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This is a harder quiz than you might think. Luckily, there were no dead Canadian Scientologists listed in the test.

And frankly, I'm a little miffed that Canada's referenced at all in this quiz (although, it's very funny).


Your Score: Almost All-Knowing


You scored 65




You may not be on top of who the deadliest of celebrities are, but you've got an excellent handle on things. Watch out for Beck, though. He may make great music but it's only because he's reached higher Operating Thetan levels!


Link: The Dead, Canadian or Scientologist Test written by elliecation on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Finally, someone was able to combine the cute kitten picture meme with a CAPTCHA device.

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mental_floss Blog - CAPTCHA Variants: KittenAuth

Developed by programmer Oli Warner, the KittenAuth system presents a series of pictures of cute animals, and asks the user to click on all the kittens. Well, thatâ..s the simplest form â.. the current version may ask you to pick out a different animal, so you may have to click on all the pandas or lambs â.. this adds some fun to the game, and presumably prevents spammers from investing all their effort on kitten-detection software.

I didn't do too badly. I actually thought I was going to fail it miserably, so there you go.

Star Wars Reference or WWII Reference?

Score: 90% (9 out of 10)

Man, if you thought Paprika (2006) was trippy, think again. Check out the other work by Paul Robertson here and here.

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NSFW -- that is, if half-naked, 16-bit, religious anime chickies are NSFW. I'm going to say "yes".

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  We Feel Fine

Strange feeling harvesting app which rakes the blogosphere for people's moods. Then it shuffles them into a funky Flash interface. You can sort by locales, ages, gender, and what kind of feeling they're expressing.

I feel pretty creeped out by this. Yet it looks cool.

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We Feel Fine / mission

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world's newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling". When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the "feeling" expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 - 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine's Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

A parody of the Million Dollar Homepage. Due to Zimbabwe's severe inflation, the Million Zimbabwean Dollar Homepage is only worth about US $0.002159.

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The Million Zimbabwean Dollar Homepage - Own a piece of internet history!

The trick to not getting fired because of what you write in your blog? Be so much of a nuisance in your day-to-day work life, that no one's even looking at your blog.

mental_floss Blog - 7 People Fired For Blogging

Michael Tunison, Kissing Suzy Kolber

The Washington Post is one of those newspapers that prides itself on being a bastion of old-school journalism. And they do not take kindly to being disrespected. Just ask former employee Michael Tunison. He was fired from his position as an editorial aide this past April after his superiors discovered that he was blogging under the name Christmas Ape (an obscure Simpsons reference) at Kissing Suzy Kolber. KSK is a cheeky blog about the NFL where just about anything goes in terms of language and content. Tunisonâ..s posts, like many of the others on the site, were riddled with profanity. On April 14, 2008, he identified himself as an employee of the Post and later told industry insider mag Editor & Publisher that he believed that this work was â..safeâ. under the paperâ..s freelance policy. The Post disagreed . . .

  4 Big Internet Memes

Think of it as sort of an Internet primer. Send it to your mom. Or your grandma. Or your weird uncle who lives out in the woods and doesn't have a computer. Of course, then you'd have to send it by snail mail.

mental_floss Blog - 4 Internet Memes Guaranteed to Baffle Your Grandparents

... or "Why you should add Gravatars to your Wordpress Blog". Sheesh. Blah blah blah Wordpress. This guy devotes a total of one paragraph to the "why" of using gravatars and the rest of the time going on and on about how Wordpress will help get them all across the Web. And he keeps capitalizing "gravatars", unlike the actual Gravatar website.

But I'm hip to new things. Took me 5 minutes to set it up on Movable Type, the non-Wordpress platform I use. So big deal. I now have gravatars.

Why you should add Gravatars to your Blog

Gravatar stands for globally recognized avatar. It essentially provides an easy way for blog commentators to attach their own image to comments all across the web.

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Avatars are a great way of encouraging more participation on your blog as it allows your readers to express themselves with their own picture or image. With more and more people using the Gravatar service it makes sense to make sure your blog comment area supports it.

It's actually pretty easy. Here's how...

When $100,000 makes you Go Broke: The Invisible Hand Forces Americans Into Debt. - Dr. Housing Bubble Blog

In fact, there is so much debt out there that many are now saying theyâ..ll use the money to pay off current debt or save; certainly not the intention of what the current government has in mind. They would love nothing more if you went and blew your stimulus check on a new laptop or stove and one month later, are back in the same spot.

This is the problem with deficit spending on many levels. At a certain point debt will crush an economy if it is not handled properly. We have done an abysmal job managing debt over the past few decades and now we are seeing the after effects of this. Today I want to put out a hypothetical budget for a family with 2 kids earning $100,000 a year and show you how easily it is to go into debt. This data is conservative and I will talk about a few of major line items later in the article. So now I present to you going broke on $100,000 a year.

Hmmm, so, like that marketing agency lobby group that took over a college class and had them invent a blogger to pitch anti-counterfeiting messages...

Military Report: Secretly 'Recruit or Hire Bloggers' | Danger Room from Wired.com

A study, written for U.S. Special Operations Command, suggested "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers."

This 2006 report for the Joint Special Operations University, "Blogs and Military Information Strategy," offers a third approach -- co-opting bloggers, or even putting them on the payroll. "Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering," write the report's co-authors, James Kinniburgh and Dororthy Denning.

  FEEDJIT traffic analyzer

Interesting little widget for those paranoid people who want to see where everyone's coming from. Tells where they're coming from (site), what site they're heading to, and where they are on a map. More specifically, where their point-of-presence is. Interesting to note that Tor users don't show up in the feed.

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FEEDJIT real-time blog traffic feeds

Sweet! Now to get those t-shirts out.

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Public Citizen | Press Room - Federal Court Rejects Wal-Martâ..s Trademark Claim Against Web Critic

A federal judge today upheld a Georgia manâ..s First Amendment right to criticize Wal-Martâ..s business practices by using satire to compare its destructive effects on communities to both the Holocaust and al-Qaeda terrorists.

In rejecting the companyâ..s claim of trademark infringement, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta found that Charles Smithâ..s parody Web sites (www.walocaust.com and www.walqaeda.com) and related novelty merchandise were protected speech and that a reasonable person would not confuse their use with Wal-Martâ..s legitimate trademarks. The court also rejected Wal-Martâ..s claim that it has trademark rights in the â..smiley-faceâ. that Smith used in one of his parodies.

Public Citizen and the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia Foundation defended Smith after Wal-Mart sued the Conyers, Ga. man in 2006, claiming he infringed on its trademark by creating parody logos and Web sites built around the â..Walocaustâ. and â..Wal-Qaedaâ. concepts, including the image of an eagle clutching a yellow smiley face, similar to the one Wal-Mart uses in advertising. Smith also put the design on T-shirts, bumper stickers and other items that he sold on CafePress.com.

Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr.â..s decision reaffirms an important point of trademark law â.. that even though a parody is placed on a T-shirt and sold, it nevertheless represents non-commercial speech that is fully protected by the First Amendment and, thus, is not a proper basis for a trademark action, said Paul Alan Levy, a Public Citizen attorney, who represented Smith along with Gerald Weber of Atlanta.

Excellent piece about how ham-handed approaches to traffic shaping impact real businesses, and that by denying the practice exists only causes further problems.

How Network Non-Neutrality Affects Real Businesses | Xconomy

My company, Glance Networks, has first hand experience. Glance provides a simple desktop screen sharing service that thousands of businesses use to show online presentations and web demos to people and businesses worldwide. When a Glance customer hosts a session, bursts of high speed data are sent each time the personâ..s screen content changes. The Glance service forwards these data streams to all guests in the session, so they can see what the host sees. The streams need to flow quickly, so everyoneâ..s view stays in sync.

One day a few years ago, our support line got a spate of calls from customers complaining that our service had suddenly slowed to a crawl. We soon realized the problem was localized to Canada, where nearly everyone gets their Internet service through one of just two ISPs. Sure enough, posts on blogs indicated that both of these ISPs had secretly deployed â..traffic shapingâ. methods to beat back the flow of BitTorrent traffic. But the criteria their methods used to identify the streams were particularly blunt instruments that not only slowed BitTorrent, but many other high-speed data streams sent by their customersâ.. computers.

This is pretty cool. It's kind of what I've been looking for in a mo-blogging mechanism for a while now. Unfortunately, it's for MT 4.x. Means I'd have to upgrade to get it.

Six Apart - News and Events: Yahoo! Fire Eagle for Movable Type

...Yahoo!'s Fire Eagle service, which is simple, privacy-aware, and most importantly, is now hooked in to Movable Type, using the new Fire Eagle plugin for MT. This makes my MT profile location-aware: I can add a map of my current location; changes to my location are added to my Action Stream; and other MT plugins can build off of the location to provide additional location-sensitive features. You can see it in action -- combined with the Action Stream plugin -- on David's site.

Another interesting aspect of the Fire Eagle API is that it uses the new OAuth standard for all API requests. We've written about OAuth in the past and are really excited to see Yahoo! supporting it. To help do our part in the adoption of this open standard, we'll be shipping the Perl OAuth library with the next release of Movable Type so that no plugin developer needs to worry if they'll be able to develop atop OAuth with MT.

Heh. I love angry people. Especially when they're funny about it.

How to Lose Money with Your Website

Do you really want to monetize your website/blog with a bunch of ads and crap that will automatically induce the few wayward assholes who stumble upon it by accident to think itâ..s a tacky pile of dogshit and click away before at least giving your content a chance not to completely suck?

If you don't believe doing so is lame, uncool or obnoxious, then chances are your site is already plenty lame, uncool and obnoxious anyway, so what the fuck.

This guy set out to make a blog that would earn him enough money to live on. Now that it's a success, he's selling his blog. I'm happy for him. (BASTARD.)

A Difficult Decision - BloggingExperiment.com For Sale | Blogging Experiment

For an 8 month old blog to have 900 RSS subscribers, and bring in thousands of dollars per month, I think everyone would agree itâ..s been very successful. However, despite that success, I no longer think my time is best spent on this site. I have met amazing people and have learned an incredible amount during this experiment and in the end, thatâ..s actually why I decided to sell. Iâ..ve got two new projects currently in the works that evolved out of this experiment and unfortunately, I just donâ..t have the time or resources to go around.

When I set out on this journey my goal was to discover whether or not an average guy could launch a blog and turn it into a source of a full time income over the course of a year. Many of you will probably look at the sale of this site as the end of that experiment or think that it has failed. While I can certainly understand that sentiment, I would strongly disagree. In just under 8 months I have created a blog that is worth a significant amount of money. Exactly how much will be determined by the auction. But, if I then leverage the income from the sale of this blog, into something that is able to generate a full time income for myself, would that not make the experiment a success?


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