7/27/2006

Adrian White Isn't Very Smart

"Smaller countries tend to be a little happier because there is a stronger sense of collectivism and then you also have the aesthetic qualities of a country," White said.

"We were surprised to see countries in Asia scoring so low, with China 82nd, Japan 90th, and India 125th. These are countries that are thought as having a strong sense of collective identity which other researchers have associated with well-being."
link

hahaha what, you don't have to be an economist to realize the problem here

7/25/2006

7/19/2006

kicks



i have a lot of shoes.

6/18/2006

Daft Punk Live Set

I uploaded the Daft Punk set from Coachella to yousendit. You can find it here.

6/05/2006

Pharrell x Kanye

Kanye West - Number 1

Shit son, you know a collaboration like that just can't miss.
Red Stripe


Red Stripe should give their marketing department a medal. This ad has everything, what a great campaign.

6/01/2006

Network Neutrality: A Retarded Blessing in Disguise

Network Neutrality is so fundamentally stupid that it's almost not worth mentioning. The telecoms' entire argument is predicated on the notion that sites like google should have to pay for priority delivery for their packets. This is dumb because they already do pay for this in the cost of bandwidth. Unfortunately, it's difficult to legsilate against because it would mean telling individuals how they can and cannot configure their firewall. I'm not particularly interested in getting into the guts of the issue since it's already been covered to death by sites like boingboing, but I've been intrigued by the opportunity it may present. There is an easy and obvious solution to the "problem" that will satisfy both sides, and that solution is government funded development of fiber optics infrastructure. Network neutrality issues stems from the ISPs operating near capacity due to the changing habits of their customers (i.e. bandwidth heavy use like downloading movies) and their inability (or refusal) to keep up with the changing face of the internet. Adding bandwidth would lower costs and make the argument moot; why argue about bandwidth when it's cheap and available? If ISPs weren't such retarded profiteers they'd recognize that the future of computing isn't individual processor power, but bandwidth, and they'd better get on board or get left in the dust. I'd prefer a free market method of developing infrastructure that didn't rely on government (read: taxpayer) funding, but that's just not going to happen unless the telecoms get their act together, which they won't because they're telecoms. This is something I think consumers (especially the technocrati) should get behind. It would prevent the ISPs from bullshitting up the internet with their money grubbing, and the implications for free bandwidth are amazing. The future of computing is not processing power, but bandwidth.

The next step for home computing is the merging of the browser and the operating system into what is essentially a souped up web portal. Users will use services like Microsoft Live or Google's suite of applications to build personal web portals that integrate most lifestyle applications. As a result, bandwidth will become as important as other typical benchmarks such as processor speed or RAM, as large amounts of data that would normally be processed on the home computer will now be processed on computers accessed through personalized portals and streamed live back to whatever machine the user is accessing their portal from. Free bandwidth could very well push most serious computer parts manufacturers out as consumers shift to simple portable machines configured specifically for web browsing. Personal storage space will become outdated as more and more personal files are stored externally and accessed through applications such as Google Desktop. We've seen cheap computers capable of browsing the web and not much else on the market for years, but this will be the first time that they're really feasible for the savvy user. I'm really looking forward to it; imagine the possibilities made available by the combination of free bandwidth, the $100 laptop project, open source, and the next wave of user portals. It's going to be a real humdinger. I'll write more on this subject later as it's pertinent to the seminar on business technology management i'm taking.
ATTENTION RAPPERS

RHYME FOR ORANGE DISCOVERED

DOOR HINGE

I REPEAT

DOOR HINGE
Television Rules The Nation



In retrospect, Human after all isn't nearly as bad as we made it out to be. It's just unfinished. I suppose it's unnecessary to mention but I love youtube, even if 75% of its
content is either teenage girls dancing and doing karaoke or naruto episodes.
Nobody Loves A Computer Because A Computer Does Not Dance

Check out this great track from French outfit Computer, 14 minutes of grooves the likes of which you've probably heard before but could stand to hear again. I've been reading Flaky Disco for the last month or so since lucidkoan linked me, it's full of sweet disco beats. And lord knows I love a sweet disco beat.

5/31/2006

K-FED




Wow, I had no idea he would clean up so well. I try to ignore most celebrity news, but I can't get enough K-Fed, in the same way I can't get enough Pete Doherty. In case you missed it:



This will never stop being funny.
fling on an ADIDAS hoodie and just boogie woogie with me

All-over print hoodies have been gaining steam for awhile, first gaining popularity with the BAPE/Billionaire Boys Club crowd, and now moving more into mainstream circles, finally pushing out that graffiti/OMG DESIGN look that stopped being cool in 2003. One of the first ones I saw in real life was this awesome green and white striped hoody that Common wore at Coachella.

The problem is that most are either hideously garish or ridiculously overpriced (or both usually). I'm not willing to pay $600 for this BAPE hoody even if it does make me look like Pharrell, which it doesn't because it's hideous shit.

This one is pretty great, but it's not all-over print so it's kind of irrelevant to the post, but i'm going to post it anyway since sharks are totally badass.

I really like the idea of all-over print, but actually finding one that doesn't make me look like a white guy with too much money desperately clinging to hip-hop culture has proven difficult. My favorite is this Nom De Guerre arabic print hoody (supposedly it says "war"), but it's $300.

I've had better luck searching European streetwear sites like www.caliroots.se (the site I bought my tight black Cheap Mondays from) since the look has been growing there for months, whereas it's still yet to really hit America outside of the cirles I mentioned. Two that I really liked were
and
So I went to H&M yesterday and lo and behold I found this for $30.

It's cheap, not tacky, comfortable, and makes me look like Common. I don't know what more I could ask for. I suppose this all begs the question of why I would want to look like this, but that's a post for another time.
lol first post

I've used Livejournal as my primary means of blogging since 2001. It was always basically a personal blog not meant for public consumption; most of my posts were made in order to disseminate information/communicate with my friends quickly in a forum setting instead of individual AIM conversations, and I didn't have much interest in dealing with the assorted crap that comes with writing a public blog. Because I was writing for friends I never really wrote seriously, instead writing in a more jocular style. It's not like the content I posted would have been interesting to anyone other than people who know me personally anyway, and even then only marginally, as my first livejournal entry can attest.


Tuesday, October 23rd, 2001
4:57p - Well, Finally Got One, whoopedeedoodaday... Protected
Well, finally got one of thsese. Now I can be all emo and whatnot, yay.

Well, today was OK. Physics test first, easy, didnt get molested (IYKWIM.) Put up our "Do Hugs, Not Drugs" Monkey poster during psych. Checked back on it at lunch, apparently the admin didnt like it, and it wasnt there. That was weird, since we had the teachers approval. Other weird Psych thing was Cazzazza asking me about how I asked Jana to Prom, guess that came up first period. You know, the whole monkey thing. Third was blah, our class is a bunch of fucking illiterates. Stats was OK, made fun of Jesse, talked to Sam and Melanie a bit, pretty boring overall. Lunch was copacetic, as was band. Got a 27/30 on Econ quiz, yay me.

Well, me and Nick had to pull out of the tourney on Saturday since we're totally not ready. We'd look like idiots, especially with Scott there (one of the top players in Sac, probly in the nation, cool guy.) We'll go and watch though, maybe head to CCL after to get some 5th Mix in. DDR rules bitches.

New Buffy tonight, sweetness. I love the new villains, since theyre essentially just me and my friends. i loved the flashback scene to how they formed. 3 guys playing a tabletop RPG:
"So, wanna take over this town or something?"
"Yeah, sure."
Then of course their list of goals ruled.

Meh, maybe I'll post more later, you can bet I'll do this a bunch, you all know I love to talk about myself.


current mood: cynical
current music: "Field of Dreams" by Force and Styles


As you can see, it's crap. Luckily, things have changed. For instance, i'm no longer a retarded 17 year old in high school. While I don't write the kind of entries that you'd see on top blogs like Pandagon or Eschaton, i've steadily introduced relevant posts about music, politics, design, etc. Given that i'm graduating with an Economics BA in a few weeks and shifting to "real life" or something, i've decided to start a new public blog devoted to non-personal topics, written a little closer to the level i'm capable of. Maybe it will get popular (it won't), but i'm going to work on it and maybe something will happen. I'm still going to maintain ye olde LJ, but it's going to be exclusively personal stuff. I want people to read this, and I hope they do.