Adventures in Everyday


AdBlock for Google Chrome – by Gundlach
March 17, 2010, 12:09 am
Filed under: internet

It pays to pay for things you value

I’ve been experimenting with Google Chrome since its beginning, but until recently its lack of solid extensions and Linux compatibility stopped me from adopting it as my main browser.  Probably the biggest drawback for me was the absence of decent adblocking extensions. Seriously, all of the available adblocking extensions sucked. Do you even remember how ugly the internet is without an adblocker??

Enter Gundlach and his AdBlock extension for Chrome.

This is the only adblocking extension that seems to actually work, probably because you can use it to subscribe to EasyList, one of the same advertisement filter lists that Firefox’s AdBlock Plus uses. I recommend that users of AdBlock for Chrome also add EasyPrivacy to their subscriptions list in AdBlock’s options.

So I donated a little money to Gundlach, whose real name, I learned, is Michael. It pays, I think, to invest in those things in life that you really value; and, because I value aesthetically pleasing internet experiences, donating to Michael just feels right. What I didn’t expect in return was a personal message from the man himself, thanking me personally for my (very modest) contribution. Being a behaviourist, small tokens of appreciation such as his brief email mean lot to me, and so I have decided to blog a little about the experience.

Thanks, Michael, for AdBlock!

You can donate to Gundlach here

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Andrew Bird’s Moving Tale of One Man’s Love Affair With a Squid
September 25, 2008, 6:39 pm
Filed under: internet

Forbidden love

I found a remarkably beautiful – yet gloomy – music video today in the most unlikely of places: Discovery Channel’s “Deep Sea News” blog. The video will move and depress you:

Andrew Bird is a great artist and well worth listening to for any reason. Check out his page on Last.fm for some tasty samples.



Cannibals, Force-Fields, and Natural Selection
March 13, 2008, 12:20 pm
Filed under: internet, personal, science

tabs

I am a Black Hole for Information

I am subscribed to many more electronic newsletters and rss feeds than is good for me. I get email updates from:

On top of that, I have rss feeds from:

So when any one of these web services delivers a thought provoking item, I tend to bookmark or make a tab for it so that I can blog about it later. To the right you will see the tabs that are open in my browser at this very moment.

This is not a good system.

I so rarely get around to writing anything down! Perhaps it’s because every time I start writing something I end up doing research, listing sources and using APA format; or perhaps it’s because at any given time I have at least 20 things that I want to blog about.

Starting now

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Beyond Einstein
March 10, 2008, 10:49 pm
Filed under: academic, internet, local, science

Physics of the Impossible

    From teleportation to the routine use of force fields, Kaku uses the world of science fiction to explore the fundamentals — and the limits — of the laws of physics as we know them today. He explains how: The science of optics, electromagnetism, and light may be able to be used to simulate invisibility; Enhancing the sensitivity of MRI devices may someday allow us to read minds; Magnetic fields, superconductors, and nanotechnologies may eventually enable scientists to levitate an elevator in outer space.

    This is a special lecture by theoretical physicist Dr Michio Kaku, taking place at Caltech later this week. Michio Kaku is a very well respected scientist who is best known for his discussions of future technology. Below is his BBC documentary Visions of the Future:The Quantum Revolution.



    Red Light Cameras
    March 6, 2008, 1:52 pm
    Filed under: internet, letters, local, winnipeg

    Winnipeg’s SafeStreets Campaign

    As part of the Winnipeg Police Service’s Safe Streets campaign, 48 Red Light Cameras have been installed across Winnipeg. A radio commercial was produced by SafeStreets Residential as part of their educational campaign. Here’s an excerpt:

    toddler

    You’re driving in a residential area. A toddler suddenly runs out in front of your car! Will you have time to stop? Your chances of saving that child will be better if you’re driving the residential speed limit. Continue reading



    The Legitimacy Farm and the Manufacture of Consent
    March 5, 2008, 9:15 am
    Filed under: academic, dystopious, internet, psychology, science

    On Public Opinion

    The creation of consent is not a new art. It is a very old one which was supposed to have died out with the appearance of democracy. But it has not died out. It has, in fact, improved enormously in technic [sic], because it is now based on analysis rather than on rule of thumb. And so, as a result of psychological research, coupled with the modern means of communication, the practice of democracy has turned a corner. A revolution is taking place, infinitely more significant than any shifting of economic power.

    Those are the words of the influential American writer and political commentator, Walter Lippmann. If you are tempted to brush aside his rather severe account of modern democratic practice, I challenge you to take a closer look at what he’s saying. These aren’t the words of typical anti-establishment anarchists or chomskywashed counter-culture teenagers. The passage above was actually written by Lippmann in his book Public Opinion in 1922 (freely available here, care of Project Gutenberg).

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    Google Building Undersea Cables?
    February 26, 2008, 1:02 pm
    Filed under: dystopious, internet

    960 Gigabits Per Second

    I have never explored the relationship between Internet search providers and undersea cabling initiatives. In fact, I’ve never really known what parties are interested in building 960 Gigabits-per-second transatlantic cables from the US to Japan.

    Apparently Google is one of those parties.

    Collectively we just signed an agreement to build a new high-bandwidth subsea cable system linking the U.S. and Japan (more detail in the press release). This cable system, named Unity, will address increasing broadband demand by providing more capacity to sustain the unprecedented growth in data and Internet traffic between Asia and the U.S. [From Google Blog]

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