"Murphy was an optimist!"
Too much open..here comes the link dump May 17, 2009 3:04 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Cool Sites, Of Interest
I often will see a link in Twitter or on Popurls and open it in another Firefox tab with the intention of reading it and/or blogging about it. Sometimes the link opens a picture that I want to photoshop. More times than not I skim these articles in 30 seconds and leave them for later. Eventually I dump them to Delicious tagged "toread" or "toblog" or I bookmark all the tabs in Firefox and close the window. In either case, I rarely return to the article and you miss out of mind altering, earth shattering, life changing commentary and information that sits collecting dust on an electronic shelf. One of these links could have saved the world! So, for society, I give you my tabs: (click more to read them)
- Flickr – STS-125 Atlantis Solar Transit (200905120002HQ)
Because this is really cool! My thought had been to make a short movie or animated gif that pans back to show the whole sun with a Watchmen smiley face and blood dripping down it. The preferred picture I wanted to use for the animation was the Hubble/Shuttle hookup in front of the sun picture.
- Star Trek Movie Quick Recognition Chart
Funny and true. Not sure what I was going to do with this one. Probably just file it on Delicious.
- How to Elevate Your Website Design Process and Results
This gets filed under Delicious as CPD and design. It’s a design tutorial using the 960 grid system to speed design. Of course, I’m not an artist or designer so this is a little out of scope for me.
- Speaking and Presenting- Your Next Actions
First off, I’m a bit of a Chris Brogan fan. I used to think he was just one of those egotistical Internet superstars but, like Leo Laporte and Robert Scoble, he has the stature and fame for a reason. All that aside, I love public speaking and entertainment. I think eventually my career will move toward speaking engagements and teaching so I like reading articles like this.
- Google Friend Connect overview
I have this open as a reminder to incorporate it in to the new Reality Me design which I hope to do before I die. Robert Scoble discusses using Google Friend Connect Adding Google Friend Connect is an example of how hard it is to join the 2010 web
- 100 (Really) Creative Business Cards
This is for inspiration both in virtual design and physical design. Although the presentation is about business cards, the out-of-the-box thinking could be used anywhere.
- 7 Powerful image carousels for web designers
I collect references like this and save them on Delicious so that if a future project/client needs something like an image carousel I can quickly present options for their particularly situation. For instance, the same WYSIWYG editor may not solve all client’s needs. At times, I was a huge FCKeditor fan but often used TinyMCE as a preferred solution. When I can, I use Xinha. But having a great reference to wysiwyg editors helps me deliver the right solution quickly.
- The last word: Advice from ‘America’s worst mom’ – THE WEEK
I want to blog about this. This is the subway mom. She is the lady who let her 9 year old find his own way home in New York City. There was outrage but she did the right thing! The Transit Authority rules state to ride a subway alone a child must be at least 8; however, a conductor called the police when she let her 10 year old navigate from a stop near her residence to a stop where his friend’s parents were waiting. Our society has taken paranoia, overprotection, and nannying to a harmful level. I want to post some commentary about how more parents need to give their children the liberty to roam because our instilling fear in them holds more risk to our society than letting them be out of reach.
- Legalization? Now for the Hard Question
I bookmark these in Delicious because I have predicted that not long from now marijuana will be legal in the United States and I like following its news. I despise cigarettes but I do think marijuana should be legalized. I could say make cigarettes illegal and keep marijuana illegal but I don’t believe that. I could go on a long diatribe about the political history been making marijuana illegal but all of that has been written. In short, we ruin people’s lives, waste billions of dollars, and deny medical relief to people over something that is less harmful than the alcohol millions of Americans pour down their throats every evening. Here’s some related Doug trivia for irony: At the University of Tennessee, I was the president for the organization Student’s for a Smoke-free Campus which was responsible for removing smoking from campus buildings. The goal was completely smoke-free buildings but we had to concede to no smoking in the buildings as long as a few stairwells were designated smoking areas.
- Happiness Is … Being Old, Male and Republican
Uh? I’ll have to bookmark this to read later.
- Attorney gets arrested at courthouse for possession of marijuana
Just a news article that popped up on Popurls to add to Delicious.
- Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
Apparently Popurls had a little marijuana theme running today. This one gets bookmarked and maybe read one day (particularly if I ever end up with cancer)
Really cool looking animation project. Will have to watch this one day if I ever get around to it.
- Wonderbra: ecco chi ha colpito quei ragazzi!
Funny worksafe Italian commercial for the wonderbra.
- Make the video buzz
More commentary on Make the Girl Dance video but in a language I don’t understand.
- Do Web Entrepreneurs Still Need Venture Capitalists?
This will get filed under Delicious as it related to my business sector. Information like this helps me give the correct advice to my clients. Of course, one day I hope to be in the situation of needing venture capital.
- XGS PIC 16-Bit Development System
When I win the lottery and don’t have to work all the time anymore, I want to play with stuff like this. In the meantime, I’ll add it to my Maker Shed wishlist.
- 35 Online Tools That Make Your Freelance Career Easier
These get filed on Delicious under CPD. I already use many of these tools but I always take time to examine lists like this to make sure I’m being as efficient as possible in my work.
- Can Happiness Be Inherited?
This is important to me as I have spent a large percentage of my life feeling unhappy and I want my children to be happy.
- Facebook Prepares To Launch Live Video Chat Product
This is important to me as it defines a trend and possible powershift in my industry (although I don’t think it will shift any power what-so-ever.)
My new favorite mindmapping software for organizing my thoughts.
Coldplay is giving a CD away via free download until they play their final show in 2009. The site has been overloaded and I’ve kept it open waiting for an opportunity to download it. This comes with a certain guilt considering so many artists are suing Coldplay for theft of works.
Checking out another streaming music site. And the TechCrunch article talking about Play.fm
- Binge drinking may lead to dementia: Study
I was a binge drinker in college and I had an Aunt with dementia and Alzheimer’s. I’m always felt I didn’t have the greatest memory so this is a health concern for me to read on later. Tab goes to Delicious under health
- What Do Americans Want? Legal Pot, White House Online Survey Reports
The Washington Post discusses an online survey released by the White House from "Citizen’s Briefing Book" that says Americans are less concerned about the economic crisis, War on Iraq, or saving Social Security and more interested in legalizing pot, playing online poker, and cracking down on Scientologists. I have this set aside for personal commentary but in the meantime will be filing it at Delicious.
Back in 1997, myself and every other ISP/web developer wanted to make the ultimate cookie cutter website creation system that both had clients paying to use your wizard to create their website (non-labor revenue), incorporated buying a domain name from you (non-labor sales), and hosted with you (non-labor recurring revenue). Looks like SquareSpace is doing really well with this. I have this open for professional reasons to evaluate their service and be able to refer my clients to them when applicable.
I really want to get into podcasting and do at least one show that includes guests. TalkShoe provides group collaboration and teleconferencing particularly for podcasts.
This Youtube video discusses the misconceptions about evolution. I want to watch the 10 minute video with my children and discuss it with them.
- The science of voodoo: When mind attacks body
This is a science article discussing how we can think ourselves to death. I have it set aside both for interestng reading and thinking about holistic approaches to healing. Filing on Delicious under health.
- Fake DHS "photography license" for fake no-photos laws
I want to make one of these for everyone in my family that has a camera! On the back, I want to print The Photograher’s Right on the back. See also Legal Handbook for Photographers-The Rights and Liabilities of Making Images, UK Photographers Rights, and NSW Australia Street Photography Legal Issues.
- Ubuntu One: Future of Ubuntu?
The future? Cloud computing? Just open to read later. Moving it to delicious under toread.
That’s enough for now. Many more tabs to close but both family and work call.trackback