Memorable events in browsing history, week #14

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SNOOPDOGGTV
“What the internet was made for”, sez the blogosphere. Basically Snoop Dogg does what every other Youtube-Star has done before him: Get stoned, talk some shit in front of his webcam and then publish it to the internet. But hey, it’s Snoop. SNOOP. And he’s giving Obama a toke!

Using Mathematica to generate Web 2.0 company names
Trouble finding a name for your next social-marketing-experiment? Drop some code in Mathematica and watch your box churn out names like Cashcoup, Feebany and possibly Pownce or digg.

The dark side of Dubai
What are you saying? The richest monarchy in the world isn’t fun without any money? Well color me surprised. “Before I came here, I didn’t know anything about Dubai law. I assumed if all these big companies come here, it must be pretty like Canada’s or any other liberal democracy’s.” Yeah, just like Canada. Except you get thrown in jail if you can’t pay your debt. Amongst other draconian shenanigans. Contains stories from ex-pats who are currently roughing it.

Commodore 64 Original Hardware Laptop
I’ll let Lord Byron do the talking:

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

Tools for Analysing and Tracking Your Competitors
I just spent five minutes trying to remember why I bookmarked this. Then it hit me: It’s because of one comment saying the article is shit! Well ok, not the whole article, just the tidbit about taking traffic guesstimates like Alexa serious: “There was several stats I read 6 months ago that ~75% of Alexa toolbar users are from southeast Asia where toolbar is a big deal but not so much in europe of USA where majority of english speaking online users are.” Aha.

A Visit to id Software (1993)
John Romero of Doom-fame ripped a friend’s VHS to digital and published it on Vimeo. Watch Mullets play games you’ve already forgotten about! Listen to unpublished Soundtracks for Commander Keen! Seeing the AI fight incarnations of itself is as eerie and fascinating now as it was back then. - Hey wait what, Romero’s wife got deported two months ago? That’s interesting, because the same thing is about to happen to Bruce Sterling.