If you watch television, you should take a look at this post. It’s a repost of an article that first appeared in Adbusters Magazine on the effects of television on individuals and society. It proposes four experiments to attempt at home. I did this, and I recommend you do it to.
What is a technical event? We've all seen TV cameras in banks and jewelry stores. A stationary video camera simply recording what's in front of it is what I will call "pure TV." Anything other than pure TV is a technical event: the camera zooms up, that's a technical event; you are watching someone's profile talking and suddenly you are switched to another person responding, that's a technical event; a car is driving down the road and you also hear music playing, that's a technical event. Simply count the number of times there is a cut, zoom, superimposition, voice-over, appearance of words on the screen, fade in/out, etc.For this test, I watched the first 10 minutes of this episode of my namesake show. In that 10 minutes I counted 223 technical events, and then I realized I didn't count any audio effects!
Television inhibits your ability to think, but it does not lead to freedom of mind, relaxation or renewal. It leads to a more exhausted mind. You may have time out from prior obsessive thought patterns, but that's as far as television goes. The mind is never empty, the mind is filled. What's worse, it is filled with someone else's obsessive thoughts and images.
Watching the TV without the sound makes it more difficult to connect with the story and therefore easier to observe all the technical events occurring. Switching to a news program you realize that there are fewer technical events.
With fewer technical events the news show appears realistic relative to other shows in the TV environment. Further, it appears super-realistic relative to the commercial shows in this environment. As earlier, we witnessed the joining of technical events in a coherent narrative. Here, we witness the reduction of worldly events into a narrative.
I admit I haven’t yet stared at a blank TV for a half hour, but I imagine two things would occur to me. First, I would realize just exactly how long a half hour feels, and I would be bothered by the things I could be doing with that time. Second, I would see the TV for what it is, an object, instead of what it is not, a companion.
If one is alone in one's room and turns on the TV, one actually doesn't feel alone anymore. It's as if companionship is experienced, as if communication is two-way.
Maybe one day I’ll stop watching TV altogether (although I have no plans to cease watching the Dallas Cowboys, no matter how frustrating of an experience that may be). I don’t want to bind myself to a statement I won’t be able to live up to. At least for now, I feel encouraged to read more.
Why JS2 Does Not Matter:
Although Mozilla acts as if they inherited Netscape’s mid 90s status as keeper of the web platform, this is not the case. They say that it doesn’t matter is Microsoft adopts JS2 or not, they’ll just write an IE plugin. This may work to increase JS2 adoption, but it doesn’t actually solve any real problems. JS2 is a solution looking for a problem.
When building TileStack, my main problem with JS isn’t some language feature (native classes, typed variables, etc.) it’s the lack of consistency between browsers. Granted this isn’t something the Mozilla Foundation can fix, but a new version of the JS language does more harm than good in this context.
Why JS2 is Harmful to Mozilla:
I guess the point is that language syntax is one of the least important features of a platform. Do developers use .Net for C#’s syntax? Is Objective-C’s syntax the reason for Apple’s recent successes? Will the declarative structure of JavaFX Script save the Java platform? I could go on with more examples, but I wont. The answer is a resounding NO! There are much more important things to ensuring the success of a platform than language syntax.
I suppose this doesn’t really need to concern me. The web as a platform will continue to exist and grow and mature. It’s just frustrating to observe this waste of time and energy.
This is for all those people who are trying to run a web business that need to send bulk email messages and don’t want them to go directly into their recipients’ spam folders.
Yesterday, I (and several others) dedicated several hours to the task of determining why every email we sent went directly into the spam folders of those we were trying to reach. When you search Google for information about spam filters, you find plenty of information about blocking unwanted email, but hardly anything about making sure your legitimate bulk email is not discarded with the trash. We were able to solve our issues, and so I thought I’d share our findings with the community.
Ok, so the guy that created the Hillary Clinton 1984 video that’s on YouTube revealed himeself. Since he works for a consulting service that the Obama campaign uses, he was promptly fired. What bothers me most about this is the fact that people are acting like this was the correct thing to do. The article even speculates whether the Obama campaign did enough to distance itself from this video.
We are a country that’s proud of our freedom of speech. YouTube is probably one of the best examples of this expression. Anyone with a video camera and an internet connection can send a message to the world. You can say anything you like, and if everything lines up just right, your video could be seen by millions of people. That’s power in the hands of individuals. This is what America is supposed to be all about.
But if you post something about a political candidate, people start questioning.
What’s Tumblr? It’s basically a blog for someone who has such a severe case of ADD that they can’t concentrate long enough to read these short posts.
This could be the beginning of the end for this sports venue.
Well, its apparently been over 2 months since I last posted anything to the ol’ blog. The last think I wrote about was the late night release of ThinWire 1.2 RC 1. So much has happened since then. Instead of writing about everything, I’ll just list stuff that’s happened since then:
Terrell Owens has released his first book in a series of childrens books. His next book will be called Little T Learns What Not to Say, followed by Little T Learns To Say I’m Sorry. I swear I’m not making this up.
I don’t know why I do the things I do. Today I searched Google for a phrase that I used to say a lot: ”Sleepmode is the squidaud” It was an inside joke of sorts. Busta Rhymes often says “Flipmode is the Squidaud,” refering of course to his group. Some friends of mine hijacked that phrase and began using it to refer to a love of slumber. Anyway, I digress.
The point is that I Googled ”sleepmode is the squidaud” and only got three results. Two were from the previous version of TedCHoward.com, and one was from a blog that I apparantly had 4 years ago. Using Google as the record, I am the only person to ever post the phrase “sleepmode is the squidaud” on the internet. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
As far as I’m concerned this is Class IV Retarded. It was an orange watergun. Now this six year old will be suspended for 10 days and have on his permanent record that he brought something resembling a weapon to school.
Talk Like a Pirate Day is tomorrow, and to help get you in the mood, ABC’s season premiere of Wife Swap features a pirate family. Actually, not just any pirate family, but the family who started Talk Like a Pirate Day a few years back.
OmniNerd has a very interesting article on our obsession with finding the cheapest gas available. He mathematically determines possible savings over a month, and then applies the formulas to other commodities that we generally aren’t as obsessive at finding better prices.
I have been known to go out of my way for that extra $0.05/gallon savings, but how much am I actually saving?
Waiting for me in my inbox this morning was an email from Amazon.com.
As someone who has purchased books about pirates, you might like to know about our featured booklist celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day.Well, they’ve got me pegged. Here’s the list.