A New Venture

Way back in March of 2008 I began this blog by saying, “starting a blog is tantamount to saying what the world needs is more of me and my opinion.” I rarely blog anymore. Not even once a month. So somehow it feels like the world is just not getting enough of me. ;)Since the world is not getting enough of me, and since I do have a need to teach that is not being fulfilled to the degree that I would like, and since one of my friends is quite persistent, I have started a podcast.

The podcast is called UnApologetic, and you can find it on the nascent podcast network.  The goal is for each episode is for me to answer a question submitted by a listener.  The introductory episode is up and very soon the second will be up.  You can find it here (here is the link on iTunes)

This is my first attempt at something like this. Consequently there are plenty of issues with this first “real episode.”  I really belabored my point a couple of times, missed some facts and, most significantly, I need to learn to moderate my tone. I will get better.

In order to get better though, I need questions.  If I’m going to keep answering one question per episode, I need more questions.

I am actually quite gifted at making difficult things simpler.  I hope that by listening I can clarify thingsm I also hope that I can help strengthen your faith .

Here is what I’m asking from you: -Listen to it -Forgive my mistakes. (I’ll work on them) -If you are using iTunes, rate the show -Send me questions -If you have graphic design skills, donate me some cover art or a logo

Predictions 2012

Each year on my blog I like to predict what will happen in the coming year.  I’m breaking my predictions into categories, just so I don’t overload on one type.I Invite my readers to make predictions in the comments.  Next year I'll check how we did.

Sports: UK basketball wins their 8th NCAA championship The UK football team will be no better than 7-5 and Joker Phillips will be fired

World News: Even though this is 2012, the world will still be here to make predictions about late next December I will go on a date this year (It is a rare enough occurrence that if it happens it will be headline news)

Technology: A passive 3-D TV comes out from a major brand (i.e. one with cheap glasses). Even so, nobody cares about a 3-D TV and they sell only because you can’t buy non-3-D TVs Google+ remains irrelevant but doesn't get shut down

Entertainment: The Hobbit will be the number one movie next year.  Battleship (Yes, a movie about a board game), The Bourne Legacy, The Hunger Games, Spiderman (Again?) will all be in the top 10.

Politics: Republicans will make gains everywhere, but... Barack Obama is reelected president

My Personal life: By year’s end I will derive more than 20% of my income from speaking. (Invite me to speak in your church please.) I will weigh less when writing 2013 predictions than I do today

Your turn. Predict the future in the comments.

The 10 Worst Things About the Internet

I love the internet, obviously. It is great for a multitude of things, and I make use of it for a multitude of things.  This post is about the stuff that the internet could do without.  Just to be clear, I’m not talking about content in this post.  There will always be content that is objectionable, and for the most part it is up to the user to decide whether to be exposed to that content or not.  This post is about annoyances and things that are largely unavoidable.  All these things make the internet worse regardless of the content you seek. Before the list I should say that advertizing appears on this list multiple times.  I do not have a problem with advertizing.  I have a problem with obtrusive advertizing.  I know that the internet runs on ads.  I know that they are necessary and that they make everything cheap.  I listen to many podcasts with ads and they don't bother me  in the slightest.

Now the list

1.       Trolls – This one is number 1 for good reason.  Trolls ruin every comment thread on the internet.  Trolls are why I never read message boards, or youtube comments, or turn on the mic on X-box live, or, well, read anything popular that allows comments.  This is extra annoying because I am bewildered by why people would act like this.  What enjoyment would anybody get from making other people hate them either by being obnoxious beyond words, or by being so profane that Howard Stern would be embarrassed to listen?

2.       Fragmentation of content – This is a problem that I don’t have any hope will go away any time soon.  If I were a content creator, I would want it seen by as many people as possible.  However, the people who pay the bills want to force us all over the internet to find things.  I am not suggesting that every TV show should be on Hulu.  I am saying that every TV show should be on Hulu, and Netflix, and, and everywhere.  Then the factor deciding where I watch it would be the quality of the site where I chose to watch it.  Music has almost figured this out.  Pretty much every label can be found on iTunes and on Amazon.  So when I am looking for a song I go to the site I prefer and know it will be there.  Why can’t the makers of other content figure this out?

3.       Every search result that goes to, or ehow, or any site of that type – Those sites are never helpful, they have an obscene amount of ads and they trick you by making you click through.  I wish those types of sites would go away.

4.       Interstitial ads that cover up content.  I never want to wait 30 seconds to read a page. Ever.  It makes me hate the product advertized and makes me never want to come back to the site.  AOL, I’m especially saying this to you and your family of blogs with great content.  Stop it!

5.       Any short video (under 5 minutes) that has a pre-roll ad – Again, I have no problem with ads.  But watching  30 second ad before a 50 second video guarantees I’m never watching one of your videos again.  The worst offender of this rule is failblog, consequentially I have not watched a video from their site in months

6.       Any story that is spread over multiple pages.  This is just a trick to make traffic numbers higher and to make more ads load.  Stick the story all on one page and just space the ads throughout.  Somebody worked hard on writing that story.  Why would the site ensure that nobody ever sees the end of it by hiding it behind 3 page loads?

7.       Any website that plays music automatically.  Auto-playing music is the bane of the interwebs.

8.       Any status update on Facebook ever that includes the phrase “Copy and paste if you agree” (I admit that I copied one of these one time.  It was about dragons and it made me laugh uproariously.  But that is the only one.)

9.       Spam – Everything that can be spammed will be spammed.  What can I say? It’s frustrating and makes the experience all across the web worse

10.   The way so many sites say “this site requires to be linked to Facebook.”  No it doesn’t require linking to facebook.  If it did it would be on facebook.  You just want to advertize to my friends. Facebook has certainly proven repeatedly that it cannot be trusted with all my info so I never want to give it any info from any other site.

Best of the Best Web Junk 2010

This is going to be only the most awesome links and videos from this year of best Web Junk Remember the Pheasant with 138 legs?

Drawed a Thrown

Good Quiz






Prediction Results 2010

On the last week of each year on this blog I make predictions about the coming year.  I invite my readers to do the same.  This is a recap of those predictions and how accurate I turned out to be.

  • Toy Story 3 will be the top movie of the year, Iron Man 2, the A-Team, and Harry Potter will also be in the top 15 – Toy story was #1, Iron man 2 was #3, Harry Potter was #6, The A-Team kept me from perfection on this pick by finishing #37.  I’m pretty pleased with this however.
  • The Dow will be higher at the end of 2010 than at the beginning – I know the year still has 3 days but this is going to be correct
  • There will be 15 e-book readers on the market by the end of 2010 but still no major publisher will release DRM-free books.  So I will not buy one – there are at least 25 on the market although only the Sony, Kindle, and Nook have any market share to speak of.  No major publisher has released a DRM-free book. I don’t own one.  I’m right on all 3 accounts.
  • The health care bill will not become final before May and by the time I write this post next year there will still be millions of uninsured Americans – It passed in March, but has yet to actually come into effect. I was half wrong here
  • The Twitter stream will have ads in it (not just spam) – Wrong on this one.  No ads in the stream.  Promoted tweets on the homepage but no ads in stream.
  • USA will be no better than 3rd in the medal count at the winter Olympics – Happily wrong about this one. USA finished first.
  • Kentucky will be in the Final 4 – Sadly wrong about this one
  • The finale of Lost will be mostly satisfying – I guess this one is a matter of opinion but I was mostly satisfied
  • I will not live in Kentucky at the end of 2010 – Colossal fail on this one
  • I will weigh less at the end of 2010 than I do at the beginning – I don’t know what I weigh today, but there is no question it is less than a year ago

By my count that makes me 10-6 (.625) in predictions for the year.  I never claimed to be a prophet or the son of a prophet, but it's fun to see how well I did.

Only one reader, Ryan, was brave enough to make predictions last year.  Here are his results

  • UNC will make it to the Sweet 16 – Didn’t even make the tourney
  • The Panthers will make the playoffs (Season starting August 2010) – Wow was this one wrong. The Panthers are currently 2-13
  • Matt Moore will (should) be their starting QB – I’ll give you half credit for this one
  • I will get a girlfriend – If so you have been awfully secretive about her
  • Apple will release a tablet that will be beautiful looking, but no one will buy it, because what the heck is it for? – iPad released, iPad beautiful, iPad sold millions, everybody has seen one in the wild.  You are 2-3 on this one
  • The newest Twilight will be in the top 10 for movies, for some stupid reason – Twilight #4 = correct

I'm saying Ryan is 4-5 (.444)

Best Web Junk (December 24)

A couple of these links I have been sitting on for a while in case I had a week with no good web junk.  Well, this is the last regularly scheduled Best Web Junk of the year. (Next week is best of) so I will share them today. Really neat aerial images

What if you printed the internet?


It's Christmas Eve.  I have seen this video posted in Facebook like 30 times this week plus Adam posted it on his blog last week.  But it is neat and it is appropriate for this week's Best Web Junk [youtube=]

Best Web Junk (December 10)

This video would be impressive even if it wasn't the former home of Louisville being outfitted with UKs court. [youtube=] I know everybody on the internet has seen this already, but this is without question the best thing I have seen on the web this week.  Whoever did it is awesome and whoever did it has too much time on their hands.  Seriously, Wow. [youtube=]

Best Web Junk (December 3)

This story makes perfect sense.  A city truck drives through your building so the city fines you for owning an unsafe building.  Of course. In general flash mobs are neat.  This is the first one I've ever seen with no dancing, and the first one where there is real singing.  It also has the highest percentage of gray hairs I've seen in one..  Enjoy [youtube=]

I don't know what's more impressive, that this kid built this instrument (instead of playing Rock Band in all of his free time) or that he's so good at playing it.  I am thoroughly impressed by this video. [youtube=]

Best Web Junk (November 26)

I usually don't put serious things in my Best Web Junk.  But this is the best thing Ive read this week

Since I'm already showing Graph jam some love in this best web junk.  Here's another brilliant one.

Almost all of these new Muppet videos are great.  This one is no exception.  [youtube=]

Best Web Junk (November 5)

This week has been largely about politics, so I thought I'd show you a video for Best Web Junk that features a politician. The Ds had a bad week so I'll show you one that features a D.  Also I saw Al Franken do this 15 years ago and thought it was neat, so I taught myself to do this in a particularly boring history class.  For an entire 4-week class, every doodle in my notebook was a of the states and how they fit together.  I made an A in the class and was quite good at this trick by the end.  (I'm out of practice now though so the states become all warped and the sizes are off.)   [youtube=]

Best Web Junk (October 29)

The kid who did this is going places. Not anywhere that math is required, but he is creative and this is awesome. Dangit, it turns out that awesome pic of a hunter & a mountain lion was fake

Best Halloween costume of all this year

A highlight of every year.  When a car gets smashed by a giant pumpkin If you just want to see the vid, here it is. [youtube=]

This guy claims that Galifianakis wasn't in on it but this interview is funnier than any of the Between 2 Ferns I've seen [youtube=]

Best Web Junk (October 22)

Are you looking for the perfect gift for someone's 50h birthday?  Here's a suggestion - A giant mosaic of their likeness made out of toast. I've seen a lot of political attack ads in my lifetime.  I pretty much hate them all.  But "He kicks children in the face" is so awesome that I can hardly believe it. [youtube=]

Best Web Junk (October 15)

Carving pumpkins can be fun. Unless you click here and then feel inadequate forever This is quite enjoyable.[youtube=]

This video is a bit twisted, but it eliminates the need for any amnesia kisses.  That always bothered me.[youtube=]

Best Web Junk (October 1)

All of the HISHE videos are brilliant, but this one I like particularly because I never thought about why he just doesn't stop Luke from falling. [youtube=] And since you can never really get enough Star Wars-related cleverness I present a preview for a movie I would totally go see. [youtube=]

Best Web Junk (September 24)

Today in the best junk of the web we have 2 videos. This first one really speaks for itself[youtube=]

Secondly, a backwards music video.  I think these things are neat.  Not so much because of the effects but because people had to pronounce the words backwards to make their mouths not look wrong[youtube=]