Is “Girl … cries for five minutes” really worth tweeting?

Sure, Twitter is used for all sorts of things and I don’t always agree with what is shared on Twitter but this tweet takes inane tweets to a whole other level:

This either says a lot about our culture or about Twitter culture (if there is even a difference). Whichever, the Human race is doomed.

Boeing’s new laser defense technology

This is a technology I’d love to see integrated into Israel’s defense systems! I’m sure the IDF is already looking into some sort of laser missile defense system along the lines of Boeing’s laser defense system to supplement Iron Dome and its successors. Wouldn’t that be something?

Image credit: High Power Green Laser, Dark Background (1) by Andrew Adams, licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

Twenty Sixteen looks great already

I really like the look of the Twenty Sixteen theme that will arrive in WordPress 4.4.

WordPress 4.4 is the last scheduled major release of the year and with it will come a new default theme to replace Twenty Fifteen. On the Make WordPress Core site, Tammie Lister published an image gallery that shows off the design of Twenty Sixteen.

I know using default WordPress themes isn’t the hallmark of a savvy and “hip” (or whatever the term is these days) blogger but I like most of them. There is something to be said for the official themes which are clearly designed for the release they launch with.

Check out the gallery with more mockups on the Make WordPress Core blog.

Mystified by all the interested in Feedspot

I started noticing a number of emails from people inviting me to use Feedspot. I was curious and took a look at the site. It turns out, this is what Feedspot offers:

Receive daily updates from all your favorite websites in your email inbox
Multiple Newsletters clutter your email inbox. Feedspot combines all in just one digest email.

(Source: Feedspot – A fast, free, modern Rss Reader)

I don’t understand the appeal. I already receive way too much email. The prospect of adding another huge digest email with updates from websites I follow to my crowded inbox makes me feel queasy.

Source: feedly press kit
Source: feedly press kit

I’d rather just use a good RSS reader (I use feedly to subscribe to feeds and catch up either using Reeder or feedly’s reader). Why would you want digest emails with website updates when you can just open an RSS reader and catch up with everything there?


Images sourced from Feedspot’s and feedly’s press kits.

 

Imagine Lucifer quit – soon on TV!

Looks good!


The history of Humanity’s #JourneyToMars

I’m really looking forward to the movie, “The Martian“. The latest trailer looks awesome:

As cool as the movie looks, the real-life #JourneyToMars is even more spectacular. NASA JPL released a retrospective video titled “50 Years of Mars Exploration” showcasing highlights from Humanity’s 50 year history exploring Mars. 50 years!

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs has loads of awesome videos on YouTube and it is definitely worth subscribing to JPL’s channel. By the way, did you notice the soundtrack in this video? Sounds a lot like the Transformers soundtracks by Steve Jablonsky.

Another great video to watch is this one titled “11 Years and Counting – Opportunity on Mars” that chronicles the Opportunity rover’s discoveries on Mars:

My favourite video is still “Seven Minutes of Terror: The Challenges of Getting to Mars“:

You can follow updates about Humanity’s journey to Mars using the #JourneyToMars hashtag on Twitter too:



Image credit: Daybreak at Gale Crater from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, licensed CC BY 2.0

One of the biggest container ships blasts the Star Wars theme

 

Source: YouTube

Why did Foursquare cross streams with Swarm?

It wasn’t too long ago that Foursquare split into two and removed the gamification elements from the original app (specifically mayorships and check-in leaderboards).

Now almost all of that has been undone with leaderboards following the re-emergence of mayorships; the only real difference is that these features are not available in the Foursquare app but, rather, the Swarm app.

So … has Swarm become Foursquare? Why bother with all the changes in the first place? One interpretation of this reversal is that it’s an acknowledgement that gamification drove Foursquare’s usage early on and that, without it, people are hard pressed to use it directly instead of competitors or services that integrate Foursquare’s location data.