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More than 1000 wikipedia alterations by US Representative Staffers

January 28th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General, politics

The staff of U.S. Rep Marty Meehan wiped out references to his broken term-limits pledge as well as information about his huge campaign war chest. It also deleted a reference to the size of Meehan’s campaign account, the largest of any House member at $4.8 million

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Writely

January 28th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

I’ve come across another quite cool web 2.0 application: Writely.

Writely is what I would consider the 1st viable web-based word processor. It allows you to import almost all of the popular document types (Word, OpenOffice, HTML, etc), edit them online and save the back to multiple formats.

That is fine in itself, but real power of Writely is the ability to collaborate (in real time!) with others on a document. So if you’re in St. Louis and a business parter/co-worker is in Portland, you both can bring up a document and work on it in unison….pretty sweet.

The deal-sealer for me is that it plugs-in to most major blogging tools. I use WordPress for this site, but it’s editor is rather limited. I can now edit blog postings in Writely (which has a very rich editing environment), then press a button and it automagically shoots it over to my blog. Nice.

Check out some of it’s features.

Researchers find that monkey society has monkey cops

January 27th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

Researchers find that certain members of monkey society act as “cops” keeping the other monkeys in line. Take them out of the picture and the other monkeys start going ape shi…uhhh crazy.

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Newsvine

January 26th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

I’ve added yet another item to my stable of feeds tonite. The latest edition is a feed for my Newsvine column.

Newsvine is a news site that is centered around “Citizen Journalism” (their words, not mine). The concept is that major media outlets (MSNBC, CNN, FoxNews, etc) only show you the news thru a very narrow viewport…those of the editors of a (and possibly shareholders, if you’re into the conspiracy stuff) handful of global media organizations. Newsvine lets the users of the site help decide what gets top billing on the site.

While the site currently is anchored by mostly AP stories, over time they hope that more and more individuals (read bloggers) will contribute editorial content.

I could explain more, but it’s probably easiest for you to check it out. It’s still in a closed-beta for the time-being, but being the techno-dork I am, I’m already in and have invites to give out! So if you’re interesting in signing up, send me an email (or leave a comment below!).

Both Parties Ignore the Facts

January 25th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in politics

…from Slashdot.

“Any democrat will tell you the republicans ignore the facts. Any republican will tell you the democrats ignore the facts. Turns out they’re right. A new study monitored brain activity of partisans; they shun logic and use emotional processing centers to justify their candidate’s contradictory statements. ‘With their minds made up, brain activity ceased in the areas that deal with negative emotions such as disgust. But activity spiked in the circuits involved in reward, a response similar to what addicts experience when they get a fix.’”

MPAA admits to unauthorized movie copying

January 25th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

What happens when an organization that is best known for inveighing against the unauthorized copying of movies gets caught doing exactly that?

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Broadband Access Creates Jobs

January 25th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in Geek

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060124-6037.html

ej’s feed-o-matic

January 10th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

I’ve added a small section to the blog tonite. I’ve added “feeds” to a few of the places I frequent, which are: del.icio.us, digg and this blog (of course).

If you’re not familiar with feeds yet, you will be…just give it time. Check out this Wikipedia article to get yourself familiarized.

Once you really start working the web, and get used to life with feeds, you’ll never go back. It’s the most efficient way to consume mountains of information quickly.

So, if you want to subscribe to any of those feeds (they’re on the right column, near the bottom), just click on the link and it will take you to FeedBurner, where you can add it to popular web-based news readers (My Yahoo! is a good choice). If you’re using Firefox and want to use that as your feed reader, you can add these feeds there also. Check out this page for details on how to add a “Live Bookmark” to your Bookmarks folder.

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More great video

January 6th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in humor, video

Terry Tate: Office Linebacker

Best SNL Skit of 2005

January 4th, 2006 | 1 Comment | Posted in General

Here.