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Something new: The best way to take a photo of yourself with an iPhone

Thanks, @stephaniehobson!

posted at 8:26 pm
on Sep. 30, 2010


Video from a camera and iPhone that rose into space and came back to show the tale

It's a little spazzy and unsteady, but I'd be spazzy and unsteady if I was in space, too.

posted at 3:39 pm
on Sep. 30, 2010


(video) Sesame Street:’s Song “What I Am”

Surprisingly catchy. Cheer yourself up and take a gander.

posted at 1:47 pm
on Sep. 30, 2010


This might be the least informative company Web site ever

No claps for ACLAP. (They collect money for DownloadHelper, BTW)

posted at 4:48 pm
on Sep. 28, 2010


The Creative Process (comic)

I like the express lane, without talent.

posted at 4:32 pm
on Sep. 28, 2010


Texting-While-Driving Bans Result in *More* Accidents (and more typos)

The law of unintended consequences, eh?

posted at 8:27 am
on Sep. 28, 2010


Does part-time work pay? (OECD Observer)

There's a growth in people doing part-time work by choice.

posted at 8:19 am
on Sep. 28, 2010


An epic sax riff, perfect for a ring tone.

Of course, I'd be found dead in a week if I actually switched to this. It's SO ANNOYING!

posted at 2:02 pm
on Sep. 23, 2010


If you were the richest woman in the world, worth $20.6bil, what would your contribution be?

For me, it wouldn't be seed funding for a regional airport near where I lived. But it is for Alice Walton, richest woman in the world.

posted at 2:32 pm
on Sep. 22, 2010


Music video: “Gettin’ Money With a Mouse and a Wacom Pen (F*** Comic Sans F*** Papyrus, Too)”

The 5-10% of my audience that gets this will LAUGH SO HARD.

posted at 1:27 pm
on Sep. 22, 2010


Duty Free: Not the deal you might think it is

I got bit by this recently. Alas.

posted at 10:59 am
on Sep. 21, 2010


The most awesome watch-holding desk ever.

I want at least one!

posted at 10:12 am
on Sep. 21, 2010


Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do

3 of the 7 sins, woah.

posted at 3:01 pm
on Sep. 20, 2010


If you get lost in one Escher-like dream hyper photo this morning, make it Jean Francois Rauzier’s

Click to view it full screen, then zoom in; it's worth it.

posted at 11:11 am
on Sep. 20, 2010


Pre-rinsing dishes before dishwasher: unnecessary, wastes water, and could result in dirtier dishes

I find this hard to believe, but the New York Times is NEVER wrong (*coughWMDcough*)

posted at 11:28 am
on Sep. 17, 2010


Derek Jeter Fakes His Way to First Base (video) - Is this cheating, in your opinion?

I like ultimate, because the assumption is: everyone plays honestly, and faking is not a legitimate part of the sport.

posted at 11:02 am
on Sep. 17, 2010


gCreep: Google Engineer Stalked Teens, Spied on Chats and emails

This happens all the time at any place that has personal information: The IRS, the phone company, police records.... but that doesn't make it right.

posted at 2:38 pm
on Sep. 15, 2010


Cydia, the jailbreaker’s iPhone app store, purchased its next largest competitor, Rock Your Phone

I bought stuff through Rock; I hope the licenses carry over.

posted at 3:32 pm
on Sep. 14, 2010


I’m learning about epistemology today

How meta is that?

posted at 2:01 pm
on Sep. 14, 2010


For you man-lovers out there: Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing “Bad Romance”

He's dreamy. I mean, not to me, but, well, you know.

posted at 11:36 am
on Sep. 8, 2010


Text message meant for drug dealer sent to sheriff instead

Happens every day... not.

posted at 11:43 pm
on Sep. 7, 2010


What Should You Do When Your Web Service Blows Up?

Be upfront, and don't fire your new employee if he's good, even if it's his fault.

posted at 8:49 pm
on Sep. 6, 2010


The Oenophile’s Quandary: When do I drink that special bottle?

Answer: now, or never.

posted at 12:19 pm
on Sep. 3, 2010


Not Gowalla’s 2,000,000th spot, but the closest I could find to spot #2000000

I do wonder how many spots they have, actually. Anyone know?

posted at 4:09 pm
on Sep. 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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