We are moving yet again.
Approaching40 was super fun.
But, it is to Blogger and Blogspot that we go!
New locale: impulse at blogspot
The Google Secretary-Artist Post received an unexpectedly powerful reaction via email and thread commentary, so we were kinda compelled to do a simple study to see if this is a trend or a flash in the pan style rarity.
Check out the results of our little survey: Download Google_creativity_profile_1
Otherwise, enjoy the first day of the new year!
Haven't checked out the tech universe through the eyes of the Scobleizer lately, but, 'twas via a chain of associations that we did this morning:
The FWA: Favorite Website Awards led us to '+good' which led to TwitterMagnet which led to Twitter which led to reading Twitter updates which led to reading the Scobleizer updates on Twitter which led to the Scobleizer blog which led to Scobleizer TV which led to a video about Facebook introducing imbeddable HD video, at 720p.
We checked it out as it was happening. It reminded us of a MySpace page with an embedded streaming object at the header in place of the MySpace player.
It was pretty cool: 3 streams to choose from, MySpace-like comments, a Friends section, etc.
Not bad. If the service will be released to users, we will know soon.
My lack of in-ness with YouTube channel offerings kept me from really appreciating the event. I am probably familar with less than a dozen YouTube-grown music, comedy, news, performance channels, and didn't recognize many of the featured performers.
Google has massive server farms, growing in capacity daily, and they are looking for new ways to harness their power instead of just adding to the gmail file storage limit. IMHO, this would be one of the best ways to utilize it, though apparently, providing live streaming is difficult, bandwidth-expensive, and tough to monetize, as is touched upon here, excerpted below:
Live streaming is very expensive and hard to monetize. A Google source told us in August that YouTube execs figure that if just 10% of YouTube's users adopted live streaming, bandwidth costs would go up 20% to 25%.
That's because live-streaming clips tend to last much longer than the short video clips typical of YouTube. They also require data to pass both ways.
It's also hard to make money off live-streaming. Advertisers don't want to put their brands against live content created by uncontrollable YouTube users.
Always in motion is the future, and the streams travel fast, so this could quickly change.
And you have an instant fan= me!
My childhood monster hero and my current vice, spanning the decades in a URL and scanning the moment in a variety blog.
My only problem is that the blogger has a bit too much humility. A bit more hubris is necessary to really shake things up. A bit of bombast. Also, the side panel is cluttered. A few items could be safely removed without harming the overall tone. Other than that: very nice, very current.
Check out Reflections Of Time, aka godzillachai.
Recipes, restaurants, how-to-guides, emote-ful posts and more, aggregate and cohere, resulting in this 19th Blog Carnival's verdant resonation.
Organized by VeggieChic.
We love blogs with lists of more blogs.
They are so recursive.
Sufi Jack is back with another pre assemblage cookout posted at The Foundation Anniversary Blog: Things I Never Knew I 'd Know, saying, "This is the fake report of a group of political spiritualists as they attempt to bring about a peaceful end to civilization."
Not sure if this upcoming August 15th gathering is genuine or not.
Regardless, from the few blog posts referencing this date and the Lux, it appears to be quite a large, merry, and peaceful, gathering.
Wow! This is really cool and practical. My beloved Dreamster is a major
pickle-head, as am I. And, I cannot help but think of The Jerky Boys
when reading this.
"You called here and I said 'hello', right?"
"No, you said 'This is Frank's Pickle Barrel Ass, can I slip you a pickle?'"
"I didn't say that!!"
Argh! We wanted a list of vegetarian restaurants.
You can never have enough lists.
This is an emote and opine about the lack of sophisticated fare at vegetarian restaurants.
Not bad, but we wanted a list.
Did You Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Today? posted at Highlight HEALTH, saying, "Did you eat your fruits and vegetables today? While the answer seems simple enough, a recent study found that many people respond in a manner consistent with expected norms, tainting consumption data collected by the health community."
This post is for the few still outside the fold.
Splendid vegan food pyramid, though the post does endorse sun exposure
to obtain adequate vitamin D levels.
We love the post and the blog overall, but disagree with the sun recommendation.
Interview With Singer Missy Higgins: She Really Digs Her Monster Wraps posted at vegoftheweek, saying, "Missy Higgins is a vegan and discussing some of her reasons for doing so, her favorite veg dishes, and how she helps stay green on her tour. She's a big fan of raw food as well."
We like her go-green attitude, but dislike her music.
Health Blogger presents My Plan To Get Rid Of My Excess Stomach and Lose The Pot Belly Fat posted at Health and Fitness Blog.
This is a blog of hope.
Moni presents Get your leftovers signed up with the Witness Protection Program! posted at vegetarian on the cheap.
Hmmm...interesting post on re-branding, leftover-style.
David Goldbeck presents We Must Help The Kids posted at HEALTHY HIGHWAYS.
Cool reversal of expectations to kick this post off: "Vegetarianism is about protein."
Otherwise, efforts to preach-lessly reach the younger generations are admirable.
Mansi Desai presents An Introduction to Vegetarianism posted at The Daily Tiffin.
Just as you can never have enough lists, you can also never have enough summaries!
The efforts of this sylvan summarizer are appreciated.
Lisa presents Chickpea Flour Pancakes (Pudla) with Crushed Peas, Ginger, Chilies and Cilantro posted at Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen.
Angelawd presents angelawd: the writer gets the last word » Walnut and Basil Pesto posted at angelawd, saying, "This recipe for pesto could substitute non-dairy parmesan for real parmesan, for those who don't eat dairy."
Alex G presents Authentic Self Discovery. Become who you want to be. Quality LifeStyle Design. Building Confidence, Character and Self-Respect. posted at Authentic Self Discovery. Becoming Who You Want To Be..
Chris presents 3 Steps to the Perfect Vegetable Garden (Part Two) posted at Smith Family Garden.
Sally Thompson presents Greener Thumb: 100 Resources to Grow Your Own Organic Fruits and Vegetables posted at Organicasm.
For those who thrust their hoes into the mellow ground.
For those who sit on a granary floor with their soft hair lifted by the winnowing wind.
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of vegetarian carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
With graphic novels, comic books, glittering websites, and pixelated films, GGI'd to the max, forming torrential currents that inform cinematic and visual culture, the underwater streams, moonlit trends, and tertiary darkness of vampires, continue to inspire and drive the murky, turbid brooks coursing through back alleys and gargoyle-tormented parapets.
The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and the so-called Dark Knight, would be wise to avoid the skulking bloodsuckers, for all three, and their cliquish brethren, would be severely outmatched by Nosferatu, and his brethren. Plainly put, superheroes are not primordial enough to battle folk legends and mythological beasts.
For instance, The Hulk would not stand a chance against Ajax. Supposed stats notwithstanding, the primordial power is not there. Smaug would have no chance against a serpent plucked from a medieval bestiary. And, perhaps the most fitting past-present match-up, Dungeons and Dragons Tiamat would be feckless against ancient Tiamat.
These age old concoctions and constructs are too vast, too shrill, and too fearsome for any chromatic pop culture hero or villain.
Our newest category, Vampires, will contain random and non-systematic commentary and review of bleeding edge vampiric presence in film, graphic novel, video game, artwork, poetry, novel, tale, and, if so inspired, even board game and puzzle.
Check out Breaking Dawn: Book Four in the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer and upcoming HBO series True Blood.
tech world : a no-frills, off-kilter blog of mostly homegrown tips and optimizations.
There is something about the jagged asymmetry of this site that appeals. The posts drift from nuts and bolts Windows tinkering to connection speed to admittedly baffled blurbs on the dizzyingly complex world of blogging and online marketing and advertising.
This blogger appears most at home with the computer in front of him. There is facility and confidence over basic hacking matters that still baffle most and likely will for all time. But, when thrown into the dazzling sea that is Web 2.0, most of us are similarly tossed and flung by the crawling tides.
Some post examples:
The eremite howls with approval.
You might not think it possible, but Time magazine's Nerd World blog is tame but satisfying light reading that covers all *impulse areas: the newest gadgets, up and coming sci-fi and graphic-novel-based movies, nerdy music, and video games.
It all seems a little contrived and full of artful device, but, as a Grecian goldsmith would attest, every sincere poet wishes to be gathered into the artifice of eternity. And, it is more easily paced than the frantic Engadget and its spawn.
We are honored to be hosting Veggie Chic's 19th vegetarian blog carnival here at *impulse.
Do you have a blog post that you think would work for the carnival?
Perhaps, a recipe, a list of vegan-friendly take out joints, a post on the splendid benefits of the veggie lifestyle and diet, or a strong opinion on anything veggie?
Then, please submit it here.
You can also check out current carnival #18 at Go Eggless.
Levitated.net's Invader Fractal would have been a useful tool for early video game design, and, in a MOMA Digital Installation-kind-of-way, is a quirky game-like experience in and of itself, although I dread that critics from The New Yorker would expound more on what statement about viruses, xenophobic anxiety, and the asymmetry of modern society, the artist was trying to express than about the sheer fun imparted to gamers.
The underlying game engine is actually a 'region of space filled recursively with 15 bit combinatoric objects affectionately called Invaders', which is another way of saying that Hercules is fighting the Hydra.
It is quite an interesting social experiment on the effects of surveillance and shunning. With the Blacklist gone, will more regular Twitter users more freely and innocently use spam bots and macros that garner them 20,000 followers in a few days with the exclusive intention of having a big friend list? Or is the fear of being blacklisted so internalized that, even without external monitoring, there will be no such friend-whore surge?
As a tangential issue, I feel kind of bad about this because a fellow Twitterer informed me that my half-joking threat to place the age-accelerated developers of the Twitter Blacklist on a special list for men most in need of antiaging therapy [with their sunblock-starved faces glaringly displayed for all to see, just so they would know how it felt to get placed on an offensive, humiliating list] actually reached their eyes and ears and hurt their feelings.
Apparently, in part, this caused them to back off and cancel the site, though I entertain no delusions and am aware that this whole incident may be apocryphal.
I would never have done anything like it, of course, partly because of the negative resonations that would have resulted, and partly because it would be a distraction from the breakneck pace of the fun happy posting we do here.
But they humiliated and embarrassed a really cool Tweeter [BamAzizi, we love you!! I was frying on the bench slide in the park across the street l-a-t-e-r that week...] and I felt really bad for him and wanted to avenge his hurt feelings in a non-serious, frivolous manner, so I started tweeting about my plans to age-list the Twitter Blacklist crew, guessing that they might catch wind of it, since Twitter is actually a very small community, truly a small world, despite its range and growing popularity, and it is quite easy to converse with the busiest and most popular of Tweeters by just @-ing them a message. I am more of a broadcaster, though, spouting random opinions to whomever happens to be viewing, but the message still gets out there.
Regardless, the blacklist site is gone and the eremite is frolicking under the moon's starry fays and shuffling his feet on the glassy heath. But, nearby, a scale-strapped dracolich approaches. The wild recluse is unaware, but dream guardians will soon alert him and the dracolich will flee.
Perhaps a more general, encompassing, abstract gadgetry review would excite and inform more than DMGadget. The stretches of fancy, the suspension of disbelief, and the bombast needed to portray everything in the cosmos, in technology, nature and the imagination, as a gadget would be galactic.
To review anything of interest, but to review it as if it was a just-released gadget, may just be the theme of our next offering, antiaging4geeks *gauzygizmo or, better yet, approaching40 *elfmachine.
For now, the eremite stirs in his hovel. His antics have not been detailed in some time.
Photo is of a sextant.
Critical fumble decks, dice, battle maps, miniatures, character sheets, books, dungeon walls and doors, artifacts, relics, potions, rings, staves, scrolls, tomes, manuals, charts, maps, crystal balls, wands: game aids or gadgets?
The threshold between the real-life prestidigitations of d20 and the rods, staves, and wands wielded and spun in the fantasy matrix is tenuous and, on certain evenings, disappears altogether, leaving a sprawling band of errants brandishing swords and pointing mystic bolts at each other while rampaging down back alleys and Silicon Valley.
Since Engadget really isn't a geek site, perhaps DMGadget could be a misfitted alternative that touts the latest epic spell component as vigorously as the latest XML expression.
Mini sketched armory by Nicholas Webb
It is possible that art gallery sites are the best showcase for an emerging developer's talent. To make a site gleamingly cool, while not overshadowing the artworks themselves, indicates talent and restraint, sought after designer traits.
How dulcet are the crackle and ribbons of Flash.
Screencapture is from VirtualBrush.com
I am almost at the point of a hypergraphic burst and, where once it would have flowed onto countless reams of copy paper and notepad files, it will now flow into the sorting digital Coinstar of our TypePad blog, *impulse.
Let it all go, the power and content. All the teachings. All the musings, the meanderings, the wild ideas, the dreams.
Once my writer's thoughts connect with the blogging content entry fields and keyboard interface, then the renaissance will truly begin and it will be glorious. It will never stop. It will be intellectual, fun, every whim, comments on Charmed, on Keats, on Xbox, on iPhone, on beauty, on Chai Tea, on Titian, on antiaging, on veganism, on politics, on anything and everything.
A sweeping away of insincere artificial content traces will result, leaving behind only the artificial vessel, the container for the sincere prose to spill into, like a beaker full of geeky gadgets, with beaded bubbles winking at the cosmos, and happy happy blogging ecstasy.
This is a far better approach than arbitrary sincerity, which, imho, would mean just cutting and pasting intimate notepad files right into blog entries and posting them. It is better to unify with the blog administrator's interface, like Schelling's romantic horse merged in form and substance with its magical rider, than it is to take what was meant for private reflection and post it for all to see.
Left as legacy from the artifice might be the capping off of posts with aphoristic hermit urgings and dulcet asides, purely so that thematic and aesthetic pattern unity would run throughout the entire site, through every post, every blog-muttered word.
Comet dust, spill down on to me and cast your eerie glow across the heath so that I may see, in quicksilvery opacity, the enormous truths strewn throughout the many eternities of joy and tomorrow.
Screencapture is from JUXT Interactive's MySpace Cherry Coke campaign
Loose, subjective impressions of microformats and the communities that develop them:
This blog, microformats, hAtom, and every other essential wrinkle and being, psychically gather in a secluded Greenwich Village pub. It is some sort of cyber back door into quirky, literary web goings on, much more obscure and offbeat than the galactic channels opened by the upswelling paradigm shifts affected by microblogging, bioinformatics, and Ajax programming.
There is something about the witty, intelligent, impoverished, and fascinating people involved in microformatting that emits a resonation quite unlike the aura of a gadget lover's fair or the giddiness of a tech conference, but, rather, more like the perning gyres of The New Yorker magazine and the Lilliput Review .
End of loose subjective impressions.
The stuttering staggering lateral steps, the lurching, loping quest toward the Tron-geek singularity:
It is truly a new age
Screenshot is of the Science Fiction room by sciencefictioncomputer
There are those on the cutting edge who dabble with pencil and paper, nudging solvent pods up and down the page, dreaming of poesy and of parsing. Then there are those who conjure contraptions for Google and Microsoft while remaining firmly in the reliable in daily life.
And, finally, there are those who are the green drop in the surge, the elf in the slipstream, the darning needle caught in the gust. This is the Scobleizer. Every other tweet on Twitter by this ever-breaking-wave tech-blogger involves adopting some sort of new media delivery/web 2.0/ADHD/networking and web gadget.
And, I must admit, it is pretty exciting sometimes. All the while, Mr. Scoble remains a hard-nosed, uncompromising journalist. The gleaming widget above is an embed of the latest Scoble offering.
I openly admit to not caring much for the Scobleizer at first, but my psyche has since warmed to the glitz, glimmer and optimism. Splendidly geeky. Marvelous.
Gather your biocomputational craft elements and raft down the cosmic stream, through the hazy ether, and over the cyber-foam.
References to Death Cab For Cutie, MIT's Technology Review, skateboarding, tattoos, rock climbing, and much more. Check him out.
He is a definite honorary wunderkind, being young and pretty at 31, but he may not be enough of a nerd to enter the inner circle of antiaging4geekdom. ;-)
PCMagazine's top 100 classic websites for 2007.
A bunch of sites I regularly visit and utilize are on the list:
The List In Thumbnails
The triumvirate, without which much gnashing of teeth immediately ensues-
3+1 Makes Four-
The Internet Archive Love the Old Time Radio shows here and am just beginning to explore the splendid balance of available content.
Boing Boing Didn't know this was 'classic', but it is awesome.
HowStuffWorks Don't visit this site often, but when I do, I stay a while. It is quite addictive.
National Geographic Online Another one of those sites I don't think to visit often, but when I do, 'tis always enjoyable and informative.
Merriam-Webster Online Single word google searches always bring up this site in results.
The Straight Dope Cool skeptical analysis of supernatural phenomena
Not Too Crazy About:
IMDb Wikipedia is much better, more like a simple spreadsheet and text file as opposed to an unnecessarily overwrought database.
The Onion Very disagreeable site.
AOL Still a classic site. Very serene. Peace comes dropping slow here, except for the comments section following most articles which invariably degrades into wasteful religious and political debates. AOL must be legendary for this by now!
About to check out the top 100 up and coming list for 2007. Can't wait.
Alike or what?
I knew that Boing Boing reminded me of a band, but just realized which one: Death Cab For Cutie! And, the likeness is not purely visual. It is tonal as well.
Well, not the lady. She is cool and all but, if anything, suggests a reunited punk band from 1975.
The most delightful blogs are those like little mechanical clocks, like pocket watches, ever ticking in their updates, ever creating cosmos in their content, in their ideas as much as in their layouts, in their psychical structure as much as their digital terrain. Typepad's Folio layout is delightfully stodgy and also, quite modern, and, thus, perfect for all of our sites. Laughing Squid also has a beautiful layout and beautiful content to go along with it: it is similar to the Folio layout, though its main column has a fluid width. There are many other sites, enough to be worthy of a mechanical-clock-charm blogroll.
Here, blogging is delightful. It is done with little intention of gain. It is serene, tranquil. It is The Brothers Grimm in CGI. It is elven tales of the hyper-new.
Photo by Isabelle Grosjean
Stumbled upon this and liked the blogger's aspirations, accomplishments, aesthetics, philosophy, visions and renaissance person range of interests. The only thing I differ with is some of the influences and shout outs. I wonder if someone so vibrant and ready to build 'the culture of tomorrow', with such abstruse musical conceptualizations can really like Stanley Kubrick...2001 A Space Odyssey, excepted, of course, because it is awesome. But, the balance of Kubrick is, imho, overrated and stagnant.
The spelling is another highlight: either purposefully or via stream of conscious phonetics, is visually pleasing.
Link: Matt Searles.com Home.
After a persistent and meticulous effort to NOT create an everything-else blog, it has been discovered that an everything-else blog is necessary!
Thus, we humbly offer 'Impulse'
This blog will have fewer carefully selected photos and more thoughts of the moment, whims, opinions, etc., on anything and everything, though, as always, with a tendency toward sci-fi, fantasy, gadgetry, technology, and antiaging, not because that is the intention but because it just ends up that way.
Photo by the greatest photographer of all, Anonymous.
Wait. This little wrinkle on ranking doesn't apply to this situation. Photography is too new a medium. It works for literature and music, but not for photography.
Anonymous is NOT the greatest photographer.