Archive for July, 2010

“banning vending-machine drinks while leaving Starbucks untouched is a pretty rank example of class…”
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Friday, July 30, 2010

“banning vending-machine drinks while leaving Starbucks untouched is a pretty rank example of class privilege at work — my indulgences are sophisticated and upper-class, while yours are vulgar and prole”

(via The Calorie Police | Cato @ Liberty)

DVD New Releases – 7/27/2010
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Monday, July 26, 2010

These are my DVD and Blu-Ray picks that are getting released this week.

xkcd’s poetry and planetary physics
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Friday, July 23, 2010

I dislike most poetry, but this is simultaneously beautiful/nerdy.

Spinning counterclockwise

Each turn robs the planet of angular momentum

Slowing its spin the tiniest bit

Lengthening the night, pushing back the dawn

Giving me a little more time here

With you

A friend recently tweeted his own beautiful annotation.

[My daughter] loves to spin & I think of this. Someday when she understands the physics in the comic, I’ll tell her. *sniff*

xkcd: Angular Momentum

DVD New Releases – 7/20/2010
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Monday, July 19, 2010

These are my DVD and Blu-Ray picks that are getting released this week.

My desire to see Despicable Me this weekend is now compounded…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Saturday, July 17, 2010

My desire to see Despicable Me this weekend is now compounded with the knowledge that one of the characters is giving the secret hand signal for Nerdfighters.

s-frostie:

@hankgreen was totally right! Vector IS doing the Nerdfighters salute in the movie Despicable Me!! (Sort of)

DVD New Releases – 7/13/2010
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

These are my DVD and Blu-Ray picks that are getting released this week.

DVD New Releases – 7/6/2010
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Tuesday, July 6, 2010

These are my DVD and Blu-Ray picks that are getting released this week.

I’m really happy with my last two videos. Using just my…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Monday, July 5, 2010

I’m really happy with my last two videos. Using just my iPhone 4 I shot and edited this video. I also uploaded it from the iPhone but, since Apple hasn’t enabled HD YouTube uploads, that version looked pretty crappy. Check out “Six Days To VidCon (Re-Uploaded)” (via rollerfeet) then click through to “five days to vidcon” if you’re curious about editing on the iPhone.

I am reminded of @westwhim’s Tumblr at the Belamar Hotel…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Monday, July 5, 2010

I am reminded of @westwhim’s Tumblr at the Belamar Hotel because the walls are lined with these pictures of elegant figurine heads. They almost look like portraits.

“…Childbirth classes are only offered to couples…”
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Sunday, July 4, 2010

“…Childbirth classes are only offered to couples…”

I am outraged for Fertile Myrtle Brooklyn.

Why not pictures of the BP oil spill? I don’t want to take…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Friday, July 2, 2010

Why not pictures of the BP oil spill?

I don’t want to take away from the awfulness of this mess, but media hype still exists, yes? One problem with letting a picture tell the story is it can’t tell the whole story. Even this image is only 30-50 square feet of one beach on an immense coastline of an even bigger gulf. The photographer, his editor, and the papers that rehash this image are primarily interested in finding the picture that carries the maximum impact and attracts the most eyeballs.

There have been a lot of exclamatory articles in the past few weeks about BP !!!burning endangered sea turtles alive!!! that are another example of this hype-driven journalism. BP isn’t having a sea turtle BBQ. They are, however, managing controlled burns of oil to prevent more of it from washing up on shore. Allowing sea turtle rescuers into the burn zone means accepting the risk/liability for the lives of the rescuers.  (Also, any turtle in the burn zone might unfortunately come to an easier death than the one that dies from choking on oil.) Choosing between less oil and the lives of the sea turtles is not an easy one, and decrying BP without discussing the agonizing nuance of the situation is disingenuous.

This cassette tape was found in a friend’s car — I…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Friday, July 2, 2010

This cassette tape was found in a friend’s car — I think his initials were Marc Glazer — and now every time I hear it; I picture him driving down the freeway, windows/top down, wind in (what’s left of) his hair, singing at the top of his lungs. Sing away, free bird!

If you know what I’ve been coping with at work…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Friday, July 2, 2010

If you know what I’ve been coping with at work you’ll know why I’m posting this.  If you don’t…I bet you can empathize anyway.

Is there a way to become an artist and skip the starving part?…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Thursday, July 1, 2010

Is there a way to become an artist and skip the starving part? Maybe I’m delusional, but I think I could create something this awesome, given the time.

marjoree:

According to the artist:

This project is about concealing valuables, secrets, bad habits and personal information in our workplaces. Here, hidden spaces/messages were created within 8 general objects such as wood boards, lamps and disposable coffee cups.

How? By utilizing stereotypes and visual camouflage. We make judgments based mainly on our experiences and what we see. This dependency on visual information can create large blind spots. Thus, usual stereotypes of how we perceive solid, transparency and lighting are employed in this project to play with notions of ‘solid and void’, and ‘true and false’.

The super secret magnet drawer is my favorite.

I’m happy about the U.S. remake, Let Me In, if only…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Thursday, July 1, 2010

I’m happy about the U.S. remake, Let Me In, if only because more people will track down the original on Netflix Watch Instantly, but I’m also excited to see Chloe Moretz in another film.

(via MovieGrrl1984)