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FTC Says Credit Card Scammers Stole Millions over 4 years, $0.25 to $9 at a time

Luckily, they watched Superman III and figured out that Richard Pryor was behind the whole thing.

posted at 11:39 am
on Jun. 28, 2010


French 21-year-old may become the last ever speaker of Alaska’s Eyak language

Why? Because his brain hasn't matured yet. 😊

posted at 10:38 am
on Jun. 28, 2010


Science says the full brain finishes maturing only at about age 25

Or in the case of ultimate players: never.

posted at 10:35 am
on Jun. 28, 2010


Dating for a decade? Young adults aren’t rushing marriage, sez USA Today

I can attest to this trend.

posted at 10:24 am
on Jun. 22, 2010


The 9 new cars purchased most often by women (2 are VWs)

Why 9? Because there are only 9 cars that are registered by women instead of men more than 50% of the time. Overall, women register 36% of new cars.

posted at 10:56 am
on Jun. 21, 2010


Tornado destroys significant parts of downtown Billings, MT


posted at 10:54 am
on Jun. 21, 2010


Article: How to Call Off a Wedding

I'm always a fan of useful service journalism articles like this. chetongueek.

posted at 11:49 am
on Jun. 19, 2010


It’s official: OK Go is not a band, they are music video geniuses who also write songs (End Love)

Is there an OK Go video I have not linked to? I doubt it.

posted at 1:32 pm
on Jun. 17, 2010


NYTimes story asks: Is It Bad to Have a Best Friend?

Headline rule: Headlines with questions, the answer is always yes (but there'll be a paragraph about 6 graphs down with an expert who contradicts this.)

posted at 9:23 am
on Jun. 17, 2010


Conde Nast Traveler says Vancouver has the Best Chinese Food in the World - including China!

It's from February 2010, sorry. I'm living in a time warp apparently.

posted at 12:39 pm
on Jun. 16, 2010


You Can Use Pure CSS2.1 to Count Backwards

Or you can just take off your socks and use your toes like I do.

posted at 4:23 pm
on Jun. 15, 2010


Video: The Muppets sing Bohemian Rhapsody

Yes, it's from 2009. But maybe *you* missed it, too.

posted at 3:48 pm
on Jun. 15, 2010


Farewell, Dr. Demento - his final weekend was this one, after 40 years

I saw him do his 20th anniversary show live in the Pasadena Theater. About 20 years ago, I think.

posted at 9:07 pm
on Jun. 13, 2010


Regret Is A Luxury And A Vice, by Kelly Diels

"If you submit a mediocre effort and it is rejected, you don't really know anything. You don't know what would have happened if you offered your best. You don't know if your best would be good enough."

posted at 4:08 pm
on Jun. 12, 2010


GowallaWalk: See where you’ve been with this check-in heat map

I think this is totally neat!

posted at 11:21 am
on Jun. 11, 2010


Drupal for the Web Developer: How to (re)Configure Your Drupal Website

Here's why I don't recommend Drupal often: it's a whole article, for Web developers, about how to change the default Drupal settings to be more friendly -- but if it's not set up to be friendly to Web Developers, then who exactly do the default settings help? Here's my fave quote: "Error Reporting: by the title, you wouldn't necessarily know this is the place to specify the URL of your custom 404 page, but it is. ... It also lets you set error reporting to the log alone, which is generally what you want on a website. Allowing users to view things like PHP and MySQL errors [is] a potential security problem; however this is the Drupal default. "

posted at 5:44 pm
on Jun. 10, 2010


Kayak travel tool: If you wanna spend $800-$1200, here’s where you can fly from Vancouver

I know a few people who will make this their home page.

posted at 3:23 pm
on Jun. 10, 2010


Video: A fabulous and ominous underwater dive with no tank, to the ‘bottom’ of Dean’s Blue Hole

The video is a composite fiction, but it's still an arresting,exotic and beautiful work that captures the spirit of free diving. Here's the direct link:

posted at 4:41 pm
on Jun. 9, 2010


Woman killed by lightning strike as fianc? proposes

I can add nothing funny or insightful to this.

posted at 1:31 am
on Jun. 9, 2010


Always budget enough time for complaining into your project matrix Gantt chart

Then double it and add 10 hours.

posted at 2:03 pm
on Jun. 7, 2010


Why is Belgium always used as a size comparison?

This Web site explores the answer.

posted at 2:03 pm
on Jun. 7, 2010


If you use the public library, and have an iPhone or iPad, you should buy this Library Book app

It tells you when your holds come in, and when you have books due. What more could you want?

posted at 9:08 pm
on Jun. 5, 2010


What would a hurricane do to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

An in-depth and smart look at some possibilities.

posted at 1:00 am
on Jun. 3, 2010


The Benefits of the Walled Garden

In short: Why is this phrase shorthand for a bad thing?

posted at 5:17 pm
on Jun. 2, 2010



“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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