This post at MetaFilter today is brilliant. Well, the mp3 linked in the original is. Read this story, watch the news video, then listen to the mp3. I love little culture mashes like that song. Bubb Rubb is fast becoming a star.
A lot of what makes weblogs interesting is their personal, emphemeral, and informal nature. People can post the first thing off the top of their head (as evidenced here for the past three years), without anything in the way. If you can think it, you can post it.
That said, when a weblog comes along that takes a more serious tone, it’s already a breed apart. When it’s also filled with thoughtful commentary, you have something above and beyond your typical weblog.
UserNotFound.com isn’t a typical weblog. It covers how online communities deal with death of their members, but what I love about it is the thoughtful essays posted by Dana. Instead of reading like a running tally of every site Dana has seen that day, it reads more like the research notes on a fascinating book. It’s a fairly new site, but I can already tell she’s onto something great there.
Horrible news: Craig Kelly, who many consider to be a Tony Hawk of snowboarding, died in an avalanche a few days ago.
Interesting poll on CNN’s home page today. It seems pretty clear what tonight’s State of the Union address will focus on, and what will be shuffled under the rug.
That kind of focus reminds me of City Slickers:
Curly: You know what the secret to life is?
Mitch: No, what?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that, and everything else don’t mean nothing.
Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the one thing?”
Curly: That’s what you’ve got to figure out.
For some, I guess that’s super zaxxon.
It’s good to know the supreme court that rejected the intent of the constitution a couple weeks ago still understands what parody and social commentary means.
How to make lots of money: create a duplicate online service like Netflix, but carry video games. One of the reasons I don’t own a playstation 2 or xbox is because I can’t see spending $60 per game for something I’ll get tired of after a couple weeks (or worst case — buy a game that sucks after just a couple days). I don’t know why Netflix doesn’t expand their already established operation, because it seems like a perfect application. I’d love to try lots of games and only buy the best ones for my own personal copies. Otherwise, I’d endlessly rent the newest games.
Judging by user experience, price, and features, gamefly looks the most complete and trustworthy (and they’re local, which would help), and redoctane looks good. It’s great to see the wide range of options on something I had no idea existed. It’s also interesting to see how much utility, usability, and design govern my decisions. I wouldn’t use veegeez unless a close personal friend could prove to me they have a great service (it doesn’t look like it on the surface).