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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Google has either lost their minds or become extremely bored.   

Earlier this week, Google announced a new feature for their popular Gmail called “Mail Goggles”. That’s right, Mail Goggles. Named after the term beer goggles (which describe the effects alcohol has on ones judgment of the opposite sex), mail goggles will hopefully prevent those embarrassing, sometimes fatal, emails after one too many.

While announcing Mail Goggles on his blog, Gmail engineer Jon Perlow wrote,

“Sometimes I send messages I shouldn’t send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can’t always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we’re launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.”

Mail Goggles work by asking a series of elementary mathematical questions to the user late at night. If the user answers the questions correctly, they are allowed to submit their email. If they don’t, well then it’s time to reach into the refrigerator, grab a Gatorade, and pass out for the night.

So I ask, is this just being done for show, or is Google  really serious about it?

With the telephone, and especially text messaging, it seems people would be more inclined to either call or text in their gripes after gaining some liquid courage. But, maybe I’m downgrading the level to which email is actually used today. What do you think?

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Last night, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama took part in the second of three debates before the presidential election. The debate, which took place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., was moderated by Tom Brokaw and set up in a town hall meeting format. Undecided voters, who made up the audience, issued the questions which covered the economy foreign affairs, and domestic issues.

After a few minutes of following the conversation on twitter (#debate08), I became extremely dizzy. Comments were coming in by the second, to the point where I was temporarily unable to send messages due to rapid volume. Then, I noticed the lag time. At times, minutes would go by before my posts made it up on the message board. A number of my classmates experienced the same problem, as evidenced by some of their twitter posts. “This lag is killing me”, -ajmil0.

It also seemed like everyone was an Obama supporter. McCain was the brunt of many jokes and the object of much criticism as he walked around the stage looking like a lost patient at a nursing home. Hell, even in this blog entry, I can’t help but lay into the guy. Read More »

The Daily Beast is very similar to the Huffington Post and Drudge Report. As a matter of fact, those sites rank #1 and #2 in the friends of section, which is a section linking out to sister sites.

Anyways, I really like the layout of the Daily Beast. It’s very nicely put together, and I think the appearance of a site goes a long way towards viewer-ship and stereotypes toward that site.

The cheat sheet is perhaps the most interesting/beneficial part of the site. It rates various articles throughout the day, giving readers an idea or what is worth reading and what is worth skipping over. It also gives links to various blogs and other news sites, which is beneficial to the reader.

The articles which I read, and their weren’t many due to time constraints, all seemed to be from good sources, i.e: good newspapers, magazines, blogs, etc. After a quick inspection, I’d have to say this new site is going to take away a lot of readers from the Drudge Report and Huffington Post. Right now they are listed as friends, but for how long……. Read More »

For those who don’t know, or those just plain sick and tired of hearing it, I’m a HUGE Manny Ramirez fan. I’ll never forget going to see him live for the first time. Opening Day 2001. For the first time in my life, my team, the Boston Red Sox, snagged a big name free-agent from the grasp of the Evil Empire.

As Manny strolled to the batters box, the Fenway faithful rose in unison, greeting their new slugger/savior with an incredible standing ovation. To a teenage boy like me, it felt like we just won the World Series. And with one mighty swing of the bat, I feel in love with him.

Now, eight years later, my feelings are the complete opposite of that cool Spring day. I feel like someone ran over my dog. It’s like seeing your ex-girlfriend at a bar with another guy right after you broke up. And damn, she looks hotttt. Read More »

How much do you love your pet?

Florida resident Greg LeNoir apparently loves his dog more than most people. Going above and beyond the call of duty, Lenoir saved his pooch from a five foot shark, jumping into the water and pummeling the shark mercilessly into submission, preventing his dog Jake from becoming  another beach side snack.

“Jake screamed-a death scream- and it sucked him under. I dove (sic) straight down like a battering ram, and I drove my fist under the water into the shark.”

Next time someone accuses you of loving your pet a little too much, tell them the story of Greg LeNoir. Animals across coastal Florida are now that much safer thanks to the heroic efforts of a man who puthis own dog’s life above his own. The animal community needs more good citizens like LeNoir.

While searching the Internet this afternoon, I decided to check out reddit.com, a site recommended to us in class the night before. Not really knowing what to expect, I navigated around the site looking for something interesting.

About halfway down the page, a headline/exert jumped right out at me…”Things were getting worse and I couldn’t take it anymore. It was then, in my biology class, that I became a legend.”

I was sold. So I began reading.  

“Just as I saw the first Doc Martin come into my periphery I grabbed my splayed open cat by the tail, stood up and swung all in one motion. The sickening smack of open cat on smug face was like if you dropped a watermelon from high above into a shallow puddle on concrete.”

It’s a great read, extremely well-written. Had it been a book, I’d definitely call it a page turner, but since it’s on the Internet, I suppose we can call it a page scroller. A chronological account of the weeks and days leading up to a high school outcast exacting revenge on the bully who made his life miserable. An inspirational story for anyone who was ever bullied or tormented in high school, or a good read for someone needing a good laugh while counting down the days til the weekend……