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Ragtime alla Turca

The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo strike again.

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Music, Video | , , , , | Comments Off

Avoiding Camera Loss

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Andrew McDonald keeps a set of photos on his camera just in case it is ever misplaced.

Brilliant and hilarious this is.

via Andrew McDonald via Cellar – Image of the Day

May 27, 2010 Posted by | How-To, Humor, Photography | , , , , | Comments Off

IRON BABY

A rich and brilliant baby just created the ultimate weapon!

via @hawkster

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Humor, Movies, Video | , , | 2 Comments

Vigilante Justice

Thousands shall die once Mel thinks the issue is "personal"

I was reading a book (Night Watch by Terry Pratchett) Which contained the quote, “But personal isn’t the same thing as important.” Which got me wondering, should importance be impacted by how personal the issue is? Perhaps you’re wondering how this relates to our good friend Mel.

Almost every movie with Mel Gibson contains some sort of “It’s personal” rational¹. in his movies this line of thought is portrayed as heroic and almost morally required. Now the Pratchett quote in context is rejecting vigilante justice. In the quoted context personal justice against an individual who murdered a man’s lover, whereas William Wallace was slightly different he went against an army, that is to say, a lot of individuals (who weren’t the ones who executed his wife) versus a single individual in Night Watch. I’m wondering if this is an issue of scale or something more… fundamental.

The purpose of government/religious arbitration was to proclaim consequences instead of personal justice because, and this is important, some people have a tendency to weight what personally affects them too heavily² or follow the I don’t get even, I get ahead³ mantra. If appropriately limited and viewed properly (two substantially big if’s depending) vigilante justice should be no more or less just than government issued judiciary justice under the same constraints.

Though after my recent “didn’t turn right in a right hand turn only lane” ticket of $240 +an additional $85 and a day in traffic school if I don’t want insurance costs to increase or my coworker’s recent seat-belt ticked of $140, I’m thinking the government might have lost sight of the limitations originally put into place to prevent excessive punishment for the wrongdoing committed things like, you shouldn’t harm others more than you were actually harmed a.k.a. “an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth”.

Notes (examples):
¹ William Wallace kicks it into high gear after the some solders attempted to rape his wife and her subsequent execution due to his intervention of said rape.
² My eye is worth two of yours, because I use mine to see.Your eyes are of less value because I don’t use yours at all.
³ Example: Fool me out of $20 and I shall fool you out of $100.

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Philosophy, Rants | Comments Off

Google Wishes Pac-Man a Happy 30th Birthday

Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man!

Yes. It’s playable.

Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man (not to be confused with Pac-Man)! Even at 30, you still manage to frustrate the hell out of me.

via @jeremydizon

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Games and Gaming, Humor | , | 1 Comment

Facebook Privacy Scanner

Facebook Privacy Scanner

Facebook’s privacy settings are a confusing mess of bantha poodoo. Luckily, ReclaimPrivacy.org has a handy bookmarklet that rates your privacy levels on Facebook. Simply:

  1. Go to their website
  2. Drag the bookmarklet to your browser bookmarks bar
  3. Log into Facebook
  4. Click on that bookmarklet you just saved

You can see my results in the screenshot above (yay!).

via ReclaimPrivacy.org via Lifehacker

May 17, 2010 Posted by | How-To, News | , , | 1 Comment

The Concert @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Concer @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum holds classical music concerts weekly and makes them available on their website for download. You can also subscribe to their concert podcast.

I’m currently being blown away by some amazing music right now by composers that I’ve never heard of. Tonight’s performance, Episode 94, isn’t posted on the archives page yet. I’ll be sure to update this post when it does. If you want to hear kick-ass harp and violin, definitely check it out.

I love the descriptions given at the beginning of each concert. They give insight into the music I’m about to listen to. Apparently I can’t copy and paste the episode description out of iTunes. Lame. Here’s a screenshot:

The Concert - Episode 94

The Concert @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Music | , , , , | Comments Off

MetaX – Video File Meta Data Tagging

  MetaX

I started a project not long ago to convert my physical DVD library into a digital movie library. One of the things I used to obsess over is entering every bit of meta data for each video file. Now with two kids, I slowly fell off that bandwagon.

Until now.

Luckily there are both Windows and Mac OS X versions of the software.

via Kerstetter.net via Lifehacker

May 16, 2010 Posted by | How-To, Mac, Movies, Productivity, Software, Television, Windows | , | Comments Off

The iPhone 12GV

The iPhone 12GV (www.foxtrot.com)

Foxtrot nails it again.

This reminds me of the awesome Palm IX.

The Palm IX (www.fool.com)

via Fox Trot

via Fool.com

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Humor, iphone | , , | Comments Off

How To Pack 10 Days of Clothes in One Carry-On

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If you’re looking for tips on how to pack your bags efficiently for air travel (or any travel, really), what better person to ask than a flight attendant?

Heather Poole, a flight attendant from Los Angeles, demonstrated how to pack enough for a 10-day trip into a single standard carry-on.

via The New York Times via Lifehacker

May 10, 2010 Posted by | How-To, News | , , , , | Comments Off

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