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…On “Gravatar”.

Posted by Steve on July 22, 2010

I don’t like it.

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…On Your Morals.

Posted by Steve on January 2, 2010

Late in 2009, I discovered an interesting website, YourMorals.org. It’s a site set up by social psychology researchers at UVA, UC-Irvine, and USC in order to facilitate research into the link between moral beliefs and political ideology. Basically, you identify as liberal or conservative, and then fill out questionairres relating to morals or politics. I have no idea if they get good data out of it, but it’s very interesting, especially since it compares your answers to raw data from other takers. For instance, there is a “Moral Foundations Questionnaire” that attempts to measure the degree to which five bases for morality are relevant to liberals and conservatives – and tells you how your score compares to the average of liberal and conservative participants.

Just thought I’d share, since I like sharing interesting websites.

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…On this “Popcuts” store.

Posted by Steve on March 13, 2009

Back in September, I read an article on CNN’s website about a little new online music store called Popcuts. I did some research on it, even signed up for it, and I ruminated on it here. Well, a few months ago they selected certain users for a phone survey on the service, and I was one of them. For the hour and a half or two hours of my time on a Sunday night (it was only supposed to be one hour, but the interview was conducted by a hired consultant that was using VoIP and having major problems with it), I got $25 of store credit with Popcuts.

Which is how I can now actually give some meaningful commentary on the store, which a small number of people do actually use.
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…On Fire and Ice.

Posted by Steve on March 1, 2009

To hell with the Robert Frost poem, I’ve found something far more interesting: making fire from ice.

There’s a story behind this, that begins with me wondering how I can learn to make a bow and arrows by hand. This lead to me finding out about PaleoPlanet, where someone posted an illustrated message about making fire with lenses carved from ice. A quick search on Google turned up an even more comprehensive source, as Wildwood Survival has a multi-author, multi-part guide to the process.

An upside to being temporarily unemployed? Once it quits raining on… Tuesday… I’ll be able to try this out with all my free time!

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…On Cake Mockery.

Posted by Steve on January 25, 2009

Sometimes, the internet makes me laugh. Case in point: when I discovered Cake Wrecks and spent the better part of a half hour laughing uproariously. Ordinarily, cake decorating is not something that interests me (although this one time, a lady at work brought in an impressively-made cake that was decorated to look like a taco), since I don’t usually bother with even baking the cake. But when the cakes are such gems as a No Sexual Harassment cake, the Let’s Snow Rotisserie Chicken cake, or my personal favorite, the Winter cake, cake decoration becomes interesting because it’s absolutely hilarious.

Oh, and for the record? I want sprinkles.

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…On Facebook… for Professionals!

Posted by Steve on January 2, 2009

When I went to my parents’ house for Christmas, my brother-in-law and my dad had a conversation about something called “Linked In“, which my brother-in-law described as “like Facebook for professionals. Well, when I got back home, and went in to work on Monday, there was a posting on the company intranet about how Linked In can be a useful tool for establishing and maintaining contacts with potential clients, and its use is encouraged so long as appropriate etiquette and decorum is maintained, but it shouldn’t be treated as a substitute for facetime with clients.

Well, prompted by that, I decided to register. Whee, now I’m on another social network. Hopefully, this one will in fact turn out useful. Since I’ve been registered for less than six hours, I can’t give a review or commentary on it, but that’ll be coming forth.

As to Facebook… I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when I started using it, it was I think my freshman year at Vanderbilt and you had to have a college email address to register. For that matter, your college had to be on the list of colleges that it had been set up for (every week it opened up to more and more colleges – I guess it was just as they worked down a list). It’s changed a lot since then. Although being limited to college students obviously shut out a lot of people, it gave it a core purpose. Kind of like Linked In has, I guess. So maybe my brother-in-law’s comparison was pretty good.

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