When I was growing up I always wanted to work in the local Mom n’ Pop video store, which went by the name Video Venture. I have Pete to thank eternally for my overexposure to B-Horror and 2-bit action films of the 80’s. My dreams of becoming the next Tarantino were shattered when I learned that I would need to be 18 to work in the store because of the adult video section in the back. Aspirations thwarted for years I have finally discovered just what it is that I was missing. True Porn Clerk Stories by Ali Davis, an underemployed actress/improv comedian in Chicago, chronicles the year and a half she spent as a clerk at a “we rent all ratings” establishment. The journal was written in 2002 and Ali has moved onto a brighter porn free future, and as per usual I am a year behind the times in finding her story.
If this was a shitty movie review I would probably say that the journal is “laugh out loud funny” or to quote Brian Gallagher “One Hell of a ride!” I won’t taint your perceptions with a review, but I will say that you shouldn’t start reading it until you have a few hours on your hands because you won’t be able to stop scrolling. That just doesn’t have the same ring as saying you won’t be able to put it down. Ahhhh….another idiom lost forever to Shub-internet.
I stumbled across 24th Century Interior Design at Binary Bonsai. Started in 1998 by Tony Alleyne, this UK company brings “a new dimension in interior design,” allowing you to “experience the 24th century in your own home.” To show off this new dimension and experience, Alleyne trekked-out his condo. While the company and condo are intriguing, I find myself more interested in Alleyne. A quick googling shows that he is listed on IMDb (with a picture!) for his role in the feature-length documentary Trekkies 2, which premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 20. He’s also a registered fan of 24, widely acknowledged by our loyal readership to be one of the best series on television. It’s kind of sad to see his life’s work was a result of his marriage breaking down, although at least his ex-wife still does the washing.
To quote a comment on MetaFilter, he’s “boldly not getting laid like no man has ever not gotten laid before…”
I came across this comprehensive preview of Gmail on ExtremeTech. I personally found the conversation view and labels to be the biggest innovations of Gmail. It’s hard to go back to using a service that doesn’t offer them. Some of us (me) will also appreciate the keyboard shortcuts. The price for all these great features? Completely unobtrusive text-based ads. There are a few down sides, the biggest of which (in my opinion) is the lack of virus scanning. In the end ExtremeTech gave Gmail an 8 out of 10. Here’s a comparison of Gmail to Yahoo! Mail and MSN Hotmail.
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