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"Murphy was an optimist!"

And I laughed until I cried… October 31, 2006 4:04 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cool Sites, Of Interest
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Now this is good blog! And if you read the comments, you’ll learn that the star of the story is someone’s dad.

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links for 2006-10-31 October 31, 2006 1:33 pm

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What is stress? October 31, 2006 11:37 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Stress is when the pressure builds up so much that you cannot stop shaking, it is hard to focus because your field of vision is reduced, you cannot concentrate enough to read a single sentence and comprehend it, short term memory vanishes, and ambivalence takes hold. Then the dominoes fall.

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Of Grasshoppers October 31, 2006 11:33 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
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Student: Nothing is going right today.
Master: Pick one thing that cannot possibly go wrong and do it next. Repeat.

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Got my Round Tuit October 31, 2006 10:34 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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I finally took the steps necessary to get an eye sore off the driveway. I am experiencing a little self-doubt as I wonder if I did all I could or all I should have. Movin on!

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Beep beep..around the earth it goes.. October 31, 2006 9:55 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest, Science, Technology
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This satellite tracking program gives the impression that we have so much junk floating around the earth that it is amazing we can launch a shuttle or rocket without knocking something down.

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A blogger’s mother has passed October 31, 2006 9:24 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Of Interest
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Alice of 10,000 Monkies and a Camera lost her mother in a car accident yesterday. Give her some good words.

I find it interesting how blogging creates connections between arbitary people. Without blogging, these arbitary people conceivably would never know of one another yet through the Internet we learn their faces, their secrets, their worries, their joys and we feel connected. So when a blogger suffers a loss of life or a hardship, other bloggers feel it too. Our world is smaller than ever and that is good.

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Trash is public domain October 31, 2006 8:15 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest, TV / Movies
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If you are a celebrity, make sure you shred your nude photographs (work safe) before throwing them in the trash and hiring someone to remove your trash for you.

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Picture of United States Population Density October 31, 2006 7:56 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Health, Of Interest
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Time Magazine has put together a picture showing US population density. 80% of the US live in metropolitian areas. Notice the great emptiness in Nevada. Can you say, "nuclear test site?" I knew you could.

In other charts, we have the cancer survival rates. Basically lists a bunch of cancers and shows the percentage of people that have survived 5, 10, 15 and 20 years with the diagnosis.

Now if we could create a chart that shows population density, cancer survival rates by region, and incidents of cancer by region, I think I could decide where to move.

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Videoblogging for money October 31, 2006 6:55 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : News, Of Interest, Publishing, Video
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Here is a little hint of what is to come. Google has announced that it will pay videographers $5 for every 1000 times their video is viewed on Google Video. This is not YouTube! This is Google’s answer to Revver which appends an advertisement to the end of user’s videos then pays the video maker 50% of the ad revenue every time it is clicked. Popular shows like Ze Frank’s The Show use Revver for revenue. He also sells candy. The Mentos guys made a bundle on Revver.

Grobe and Voltz, for instance, pocketed $35,000, their share of the ad revenue paid to them by Revver, for their first Coke-and-Mentos video back in July. Now, the pair could earn big bucks from Google if the latest video is a hit. The two are also hosting a video-making contest sponsored by Coca-Cola, which paid them an undisclosed amount. [Source]

I have been dying to try video publishing but I don’t feel I have the time (Ze Frank spends 6 hours creating his show of roughly 3 minutes; Rocketboom uses a staff and an entire day to produce a 3 to 8 minute show) or the tools (I really think a Mac makes video editing easier) to do it right. Maybe I should do it for the money instead of fun!

See also a similar articlea similar article now located on Tech Consumer (thanks Bob Caswell) and C|Net discussing Revver.

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