I’ve been a user of Last.fm for quite a while now. Originally I would just hit it up occasionally to find a band or song and listen to it and maybe find some new music I’d never heard before. Then, when the wife and I started having guests over to the house, either for parties or dinners, I put a PC up in the kitchen and dining room area where we could pick an artist and have random selections play in the back ground while we cooked, ate and hung out.
Then something happened. With the idea that a television show could showcase and promote music through the site (something I still think every TV show should consider), I found myself spending entire work days on Last.fm, winding my way through genres of music.
So, I finally took the plunge and actually signed up for a free account there so I can actually store favorites and all that stuff. This means, of course, I now have a profile there. If you happen to also use the site, feel free to add me as a friend, and if you want to, let me know your profile so I can see what you are listening to.
Admit it… I mean, I know I do… most blogs are there for people to hear themselves talk. But a co-worker of mine had a medical emergency a couple of weeks ago. He complained of a headache before bed, and later his wife couldn’t wake him up. After getting rushed to the hospital, the doctors determined he had a bleed in his brain. They went in, relieved the pressure, found it was not bleeding anymore (it had clotted and stopped on its own), and now he’s doing much better.
During all this, his family was given a profile at CarePages. This allowed them to notify friends and family and send out an email with a link to the page. People can log in and see updates (done by the family) on how he is doing. They can leave messages. See photos uploaded by the family or patient. Give virtual gifts and get contact information. You can even sign up for notifications so that you get contacted every time the family or patient updates the page.
It has actually been quite nice for us, the people on the outside, to be able to get news when its available and not have to wait until the phone chain trickles down to us. And it has to be pretty nice for the family, knowing they can go to one place, make an update and have it automatically sent out to everyone. Nice for the patient too, when he or she can read all the well wishes from all the people in their life.
Anyway, its just something that I thought from a pretty good idea and decided to share it.
And that’s all I have to say about that. Except, thanks to Cyanbane for the link.
For some reason, I just love this video and music. I play it every day to start my day.
I’ve seen it a million times and the internet classic of Charlie goes to Candy Mountain is still just as messed up as it was the first time I saw it.
I used to run Stuff on the Net every month or two, but people stopped sending me cool links, and I don’t want to just repeat the things I see on other blogs I read. So, send me cool links…
… or at least for a few minutes anyway.
Click here. Big buttons play songs, little buttons (or their corresponding keys on the keyboard) make him dance.
Over at Critical Hits, you can find an old D&D commercial, circa 1983. I think the worst part of this is not that I owned that version of the game in 1983, or that I still play D&D today… but that I recognize the early acting work of Alan Ruck and Jami Gertz.
Documentary: Spiders on Drugs.
I couple of lightsaber fights: Old favorite, One with more story.
Are you a muslim woman with a desire to surf? Well, now you can without violating muslim law!
Oh… and HBO is going to be making Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire into a TV show. Oh, yeah.
Proof that Saturday Night Live can be funny: A Special Christmas Box (Not Safe for Work)
Song played on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
The Original Crazy Frog sucked… and so does this… and this.
Some of these are funny… some aren’t.
One of the best Christmas specials ever made… Ziggy’s Gift: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
Animated 1971 A Christmas Carol: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4, with voice work by Alastair Sim from the original Scrooge movie (1938).
Claymation Christmas: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
Billy Idol put out a Christmas Album this year. You can sample songs and videos on his MySpace page.
… and I’m out. Merry Christmas everyone!
Edit: Removing links as they die.
Its been a while since I put up links…
The problem with Superman, it turns out, is that he landed in Kansas 10,000 years ago.
My issue with this story is that I got out a ruler and measured my head… 6 inches just wouldn’t be large enough.
Amber Night blurts out probably the single best mangling of Colonel Jessep ever.
Scriptapalooza, a contest for television script writing, has had its deadline extended. I didn’t partake of it this year, but assuming nothing Earth-shattering happens to me in the next year, I probably will in 2007.
I am horribly addicted to Line Rider, even though I totally suck at it.
Someone who does not suck at Line Rider. Search around YouTube for more… some of these are just incredible.
Fun threads over at the MMO Round Table: Variable Death Penalty, the Death Mechanic, Making Self-consistant worlds fun, Your Ultimate MMO in 10 Bullet Points, Roleplaying in Games, and Rewarding Longterm Players.
And that’s enough for now…
All the moving and stuff, and I just haven’t found the time to be creative, so here are a ton of links to stuff…
This story I find hilarious. Think of it at a community/government version of “Hey you kids! Get off of my lawn!”
Over at F13.net, schild and ookii posted a couple of interesting videos that exhibit some cool gaming stuff.
The internet is finally explained.
There is a band named OK Go. The songs are catchy, but its the music videos that got me hooked. You should watch “A Million Ways” and “Here It Goes Again“.
The US Army just might be letting someone build a theme park based on them.
World of Warcraft is on MySpace, but I don’t think I’m going to be friends with him.
Dragon*Con is coming in September. I’m going.
My website is kinda pretty.
People who dress up in costume and pretend to be superheroes = funny.
Don’t like real news? Get the same news with a fantasy world slant.
And that’s all for now…
Want to know what really happens in chat rooms? The Parlor. (Not Safe For Work)
One of my favorite Reno 911 sketches.
The Last Saskatchewan Pirate.
Rollin’ with Bob Saget. (Not Safe For Work)
Your ears you keep and I’ll tell you why. So that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish. Every babe that weeps at your approach, every woman who cries out, “Dear God! What is that thing,” will echo in your perfect ears. That is what to the pain means. It means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery forever.