Archive for the 'Science' Category

A Meditation on Streaming Video

December 6, 2007

All across the dark and endless internet, all the live long day, experiencing nearly no cause for hair pulling or tooth gnashing or hand wringing I find myself able to view with my eyes & perceive with my ears a variety of high quality streaming video & audio offered by websites named: The Onion, Google Video, Odeo, YouTube, Myspace, Purevolume, and CNN. (dot com)

It would appear, however, that not all streaming video players are quite as well prepared for prime time as the big names like YouTube are. NBC.COM for example, and ABC.COM. Both fall into this unfortunate latter category. Factors such as: “Irresponsibly Constant Freezing Up of Video“, and also “Mysteriously, The Advertisements Always Play Just Perfectly Goddamn Well But the Godforsaken Show Never Goes More Than 3 Seconds Without Freezing Up” are of real concern on this end of the spectrum.

On one occasion I spent 19 hours watching a single episode of 30 Rock on without ever making it past the opening sequence at the hot dog cart where the guy cuts in line and Tina Fey freezes with a weird annoyed look on her face and just stands there for hours without moving. Eventually I realized. She wasn’t standing there performing the strangest television premiere ever aired! The streaming video had frozen up. I then became despondent.

ABC.COM’s streaming video player offers free intoxicating hit shows like Lost and Ugly Betty! It’s a great idea! But they forgot to make it work right, as in, work at all. Instead they implemented a system of stuttering, hanging, skipping and freezing. Your head will spin. But it won’t be due to being drunk off hit shows like you wish it would be. It will be due to a filthy sour cocktail of frustration, sadness, apathy & blackest remorse served up by the American Brodasting Company….

Oh, wait. Nevermind. It’s working now.



Congratulations Earth, You Twitter Killers!

March 19, 2007

UPDATE: 8:09pm Eastern. – Nevermind.. it’s back. 😉

Next, the News:

Twitter is down. Twittervision, at the mercy of twitter, also down, but providing a very lovely eulogy: has been experiencing server capacity problems this week due to very rapid growth.
We are sure the folks at Obvious are working to remedy the situation, but in the meantime, please be patient while waiting for posts on Twittervision.

We can’t display them if they cannot be posted to Twitter.

So, sit back and enjoy the show! Posts will be shown whenever they are available!

First, an Ode to Twitter:

Sad. How young and fair wert thou sweet Twitter. So fair and so sweet and so young and strange. So vibrant and plump. We all needed you! We had to have you. We were mad with desire for your sweet vibrant young fair strange plump.

Thus we jumped en-mass as collective earth and hive mind extolled your virtues and the cynics cynicized your worth.

Third, Communal Grief and Bonding:

Let us join hands… wait.. are you even there? are you reading this? How will you know I wrote this if I can’t twitter that I’m writing it.

No matter. I will trust that you are still there. I have seen your tweets all over the globe. And it has been beautiful. Though we are now veiled from each other yet do I feel we are together still in truth.

We must believe, for Twitter, like Tinkerbell, is healed by devotion.

To Twitter! To Life! To Birth and Hope!

In your name I ask us all,

“What are you doing?”

Security is False Alpha

September 10, 2006

Originally uploaded by mohandep.

The more confident and relaxed one feels and acts in social settings (chatting amiably, laughing, freely expressing opinions) the more comfortable ones peers will begin to feel. The more open and confident they will become in much the same manner. This is the gift of the Alpha to the group.

Therefore it is of great importance to the leader from time to time, to reinforce insecurity and unworthiness into the clique. In this way, the leader can enforce “correct” behaviour. Meaning behaviour that is to the leaders advantage; determined, maintained, shifted and controlled by the leader as the leader sees fit. The group will fall “into line” in a manner of speaking, instinctively so, (depending on the skills of the leader) and once in line can be kept in line by occasional reinforcement and approval of behaviour that is acceptable to the leader. And continued use of occasional, subtle humiliations. This is the gift of the Alpha to the group.



The Future is Here, Says My Razor Sharp Knife.

August 23, 2006

Look at that thing!

I challenge anyone who says the future is not right here before our very eyes, to an old time knife fight.

Via Engadget.