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My name is St.Ego, and I am a religion of one.
This is my religion.
There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My faith does not rely on the dogma of others.
My perception is my reality.
I must master it as I must master my life.
I am my own god.
The religions of the past all tell a facet of the same tale, of which I myself am a facet.
Mine is the Tao of change, of ascencion.
I stand at the gateway and guard the crossing of travelers who walk the path.
Bhodhisattva of self-realization am I, of realizing the self, of willing the self into reality.
Recently, a couple new startups began putting together sites with resources for collaborating on and sharing remixed political mashups ostensibly designed to encourage younger voters. [story on Wired]
While this is still a few shades away from the color I originally envisioned the remix/mashup scene, it can only be a matter of time before we say goodbye to the stale dramas that have been the mainstay of political dialog for centuries. Get ready for a new era of political power driven by the ability to motivate through entertainment. The position will eventually be granted to the politician who best crafts the memes that will drive their voters.
Get ready for MC POTUS, ladies and gentlemen...
For several years now, one of my good friends has been living in Israel. He is an incredibly complex character, prone to living the good life where he can find it and focusing on whiskey and several creative outlets when he can't.
Zach moved to Israel in search of gourgeous Israeli women that came with their own firearm. I know that we have such a thing in Texas, but I must sympathize with the desire for someone a bit more military and a bit less backwoods.
But I digress. Zach moved to Israel and has pursued a number of occupational avenues in the meantime. The most recent of which I've learned has been writing songs for his new band, Tel Aviv Cowboys. You can catch them on MySpace, too.
I actually listened to their song "Kiss Me Like A Girl" several times from the site before I actually connected that it was Zach singing. I think it had a lot to do with first watching a webcast of him on Diamonds.net...
After browsing around for information about the Mossad, I discovered that they have their own website:
Clicking the link to Contact them (as well as the link to Careers) goes to HTTPS and yields an invalid security certificate. Technically, I could add an exception for it and take a look, but I have a few reservations about making security exceptions for the Mossad, regardless of how off-radar I may be. Not really that big of a deal, but I'll let you check it out for me...
On further review, the Mossad site also provides a convenient list of current and former directors. They may not look very intimidating, but try to picture each of them asking you questions while an overzealous katsa ensures your attention and cooperation. Meir Amit even looks a bit like Bela Lugosi.
Imagine a company, perhaps the one that you work for. Imagine if that company one day told you that you were allowed to play [1 hour?] of [WoW?] per day, but that you were to play it on a company rendered game client wherein you belonged to the company guild.
This is but one aspect of how a rebrandable MMO would be able to set itself apart.
Take it a step further: your highschool allows you to have an hour of MMO time instead of a class for the semester, but on their browser, with their chat filters, and with guild-generated quests so that your teachers can assign you in-game homework.
What other possibilities exist for an MMO with a solid rebranding structure?
If you have ever wished that your client had a sense of humor, you should try working for a comedian. I've spent a good portion of this year creating a website for Aaron Karo, a published comedian, called Ruminations.
Phrases like "please tell me you are joking" take on a whole new meaning in this context. When you are working on a funny website for a funny client, it is difficult to lose your sense of humor. I have often wondered what it would be like to hang out with a real comedian, because it would be like being privvy to jokes before they become part of an act. You know: the impromptu funny remarks that are the hallmark of any time spent around people who have a penchant for being entertaining.
During the course of the project, I had the distinct privilege of attending one of Karo's live performances here, in Austin. Afterwards, like an overgrown kid being sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, I got to attend the afterparty...
Hanging out with Aaron Karo fulfilled my expectations and proved to be a tremendously enjoyable experience. RTFA for more details.
Some of you may remember back when shows like Battlestar Galactica were still available on iTunes, before it distribution was cut off mid-season during a bout between NBC and iTunes. At the time, in answer to demands from the studios for variable pricing (ie: charging more), Apple simply pulled all NBC properties (including the Sci-Fi channel) from iTunes. Don't like the way the game gets played? Take your toys and get the fuck out...
Except BSG is back on iTunes again now, after quite a lengthy hiatus.
Steve Jobs must have really impressed studio execs with all his talk about the iTunes/iPod ecosystem, because it was announced that the hiatus was over at the Apple "Let's Rock" event, earlier this week in San Fransisco.
After spending several weeks posting status updates to the site that include my mood, I decided that I needed to begin using a broader vocabulary to describe my emotional state. Aside from producing a boringly repetative pattern, I simply felt that my range of emotion encompassed more than I was taking the time to specify.
How best to make this process easier to facilitate?
LiveJournal has a rather large array of emotions to choose from when posting content. The list is large enough that I felt it worth replicating, for convenience. After all, the end goal is to cross-post blog entries to my various profiles, including LiveJournal, so it only makes sense to use data that it is already trained to expect.
Keep reading to find out how I ended up implementing the feature...
I recently started using Twitter, by proxy through Ivory Tower using an Articles publication type. But I only send Twitter the status update, whereas on Ivory Tower I publish my status as well as my mood and what I am listening to (both optional).
I thought that I would be able to complete the task in about 10 minutes by making a new base module template and calling the Articles API in it for a list of the entries that I wanted, then loop through them and output in the middle.
Another reason that I was doing this is because it seemed so stupidly simple that there was no reason that it should not exist on the site, so I set out to try and find one.
I failed. It really was stupidly simple, taking one new template file with four lines of uncomplicated template tags. I spent more time adding design than getting the data on the page. And it really did only take about 10 minutes to figure out and implement.
The future of wearable computing, and, indeed, of fasion itself, will go to whomever can first make wearable computing trendy. In order to be trendy, however, a way must first be found to make it so that wearable computers do not need to be completely ubiquitous. There are a great number of styles and fashions in clothing and dress throughout history that we can borrow from in order to produce something acceptable to wear but that caters to integration with electronics.
Whatever forms that wearable computing eventually takes when it becomes accepted without comment in today's society, it will need to be confined within a range of locations that will not cause interference with normal range of motion and activity.