Identified! The Phidippus Audax
tiffany: This is my spider! Thank you internet. Is the fact that it can jump up to 50 times its own body length not freaking you out at all?
The End of Young Adulthood
Tomorrow, I will turn 35. This means that today is my last day as a “young adult” according to some age classification systems. For instance, in less than 24 hours I will no longer be one of the 18- to 34-year-olds that marketers care about most. I’ll just be an “adult” to them. And, apparently, I will suddenly care less about trying new products and having new...
Cold Fusion - The Atlantic →
I found this article about the ice used to make drinks in bars bizarrely fascinating.
danhacker: The first trailer for ‘The Surrogates’ This film stars Bruce Willis and is based on Robert Venditti’s graphic novel of the same name. I’ve stated many times before how much I love Robert Venditti’s graphic novel, it’s an intelligent piece of science fiction writing. The real question will be if the original content of the graphic novel makes its way into the film, or if the film is...
ABC Bringing Back "V" This Fall →
Very excited. It will be interesting to see how the new shows feels without the 80’s cheese factor and the lovely Jane Badler. Glad to see Elizabeth Mitchell leading the cast, but that can’t bode well for Juliet on Lost. :-(
Newsweek's New Magazine →
There will, for the most part, be two kinds of stories in the new NEWSWEEK. The first is the reported narrative—a piece, grounded in original observation and freshly discovered fact, that illuminates the important and the interesting. The second is the argued essay—a piece, grounded in reason and supported by evidence, that makes the case for something. What is displaced by these categories? The...
Dexter, Season Three
We’ve been remarkably productive today by watching the first four episodes of Dexter season three. While I’m enjoying them, the energy from the earlier two seasons just isn’t there. I think without a Dokes or a Bay Harbor Butcher running around, Dexter is missing the usual nemesis and sense of imminent peril that have made him so entertaining to watch in the past. I’m...
F.T.C. Cracks Down on Car-Warranty Robocalls -... →
Yay! I hate those guys. They robo-called me three times on my cell phone using spoofed CallerID. (via Daring Fireball)
Want to Fix New York Air Congestion? Shut Down... →
Interesting idea. I like the short rides to/from LaGuardia and Manhattan but don’t care for the actual LaGuardia facility itself. If closing LaGuardia meant you could fly in and out of JFK faster, that would be sweet. But, would JetBlue’s Terminal 5 have the stamina to handle customers who once used LaGuardia?
Amazon puts any blog on the Kindle, for a price |... →
No one loves Amazon and the Kindle more than me. But, not letting blog publishers set or at least influence their blogs’ sales price on the Kindle is ridiculous and only giving the publishers 30 percent of the sales is even more ridiculous. I can’t see the Kindle’s blog service doing well except for a few major blogs that already have large readerships. I hope Amazon rethinks...
Tea and Overload →
jingc: One reason, I think, the tech-savvy are leading the charge is that we’re the ones knee-deep in overload. For the always-connected and ever-distracted, tea’s a gasp of air amidst a torrent of tweets. Ultimately, when we’re surrounded by products and systems growing increasingly complex by the day, there’s something vastly appealing about the simplicity of leaves in water. It’s no...
LOST Season 5 Finale Will Leave You Wondering How... →
sujay: Michael Emerson, who plays Ben Linus on ABC’s LOST, says that the season finale for Season Five will make you want to eat your soul. “Ours is a show that specializes in big shock endings, but I think season five…” Emerson tells E Online. “None of the other shock endings left me wondering how the show goes on. We have two kinds of huge shocks at the end of this one. Each one alone...
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: IV. In the Hall of...
Amazon.com: The 99 Most Essential Pieces of... →
Listening to them right now. What an amazing deal. Even if you already own some of these, the rest will be more than worth $7.99. (via Kottke)
My network performance has *crawled* all day today. After trying computer reboots, Disk First Aid repairs, AirPort Extreme router reboots, network tests, and pulling out my hair, turning on Interface Robustness on the router seems to have helped. I can only guess that someone has installed a cordless phone or wireless screen somewhere near the house recently. Glad I finally figured out a solution.
Death Often Brings Disputes Over Online Lives :... →
It’s amazing how differently people can react to the deaths of loved ones and the online spaces of those loved ones. I have seen people who want to immediately close down the online space of the deceased. But, I have also seen people who want to make sure the online space remains up as a sort of digital memorial. I guess we deal with grief and loss in our own ways.
Amazon optimizes Kindle Store for iPhone |... →
We are about to watch Star Trek at the new Movieland Bowtie Cinemas on Boulevard. I had been pleased to hear that they serve beer and and wine. Alas, you can’t take it in the theater. Very sad.
Francisca: Wow, look. You have a gray hair in your eyebrow.
Marc: Does it make me look distinguished?
Francisca: It makes it look like you have a gray hair in your eyebrow.
We are now in the midst of an epochal debate over the value of content and it is...– Rupert Murdoch: Web sites to charge for content - CNN.com Did he just say we are nearing the end of days? Very biblical. But, at least for Internet newspapers, profound, disruptive change is coming. It has to. I hope News Corp. considers a micropayments system that lets readers easily purchase...
Heading to lunch at Grammercy Tavern. Do I have a great job or what?
What to Read
If you love reading, eventually you realize that you won’t live long enough to read everything that you’d like to read. This can be either a happy or sad realization depending on your point of view. I think it’s mostly positive since a world without anything good left to read would be an awfully dull place. My reading habits have evolved a good bit in recent years. For the first...
Questions in Airports
I’m spending an unusual amount of time in airports this month and this had led to some questions. Why does a TSA officer check your ID and boarding pass at the start of the security check line but then another TSA officer checks your boarding pass again 30 feet later as you go through the metal detector? Does checking the boarding pass twice in such rapid succession really make us safer? ...
Permit Me To Say Wow
I’m finally caught up enough from vacation to have installed the Instapaper for iPhone 2.0 beta. I’m in awe at what Marco has done. He has truly taken this app to the next level. And, it has a tilt-scrolling icon that even an Apple intellectual property attorney can love. Can’t wait for the full release!
Google PowerMeter →
I can’t wait to be able to try this. Dominion is apparently deploying 200,000 smart meters this year. But, I can’t find info on who is getting them or if customers can request one. (via Kottke)
Oh, there is so much yellow pollen all over everything. I get sneezy just...– Francisca