March 11, 2005

The Shotgun Brings You Back

I ain’t tellin you no lie.
The shotgun brings you back.
On that you can rely.

  • Mac $200 Rebate (Deals)
    • DealNews alerted me to this up-to-$200 rebate on certain Mac hardware if purchased through Amazon.com. As a surprising number of acquaintances of my blog have mentioned plans to buy a Mac soon, I thought I’d post this deal.
    • Interesting: I’ve long been a fan of Macs, and they’ve only gotten better over the years. Grudgingly, I’ve acclimated myself to PCs for a number of reasons, but I continue to be a multi-platform fellow, not beholden to any one if possible, semi-experienced on many. What’s interesting is that lately I’ve seen a number of hardcore Windows techies (I’m talking about IT people who work for large companies) suddenly all excited because they are getting MacOS X laptops. MacOS X is also rising in popularity among “getting things done” folks and the business crowd. As far as I can tell, this is a somewhat separate from the Mac’s rising popularity as an “accessory” to the iPod. I have no idea what this all means.
  • 25% off 1 book at Borders (Deals!)
    • Speaking of deals, here’s a coupon for you, for this weekend. It’s 25% off any one book or audio book at Borders or Waldenbooks. This is another find through DealNews. (Actually, I get sent these coupons directly from a Borders mailing list, but you can often find them on DealCoupon.) We happily use these coupons all the time. That’s why we have too many books. Note: Only good through the 14th!
  • Graph Paper Grid PDFs (Stationery)
    • I love stationery. I love graph paper. Here’s a website that has PDFs of different sorts of graph paper in PDF form so you can print them out when you need them in a pinch. Hey, you never know when you might need hex paper.
  • Magical Trevor 2 (Animation, Flash)
    • Sequel to the wildly popular (in my house, anyway) Magical Trevor.
    • Heck, while you’re at Weebls Stuff, why not check out a couple of other animations?
  • The Price is Right - 420 (Clip, Stoner Comedy)
    • Hipster fellow is chosen for the Price Is Right and uses the opportunity to use “420” as much as possible.
  • Tickler File - How To (Getting Things Done, Article)
    • For anyone interested in the “Getting Things Done” organizational system, here are instructions on building your own tickler file.
  • Most Useful Websites to Reporters (Reference, Search)
    • Someone’s pretty decent list of useful reference websites. It’s just a long, flat list, but worth a browse if you like this sort of thing.
  • 101 Zen Stories (Philosophy, Life, Stories)
    • When Mamiya, who later became a well-known preacher, went to a teacher for personal guidance, he was asked to explain the sound of one hand.
    • Mamiya concentrated upon what the sound of one hand might be. “You are not working hard enough,” his teacher told him. “You are too attached to food, wealth, things, and that sound. It would be better if you died. That would solve the problem.”
    • The next time Mamiya appeared before his teacher he was again asked what he had to show regarding the sound of one hand. Mamiya at once fell over as if he were dead.
    • “You are dead all right,” observed the teacher. “But how about that sound?”
    • “I haven’t solved that yet,” replied Mamiya, looking up.
    • “Dead men do not speak,” said the teacher. “Get out!”
  • 10 Things I have Learned (Advice)
    • The advice of a designer, not all relating to design.
    • Everyone always talks about confidence and believing in what you do. I remember once going to a class in Kundalini yoga where the teacher said that, spirituality speaking, if you believed that you had achieved enlightenment you have merely arrived at your limitation.
    • Decent advice, also given in the book Are Your Lights On?
  • Why Blogging Can Be Good For Your Career (Advice, Career, Blogging)
    • Many folks look at it as a danger, but it doesn’t have to be.
  • The Party Party, Featuring RX (Music, Political)
    • George Bush is now “RX” - a pop singer/rapper. The folks at this website have taken his speeches and turned them into pop songs, some of them quite impressive. I recommend you listen to “My Name Is RX” and “Imagine,” which are the best, in my humble opinion. “KGBtv” is pretty good as well.
    • Saw this via Mike’s link dump. Lyrics may contain expletives.
  • 10 Ways To Stop Identity Theft Cold (Privacy)
    • Rather than what to do once your identity has been stolen, here is some advice for preventing the situation in the first place. Most of these will seem like common knowledge, but a timely reminder or two can’t hurt.
  • Would You Pay 5 Cents For A Song? (Article, Music)
    • Would the average person bother pirating music if songs cost a nickel?
  • Posting And You (Animation, Useful, Funny)
    • It’s so true. If you have ever spent any time in any forums, you’ll laugh and nod, and probably think this should be required viewing.
    • In the style of those old-time public service messages. Cute.

BONUS!

  • Spank The Monkey (Interactive)
    • A weblink blast from the past. Flamjam’s “Spank the Monkey.” One of the first links ever posted on Aces Full, it was gone for a long time. Here it is again.
    • You get an extra song if you spank at over 200 MPH.
Posted by James at March 11, 2005 9:54 AM
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You and I both know there is only one good use for graph paper.

Posted by: David Grenier at March 11, 2005 12:32 PM

I'm groovin' to "Who's the Nigga?" The tuneage by Rx on the Party Party website is excellent!

Posted by: Patti M. at March 11, 2005 12:35 PM

Perhaps it is because I am incredibly tired that it took me 3 repetitions of "Magical Trevor" before I realized it was a loop.

Good, though.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 11, 2005 1:04 PM

Who knew the PotUS could rock?

And I loved the posting and you PSA. Ya dumbass! Heh.

Posted by: briwei at March 11, 2005 5:21 PM

I couldn't get the stoner's "Price is Right" performance to play until I went here: http://www.ifilm.com/viralvideo

What a dillweed.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 14, 2005 12:08 PM

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