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Computer cats crack me up

June 20, 2007

LOLCats

Back in the old days (like in September), WordPress.com‘s No. 1 blog was almost always Robert Scoble’s tech goodness, Scobleizer.

Now WordPress.com has gone to the dogs cats. LOLcats to be more precise. I check out the funny cat site called I Can Has Chezeburger regularly.

Riddled with geek speak, obvious grammar errors and computer lingo, these captioned cats are sure to brighten your day.

But it’s not just cats … walruses also make the cut, while pining for their bucket of fish.  I dig them, mostly because I co-host a podcast called BUCKET.

Go check them out! Also, go see the Houston Chronicle story about the cats (seen above) in this link.

Hey Corey, what’s the deal with your blog?

June 17, 2007

Some people have e-mailed me asking “what’s the deal” with Hard Drive Life, wondering why I’m not updating as frequently. So here’s a quick update on what’s going on.

Construction

Since the big move up here to Connecticut, I’ve been swamped with work at my new job, and my quest to build a new CSS template for this blog have stalled. I need to put a good weekend of work to get the updates done, but they should be coming shortly.

Also, this blog just topped 400,000 viewers in just under 8 months. Thanks so much to everyone who’s stopped by and checked out the site.

So what’s the plan, you might ask? I’m aiming for a site relaunch in mid-July, with the new layout and a new posting schedule. I want to be able to put up updates at least twice a day on various tech and pop culture topics.

Also, Hard Drive Life: The Podcast is aiming to debut in July. I’m working on the format now, and might have a co-host to introduce to you as well in a few weeks.

So that’s that, for now. I have added a new Facebook profile, so if you’re on that site, be sure to check me out. And of course, I’m still rocking Twitter here and here.

Zombies heart Apple Stores

May 27, 2007

I just watched “28 Days Later” on DVD, then I click on TechMeme and see that zombies flooded an Apple Store in San Francisco Friday night. Coincidence? I think not!

Zombies chew on Mac (Credit: Declan McCullagh)I knew it! The zombies are coming for our iPods!

This is a great story.  Here’s more from CNET:

The event was titled “SF Zombie Mob 2007,” and it was organized by the gruesome-minded folks at eatbrains.com. It’s akin to a flash mob, though because the participants trek around the city after gathering, the Zombie Mob was closer in concept to the Critical Mass bicycle ride, which coincidentally was happening at the same time along the same street. In truth, it was a pretty polite affair: only passers-by who volunteered to become zombie-fied were, and no arrests took place.

It may be worth noting that the Westfield Mall and Disney security tried to bar the zombies from entering, but Apple store security did not. In fact, salespeople were jostling one another for a position where they could take the best photo of the zombies (or themselves with the zombies, or their brains being eaten by the zombies).

“National Bingo Night” fallout: UGH!

May 19, 2007

OK, I admit I was so very wrong on this back in March. My friends at the BuzzerBlog pegged this one.

What a horrible show ABC’s “National Bingo Night” was Friday night.

BINGO hopper hugeness (ABC)Now, I didn’t get to watch the show live and I didn’t play along (because I left my printed cards at work … dum dum!) But I watched about 10 minutes of the show on TiVo, and it just feels lousy for a number of reasons:

  1. Yeah, the show is too slow. The producers try to do the whole suspense-building thing and it comes off as very annoying to the home viewer. And what’s the deal with that referee guy in the audience? He’s ridiculously tacked onto the cast, and serves no purpose other than to confirm the BINGO wins.
  2. It was over-edited! Every other camera shot had a voice-over dub edited in, and the contestant was edited looking at the ball hopper when he should have been looking at the caller girl and so on. It’s like the show’s video editor didn’t even watch the show! I don’t blame him/her either.
  3. I hated the mini-games for the contestants. It’s too random, and contestants don’t really have a chance to improve their odds. I’d rather see the main contestant play actual BINGO against the audience instead of a contrived game. And put up $1 million for a first-four-number BINGO by the contestant.
  4. Give the contestant the prizes they pull out of the machine, whether or not they win the mini-game. It’s lame otherwise to include those prizes in the hopper.

Any other ideas to save this dreck? I can’t see this show lasting much longer. It also pains me to see that we go from game-show royalty in Bob Barker’s 40th anniversary celebration the night before to this horrible game show attempt.

And worse, ABC has already bought SIX episodes! Enjoy it until the sponsor money runs out, people!

[UPDATE Saturday: The ratings are in … 3.7 rating/7 share for the debut.  Buzzerblog Alex, thanks for the notice, and yes, cancellation seems likely.

Though. will it join the exclusive club of 17 shows canceled after JUST ONE airing?  I bet it goes one more week before the ball drops on this bad idea.]

Digg the code, dudes!

May 12, 2007

Great song by “The” Geoff Smith and mashed up by the gang at Geekbrief.TV.   I wonder if the HD-DVD people ever regret messing with Digg users yet?

Back in action! Woot!

May 7, 2007

Party Girls (Thomas Kelly)Hey everyone! Let’s get this party started once again.

It’s your friendly tech blogger, back in action from his new home in Connecticut.

So, what did I miss?

I’ll be writing about some things in the future days, including the big Digg debacle (which my banner art is a tribute too).

I am still working on a new CSS style layout and look for the blog, which should be coming down the road.

In the meantime, my first flurry of posts will come tomorrow night. My new job has me working a odd 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift tonight.

It’s good to be back, HDLers! Stay tuned.

Moving on to New England …

April 20, 2007

Time to pack up the moving van! Today is my last day at Lancaster Newspapers as the online journalist for the New Era.

Moving van timeI’ve found a new job up in Connecticut, and am rolling up north in less than a week. (Next Thursday, to be exact)

So, in the meantime, Hard Drive Life will be on hiatus for a two-week span until I get settled in at my new location, just a short train ride from Manhattan.

We’ll also be moving this site to a new WordPress-friendly server as well in that time, if I don’t mess up the transfer.

So who’s my new employer?

I can’t say. Sorry. I’m mysterious like that.

But, trust this … I’ve accepted a dream position with a company I’ve long admired and wanted to work for since I was a kid.

Hint … It’s an entertainment company that is a leader in sports multimedia production worldwide. I will be both writing and editing (and podcasting too, I hope) for sections of the company’s web site.

I’ll also be moonlighting in my own time as your friendly pop/tech blogger. And also will be trying to start the Hard Drive Life podcast as summer rolls around. Very excited about that!

So, wish me luck, and off I go up I-95 to the beautiful shores of the Long Island Sound.

Thank you all for reading my blather over the past seven months. It is greatly appreciated, and I hope you will continue to do so.

You can stay updated on my exploits on my Hard Drive Life Twitter feed. I’ll try to post pictures as soon as possible post-move.