It’s another installment of the Reactionary Hurl, the series that makes useless comments about things you may or may not care one lick about. You are
encouraged implored to take part by commenting, sending us tips, and spreading the word.
Having been over a month since the last Hurl, this particular little fancy may have officially nuked the fridge. But maybe not. As with so many things that have nuked the fridge, the Hurl will likely press on, continuing to try to wins hearts and minds like never before, only to die a very undignified death. It’ll remind you of Rickey Henderson, who, despite being something like 428 years old, continues to insist he can play baseball at the big league level, which only delays his entry into the Hall of Fame. Him and everyone who plays on Sundays at Moana Stadium (I know, I used to play there, too, and I wasn’t bad). Anyway, on with it.
- The Washoe County Jail got Yelped! Holy crap! @TRCTommy with a tremendous write-up of the Jail! Super, super props to him for putting this together.
- Mmmm, tequila. Well hot diggity! What a tremendous guide to follow here. As a fan of the tequila, it’s good to know that even some f the more mainstream stuff isn’t all terrible. Cuervo, though, can suckit.
- The Drying of the West. Great photos illustrating what can happen when the overusage of water in an arid climate takes place. It’s an unfortunate circumstance that Nevada’s biggest economic driver is predicated on such water usage. It seems like it can’t last forever.
- Bless Bob Beers, and his family. More of this, please. Bob Beers isn’t exactly known for holding back, and his blog is the perfect venue for him to let loose on his political opponents. He is destroying the bullshit “decorum” and “respect” that lawmakers hide behind when asked about their fellow members of the government. It’s not only refreshing, but it’s awfully fun. Too much we get nothing like this out of politicians because they feel the need to insulate the public from what really goes on. Sorry, but this is exactly who these people are and it should be public. I saw Dina Titus’ contempt for other people very clearly when I was directing television shows, but once the camera on her went hot, she was all smiles. The protectionism of other lawmakers only allows people who should be weighed by their electorate as whole people to get away with hiding.
- Over $1 billion in advertising shifted to web. All in all, the $1 billion isn’t a ton, but it does indicate that the big money people—responsible for 41% of all advertising—are shifting money from traditional mediums to newer ones. Although it’s starting to sound lame calling the internet non-traditional. It’s all about where you put it and what you do with it.
- Do you care about personalized start pages? This is interesting, but like so many other “why I don’t” articles, it seems like the biggest reasons are almost strawmen. For instance, widgets. I also am a huge non-fan of them. So installed on my front page are these “widgets:” Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Notebook, Links to Google Services, Remember the Milk, Google Reader, Google Docs, and two blog feeds that I am rarely, but sometimes interested in if the headline catches me, hence my not including them in my Reader. The staying power of the particular things I have is pretty obvious. They’re all productivity tools, mainly. My relationship with them is similar to the relationships I have with social media sites—I only give a crap about the ones that I think will actually last. If I try it and the next day forget to look again, well, it’s not going to last. Those with staying power are, for me, Flickr, Facebook (grudgingly), YouTube, Twitter, and that’s it. I think those will all be around while the Pownces and Diigos and Stikkits (which I loved until RTM came along) and numerous other forgettable apps will not.
And just to be clear, please read the initial Reactionary Hurl so you can understand the context.
Ryan Jerz is an all-around good guy who shoots photos and video, builds websites, and works at the University of Nevada. Ryan formerly taught digital production at Nevada's Reynolds School of Journalism.