Last.fm has partnered with BBC Radioâs pop music stations to show users of the social music service whatâs being broadcast. Users are then able to view charts of what has been most-played on Radio 1, Radio 2, 1 Xtra, and BBC 6, as well as compare thei
“The Clean Airwaves Act assumed that fucking is a participial adjective. But this is not correct. With a true adjective like lazy, you can alternate between Drown the lazy cat and Drown the cat which is lazy. But Drown the fucking cat is certainly not interchangeable with Drown the cat which is fucking. If the fucking in fucking brilliant is to be assigned a traditional part of speech, it would be adverb, because it modifies an adjective and only adverbs can do that, as in truly bad, very nice, and really big. Yet “adverb” is the one grammatical category that Ose forgot to include in his list! As it happens, most expletives aren’t genuine adverbs, either. One study notes that, while you can say That’s too fucking bad, you can’t say That’s too very bad. Also, as linguist Geoffrey Nunberg pointed out, while you can imagine the dialogue How brilliant was it? Very, you would never hear the dialogue How brilliant was it? Fucking.”—What the F***?
“you can predict the weather yourself. When you make prediction for a particular time and place, the site will go check all of its data sources and record what really happened, and give you a score based on how right you were. It could turn out that a random person is a better predictor of the weather than a professional meteorologist or organization. That person could even be you. Since the site will be tracking the accuracy of all of this, you’ll be able to see who is more right, and follow them.”—Magnetbox - The wisdom of clouds
“The argument descends still further into nonsense: “…they all offer the same experiences - read the story, watch the video, download the podcast, subscribe to the news feed and so on.” Well that’s two of the five senses. What do you want? News you can smell? And what advantage do newspapers offer here? You can read the story and look at the pictures. Beyond that? Well, I suppose you can make the newspaper into a hat. That’s the problem with the internet: you can’t make it into a hat. And people will always need hats.”—Telegraph Blogs : Technology : Shane Richmond : October 2007
Excellent idea from Merlin Mann: Internet “Snooze” feature
Every social site with “friends” functionality needs a per-friend “snooze” functionality, along the lines of:
When I’m logged-in, silently hide all new [tweets | journal entries | photos | links | foo] by this friend for n days
Whether it’s necessitated by an overblogged conference, a messy breakup, an adorable puppy, that new Nikon, or a bout of non-specific update mania, we all need a break from the onslaught now and again. I shouldn’t have to (sigh) “de-friend” someone to realize that break.
And, yes, you may most certainly snooze me, too. That is the whole idea.
“I love this time of year. Thomas Wolfe said “All things on earth point home in old October: sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.”—This Is This » Blog Archive » Writes Of Autumn
“The imagination needs moodling — long inefficient, happy idling, dawdling, and puttering. People who are always briskly doing something and as busy as waltzing mice, they have little, sharp, staccato ideas…But they have no slow, big ideas.”—Creative Generalist
“Suddenly, the concert of the decade was interrupted by a distraught middle-aged neighbour pleading with them to shut up because she had to go to work in the morning. The crowd jeeringly dismissed her, and eventually the police arrived, at which point Barat and Doherty heroically launched into a rendition of Guns of Brixton, thereby well and truly sticking it to the man. As I watched, I found myself wishing we lived in a ruthless police state. I wanted that party broken up by stormtroopers. I wanted them to beat Barat unconscious with his stupid guitar and ram a sparking 250,000-volt Taser into Doherty’s gormless Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man face.”—Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Charlie Brooker on disruptive party-throwing neighbours
“Perhaps the most irritating thing about these fucking shirts is that the people who wear them don’t experience the same amount of irritation and anger that the rest of us - the ones who actually have to see the damn shirts - feel everytime they come within fifty feet. They get to walk around life, oblivious to the endless banality of their torso slogan, while the rest of us are constantly confronted with smug horseshit like “If I throw a bone, will you leave?” I mean, really, how does one respond to crap like that?”—GODDAMNIT: Stop Wearing Stupid Slogan Shirts | The Best Article Every day