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July 30, 2007

Intel, Racism Inside

Penciled In: Intel, Racism Inside (via Anarchaia)

July 27, 2007

reduce distraction

These tips for keeping distracting people out of your office appeal to the productive misanthrope in me.

You see some trash, pick it up

A lot of people who are down on the river a lot, they know who I am. They’re like, “Hey that’s the trash man.” And people come up to you, and they are like: “That’s so great that you’re picking up trash. How can I get involved?” And I’m like, “You see some trash, pick it up.”

First Person Singular: Ezra Duong-Van, Volunteer with Potomac Riverkeeper - washingtonpost.com

July 26, 2007

best of craigslist : Wanted: STONER BOYFRIEND

VIOLENT FEMMES Band Info

The Femmes were eating dinner at Doyle’s Seafood in Sydney. Ritchie ate a live lobster served sashimi style. When Gano saw the arms of the lobster waving around while Ritchie munched the raw flesh he called a taxi and went back to the hotel. The next day Gano announced he was becoming a vegetarian and has never eaten meat since then.

VIOLENT FEMMES Band Info is full of tales seemingly too good to be true.

I did a recipe in “Red, White and Greens” for Pasta Poma Sarde al Mare: Pasta With Sardines at Sea. It’s a concept that I love. It means they’re in the sea — and not in the dish, which is vegetarian.

Sometimes the Best Ingredient Is the One That Isn’t There - washingtonpost.com

July 24, 2007

one link on the economics of libraries

Freakonomics Blog: If Public Libraries Didn’t Exist, Could You Start One Today?

Given the current state of debate about intellectual property, can you imagine modern publishers being willing to sell one copy of a book and then have the owner let an unlimited number of strangers borrow it?

(via librarian.net by Jessamyn)

Nearly Totally Unspoilt

I just finished reading Book 7 and am now back online.

apophenia: processing Harry Potter

July 23, 2007

Comrade Rockstar on NPR

NPR : Dean Reed: The Man Who Rocked the Iron Curtain — NPR’s Talk of the Nation with Reggie Nadelson, author of Dean Reed biography Comrade Rockstar.

"the unconnected are second-class citizens"

Binary America: Split in Two by A Digital Divide - washingtonpost.com

Declare the Internet a public good in the same way we think of water, electricity, highways.

July 22, 2007

smith on mcewan

“Apparently,” said my friend knowledgeably, as we watched McEwan swing his new wife around the dance floor, “he only writes fifteen words a day.” This was an unfortunate piece of information to give an aspiring writer. I was terribly susceptible to the power of example. If I heard Borges ran three miles every morning and did a headstand in a bucket of water before sitting down to write, I felt I must try this myself. The specter of the fifteen-word limit stayed with me a long time. Three years later I remember writing White Teeth and thinking that all my problems stemmed from the excess of words I felt compelled to write each day. Fifteen words a day! Why can’t you write just fifteen words a day?

From Zadie Smith's intro to her interview with Ian McEwan (excerpt), in The Believer.

July 20, 2007

I've been honestly kind of freaking out about the spoilers this week.

I’ve been honestly kind of freaking out about the spoilers this week.

Eager for Harry and ‘The Hallows’ - washingtonpost.com

it's a revolutionary new mobile phone, a widescreen ipod with touch controls, and...

And we shall call it “maclet” -dj

randomwalks/dj: David’s reblog is one of the only sites I can think of which I trust not to spoil my weekend.

July 19, 2007

technology, sufficiently advanced, resembles magic

Macintouch Reader Reports: iPhone

With the earbuds in, using the phone function, the caller’s voice is now comfortably in the middle of my head, in the center of my aural space. This makes talking on the phone SO much easier, since I don’t have to automatically shift my attention to one ear, and exclude the other. It feels like telepathy, really.

What a dramatic change in how I talk, done so simply, and found so unexpectedly…

July 18, 2007

everything right is wrong again

Fixing a small iPhone annoyance” with a bookmarklet which opens links in new windows.

harry potter and the agony of anticipation

Trying to schedule your sequestration this weekend so the end of Harry Potter isn’t spoiled for you? Me too. Let’s see. The book will be 784 pages, and I read about 300 words per minute. (How Many Words-Per-Minute Do You Read?) Now if I had a copy of one of the Harry Potter hardcovers handy, I’d count a few pages to get a figure for words per page. Anybody got a good guess?

Flickr: pursuebliss’ photos tagged with randomwalks

July 17, 2007

rW <3 arthur

We were very conscious that our audiences, our people, are artists themselves, musicians themselves, the record store clerks of America, and we wanted to remind them that they're being told to shut up and not have an opinion and not state your opinion unless you are a politician or a Middle East expert. And we wanted to remind them that actually the voice of the poet, and the artist, and the musician is often where the deeper wisdom comes from. Those voices have always been heard, have always needed to be present and have always played a role.

The Nation: "'Arthur': The Little Magazine That Could"

Jesus Christ, no longer directing traffic in Siberia

To do what I’m called to do, I need to have a human body. I live in a body in order to bring man closer to God.

This is the first time I have been needed in 2,000 years. This is a critical point. Only when mankind becomes one family on Earth will the doors to the universe become open to them.

Seventeen years ago, a young man in Siberia realized he was the second coming of Christ.

July 10, 2007

iPhone and Movable Type 3.5, part one

The interface for completing a form in Safari on iPhone is quite nice. “Previous” and “next” buttons swoop the focus through the form elements, so there’s no need to zoom when moving from one input to the next. The magnifying loupe is a brilliant solution to the daunting problem of intuitive cursor control, and as I type this, I’m delighted to find that simply tapping a word places the cursor smartly at the end of it.

Which means it’s pretty easy to post to your weblog when you’re sitting on the toilet.