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Bizarre

Written on March 5, 2009 by
news

I run across a lot of news on the internets and some of it is just crazy to read. Here are some of the better ones I’ve run across recently.

  • This guy is Harry Houdini’s hero.
  • These sorts of shenanigans are exactly what inspired Jesus to start flipping tables. Also the headline is an absolutely terrible pun.
  • I proposed to my wife in a mexican resturant. This guy did it better. Make sure you click on the “Photo” tab!
  • Here is one of many stories about people misusing 911. You can spend all day watching these on Youtube. It will likely provide enjoyment, then make you mad, and then it becomes funny again.
  • This last one is super old, but whenever I try to have a conversation with someone about it he or she has never heard about it. This is an effort to remedy that! Apparently studies have been done that claim that the amount of dynamite used was nowhere near enough.

Since I don’t watch much sports, these are the types of things that I talk about at the water cooler. I guess that says something.

–ringl

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RSS: What & Why?

Written on February 10, 2009 by
informative, technology

Out on the wild and untamed frontier of the interweb, many locales are vying for your attention. No doubt there are plenty of “regular stops” on your daily or weekly web safaris; websites that provide you with entertainment, news or time wasters.

But don’t you get tired of typing in those long convoluted web addresses like cnn.com? You might even have to put “h t t p colon forward slash forward slash w w w dot” in front of it! Or how about those websites that don’t update regularly, like when it’s Ringl’s turn to post here on Warptubes! (Hey-o!)

What if I told you that you could go to one place and get everything you wanted from all your favorite websites whenever new content was posted? My friends, the dream is a reality.

Most websites on the internet have something that we in the “biz” call a RSS Feed. What in the world is a RSS feed? Say you find a magazine in the grocery store that you really like. It’s a pain that next month you have to go to the grocery store again to pick up the newest issue. It’s so much easier just to subscribe to the magazine and have the new issues sent to you! That’s the magic of RSS. When you subscribe to an RSS Feed, you will get the latest updates from that website sent directly to you!

Want to get started? Just follow along here. In order to subscribe to a RSS Feed, you need a Feed Reader (called an “Aggregator” in the biz). Blah blah blah, technobabble. You just want a link and a tutorial. Follow along:

Go to http://google.com/reader.

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Google Reader is like the mailbox in which you receive your magazine subscriptions. It grabs the latest news and articles from websites and puts it all in one place for you to access from any computer. For a simple break down of what exactly Google Reader does and how it can assist you, watch this video:

To start adding websites, sign in. If you don’t already have a Google account, click “Create an account” in the bottom right.

Once you’ve made an account or signed in, you’ll see the main screen with some introductory information

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Now for the fun stuff! Click the picture-3 button in the top right and type in one of your favorite websites. For instance, “Warptubes” or “http://warptubes.com”

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Google will then find the website or feed it thinks you want. Look for the one that seems right, then click “Subscribe”

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From then on, your favorite websites will show up on the bottom right under Subscriptions. The number next to the Subscription name is how many new unread items have come in.picture-7

When you’re checking out your Subscriptions, the new articles and updates will come through looking like this:

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It’s not exactly the same as you’re used to seeing from your favorite website, but all of the content will be there and will look much cleaner with a lot fewer ads (if any!). I call that a sweet deal. If you do need to see the article in its original context, just click the title at the top. That link will take you straight to the page where the update was posted.

Not sure if your favorite website has an RSS feed? If Google couldn’t find it when you clicked “Add a subscription”, then look around on the website for a icon that looks like this:

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Click on that and copy and paste the URL into Google Reader’s “Add a subscription” box, and viola! You’re set.

Google Reader has revolutionized my internet browsing and brings all the content I want directly to me. This tutorial will hopefully save you some time, too, while still getting all the news and articles you’re used to!

This ended up being a long post, but if you followed along and can get into the habit of using Google Reader, you will be much better off!
Still not sure about something? Have some questions? Post in the comments below and I’ll give you some advice.

Enjoy!

– Shaw

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Klingon Boggle

Written on February 5, 2009 by
news

If you’re hip and follow the same news sites as I do, you may have caught this interesting tidbit about a man robbing some convenience stores.

Pretty boring so far, right? Wait until you read this: the robber used a Bat’leth to threaten the cashiers.

Not so familiar with a Bat’leth? I don’t blame you. Not everyone is an ultra-nerd, even I had to get some context before I realized what the news articles were talking about. Think the war-driven Klingon race from Star Trek. Bat’leths were the strange sword/knife-like weapons they possessed, which seem pretty capable of dealing out some damage.

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I would definitely not want to be on the business end of that thing.

Fortunately no one was hurt, but the robber still hasn’t been caught. The funniest part about the whole story is that both clerks that got held at Bat’leth-point instantly recognized the Star Trek weapon! The cashiers are apparently huge nerds, but we’re still uncertain about the robber himself.

Is he a huge nerd seeking payback for all the times he was picked on, or simply a thug who grabbed the first pointy object he could find to score some quick cash? Either way, this guy will probably be in some pretty serious trouble when thrown into the closest prison.

What’s next? Bank robbers using lightsabers? Car hijackers using phasers? Only time will tell.

Ringl

Funniest parts of the article:

  • The robber hit two convenience stores. The second one didn’t give him any money
  • The comments on the article: several of them are written in the noble Klingon language
  • In the article itself: “He also demanded money from the store clerk. The clerk refused and the robber “transported” himself out of the store on foot.
  • This actually happened!

–ringl

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