Archive for the 'Cool Links' Category

George Orwell

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Whoever controls the image and information of the past determines what and how future generations will think; whoever controls the information and images of the present determines how those same people will view the past.
~ George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

If you find this interesting, check out this LRC article by John Gatto.

Panasonic VIERA TV’s have built-in Skype

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

I think this is really cool. I know this could easily be done by hooking a PC up to the TV, but the integration is really slick.

Panasonic VIERA Skype

UPDATE: Be sure to read the Amazon reviews before you decide to buy this thing.

How the US Media SHOULD Be

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

If you get all of your news from media outlets in the US, you're totally missing out. Podcast clients like Miro make it not only possible, but very easy, and very convenient, to get on-demand news from around the world. You pick and choose your content sources, and episodes just download automatically. I see content every day that I would never, ever see from the US media. One example from just a few minutes ago is this two-part interview between Josh Rushing and Michael Mullen about the US military strategy in Afghanistan. Just ask yourself while you watch: "Would anyone in the American mainstream media ever dare ask questions like this?" I will list the RSS URLs of some of my content picks in case you're interested in checking it out for yourself:

  • Al Jazeera English 
    • Feed URL
    • Nationality: Qatari
    • Description: One of the three largest English-language news channels worldwide.  It's a 24-hour English-language news and current affairs TV channel headquartered in Doha, Qatar.
  • Russia Today
    • Feed URL
    • Nationality: Russian
    • Description: Also known as RT, is a globally broadcast English-language news channel from Russia, and the first all-digital Russian TV channel.
  • Press TV
    • Feed URL
    • Nationality: Iranian
    • Description: An English language international television news channel, based in Tehran.  It has 26 international correspondents and more than 500 staff around the world.

These are just three out of about thirty content sources that I receive video from daily.  If you have one that you feel should be listed here, let me know.  Or, if you want to see my list of Technology or Libertarian content sources, let me know.

Max Keiser: “Goldman Sachs Are Scum”

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

I don’t know much about Max Keiser, but I think I just became a huge fan.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Click here and here if you can’t see the videos.

Peter Schiff on his father Irwin Schiff

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

If you became a libertarian through the Ron Paul movement, please, please watch this video. Be sure to catch the point that government judges do not care about the law — they work for the government, after all.

Click here if you can’t see the video.

Props to the MHD crew for getting such a great interview!

Cursing makes you feel better, research shows

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Cursing can have a “pain-lessening effect,” according to research from the school of psychology at Britain’s Keele University

Click here for the article, and thanks to Jason C. for the link!

Kary Mullis is a Badass.

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Drug-resistant bacteria kills, even in top hospitals. But now tough infections like staph and anthrax may be in for a surprise. Nobel-winning chemist Kary Mullis, who watched a friend die when powerful antibiotics failed, unveils a radical new cure that shows extraordinary promise.

Click here if you can’t see the video.

Must Watch: Audi R8 vs Porsche 997 Carrera 4S

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Click here to watch.

Identifying Fonts – Two Great Resources

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Over the years I've encountered many instances in which I've had to search through thousands of fonts in order to figure out which one was used in a graphic. Those days are over thanks to these two great resources:

  1. WhatTheFont – This site actually allows you to upload a sample graphic and then tries to do the matching automatically.  Very cool!  The only problem is that the sample needs to be at least 100 pixels in height for it to work with high accuracy.
  2. Identifont – This site uses a completely different approach — the process of elimination.  If you don't have a high-resolution sample and don't mind answering a few questions, this is the way to go.

While we're on the subject, FontyPython is a really cool font manager for Linux that allows you to browse through tons of fonts before installing them.  This is really convenient if you happen to be pirating large font packs while looking for one of the fonts you identified using the sites listed above.  If you know of similar programs for Mac or Windows, feel free to leave a comment.

Meltdown — You’ve got to read this!

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I’m very excited to announce that Dr. Tom Woods, a friend and bestselling author, has finished his new book. Meltdown will explain exactly what really caused the collapse, which economists predicted it and why nobody listened, and why bailouts are the single worst reaction imaginable.

Sometimes I really enjoy watching financial news channels, but it’s not at all because they provide any valuable information. I’m just fascinated by how clueless the talking heads tend to be. If you know better, it’s really amazing to watch. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just watch this YouTube clip for a perfect example. These guys on TV have no clue at all what’s going to happen in the future, because they have no understanding of what’s going on in the present. People like Tom Woods and Peter Schiff (the guy in the YouTube clip), on the other hand, are students of the Austrian school of economics and therefore have a fundamental understanding of current events that is extremely rare these days. My point is that Tom Woods is uniquely equipped to explain what’s currently going on, and you’re simply not going to find such accurate, insightful analysis anywhere else.

That’s why I’m so thrilled about this book. It’s the one book that has the power to enlighten the masses as to what’s really going on. Don’t be a babbling idiot like the talking heads in the YouTube clip. Pick up a copy of Meltdown and gain a crystal-clear understanding that even most economists don’t have.