Twitterture March 6, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Blogs, Fun.
Tags: blogging. gettysburg address, Fun, lincoln, twitter
It truly has evolved into its own form of communication with its own unique rules of grammar and spelling. This whole process is called Twitterture, which is the fine art of microblogging on the twitter platform. Think of it as a hybrid language of instant messaging mixed with text messaging.
I think a good way to demonstrate twitterture is by translating a well-known piece of work into twitter-verse. Let’s use Lincoln’s reknown Gettysburg Address.
Lincoln’s “few appropriate remarks” summarized the civil war in 10 sentences and 272 words. It is considered a masterpiece in brevity so what better test for twitter and its ultra brief 140-character limitation. Keep this in mind, Abe Lincoln’s powerful and memorable speech took only two minutes and will be remembered forever. However, Edward Everett gave a two hour long oration before Lincoln and no one ever remembers anything he said! Thus, another victory for Twitter and the beauty of brevity. Yes, sometimes less is more!
TheAbe: 4 score & 7 yrs ago r fathers brght 4th a new nation in liberty. All men created equal. New freedom, govrnmt of/by/4 the people wont perish!
Note: Obviously, shrinking the powerful 272 words of the Gettysburg Address down to 140 characters loses some of its luster and brilliance, but you now get a taste of twitter.
In the real world, Abe Lincoln wouldn’t have used a microblog to share this message. He might have used something like utterz or seesmic.
Here’s the complete original oratory work of art.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Pirates of Silicon Valley January 15, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Fun, Movies.
Tags: Fun, Movies
Sure, the writers took major liberties with the truth, but it’s still great fun! Here are some resources if you need to more fact from fiction: Wikipedia.
Here’s the trailer:
Here’s a great scene from the 1999 classic where Steve Jobs confronts Bill Gates and calls him a thief for stealing their idea for windows. I love it when Steve says “Our stuff is better” and Bill Gates replies with “You don’t get it. That doesn’t matter!”
Here’s “Pirates of Silicon Valley” in its entirety plus a few special treats such as the trailer, Steve Wozniak discussing the validity of the movie and Noah Wyle impersonating Steve Jobs at the 1999 Mac World.
Morbid Fascination January 14, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Fun, Reference.
Tags: Fun, Reference
I don’t know how or when this started, but I’ve always had a strange morbid fascination with the famous last words of people and I’ve always wanted to know whether certain celebrities or historical figures were dead or alive. Yes, I know, very weird. Thanks to the web, satisfying these odd curiosities have become extremely easy! There is almost nothing you can’t (pardon the pub) dig up on the internet!
Dead or Alive has the largest and most accurate database of famous people’s health status, if you will. It has been around since 1998 so it has built a solid reputation and deep collection of information.
It lists the recent passings of famous people on the front page in chronological order as it happens. The site also have a wide array of categories to view this data. Here is just a taste of some of them:
There are even some quizzes such as the Dead or Alive game where you guess who’s alive or dead.
Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead is similar to Dead or Alive but it has a very unique method of displaying its information. For example, if you click on the name of TV show it will list everyone from the cast and display each individual’s health status along with birthdate, date of death and their age. Checkout their morbid icons in a sample listing below for the cast of All in the Family:
FindaGrave does exactly that, finds the final resting places of famous or infamous people. Many times it will include a photo of what it looks like too. Why would you want to see this? Once again, morbid fascinations. Here is an example grave listing for Jim Morrison from the Doors. Visitors of the site can actually leave virtual flowers and a note!
FindaDeath is similar to FindaGrave but with a greater sense of humor about things and lots of YouTube videos of the dearly departed in much better times, of course.
Famous Last Words started their huge library of the final utterings of famous people in history in 1997. I’ve always been interested in this topic for some reason, even as a kid. I’ve always wanted to know what so and so might have said in their final moments on Earth. Did they say something profound? What did they do? Well, this place will share not only that information but many other interesting tid bits as well such as their obituaries and epitaphs (favorite is Emily Dickenson’s which simply says “Called Back” on her grave). They also have things like Famous Farewells where you can read how these people left their respectful careers and Last Stands which recounts famous final moments in history such as the Alamo or General Custard’s last stand.
This site always reminded me of a book by the late Malcolm Forbes called “They Went That-a-Way: How the Famous, the Infamous, and the Great Died “
Life in Legacy is another site that lists the deaths of famous and not so famous individuals, but what makes them different is their massive collection of photographs and detailed obituaries of those people.
Wikipedia naturally has an incredible biography section that contains a tremendous amount of information that grows every day.
Last Rites..er…I mean Final Thoughts: Yes, I understand that all of this is kinda creepy and morbid, but so it life! There is nothing wrong with learning the truth, no matter how sad or unsettling it might be. Sure, we learn about the lives and times of famous historical figures in history classes, but we rarely get much information or facts about the actual endings of their amazing journeys here in this world. Some of these sites will shed light on many of those mysteries as well as allow us to honor their lives by remembering what they contributed to the world while they were here.
Voicethread & video doodling November 25, 2007Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Audio, Fun, Video.
Tags: Audio, Fun, Video
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Here is a new service that is interesting. VoiceThread offers video doodling which allows you to share audio and text comments as a group while viewing the same photo’s or videos. It’s all part of the trend towards more collaborative multimedia social networking services. Watch for this to become a common part of all websites and blogs.