Aug 1, 2008  •  In Thursday Geek-isms

Thursday Geek-isms

I apologize for the lack of posts. There have been some not-so-great things happening in my life and I’m trying to deal with each accordingly. There will be some rough months (or even years?) ahead, so my writing will be sporadic at times.

I have decided to change my weekly list of favorite links to Thursday. Thursday is my favorite day of the week (not to mention, it is the name of my favorite literary heroine) and what better way to celebrate it than on my blog? I have also changed the number from 10 to 12…and that’s because I usually have so much trouble trying to choose just ten. Two more should help a tad, right?


  1. ComicCon’s best Star Wars costumes, Boing Boing. Need I say more?
  2. Alarm Clock Wakes You Up With Bacon, Wired Gadget Lab. If you are a fan of The Office, you would undeniably get a good chuckle out of this. Um, and I wouldn’t mind waking up to the smell of sizzling bacon either.
  3. Top 10 Command Line Tools, Lifehacker. Here are some tricks to make the terminal more powerful and accessible…for us old school computer geeks who still use command line.
  4. Giz Explains: An Illustrated Guide to Every Stupid Cable You Need, Gizmodo. I must admit that I’m constantly frustrated by the wild tangle of cables behind my desk and home entertainment system. Here’s a handy (and funny) guide to set you straight.
  5. How to Lose Your Cuil 20 Seconds After Launch, TechCrunch. Early this week the web was abuzz with the new search engine Cuil, created by former Google employees. I wouldn’t say that the launch was a failure, as the results interface definitely is different and potentially useful. However, Cuil failed to do two very important things: 1. Stay up – the site was down just hours after launch; and 2. Work – take a look at the link.
  6. Nokia’s iPhone-like ‘Tube’ Appears in The Dark Knight, Leads To Release Speculation, Wired Gadget Lab. I knew I wasn’t the only one who noticed the cool phone used by Lucius Fox on The Dark Knight! Looks pretty spiffy, and FYI, this wouldn’t be the first time a movie has influenced me to obsess over a new cell phone.
  7. 10 Things You Should Know About the Internet, Neatorama. Wait…Al Gore did invent the internet?!?
  8. MacBook rumors swirling: glass trackpads, custom chipsets, ponies, ice cream, Engadget. Assuming that the rumors are true, I’m not so sure about these so-called “improvements.” Can Apple make its own chipset? Scratch that – of course they can. The better question is, can Apple make a good chipset?
  9. Big Brother Alert: Government airport searches of iPods for pirated media in the work, Macenstein. I’m appalled at this news. A large portion of my thousands of MP3s are ripped from my collection of CDs. Am I supposed to carry a picture of my CD collection whenever I fly?
  10. Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings, I have loved Barber’s Adagio for Strings even since we played it at violin camp (yes, I’ve been to violin camp). Click through the link to see a piano rendition….played by a ninja!
  11. Has Apple Bitten Off More Than It Can Chew? Wired Gadget Lab. Once upon a time, Apple was a smaller company with fewer products. What they lacked in numbers, they made up for in quality…and a cult following soon followed suit. Now that Apple has ventured into music, video, phones, and other consumer electronics, it is losing its tight grip on “carefully designed, faultlessly executed products.” Is Apple’s success a curse?
  12. Andoid Is For The Masses, iPhone For The Rich, ReadWriteWeb. Will Android be as wide-spread as this analyst predicts?

And, for being a day late, here’s something extra for fellow Lost fans:

Bad Robot!!!

JJ Abrams has created these limited edition figurines, unveiled at ComicCon. I want this so, soooo badly.

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