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Laptop Back Linky

Over a month since it went off to Computer Hospital, my laptop has come home. Yay! No more stealing strong_light’s computer when she isn’t looking! So far it seems to be working beautifully, and (touch wood) no bluescreens so far when I try the actions that used to trigger them. (Bluescreens can be software-related – who knew?)

So, heedless of the world where there are a number of awful, awful situations unfolding, here are some linky.

Via George L – Mario as indie film! (from SXSW)

It’s a good companion to the Ferris-Bueller-as-indie-film that’s been doing the rounds:

Timely: are you prepared? (via Seth Green, funnily enough)

30th anniversary of the ZX81! I remember downhill ski racing on my grandfather’s ZX81 way back then.

I twittered about this a few weeks back – the US military publicly advertised for a company to arrange fake online identities they could use. They’ve chosen a contractor now, and the Guardian has the details.

Have you seen that clip of the UCLA undergrad sounding off about the offensive Asians in the library who don’t understand American manners? Even if you haven’t, you want to see this wonderful, wonderful response.

Why Borders failed and Barnes & Noble didn’t. (NZ buyers for Whitcoulls & Borders here – take note…)

What Dr Seuss books were really about

Kate Beaton comics redialogued by Japanese kids.

Sperm whales may have names (via Allan Varney)

From Jack – a pic of the orcas in our harbour. (Anyone have a link to other good pics?)

Dude who worked on Inspector Gadget cartoon shares sketches, notes, storyboards, and other details.

Every job interview ever. (This kind of thing is actually what academia’s discourse analysts do for real.)

Visual map of history of science-fiction – a great infographic, and the subject matter is pretty fascinating too

Letters of note has this gem from Rik Mayall (via Paul Stock)

And finally… via Dangerous Minds of course… the Careless Whisper guy:

{ 5 } Comments

  1. Adrian | March 18, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Your *grandfathers* zx81???!?!?! I still list this on my CV

  2. The Alligator | March 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    I conducted an interview today, and although many of those aspects don’t really occur in a kitchen setting, many do.

    Like (more or less) snap judgements concerning hiring someone. I know pretty quickly whether or not if someone knows that they’re doing with food. I chalk that up to experience and/or awesomeness.

  3. Marie | March 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness! I had a Sinclair ZX81 back in the day, it was fantastic! You had to type in all this program code to make it do anything, and I learned so much about – well, program code I guess! Not sure that skill’s been handy since, except I’m a wizz at writing macros for Word (except now you don’t even have to write them, (altho you still can,) you just record them..) Happy days! So long ago! I could launch into The Changes I Have Seen, but I’ll spare you for the moment.

  4. karen | March 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    That science fiction graphic is wonderful!

  5. morgue | March 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    [adrian – just pulled your comment out of the filter. Heaven knows why it got screened out. But yes, my grandfather – he was a bit of an early adopter in the 70s/80s… Never became a computer guy, though, despite getting in on the ground floor]