Monday, May 26, 2008

Domain Name Change Done

I finished moving this site from the old .org address to a new .com address.

If you bookmarked this site or use a feedreader please update it to point here:
http://blog.mikevosseller.com

For the time being the old site will forward you here but at some point I'll take it down completely.

Enjoy your Memorial Day!

Kicballer Arrested

A kickballer playing for a team called "Los Piratas Mechanicos" (the Robot Pirates) was arrested in NY for carrying a sword in public on his way to a game.

From the NY Post article:

Bonehead buccaneer Lawrence Jackson, 29, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after he was spotted with the sword on an up escalator.

Jackson and his girlfriend said he was carrying the sword for fun on the way to a game and that it was nothing more than a prop befitting his team's zany image - but cops said his explanation didn't cut it.
Clearly these cops don't play kickball because this kind of wackinesses is common place in the sport. Lets just be glad Jackson's team went with the Pirates name as opposed to one of their earlier choices:
  • Big Apple Assault Rifles
  • New York City Crossbow
  • Greenwich Grenades
Jackson was also in possession of a Super Soaker water gun and, um, some marijuana.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Internet Operating System

Tim O'Reilly wrote a great piece on Google, Microsoft, and the Internet Operating System being built.

From the article:

I believe that we're collectively working on an Internet Operating System, and that it will ultimately look more like Unix than it looks like Windows. That is, it will be an aggregate of best of breed tools produced by an army of independent actors, all playing by the same rules so that those tools work together to produce a whole greater than the sum of the parts.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

New Domain Address

This site is in the process of moving to a brand new domain.

The new address is / will be hosted here:
http://blog.mikevosseller.com

From Russia with Hate

A friend of mine sent me this excellent 20 minute video report on the growing immigration and racism problem in Russia.

WARNING: Contains graphic violence

Insane Walk

Check out this hike:

Delicious Accident


The most delicious accident in some time.

Police say a trailer loaded with 14 tons of double-stuffed Oreos has overturned, spilling the cookies still in their plastic sleeves into the median and roadway.

BestFriendsAgain.com?

http://www.bestfriendsagain.com claims to be offering a pet cloning service.

From the site:

The Best Friends Again program, sponsored by BioArts International, is a limited commercial dog cloning program. BioArts is the only entity in the world with both the know-how and the legal right to practice commercial dog and cat cloning. We are auctioning off 5 dog cloning service slots to the general public. We may or may not perform any additional commercial dog cloning services after this auction.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tour the Blockbuster Living Museum

Monday, May 12, 2008

Death in the Digital Age

Ever wonder what will happen to your "online assets" when you die? What will happen to your email, myspace, blog, and financial accounts when your time is up? What do you want to happen to them? This may be a morbid thought but I think it's worth some consideration.


Email

Today we communicate with more people than ever using email. Will every single person with whom you email be notified of your untimely passing? Probably not. So what happens when one of them writes you?

  • Should your account be closed so the writer gets a mail delivery error?
  • Should your account be given to a loved one so that messages can be appropriately responded to?
  • Perhaps an automated reply would work? "Thanks for writing but I'm dead now".

Myspace/Facebook/Spacebook/MyFace

Millions of people today belong to a social networking site. These sites contain a vast amount of personal information like videos, images, a personal profile and a long history of messages between you and your friends.

The site may describe you better than anything else in this world. It therefore may be the best way to memorialize you. So what should happen to it when you go?
  • Should the account be closed?
  • Should the account be made private so only current friends can view it?
  • Should the account be made public so anyone can view it?
  • Should the account be given to a loved one to maintain and possibly accept new friends on your behalf?
Who do you want to have access to it? Do you want your parents to have access? Do they have access now? How about your kids? How about your future grandkids? Or great grandkids?

Do you really want to share all those pictures? Is it selfish not to share them?

If myspace was around 100 years ago and your grandparent was on it would you want to browse their page?


Financial Accounts

I recently signed up for an ING Direct savings account. ING Direct is an online-only bank and I don't receive any paper statements. I didn't mentioned the account to anyone and it occurred to me that if I died no one would know it existed!

What accounts do you have? Will your family know the about them when you go? Will they know how to access them?


The End

It turns out that many people and businesses are thinking about and dealing with these issues. Google's mail service for example allows one to gain access to a deceased user's email account with a death certificate and power of attorney.

A company called assetlock.net provides a service the lets you organize and upload all of your information for your family to access after your passing.

Something we should now be considering when preparing for the end.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

We Now Know



"We now know who the Democratic nominee is gonna be and no one is going to dispute it" - Tim Russert.

Some knew months ago.

In fairness for weeks each episode of Meet the Press has started with Russert displaying the vote totals and essentially asking "How can Hillary possibly win?"

Now the question will become "How can Barack possibly win (in November)".

A lot of people think he can't.

I'm not one of them.

But it will definitely be an up hill battle for a lot of reasons among which Reverand Wright is just one.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Eclipse Photo



This is from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day from yesterday.

The Sun, the Moon, Antarctica, and two photographers all lined up in 2003 Antarctica during an unusual total eclipse of the Sun.

Tough luck

Sent via Mobile Device

Thursday, May 1, 2008

100th Post

Well, the title says it. This is my 100th post!

When I set this site up last year I really didn't know how or how much I would actually use it. I definitely didn't expect I'd ever get to 100 posts. I also never would have expected that I would get visitors from over 60 countries in the world including places like Iceland, Latvia, Slovenia, and Liechtenstein!

It has turned out to be a really fun hobby and I will probably continue for quite some time.

Letters to Billy



Several years ago a man launched a letter-writing campaign to some of the world's most famous (and infamous) figures posing as a 10-year-old boy named Billy.

Amazingly he received many replies back from people including Dick Cheney, Charles Manson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Larry Flynt.

Radar Magazine has published several of the letters.