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Saturday, 29 May, 2010

Trends In Copy/Paste

John Gruber noticed it too: Tynt, the Copy/Paste Jerks.

Over the last few months I've noticed an annoying trend on various web sites, generally major newspaper and magazine sites, but also certain weblogs. What happens is that when you select text from these web pages, the site uses JavaScript to report what you've copied to an analytics server and append an attribution URL to the text...

Among the sites where I've seen this in use are TechCrunch (example) and The New Yorker (example). The JavaScript tomfoolery happens with most text copied from the site - whether you're copying the entire article, a paragraph, or a sentence.

Who started it?

All of this nonsense - the attribution appended to copied text, the inline search results popovers - is from a company named Tynt, which bills itself as "The copy/paste company".

The pitch from Tynt to publishers is that their clipboard jiggery-pokery allows publishers to track where text copied from their website is being used, on the assumption that whoever is pasting the text is leaving the Tynt-inserted attribution URL, with its gibberish-looking tracking ID.

Yet another company that thinks everyone is stupid: Tynt. I copied some text from Tynt's site and pasted it here:

Each time a user copies content from your website and pastes into an email, blog or website, we automatically add a URL link back to your site's original content. When someone clicks that URL, they are directed back to your site and see the original content.

Read more: Tynt » Tynt Insight http://www.tynt.com/tynt-insight/#ixzz0pN6XjsTU

99% of the people who paste that will just delete the annoying "read more" part. I left it in so you can see how stupid Tynt is.

Permalink | Posted in Internet & Computers @6:22pm | Comments (33)

BP Puts On Clean-Up Show

Dog and pony show news: BP bused in 100s of temp workers for Obama visit, state official says.

Perhaps you saw news footage of President Obama in Grand Isle, La., on Friday and thought things didn't look all that bad. Well, there may have been a reason for that: The town was evidently swarmed by an army of temp workers to spruce it up for the president and the national news crews following him.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts, whose district encompasses Grand Isle, told Yahoo! News that BP bused in "hundreds" of temporary workers to clean up local beaches. And as soon as the president was en route back to Washington, the workers were clearing out of Grand Isle too, Roberts said.

"The level of cleanup and cooperation we've gotten from BP in the past is in no way consistent to the effort shown on the island today," Roberts said by telephone. "As soon as the president left, they were immediately put back on the buses and sent home."

Permalink | Posted in General @6:15pm | Comments (9)

Pickin’ In The Park

From a jam this morning. That's Whitey on guitar, wormpicker on fiddle, and some homeless guy who wandered by on banjo.

The tune is "Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes."

Permalink | Posted in Banjo @3:07pm | Comments (58)

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Ken Ham, Described

Somehow, I missed PZ Meyer's description of creationist moron Ken Ham. It's from 2008, but every word is still true.

Millions of people, including some of the most knowledgeable biologists in the world, think just about every day that you are an airhead, an ass, a birdbrain, a blockhead, a bonehead, a boob, a bozo, a charlatan, a cheat, a chowderhead, a chump, a clod, a con artist, a crackpot, a crank, a crazy, a cretin, a dimwit, a dingbat, a dingleberry, a dipstick, a ditz, a dolt, a doofus, a dork, a dum-dum, a dumb-ass, a dumbo, a dummy, a dunce, a dunderhead, a fake, a fathead, a fraud, a fruitcake, a gonif, a halfwit, an idiot, an ignoramus, an imbecile, a jackass, a jerk, a jughead, a knucklehead, a kook, a lamebrain, a loon, a loony, a lummox, a meatball, a meathead, a moron, a mountebank, a nincompoop, a ninny, a nitwit, a numbnuts, a numbskull, a nut, a nutcase, a peabrain, a pinhead, a racketeer, a sap, a scam artist, a screwball, a sham, a simpleton, a snake oil salesman, a thickhead, a turkey, a twerp, a twit, a wacko, a woodenhead, and much, much worse.

That got me thinking. Is Ken Ham really as stupid as he appears to be? Or is it just an act? Is it possible that he -- like many other fundie Christians -- realizes that there's big money to be made by appealing to Bible-based stupidity?

I'm starting to think that Ken is smarter than we think. He's carved out a nice little niche designed to attract the stupidest people in the country -- and make them feel good about paying money to enter his stupid museum.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @7:07pm | Comments (19)

Critique This Snack

To complete the series...

Is there a microwave popcorn that doesn't leave a greasy film in your mouth?

Permalink | Posted in Food & Drink @5:41pm | Comments (31)

Wee Ken Do Pen Mic

Happy Memorial Day weekend.

Permalink | Posted in General @1:38pm | Comments (98)

Oil Spill Impact

According to Tony Hayward, BP's CEO:

Hayward, who had previously said the environmental impact on Gulf of Mexico would be modest, upgraded his assessment Friday to an "environmental catastrophe."

Permalink | Posted in General @7:49am | Comments (38)

New Nickname

I've been wanting a new nickname, so I took a scientific quiz.

Here are some potential nicknames for me:

  • Smookiekins
  • Flying Underpants
  • Ugly Worn-Out Shoe Lace
  • Trashy Saggy Pants
  • Bumble Noodle Q-Tipper

They're all good, but I think I prefer to be called Bumble Noodle Q-Tipper.

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @7:40am | Comments (34)

Priests’ Girlfriends Contact Pope

Like everything else in the Catholic church, that celibacy thing is pretty much a joke: Italian priests' secret mistresses ask pope to scrap celibacy rule.

Dozens of Italian women who have had relationships with Roman Catholic priests or lay monks have endorsed an open letter to the pope that calls for the abolition of the celibacy rule. The letter, thought by one signatory to be unprecedented, argues that a priest "needs to live with his fellow human beings, experience feelings, love and be loved".

It also pleads for understanding of those who "live out in secrecy those few moments the priest manages to grant [us] and experience on a daily basis the doubts, fears and insecurities of our men".

The issue was put back on the Vatican's agenda in March when one of Pope Benedict's senior advisers, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, said the abolition of the celibacy rule might curb sex abuse by priests, a suggestion he hastily withdrew after Benedict spoke up for "the principle of holy celibacy".

The Pope will pass the letter on to his boyfriend, and they'll discuss it.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @7:32am | Comments (8)

Donkey Trial Finally Ends

In Croatia: Donkey found not guilty after eight year trial.

A Croatian donkey has been found not guilty of assault after a trial lasting eight years.

Dino the donkey was accused in 2002 of biting an eight-year-old girl in the northern village of Blazevdol.

The child's parents attempted to sue Dino's owner, Ljubomir Smrndic, demanding damages to be paid to the girl until she reached the age of 18.

But Smrndic successfully argued Dino had been provoked by the girl who had thrown stones at the donkey.

Judges this week ruled that Dino was not guilty and that Smrndic should not pay damages.


Sadly, Dino will be unaware of the victory as she died two years ago.

The dead donkey shown here is just a prop.

(via Blame It On The Voices)

Permalink | Posted in General @7:23am | Comments (4)

New Fence For The Palins

Todd Palin built a new fence around their yard. Story here.

A neighbor of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got so angry for what she says was unpaid bills for renovations that she decided she would try to rent her house to someone who wanted to look into Palin's life as a result -- what media reports are calling "revenge by rent."

And she did: a non fiction writer took up her offer.

Palin immediately accused the woman of enabling a "stalker." Her husband has built a 14-foot-tall cedar fence around her property.

The writer is novelist Joe McGinniss, Jr.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:35am | Comments (51)

Guitar + Banjo

Banjo/guitar duets don't get much better than this. It's Adam Hurt and Beth Hartness.

Permalink | Posted in Banjo @6:30am | Comments (8)

A Visit From An Icon

Exciting stuff: Religious icon to visit Northeast Pennsylvania.

An icon believed to be responsible for healing people of cancer and blindness will be making two stops in Northeast Pennsylvania this weekend.

This icon is an image, not a person.

The Iveron Icon of the Theotokos will be at St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan on Saturday, and at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Mayfield on Sunday.

"We'll be able to have this great blessing with us," said the Rev. John D. Sorochka of St. John's. "Let's flock to it. Let it uplift us."

The icon of Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus is a paper print mounted on wood, and is an exact replica of a famous icon from Montreal. The replica was manufactured in Russia and purchased in Toronto by a priest who gave it to a Russian Orthodox believer in Honolulu in 2007.

The big question: What does it smell like?

Believers say the icon streams myrrh, a fragrant resin that comes from certain trees in the Mideast, from the Virgin Mary's eyes. It also gives off the scent of roses, believers say.

That baby she's holding just doesn't seem quite right.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @6:25am | Comments (4)

Riding On Bombs

A dozen examples of People Riding Bombs.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:20am | Comments (4)

Sharp-Dressed Horses

In Costa Rica: The Horse Tailor.

We specialize in Designer Costumes for all of those special events such as Halloween and Christmas and many more. Take this opportunity to dress yourself and your horse, pony or miniature horse in style. We have Fairy Princess Costumes , Witch Costumes , Chef Costumes and many, many more.

(via The Presurfer)

Permalink | Posted in General @6:16am | Comments (5)

Yacht With Garage

Finally, a yacht that has the features I've been looking for: Strand Craft 122 Super Yacht Features Supercar and Garage.

It's a 122 Super Yacht, but it's not available yet.

This creation, which exists only in renderings at the moment, would feature a built-in garage in the stern, which naturally would be filled with a bespoke supercar of its very own. Not much is known about the supposed supercar, other than the fact that it would be powered by an 880-horsepower V12 engine and have a top speed of over 230 miles per hour.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:11am | Comments (6)

Less Music In Arizona

AZ Boycott news: Music groups unite to boycott Arizona.

A coalition of music groups has announced that its members will boycott all performances in Arizona to protest a tough new anti-immigration law there, and it has urged fans to sign a petition demanding the revocation of the legislation, which it calls "an assault on the U.S. Constitution."

The following acts endorse the boycott: Rage Against The Machine, Massive Attack, Kanye West, Conor Oberst, Sonic Youth, Joe Satriani, and Los Tigres del Norte.

Now what will I do for entertainment?

Permalink | Posted in Arizona Music @6:08am | Comments (35)

Thursday, 27 May, 2010

No Presidential Cemetery Visit

Uh oh... President Obama will skip Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

President Obama is skipping the traditional Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery, a move that has dismayed some veterans -- and comes at a sensitive moment in the administration's relationship with the military.

Instead of speaking at Arlington, as he did last year and as most presidents have done, Obama will appear at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery outside Chicago, the White House said.

But he has a stand-in:

Vice President Biden will take his place at Arlington, the most prestigious military cemetery in the country and home to Section 60, a large burial ground for soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Skipping Arlington puts Obama in good company:

Obama is not the first president to miss the Arlington ceremony. Ronald Reagan spoke at West Point one year, and went to his California ranch another year. George H.W. Bush, a war veteran, did not go at all.

Good thing I'm not president. I didn't even know that Monday is Memorial Day until Pamn told me last night.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:34pm | Comments (9)

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