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Just Wait ‘Till Next Year?

May 8th, 2008 | Comments Off | Posted in Entertainment, Personal, Yahoo! Related

I needed a few days to get over the Sharks’ heartbreaking 129 minute loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday.  By the end of that game, watching the players gasp for air was so painful that I almost forgot the Sharks entire season was hanging on one goal.  And then it was all over. Regardless, it’s been a great season. I’ve really enjoyed being at the games, especially the incredible game 7 win over Calgary, which was by far the best sporting event I’ve ever been to:

 

Meanwhile, the NHL experts blog at Yahoo! Sports has been running some very funny eulogies for teams that get knocked out of the playoffs, and the Sharks eulogy is up here.  Honestly, it’s not that great; it’s not nearly mean enough. This one for the flames is totally brutal, which is what makes it hilarious.  I was really hoping for some nasty digs at my favorite players (Brian Campbell in particular has been made into a hot scapegoat for this year’s annual second round breakdown), and some potshots at the city of San Jose.  This comic was good, though:

Anyways, like I said, it’s been a fun season, and I’m (once again) looking forward to next year with high hopes.  Maybe I’ll get a Brian Campbell jersey so when they release him in the off season I’ll have a jersey for a guy that was only on the team one year, that’s always fun.  And meanwhile, I get to watch the Stars get completely thrashed by the Wings (ooh, I should submit one of those obits for the Dallas stars when after they get trounced), and the series in Pennsylvania should be really fun to watch.  And I’d better enjoy it while it lasts, since the period between the end of the NHL playoffs and the start of football season usually involves listening to my friends blab on and on about fantasy baseball every night.

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Freestyle

February 27th, 2008 | Comments Off | Posted in Yahoo! Related

One of the cool features we launched in the new Yahoo! Video is the new embeddable playlist player. You can create a custom playlist (or choose one of the many playlists provided by Yahoo! editorial folks at various Yahoo! properties) and embed that playlist anywhere.

Below, I’ve embedded the Yahoo! Music: Hip-Hop playlist; which is always updating, but currently contains a bunch of videos submitted by users entering the “Pass the Mic” Pepsi Smash contest. Check these out; I hope these dudes have day jobs.

It’s on.

February 21st, 2008 | Comments Off | Posted in Yahoo! Related



Buying the Indispensable Opposition

March 21st, 2005 | Comments Off | Posted in Personal, Politics, Yahoo! Related

It seems my switching to Flickr for my photo hosting was timely; this weekend we bought them. I’m very pumped about this, their service is fantastic. If you haven’t played with it, check it out at flickr.com or just click on one of the photos in the left column there.

In other news, I’ve basically been gearing up for the big Japan trip. I plan on blogging as much as possible during the trip, so if you’re interested in following our travels, this is the place to be. I also plan on uploading as many pictures as possible as I take them.

I’m not going to New York, and while slightly heartbroken, I can only hope the Pillows return to tour again. As it is, I guess could still go to see them at the Chicago anime convention <shudder>, but that would be truly painful: I’d hate to reduce a band that’s been playing for 15 years to the few songs they contributed to an anime soundtrack. Plus, I went to one of those conventions once; all I can say is, I don’t ever want to do that again.

Lastly, while digging through some old cassette tapes, I discovered a copy of the recording of my grandmother testifying before the House Un-american Activities Committe (HUAC) in 1954. I’d heard it before, but every few years I rediscover it, and am always blown away. Hearing a short, female, jewish, communist attorney brow-beat congressmen (in the fifties, no less) is really quite an experience. She quotes extensively from Walter Lippman’s Indespendable Opposition during the hearing; after reading that document, I found it to be as relevant today as it was then. I’ll leave you with one quote my grandmother used in the hearing:

We take, it seems to me, a naïvely self-righteous view when we argue as if the right of our opponents to speak were something that we protect because we are magnanimous, noble, and unselfish. The compelling reason why, if liberty of opinion did not exist, we should have to invent it, why it will eventually have to be restored in all civilized countries where it is now suppressed, is that we must protect the right of our opponents to speak because we must hear what they have to say. … For there is a point, the point at which things really matter, where the freedom of others is no longer a question of their right but of our own need.

Feel the Y!Q

February 3rd, 2005 | Comments Off | Posted in Yahoo! Related

Last night we quietly launched our latest badassical thingamajig: Y!Q. Y!Q is contextual search; it allows you to do Yahoo! searches within the context of a chunk of text. That text could be a web page, a news article, a blog entry, your own words, whatever. More info on how to use the service is here.

As an example of what you can do with Y!Q, I’ve added related search buttons at the bottom of each article. These bring up popups which contain Yahoo! Search results relevant to the specific article. You can then continue searching within the context of that article. Pretty cool stuff.

Lastly, here’s the current playlist:

  • !!!S/T EP
  • Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt SweeneySuperwolf
  • Colin MeloyColin Meloy does Morrissey
  • HeliumThe Dirt of Luck
  • James BrownLive at the Apollo (Deluxe Edition)
  • LCD SoundsystemS/T LP
  • M83Before the Dawn Heals Us
  • Soledad BrothersLive at Schubas 10/30/2004
  • MirahAdvisory Committee
  • Mission of BurmaThe Horrible Truth about Burma
  • The DecemberistsPicaresque

Been meaning to get the new Coachwhips album too, I’m pretty excited about that one. And of course I can’t wait for the new Spoon. Cheers!