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YouTube – Ratt-Round and Round Official Music Video

Remember when a rock band’s lead singer could wear a leopard print leotard and still be taken seriously?

YouTube – Ratt-Round and Round Official Music Video.

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Self-Enforcing Protocols

Bruce Schneier:

Self-enforcing protocols are safer than other types because participants don’t gain an advantage from cheating. Modern voting systems are rife with the potential for cheating, but an open show of hands in a room — one that everyone in the room can count for himself — is self-enforcing.

This is exactly why I believe Vermont’s ‘town meeting day’ style of democracy is so successful. People are far less corrupt when they are held accountable by their peers/neighbors.

(via daring fireball)

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New Modest Mouse Video – “King Rat” Directed By Heath Ledger

In honor of Modest Mouse’s new EP check out Heath Ledger’s disturbing and awesome video for the track “King Rat.” Well worth a view.

(via Stereogum)

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Free NIN|JA EP

NIN keeps the free music coming, this time with Jane’s Addiction along for the ride!

NIN|JA 2009.

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Crocodile eats shark and attack of the ninja kangaroo

YouTube – Crocodile eats shark and attack of the ninja kangaroo!.

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Hulu is shutting down Boxee, taking two steps backwards

Hulu Blog: Doing hard things.

Our content providers requested that we turn off access to our content via the Boxee product, and we are respecting their wishes. While we stubbornly believe in this brave new world of media convergence — bumps and all — we are also steadfast in our belief that the best way to achieve our ambitious, never-ending mission of making media easier for users is to work hand in hand with content owners. Without their content, none of what Hulu does would be possible, including providing you content via Hulu.com and our many distribution partner websites.

Apparently doing the right thing in this situation is simple: screw the users.

Wrong

The right thing to do here is keep the users happy while working out the hard details. Ads are still being shown; revenue is still being generated.

When will these content producers realize that they can’t possibly “own” any content—without an audience to watch it? Keep screwing customers, but don’t come crying when they are compelled to steal the content instead.

Any company that feels safe enough to screw their customers rather than innovate deserves to lose.

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The problem with a website “redesign”

An important comment about the concept of a website “redesign,” from #3 on this list:

Because corporate websites are under-resourced, they are often neglected for long periods of time. They slowly become out of date with their content, design and technology.

Eventually, the website becomes such an embarrassment that management steps in and demands that it be sorted. This inevitably leads to a complete redesign at considerable expense.

This concept of investing considerable money to “reshape” as things get “stale” is a hold-out from two prior models: 1) the distributed, desktop software model from the IT perspective, and 2) the brochure model from a marketing perspective.

The truth is that websites defy the rigidity of both of these models. A website can change organically—that is, many slight changes over time—without the need for new distribution, packaging, etc. This is a more natural approach for users and allows the website to better adapt to the changing needs of the marketplace—without ever having an overbearing and costly “redesign.”

Read more from the list here:
10 Harsh Truths About Corporate Websites | How-To | Smashing Magazine.

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Hyperlink Manager Followup: 2 Options

In a recent post, Hyperlink Manager, I discussed a hypothetical software tool I’d like to see. The goal is to have a better way to select the browser a link should be opened in.

Since that time, two solutions for Mac have popped up: Choosy and Highbrow.

I’ve been using Choosy for about a month now. While it doesn’t do everything I described, it does a very elegant job of what I need.

Here is how I have it set up. On clicking a link:

  • If I have no browsers running, it uses my default browser.
  • If I have one web browser running, it uses the one that is running.
  • If I have more than one browser running, it gives a little selection popup.

The only enhancement I’d really like to see is automated rules based on the URL.

Choosy is currently in beta and will be released as shareware eventually.

Highbrow came out right about the same time as choosy as a full-fledged 1.0 release. It costs $12. I haven’t used it, but it appears to be quite similar in function.

Know of any others or solutions for other platforms (Windows or Linux)? Let me know!

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Jones’ Big ASS Truck Rental and Storage

This is incredible! Make sure you scroll down to the video.

http://www.jonesbigasstruckrentalandstorage.com/

(via Timur)

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