CLANG: A Worthy Kickstarter From Neal Stephenson

Respect Stephenson: the man’s a true geeks’ geek. (I agree with @gruber: you must watch the video for the full effect.)

Might this be the first Kickstarter that I end up contributing to?

Sweep The Sleaze

I came across this article over on iA (via @gruber, I think), and was really struck by its thesis, namely:

Promising to make you look wired and magically promote your content in social networks, the Like, Retweet, and +1 buttons occupy a good spot on pretty much every page of the World Wide Web. Because of this, almost every major site and world brand is providing free advertising for Twitter and Facebook. But do these buttons work? It’s hard to say. What we know for sure is that these magic buttons promote their own brands — and that they tend to make you look a little desperate. Not too desperate, just a little bit.

Be sure to read the article in-full.

I was struck by the article and so have swept the sleaze from Literal Barrage. No more Share This/Stumble This/Tweet This/+1 This boxes at the bottom of my posts. Hopefully this helps reduce the clutter and makes reading content here just a bit more enjoyable.

Let me know if you agree.

Wreck-It Ralph

This looks like it’ll be a hoot. I really like what the post-Pixar-merger Disney is coming out with these days.

“Zombie… BAD GUY!” “Hi, Zombie!”

I imagine Wreck-It Ralph apps for iOS and Android will be releasing soon…

College Lacrosse 2012 — Crud, Now I’ve Got To Get An Xbox

Well, that seals it — College Lacrosse 2012, an Xbox Live Indie Games release means that I’ll have to get an Xbox.

Anyone have one they want to give me?

Introducing: Gwendydd Rebecca

Gwendydd (Welsh for “morning star”/”Venus” aka “beauty”) came into this world at 12:23pm yesterday, May 27th, weighing in at 9lbs 7oz and measuring 22″ in length. Both baby and momma are feeling great and Gwen’s older siblings are all taken with her.

(In an odd coincidence, this means that she shares her birthday with WordPress.)

Pranking Yourself In A Few Simple Steps

Please understand, this is purely a hypothetical situation and in no way accurately reflects the way I spent a good 15-30 minutes of my life today.

  1. Obtain Magic Trackpad for use with your MacBook.
  2. Use Magic Trackpad for a couple of weeks.
  3. Revert to previous optical mouse once general sluggishness and RSA-inducing motions promoted by Magic Trackpad use become too great to bear.
  4. Place Magic Trackpad in desk drawer.
  5. Forget to un-pair MacBook and Magic Trackpad over BlueTooth.
  6. Forget Magic Trackpad in desk drawer for months.
  7. [Months elapse]
  8. Unthinkingly place heavy object in desk drawer on top of Magic Trackpad.
  9. Allow object to apply pressure sufficient to leave Magic Trackpad in “clicked-down” position.
  10. Note that mouse clicks no longer actually work.
  11. Spend 20 minutes closing applications using only keyboard shortcuts in vain attempt to figure out which program is currently stealing mouse focus.
  12. Reboot system, hoping it will help.
  13. Remember presence of Magic Trackpad in desk drawer while computer is rebooting.
  14. Remove heavy object.
  15. Facepalm so hard that fellow cubefarm denizens can hear it.
  16. Resume clicking.

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