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Vancouver sets a high temperature record Wednesday and Thursday

We're like the Michael Phelps of sunshine here.

posted at 2:32 am
on Jul. 31, 2009


One week without eating anything with corn in it

Not easy. Unless you eat Greek or Israeli food.

posted at 9:56 pm
on Jul. 30, 2009


The Manhattan Airport Foundation

Building an airport in (on) Central Park.

posted at 5:02 pm
on Jul. 30, 2009


Designing a font—with a car. Video. Awesome.

Four color tiny car tire tracks and French font designers. What more can you want?

posted at 12:35 am
on Jul. 30, 2009


Front-End Design Conference - July 31, 2009, St. Petersburg

Wish I could go.

posted at 7:37 am
on Jul. 24, 2009


Would Robots Get Cool-Looking Captcha Tattoos?

Funny comic

posted at 11:34 am
on Jul. 23, 2009


4 billion emails in her inbox

Unclear if it's a bug, or just Ester Dyson's crappy life.

posted at 2:11 pm
on Jul. 22, 2009


McSweeney send-up of hipster branding agencies

ha ha ha oh wait.

posted at 2:11 pm
on Jul. 22, 2009


Why Japan’s Smartphones Haven’t Gone Global

Because the hardware's too awesomely advanced, and the software UI is too specialized for Japan.

posted at 1:23 pm
on Jul. 20, 2009


Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

2. The Apollo computers had less processing power than a cellphone.

posted at 7:04 pm
on Jul. 18, 2009


If the Founding Fathers Had Computers

heh heh joke

posted at 7:01 pm
on Jul. 18, 2009


Origami art city, 4 years in the making, will be burnt after its inaugural art show

I know people who have burned 4 years of their life, and some of them have the degree to prove it.

posted at 3:30 pm
on Jul. 17, 2009


Serious doubts about the Apple store, perfectly summarizes many developers’ feelings

I too have my doubts; this is why some competition would be nice.

posted at 11:06 pm
on Jul. 16, 2009


DO NOT enter this Escape to the Caribbean Contest

Because *I* want to win it. So go away! Don't click!

posted at 10:36 pm
on Jul. 16, 2009


Why he loves ExpressionEngine

Same reasons we do, mostly.

posted at 10:27 pm
on Jul. 16, 2009


Airlines cut prices for fall flights, once again

Until they pay me, I ain't goin'.

posted at 9:34 am
on Jul. 15, 2009


Police hunt down and kill a fish that was biting swimmers in a Swiss lake

Because, you know, that's a very Swiss thing to do

posted at 7:55 pm
on Jul. 13, 2009


Video: Cool Guys Don’t Look At Explosions

It's true.

posted at 2:31 pm
on Jul. 11, 2009


Congressional report describes many ways the Bush admin did illegal surveillance

It's an absolutely incredible article about the abuses of power.

posted at 1:37 pm
on Jul. 11, 2009


Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Bad news for the Hop Studios brand... 😊

posted at 3:28 pm
on Jul. 9, 2009


G?bekli Tepe: The Turkish Stonehenge that is revolutionizing pre-history

It up-ends much of what we think we know about hunter-gatherers and the earliest foundations of society.

posted at 2:45 pm
on Jul. 9, 2009


United Airlines breaks singer’s guitar: He makes a music video about it

And lo and behold, United offers to pay for his guitar. Great example of using social media to take on a huge company.

posted at 9:49 am
on Jul. 9, 2009


Spain’s tradition of quality, gorgeous hand-made paper


posted at 3:29 pm
on Jul. 8, 2009


Excellent, Pretty and Sometimes Useful Twitter Visualizations

See slices of twitters in neat ways. I love the 'I love..." one.

posted at 10:31 am
on Jul. 8, 2009


Massive Chinese Jellyfish Prepare to Invade Japan, with photos

I would not want to meet one of these in an alley.

posted at 10:22 am
on Jul. 8, 2009


The Imp of the Perverse - Why we blurt and flirt and act impulsively

Interesting New York Times article

posted at 3:21 am
on Jul. 7, 2009


Bratdance: Video mashup of great dances from ‘80s brat pack movies

A little long, but shorter than watching all the movies again.

posted at 5:38 pm
on Jul. 4, 2009


Happy 4th: Here’s the top 10 Explosions ever

I dunno. I'd probably have ranked them differently.

posted at 5:05 pm
on Jul. 4, 2009


What would happen if you lit 7000 sparklers at once?

Well, for one thing, it would be COOL!

posted at 5:03 pm
on Jul. 4, 2009


Cabel’s annual trek to the crazy Vancouver, WA, fireworks stand is hilarious

This year: photos and an HD video!

posted at 4:58 pm
on Jul. 4, 2009


About Michael Jackson’s closest photographers and fans

Really interesting article, with a new insight into MJ himself.

posted at 2:26 am
on Jul. 4, 2009


Is Bicycling Bad for Your Bones? (Yes.)

Here's a neat news trick: For every news headline that asks a question, the answer is "Yes" but the copy editor is too chicken to say so.

posted at 2:04 am
on Jul. 3, 2009


Jobless Rate Climbs to 9.5%, and lots of other nasty bad statistics

NYTimes, oh how you can make the day seem gloomy.

posted at 2:02 am
on Jul. 3, 2009


The Frugal Pleasures of Paris in Summer

The open paragraph describes the canal we lived three blocks from in the 10th A.

posted at 4:39 pm
on Jul. 2, 2009



“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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