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post-honeymoon link friday [Aug. 7th, 2009|10:15 am]
Greg
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[Current Music |Bobby McFerrin - "Wanna Be"]

If you haven't seen it, here's a time lapse version of our wedding.

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale in a neat way. Wow, he's looking old! I will always love him for his song on Square One.

These slides on Netflix's corporate culture are really really impressive.

Wal-Mart goes after the Girl Scouts - as is usual with Wal-Mart, theoretically good for its customers, bad for everyone else.

Rick Sanchez goes after a health care CEO who's against reform.

If you're interested in publishing your own games, TheGameCrafter.com is kinda like CafePress, but for games.

Spot the cyber-security tip that seems a bit out of place...

Speaking of Netflix, now that the Netflix Prize is over, their CEO says there will a Netflix Prize 2 coming soon. Cool! Perhaps I will be sucked back in...
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From: krikwennavd
2009-08-07 05:01 pm (UTC)
Ok - the Bobby McFerrin stuff is fun. I've always appreciated him as a musician, not because I enjoy his music particularly, but because I have always been impressed by his talent. He is not the first to suggest that a pentatonic scale is hard-wired in humans, though. I had that presented to me in college, and it wasn't new then by far.
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2009-08-07 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've heard it before too.

A few months ago I posted this music matrix thing based on the pentatonic scale - also fun!
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From: bobacita
2009-08-07 05:18 pm (UTC)
Whoa, did you use Eric Hegwer for your wedding photography? He was our photographer too :)
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[User Picture]From: djedi
2009-08-10 04:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, we did. It was not coincidence, Justin recommended him. Actually, we had like 5 photographers recommended to us and we did some research and picked him. He seemed fairly good and professional. We'll see in a week or two, how the pictures turned out.

Other than the actual food, he was the next single most expensive part of the wedding.
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[User Picture]From: copperwolf
2009-08-07 10:21 pm (UTC)
I haven't clicked through the rest of your links yet (time-lapse wedding photography? interesting), but the Girl Scout cookies thing caught my attention. After a quick skim, I have this response: the success of Girl Scout cookies does not rest on their uniqueness and rarity, but rather on the combination of the yummy cookies and the sense of generosity the buyer gets from making, in essense, a donation to a charitable organization.

I've always thought that the cookies, in and of themselves, are a bit of a rip-off. The boxes get more expensive every year. What are they now, $5 a box? And I'm pretty sure I've seen tasty treats for sale in supermarkets, with flavors and textures comparable to my favorite Samoas (no longer called Caramel Delites, thank goodness) and Thin Mints. But Wal-Mart can't compete with the marketing and delivery method of a little girl in uniform ringing your doorbell, asking you to help out her troop. Copying the cookies themselves is not an assault on Girl Scouts, IMO.

Edited at 2009-08-07 10:25 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2009-08-08 11:17 pm (UTC)
That's a good point.
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[User Picture]From: djedi
2009-08-10 04:09 pm (UTC)
To be fair, the cookies are supposed to be at least somewhat more expensive because they are a fund raiser for the girl scouts. So it's a way of instead of donating $2 to the girl scouts, you donate $5 and get some tasty cookies. I have found sometimes that I'd rather just donate some cash than get some crappy product in return that is also lining some crappy company's coffers...but I'm sure having an actual product probably generates more donations for the fundraising group.
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[User Picture]From: liz_gregory
2009-08-10 01:39 pm (UTC)
you're evil. I've spent far too long on that World Science Festival site!!
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