Poling Place: What's your stance on video posts in blogs?


This is something I’ve been kicking around in my head for a while but as anyone who knows me knows I’m neurotic about asking focus group like questions to find the right solution for a problem.

I went so far as to create three separate SimCity simulations exact in each way with the exception that one was using only video blog posts, one used only text blog posts and one using a mixture of both. Tragically, as part of my virtual leftist agenda I legalized marijuana and introduced it as a cash crop as a resource for making durable fibers and paper. Three months later each of my societies experienced a complete catastrophic economic meltdown as they all started listening to jazz music non-stop and fraternizing with people different social classes rendering the entire 3-year experiment completely useless.

In Honor of Ronald Reagan, Former GOP Candidate now Dem Candidate, Billionaire Jeff Greene 'Can't Remember' if He Voted for Reagan in 1980


Has our political system become such a disaster that we can actually have candidates, billionaires or not, coming on legitimate news programs and blatantly try to convince people that he doesn’t remember who he voted for in the election that is generally regarded as a key turning point in American politics.

Of course it may also have something to do that Greene’s 1982 unsuccessful bid for Congress was as a Republican in California. So let’s break this down. A Republican. In California. 1982. Doesn’t remember whether or not he voted for Reagan in 1980? Either he’s a liar or an idiot. Either way, he shouldn’t be running for office.

Watch Greene stick his foot in his mouth on Hardball with Chris Matthews:

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How to Tune Out the Droning of the Vuvuzelas on Your Samsung TV


How to adjust the equalizer on your Samsung TV to drown out some of the incessant vuvuzela noise.

Samsung Vuvuzela Killer

  1. Press the menu button
  2. Scroll down to Sound > Equalizer option
  3. 100Hz all the way up
  4. 300Hz all the way down
  5. 1K all the way up

This is what I found works best for me. You may need to play around and tweak to find something that works better for you. It doesn’t completely tune out the vuvuzelas all together but it definitely helps drown them out a bit, especially when the commentators are speaking.

If you give it a shot let us know how it worked in the comments.

Also, while I have Samsung tvs, I presume that the basic equalizer options are the same on most tvs that actually have an equalizer so go ahead and give it a shot. Look at it this way, it’s not like the sound could actually get more annoying so what do you have to lose?

Flickr and Picnik Keep Getting Better and Better


I am really starting to dig the integration of Picnik into Flickr. I know it’s not new but every time I use it seems to work better and faster. I love that you can just edit your image right there online and immediately save it either as a new image or right over the old crappy one. It took me literally less than ten seconds to make the adjustments to the photo below and just look at the difference.

And the best part about it is that it’s totally free. They do hide some features hoping that you’ll eventually upgrade to a paid Picnik account but most of the locked features are just added fluff. Cool fluff, but fluff nonetheless and most importantly fluff that you can definitely live without. All of the basic fixes and tweaks are included in the free version.

Brooklyn Museum, Struggling to Find Its Niche, Should Embrace its Unique Brooklyn Edge


Photo courtesy of WallyG's Flickr

I’m going to preface this post by saying that I am by no means a museum nerd. In fact, other than the Brooklyn Museum the only museum that I’ve been to in New York City was the MOMA many years ago when I was in college.

I did however have the privilege to live directly across the street from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum for almost three years, both of which provided me and my family with countless hours and days of entertainment. No matter how many times I walked by the museum I was always eager to take in the beautiful old majestic building. The size and grandeur of the building itself are just amazing.

That being said, I do have the ability to go online and see what other museums have to offer and, for my money, the Brooklyn Museum has incredibly interesting and important collections and some outstanding cutting edge exhibits as well.

Add into the mix their awesome First Saturday events and your have what would seem like a winning recipe for a museum in New York City, albeit in Brooklyn.

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Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao Suggest BP CEO Should Do the Honorable Thing and Kill Himself


Back in the day the Asian culture didn’t mess around with someone bringing this kind of disgrace upon themselves and their family without having some serious repercussions. Like a giant knife your belly.

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) today called for McKay to resign. But during today’s hearing before a subpanel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, the Vietnamese-American Republican who represents New Orleans, suggested a harsher form of punishment.

“Mr. Stearns asked Mr. McKay to resign,” Cao said. “Well, in the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we just give you a knife and ask you to commit harakiri.”

What do you guys think? Too harsh, not harsh enough?

What’s incredibly frustrating about the greed of huge, multi-national corporations is that Hayward may not even lose his job over this and even if he does he’s sure to be the CEO of another company sooner or later.

I think death would actually be an easy way out. I think he should be stripped of all of his personal assets and be forced to live in a trailer on the Gulf Coast for the rest of his life with a huge sign on top of his trailer saying, “I’m the asshole that used to be the CEO of BP and and I personally oversaw the most devastating ecological disaster in American history.”

Starbucks to Offer Free, 1-Click, No Registration WIFI at all Locations Starting July 1


Starbucks used their Twitter account to announce, what will undoubtedly turn out to be a brilliant marketing move, free WIFI.

Between the recession and Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks has been taking a beating for quite a while now. I’m not going to go into a whole business class lecture about what caused Starbucks to stub their toe, but suffice it to say, I think that this announcement, small as it may appear, is a big step to Starbucks righting itself again.