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Monday, January 04, 2010 :::

spark is a useful mac os x utility that allows you to manage hotkeys. It requires 10.4.11 or later. I have yet to try it out.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009 :::

assorted famous people remember what it was like when they first came to New York City. via the morning news.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009 :::

little red riding hood video in the style of remind me by röyksopp.


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Monday, December 07, 2009 :::

interview with margaret cho.

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Friday, December 04, 2009 :::

the dc metro started twitter updates for its various lines, red, blue, green, yellow, and orange. they've been running for a while now. via dcist.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 :::

Article about someone who is trying all the recipes from the alinea cookbook. It's really very well written. she also did the same thing with the french laundry cookbook.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008 :::

copypastecharacter allows you to click and paste characters into any application (mac). via cult of mac.

article by john hodgman about his newfound fame. via kottke.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008 :::

an an interview with director whit stillman. an article on whit stillman. still more whit stillman. an av club interview with whit stillman. most links via spout blog, via the morning news.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008 :::

New York Magazine has a profile of Nate Silver, the man behind the election projections site five thirty eight.


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Friday, September 05, 2008 :::

stricter enforcement from the new york city government has been a boon to exterminators getting more business from restaurants. via gothamist.

what it's like to write subtitles professionally. via mefi.

a personal service for scanning and tagging your personal documents. This is a useful resource for a graduate student like myself who has a lot of notes on paper that are placed away in binders and not so readily accessible. depending on fair-use restrictions and OCR capabilities, this could be a really powerful organizing tool.

14th and you is a local blog.

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Sunday, August 31, 2008 :::

reviews of book covers via oronte.

an online chat with mad men series creator matthew weiner.

vintage advertising weblog. via kottke.

Fonts personified at a font conference, including zapf dingbats.

Ted talk: Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen. via boing boing, I believe.

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Friday, August 22, 2008 :::

An online currency in china began to be used a real one, causing some consternation. link also discusses an earlier WSJ article on the same issue. via boing boing.

dcmetrocentric discusses dc construction projects and real estate. not sure where I saw this originally.

an article about the family meal at various nyc restaurants. via kottke.

I was a mad man, a recollection of life in advertising from a former ad-man back in the day.

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Monday, August 18, 2008 :::

so, on with the many links to post:

a map of how google search terms are closely related to a particular country. a lifehacker post.

Funny, But No. greeting cards that were rejected as too outré. originally a blog of note back in the day.

Dear Economist. Personal advice from an economist. via the morning news. The Economist the magazine has an article about TCHO chocolate, which is making chocolate on an "open source" model, and testing chocolate-making to try to make better chocolate. they also have a weblog of their own.

a casino insider tells (almost) all about security. via haha.nu.

this american life explains the giant pool of money from global investors and its role in the collapse of the housing market. not sure where I saw this one.

more beautiful photos from alaska. via mefi.

well, that catches me up to the end of may, as far as old links to post goes.

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so I'm catching up on old links since I haven't posted in a while. for instance, how consumer reports' mystery shoppers have to shop in strange, exacting ways.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008 :::

unclutterer is devoted to finding ways to save space in places that need it. via lifehacker.


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Friday, April 04, 2008 :::

oobject displays photographs of various things material, such as moving bridges and interesting elevators.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008 :::

AV Club interview with Anthony Bourdain.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008 :::

on youtube: mark brown featuring sarah cracknell (of st etienne fame) - "The Journey Continues"

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the top 10 most underhyped web apps. via lifehacker.

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Monday, February 25, 2008 :::

excerpt from a new book, explaining how vestiges of amphibian breathing systems in our bodies cause us to have the hiccups.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008 :::

hank azaria does various simpsons voices.

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Friday, December 07, 2007 :::

2000 pounds of sodium dropped in a lake.

the carbon footprint of California vs French wine. via kottke.org.

favorite book covers of 2007. from I forget where, but very neat.

bitmap to vector converter. not sure where this is from either. very useful for scans of old drawings.

cool hunting weblog. the name reminds of this malcolm gladwell article. most interesting is the reader finds section. via metafilter.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007 :::

assorted links from boing boing: neat t-shirt designs.

from other places: public domain images from American political history, lifehacker's discover the dot EDU underground. also via lifehacker, a neat tool for digitizing old cassettes and records.

via gothamist, some crowdsourced nyc maps, including the price of milk, beer, and lettuce, and how many SUVs there are on your block. speaking of crowds,korean soccer fans make a large human LCD.

More locally, someone has started a dc sidewalks weblog. seen over at DCist.

italian surnames map. via ask metafilter.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007 :::

supercool brazilian storm drain grafitti. via boing boing, if I remember correctly.

also via boing boing is a fascinating series of photos form the toronto sewer system, accompanied by an interview.

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Friday, September 14, 2007 :::

stunningly beautiful photos from an alaskan pilot. Takes a while to load. seen at metafilter.

A Soviet Propoganda Poster Weblog, accompanied by longish explanations of the meaning and context of each poster. via boing boing.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 :::

just updated the sidebar


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Monday, August 13, 2007 :::

other recent links, etc:

neighborhood walk score. my current dc address scored a 92, while the place I'm moving to scores a slightly better 97 out of 100. seen at hit or miss.

wikipedia trust coloring demo. passages written by more trustworthy authors are highlighted. via lifehacker, which has also pointed out stumbleupon.

A longish but very interesting article about Bravo's reality programs such as project runway and top chef.

flickr set of illustrated http errors, via bb, which also linked to a rather vile letter from australia's largest book chain to a medium-sized book chain.

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since coming back from vacation, I've had several weeks worth of new yorkers to get through, and there have been a lot of good articles recently: one from july 23 by oliver sacks about out of body experiences, which I coincidentally read at the same time as I saw the movie tarnation. The more recent august 13 issue has an article about italian olive oil, which is often fraudulently mixed with cheaper oils such as hazelnut oil.

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Monday, August 06, 2007 :::

1920s Parisian book covers.

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Via Boing Boing:

An illustrated history of the apple computer. or see it another way.

very interesting article on swarm behavior -- how is it that a flock of birds agrees moves like one?

a day in the life of a video game tester. Not as fun as it would seem.

supercool polish movie posters.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007 :::

accumulated links from the past while:

we, like sheep. via gawker.

papers is an organizing tool for academic pdfs that looks very well-designed and useful. right now I'm using sente, but this is very pretty. not sure where I saw this, but probably at lifehacker.

a zoologist disguises himself as a crocodile to mingle amongst them. via bb.

lakes in islands in lakes in islands, etc.

video of people doing things in reverse backwards order.

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Friday, June 08, 2007 :::

New York Magazine explores the profitability of various new york businesses, including their most profitable products and services and the least, or the most marked up and the least, etc. via boingboing.

Also on boingboing. someone affixes a small camera to their cat's collar, and sees what pictures turn up.

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Monday, June 04, 2007 :::

In addition to the book, there is a freakonomics weblog. via wonkette.

Gunther Grass explains just what he was doing in the Waffen SS during the second world war.

simultaneously stairs and shelves. via lifehacker.

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The Clear Sky Clock gives a stargazing forecast from your nearest astonomical observatory, showing cloud, day/night, and visibility conditions, on a neat-looking, color-coded chart. seen at astronomical observations, a recent blog of note.

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Friday, June 01, 2007 :::

So lately I've finally had some time to catch up on my back issues from the new yorker. They had a very interesting profile of karl lagerfeld, and also from the same issue an article on someone whose job it is to track down trademark fraud. Mostly it seems like a rather depressing continual busting of small businesspeople, though the article also mentions a problem with fake or fraudulent airplane parts, which seems like something air passengers might find much less desirable than a kate spade knockoff handbag.

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A Day in the Life of an Apple Genius, Who also maintains his own weblog. via cult of mac.

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