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Friday, February 10, 2021

get the cherry!
Just in case your eyes aren’t completely shot from years of television and computer monitor gazing: The world’s tiniest website, with impossibly teeny versions of Pac-Man, Pong, Asteroids, and other microscopically-rendered classics.

There’s also a blog and an art gallery. But c’mon, no one’s going to check those out when you can squint at a couple dozen pixels’ worth of Space Invaders, right?

(Via YesButNoButYes)

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/10/2021 07:26 PM
Category: Internet, Videogames
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In the course of musing over pop-cultural (and other) matters on this blog, I often like to cite song lyrics. And as with any such citations, I like to refer to, and link back to, websites that contain authoritative versions of specific lyrics.

The problem: The market for music lyric repository sites seem to have been cornered by online slime:

I don’t know if this has any relation to what the industry is doing it, but I have found that many lyric sites are some of the most hostile, computer-attacking sites on the ‘net.

I had one try to use a Java exploit to install spyware, and I was visiting in Firefox! Fortunately, my AV software caught it.

I haven’t caught anything that malicious, but I’ve certainly come up with search results that lead to rampant popups/popunders and sneaky redirects. Personally, my use of Firefox deflects most of this junk, but I try to stay mindful of my audience; if I can avoid sending them to such shady sites, I will.

I’ve found a site, House of Lyrics, that seems to be devoid of all this junk. It doesn’t look officially sanctioned, and it’s got its share of inline ads, but otherwise appears harmless. So I’m using that as my default lyrics reference guide, much as I use Internet Movie Database as my “official” movie/TV reference linkback.

I do wish there was a better alternative for the music info, though. When Google announced the enhancements in its music-related searches, the first thing that came to my mind was something along the lines of a reliable/trusted Google-branded lyrics depot. I actually think it would be something that Google, Yahoo! et al should consider, in partnership with the music industry. If all the ad blitzing those unofficial sites do are an indication, music lyrics are a surefire traffic generator. So it’s a natural for building a robust advertising space.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/10/2021 11:10 AM
Category: Internet, Pop Culture
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With people spending more time in the office these days, the old maxim against mixing work and play is flying out the window:

Forty percent of employees reported being involved in such a romance at some point in their careers, says a poll conducted jointly by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and CareerJournal.com, TheWall Street Journal’s online career site.

Another survey, conducted by Opinion Research Corp. for America Online, found that 54% of single men and 40% of women said they would be open to dating a co-worker.

Maybe help-wanted ads should tout the dateworthiness of the staff. “Equal Opportunity Employer, open work atmosphere, flextime, and at least half the chicks in Marketing are single.”

I doubt most of those open to office romances really think things through. What happens when (not if) you break up? Maybe subconsciously, some people see that as a plus: It’s designed to be one more reason to eventually quit a job that wasn’t going to last forever anyway (which is par for the course in today’s working world).

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/10/2021 09:58 AM
Category: Business, Society
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