Vimeo: It Couldn’t Be Done.
Saddleback Leather: Desk Pad Set.
For a vintage office.
The Atlantic: Love Actually - Still Awful.
Tirades against Love, Actually are getting silly in depth now. You’d think it was Shakespeare, for all the attempts at deep analysis.
Harrumph. I open the site, click “At the office”, and the third thing on the cards is, “Save those cat videos to watch later.” [gong sound] Sorry. Wasting my time.
GigaOm: A growing obsession with viral content exposes weakness of most digital media.
“… I would argue that these sites and services are focused on a short-term strategy at best — and one that is ultimately self-defeating. Why? Because they only serve to reinforce the flawed view that traffic is all that matters.” @#&$^@^%&@ exactly.
CNet: New Gmail image server proxies raise security risks.
Guardian.UK: Geminid meteor shower begins: watch out for fireballs.
“A bright, waning moon will render some of the fainter meteors invisible for much of the night, so the observed rate may be down by half. Nevertheless, the Geminids can usually be relied upon to produce a good supply of bright meteors, called fireballs.” Never as much fun when there’s a bright Moon out.
PS Mag: We Suck at Sorry.
Motoriginal: Saab Aero X Concept.
I see designs like this, and wonder if designers ever enter their cars in the rain. The seat of your designer pants ain’t gonna survive.
Supercharged: CERV II Concept 1964 Chevrolet.
Hey, I remember that car! Someone made a model of it at some point.
ProPublica: When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt.
“Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?” The ethics of Ebenezer Scrooge are still alive and doing very well, apparently. I’d like to see the Federal ‘guillotine’ of law take these institutions off at the head.
Macworld Buying guide: Find the best iPad keyboard.
Rolling Stone: Apocalypse, New Jersey.
Seth’s Blog: Eight email failures (and questions for those that want to do better).
Good advice. I need to forward this to a few people.
Hey, an idea for an email filter.
An automatic ‘uncapitalizer’, to be exercised upon those who are serial all-caps users.
Slate: The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies - NZ was the wrong filming location.
Not that we haven’t heard it before. I think there’s room for interpretation. GOT is less concerned with fantasy overall, than LOTR.
ArtDaily: American photographer Ralph Gibson opens exhibition.
[Image on page tasteful, but NSFW] “… what I wanted to do, is be able to make my perception of anything become the subject itself. And for this reason I’ve attempted to take pictures of simple things, you know, like a cardboard box, or a chair, or a spoon. Very humble objects. I’m not terribly drawn towards the epic event. I’d like to make something totally insignificant into an object of importance, by virtue of how photography works.” One of my photographic spiritual mentors.
Friday the 13th.
Gee, need to do some system adjustments. To risk it, on the ‘unluckiest’ of days … ?
BBC: Jordan Graham pleads guilty to pushing husband off cliff.
Best not to have marital knock-down/drag-outs on precipitous ledges.
NY Times: North Korea Says Kim’s Uncle Executed.
Old or young, presumptive heirs tend to have shorter life spans in such situations.
CSS-Tricks: Command Line Usage.
Information point. Of course, some of the uber-cool new tools require command-line usage (no GUIs yet).
VW of Brazil: Last Edition of the Volkswagon Bus.
Limited number. And you’d have to ship it from Brazil.
Suddenly empty sudoers file.
Well, that’s a pain. I wonder what went wrong.
Conleys: Retro Smartphone Holder.
SciAm: Salt Spray May Prove Most Feasible Geoengineering.
Well, it’s an idea. Less onerous than some.
The Atlantic: Against ‘Long-Form Journalism’.
Guardian.UK: Conservative rift laid bare as Boehner rips into Tea Party over budget strategy.
“They pushed us into this fight to defund Obamacare and to shut down the government. [snip] Most of you know that wasn’t exactly the strategy I had in mind. But if you recall, the day before the government reopened one of these groups stood up and said ‘Well, we never really thought it would work’. Are you kidding me?!” Easy to push someone else into doing your dirty work for you.
BBC: Dinosaur mummy’s fleshy head crest.
Neat, but I have to laugh at the photo. How many birds have suddenly-colorful crests on a brown body? The crests are usually integrated with the remainder of the coloring.
Wait a minute … oops. A quick Google tells me to stop my North-American-bird-based theorizing …
I’ll leave my mistake here, rather than erase it and edit the whole thing. Educating the young bloggers.
The Economist: The politics of low pay - Raising the floor.
“Had the federal minimum wage kept up with productivity gains since 1968 it would have reached $21.72 last year …” Hard to believe the $2.75/hour I received in ‘78 would buy more than the $9.60 today. Then I look at the price of a simple cup of coffee, and realize I’ve been hoodwinked.
Official Gmail Blog: Images Now Showing.
Metafilter: A giant leap for mankind … It’s more like a stumble in the dark.
Perfect for your Xmas holiday … all you need to know about the old series, Space: 1999.
Guardian.UK: News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier.
Luminous Landscape: Sony Alpha 7r meet Leica M lenses …
Not all is perfect, yet the sharpness on even the thumbnails is like to slice an eyelid by mistake.
Guardian.UK: Saltwater crocodile named world’s most aggressive.
“A two-metre croc won’t eat a human, but once you get an animal that is four metres long, humans are certainly on the menu.” Forego the bacon-scented deodorants.
Slate: Suing Lance Armstrong.
“… DOJ and Landis have invoked a little-known law, the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act, which stops the clock on the statute of limitations for fraud committed against the government during war. The idea is that because the United States has been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, the clock on Armstrong’s fraud never began ticking.” Yet we have many, many old laws that get pushed ‘beyond original meaning’. Recall the Mining Act of 1872.