Friday, October 30, 2015

The NYPL's new website has gone from "crappy" to "slightly crappier."  It now takes an extra couple steps to renew any items or check my holds.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

I used to follow MediaGazer on Twitter, but now I just check each day's collection of links at  It's easier to read, plus they've got the author's name next to each post.

It would be nice if Digiday's home page had the same layout as the river pages.  But instead, Digiday is using that 3-box-wide format, with a photo pasted above each story.  It's the same type of format used by Uproxx and the DailyDot, and it's just kind of annoying to browse.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It looks like that LWTHighlights YouTube account I mentioned a while ago got shut down. Or, in the words of the error message, "terminated."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I was reading about Facebook instant articles, and one of the photos showed an article about bees.  "Quest for a superbee."

Doesn't that seem like the most boring goddamn article to read?  But it's also completely non-controversial.  You probably wouldn't expect to see promotional material about Facebook instant articles and then see an excerpt about an investigation into the death of Eric Garner or something like that.  Or, like, a photo regarding a story about a bunch of women held captive in a guy's cellar, even though those stories are more interesting than bees.

Who sits around the house and is like, "Damn, I gotta read this article about bees on my iPhone!"  Maybe if you were stuck on an Amtrak train or something, it would make sense.  

Monday, October 26, 2015

TheWeek ran a hoax story about Yelp suing South Park.  I sent a tweet to the author telling her about the "correction" put out by Eater, and within an hour they'd updated their own story:

I don't know if the author actually saw my tweet or not...but it seems like she did.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Oh, great. I subscribed to the Outside The Lines channel on YouTube, and now all its videos are gone.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

I was watching a clip from IQ, in which the protagonist has to take a multiple-choice test.  His physicist friends are helping him out, of course.  But I tried freezing the frame on a few questions, such as the one below.

It says:  Rebecca has a coin which is twice as likely to come up heads than tails.  What is the probability of her flipping four consecutive heads?

Shouldn't the answer be 16/81?  Which is option D?  Why is the fool selecting A?  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I find that The Week's "5 Things You Need To Know Now" sidebar is pretty good if you want to make sure you're not missing out on any huge stories.  A typical "huge story" would be something like the death of Osama Bin Laden.  I remember first hearing about that because some girl had sent out a group e-mail, and it took a while to figure out what she was referring to.

Monday, October 19, 2015

On Twitter, brands will often try to make holiday-themed tweets.

And there are a bunch of other media commentators who are like, "Tips for tweeting on [blank] Day:  Don't do it."  


Those people piss me off 100x more than the brands.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Down to 191.8.

That's stupid.  How can weight fluctuate by 4.8 pounds in a single day?

Friday, October 16, 2015

196.6?  Okay, no, that's the opposite fucking direction of where you're supposed to be going.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I was at 195.6, with my clothes on.  That kind of messes up the results if I'm not wearing the same clothes each day.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The scale read 194.2.  That's pretty high. I think the scale is heavy by about 1.6 pounds, but still...I need to get under 190 before I can feel like I'm making any progress at all.

Monday, October 12, 2015

I bet if I blogged my weight each day, it would be pretty easy to lose weight.  I should try that!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I checked every Digg story, and only one out of the ~60 or so links looked interesting. It was a Popular Mehchanics article.  I'm wondering if 1 out of 60 is a good ratio?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

I've still got most of my Twitter feed muted. Actually, I've been logging in and out, and there's very little difference in terms of usefulness.  When you log in, there's the sidebar with top trends.  When you log out, the homepage has a big display of buzz-worthy tweets.  But as far as looking at an individual's profile, I don't think there's a difference.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The new Daily Show episode was up sharply at 4:00 A.M. today.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

It's 4:27 A.M., and there's a new Daily Show episode posted.  (I wasn't doing the minute-by-minute update, and the last time I checked was probably somewhere around 3:30.)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's 4:02 A.M., and the new Daily Show episode was already posted.  So that seems earlier compared to last week.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The latest John Oliver video had a couple clips taken from Dan Rather's AXS TV program.  I wonder if that was good news show?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I've gone a couple days without logging into Twitter, although I still check individual accounts from time to time.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

This could be a useful website, if it's accurate:  It's a simple, two-way inflation calculator.

Friday, October 2, 2015

No Daily Show watch today, as I was asleep between 4 and 5 A.M.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Night 2 of the Daily Show watch.  It's 4:12 A.M. right now, and there's no new episode.

4:18 A.M., no new episode.
4:21 A.M., no new episode.
4:34 A.M., no new episode
4:36 A.M., no new episode
4:37 A.M., no new episode
4:39 A.M., no new episode
4:42 A.M., no new episode

Oh...wait, I just realized the September 30 episode WAS already posted.  It just hadn't been included in the row marked "Episodes." So, by 4:43 A.M. it had been posted. So much for those minute-by-minute observations.