Quantum Statement

The New Internet, the New World

Get Steve Jobs on the phone!

As Podcast #5 demonstrates, the proliferation of video podcasting over the Internet has created new challenges for the motion pictures industry.

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June 15, 2006 Posted by | Culture, Humor, Internet, iTunes, novelty, Podcasting, Prank Calls, technology, timanderic, video | Leave a comment

Stairway to Heaven Backwards

BoingBoing has a great post about a guy who sings Stairway to Heaven in reverse.

Backwards speaking is incredibly non-intuitive; to speak in true acoustic reverse, elements like dipthongs and plosive consonants have to be reversed, and they do so in surprising ways. To truly complicate matters, add in the backwards rise and fall of the intonations of speech.

The backwards rendition of Led Zepplin’s Stairway To Heaven can be viewed here [via]

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May 7, 2006 Posted by | Culture, Humor, music, video | Leave a comment

old news, but…

I just read that Star Wars Kid, Ghyslain Raza, has settled a lawsuit with a group of youth who posted a historic video on the Internet. The video, which depicts Raza “training” for battle in a school tv studio spread like wildfire, and we all know what happened next.

April 18, 2006 Posted by | Culture, Humor, Society, technology, video, youtube | Leave a comment

Steve’s Innovation Model

In this fast-paced world, its tough to keep up with all the new stuff that keeps whizzing by. To complicate matters further, it seems like there is always somebody out there who is ahead of the game. So, in order to better understand how innovation and the adoption of new paradigms happens, I have created this chart. Where do you see yourself?

larger version here. See also, Innovation Curve of Rogers

March 18, 2006 Posted by | Humor, Innovation, Internet, novelty, Powerpoint, rss, technology | Leave a comment

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. -Shunryu Suzuki

A very provocative news item is floating around the Internet this week. A PHD student from Berkley named Danah Boyd gave a talk on why so many young people use MySpace.

I haven’t read her whole argument, Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace, but I’m glad that people are taking notice of the work that academics are doing on this subject. The Internet and the effect it has had on our minds is not a novel thing anymore. One scholarly area which has gotten a lot of attention this year is the study of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games or MMORPG for short. Apparently, much can be learned about economics and sociology by studying the habits of players in games like Everquest and World of Warcraft.

My feelings are that we have only begun to understand the Internet. Everything is worthy of discussion. Besides, in a few short months, I will be a graduate with a Masters in Library and Information Science, and I NEED SOMETHING TO DO TO GET PAID!

Have an opinion? Post it. If not here, somewhere.

March 9, 2006 Posted by | Humor, Information Science, MySpace, novelty | Leave a comment

I want some drink -I mean juice.

Last night, I videotaped Bruce Kushnick’s book reading at the Half King. It wasn’t actually a book reading. Witness Kushnick the Bell-evangelist preaching against the evil Bell companies. Bruce Kushnick’s book, The $200 Billion Broadband Scandal is not available in fine book retailers. If you don’t like reading a pdf file, go to your local Kinko’s for Christ.

March 7, 2006 Posted by | Authors, Humor, Internet Speed, New York City, youtube | Leave a comment

Youtube, meet WordPress. WordPress, Youtube.

It took me like three hours, but I finally figured out how to embed videos from YouTube. Apparently, WordPress is funny about letting people put all kinds of ‘code’ into their html editor. this article explains how to make youtube videos play in a wordpress blog.

Demitri Martin, Trendspotter for the Daily Show talks about MySpace.

March 4, 2006 Posted by | Humor, novelty, video, youtube | 10 Comments

Can you digg it?

Its crisp and cool outside, warm and stuffy inside, but here I am, slightly altered, attempting to offer up some clever idea or thought. Tis the nature of the web that every individual that writes a blog is basically standing on a stage in front of billions with their fly open. Why do it? My reason for doing it is so that fifty years from now, in some filthy nursing home outside of Tampa, an old, decaying narcissist can look at his own picture, next to his own words, and say through his rusted trach ring, “I’m a goddamn genus.”

Digg.com is a community weblog, but its much more. Looking at the site for the first time, I don’t see anything impressive about it. Its got that crappy web 2.0 look, where everything looks… well kind of like this. The news items on Digg are presented not hierarchicallly (sorted by relevance or chronologically in descending order), but these qualities are immediately apparent. This is due to Digg’s novel (well I’m not sure how novel) ranking system. As you scroll down the page, scanning the stories, you can click ‘digg’ next to the stories that you liked or that grabbed your attention. If a story doesn’t manage to arouse interest, it is sent into purgatory and stays there. The stories that get a lot of ‘diggs’ go to the front page. Its kind of like life, isn’t it? I also like that Digg records your diggs and categorizes them, sort of like a social bookmarking site.

Now, Quantum Statement brings you a video that only a true science geek can appreciate.

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March 4, 2006 Posted by | Blogging, Humor, novelty, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

…this idea was not a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be all too obvious. ~Dr. Strangelove

Being relatively new to WordPress, I’m having a lot of fun getting this site the way I like it. Just now, I was just tweaking some of the settings for Quantum Statement, and I came upon a list of words that commonly appear in the urls of spam that purport to be comments. Here are some of my favorites.

adipex — This sounds like a two-in-one adult diaper / home gymnasium
byob — Just dumb
coolhu — Naah, I don’t really trust it. How do I know Hu is really cool?
coolcoolhu — That’s more like it! This guy must be cool.
dating-e-site — Fuck match.com. They sure as shit don’t let you send your e-date e-e-mails.
valeofglamorganconservatives — Sounds like a Christian Speed Metal Band
vioxx — Doesn’t this shit cause premature death?

March 3, 2006 Posted by | Humor | Leave a comment