posted on 8/2/05 by Sharyn Morrow
We all know some of the big names in the blogging world, of those fine folks who have snagged book deals. 2004 was the year of The World According to Mimi Smartypants
, and the blogger anthology Never Threaten to Eat Your Coworkers: the Best of Blogs
, among others. But now self-publishers are making it happen with movie and teevee deals.
Good things are happening for artist and animator Amy Winfrey
, creator of the online cartoon Making Fiends
(and a South Park
alum). She's made a deal with Nickelodeon. They've launched a new site called TurboNick
, where they are streaming her web episodes, releasing two at a time (find them under the Nicklusives category). There are also plans to show the web episodes on TV in the near future, and from there, who knows? But fans can cross their fingers for even more.
And local (Minneapolis) celebrity blogger Diablo Cody
has made it into IMDB
, with her first Hollywood screenplay
. Exciting stuff. Even better, she recently
signed a two-picture script deal
with Warner Bros. If that weren't enough, she has a book deal to boot. Her comedic memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
, will be published next year by Gotham.
posted on 8/16/05 by Meghan Wilker
So the Bush administration opposes the creation of a .xxx domain
Right wing think tanks claim that this will not reduce the amount of porn available online. Duh. NOTHING WILL. Never underestimate the human desire to distribute naked pictures of other humans! What is always the first
industry to adopt and adapt new technologies? Porn! That's how it's been since the dawn of time, so get over it. At least with a .xxx domain libraries, public terminals and private users could block SOME of the content they don't want. Sure, they can't block all
of it, but it's also damn near impossible to block all junk mail from coming to my house. Know what I do? I DON'T LOOK AT IT.
Can't we at least agree that this is a step in the right direction? Or is having a specific suffix for pornographers so much worse than having pornographers squatting on sites like whitehouse.com?
posted on 8/24/05 by Michael Koppelman
This cracked me up:
There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those who understand binary, and those who don't.
posted on 8/27/05 by Matt Gray
A List Apart, my favorite standards-activism web 'zine has a whole new look. I wonder if Zeldman reads Instant Classic. If you're like me, you'll soon be poring over their shiny new CSS and semantic XHTML. Subsequent articles will discuss how they achieved their latest site's design. The most interesting part: A List Apart is now driven by the much-hyped Ruby on Rails framework.
posted on 8/30/05 by Michael Koppelman
This is a minor pet peeve but, in my opinion, a serious sales failure. I went to Dell to order some computers, had them in my basket and a little while later, my session timed out and my shopping basket was empty. Why on earth would someone walk up to you in a store and take everything out of your shopping basket! amazon.com, for example, never does this. My basket is there for eternity. I can think of no reason to empty peoples' shopping carts unless you have a major change in price or availability. It should not be necessary to create an account for this either. A cookie is a cookie is a cookie.
It is nuts to make it harder for people to buy your products. I think Dell has the disk space to cache my shopping basket until eternity or so.
posted on 8/31/05 by Andy Wright
is a beautifully-designed energy calculator that compares energy use of home appliances when in use, to consumption of energy when they're on standby (powered on). In addition to the "gosh, I didn't know that" factor it provides, this tool displays the information simply and beautifully, and even has a sense of humor. Try typing in an obscenely large number in any of the fields for some great feedback (hint: I guess my kids watch too many videos a week). Link courtesy of Infosthetics