Wednesday, May 19, 2010
So recently, the website Openbook came to my attention. It's a search engine specifically for Facebook status updates. It's motto "Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life. Whether you want to or not." invokes an ominous tone, so I guess it's supposed to be making a statement about online privacy or something. But then, I've never been quite sure how private people really wanted or expected Facebook status updates and other forms of Twitter-esque microblogging to be. In any case, I'm pretty much on the fence on whether this thing is really creepy, or just kinda creepy in an an obtuse, indirect way.
In the interest of journalistic integrity, I decided to spy on myself first, and compare notes with the rest of the Facebook community regarding opinions on that new Windows 7 commercial (where they included an overdubbed and re-appropriated version of the "Zombie Vs. Shark" viral video). I'm not particularly reassured by my findings.
For entertainment purposes, I've plugged in searches for favorite Dorkstuff topics (mostly vintage computers/games) and got a surprising number of relevant hits for many of them. I was actually trying to see how obscure I could get with a couple of them, but apparently people still dig 8-bit stuff on Facebook. Check it out:
23 Enigma (Hey, there's me again!)
Apple ][e, ][c, ][gs
Clash At Demonhead
Commodore 64 (and related search "C64")
Ren And Stimpy
River City Ransom
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Over at Freedrumlessons.com, they offer short demonstration vids of all 40 international drum rudiments. You can also check out their Youtube channel, if you want to skip the written theory part and just watch the videos.