Thursday, March 31, 2011 CEO Shoots Elephant; NameCheap Takes Advantage

Alright, so I'm sure many of you have seen CEO Bob Parsons in the news lately, but for those of you who haven't, here's some backstory:

Parsons recently took a nice little vacation to Zimbabwe and filmed himself shooting a bull elephant. Afterwards, he proceeded to take photos with the elephants corpse, spread hats and clothing to the local villagers, and uploaded the whole package to the internet for the world to see.

Upon being questioned, Parsons claimed he shot the elephant because they cause crop damage.

Needless to say, the internet masses didn't take lightly and the story raged across the web like a wildfire.

GoDaddy competitor, NameCheap saw an opportunity and took it. They turned the mass anger and sadness into a promotional campaigne and offered a registrar switch from to NameCheap for just $4.99 for the first year using promo code BYEBYEGD. (That promotion ends soon, get it now! Click me)

Good job Bob Parsons, I'm sure making elephant shooting videos will be a great marketing strategy.
.....oh wait.
Input from my lovely followers:
1. How do you guys feel about Bob Parsons?
2. Would you switch domains because of something like this?
3. Is NameCheap in the wrong too for taking advantage?
4. Is Bob Parsons a smug elephant killing douche bag?

I'll answer the last one for you.
Yes, yes he is. See?

Is The Internetz Making Us Stoopid?

A little background information on this post:

Today, during my Mass Communications and Society class, I had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Nicholas Carr, the author of an article titled "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" and a related book titled The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.
You can read the article by clicking its title, although it's a long read it's VERY interesting and thought provoking. I'd recommend it if you have the time. I'd even recommend reading a few snippets if you don't.

Having the opportunity to chat it up with this guy was out right incredible. He is the leading researcher behind what scientists think the internet is doing to the way we think; which is basically making us less cognitive thinkers.

If you don't have the chance to read the article, it isn't a stab at Google in any way. It isn't even a stab at the internet. It just describes how the internet, Google included, is reshaping our minds.

Okay! Now to get down to the bulk of the post.

While speaking with Nicholas Carr(if you don't know who he is, shame on you for starting to read this post at the red text) he provided me some great insight into how he really thinks the internet and new technology in general is reshaping our minds.

First, he started off with a bomb ass metaphor:

"It's like no one is a full blown scuba diver anymore, we all just kick back and snorkel in the shallows."

Meaning that we don't dig deep for information because everything we think we need to know or want to find is just floating around.

Second, I'm not going to go into great detail about what we talked about, because it's too much. But he left me with this quote.

"The internet, mass social networking, smartphones, etc all fragment our attention span. Rarely do I ever give a lecture where more than half the audience is fully paying attention to what I'm saying. They're either on their phone or computer, linking themselves into the virtual world. Statistics show that while in the office, workers refresh their email 50-60 times an hour or check twitter every few minutes. We can't stand not knowing what's going on."

and, quite possibly the most thought provoking quote of the interview:

"This poses a problem because people don't have time to full on think anymore, we don't challenge our own mind with deep thinking. We're never alone with our thoughts. Before we had the internet in the palm of our hands, we were forced to store more information and develop deeper connections and thoughts. Now, we retain only a fraction of what we're capable of because we're either not paying attention, or know we can just Google it later."

Let me know what you think:
1. Do you think that the internet affects the way that we think?
2. Do you think that we rely too much on being able to "google' things?
3. How often do you check your twitter/facebook/email/text messages during the day?
4. Any other input?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

1% of Twitter Users Responsible For More Than Half Of Content

I just saw this in my Twitter feed, posted by Times Magazine as a retweet from Techland. Instead of retweeting it myself, I figured I would blog it to all of you!

Maybe if you all followed me on twitter I could retweet it too.
*cough cough* Check the upper right hand corner for my Twitter link. Follow me. *cough*

Whew, okay. Now that that's out of my system on with the post.

According to a Yahoo research team, only about 20,000 individuals, 1 percent of the Twitter user base, are responsible for OVER half of all tweets in the database.

These users are mainly media, celebrities, organizations, and bloggers. That's some pretty insane stuff. I wonder what percentage produces the second half of tweets.

Talk to me:
1. Do you use twitter? How often and in what way?
2. How many times did I use a variation of the word "tweet" in my post?
3. Do you follow huge twitter contributors like media sources and celebrities?
4. Do you like mac & cheese?

2022 Qatar World Cup, 122 Degree Summers, and Robotic Clouds

While I do watch some football from time to time, I've never really been a HUGE fan of the sport. However, fan or not everyone should know by now that the 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar.

For those of you who don't know, Qatar is pretty much smack dab in the center of the Middle East and has summer temperatures that can climb up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. With nearly 90,000 people crammed into a stadium open to direct sunlight, temperatures like that are sure to melt the skin off of bones.

Good decision FIFA,  great way to kill off your fans. You don't need them anyway.

BUT WAIT, we have science and scientists at Qatar University are currently developing a solution to the sweltering heat dilemma. That solution is...wait for it....



These bad boys are made from a crazy carbon fiber material, injected with helium gas to make it float, and are remotely controlled. Those round spots you see in the image are large propellers that allow the robotic cloud to hover like a helicopter. They are also programmed to automatically follow the sun's path in the sky to optimize it's shielding capabilities.

They are estimated to cost around $500,000 US.
But, pfft. That's no biggie. It's the World Cup. Spend a billion!

Take that mother nature.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Move Over Einstein, This Kid's Got You Beat

Einstein died 56 years ago, yet the theory of relativity lives on and is one of the most well know equations in history.

However, that could all change very soon.

Jacob Barnett is a 12-year-old from Indiana. He was born with Asperger's syndrome, which is a mild form of autism, but instead of impacting his learning ability in a negative way, the syndrome accelerated Jacob's learning ability 10 fold. He thought himself calculus, algebra and geometry in a matter of two weeks and graduated high school at 8 years of age. He is currently studying college level astrophysics and is also being recruited by Purdue University for a paid research position.

I don't know about you, but hearing about a kid like this makes me feel like my life is something to rofl over.

But that's not the best part. Jacob has been expanding Einsteins theory of relativity and may very well be a few equations away from disproving it. Professors at the Institute for Advance study, an institution Einstein himself was apart of, believe that Jacob holds the key to debunking the theory.

If I were Einstein, I'd feel like a douche for being disproved by a 12-year-old.

What does this mean for the world of science?
Click here to watch him explain calculus on Youtube. You won't understand.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Earth Hour: How Did We Do?

A little background:
Earth Hour is an annual event introduced by the World Wildlife Fund and is held on the last Saturday of March every year. During the worldwide event, participants are asked to cut off their lights and any other unnecessary appliances for one whole hour to drive home the idea of conservation, literally. The organization aims to reduce the amount carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere.

This year, hundreds of countries and an estimated 1 billion people participated. Landmarks all around the world like the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, and the Las Vegas Strip also cut off their power for Earth Hour.

Unfortunately, there is no actual report that collects how much each city or each country saved (stupid right? That information seems valuable.) However, last year in Chicago alone 124,000 pounds of carbon dioxide were prevented from entering the atmosphere; that's the equivalent of 15 acres of trees being planted. So one could only imagine how much that adds up to worldwide, and because the event was more talked about this year, the impact is sure to be higher.

So I ask you this,
1. Do you think this makes any sort of impact on climate change?
2. What do you think about required or forced hours of reduced electricity throughout the year to make more of an impact?
3. Do you even think climate change is an issue?
4. Are polar bears awesome?
5. Don't you hate it when you burn your mouth on something and can't taste food properly for days?

Before Earth Hour/During Earth Hour

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What It's All About

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to start out right with a quick public announcement from yours truly concerning the nature of my blog.

It's quite simple actually, it's really all in the name. Wayward Disposition.

My interests change with my mood and I figured my blog posts should aswell! So that's exactly what you'll get here. A nice daily dose of what ever I happen to be interested in at the time. Whether it be some sort of news, video, music, technology review, cute puppies, bears eating sandwiches, etc. Anything you can imagine may pop up sometime or another.

What you won't get:
Rants about my personal life, because we all know that isn't interesting in any sense of the topic.

So yeah, that's about it. :)
Let me know if you want to see anything in particular.

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