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The end of an Era

Earlier this month something unbelievable happened, StumbleUpon closed down.  I didn’t know it was founded in 2002.  I started using it in 2005, or 2006 I think.  I can’t remember exactly, I’m pretty sure that I started using the site well before that blog post, but who knows.

Endless hours, nay, days were spent stumbling across the internet.  I found many a strange photo, or comic, or video.  Some interesting natural? formations.  The whole basis of the Going Green series of posts started from some stumbles.  I had interesting conversations with people, sadly I can’t remember any of their names.

It all started with that browser add-on.  You know, back in the hay-day of browser add-ons.  You couldn’t open someone’s browser without 36 different things opening up, stealing all your cookies, and making life really weird.  Yet back then, no one cared.  I gladly stumbled all over the internet, well into the morning hours.  Things slowed down when I switched to the Chrome browser.  And things practically disappeared when the browser add-on turned more into an iframe.  I guess SU wanted even more of our dataz.  It might have been around this time that they changed their logo from the cool green SU to the strange ugly orange.  I see that as the death of them.

I honestly not have known that they were shutting down had it not been for this Reddit Post.

Regardless, me and my 42k likes will live on forever.  They might not be relevant, they might not even exist anymore, but good golly, they were some great times wasted away on the immature internetz.

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Sitting on a Beach

…Earning 20%

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It is a sad day for much of the world today.  Hans Gruber, alias of Alan Rickman, has passed away at the young age of 69.  Mr. Rickman was widely known as a great character villain.  He got his start in film making with Die Hard, but unfortunately, is more widely know now for his portrayal of the tragic hero Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.  Rickman was a master at blending in and being an all around great villain.  He will be forever missed in this world.

At least now he’s at peace, sitting on a beach, earning 20%…


Google Reader to be Killed

As of July 01, 2013 Google Reader will be no more.  This is some of the saddest news I have ever read on the internet.  Based on this Reddit thread, I am not alone in disappointment.

Look at these stats:

Damn impressive.

Or, on second thought, pretty misleading.  Since the items I’ve clicked is a better representation of what I cared about.  But even that is not so true.  Since I always click on Buttersafe, since only thumbnails appear in that feed.  But then most other items I’ve clicked on I wanted to share with someone.  And instead of using the share buttons on the bottom of each post, I just copy the link and IM it to whoever I want.  Or copy the link to then post here.  Still, I usually do read a fair amount of them, probably 40% total I read, the rest I skip over.  Since I follow a tech blog, a gaming blog, and a few DIY blogs, there’s plenty of cross over, especially around events – live

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blogs, E3, and so on.

Anyway, I digress.


(yes, that’s a period & a question mark, deal with it.)

One of the reasons Google cite’s for the death is declining usage.  I can understand that, but somehow, I think that the total number of Google Reader users is 5 or 6, or even 10x more than many other popular services on the internet.

For the past 8 years Google reader has been the only site I go to every single day.  It has been the only place I get my regular news.  It has been my go to place for all the things I’m interested in.

Sure Stumbleupon took up a good amount of my time, and recently Reddit has taken SU’s crown, but I still get all my main news from Reader.  In fact, I often don’t consider news official until I see it in my feeds.

I honestly don’t know what to do about this.  I’ve never tried any other feed readers.  I’ve never had a need to.  Unfortunately, it looks like I am going to have to familiarize myself with them, disappointing.


Not cool Google, not cool.

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A Great Loss

It’s with sad news that earlier this week the internet sensation Eduard Khil passed away.

In case you don’t remember him, here’s a video reminder:

You’re welcome.

{Huffington Post}

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For Great Justice

Ziggy comics creator Tom Wilson passed away last week.  It’s sad, until you realize that for the past 24 years his son Tom Wilson Jr. has been writing the Ziggy comics that appear daily.  So in reality, it’s sad that the creator passed away, but there won’t not be Ziggy in the news paper tomorrow.

Ok, I just wanted a reason to post the All Your Base video.

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The Day The Infomercial Died

Billy Mays is dead.  What a sad day in the infomercial world.  What a sad day for amateur inventors everywhere.  What a happy day for people with Ligyrophobia.

In memory of Billy Mays, I am embedding all his best commercials.  You may have seen some of them, or all of them, hell you may have even bought some of this crap awesome stuff.  But you can take 10 minutes out of your day to remember the man who made his living yelling at you.  So in the spirit of Billy Mays, I have made this entire post in the color he made famous, blue, and bolded for emphasis.  Enjoy it while you can, cause this offer won’t last forever.


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End of an Aviation Icon

The F-117 Night Hawk, the first true stealth aircraft was retired in April of this year.  Now it looks like the first one has met its end with a garpple-equipped Caterpillar:

It looks like the operator had some fun.  How Ironic would it be if it was a Russian behind the wheel of that?

I feel bad because all my favorite planes are being replaced with new ones.  Granted these new ones are more advanced, and stuff.  But they are also way more expensive.  Not only that, but with the advent of faster and faster fighters, dog-fighting as it was invented just isn;t the same anymore.  And that’s sad, because that’s what made fighter pilots so awesome, at least to me anyway.

Until we have an epic space war with some aliens (or ourselves) (no robots though!), I think the fighter pilot as we know it right now, is gone and done.