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Kathy Sierra has a great blog (Creating Passionate Users). I've only been following it for a couple weeks, but I'm really impressed. She writes about (predictably) making people passionate about"Interesting" idea

Community Connections Forums - Bells and whistles (if you're not a member, you get redirected to the home page... sorry.) It's a little unusual for me to quote from a discussione-Learning Glitz: misunderstanding video games

A couple of days ago I received a coupon in my email for a free pizza from a local pizzeria. It was a one day deal - a free medium pizza"Free Pizza!!" or "How to completely bungle a marketing campaign"

No one has written a super-hero theme song yet that beats the one from the 60s Spider-man cartoon. Don't get me wrong, there have been some great themes written, butSpider-man dances (and so does The Flash)

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Famous Last Words I've seen this referenced many times since it was first released, but I never watched it until recently, figuring it would be depressing (plusHow to leave a lasting legacy

It's very simple, really. They brought me this: I make jokes about awesomeness all the time. That is truly awesome. The dad in that video is a friend of mine from college.Why Facebook and YouTube are cool

Obviously the European fascists are being hurt by the global economic problems. In an effort save money, they've apparently let their entire marketing department go. While I applaud their frugality,Slow economy affects European fascist marketing

For simplicity's sake, I'm combining the statements of both daughters (currently 4 and 3). Kids: I don't like much boys. Me: Why don't you like boys? Kids: I don't know. Me: Oh. Kids: You're aBest conversation I've ever had with my kids

Some of you know about the other site I had up, caddickscabin.com, that housed all my family pictures and some other stuff that less than nobody ever looked at. Well,Death of a domain: caddickscabin.com

free wi-fi hotspots wifi cafes coffee shops hotels airports RV Parks (Okay, so I'm slipping in one more post before the new year...) If you're looking for free wi-fi connection anywhere inFree wi-fi hotspots

A few posts back, we got into a bit of a discussion that significantly hinged on fair use. I mentioned that I had a fair use reference but didn't haveFair Use

Let's face it... some stereotypes exist for a reason. Even among native English speakers, in general, programmers are not known for their English skills. I know a few who buckProgrammer English

Other heroes may be dark, brooding and intelligent, or invincible super-nice guys, but no one is as fun to watch as Spider-Man. More than most other super-heroes, he seems likeRadioactive Spider Blood - Tuesday TubeWatch

(Grab your pacemaker, it looks like I'm making two posts in two days! Will the madness ever end?) A few things came to my attention today that I just couldn't waitWatchmen, Star Trek, and Star Wars (sort of)

Alex & Emma is a thoroughly predictable love story with half-realized characters and little to no tension. Luke Wilson was boring and a bit unnatural in his acting (his brotherReview: Alex & Emma

Does a sex offender live near you?

National Sex Offender Registry

Familywatchdog.us is a pretty impressive site. Not only does it provide an extremely important service, but it is a great use of technology. It also shows how a little information can be used to make your life very public.

The purpose of the site, as you might guess, is to let you know whether any registered sex offenders live or work within a certain distance of the address you enter. The point would be that you could use that information to help safeguard your children. I put in a few addresses of places I’ve lived or have relatives, and was pleased to find that there were few sex offenders nearby — though concerned to find the ones I did.

Technically, the site is also very impressive. It uses information gleaned from the national sex offender registry, in combination with Google Maps, to pinpoint your address, and any offenders and school addresses in the local area and display them in a easy-to-use format. Offenders are even color coded by type of offense. Clicking on a colored flag launches a new window with a picture and details about the offender. This is a huge leap forward from the Megan’s Law websites I’ve seen run by the state police, which provide information in list format.

[tags]sex offenders, children, safety, Google maps, AJAX[/tags]

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