Monthly Archives: December 2007

Popcorn makers removing chemical

Back in May, a Washington Post article detailed the effects of diacetyl of workers at popcorn factories. Known to some as “popcorn lung”, the chemical causes a rare but fatal lung disease, which only a transplant could cure.

Now four major popcorn manufacturers (the Orville Redenbacher, Act II, Pop Secret and Jolly Time brands) have agreed to remove the chemical. The only question that remains is what is being done to help those already affected. The linked article says that over 500 lawsuits are pending, and that many settlements have happened confidentially, but the House has also passed a bill to limit damages. Sounds like a few corporations want to have their cake and eat it, too.

Popcorn makers removing chemical

Done with Digg

Today marked the end of my regular use of digg as I unsubscribed from their RSS feed. Between election spam, recycled links from dozens of sites I already read, or whatever insipid Top 10 list got spammed to the front page by people gaming the system, digg has become a torrent or useless information. Their RSS feed kicks out hundreds of posts every day; missing one or two days with Google Reader results in a level of flotsam management that makes my inbox look downright tidy.

I’d ditched the diggnation podcast a while ago, mostly because I never got around to actually watching the thing. I haven’t missed it at all and I doubt I’ll miss digg much either. Since signing up in mid-2005, I was an avid user of digg; I didn’t submit many stories (2, actually) mostly because I was reading such interesting stuff that other people put up. But, with digg’s more recent turns towards becoming a full-on social site (leaving “news” behind), it’s become a bastion for the worst of the web; spammers, trolls, and SEO “consultants”.

So, I’m done with digg. Any suggestions (and don’t say reddit) for other, early-days-digg sites?

Dead Xbox

After little less than a year, our Xbox 360 has succumbed to the 3 red rings of death. After speaking with “Adrian” in multi-click phone transfer land, we receive an incredibly well-designed (and, I’m assuming, oft-used) shipping box system to send back the unit. At Christmas. Via UPS. Yeah, not expecting to see any gaming for a while.

Google Street View for Detroit

Google’s Street View, famous for the tempest in a tea cup of daring to show photos of idiots you could see by driving the street yourself,  has launched for, among others cities, Detroit. And the race is on to find a crime in progress on the streets of Detroit via Google Street View. (Just to get started: Comerica Park, Joe Louis Arena, Tiger’s Stadium, Detroit Opera House)

Street View Images for Dallas, Detroit and Other 6 Cities