What I read on Monday

Here’s what I read today in between spreadsheets taking forever to calculate, and various local software taking their sweet time to accomplish things. Search Engine Land: Social Media Predicted 80 Percent Of Big Oscar Winners Wired: The Secret Behind America’s Best Hoodie? A Design Process Worthy of Apple Wired: So, You Think Yellowstone Is About to Erupt LiveScience: Mummies’ Milk: World’s Oldest Cheese Found in China Wired: Israel’s Commercial Jets Will Soon Be Firing Lasers SFgate: Twitter steps up efforts to woo users as growth slackens Search Engine Land: Is Chasing AuthorRank A Waste Of Time For SEOs? Business Insider: RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World Io9: Physicists find a new ‘state of matter’ in the eyes… Read More

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What I read today

My boyfriend commented yesterday on how much information my brain sucks in every day from what I read on the internet. I was a little skeptical, so thought I’d start keeping track.  Here’s a list of what I read during spare moments at work while pages loaded or spreadsheets tried to die on me. Pockets of Oil from Exxon Valdez Spill Persist Along Alaskan Coast Somewhere between amazing and sad. Project Ara is Google’s moonshot for the smartphone world So cool! A modular phone you can piece together yourself.  Control over the camera specs of my device would be amazing. 5 Ways to Make Shareable Images That Drive Traffic Decent… Read More

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My Stormtrooper, and an embarrassing anecdote

I drive a white SUV that we refer to as “The Stormtrooper,” because of its great resemblance to the helmets of the elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire (Star Wars). I’ve been talking for a year about strategically changing the white trim to black, and of putting an imperial cog on the spare wheel case. A huge vinyl decal Imperial symbol arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago, courtesy of my loving partner, Reed.  He had been scouring Etsy for cool Macbook decals, and that wild journey led him into the shadows of Ebay, and the seller d-a-r-k-s-i-d-e. My car was filthy (it was arguably tan in color… Read More

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Austin’s abnormal winter

The fraction inch of snow that completely shut down the entire city of Austin, TX, this morning.  I’m originally from the Texas Panhandle, where we have to deal with all the nasty stuff that blows down off of the Rockies. I am fascinated by the response down here to some ice on the ground.  

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Coffee Cares .1

It’s cold and rainy outside. This image encompasses my current emotional state. Also, this is my new blog. My name is Jenn. Hello.  

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Review: Hell Baby Killed Me With Laughing

I am dead and writing this from beyond, having asphyxiated with laughter while watching Hell Baby. It was a good way to go, surprising, but good. I usually hate genre parodies (Scary Movie was not funny), but with a cast of comedians boasting the chops and dynamic to pull it off, I completely bought in.  The humor isn’t for everyone, so if you’re one of those people who can’t stand Reno 911 or Keye and Peele, you should probably stop reading and go watch a cat video. Directed and written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, Hell Baby is Amityville Horror hosts The Exorcist while The Omen watches the birth of Rosemary’s Baby.… Read More

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matt damon as a cyborg, running

Review: The Grim, Hard Scifi of Elysium

Elysium is grimy, bloody, hard science fiction.  It’s the kind of believable dystopian vision of the future that could influence your decision to produce offspring. It is a cyberpunk nightmare made real. Go see it.   Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, Elysium does what science fiction is supposed to do; ask how the technologies of today will advance into solutions for the problems of tomorrow, and at what human cost.  The answers aren’t pretty.  Blomkamp reimagines many of the difficult issues of our time still being a struggle despite the existence of technologies that seem to offer miraculous solutions.   As Max Da Costa, Matt Damon is bald, dirty,… Read More

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