Suck it Up, Virginia. What, are you afraid of snow?
The apocolypse is coming. Really. Just read this article from the NYT. Virginans and other mid-to-lower Atlantic types are flipping out because of a little bit of snow. Like, a foot. Seeing Washington D.C. can’t cope with 2 inches of the fluffy stuff, it comes to as no surprise to this hardened New England-er that they run around like Chicken Little when a real storm comes along. Get some salt and plane de-icers and man up, you bastards.
Update: Maybe those of us in New England should worry. >20 inches in some places. Woo. Glad my car is inside a garage this weekend.
Stuff to put in your wallet/on your keychain (plus some addendums of mine)
So the guys at Gizmodo put up their interpretation of the 10 essential things for your keychain/wallet/pocket. And their list is pretty damn comprehensive, I’d say. I don’t have some of their problems, such as too many club memberships (I am a member of the human race, damnit, and that doesn’t involve a weird discount at Barnes’n’Noble), so some of the ideas don’t really suit. But take a look for yourselves.
Also, in this vein, might I add some thing I think you should always have in your purse? (Because GizGuys don’t, presumably, wear purses). I’m going to suggest hard candy. Like those caramel things wrapped in gold paper. Something that involves melted sugar. Why? Well, with the United States having 26+ million people with diabetes, who knows when you’ll come across someone having a low-blood sugar moment? Having hard candy on me one day really helped out this complete stranger.
The Master Diagram of Geek-Culture
So this was uploaded a few days ago on Gizmodo. Feel free to find your niche. Because you all have one. Trust me. You do.
The only problem I found with this diagram is the odd absence of fanfiction. Which kinda pisses me off. There are over 400,000 stories in the Harry Potter fandom along on one website. And that’s not even factoring all the smutty stuff. Or the cracked-out Twilight fanfiction writers, maggots of online discourse that they are.
I suppose you could say that their nod to “fan art” counts, but art and writing are two completely different (if many times complementary) beasts and should be treated accordingly.
Correction: Fanfiction is located near literature. Thanks Joanna!
If you must use proprietary-software, then here are some neat tweaks for your Mac
Here are the most popular Free Mac Downloads of 2009, or at least the most popular among Lifehacker readers. As I am quite far from being a “Mac Person,” I cannot testify to the relative awesomeness or non-awesomeness of this list. But I offer it up to you, my misguided Apple friends.