Saturday, September 30, 2006

Web 2.0 Here I Come

Well today I joined the modern world and have finally signed up for MySpace and Facebook. So much fun now I can be as "hip" as my sister.

My goal, of course, is to further promote my web offerings and services. MySpace and Facebook can be great traffic and business generators if applied correctly (or so I believe.) Either way, I get to be back with the "in" crowd ;)

Just like back in the day when I played Diablo 2 like all the other cool kids.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Writing a Better Weblog

While I was browsing my old search history today I found a old, but good, link to AListApart blog entry on How to Write a Better Weblog.

Still good reading if you haven't seen it before.

If only I could learn to apply all that advice!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Old Hard Drives

I have tons of old hard-drives.  Some of them are good, some of them are suspect, little colored stickers tell the difference.
What should I do with them?  I was thinking some kind of photography project might be fun.
Thoughts?  How does one recycle a harddrive?  e-bay?

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

I love the title of that movie.  I feel something about the way that phrase evokes emotion and longing.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days
In this animated film, Japan is under two regimes after the country's loss in World War II. Hokkaido remains under Japanese rule while America holds the rest, a bitter division that's wrenched the nation and left its citizens confused.
Another short, created by the same director (28 minutes long, all created by one person on a PC!), also with a great title, "Voices of a Distant Star" has a similar set of themes, however, it moves a lot faster and is less nostalgic and more romantic.
Voices of a Distant Star
This beautiful anime short was created entirely by one person, Makoto Shinkai, on his home computer. It tells the story of young Mikako, who joins the resistance to fend off an alien race's attack on humans.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Making DVD Backups

This site, CloneAD, has some great .Net-based DVD backup tools.  Easy to use, easy to run and rather faster.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Capital Gains Tax on Online Assets?

The story about the crime committed and the method of fraud is fairly dull, however, the author brings up some extremely interesting questions about the tax-ability of the real world revenue generated (or potentially generated) in online possessions and online capital gains as a result of actions in simulated economies .
The potential impacts of this train of thought are wide reaching, and when you really start to think about the potential applications as more and more people participate in simulated economies within virtual worlds or games.  Thus far, according to the author, the IRS has declined to tax, or comment on, these types of income sources.  I do agree, however, with his caveat that it probably will not stay that way for long.  Food for thought...

Friday, September 01, 2006

Photography Web Features

I saw a really useful post today about color management and an in-depth overview of getting prints from a consumer lab. also has some cool contests and giveaways.

On a side note, my excessive Googling had lead me onto some incorrect links so I had to retract an earlier post containing links to PopPhoto. My bad