This is just sort of recap of random internet happenings of mine. It might become a regular thing, if interesting things keep happening to me. Not that I expect anyone else to find any of this even remotely entertaining, but maybe I’m wrong (I don’t think I’m wrong).
A couple of months ago, at the monthly PHP meetup at the office, Eli White from Digg gave a pretty neat talk about scalability and performance. The topic of gaming Digg came up, and when he started talking about the Top Users page, he mentioned some Uber-Diggensmensch by the name of supernova17. To be honest, it’s been so long since that happened that I don’t even remember the context, but supernova17, the same one as far as I can tell (the real-life names on his Digg and Flickr accounts matched.), had a few days previously favorited a bunch of my photos on flickr. Judging by his photostream, he either goes to UMBC, or had some other reason to visit campus, because he had a fair few shots of the place.
Pretty decent photographer, and I thought it was incredibly strange that some random guy stumbled across my terrible photos on Flickr and favorited them, then two days later I find out that guy is some kind of Digging machine.
Other news: Thanks to iGoogle (hate that name), and TechCrunch’s 10,000 invites, I got in on the Joost beta. I’m currently using it to watch Stella on the Comedy Cental channel, and I’ve got say, I don’t feel bad about this show getting cancelled. It’s not bad, but it’s not exactly very good either, and unless Joost gets some more content, like hopefully some Science Channel stuff to make up for me not having it on cable here, I doubt I’ll use it as much more than a novelty.
UPDATE: Never mind, the Stella pilot has a cameo by Ed Norton, as himself. This show can’t be that bad.
UPDATE 2: Nazis! Maybe this show needs another shot.
Finally,Â Wired used one of my photos on one of their blogs, again from Flickr. I’ve been critical of Wired in the past, mostly because of poor disclosure surrounding a Digg hitpiece after their parent company bought Reddit, a Digg competitor. But they found a photo of a tailpipe on Flickr (tag your photos, folks!) from some random chump, and actually gave said chump credit for the use, and linked back to his site. A lot of places, “old media” web sites, won’t do all that, or won’t do any of it. Hell, even Gawker Media (via Consumerist) got into trouble a couple of months ago for not giving photo credits on their posts.Â Kind of cool, if ultimately meaningless.
Also, I’m done moving, the network is up and running, and I bought a ton of forks and plates for under $80. :awesome: