Monthly Archives: December 2007

Motherwell Captain O’Donnell Dies

Motherwell midfielder and captain Phil O’Donnell collapsed and died near the end of their 5-3 win over Dundee United.

Tragic.

Photographs of Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination

Spectacular photographs captured by Getty photographer John Moore of the final moments of Benazir Bhutto’s life, and the aftermath of her assassination.

The 50 Most Loathsome People in America

A list compiled by The BEAST of it’s 50 most loathsome people in America, number 9 being “you”:

Charge: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling to every scrap of bullshit you can find to support your ludicrous belief system, and reject all empirical evidence to the contrary. You know the difference between patriotism and nationalism — it’s nationalism when foreigners do it. You hate anyone who seems smarter than you. You care more about zygotes than actual people. You love to blame people for their misfortunes, even if it means screwing yourself over.

Sentence: A gradual decline into abject poverty as you continue to vote against your own self-interest. Death by an easily treated disorder that your health insurance doesn’t cover. You deserve it, chump.

The Rise and Fall of Netscape

After 14 years, Netscape Navigator is to be discontinued by AOL, who bought them for $4.2 billion in 1998.

Did Coke Really Turn Santa Red and White?

In short, no.

IE8 Passes Acid2 Test

The latest internal Microsoft build of Internet Explorer 8 now passes the Acid2 test. A big step in the right direction.

Facebook Giveth With One Hand, Taketh With Another

Facebook has ironically caved into all the social pressure from disgruntled users and removed the ‘is’ they force on status updates. Before, you had to follow the not so flexible “[name] is…” format, and with just a few exceptions, only verbs could really follow on after that. Now, you can put anything you like after your name, “[name] loves boys” being the current most popular choice for those who have a weak password.

Getting rid of that ‘is’ was like lifting the shackles off a straight jacket (err, don’t ask how I can make that comparison), you’re now open to the wonderful world that is using adjectives without making something so grammatically laughable that even a pig would snort at it.

So, what has Twitter got to offer now eh? Why bother with this medieval farm boy’s choice of status update tool now that Facebook has set it’s statuses free? Eh well, for one thing people have to be registered on Facebook to be able to track your statuses, there is no RSS feed, although there is an API with a few apps written to update you, they pale in comparison to the apps written for Twitter. And as soon as they removed one limitation, it’s immediately replaced by another by forcing you to start every update with your name.

I can see why they would want to keep those status updates in check by forcing you to make them about yourselves, but then it also removes all the community that you get from Twitter. With Twitter, people are supposed to react to tweets by posting their own tweets, sometimes as a direct response. Tweets are more than just a status update; they’re a conversion, a discussion, or even just spouting of random filth like how the slightly and twitchy sadistic kid at school used to. It allows you to do something that is socially unacceptable: to utter random thoughts that fly into your head and bitch about things no one else cares about. And while some of Facebook statuses carry the same sense of randomness, the majority fall into the toilet bowl that is repetitive boredom.

That is why I use Twitter.

Twitterlicious 2.1

Twitterlicious 2.1 After a two month absence of Twitterlicious updates, I’ve decided to change the way the UI work and get rid of the needless tabs for replies and direct messages. Now, everything is in one list, and any replies or direct messages are highlighted accordingly — blue for replies, and brown for direct messages.

Some people also reported issues with leaving Twitterlicious running, it sometimes stops updating and needs a restart. While I’ve not been able to reproduce this, I think I’ve found the problem and hopefully my solution will work.

If you have Twitterlicious 2.0, then it should automatically inform you of the update and how to upgrade, everyone else can get it at the usual place.

My Other Christmas Present is a Definition List

An excellent article by Mark Norman Francis on 24 ways, about why definition lists are almost universally misused and how to use them with the proper semantic meaning.

Activision and Blizzard in $18 Billion Merger

The BBC:

The companies behind Call of Duty and World of Warcraft are merging in a deal which could shake up the global video games industry. Activision and Blizzard have said they will form “the world’s most profitable games business” in a deal worth $18.8bn (£9.15bn).

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