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Hey All!  I just stumbled on an amazing JavaScript hack, that I had to share with the world.  You can check out the full post here and add this bookmark onto your toolbar to Katamari any webpage!!  Its really fun, especially if you have ADD or “the rage”! So que some excellent music, set up your tool bar, and go wreck havoc on your client side Internets!

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Ever want to find the hottest, newest tunes?  Or have a slamming playlist for an entire party?  Or even just share your favorite playlists, moods, and songs with the world?  Well, my fellow music lovers, you should check out 8tracks!  This Internet gem has millions of handcrafted playlists, for any mood, any situation.  The creators tag them, mostly with easy to follow genre tags, and then you can sort and find a playlist for any mood.  Like a great instrumental playlist for doing homework, an upbeat pop playlist for cleaning your room, or a hardcore rap and classical playlist for hitting the gym.  Personally, I love finding new dubstep and glitch songs from random playlists, as 8tracks is usually on top of the new music scene.   More or less, its radio by people like you, for you. Check out what I’m listening to now:  http://8tracks.com/pandajams/hero-mode

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lol It’s also much harder to type than to read, as unconsciously my mind was trying to correct the misspelled words as I wrote them down. I think this message impacts two strong lessons: The first, fundamentally as humans we think of things as concepts and ideas rather than technicalities and ultra-analytical. The second, is that as we review or rewrite another’s work, we subconsciously try and solve previous problems, making the end result better, and thus more meaningful. I think this is a powerful point to be made, especially on The Internet where we can share content so easily. We can all constantly review, comment, and inspire the next great idea, all contributing, all evolving, together.

Originally published to: binaryculture.blogspot.com
Tools at: convergence.io

“A Decentralized Solution to Certificate Authorities: Moxie Marlinspike’s Convegence.io

By now, I hope most people understand that certificate authorities are not invulnerable to hacks, and putting full trust in any single source is just poor faith.  This point is only amplified when we invest full trust in multiple stand-alone authorities, such as the situation we have today. If any single one of our trusted authorities fails,then we the end users are left vulnerable. Moxie Marlinspike sums the whole situation up rather nicely in this video:

At the end of the video, Moxie announces Convergence.  Converge is a new FireFox add-on, that runs in the background, and verifies the CA’s result through multiple physical channels.  This provides a decentralized perspective to aid in authentication confirmation.   Convergence was built on a white-paper entitled, Perspectives.  His solution at convergence.io also takes care of several information leaks that existed in the original Perspectives implementation.  I highly suggest user’s instal this FireFox add-on!  It has several verification options which provides a huge amount trust agility, allowing user’s to set their level of paranoia.  It still has some problems, but Moxie is also accepting code reviews and donations.  The point is: We need more technologies like Convergence, which harness the decentralized strength of the Internet, and protect all individual users! “

The Mona Lisa of Captcha Art

Captchas, the scrambled words required at log-ins, used to be highly annoying and a waste of  time.  They are primarily used for telling humans apart from programs, as the acronym detonates: “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”.  But recently, these simple security measures are being used in innovative ways to help optimize The Internet!  Many captchas spawned a new art form, fittingly called “captcha art“.  Not only is Internet culture coming out of captchas, but also useful human productivity, such as a using captcha work to digitize new books, adding more content to The Internet!  The inventor of captchas, Luid Von Ahn, recently spoke at TED, where he also unveils his new idea!!  I highly encourage you to watch, learn, and take part in the interactive and evolving web!  hint hint: DuoLing will change the way we interact with the world!