When I was younger, I loved flipping through Oriental Trading Company catalogs. Of course I'd never actually purchase 500 multi-colored erasers shaped like human brains, but tremendously shitty products offered in huge quantities fascinate me.
Ladies, gentlemen, I proudly introduce: Made-in-China.com Product Spotlight.
This New York Times piece does a good job of articulating some of the privacy concerns that accompany Google's default Buzz deployment. And Danny Sullivan, a specialist on Google interviewed for the article, sums up my feeling on the matter very well:
“I don’t think people expected that Google would show the world who you are connected with. And if there was a way to opt out, it was really easy to miss.”
If you feel the way I do and want to purge your Gmail of unsolicited social networking advances, you may want to check out this little Buzz-Off guide put together by the people at CNET. Apparently the little "turn off buzz" button at the bottom of your Gmail screen doesn't quite get the job done.
This showed up with a GIS for "buzz off." I think it keeps flies off the horse. I want one for my Gmail that protects against Facebook.
Here at HardtoLive, existence has been slightly easier in the past week thanks to a welcome dusting of snow punnery from our friends in the news media. The northeastern seaboard location of WinterFunFest 2010 (X2) really couldn't be better, with both the New York Times and Washington Post dishing out snow zingers all week. Now, some of these word-play flurries, such as Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddon, have probably been around for at least a few years.
Arctic blast brings snowbility impairment to city's transportation system
With the Obama administration axing a proposed manned space flight back to the moon, this could be just the right time for a robot that's also an astronaut. Far fetched? Check out what NASA and General Motors just created. Chris Woodyard/USA Today