Month: May 2011

→Bringing a Webcomic to the Page: A Chat with Zach Weiner

Zach Weiner, author of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, my favorite *funny* webcomic of all time, on the rise of geek humor: The less obvious thing is this: we’re all very in tune with machines now in a way I think the last generation wasn’t. For example, when one of my parents doesn’t know something (like, say you pass a statue in the park, but don’t know the person it portrays) they’re okay with being resigned to not knowing. I just pick up my phone and look up wikipedia. I, and many others, use sites like wikipedia, google, and wolframalpha so much that they become like working knowledge. So, for comedians, this opens up possibilities. I can make a joke knowing full well many people will have to look it up. This is okay (within reason) because information is so available. http://blogs.forbes.com/jasonoberholtzer/2011/05/02/bringing-a-webcomic-to-the-page-a-chat-with-zach-weiner/

➟ One week’s worth of food by various cultures, in pictures

via homelessnation.org The top spenders: this family from Germany, at $500.07 a week. From the book “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats”. So much about people and countries comes through in a display of their food — the colors, recognizable brands (or lack of them), amount of processed vs. fresh food, the proportions of meat vs. grains vs. vegetables — I wonder what mine would look like, or if it was even possible to build one of these since there’s so much eating out.

➟ How Good Is Hype Machine Radio? [AppAdvice]

via appadvice.com I don’t know if the app is worth its $2.99 (I guess if your 3G connection is good and you want their music on the go, it is), but I’m just getting started on using the Hype Machine as an aggregator of music sources instead of an MP3 search engine — imagine a Last.fm for little known music, streaming from a network of music blogs. Am currently listening through my desktop browser and if this quality keeps up, I’ll be a customer within the hour. It’s a situation ideally suited to success, actually. Music lovers who consider themselves informed, cutting-edge curators — a breed of digital vinyl collectors — who publish their opinions on well-trafficked blogs, are always going to be your best bet for radio that doesn’t suck. Link