Stefan Hayden

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The fact that online (and especially youtube) interest in Harry Potter seems to cross over with Twilight alot is pretty frusterating. Though as time goes on more and more “fans” seem to becoming at least down on the side of “awesomely bad”.  Over at i09 they have a very good take down of why the movie is a faithful adaptation of a poorly written book. Hint: it’s mostly weak characterization.

Perhaps you have heard that Obama’s FCC transition co-chair is a WoW player. This is his character and here is some thought in to what his play style says about him as a person.

It’s amazing how many ways people can screw up voting. I’m not sure how they ever passed a standarised test either.

How To Subscribe To A Youtube Channel With No Videos

First off why youtube does not let you subscribe to any channel is beyond me. Second off finding out how to do this was much harder then it should have been.

http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=STHayden

All you need to do to subscribe to any channel is to change the username at the end of the above url. Let me know if you have any problems or questions.

Never Start an Argument

The old phrase was:

“Never argue with a man who buys ink by the gallon.” (luckily women who bought ink that way were still fair game :P)

The new phrase should be:

“Never start an argument with someone who buys bandwidth by the gigabyte.”

Though as bandwidth prices drop this will eventually just become:

“Never start an argument with someone.”

iPhone – The Submarines – You, Me, and the Bourgeoisie

So back in July Apple came out with an iPhone commercial with The Submarines and Keri and I freaked out as we were in love with them. We had just seen them in nyc a month before and I had been listening to the new album almost non stop since Amazon let me download it.

Not long after that we saw them in concert again (opening for Aimee Mann) and got to talk to Blake (John was hiding in the back) about the iPhone commercial. Blake was super excited and we mentioned it was sad it was just the instrumentals. Blake pointed out that the lyrics didn’t really lend it self to selling phones.

Fast forward to now and You, Me, and the Bourgeoisie has basically become the theme song for the iPhone as it’s been in several more commercials. The big news is that now Apple shows off the Shazam app by having it detect the song in the commercial and bring you to the The Submarines iTunes page. So congrats to Blake and John. Come back to NYC soon.

Arg.. I like Desktop Armada so much but I’m so bad at it. I wish there was a computer opponent I could play and beat just for some moral.

What’s Your Job Score?

Being a Millennial I have crazy job requirements like wanting to really like my job. Recently I have put alot of though in to how I would boild down what is good or bad about a job and have gotten these 3 categories that I think are most important.

  1. The Work
  2. The Company
  3. The People

1. The Work: This is what I think is the eaiest part of any job to know if you like it. When you interview with a company this is what the interview is about. Likeing the work you are doing is very important and I think most people realise this.

2. The Company: Do you like big companies or little companies? Old companies or new companies? I like small new companies with few rules which encompaces most startups that I have worked for. This is not to hard to interview for but still important. What kind of internet restriction do they have? How long does vacation take to get aproved? Do they match 401k?

3. The People: You spend all day with the people you work with and you should want to spend time with them. If you don’t like the people you work with you might as well be working from home. This is hard to interview for. What questions do you ask? How do you know if people are friendly or if they are easy to work with? It seems to amaze me that people are so important to my daily experience but there is no established part of an interview to better get to know the people you might spend 1/3rd of your life.

Give each category full or half point for your past jobs to see what you liked or disliked about them. I think the wholy grail of job hunting is to find a job with a score of 3. This is extreemly hard as I think is easy to know if the work and company will be good but very hard to know if the people will be good.

Since a 3 is so hard, or even impossible, to find what is more important to you? If the work and company were both good would you put up with mean or boring people? Or are people important enough to you that you would work at a bad job to hang out with friends?

Everyone will have an opinion on what is the most important part of a job. But I think there needs to be more time in general focused on letting there interviewee find out if they will like the job instead of just focusing on if you can do the job. 

It doesn’t have to be September 19th for Post Like A Pirate to be making news. Paddy has listed it as one of the top 25 twitter aplications. Thanks Paddy!

Last time I was this excited about a movie was Speed Racer. A movie I have yet to see as it got trashed in the reviews although I think they were probably harsher then they needed to be. StarTrek does looks awesome and I’m excited anway. I hate J.J. Abrams as his TV shows ask awesome questions that never get answered. Perhaps he’ll do better with a movie that forces answerers? I didn’t see Cloverfeild so I don’t know how that part of his film making came though. Keri just started watching Felicity but I haven’t seen enough of it to judge one way or the other… I’m just rambling now.

Muxtape as turned in to a bit of a graveyard.

Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State? I’m not saying it’s a bad idea. I’m sure she would be great. But it seems like a bad idea to drain congress of all the big name democrats just to fill up cabinet positions.

HBO has commissioned a pilot of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Because it’s HBO I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. Unlike the Legend of the Seeker which I assumed would be horrible and have yet to force myself to watch on TiVo. I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while and I think I’ll actually need to do it before this happens.

If you type “how to” in to google it suggests “how to get pregnant” in the drop down.. the drop down results are not personalized. Which means “how to get pregnant” is one of the most searched how tos which is just weird.

This is the kind of news I expect to see a lot of from Obama: Obama Transition Co-Chair John Podesta announced the strictest, and most far reaching ethics rules of any transition team in history. And by expect I mean I’ll be pissed off if I don’t see it. I want to make history, I want to reform goverment, I want to get it done.