That’s What He Said

Nationwide Tea Party

Posted in Uncategorized by wolfsbayne on February 24, 2009

Citizens of the Greater Los Angeles Area:

Let’s take part in the Nationwide Chicago Tea Party http://www.nationwidechicagoteaparty.com/

The local Facebook event page is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131230090601

Friday, February 27, 2009 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Gather at the very edge of the Santa Monica Pier, to say to our local, state and federal governments: Enough is enough with taxation without representation!!!

If you are fed up with LA City Hall, Capital Hill in Sacramento, and/or DC’s waste of your hard earned tax dollars, join us at the Santa Monica Pier on Friday morning, 9:00 AM. At that exact time other citizens across the nation will be ‘tea partying’ to protest our governments’ irresponsible use of the powers WE have granted them.

This tea party at the pier, like most others,is not organized by an established political ‘apparatus’ – it’s all grassroots! We’re just law abiding, hardworking, taxpaying citizens like you…

Few simple rules, :

NO: breaking the law (e.g., loitering, vandalism)
NO: violence (physical or verbal)

JUST: good cheer & a positive sense of public engagement & a smile.

Feel free to pass the word around in any way you can. We can at least make a tiny ripple in the vast ocean!

That’s all folks!…

The nitty gritty details:
MC – Tony Katz (@tonykatz on twitter)
Speakers TBA

Mel Gibson is Colonel Sanders

Posted in Uncategorized by wolfsbayne on February 23, 2009

I tweeted about this tonight and people thought I was crazy, but really, he’s Colonel Sanders.

TheColonel Trailer

Facebook Reverts Back To Original TOS

Posted in Uncategorized by wolfsbayne on February 17, 2009

Facebook in response to the mountain of feedback they received when they posted a change to their TOS which implied they would own content after an account was deleted:

“A couple of weeks ago, we posted an update to our Terms of Use that we hoped would clarify some parts of it for our users. Over the past couple of days, we have received a lot of questions and comments about these updated terms and what they mean for people and their information. Because of the feedback we received, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. For more information, visit the Facebook Blog.”

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The Newest Way To Game Twitter – Fake Followers

Posted in Uncategorized by wolfsbayne on February 17, 2009

Last night, fellow Los Angelean, Jason Calacanis (@jasoncalacanis) tweeted about several folks acquiring 30k+ new followers in 6 days.

I know Jason pays attention to numbers since part of his business is watching the numbers. Jason’s an industry leader using SEO to promote his business, Mahalo. So, when Jason tweets about something other than his dogs, or poker, I usually pay attention.

Some of you are probably wondering, “So what?”. I understand. For many people this wouldn’t matter. However, there’s more than one use case for Twitter. Some people really do use Twitter for business. In this realm, more followers means more bragging rights and the appearance of more credibility. The number of followers matters to some of us.

I started looking into this and found quite a few accounts acquiring these bogus followers. For example: @veronica, @techcrunch, @anamariecox, @nytimes, @nprpolitics, @wilw, @ijustine, @mashable, @guardiantech, @pennjillette, @algore, @cnnbrk, and @wholefoods. Looks like whoever is following likes liberals and tech nerds. Just one more thing to offend my conservative sensibilites. 😉

Here’s a few screen captures of the follower graphs from Twitterholic to show the massive trend in follower counts starting on the 11th of February, 2009.

@ijustine:

@nytimes:

@guardiantech:

How did they do it? Someone is automating/scripting the creation of fake Twitter profiles and then following a select group of people. I looked at each of the aforementioned Twitter accounts to see what their followers looked like, . Almost every follower on every new page of followers had an account like this following (given the numbers on Twitter, it would have to be most of the followers on each page for these kinds of numbers – we’re talking about 5000 followers a day, that’s 250 pages of fake followers – every day!):

None of the fake accounts has a profile picture. Most of these accounts are following 20 accounts (I’m sure once the word gets out they will change their script). The pool of people being followed appears to be less than 50, however. This is an automated script that randomizes the 20 people being followed out of the pool of 50 at the time the account is created.

Who’s behind this? Dunno, but if Twitter captures the IP address of the person creating the accounts, they could easily determine who is behind this gaming approach.

What was the primary tip-off here for me? Other than the fact that people currently don’t get followers this fast? The fact that Mike Arrington (@techcrunch) and Pete Cashmore (@mashable) don’t get along at all, yet both are acquiring these same fake followers.

I was trying to do a quick analysis of this to see if there was one account that was followed more than others to determine the source. After looking at 50 pages of these bogus followers, I found that @guardiantech was at the top of the list. This seems to be corroborated by the numbers on Twitterholic. I don’t know who @guardiantech is, or if they have the resources to be behind this, but it’s worth noting.

I’ll update this as I find out new information. Please Digg this blog post. Follow me, I’m @brooksbayne.

Jewelry Store Owner Defends Himself With His Handgun

Posted in Uncategorized by wolfsbayne on January 29, 2009

Sometimes self-defense isn’t pretty, but it’s never ugly like the actions of criminals are.

The following video shows two men attempting to rob a jewelry store. When these two boobs mace the store owner, he pulls his gun and enters the self defense portion of his day.

I love the fact that the criminals got locked in and couldn’t get out. I can only imagine the thought of, “Oh sh*t, this was a mistake”, when these two bums realized, in that split second, they were trapped and might suffer immediate consequences at the hands of their intended victim. [killer realization when you learn that the other person brought a gun to your spicy aerosol fight. oops!]

Although the two morons were shot, fortunately, neither was killed. You can see the cops show up and arrest the thugs at the end of the video.

It’s interesting that the video was edited at the end. I wonder what was cut. This video was released today by police in Phoenix, AZ.

Props to the store owner for keeping his wits and defending himself.

2nd Amendment FTW!!!

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Lose access to your MySpace profile email address? Send a "salute".

Posted in Social, Technology, Uncategorized by wolfsbayne on December 19, 2008
salute

Uh…a salute?

No, not that kind. I recently let a domain expire that I wasn’t using and like a boob, I didn’t update my MySpace email address before it expired. Woops! No big deal, right? I’ll just send in a support request and get the email updated. Not so fast. Apparently, if you don’t have access to your old email address you have to send a support request with a “salute”.

What is a salute? According to MySpace:

To create and send a salute here’s what to do: salute2

  • Create a handwritten sign with the word MySpace.com and Include your MySpace Friend/Profile ID number. (Your friend ID is the number  after “&friendID=” in your profile’s web address/URL. If you can’t login, you can get this info by clicking on your profile)
  • Get a picture taken of you holding the handwritten sign. Be sure the photo is clear and the handwriting is easy to read. If we can’t read the information and see your face clearly, then we will ask for another salute. (If you do not have access to a digital camera, please consider the accessibility of disposable cameras and digital film processing available at most drug stores)
  • After you take the pic, send us an email to help@support.myspace.com with the salute attached.

salute1

That’s not a bad idea if you don’t have access to your old email address *and* you don’t remember your password. But it makes no sense if you’re logged in. Just because you don’t have access to your old email address doesn’t necessarily follow that you forgot how to login to MySpace.

MySpace, you should let people submit support requests for email address changes while they’re logged-in so they don’t have to create a salute. As “stylish” as the salutes are, requiring them in every case, is completely unnecessary. Seriously, imagine me posing for a salute pic. Ew.

MySpace’s support nomenclature, FTL!

Is anyone even using Myspace anymore other than bands, filmmakers, emo kids, or Lori Drew?

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“Bigfoot” fails DNA test

Posted in Uncategorized by wolfsbayne on August 16, 2008

We’re not surprised that Bigfoot failed the DNA test are we? It was reported that the DNA samples were most probably from human and possum sources. Here are likely culprits:

harris and friend

katherine harris and friend

Duncan, Thanks for Putting Plurk in FriendFeed

Posted in Uncategorized by wolfsbayne on June 5, 2008

Duncan Riley, editor at The Inquisitr, posted a new GreaseMonkey script for Firefox. This script adds a Plurk tab in FriendFeed as shown by the attached screenshot.

Plurk in FriendFeed

I’m sure this will give some ppl some ideas about how to integrate other apps into the interface at FriendFeed.

Thanks for opening up some ideas, Duncan. Good job!

Hi

Posted in Uncategorized by wolfsbayne on March 28, 2007

I’ll be rambling occasionally about music, technology and general interest issues.