Links for April 1st through April 2nd

Sometime between April 1st and April 2nd, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too!

  • Easy Auto-Download of TV Programs From Usenet: "After getting several threatening letters from Comast over the years, re: questionable Bittorrent activity, we've opted to obtain all our questionably legal materials from a 'safer,' medium, namely Usenet. All-in-all, Usenet is a pretty awesome way to quickly acquire media files without ever having to upload anything, and without anyone being on your back about it."
  • Check Username Availability at Multiple Social Networking Sites: "Check to see if your desired username or vanity url is still available at dozens of popular Social Networking and Social Bookmarking websites. Promote your brand consistently by registering a username that is still available on the majority of the most popular sites. Find the best username with namechk."
  • Family Guy == Unfunny: "I've taken the first half of a random episode off my PVR and edited all of the out-of-context things into a separate file, leaving us with a Family Guy storyline (unencumbered by random crap) and a bunch of random Family Guy crap (unencumbered by unfunny Family Guy storyline.) Everything that was in the first segment of the episode is in the two files; nothing has been lost except the opening credits. ¶ If you've watched both of these files, you'll have seen that the contents of the episode simply aren't funny (or as funny anyway) without the context-shift, meaning that it isn't the show or writers that are funny — it's simple juxtaposition that's making you laugh."
  • Where Gadgets Go to Die: Facility Strips, Rips and Recycles: "With 15 locations in the United States, Sims Recycling Solutions is one of the world's largest electronics scrap recyclers. Pictured here is the 'demanufacturing' center of the company's Roseville, California facility, where workers disassemble everything from printers, cameras and computers to Jumbotrons for their reusable materials. The facility receives roughly 150,000 pounds of used electronics a day. ¶ Follow along for a photographic tour of the Sims facility, where you'll learn exactly what happens to unwanted gadgets as they're dismantled, their components sorted and their raw materials melted down for scrap."
  • "'But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.' What does this site do? It keeps track of predictions of the future by public figures. How does it work? When someone makes a prediction, people post it to the site along with a brief description and a URL. We monitor it and change its status to true or false when appropriate."

Published by Michael Hanscom

Enthusiastic ambivert. Geeky, liberal, friendly, curious, feminist ally; trying to be a good person. (he/him)