Everything is Terrible

Need a break from the Holiday cheer?  Checkout the “Everything is Terrible” website.
Where their motto is “If Everything is Terrible, then nothing is”.

This is a great collection of quirky and funny offbeat videos clips.  What’s even funnier is that much of the EIT collection showcases stuff we use to think was cool!

Here’s one I like where Steve Allen tries to quell what I suppose was a rash of computer-phobia that must have been sweeping the nation.

Now, don’t you feel better about that PC that is staring back at you?
(BTW – who is that drag queen with Steve Allen?)

I suppose everyone was afraid PCs would so this:


EIT has no porn, but some adult content.  Enjoy!

For more fun video websites checkout the BOT article on Video Concierge.

An Online Makeover

I gave my Biology Of Technology (BOT) blog a makeover.  I recently was in a session with other business owners and we did a very constructive review of each other’s website.  This change was a result of feedback from this meeting.

As we approach the end of the year and the decade, now is a great time to update your online persona. Click Here and drop me a line if you are interested in a makeover for your website, blog, or social networking.
If the “click” does not work, copy-and-paste the following linking into your browser.

Click here for one of my favorite viral videos from 2009.  Enjoy!

A Tale of Two Rudy’s

I’ve been trying to understand the latest new blitz about Khalid Shaikh Mohammed trail.  He’s the guy they’ve been calling the 9/11 mastermind.  They are sending him to New York to go on trial.

After being completely confused by the cable news shows on this issue, I turn to the great oracle of the Web to find the answer.  And of course, once again, we find some clarity on late night basic cable (thank-you Daily Show).

I must say, I enjoyed the tale of two Rudy Giuliani’s playing point-counterpoint with himself.  He has one point of view when a Republican was president in 2006, then takes the opposite view under the current Democrat president. I think I finally understand; your point-of-view depends on who is President


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Harmonize with Yourself on YouTube

This YouTube video uses technology and creativity for one guy to harmonize with himself on a Michael Jackson melody.  This is a great example of how a free and open Internet spawns creativity and nurtures ingenuity.  The producer is Kurt Schneider and the singer is Sam Tsui.  Enjoy!

If you liked that, then you love College Musical.  It’s a great parody from Kurt Schneider and company taking shots at the whole High School Musical craze.  Here’s College Musical episode 4.  But be warned; if you watch it you’ll have to go back and watch episodes 1 – 3.

If you like these videos then check the Kurt Schneider YouTube channel.

Hubble Deep Field Gives Perspective

It’s strange how the vastness of the Universe can help you feel better when things here on Earth seem crazy.  This “Ultra Deep Field” video from the Hubble telescope helps put things in perspective…at least it does for me.  Hope it helps you, too.

Quote from Ellie Arroway from the movie Contact:
I… had an experience… I can’t prove it, I can’t even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever… A vision… of the universe, that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how… rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater then ourselves, that we are *not*, that none of us are alone! I wish… I… could share that… I wish, that everyone, if only for one… moment, could feel… that awe, and humility, and hope. But… That continues to be my wish.

MiG-15 Swords into Plowshares

Russia recycles MiG-15 jet engines into snow blowers.  But the USA shreds our old military planes into piles of useless rubble.  Our former Soviet cold war enemy is turning their swords into plowshares.  Shouldn’t the USA do the same?

Seen here are pictures of old Russian MiG-15 engines attached to trucks used for snow blowers.

Here is an old USSR MiG-17 engine melting snow off of a commercial aircraft.

The MiG-15 and MiG-17 were USSR fighter jets used to engage the USA during the cold war.  With all the fuss about the F-22, the ultra expensive US fighter that can’t even fly in the rain, you would think the USA recycles old war machines into something more useful.  It seems only common sense to use the hundreds of trillions of tax payer’s dollars spent on military projects for something that can help the people who funded it.

Don’t count on it!

In typical wasteful fashion, instead of putting all this equipment and technology to good use, the USA military shreds it into a billion little pieces.  See the following article where old US fighter planes are destroyed into tiny bits of nothing.
And because of the different materials in the mess of metal, it is impossible to recycle the scraps.

It is ironic with all the screaming matches about how we can’t spend the money to provide basic health care for the citizens of this great land that we are wasting so much by shredding trillions of dollars into landfills.  Is it easier to read emails full of misinformation and lies about current health care reform?  See the following link for some facts instead of myths on the health care debate.

Let’s not get snowed by insurance companies whose only concern is protecting their profit margins.

If Russia can take a MiG that use to fight the USA and turn it into a snow blower to melt ice from aircraft, we should turn our protest signs at town hall meetings into demands for better use our old military machines and US dollars so we can take care American citizens.

Domo Arigato Mr Roboto

In Nagoya, Japan a restaurant has opened that uses robots instead of humans as chefs. Customers watch the robot arms prepare food and even do tricks. I’m not sure if I’m impressed or scared or both. Should we be saying, “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto” or “Welcome to the Matrix.”

Resistance is futile so go ahead and checkout the video as it is pretty cool to see these robot chefs work their techno magic.

At least they still need a human server to carry the food to the table. Or do they just let a human perform this simple task so we think we are still needed? (Grin)

First comes robot chefs, then Rosie the robot from the Jetsons, followed by a Cylon attack, and the next thing you know we have this!
Run, Sarah Conner, Run!

Net Neutrality is A Big Opportunity for Big Business

In “techie” circles Net Neutrality is a hot topic.  It’s as hot as pointed ears at a Star Trek convention.

Basically, Net Neutrality is a movement to preserve the open and equal nature of the Internet that we have come to know and love.  Just Google “Net Neutrality” for a smorgasbord of info.  But do it while you can because if some big telecoms have their way, in the very near future you may have to pay to Google.

The battle of Net Neutrality is squaring off like the classic “David and Goliath” showdown with big business flexing is muscles to get what it wants at the expense of most everyone who uses the Web.

But I would like to offer an alternate perspective to the big ISP companies – you could be missing a big opportunity by not embracing Net Neutrality.  You just have to see the big picture.

Think of the money you will save by not having to implement a tiered Web structure.  And you don’t have to be Nostradamus to foresee the massive ongoing expense for support to the complexity you propose to add.  Every engineering student knows the “keep it simple” principle, and the flat organization of the Internet is the ultimate in simplicity.  The other engineering 101 rule is if it’s not broke then don’t fix it.

Here’s a thought, use the resources to become the best ISP in the world providing fast and reliably Internet service with stellar support.  If you do this, you will be unstoppable.

Imagine the PR leverage from being the Telecom that makes a stand as the advocate for a free and open Internet.  And all you have to do is support the WWW in its current incarnation.  This ad campaign practically writes itself.

Remember the movie “Big Business” with Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin?   It is packed full of over-the-top comic clichés with the heartless mega-corporation wanting to sell land for strip mining in a beautiful small town called Jupiter Hollow.  Of course this would decimate this simple, all-American community setting the stage for a classic showdown.

In a stockholder meeting Bette and Lily convince the business minded board to save Jupiter Hollow not because it is “some of the most beautiful land in God’s creation”, but to save their own asses from the backlash of bad publicity.  The image of protesters converging on the company headquarters in Manhattan in their trucks with their families, babies, and barnyard animals was a PR liability they could not afford.

So big business, watch the movie “Big Business” and you will not only be entertained, but you may be enlightened.  Better yet, go online and watch the clip of the boardroom scene.  Of course, if you have your way you will “strip mine” the Internet so that you can no longer watch movie clips on the Web unless you pay a toll.  But now it is just a few clicks away, the way it was meant to be.  Hopefully, you are starting to see the big picture.

Big business – don’t miss this opportunity.  Go to the following website and be the first telecom to support Net Neutrality:
Support Net Neutrality not to just to preserve the forum for the greatest open exchange of information in human history, but to save your own “business asses” from a Goliath expense that could deflate the “big” in your big business.

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