May 8, 2007

The New Hotness

Filed under: web — ted @ 12:39 pm

In light of the fact that I’ve been having a hard time blogging here as of late, and my discovery of tumblr, I think I’m going try something new, at least for a short while. A tumblr blog is a fine cross between an actual blog and a del.icio.us feed — two things I love to fill with content — so my hope is that it will allow me to share all sorts of things in an attractive format.

Henceforth, I will be “scrap-blogging,” as I choose to call it, at this location:


Due to tumblr’s being a truncated form of blogging, I’ve shortened the name.

I’ve been at it for a few days on tumblr, and I’m liking it so far. Check it out, and grab the feed if that’s your preferred method.


April 24, 2007

Good luck with that

Filed under: censorship, tech, web — ted @ 3:32 pm

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday launched a campaign to rid the country’s sprawling Internet of “unhealthy” content and make it a springboard for Communist Party doctrine, state television reported.

With Hu presiding, the Communist Party Politburo — its 24-member inner council — discussed cleaning up the Internet, state television reported. The meeting promised to place the often unruly medium more firmly under propaganda controls.

“Development and administration of Internet culture must stick to the direction of socialist advanced culture, adhere to correct propaganda guidance,” said a summary of the meeting read on the news broadcast.

Full article here.

March 29, 2007

We All Know the Feeling

Filed under: comics, web — ted @ 2:13 pm

I’m not sure where this came from originally, but I got it from Reddit.

February 26, 2007


Filed under: politics, web — ted @ 1:54 pm

Eyeteeth has just begun a series reviewing the websites of major-party presidential candidates. First, he considers Barack Obama’s site, which, as he explains, has fully embraced the promises of social networking:

Users can create groups, and according to the site’s blog, more than 1,000 groups already exist, from the Pasadena-based Macs for Barack (for Apple users) to the local Minnesotans for Obama. With a nod to hipsters and open-sourcers, there’s a Creative Commons bug at the bottom; for the youngsters, a link to Obama’s Facebook and Flickr sites. For the deeply interactive, there’s YouTube; for the literary, speech transcripts; for the non-voter, a link to a registration site. Truly, whatever way you want to access information,this rich site has it: XML syndication; a store, where one can buy union-made T-shirts for the cutesy price of $20.08 apiece; and a campaign blog that gets both updated and comments, lots of ’em.

February 21, 2007

Attack of the Microsoft Lackeys

Filed under: comics, humor, nerd, tech, web — ted @ 11:28 am

On xkcd:

This may be a little high context for some readers of this blog, but it threw me into hysterics. All three of the dudes mentioned are free software / open source heroes.

January 24, 2007

Back to Blog School

Filed under: web — ted @ 2:26 pm

Geoffrey Chaucer identifies the “VII liberal arts of blogging”:

the bloviatrivium
I. angrye commentes that run for pages
II. lengthie monologue advocatinge my political posicioun
III. bringing nazis yn to an argument
the procrastidrivium
IV. memes
V. quizzes and surveys
VI. makynge avatars
VII. poosting pictures

Brought to my attention by Classical Bookworm.

January 16, 2007

Blogging: Here and Elsewhere

Filed under: web — ted @ 8:10 pm

Just after the New Year, I started a new blog, with a slightly more focused approach. It’s a “reading log,” and I named it myrtias. Early in the process, I explained the name and outlined some hopes and plans

I’ll still be posting here, in shorter chunks with more uniformity, hopefully avoiding the problem of having an overlong review of Bertrand Russell’s essays next to some goofy comics I found online.

The reasons for this are numerous: I wanted to commit to a more serious, intellectually rewarding form of blogging, but I didn’t want this blog to be it, since I love sharing amusing bits of ephemera. I found myself not posting particularly silly bits, since I wanted to be more serious, but also not finding this space to be sufficiently focused for my scholarly pretensions. Now that I can make clear distinctions in purpose, I will hopefully feel more free and focused.

With this is mind, here’s how I’m hoping to divide the spoils:


  • videos, music, general web-ephemera
  • fascinating bits of data, scientific or otherwise
  • photos and comics
  • things humorous and clever
  • movie reviews and news
  • other general matters of culture
  • etc


  • book reviews
  • quotations from my non-web reading material
  • criticism and analysis of literature and literary matters
  • etc

I hope you keep reading “edwardhenry,” and dip into “myrtias” if that’s your thing. Thanks!

(Also, as you’ve surely noticed, I found a theme I like, and a nice header as well — which I can change whenever I have the hankering).

December 27, 2006

Web Plenty

Filed under: ephemera, web — ted @ 5:32 pm

While I was on holiday, the Internet was working hard. Here’s what I found when I plugged back in:

(“Hi Dad” on Flickr — probably by Banksy)

I love map quizzes like this one, where you have to place all the countries onto map using only their outlines. Europe was much tougher than I expected.

Among the “50 Things We Know Now (That We Didn’t Know This Time Last Year)” are:

1. U.S. life expectancy in 2005 inched up to a record high of 77.9 years.

25. Women gain weight when they move in with a boyfriend because their diet deteriorates, but men begin to eat more healthy food when they set up a home with a female partner.

26. Some 45 percent of Internet users, or about 60 million Americans, said they sought online help to make big decisions or negotiate their way through major episodes in their lives during the previous two years.

45. During the past five years, the existence of a peanut allergy in children has doubled.

47. A python was the first god worshipped by mankind, according to 70,000-year-old evidence found in a cave in Botswana’s Tosodilo hills.

This collection of comics brought me great joy: A special tribute to Calvin, Hobbes and the Underappreciated Art of the Snowman.

But this picture of the Pope at Christmas Mass is unfortunately creepy:

I’m sure he’s trying to look kind and approachable…

A very useful Wordie list: Watch Your Language, Young Man

If you’re looking to read the Iraq Study Group Report, but don’t find the .pdf appealing, check out the version the Institute for the Future of the Book has created. Their online edition is not only broken down into appetizing chunks, but also features commentary by a handful of experts.

Finally, the biggest buzz of late is the NRA’s “secret graphic novel,” a too-good-to-be-true piece of propaganda entitled Freedom In Peril: Guarding the 2nd Amendment in the 21st Century. After Wonkette’s post on Friday, and Boing Boing’s take shortly thereafter, it’s no longer a secret. Skeptics thought it was sure to be a hoax — but the detail and quality of the drawings (you can download the full .pdf on the links above) suggest otherwise. Seems it’s real. And it’s scary:

December 19, 2006

Four Days Worth…

Filed under: ephemera, web — ted @ 5:31 pm

…of webby goodness. This post is nothing more than an aggregation of a few things that have amused me recently.

But first, a moment of perspective:


This picture of astronauts manning a space station is awesome.

Simonsez Santa 2.0 might divert you for a while. I recommend “hit rudolph.”

“Kathleen Fent Read This Story” — she did, and now they’re getting married.

During the ALCS, the Tiger’s best relief pitcher, Joel Zumaya, injured his wrist and had to miss three games. Zumaya didn’t hurt himself throwing (despite the fact that he consistently hits 100 mph and above) but playing Guitar Hero.

November 13, 2006


Filed under: humor, web — ted @ 10:35 am

Read about it here; lots of amusing cat stuff here.

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