Christian Ross

Week End; Recommend

We’ve been in super-hunker-down-and-deliver mode here at the office the last couple of weeks but thought I’d at least throw out a few things that have pulled our attention for a moment or two.

  • How Far is it to Mars? – It’s a really long ways.
  • Uuni – The Revolutionary (in home) Wood-Fired Pizza Oven – On back-order now but you better believe I’m getting in line
  • While most of the news media is wrapped up in whether or not North Korea can fire accurate missiles more than 30 yards, I’m more intrigued with the fact that the women are encouraged by the state to choose from one of the 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles. Shown below in a display on the wall of a salon in the capital. I’m trying to decide between 6 and 7 below for my lovely bride:

North Korean ladies hairstyles

  • I’m not a huge thrill-seeker type of person but I do enjoy cringing and watching other nutso’s do their thing. There’s so many in the YouTube channel of Devin Graham to choose from that narrowing them down to post here was a challenge. The first video below is something I’ll never do. The second is one that I am considering starting a Kickstarter for my birthday just to be able to purchase one of these incredible machines by summer.


Week End; Recommend

There’s quite the discussion about link-style posts such as these on blogs these days. I don’t have a whole lot to contribute other than the fact that my blog is focused on and around things that interest me. If, like this style of post, are links that I am currently digging or find interesting, I don’t have a problem sharing them. I’ve seen arguments about longevity and posts such as these how they don’t get the traffic over the long haul or bring crazy amounts of search results but that’s not necessarily what my personal blog is for. Sure, having more visitors is nice, but it wouldn’t be that hard to ramp up traffic by just writing about a few specific topics to garner it. The problem is, is that at that point I’ve flipped the script and write/post for you (or whatever audience I’m chasing) instead of me, no thanks.

Chris has moved his link sharing to Twitter and other social media outlets which is great. I have no way of knowing this for sure, but my gut feeling is that my Twitter audience and my audience here aren’t quite the same. When I share links on Twitter that I don’t share here, often times it’s because I feel they’re poignant for that audience. Inversely, there are links I see on Twitter that I’m not sure my audience here has been exposed to yet; I like having the ability to craft and share those and support with context or application as needed.

I’ve got some 500+ posts worth history here and much of the old stuff doesn’t get touched. I’m okay with that. By writing/posting stuff that I’m currently into, it’s created – if nothing else – a place where I can go back and see where I was at certain periods of time; yes, even the link posts. It helps me to see how my interests have changed and hopefully how I’ve grown over time; to me, that’s much more important than some long-tail search traffic.

In short, do what you feel works best for you and your goals. I love the fact that we’ve all got tools to self-publish and we all utilize them differently. If all of us were Gruber’s then there’d be no fresh content to share. If all of us were long-form writers and there were no Kottke’s or Gruber’s, I’m guessing we’d all have a very limited exposure to what everyone else is doing or writing.

With that, let’s do some Interneting… (more…)

Links of note

I used to run a semi-regular post that I called 6th Day around here that was a Friday wrap-up of Internet things I’d stumbled across or liked throughout the week. Not sure what the significance of the title was but I’m bringing it back for at least one week. I think I’m going to resurrect the concept and kill the name – although I don’t have a good replacement name for it.

Without further ado…

6th day

End of week internet goodness for 10/09/09

Image heavy post today. View all past 6th Days here.

Life Magazine’s 30 Dumb Inventions show that ingenuity doesn’t have to correlate with common sense. I bet there were a couple of Darwin Award winners in the bunch. A few of my favorites:

Dog Restrainer, 1940
We played with plastic toys like this as kids. Usually to pick up candy on the floor or to pinch your little brother. Never did I think, “I wonder if this will save me from a pit bull attack.”


6th Day

End of week internet goodness for 10/02/09

A quality teacher:

“On a history test we were asked, ‚ÄòWho was Michelangelo?‚Äô I answered, ‚ÄòRenowned artist/Ninja Turtle. Wore an orange headband. Weapon: daggers.‚Äô My teacher marked this wrong and wrote back, ‚ÄòWEAPON: NUNCHUCKS. CHECK YOUR FACTS.‚Äô”

(via Kory)

Call of the year
I want this guy calling all of the games for the teams I root for from now on. You’ve got to listen to both audio (in order) to understand. They’re short. (more…)