netZoom #1 – Facebookifying your Car, Burn Victims and Pop Music

Welcome…

to the first netZoom article on Folaji. My goal in writing these articles is to share interesting discoveries and news from the series of tubes we call the Internets. I hope to publish two articles per month (on the first and third Friday of each month @ 12pm), though depending on what I find waiting for me out there, I may post weekly at times (or if I’m busy, skip an article at times).

Not to worry, we are talking about the internet, and there’s a lot of stuff out there, and I mean a lot. So, without further ado, lets jump to it!

Facebook for Your Car

Would Facebook make you buy a car? Chevrolet thinks so...

Would Facebook make you buy a car? Chevrolet thinks so...

Has Facebook become a fad for corporations trying to make a quick buck? Well judging by the amount of advertising I now see of businesses everywhere asking me to visit them, like them or become friends with them on Facebook, I would have to say most definitively. The popular web service has been popping up all over the place as of late, and as such, I’m becoming more and more weary of its hold on my day to day life.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the socializing and sharing aspect of Facebook, but I find the whole Facebook for Websites feature unappealing and intrusive. Call me old school, but when I leave the Facebook website I want just that: to have left it. I don’t want it to follow me around as I browse other sites, nor do i want it to auto-publish stories of comments I leave or of sites I’ve visited.

Unfortunately, there seems to be no end in site to the Facebookification of the world, especially for customers of Chevrolet. Owners of the new Chevy Cruze will be able to log into their Facebook accounts from their car, and let their car read status updates to them as they drive.

Really? Do we really need this kind of a feature in our cars? Next thing you know the car will send automatic updates back to Facebook…

8:25pm – Dan is driving down main street
8:43pm – Dan is stuck at a read light at the corner of Metcalfe and St-Catherines
10:52pm – Dan is driving down St-Catherines after being parked in front of Club Super Sex for two hours

Yikes…

Skin Burn Spray

Stem Cells to the Rescue!

Stem Cells to the Rescue!

In some freaky science news, CBC.ca was reporting last week on a new device that allowed doctors to Spray Stem Cells onto Burn Victims. The nozzle, which from what I understand resembles a paint gun, places the cells evenly on the damaged skin, allowing it to heal in a matter of days (previously, similar burns could take up to a month to heal and had high risks of infection).

Although this seems like something out of a science fiction novel, its inspiring in that it opens the door for Stem Cells to be tested as treatment for a number of similar ailments. Also, it avoids the whole Embryonic Stem Cell Controversy thing, as the cells are cultivated directly from the patient.

In Other News…

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Video: The 8 Hour Challenge

Today’s video is something I discovered a couple of weeks ago while reading the CBC website. Turns out these two guys from out west (one from Calgary and the other from Vancouver) challenged themselves to create a successful pop song in just under 8 hours.

The purpose of the challenge was to demonstrate how formulaic today’s pop radio actually is and the results are interesting to say the least. The video lasts just under 10 minutes (with the last four minutes being the song itself). Check it out below and let me know what you think.

And that’s pretty much it…

for this first netZoom article. Thanks for reading, and if you have any discoveries of your own, feel free to share in the comments below!

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