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Listening With the Third Ear | Dr. Sandra E. Fenster

Listening with the Third Ear is a new site that Hop Studios built. It's pretty cool.

posted at 10:39 am
on Apr. 4, 2012


Our newest client: The Creativity Cure

Our newest client: The Creativity Cure

posted at 12:41 pm
on Mar. 29, 2012


National Park Central Reservations is our latest client

This is our latest client.

posted at 2:08 pm
on Jan. 6, 2012


Minecraft arrives for iOS tomorrow

Related: No one goes to work tomorrow.

posted at 12:04 pm
on Nov. 16, 2011


Installing Google Android Simulator on Mac OS in order to do Mobile Browser Testing

Useful only because there's no easier way.

posted at 2:02 pm
on Nov. 15, 2011


An Explosion-packed Bollywood Car Chase


posted at 10:16 am
on Nov. 14, 2011


The Greek Debt Collapse Explained in 3 Minutes (YouTube)

Note: This is from 2010 so it's probably bigger numbers now.

posted at 11:05 am
on Nov. 7, 2011


Six men just finished spending 520 days in isolation, “imitating” a mission to Mars

When do they imitate the trip back?

posted at 10:40 pm
on Nov. 4, 2011


Stop-Motion Music Video Shot Over Two Years with 288,000 Jelly Beans

Would it be as effective if it wasn't a pretty girl?

posted at 1:38 pm
on Nov. 3, 2011


Things you need to register when you buy in China: daggers, machetes, kitchen knives

But not baseball bats. Yet.

posted at 10:28 am
on Nov. 2, 2011


50 [awful, stupid &/or creepy -ed.] Ways To Tell Someone You Like Them Without Just Telling Them

"Don't leave without saying goodbye."?! Seriously??? (Also, kudos to me for four valid punctuation marks in a row!)

posted at 11:38 am
on Oct. 31, 2011


Long article about Apple vs. Android in terms of OS software version support

I would not want to be a developer for Android -- this article doesn't even go into the iPod Touch world...

posted at 10:29 am
on Oct. 27, 2011


A researcher at UBC’s forestry department created a system for growing square trees

But it was never commercialized.

posted at 11:27 pm
on Oct. 14, 2011


Did Twitter censor the #OccupyWallStreet hash tag?

No, they say.

posted at 12:44 pm
on Oct. 12, 2011


Watch just a few seconds of this video: The Fastest Two-Ball Wooden Tilt-y Labyrinth I’ve Ever Seen

It's not worth 2 minutes, but it's still amazing.

posted at 10:03 am
on Oct. 11, 2011


Google News now watches for a new tag: #standout; publishers can use it to highlight top work

But you can only use it 7 times a week. Cool, eh?

posted at 9:25 am
on Sep. 26, 2011


Study shows: People frequently “confess” to crimes they did not do

I confess, this was surprising to me.

posted at 9:12 am
on Sep. 26, 2011


I’m not kidding, when I say that this Road Safety video might just have changed my life

Slow down. Enjoy the ride.

posted at 6:10 pm
on Sep. 14, 2011


As we spend more, what we gain in privacy and elegance, we lose in spontaneous sociability

It's the Haimish line, and you should know why you're on either side of it.

posted at 5:56 pm
on Sep. 14, 2011


Canadians who have attempted suicide, or with other mental illnesses, Denied U.S. Entry

Shockingly, shockingly shameful.

posted at 5:11 pm
on Sep. 9, 2011


When I was growing up, Calgary had a theme song…

Makes no difference where I go, you're the best home town I know -- hello calgary!

posted at 4:57 pm
on Sep. 8, 2011


Exclusive: Carol Bartz Out at Yahoo; CFO Tim Morse Named Interim CEO

Just don't screw up Flickr, that's all I ask. Oh, too late.

posted at 5:01 pm
on Sep. 6, 2011


Groupon’s business model under pressure from failing competitors

Who clips coupons in august?

posted at 10:48 am
on Aug. 31, 2011


Airplanes are so automatic, pilots are forgetting how to fly them, says federal panel

Also, I blame twitter. Why not?

posted at 10:46 am
on Aug. 31, 2011


There’s a Spectrum from “No” to “Yes”

And not every question has to be 1 or 10.

posted at 4:39 pm
on Aug. 26, 2011


Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? Yes, you do.

Deeply interesting article. Read it, or not.

posted at 9:19 pm
on Aug. 25, 2011


A new, heavy-duty tricycle-based delivery service in downtown Vancouver

They'll be working with Spud soon.

posted at 4:34 pm
on Aug. 25, 2011


Gowalla is ditching their entire “items” concept;

"Fewer than half a percent of our active community makes use of them." Well, maybe that's because you've been de-emphasizing them more and more!

posted at 12:24 pm
on Aug. 25, 2011


Bollywood dance routine meets World of Warcraft music video

Seriously hilarious and just over a year old, but in my defense, I was away from the Internet that day.

posted at 7:16 pm
on Aug. 19, 2011


New cookie review: the Triple Double Oreo

(It's actually more like 66% more than a double oreo, mathematically speaking)

posted at 4:48 pm
on Aug. 19, 2011


Why Did Japan surrender to the U.S. in WWII? Was it because of the bomb, or Russia invading?

An interesting revisionist history.

posted at 10:40 am
on Aug. 19, 2011


My friend Rob sent me this Flash game: Wonderputt. I hate him now.

And I'll tell him that as soon as I finish 1 MORE LEVEL.

posted at 2:29 pm
on Aug. 18, 2011


Morton’s Steakhouse?meets a guy at the airport with a full meal, after he tweets a joke about that

I love PR stunts when they work.

posted at 11:05 am
on Aug. 18, 2011


Are Crunches Worth the Effort? Sit-Ups, Core Training and Effect on Athletic Performance (NYTimes)

In a nutshell? Yes. Probably. Kinda.

posted at 3:36 am
on Aug. 17, 2011



“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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