Friday, November 30, 2007

Conan O'Brien pays salaries of 80 people

Every once in a while you come across something pretty cool. I can't think of anything cooler than this class act by Conan O'Brien.

Conan O'Brien is digging deep to help his staff weather the WGA strike. Host of NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" will cover the salaries of his non-writing production staff for the foreseeable future, an NBC U spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

How It Sucks

Here is an interesting site called How It Sucks. It has an interesting way of looking at consumer product reviews from Amazon. The site takes recent reviews from users and applies a proprietary rating system to show you how much a product "sucks". The longer the red bar, the more it sucks. Some of the summary descriptions are pretty funny "eh, not worth it", "buy it if you have to", and "doesn't really suck".

Navigating the site is pretty easy. The popup when you mouse over a picture shows you a little taste of what the comments are like too. If your like me and do a majority of your shopping online, this could help you decide if something is worth getting.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

William Shatner and Mr. T do WoW Commercials

A friend of mine forwarded me a link to the new World of Warcraft TV commercials that Blizzard is going to start airing. You can say what you want about WoW, but the people at Blizzard most definitely have a sense of humor.

This has to be one of the funnies things I have seen in a while related to online gaming. Mr. T talks about his Night Elf Mohawk. While William Shatner talks about playing as a Shaman, while wearing a robe that looks like its for a Jedi Knight.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

OLPC Give 1, Got 1

Today I came across an interesting article about the OLPC project (One Laptop Per Child), on It is about how a woman went to Africa to deliver one of the OLPC laptops.

If you look at the core goals of the OLPC project it seems to me like a great way to help get some third world children better education. The OLPC is designed specifically for children in developing nations. On November 11th, they started a two week One Laptop Per Child's Give 1, Get 1 program. This program allows anyone in the U.S. and Canada to buy one for $399, and then one gets donated in their name to another child. On top of that you get on year of free access to T-Mobile HotSpot locations in the U.S.

I've been loosely following the project here and there, and I had to wonder why were these being offered for sale? The projects founder, Nicholas Negroponte admitted that not all of the verbal agreements he had with Governments were honored. So now if you want to get one of these laptops and have one donated go to For the complete hardware specs of what your getting, go to

After reviewing all the information I decided that I would get one of the units, it is a worthy cause. Check back for a hands on review of the unit once I can get my hands on it.

Here's some photos of the unit itself, and the interface.

OLPC Hardware

Software Interface

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test

Well ... I just took the Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test and I scored about what I expected: 47 % Nerd, 69% Geek, 34% Dork, with the title Pure Geek.

Now, I'm not sure if I should proclaim this from the rooftops or to cower in my room in shame ... I'll let you be the judge. If you want to take the test, I'd like to hear what scores people got in the comments. Go here for the test.

Keep scrolling down to see the results from the site.

Your Score: Pure Geek

47 % Nerd, 69% Geek, 34% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Geek, earning you the title of: Pure Geek.
It's not that you're a school junkie, like the nerd, and you don't really stand out in a crowd, like the dork, you just have some interests that aren't quite mainstream. Perhaps it's anime, perhaps it's computers, perhaps it's bottlecaps, perhaps it's all of those and more. Your interests take you to events and gatherings that are filled with people you find unusual and beyond-the-pale, but you don't quite consider yourself "of that crowd." Instead, you consider yourself to be fairly normal.

Which, you are.

Congratulations! You're the one on the RIGHT!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Get Your Daily MMO Fix

If you're into MMOs Then chances are you will like the newly released site Massively. It has same good news and information all relating to the day to day happenings of MMOs. It has everything from daily news to guides and information for particular games. Go check it out!