Thursday, December 22, 2005

Schools in the USA

I was reading the Internet Marketing Center website today and I started thinking about what I could possibly sell. Then I had an idea. I could build the perfect site for colleges(styled after the sleek design of Allmusic, perhaps). It would go into detail on each colleges' strengths and weaknesses, size, social scene and most importantly, food. I'd write up the basic overview on my own and ask for submissions about what really goes on there. After I had enough submissions, I'd start asking people for $5-10 to access all the college insider tips. It might not make a lot of money, but it would be good practice. If I devoted my time to a project like this instead of MUDs, I could get it done in a year.

Then I found Schools in the USA. I've got no chance of beating their start, really.

Damn. Who's got an idea for an internet business? Anyone? It's the New Gold Rush. Come on, people.

I could build perfect sites.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Reading back through my blog...

I set out with a goal last year, and regained it this later year. Back then I wanted to track what I did in the past to retrace my steps in memory. Later on, when this Fall Semester started, I wanted to do that with memory alone. It hasn't exactly worked.

What I found as I read through my past entries is that posting these things online really did help. So I'm going to start doing it again, and maybe post some short stories to mix it up on occasion. Not that I've really been writing. But maybe I'll start.

Pure Pwnage

I am a fan of Pure Pwnage.

But why can't I find a simple place to just download all the episodes? Damn me and my technical inadequacies...always tries to Quicktime. Well. Think I fixed that as I was typing this. Just took a little digging.

Crime and Punishment quotes

"Generally, there are remarkably few people born who have a new thought, who are capable, if only slightly, of saying something new - strangely few, in fact."
- Rodya

Reminds me of my headline. This is profound yet obvious . . . what did I expect from one of the 'greatest books' of all time? Does Dosteovsky believe what Rodya states?

"In short, I deduce that all, not only great men, but even those who are a tiny bit off the beaten track - that is, who are a tiny bit capable of saying something new - by their very nature cannot fail be criminals - more or less, to be sure."

Again, interesting and corresponding to what I've thought before, after reading Nietzsche and thinking about what it means to produce a new idea - one must fight the status quo. Does innovation count as a 'new idea'? Is it always off the beaten track?

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Humor

Attempts at humor these days all seem so contrived and cliched. People are trying too hard. I was watching some show on PBS with a guy named Mike. Steve Martin was getting the Mark Twain award, and people were trying desperately to work up some laughs. The celebrities laughed. The jokes weren't that funny. It was mildly depressing.

Then again, I've always had a strange sense of humor. The funniest things to me are stupid things that people don't see.

After the show, I popped in Bananas, a Woody Allen movie. Very entertaining, but only a few true laughs. Again, it sometimes seems that he's trying a little hard, but better than most.

Monday, October 10, 2005

McLuhan

McLUHAN: But the phonetic alphabet was radically different from the older and richer hieroglyphic or ideogrammic cultures. The writings of Egyptian, Babylonian, Mayan and Chinese cultures were an extension of the senses in that they gave pictorial expression to reality, and they demanded many signs to cover the wide range of data in their societies -- unlike phonetic writing, which uses semantically meaningless letters to correspond to semantically meaningless sounds and is able, with only a handful of letters, to encompass all meanings and all languages. This achievement demanded the separation of both sights and sounds from their semantic and dramatic meanings in order to render visible the actual sound of speech, thus placing a barrier between men and objects and creating a dualism between sight and sound. It divorced the visual function from the interplay with the other senses and thus led to the rejection from consciousness of vital areas of our sensory experience and to the resultant atrophy of the unconscious. The balance of the sensorium -- or Gestalt interplay of all the senses -- and the psychic and social harmony it engendered was disrupted, and the visual function was overdeveloped. This was true of no other writing system.

PLAYBOY: How can you be so sure that this all occurred solely because of phonetic literacy -- or, in fact, if it occurred at all?

McLUHAN: You don't have to go back 3000 or 4000 years to see this process at work; in Africa today, a single generation of alphabetic literacy is enough to wrench the individual from the tribal web. When tribal man becomes phonetically literate, he may have an improved abstract intellectual grasp of the world, but most of the deeply emotional corporate family feeling is excised from his relationship with his social milieu. This division of sight and sound and meaning causes deep psychological effects, and he suffers a corresponding separation and impoverishment of his imaginative, emotional and sensory life. He begins reasoning in a sequential linear fashion; he begins categorizing and classifying data. As knowledge is extended in alphabetic form, it is localized and fragmented into specialties, creating division of function, of social classes, of nations and of knowledge -- and in the process, the rich interplay of all the senses that characterized the tribal society is sacrificed.


I should read Playboy more often. It sounds like he's onto something here. I'm trying to imagine life without phonetic words, and it's mind-boggling.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Best website hosting service

I'm looking into building a website, but I have no idea where to start. This is why I want to build the website - to provide people with advice on how to start these sorta things.

What's the best place to buy a domain name and set up a basic website? I don't know HTML, so I just want to practice on it.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Brothers Karamazov, Part IV

If you ever picked up The Brothers Karamazov and put it down before Part IV, I strongly reccomend that you go through it again. It's all worth it, simply for this. Kolya Krasotkin is my hero.

In other news, I came up with a new word today, all on my own. Ribost: honest, only even more bluntly so. Yeah, I try too hard. Reading a book all Saturday, oh yeah...

Consumer of the Web

Why do sites so often operate with horrible webpages? I've decided to ask "glasses on the web.com":

Hey,

I'm your average cluelesss consumer. I wear contact lenses with a -2.00 prescription. I want a pair of simple, cheap RX glasses with the same sorta lens.

Why do you complicate things?

I clicked on all lenses and I was shown a long list titled "Frames (no lenses)" with various different numbers between slashes. If you want to get business, clean up your site. Walk people through it. Explain what they might need and show them that it's a good deal. Heh.

I'm looking for a pair of glasses with lens. I don't know what "Rimless, Full Rim, Partialy open (spelling error!), and Shield" mean. Have something to explain the differences and tell me the advantages/disadvanges of each.

I honestly wonder why people create such opaque sites, and how they function. Maybe you can clue me in.

Regards,
censored


We'll see if they can provide some insight into the minds of ugly webshops.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Music I've been listening to

The Clash - My favorite band. Upbeat and slow at the same time.

Notable tracks:

"Rudie Can't Fail"
"The Card Cheat"
"I Fought the Law"
"Clampdown"
"Lost in the Supermarket"

ect...nearly everything on London Calling



The Who - I bought Who's Next and then The Ultimate Who, but I'm finding that even their poppier, light tracks are depressing. Alienation and immorality in the modern world. I should like them, but I can't handle that right now.

Notable tracks:

"The Kids are Alright" - I don't mind, other guys dancing with my girl. Heartwrenching. Can't stop listening to it. Notably ripped off the Beatles.

Bob Dylan - Been listening to his 3 Greatest Hits albums. Took me a while to get into him, but now I'm in love.

"Lay, Lady, Lay" - first favorite
"Knockin' On Heaven's Door" - everyone knows this song
"Changing of the Guards" - Great.
"Tangled in Memphis Blues" - Can't get it out of my head
"All Along the Watchtower" - powerful

Jimi Hendrix - Wasn't too great of a fan. I don't see why people say he's such an awesome guitarist. Most songs seemed like slow and bluesy R&B.

"Angel"

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The Magic Mountain

The Magic Mountain amazes me. I've laughed out loud twice, and it's offered some interesting insights, amusing characters, and an intriguing plotline. In the beginning it didn't seem very impressive, but now it's gotten a lot better. Some of it is a little mystifying, but Hans's position and feelings seem very similiar to me... except I don't have to be on a strange mountain facility to feel like that. I can also understand how "being freed from the pressures of honor offers the advantages of disgrace". The book's faintly Victorian attitude towards sex and things like that are a bit quaint, but interesting. I could give up my "honor"(reputation, modesty, respectfulness) and become a stronger, more lively person. Maybe I should do that. In some ways honor is just about maintaining the status quo of tradition and allowing society to place you where it wants to place you.

I wish I could write like Thomas Mann. It's amazing that this book has been translated so nicely.

I began the day by heading over to my adviser's office, scruffy, smelly, and oily. I wore the same clothes I'd worn yesterday - I don't like to wear clean clothes before showering, often. I decided to take Sociology of the Family and Intro to Literature. Interestingly, my adviser thinks that HTML is going to be outdated in three years, maybe less. I have no idea whether he's right, but the development of webpages probably will become increasingly automated by powerful software tools. HTML still seems useful to know.

We discussed biodiesel briefly in class, and Professor Richard Wiener(no joke) seemed pretty enthusiastic about it. He didn't mention the disadvantages of it, though - that it tends to gel in winter and that it would take immense amounts of land to cultivate it.

Quote for the Day

"But a day without tobacco - that would be absolutely insipid, a dull, totally wasted day."
-Hans Castorp