thursday june 1, 2006 : daily

story links: snakes on a plane (thanks again, steed!), nyc virgin mobile mime parade, (thanks, nick!), slap book pro sensor interface, cordless jump rope, wtc ruins made into warship, rb field correspondents steve garfield and andy carvin cover boston net neutrality protests – day of outrage [video1, video2]

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June 1, 2006 • 7:12 am | Permalink


  • yjp says:

    Wow, nice shorts! No.1? yeah!

  • wolfe says:

    Gratutitous cut off shorts.
    Sure you look cute in them.
    But when i wear those all I hear is "disgusting" and "horrifying" and "sack slip" and "please leave my children alone."
    It's just not fair.

  • steph babe says:

    Oh No! You killed the snake!

    Snakes are gooooood. Planes are baaaaad.

  • Gratuitous cursing, cut-off jean shorts... it's like Debauchery Thursday at RB.

  • tycobrahe says:

    If back in the days of the Royal Teens they made videos. I am sure Amanda would have another notch in her music video belt. And what a song, so lyrically way ahead of it's time. Nearly as mindless as the latest rap song by the most recent star of the nano-second.
    Short Shorts by The Royal Teens

    Wow, dig that crazy chick!

    Who wears short-shorts
    We wear short-shorts
    Theres hot short-shorts
    We like short-shorts
    Who wears short-shorts
    We wear short-shorts

  • mr_gushi says:

    Got this may-day email from ebay it was kind of scary it deal wit hthe internet bill.

    Dear mr_gushi,

    As you know, I almost never reach out to you personally with a request to get involved in a debate in the U.S. Congress. However, today I feel I must.

    Right now, the telephone and cable companies in control of Internet access are trying to use their enormous political muscle to dramatically change the Internet. It might be hard to believe, but lawmakers in Washington are seriously debating whether consumers should be free to use the Internet as they want in the future.

    The phone and cable companies now control more than 95% of all Internet access. These large corporations are spending millions of dollars to promote legislation that would divide the Internet into a two-tiered system.

    The top tier would be a "Pay-to-Play" high-speed toll-road restricted to only the largest companies that can afford to pay high fees for preferential access to the Net.

    The bottom tier -- the slow lane -- would be what is left for everyone else. If the fast lane is the information "super-highway," the slow lane will operate more like a dirt road.

    Today's Internet is an incredible open marketplace for goods, services, information and ideas. We can't give that up. A two lane system will restrict innovation because start-ups and small companies -- the companies that can't afford the high fees -- will be unable to succeed, and we'll lose out on the jobs, creativity and inspiration that come with them.

    The power belongs with Internet users, not the big phone and cable companies. Let's use that power to send as many messages as possible to our elected officials in Washington. Please join me by clicking here right now to send a message to your representatives in Congress before it is too late. You can make the difference.

    Thank you for reading this note. I hope you'll make your voice heard today.


    Meg Whitman
    President and CEO
    eBay Inc.

  • Brad says:

    awesome rb today, maybe its me maybe im the one who got boring but is very entertaining every now and again

  • Troy says:

    'Snakes on a Plane' is real. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    When sitting in the theatre this past weekend, waiting to enjoy X-men 3, and muching on my tasty treats, I was frightened at the preview for this very movie...Snakes....on a Plane.

    "Is that Samuel L?" I say.

  • J Bollman says:

    With today's outfit can't wait for causal Friday.;) ....Snakes on and Plane, can't wait for the release...Girl you are dangerous with a knife. Thanks for the gratuitous jump rope. Keep up the good work. Best segment of the week by far.

  • B-man 2.0 says:

    Excuse me while I whip out mime snake...

  • Fritz says:

    Cussin like a sailor..Whats up with that? Must be hanging around ZeFrank too much..

  • LaCloche says:

    Snakes? Cut-off shorts? Paging Dr. Freud, paging Dr. Freud!

  • Gary says:

    Interesting to see how Lincoln Ramsay has turned a brand new MacBook into an 1950's Underwood typewriter. Being required to hit the side of the typewritter everytime I get to the end of a line of text, is probably the one feature I missed most after switching to an Apple ][+ back in the early 1980s. I guess it's true that all fads return if only you wait long enough: bell-bottom pants, short -shorts (thanks, Manda), and now, almost 25 years later, manual typewriter carridge returns.

  • Gary says:

    BTW, anyone know when Snakes On A Plane will air on the SciFi channel? I know the poster says in theaters 8/18/06, but it's obviously a direct-to-basic cable tv movie. Maybe by August they'll change the name to something more SciFi Channel-ish, like Mansquito (Snakesquito? Snakesquatch? Godzilla? oh wait, that one's been taken already.)

  • Dan Van says:

    Welcome back! The Rocketboom format and fun presentation we've come to love. I enjoyed today's vlog completely! Thanks for showing us you still have what it takes to keep us coming back for more. I hope this kind of writing and delivery continues tomorrow.

    Your fan,

    Dan Van

  • qarl says:

    "i'm the juggernaut, bitch".



  • Niko says:

    Great show today - cheered me up as the memsahib's not long out of hospital.

    Ditto the shorts - v. cool. And the hair - nice tints.

    Hey, and how'd you get Jeremy Irons for that mime thing - you guys have all the stars on here!

    I just think it's great to see a show/presenter with such fantastic feelgood energy, as I said it really made my day today. Keep it up guys, much thanks from a small corner of southern England.

    Take it easy,

  • Niko says:

    p.s. I hope that snake wasn't on Oceanic flight 815!

  • moe29 says:

    wow.... shorts... : )

    Amanda is so freakin' cool!

  • MasterH8R says:

    And now, girls jumping on trampolines! ...sorry wrong show, or is it? Nice Daisy Dukes, Congdon.

  • D-Man says:

    Outstanding! Amanda, you have done a phenominal job with RB. You deliver interesting and compelling content, with a spoon full of sugar--would love to see more of the shorts!

  • Steed says:

    Thanks Amanda for the recognition! and be expecting for me to contribute more soon. I just wrote in after todays show.

  • jensen says:

    The "Net Neutrality" issue seems to only be a concern because of the possible need for higher quality bandwidth. But isn't the strength of the internet backbone surpassing consumer demand. The internet backbone is constantly being strengthened. Internet 2 is being built with a 800 Gbps capacity.

    I'd rather see the net stay neutral and see more software innovations like Bittorrent deal with potential bandwidth quality issues.

    I think it's more important to protect the quality of the content rather than the quality of the bandwidth. Doesn't "net neutrality" help to protect the quality of the content better than bandwidth guarantees from telephone / cable companies?

  • d henry says:

    shorts! shorts! shorts! shorts! shorts! shorts!
    wow! wow! wow!

    (yer nice too...)

  • alexa says:

    Amanda, one of your strengths is certainly that of delightful presentation, but I see what you're up against--your own viewers applaud the shorts, etc., while on ze frank (today most horridly) they attribute your success *only* to your looks, something you've challenged (hence the infamous casual friday on female vloggers).

    Another strength is the show's variety and treatment of intriguing news on the web and in the tech world. Today is fun, but more especially (as others have said), when alternated with your more serious episodes that provide extended parody or exposure of a single hot topic (that we'll never see on television, but should).

  • earwig says:

    but my suit's so tight

  • Breeze says:

    That one guy kinda scared me, the Elaine Benice reference was a wonderful burn (sorry AC), big uber cheers to Dan Van and qarl.

    Also, I gotta say that I am impressed w/ Meg Whitman putting herself out there, that's good stuff.

  • J.W. says:

    Friggin frickin frackin awesome show today RB et al!

    People commenting on a.c.'s shorts need to get a life/gf.

    It's not that hard if you can just leave your computer and go outside. You can do that, right? Right???

    have a nice day!

  • B-man 2.0 says:

    D-man please desist from using that name again or my lawyers will be on your front porch, in your bedroom window and on your toilet seat before you can say D-OUBLE PLY.


  • Randy says:

    Please continue the assault for Net Neutrality. It really needs more coverage on videoblogs and podcasts than it is currently receiving. Maybe a link to and more details in an upcoming show is needed.

  • HARTLESS says:

    This episode gave me a flashback to NAIR commercials, and I liked it!!! Daisey Dukes FOREVER!!!

    Why did you have to cut the snake? Cutting loose in the crowd of mime's would have been much more appropriate!

  • Tony T says:

    Didn't SNL do snakes on a plane? Coberas and John Goodman if memory serves. Hollywood remaking a SNL skit. There's a dream come true for you.

  • Is it my imagination or is Amanda getting "hotter" by the episode?

    God I love earth girls!


  • Jim says:

    yes! short shorts!



  • RandomStuff says:

    Don't sell yourself short, Cogdon.

    Content is king.

  • static6 says:

    so its not just me, huh? those shorts are hot!

    snakes on a plane is so bad its gone past good and bad and good again and is back to bad...but may be heading towards good.... 'stupid people think its cool; smart people think its funny - also cool'

  • danny says:

    Hot damn! I had to slow-mo the short part! Hot damn!

  • boomer2006 says:

    Net Neutrality? How can you be on the fence?

    The telecom giants are trying to recreate their monopolies, and they can absolutely do it. Forget about an even playing field. If the telecoms have the right to block service providers like Google, Yahoo, and Rocketboom, those companies will have to pay through the nose to even be on the same playing field with the telecom monolopies.

    Remember paying 28c a minute for long distance? That's the power of monopolies. Congress is going to bring that back, unless we express our outrage, clearly and unequivacally.

    Oh, and, nice Daisy Dukes ;-)

  • jb says:

    Loved the shorts... thank you for a great birthday present.

  • recover says:

    Hehe, nice shorts!
    I see everyone noticed :P

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