February 23, 2012

Culture Desk: In Defense of Liz Lemon:

That has always been one of the most radical things about “30 Rock,” the way it has continually punctured Liz’s self-image of herself as a spunky brunette underdog. In the first season, she went to her high-school reunion and discovered that she had not in fact been the overlooked nerd–she had been the sarcastic bully, throwing zingers at women she envied (an insight Tina Fey has regularly expressed about herself).


So much for The New Yorker‘s legendary fact-checking department rolleyes

February 22, 2012



“I’m gonna make Gumby gumbo outta youse!” – bad guy to Gumby

“Why you heff to be mad, bad guy? Is only Gumby. Is only clay.” -Ilya Bryzgumblov to bad guy (suggested by @andybugay)

“Let’s go sue the creator of Faceblock” – one of the blockheads, to the other blockhead

“Now for the mane attraction!” – Pokey to no one in particular

“Listen to me, Goo. There’s a chance I might not make it out of here alive. But before I go, I just want you to know… I love you. I’ve always loved you. I love your yarn-like hair, your innocent girlish eyes, your blue, shapeless form. To feel your warm embrace, if only for a second, would be transcendent. Goodbye.” – Prickle to Goo (deleted scene)

February 21, 2012
poet doodle
February 21, 2012

(which is to say, the new New Twitter, not the old New Twitter)

Not that anyone cares or anything, but I’ve found that writing this stuff down helps me think about user interfaces and web behavior

+ I really appreciate that it’s less wide because I like to be able to make my browser window small. Horizontal scrollbars make me mad. Old New Twitter, with its slide-out-to-the-right panels, always made me keep my browser really wide even though the actual tweets took up very little screen real estate.

+ I like that the “Home” icon is a birdhouse and the “compose new message” icon is a feather quill. It’s cute

The much-loathed “Discover” tab. An entire section for “trending topics” and the unavoidable “suggested users” list? Just useless.

Why isn’t the “person” icon at the top just my avatar so I can tell at a glance who I’m posting as? Why doesn’t it just go to my profile when I click it? If I need the drop-down list I can just click the arrow.

It takes an inordinate amount of clicks to get to my lists. I know nobody really uses lists, but I like them because they help keep Twitter manageable, so their de-emphasis is weird to me.

~ Never really cared about Direct Messages, so I don’t care about Twitter de-emphasizing the feature. It should just be e-mail anyway.

+ I like it when menus are on the left (see: basically any of my sites). Not sure why other people don’t.

The part where you actually type your message – the entire point of the platform – is scrunched up in a left-hand sidebar.

+ I guess I like that all the avatars have rounded corners now

For five years the “@username” and “follow us on twitter @username” thing has been so played up on the internet and in the media that I’d warrant even people who don’t use Twitter and have only the faintest idea of what it is have gathered that “@ = Twitter” somehow. Twitter basically owns the @ symbol now, which is an enormous coup. So why are they emphasizing “real names” over usernames now??? I realize they want to simplify things and make things things less tech-y for normal people, and “John Doe” is more familiar than “@velocistar237,” but I think regular people “get” the username thing now – they use e-mail, they know the drill. When Google+ came out and everyone was upset about their draconian real name policy, the head of Twitter said they don’t care about real names at all because it makes no difference to advertisers. It actually welcomed pseudonyms. This seems like a reversal and I really don’t see the point in changing things around at this point. It’s only made my stream weird and unfamiliar. I know most of the people I follow by their usernames, so their “real names” make them strangers to me. And since a lot of them are jokers who’ve had fake punny names in the “real name” field since forever, it just makes things even more confusing.

+ The little animation when you “open” a tweet – isolating the tweet from the rest of the stream – is pretty neat.

However, when I “open” a tweet that’s a response to an earlier tweet, my instinct is to click the right-hand corner of that earlier tweet to close the whole conversation. But instead it just expands that earlier tweet. It’s hard getting used to.

~ Not sure what to think about “favoriting” now being essentially equal to “retweeting.”

+ The built-in “Embed this Tweet” feature has made things a lot easier.

+ I think photos and stuff are wider now. I was looking at some Kate Beaton twitpics and I didn’t have to click them to be able to read them.

February 16, 2012
Fun Facts Gleamed From Wookiepedia

From Yoda’s species:

For reasons unknown, George Lucas maintains a strict policy of keeping the history, name, origin, and whereabouts of this species secret. This policy has resulted even in certain Star Wars publications being canceled. A significant example of this policy was when Lucasfilm (likely at the direction of George Lucas himself) ordered the pulping of the entire print run of a yet-to-be-released Star Wars trading card depicting a group of the unknown tridactyl species worshipping a larger-than-life-size statue of one of their number, led in prayer by an individual who may have been intended to be Yoda.

Prior to the creation of Yaddle for The Phantom Menace, Lucasfilm actively discouraged licensees from exploring Yoda’s species, wishing to avoid confirming that an entire species of Yoda-like individuals even necessarily existed.



February 10, 2012

bill clintonHere is the first “political” cartoon I ever drew, which must’ve been sometime in 1997 or late 1996. I’ve mentioned it before about a couple years ago.

I don’t know what I was thinking with these alien and spaceship designs. The alien that’s speaking looks like a dog for some reason? And I’m pretty sure the triangle-shaped spaceship is Star Tours.

There is also a picture of what I assume is a chicken drumstick taped to the side of the White House. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? There are so many questions.

I think the “Bill Clinton likes cheeseburgers” premise holds up though.

February 6, 2012

You’ve got to give ChatChat a whirl!

It’s a MMO where get to run around and be a cat and catch mice and meow and sleep and turn into a dog and talk to your fellow cats

It’s made by Terry Cavanagh, who also made the wonderful Hero’s Adventure

February 4, 2012

Someone without a name e-mailed this to me the other day with no explanation…

rubbercat information superhighway

Thank you, Mysterious Stranger

February 4, 2012

jeff michaelsI was stuck at the car mechanic yesterday and watched STUDIO 11 LA in the waiting area. It never ceases to amaze me how smoothly news anchors can transition from reporting on stories about horrifying sexual abuse to a stupid cooking segment. Where do they teach you how to do that?