Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Land of the Lost -- Far Out!
- If you are somewhere where time is fluid and unstable anyway (i.e., you meet a guy from the Confederate Army who thinks the Civil War is still going on*) and you are a child whose mother died when you were little, and you miss your mother very much, why is it unreasonable to want to have her time travel from when she was healthy to come be with you now?
- If time is fluid and unstable, why wouldn't the adult version of you visit you as a child? Would you-child listen to you-adult?
- If you are in a pocket universe and you want to go somewhere else by making a raft and floating down the river, you will eventually come back to where you started. Also, if you stand on a high enough mountain and look off into the distance with binoculars, you will see the back of yourself standing on that same mountain.
- (SPOILER): OK, so try this out (kind of Möbius strippy) -- You learn from an alien ally that in order for the three of you to leave, you must be replaced by three others at exactly the same time, otherwise the imbalance that brought you here in the first place will nver be resolved. So, why not bring in the past versions of the three of you from immediately prior to your falling through the hole in the earth that took you to the waterfall. Therefore, you save your past selves (and thus your current selves) from falling to their deaths, and you get to go back to Earth. However, you sentence your past selves to having to come to the Lost dimension in the first place.
Also -- Sleestak photoshopping.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Non Google Search Options
If I could Frankenstein together the ultimate search engine, it would have the classy interface of Ask.com, the slang capabilities of YubNub, the page-preview functions of iRazoo, ChaCha's "video wall," and a Digg-like promote/demote feature. (It would also find me a cure for myopia, an affordable health-care plan, and a date for Friday night.) I could do without ChaCha's "live guides," but I plan to recommend the service to my grandmother.Of course, most people would trade all these features for one simple, reliable, do-everything search box. That's why none of these sites is likely to conquer Google anytime soon. (It's also why people are so excited about nascent "natural language" search technology, which lets you ask questions in plain English.) But as we become more adept at navigating the Web, more people are going to want more control over their search settings.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
- Lots of funny Marvel/DC action figure skits.
- Similpedia! If you have a block of text and you want to see what Wikipedia articles have to say about the content, check this out. (Trust me! -- Via MicroPersuasion.)
- Also - Numberpedia? Will it work? Why not give it a try? (Via Words at Work.)
- Mythbuster Adam Savage on Blade Runner.
- Queen's 'It's a Hard Life' + 'You Can't Hurry Love'.
- Check out Stephen Colbert interviewing Andrew Keen. I thought Colbert was supposed to be the one staying in character as a thick-headed dunce. Keen out-Colberts Colbert!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Haven't Fallen Off Face of Blogosphere