radical Right — Crazy Czar Conspiracies – The right wing's new conspiracy-based campaign against the Obama administration deals with special advisers to the President that conservatives and media are referring to as "czars."

Aug 09

Daily Links for August 24th

All excerpts are quoted from the respective link(s).

Jun 09

Daily Links for June 18th

  • The Simple Dollar » The Truth About Grocery Store Flyers – So, a few weeks ago, when I took a long look at the flyers from my grocery stores of choice, I happened to notice that some of the “big sales” listed in the flyer weren’t on sale at all. The price was exactly the same as what I usually paid.

    What gives? I did some research – calling and emailing a few people I know in the grocery business – and I came up with a few interesting facts about grocery store flyers.

  • TRUECAR – The Authority on New Car Pricing – Automobile pricing based on historical data.
  • Gizmodo – Smartphone Buyers Guide: The Best of the Best – Buyers Guide – We've selected the five phones that most feel like modern handsets to us—the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G S, the Palm Pre, the HTC Magic (or, as we soon expect, the T-Mobile G2) and the BlackBerry Storm—and broken them down by hardware, software and cost. This is a guide in the strictest sense, meaning we aren't declaring winners or losers, just giving you the information you need to make your own choice. So! On with the matrices.
  • Obama’s Financial Regulatory Restructuring is an “Industrial Policy” | The Big Picture – The grave risk in the plan is that it politicizes the Federal Reserve and, in certain instances, gives the Treasury a veto over Fed activity. This is particularly true for the implementing of the emergency powers that the Fed has used during the crisis. The Fed will have to obtain the Treasury Secretary’s written permission before an emergency action occurs. Do we really want to have an appointed cabinet officer in our government wield that power over our so-called independent central bank?
  • JPG Magazine: Stories: The Project: Fallen Princesses – These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The '…happily ever after' is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.

May 09

Daily Links for May 22nd

  • The Evolution of Cell Phone Design Between 1983-2009 | Webdesigner Depot – A visual history of cell phone design.
  • The Evolution of the Social Media API
  • Navigating the Dissertation – Boot Camp | Penn Graduate Student Center – As a part of our Navigating the Dissertation Series, our Dissertation Boot Camp was developed to help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process. By offering an environment and support for intense, focused writing time, the Camp provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process.
  • Topless Robot – The 10 Reasons Why Star Blazers Is Unbelievably Awesome Beyond Words – Adapted from Japan's Space Battleship Yamato series, the series marked the first time American audiences got a taste of how inventive sci-fi cartoons could truly be. It looked better than any other cartoon of the era because it featured 8,000 animation cells per episode as compared to the 3,000 used by most programs. It also had the benefit of perfect timing, appearing shortly after Star Wars reignited interest in all things science fiction. When the show made its American debut in 1979, kids raised on repetitive Filmation-style toons were captivated by the ways in which the adventures of the Star Force unfolded. Thus, a pop culture sensation was born.
  • The Inquirer Embarrassment Continues | Young Philly Politics – Ha. Ha. Ha. Those 'bloggers' and their internets tubes! Hey Harold, a blog is a tool, not a viewpoint. Shouting about blogs makes about as much sense as shouting about food processors. And considering that Jackson is going after Bunch, a guy who actually writes for a paper, it raises a question: If the problem is that fancy pants blogging, would Jackson feel better about if another reporter put it in the paper instead? That seems pretty strange.
  • Animatronic Obama Going to Disney World With High-Tech Style – NYTimes.com – The public is to get its first glimpse of “Robobama,” as it is known among some handlers, on July 4. The unveiling will be in a Disney World theater, alongside animatronic figures of every other president. As in the past, the program will end with each president nodding or turning toward the audience during a roll call, as if Mount Rushmore had suddenly come alive.