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June 25, 2007

clocks in our heads

A Long Line for a Shorter Wait at the Supermarket - New York Times

“We have good clocks in our heads for roughly three minutes,” said Paco Underhill, founder of Envirosell, a retail consulting firm.

“Once we get beyond that, time expands wildly,” he said. “If somebody is there for 4.5 minutes and you ask them how long they waited, they will say 15 minutes.”

We do! Whether counting or not, most people are very good at estimating periods of 30 seconds and one minute. (I demonstrated this in 8th grade for the science fair.)

June 21, 2007

"holy moly," original manuscript of On the Road is "whole different book"

The long and winding ‘Road’

Here’s the published version: “My aunt once said the world would never find peace until men fell at their women’s feet and asked for forgiveness.”

In the scroll, the section runs four times longer and wraps with: “If these men stop the machine and come home - and get on their knees - and ask for forgiveness - and the women bless them - peace will suddenly descend on the earth with a great silence like the inherent silence of the Apocalypse.”

“Holy moly, man,” said Canary. “That’s a whole different book.”

June 15, 2007

Christian Kent on Leopard's Time Machine

Last year’s launch of Leopard’s Time Machine featured a video that contained files and contents from a user named “Rose”, which was a notable coincidence as Rose Tyler was the name of a time-travelling companion who had just been “lost” by the world’s most famous fictional time traveller, Doctor Who.

This year’s WWDC has an updated video of the Time Machine feature, and shows a backup being created on “Sam’s Disk”. Coincidentally or not, Sam Tyler is the lead character in the ’70s cop show “Life on Mars”, which features a young 21st-century detective who wakes up from a coma in 1973, and has to work with the people and practices he finds at his old police station 30 years ago.

By the way, Sam Tyler is not related to Rose Tyler, either officially or as an in-joke; however, one of the writers of “Life on Mars” asked his daughter for a suggestion to help him decide a surname for Sam. Later on, she admitted that she chose the name “Tyler” because she was a fan of “Doctor Who” and liked Rose’s surname.

Macintouch Reader Reports: WWDC 2007

June 7, 2007

A 150-mile walk through the streets (and trails and beaches and parks) of the Big Apple

On Monday morning, June 4, we will set out on a five-day urban adventure. Walking 30 miles each day, we hope to see and experience more of the city than anyone ever has over the course of a single work week. Our route will take us through diverse landscapes and neighborhoods, sights both well-known and obscure.

BurnSomeDust - NYC Trek 2007