Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Like a scene from one of those apocalypse movies, a graphic photo of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. (Shorpy) The Rock is disturbed to find out that Christina Aguilera was not debuting a new song at the Super Bowl. (Blame It On The Voices) Bet you didn't know so many NFL teams had marching songs, did you? (Album Art Exchange) Now this is what we need to spend time researching - which Chicago Cubs game did Ferris Bueller and friends attend the day they skipped school? (Big League Stew) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 60-Seconds With Papercraft and Computer Graphics (Geekologie) Really long but really good article detailing film director Paul Haggis'
I've always considered myself to be a pretty savvy internet/computer type of guy. I've never fallen for any of those Nigerian prince 419 scams, my computer has never been infected with a virus, and I've never even been successfully Rickrolled. But I, and hundreds of thousands of others who happen to belong to one of Gawker Media's blogs (Deadspin, Gizmodo, Fleshbot, Lifehacker, etc.) got a very rude awakening a few weeks ago. That's when it was revealed that a group of hackers called Gnosis has successfully hacked Gawker's source code and databases and made off with, among other things, the entire database of Gawker's commenter accounts. Two important facts came out of this security breach: one, Gawker's security sucks and two, way too many people are way too lazy with their password
Google recently introduced a new wrinkle to its advanced search capability - reading level. It allows you, I guess, to assess the complexity of a site based on how many big words it uses. Gawker posted a list of well-known websites and their reading levels. Here's where I fall (it's somewhere between TMZ and Nick.com apparently): What can I say? I'm a man of the people. Of course I could probably game the rankings by posting excerpts from David Foster Wallace works. That would be jocular of me, no?