Friday, June 26, 2009

Much Ado About Nothing

People occasionally ask "where do you find this stuff?" The most recent email was about the goofy pictures.

The answer is Popurls, an aggregator of aggregator sites, including Digg, Delicious, Reddit, Gawker, and Technorati.

A company is offering cruises up and down the coast of Somalia, guaranteeing opportunities for tourists to shoot automatic weapons at real live pirates.
An army sniffer dog swallowed an Taliban bomb. And survived.
So how does one keep up with all this diverse info? Easy.
Delicious is a free program that allows you to bookmark every site you choose to remember with key words. Like in the first example, I've saved it under Tennessee, Cheetos, LawEnforcement (you can only use one word at a time), and Weird.
The second is saved under Somalia, Pirates, Tourists, and Overkill.
The third is now at my disposal with the terms Dog, Army, Indigestion, and Bomb.
So any time I see a funny picture of Bill Clinton's Vice President, the one who thinks he can change the weather, I click the Delicious tag on my laptop's toolbar and type in Gore, Pictures, and Funny.
Hope this helps.


Dr Ralph said...

I finally stumbled upon StumbleUpon, which is a Firefox plugin. You install and configure it by telling it what sorts of things you're interested in and at the click of a button you'll be sent to some random page that, amazingingly, you'll probably like. Once there you can rate the page and further tweak your prejudices.

Sounds marginally dumb, but it's great!

The Whited Sepulchre said...

Yep. Stumbleupon is a window into your soul.
After about three days of telling it what you like and don't like, it's frightening.