Madison on Google Maps Street View! - You can actually see me at the intersection of Johnson and Mills, in a black t-shirt and on a bike. No, I didn't look around for hours. I remember when the car passed me last semester (you couldn't miss it... had a big metal bar sticking out the top of the roof) and wrote down the location.
How $5 Makes a Difference in Online Comment Quality - A side-by-side comparison of comments on Metafilter (which costs $5 for an account to comment) and YouTube (where any idiot can comment). Craigslist drastically improved the quality of job postings in large cities by charging $25. Amazon.com improved movie and book ratings by showcasing reviews where the reviewer uses their real name, verified by their credit card. The Ithmus has a high quality of comments because they require people to post with their real name as well. Hopefully other websites will use one of these two methods to improve their own content quality. *cough* youtube, digg *cough*
Refreshingly different, and really funny. It reminds me a little of Hot Fuzz, not because of the British accents, but because it starts off as a comedy and takes an unexpected 360. It was simply a really enjoyable to watch. And did I mention funny? A word of warning: this movie is not for the politically correct.
Microsoft DreamSpark - Free downloads of Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft Expression Studio for students of most larger colleges (includes UW-Madison). They could have advertised this better BEFORE I purchased VS2005.
I'm making this list here because otherwise I'll forget. Anyone know of a good movie tracking website kind of like Goodreads where I can make a "to watch" list? A lot of friends use Flixster, but I think it's an awful website.
Horton Hears a Who - Now
The Bank Job - Now
Leatherheads - April 4
The Forbidden Kingdom - April 18
Indiana Jones - May 22
Get Smart - June 20
Wanted - June 27
Wall*e - June 27
There are a couple others I forgot, but I'll update this as I remember.
Speaking of George Clooney, I realized I never wrote a review for this movie. I didn't really like it. It was in a Kill Bill-esque mixed-up-time format, which worked well for that action movie, but just makes an already complicated legal battle even more complcated. And for a thriller, it got very slow at points. Now that I've read the Wikipedia summary and understand what was going on, I almost want to watch it again, but fear I might fall asleep.
"Let me point out some things you can do with iPhone today that you can't do with Android -- like, um, I don't know. Make a phone call. Or even hold it in your hand. See, that's because iPhone is an actual product that exists in the three-dimensional world"
Hulu - Ok. This is pretty sweet. Really sweet. This website, created by NBC and FOX, has full length episodes of shows like The Office, Family Guy, and SNL available in high quality streaming formats. This is an obvious response to YouTube, and I think it's going to work. The layout is sleek, and the the search function is spectacular. It's insanely easy to use.
DEAR COMEDY CENTRAL: People are still going to put your shit on YouTube until you come out with a website like this. Your website is ugly, slow loading, impossible to use, and your stupid search function doesn't work.
Chat With Your Site's Visitors Using Google Talk - Provides a way for anonymous website visitors to talk to you via Google Talk, without disclosing your email address. I want to add it to my website, but the one option they give for a badge is kinda ugly.
I've been a little under the weather lately and not able to update. I have a backlog of links to share with you all, and I'll start catching up tomorrow. I'm also working on another "recently discovered" music posts. In the meantime, I would like to share these two songs which are currently stuck in my head: