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Comment: This whole thing might be a hoax (Score 1) 576

by lanceran (#38530990) Attached to: World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side
Just look at how much publicity Avenger got from this. It's insane. I would bet their orders increased tenfold since the story broke out. Makes me wonder if Ocean Marketing actually did this on purpose(well, probably not... maybe its another marketing company, using Ocean Marketing as a decoy). all it took was just two guys supposedly exchanging emails... internet did the rest. It was a gamble, sure... but if the story didnt pick up, it'd just fade into obscurity and sales wouldnt drop. It was a lossless strategy using a classic marketing ploy. Reminds me of Mad Men.

Comment: Yea, whatever... (Score 1) 108

by lanceran (#34287694) Attached to: Like Democracy, the Web Needs To Be Defended
While this is a noble endeavor, I am not worried much. Should internet become censored and completely shut off like AOL, a new peer-to-peer network will spring up overnight and people will flock to it by the thousands - information wants to be free and it always will be. Who's to say we can't ressurect BBSes? Totalitarian government is blocking phone lines? Well, there's always packet radio. Jammers on every street lamp? Hey, why not use pigeons that deliver data sticks to a remote location where a designated operator rebroadcasts them to the world. Birds are shot on sight? Well, we can always rely on human couriers with mad parkour skills, I suppose... Well, I know, i'm exaggerating, but the point stands - you can't stop information, no matter how hard you try. Just look at the Great Firewall of China - it's a great success, isn't it? Same thing with USSR - people found about jeans, Mercedes, Beatles and Pepsi... and if you think about it, isn't this what caused it to fall apart? Why spend 12 hours in a factory if you can never have something that "inferior capitalists" enjoy on a daily basis.

Comment: Re:From personal experience (Score 1) 118

by lanceran (#34151688) Attached to: In Praise of Procrastination
Tyranny of the moment only seems like a bad thing if you choose to do something bad at that moment. You see, if you'll go from a moment to a moment choosing to do something interesting or exciting, than these moment will add up and you will always be doing something interesting or exciting, resulting in you always finding yourself interested in your activities. This way, tasks don't even feel like "tasks". If you follow this direction, you may find doing something entirely different with your life, compared to what you THOUGHT you were supposed to be doing... and trust me, it might end up being better than what you have imagined yourself doing originally. However, I am not saying you should stop thinking ahead at all, thinking ahead focuses you and chooses your direction. For example, if you absolutely decide and justify to yourself that you don't want to do any drugs or drink alcohol, no matter how exciting they might seem - when you'll go into the "do next most exciting thing", alcohol or drugs will NEVER come up as an option, why would they?

Comment: Re:From personal experience (Score 1) 118

by lanceran (#34151308) Attached to: In Praise of Procrastination

"I feel like saying something to her right now, I should say it."

*Uuuuh, hey, babe, wanna get laid?

D'oh!

Obviously, you don't come up to a hot girl on the street and ask her to have sex with you. If you want to do that, you're obviously insane(or very confident). Instead, ask yourself not what you want to get(sex that is), but what you want to say when you come up to her. I highly doubt that you'll come up with "do you want to have sex?". I hope you're getting my point.

The right way to approach things is not to think about the future AT ALL, it is hard, but possible.

AT ALL, means AT ALL. Your D'oh means that you're trying to predict the future again.

Comment: From personal experience (Score 5, Interesting) 118

by lanceran (#34148198) Attached to: In Praise of Procrastination
I've been fighting procrastination for several years, and I am sure many have and still are. The one(and seemingly only) solution that I have found is to change your entire attitude towards your life. Procrastination arises from your mental extrapolation of how long a certain task will do and how many other small sub-tasks it will include. This line of thinking is most likely to overwhelm you and stop you right in you tracks("well, just look how much there's still to do, i'd rather do it later, when i am not as busy"). This is, at least for me, is the source of laziness. The right way to approach things is not to think about the future AT ALL, it is hard, but possible. Living in the moment and doing what excites you at one particular moment in time still somehow accomplishes the task at hand, and you don't spend your time thinking about it as a bunch of small sub-tasks. Think of it as writing a 50 page essay. You don't just sit down and start thinking "oh I have to write a 50 page essay, look at how much planning i have to do before it", when to actually do it, all you have to do is just separate it in sections based on topics that it covers, sit down and start writing in said section sentence by sentence. Different approach, same result. This advice, my fellow geeks, also applies to interaction with opposite sex. "Oh no, i might say something, and then she might say something and i'll ruin everything so i shouldn't say anything at all." - Bad. "I feel like saying something to her right now, I should say it." - Good.

Comment: Re:I'm gonna go Orwellian on yo ass (Score 4, Insightful) 49

by lanceran (#34057384) Attached to: Forming New Mobile Networks With People-Borne Sensors

I can see this as something most people are not going to want to carry around. Phone, keys, wallet and sunglasses are too much as it is.

Maybe they can integrate them into purses/man-satchels/bras/brossieres etc. along with wireless recharging and built-in antennas in the straps.

Give it a few years, cellphones in early 90 had brick-sized batteries and yet people still carried them around, now it is hard to find a phone that is not a miniature wi-fi enabled game console with a video camera that can also make phone calls.

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