If you guessed "a musical act incorporating robot pantomime," you're right. If you guessed "singing robots," you're also right. More or less. (And if you guessed "procrastinating on a paper that is due tomorrow", you are still 100% right.)
Here.... have a taste of what I've basically been listening to on repeat for the past three months.
I swear I'm not totally insane. Only a little bit. And now this song is going to be stuck in my head the rest of the night, isn't it? (Is it Friday yet?)
SnapChat is a service that encourages you to take ugly selfies, those on-the-spot-where-you-don't-look-the-best photos, and send them to your friends where you specify how long they stay on their phone (avg 10 sec). When you delete them from your phone, they're gone forever! See! Managed risk. You CAN take that risque photo now!
Or can you?
Turns out, friends who get those pics could make a copy of said pic. That would be outside what SnapChat can delete, so the picture could be stored indefefinitely or shared with others. Not good. How about the ones that you delete on your own phone? Bad news. They don't really delete them there, either, just hide them from you.
If you want the techie details look here. But if you're using this service, and depend on the alleged security it provides, you may want to re-evaluate your use of the service.
Welp, another month, another hack. Looks like my account (along with many others at Yahoo) have had their accounts compromised yet again. So you might be proactive and check on your account. Here's some things to do:
Go to your Yahoo Account Info and check out your login activity. Make sure the login locations make sense for you. Considering I haven't ever been to the Philippines or India, it was obvious I was hacked.
Check your Sent folder, make sure no e-mails have been sent without your knowledge.
Change your password
Change your security questions
In the Account Info, turn on the secondary authentication with your mobile phone number.
Now, I know it's odd to be getting security advice from the guy who just got hacked, but I'm nearly 100% certain Yahoo has flaws on their end considering this has been happening for months to TONS of people.
If you're sick of Yahoo, like I am, I just deleted my account. It'll take 90 days for it to be permanately deleted, however, so if you plan on doing the same, it couldn't hurt to try to secure your account before doing so.
There's many reasons why I don't tolerate magical thinking, and belief in things not provable by scientific experiment. Here's one: when you do believe in things that are not grounded in reality, you can get taken in by charlatans like this, this, this and this. Regardless of your view of the world, be smart out there!
So, a buddy of mine was telling me about this neat game, The Resistance. Oddly enough, that's the current game on Wil Wheaton's Tabletop web-series. Check it out, and see if you think this might get traction at a family event.
Just watched Troll Hunter, a Norwegian film about...trolls. It's in the vein of Blair Witch Project, although it's more a monster movie like Cloverfield, only about a hundred times better than either film. Very minimal shaky cam, and a decent movie overall. Here be the trailer:
Video: A New Zealand MP absolutely gives it to the anti-gay opponents of the gay marriage bill before their legislative body. The bill was passed, making NZ the first government in Asia to recognize gay marriage.