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Friday Links – March 02, 2012

It’s spreading. Also, if any readers have an iPad could somebody give me a screenshot of the homepage here so I could see what it looks like? Thanks!

→ Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years

They call it “Ball’s Pyramid.” It’s what’s left of an old volcano that emerged from the sea about 7 million years ago. A British naval officer named Ball was the first European to see it in 1788. It sits off Australia, in the South Pacific. It is extremely narrow, 1,844 feet high, and it sits alone.

What’s more, for years this place had a secret.

The must read of the week. The pictures are awesome so make sure to click though. Looking at the first picture the first thing that came to mind was this cool shot from Ninja Gaiden.

Once Film-Focused, Netflix Transitions to TV Shows

Netflix declined to comment on exactly what proportion of total viewing that TV episodes make up, but its executives put the number at 50 to 60 percent last fall. Mr. Greenfield said he suspected that the percentage was 80 percent — an impressive triumph for TV over film.

Sounds about right. I don’t really watch many movies on Netflix anymore but I’m always looking on Instant Watcher to see what new TV shows are posted.

Edging toward the fully licensed world

Pretty clear. That stuff ain’t yours. All you get is some downloaded data and a highly restricted set of permissions for where and how you use that data, mostly within within the walled gardens provided by Amazon and the Content Providers. So it’s really more like renting than buying.

Thoughts about this came up when talking about why one would still buy DVD’s or CD’s. This article explains my reasoning to a degree. For stuff I like or interested in a true feeling of ownership is still important. Having the physical object feels like it’s mine…forever…or until I’m dead or my entire world burns to the ground.

→ Millions of Americans Have Pulled The Plug Since 2010

Currently, there are only 41.5 million U.S. cable video subscribers

The attached graphs are rather damning. Personally I haven’t had cable TV in over three years and rairly do I miss it. The thing is if I could pick and choose maybe five stations at a time and maybe rotate that at will I would pay quite a bit for that. The packages are way too large and expensive and I would never watch enough television anymore to justify the cost.

Facebook’s “Premium” – A User’s Nightmare?

What Facebook’s technology is doing, is connecting brands with human beings. Facebook has enabled marketers to take advantage of the same technology that all of us have. “It enables brands to find their voices… and to have genuine, personal relationships with their customers,”…

Couldn’t find adjective strong enough to describe this. Repulsive was the first word that came to mind. Don’t really need a service to connect me in more ways then I already am to gigantic companies.

Sheriff Joe’s Birther Concludes Obama’s Birth Certificate Is A ‘Forgery And Fraud’

Arpaio and his “posse” not only expect Americans to believe that the president forged his birth certificate, but that he did a really terrible job of it. Apraio’s posse uncovered so many apparent errors hiding in plain sight that it seems impossible no one would have found them before.

If anybody needed a visual for the typical Republican voter this guy holding up pink boxer shorts was all I needed. Cannot believe Obama’s birth certificate is still a discussion point.

24 Wikia: Jack’s Recording

Several sections are cut out in the episode versions, and the sections that are included are spoken differently.

Without question the best thing to come out of Season 8 of 24 (well…). For me Jack’s Recording is the true “ending” of the show and this video in it’s entirety should have been used in the final episode (and my opinion the final scene). The Youtube link to the full video. Required viewing for 24 fans. Speaking of 24 looks like they are making an Indian version of the show with a 24 alumnus playing “Jack Bauer”.

→ EA bins Battlefield 3: Aftershock iOS game

“In the interest of bringing consumers only the highest level of quality mobile entertainment, EA Mobile has decided to suspend development and support of Battlefield 3: Aftershock and refocus its resources on other titles.”

The game was released Feb 8th and support is already dropped. The game was free but still EA’s support of online titles is strange. See their EA Online Service Updates page.

→ NFL: Saints used illegal player bounty program

The investigation revealed that the pool reached $50,000 or more during the 2009 playoffs, and players were paid $1,500 for a “knockout” and $1,000 for a “cart-off” with payouts doubling or tripling during the playoffs. Players were also paid for plays such as interceptions and fumble recoveries. Money was provided for primarily by players.

Terrible news. The physicality of NFL football is why it’s my favorite sport but stuff like this is wrong. Looking back now I don’t feel good about rooting for the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.

→ “Spreading Santorum” Drops At Google; New Site Keeps Anal Sex Definition At Number One

Spreading Santorum, the page defining “santorum” as a by-product of anal sex, has finally dropped from the top results on Google. The related anti-Santorum blog, however, remains. And a page from Urban Dictionary keeps the definition alive, more explicit than before.

Damn, another great Google Bomb goes down for the count. Doing a search using Google now brings up the Official Santorum site first and “Spreading” blog is the fourth link.

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2 Responses

  1. Vo says:

    I’ll send you a screen shot later today.

  2. vanlandw says:

    Thanks Dr. Brown :-)

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