Category Archives: Asides

Liars’ Eyes

Dear writers, authors, and other creative types,

You know that thing you’ve heard about liars’ eyes? How when you tell a lie, you look up and to the right because that’s what you do when you access the creative part of your brain? And how you look to the left when you’re being honest? Yeah, that’s a myth. I’ve seen it pop up a lot in various stories and TV shows, and it bugs the heck out of me every single time. How’s about we do a little research next time, hm? Stop perpetuating this and other body language myths, ‘cuz they’re flat-out wrong and carry with them potential real-world consequences.

Minimalistic Design Requests

Ok, folks, if you’re going request a WordPress design, your posting needs to be longer than, “Design and some coding and app application.” Seriously, could you be any less specific? Add to that a budget that’s $100 at maximum, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have your request ignored by any designer with any kind of sense. This is one of those times where going minimalistic works to your disadvantage.

Back to Firefox

So, I just switched my preferred browser back to Firefox. I’d been using Chrome for a while now because it provides seamless (or nearly so) tab syncing between my laptop and my iPhone. Trouble is, Chrome has started leaving this massive processing footprint on my laptop. So, just out of curiosity, I compared the numbers. Being the power user that I am, I currently have about 30 tabs open. In Chrome, those tabs use up almost 2.8 million processes. Firefox — 850,000. Yup, that’s a no-brainer. I’ll just use Firefox Home to open tabs on my phone when I need to.

Focus@Will

I can appreciate an app like Focus@Will that supposedly streams music to your ears from a genre that helps you be more productive. And I’m sure it’s effective for some subset of the population. Except… have you seen my playlist? It crosses so many genres and styles that most people who see it have the unfortunate experience of having their brains boil out their ears. My playlist is perfectly suited to my own productivity, thank you very much. I don’t need any app to help me with that.

That Free iPhone 5 Thing? Yes, It Really Is a Scam.

For the love of Pete, people. That free iPhone 5 thing that keeps going around on Facebook? It’s a hoax, a scam, a spammy link-bait lie designed to generate social currency so some chucklehead can then go and sell the page to the highest bidder, who can then change the content of the page and target you with marketing you don’t want to see. I mean, think about it. With a product like the iPhone, that any company is happy to accept on returns, exchanges, and upgrades to reburbish, repackage, and resell, why would they bother to give away free iPhones just because someone took the shrink wrap off the box? Simple answer: they wouldn’t, and they don’t. So please stop helping the scammers and stop reposting the link. The only ones with something to gain here are the scammers.

LinkedIn and Endorsement

I don’t understand the currency of endorsements on LinkedIn. What are they, and what do they mean, both to the people who give them and to the people who see them? I only ask because I’ve received endorsements from a number of people, almost none of whom I’ve ever provided services of any kind to. How do they know what my skillset is, let alone that said skillset is of high enough quality that they’d be confident enough to provide an endorsement in said skills? I just find the whole system puzzling.

Microsoft Discontinues the Xbox Live Gold Family Pack

Apparently Microsoft decided to do away with their Gold Family Pack.

As for why the pack was discontinued, the rep said, “We continually evaluate our business focus and work to offer services that make the most sense for our customers and Xbox.”

This suggests to me that either A) Microsoft was losing too much money on the package, or B) they simply weren’t selling enough ‘units’ to make it an economically viable product.

[via Joystiq]