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Seized shirt! For the feds, it’s not enough to simply seize...

2012 Aug 17, 8:40


Seized shirt!

For the feds, it’s not enough to simply seize domain names without warning or due process—they want to make sure everyone knows the website operators were breaking the law, even if that has yet to be proven in court. That’s why every domain that gets seized ends up redirecting to one of these dramatic warning pages, replete with the eagle-emblazoned badges of the federal agencies involved.

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SCIENCE SCOUTS

2009 Jun 11, 3:16Humorous science merit badges. "The 'I build robots' badge (LEVEL IV): In which, technically technically, the recipient is not in the business of world domination (as dictated by membership rules), but has built a robot that is.", "The 'non-explainer' badge (LEVEL I): Where the recipient can no longer explain what they do to their parents", And other humorous badges.PermalinkCommentshumor web science math nerd badge via:boingboing

Xbox Achievements for Everyday Life

2008 Sep 16, 7:54

I just upgraded to the Zune 3.0 software which includes games and purchasing music on the Zune via WiFi and once again I'm thrilled that the new firmware is available for old Zunes like mine. Rooting around looking at the new features I noticed Zune Badges for the first time. They're like Xbox Achievements, for example I have a Pixies Silver Artist Power Listener award for listening to the Pixies over 1000 times. I know its ridiculous but I like it, and now I want achievements for everything.

Achievements everywhere would require more developments in self-tracking. Self-trackers, folks who keep statistics on exactly when and what they eat, when and how much they exercise, anything one may track about one's self, were the topic of a Kevin Kelly Quantified Self blog post (also check out Cory Doctorow's SF short story The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away featuring a colony of self-trackers). For someone like me with a medium length attention span the data collection needs to be completely automatic or I will lose interest and stop collecting within a week. For instance, Nike iPod shoes that keep track of how many steps the wearer takes. I'll also need software to analyze, display, and share this data on a website like Mycrocosm. I don't want to have to spend extreme amounts of time to create something as wonderful as the Feltron Report (check out his statistic on how many daily measurements he takes for the report). Once we have the data we can give out achievements for everything!

Achievements for Everyday Life
Carnivore
Eat at least ten different kinds of animals.
Make Friends
Meet at least 10% of the residents in your home town.
Globetrotter
Visit a city in every country.
You're Old
Survive at least 80 years of life.

Of course none of the above is practical yet, but how about Delicious achievements based on the public Delicious feeds? That should be doable...

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Finally finished Baroque Cycle Novels

2008 May 2, 10:20
[The cover of Cryptonomicon][The cover of Quicksilver][The cover of The Confusion][The cover of The System of the World]

I've finally finished the Baroque Cycle, a historical fiction series set in the 17th and 18th centuries by Neal Stephenson whose work I always enjoy. There were often delays where I'd forget about the books until I had to take plane somewhere, or get discouraged reading about the character's thoughts on economics, or have difficulty finding the next volume, or become more engrossed in other books, projects or video games, and leave the Baroque Cycle books untouched for many months at a time. Consequently, my reading of this series has, I'm ashamed to say, spanned years. After finishing some books which I enjoy I end up hungry for just a bit more to read. For this series I don't need a bit more to read, I'm done with that, but I do want a badge or maybe a medal. Or barring that, college credit in European History and Macro Economics. I can recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Neal Stephenson's other work and has a few years of free time to kill.

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BlueBadgeMojo.com: Cafeteria Tour 2006

2007 Sep 21, 11:57Microsoft employees seek to visit all Microsoft cafeterias in Redmond and document the experience in blog form.PermalinkCommentsfood microsoft blog humor

The "Works on My Machine" Certification Program (Coding Horror)

2007 Mar 21, 11:32A badge I think I can apply to many of my personal projects. Note to self: remember this later when someone breaks the build.PermalinkCommentsbadge certificate humor programming development software

RESPECT COPYRIGHTS: Curriculum for the Los Angeles Area Boy Scouts of America

2007 Feb 6, 2:39The MPAA's suggested curriculum for LA Boy Scouts on 'Respecting Copyright' badge. It doesn't have them learn about copyright which might have been interesting rather things like watch a movie's credits and think about the people who will be hurt by piraPermalinkCommentsmpaa copyright humor boy-scouts

More Homepage Updates

2006 Nov 6, 6:51I've updated my webpage some more. I now have the onmouseover on the thumbnails in my photos section. So that's fun. I'm using the flickr badge script and then including a javascript file I made that finds the flickr imgs in my page and adds in onmouseover and onmouseout events. I've also got the whole thing validating on W3C's HTML validator and W3C's CSS validator.

The one thing I'd like to fix is the comments for my blog posts. They aren't included in the RSS feed. I'm shopping for a blog site that supports comment counts in the RSS feed at least. If possible I'd like the actual comments to appear in the feed but I doubt anyone does that.PermalinkCommentscss html script validator homepage flickr

Cool New Thing

2006 Nov 3, 3:02I'm updating my homepage to include a sorted list of my livejournal blog entries and my del.icio.us bookmarks. I'm using BadgerFish to convert the XML of the RSS feeds of the two into JavaScript objects. At that point I can do fun stuff like sorting them into lists on my page. Neat. This is how I spend my free time... OK.PermalinkCommentsxml badgerfish feed rss script livejournal delicious homepage

Displaying your flickr photos in an unobtrusive manner

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BadgerFish

2006 Nov 1, 12:52Convert XML to JSON. Available on this site as both source & service.PermalinkCommentsxml json javascript php ajax webservices programming api development reference tool web2.0
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