Stefan Hayden

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This link is not a youtube video and does not have any metadata that lets youtube embed it. It took me way to long to find this link so I’m putting it here so I can find it next time.

http://bit.ly/1dOj8e0

 

I’m not sure why this was so hard to find. Simply right click on the taskbar and get the menu to appear. There is an option to “Show touch keyboard button”. That will add the touch keyboard to the far right of the taskbar. Clicking that will bring up the keyboard where you can then click the emoji icon.

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So do we over use hyperbole? Yes… well sort of… and also maybe not.

I think the over use of hyperbole is very much in the realm of pop culture. An since pop culture is kind of every where these days it can feel like an all encompassing use of bombastic words.

Yet when people talk about books I hear less talk of inabilities to even and more nuanced treatises of not only what is good or bad but what things mean. This isn’t just people in my peer group but also what I see across the booktube fandom on youtube.

So why do people seemingly have such a strong ability to talk about books while when topics of pop culture come up, like say Breaking Bad, can we only extol how it is the BEST EVER or AMAZING?

I think the difference simply comes from how current society is behind the time in critique of pop culture. Many people grow up in schools where a staple of English class is reading books and finding deeper meaning. Even after people graduate from school book clubs around America and the world meet to not just drool over books with overly positive (or negative) reactions but to point to the parts that succeed and fail in their eyes.

Pop culture does not have a class at school that deconstructs it. And approaching most culture in this serious way is seen as a bit silly. Because we don’t have a muscle for talking about culture in that way I think we resort to words with less intellectual umph.

As TV Critics and other pop culture critics gain more prominence and we become more accustom to taking a more serious look at pop culture I think our general ability to talk about will increase. Because while tumblr is the home of people who can’t even it’s also the home of some smart deconstruction of pop culture.

Deeper conversations are coming and I think it will create a feed back loop that will only make pop culture even better.

On a side note I think gaming has the same problem of no real natural wide spread ability to talk intelligently about games. As criticism gets better and more a part of the every day thinking for games it will only make games better just as it has already started to makes other parts of pop culture better.

I read The Machine Stops in college and it took a while for me to really get it. It really nails the internet but the trick is it was written in 1909. Also since it’s from 1909 it’s out of copyright but there is no good version of it online so this is my new version of it.

I was blown away how many of the products they bring up in this awesome talk I have never heard of:

Backstretch is a pretty great slideshow library both because of it’s features as well as the small amount of code it is all done in. But when implementing a code light library you will always run in to the problem of needing the library to do things that it does not have features for. And for that reason I’m going to highlight some of the features I built in to my own fork of Backstretch, all of wich are also documented on github.

Options:

Pause: By default the slideshow just starts to play but for us we wanted to start out with it just sitting on one slide.

lazyload: By default all of the images you pass in are loaded. This is not great for page speed and so this option only loads image when the slideshow goes to show the image or specifically requested though a call.

start: The array of images you pass in will always be shown in that order. But if you pass in an index then the slideshow will start at that point.

default_height & default_width: These are actually in the original library but were undocumented. This just speeds up getting the slideshow to draw it self correctly if you know the height and width in advance.

API:

cacheNext() & cachePrev(): With lazyload turned on the next image will not start to load until that slide is requested. With this call you can choose when is best to preload that next or previous image. I always keep the next image in the slideshow cashed and ready to show.

You can find all these features on my own fork of Backstetch where I will also attempt to keep it up to date with the main repo.

I was super lucky to get to see the first three episodes of GIRLS at sxsw. The trailer released only a few short weeks ago quickly outlines a quirky comedy in the style of sex and the city that replaces the 30 something Gen-Xers  with 20 something Gen-Yers. And being on the cusp of those two generations I think there is a big difference between the 2.

Tiny Furniture, Lena’s hit movie, was something I was very excited to see and while it had an amazing voice for women in their 20s I didn’t love the movie. I thought the plot was too slow and awkward pauses not used artfully enough to not just become uncomfortable. These were issues of polish but the voice was there and it was exciting.

Judd Apataw is a great combo for Lena to work with. He is a seasoned producer and has the magic ability to not only cultivate great tallent in others (aka Seth Rogan) but take topic that has failed in movies past (aka Kevin Smith movies) and make them enjoyable for a wide audience without removing the unique and quirky spark that made them good.

GIRLS is still slow at moments and some moments are still a bit to awkward to work on screen. But The outcome is everything you could hope for from a collaboration between Lena and Judd. The jokes are amazing and hit often and hard without seeming like sitcom. The characters are all perfectly lovable while still remaining horribly flawed. A balance every show hopes for but few ever achieve.

Zosia Mamet also needs to be called out. In many ways she has the most over the top character to play which can be difficult to pull off. But she glows on screen and makes the ridiculous also believable and the hilarious simultaneously heartbreaking.

This show is not a masterpiece, but it is really really good and super funny. One of the many things I love about television is the iterative process of writing it. Shows change because they get feedback from an audience. And few shows ever have the first few episodes as the best of the series since they lack this interaction. GIRLS is perfect set up to a great series. Every flaw can be fixed and I believe this show is on a path to fix everyone.

My old dell died a rather sudden and upsetting death. Dell said a new motherboard would be 500$ and so this build below was right around 1k. I heard a ton of mixed reviews about iBuyPower. It seems some people had some really bad experiences with them. But 2 things stuck out for me. The first was the price. I really think this is a great build for only a thousand dollars. And 2 is the fact that I could get it with-out Windows. I own windows and I don’t need to buy it again. But sadly no Linux option.

I’ve only had it for a day but everything seems to be in good shape. Here are the specs which are mostly for my future reference:

1 x Case Azza Triton Gaming Case – Black
1 x Processor Intel® Core™ i7 960 Processor (4x 3.20GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
1 x Processor Cooling Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink
1 x Memory 12 GB [2 GB X6] DDR3-1600 – Corsair or Major Brand
1 x Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 – 1GB – FREE Upgrade to GTX 560 2GB – Single Card
1 x Video Card Brand Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA
1 x Free Stuff [Free Game Voucher] – Batman Arkham City – Free with purchase of NVIDIA GeForce 5 series video card
1 x Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth X58
1 x Motherboard USB / SATA Interface Motherboard default USB / SATA Interface
1 x Power Supply 700 Watt – Standard
1 x Primary Hard Drive 1 TB HARD DRIVE — 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s – Single Drive
1 x Optical Drive 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive – Black
1 x Flash Media Reader / Writer 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer – Black
1 x Sound Card 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
1 x Network Card Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
1 x Operating System None- Pre-formatted Hard Drive Only

You have no idea how excited I am.

Error 501 (net::ERR_INSECURE_RESPONSE): Unknown error is an error you get in chrome when you view a page with an iframe that loads a HTTPS page with an invalid SSL certificate. If you find HTTPS page on the same domain that is not in an iframe you will get the standard red page saying the site is unsafe. If you click procceed the page will load as normal. You can now go back to the page with the iframe and browse normally.

If you are not a developer or are not sure why the SSL certificate is invalid then DO NOT CLICK the button to procceed.

I could not find a good nyan cat background so I just made one.

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Great The Social Network review by Lawrence Lessig. A movie that I loved as fiction.

I was working my way up to writing a big defense of Zuckerburg. But Thanks to Hacker News I don’t have to. This thread is a really great over at Hacker News.

Solid review of Scott Pilgrim over ar tor.

I dislike him for slightly different reasons. But these are good reasons as well that I can get behind:

I’ve never met [JJ Abrams]. I am not a member of his fan club or anti-fan club. I disliked Cloverfield a very great deal. I disliked Star Trek intensely. I thought it was terrible. And I think part of my problem is that I feel like the relationship between JJ Abrams’ projects and geek culture is one of relatively unloving repackaging – sort of cynical. I taste contempt in the air. Now I’m not a child – I know that all big scifi projects are suffused with the contempt of big money for its own target audience. But there’s something about [JJ’s projects] that makes me particularly uncomfortable. As compared to somebody like Joss Whedon, who – even when there are misfires – I feel likes me and loves me and is on some cultural level my brother and comrade. And I don’t feel that way about JJ Abrams.
China Miéville