Last day of the year and decade. Let’s be nice and not repeat the last ten years? Especially that puberty part. Boy that sucked. Anyway, onto some links.
So Polaroid has realized that their instant gratification, low-tech cameras are hip, and the profit dragons are hungry. Ergo, they are releasing their camera again, for a little bit, in 2010. And hopefully making film, too. However, the reasons why polaroid is popular among hipsters today (other than for the way it intersects with our instant-gratification culture) is precisely because Polariod is (a) hard to find, (b) nostalgic, and (c) expensive. If Polaroid becomes available for the masses once again, will it still be as cool?
This NewYorker article on the linguistic conundrum of the past decade is both refreshingly erudite in its vocabulary choices as well as spot on the money. Check it out if you’ve been missing me and my $25 word choices, and also want to know what to yell as the ball drops us into a whole new decade at midnight.
Don’t know what open-source means? Check out the title link. And now, let me indulge in some geeky behavior.
Apparently, 2010 (and beyond) will be the year for open-source technology, in which companies will reveal the source-code (the raw stuff that most people don’t care about but should) of their software. Some people think companies (such as Microsoft, the propietary software behemoth) will only be paying lip-service to the trend. Others, like Google, have openly discussed their commitment to open source in well-written philosophical manifestos. One blogger (Dana Blakenhorn, you beautiful person) has written up why open-source business models trump proprietary ones, mostly because they play the game more than one way.
But if open-information philosophy and business plans don’t jazz you up, here are a list of 9 Open-Source Softwares that are equivalent to (or better) than their propietary cousins. Why buy Adobe Photoshop when you can get GIMP for free?
Which one (or how many) are you? Also, God Bless the Furries, because then the LARPers aren’t at the bottom of the list. Also, where would fanfiction writers fall? Possibly below the Furries (Twilight Fanfic Writers), above the LARPers (Harry Potter fics), and above the programmers (Well-Researched Lord of the Rings fics which quote the Simillarion).
Ubiquitous in family-style, $12 entree restaurants, my dormitory tea (yes, we are spoiled as all hell), and awkward apartment parties around the country, this wonderful dish exemplifies what I find necessary in a great appetizer. Cheese (multiple kinds if you can swing it) for comfort, artichokes for subtle flavour, and spinach, so you can eat a lot of it and insist it’s still healthy and will make you like Popeye. Make, dip, enjoy.