New NetNewsWire sync option isn't for everyone |... →
As a devoted user of NetNewsWire for Mac OS X and iPhone, the potential loss of clippings and the potential issues with Google Reader sync concern me. Also, I paid for NetNewsWire back when it was available as a commercial application. I had no problem with it going free. And, I have no problem with it now putting in ads and having an ad-free future commercial version. I just hope I don’t...
The president, the Senate, and the American public have spoken, and they are...– Will Sotomayor Limit Obama’s Next Court Pick? | Newsweek.com
Cheating on tests for civil service jobs apparently is commonplace in China....– China Uses Fifth-Grade Students To Stop Cheaters : NPR
Today the average American spends a mere 27 minutes a day on food preparation...– Magazine Preview - Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch - NYTimes.com (via Kottke)
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Flush with ambition | The Economist →
It is the Lamborghini of lavatories, the Cadillac of commodes. With its sleekly sculpted basin, high-tech control panel, automatic lid, heated seat and built-in bidet, the “Neorest” is the sort of lavatory that would surely be used by James Bond. Or so Kunio Harimoto, the boss of Toto, believes. Toto, based in Japan, is one of the biggest bathroom- and kitchen-ceramics companies in the world. It...
danhacker: New ‘True Blood’ trailer from Comic-Con Can this come to DVD and blu-ray now, because the second season of ‘True Blood’ looks freaking insane. WOW. Amazing.
No doubt you’ve seen the articles … where they said we’re...– The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: iTablet: My hero’s journey
iBank provides yet another reason to dump Quicken... →
Track Your Happiness →
ninakix: This looks fascinating. Track your Happiness.org is a scientific research project that you can participate in. It allows you to fill out a form and report through your iPhone, and then tells you about your patterns of what makes you happy - all the while contributing to the wider scientific experiment. Track Your Happiness.org was created as part of Matt Killingsworth’s doctoral research...
For those who demand only the best of what life has to offer, the exclusive Visa...– From promotional copy for Visa’s new Black Card. Wow, it must be an amazing experience to buy something using a credit card made with carbon….Even though the plastics in most credit cards probably already contain some carbon….Or whatever. Nice job Visa Marketing. Nice.
Simon is very happy that Francisca’s mother is visiting.
danhacker: SDCC trailer for ‘Dexter’ season 4 Showtime screened the new trailer for ‘Dexter’ season 4 for those in attendance at the ‘Dexter’ Panel, thankfully Showtime was nice enough to put that exclusive trailer online for those of us who couldn’t make it to SDCC. In season 4 Dexter takes on the responsibilities of parenthood and juggle life as the perfect husband/ serial-killer next door....
The Economist Explores the Effectiveness of... →
Microcredit looks like a miracle. It involves providing unsecured small loans to poor people in developing countries whom most banks would turn away. Yet these small borrowers almost always repay their loans (and the fairly steep interest charges) on time, which suggests that they find productive uses for the money. The industry’s backers make some big claims as a result: Mohammad Yunus, the...
OH GREAT NOW AMAZONE IS GOING TO START TAKING BACK MY SHOES WHILE IM WEARING...– Twitter / Craig Hockenberry, a haunting premonition after Amazon’s acquisition of Zappos. (via chartier) That is awesome.
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Russia has not given up. Gazprom has just signed a $2.5 billion deal with...– Energy in Europe: He who pays for the pipelines calls the tune | The Economist Yes, this is a real story from The Economist. The Onion was not involved.
iPhone app has us wondering if radio's future is... →
How was I unaware of Public Radio Player? Sweet. My local NPR station apparently doesn’t offering this sort of live streaming. But, on-demand access to NPR and PRI shows is wonderful.
Thoughts on Barnes & Noble's eBook Announcements
My early thoughts on the announcements from Barnes & Noble regarding its eBook software for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Mac/Windows and its partnership with Plastic Logic on a future eReader: Who releases software products on a Sunday when media aren’t paying attention? Who follows that up with a hardware announcement that doesn’t have hardware specs, a true ship date, a battery life...
My response? Tough noogies, you whiny bitch. Go write for the Palm Pre, with...– Fake Steve Jobs has responded to Marco’s very valid iPhone app store concerns.
Barnes & Noble jumps into the eBook pool →
Way too little and way too late.
The elite conservative fears that the temptation to woo working-class voters...– GOP Elites Fall Out of Love With Palin’s Crowd | Newsweek.com
Why Language May Shape Our Thoughts | Newsweek.com →
In Australia, the Aboriginal Kuuk Thaayorre use compass directions for every spatial cue rather than right or left, leading to locutions such as “there is an ant on your southeast leg.” The Kuuk Thaayorre are also much more skillful than English speakers at dead reckoning, even in unfamiliar surroundings or strange buildings. Their language “equips them to perform navigational...
Amazon basically guaranteed that I’ll never buy a Kindle last night by bending...– Gizmodo DRM is for suckers! (via ericmortensen) Sounds like something out of “Fahrenheit 451 of the Future”. (via tanya77) I don’t know what the publisher was threatening, but the bad PR that the Kindle is getting for this will have a serious cost of its own. Yuck.
So can you make it work. (Can you say in child words)– An email tech support plea I just received.
Gosh Darn It: Swearing May Lessen Pain : NPR →
Researchers at Keele University in England are studying ways to withstand pain. Volunteers were told to stick their hands in ice cold water, and keep the hands underwater until they hurt. Apparently volunteers could withstand the pain longer, if they repeated a bunch of four-letter words. Fuckin’ A!
Burnin’ calories with the Philips DirectLife.
Justice Memo Sent Out With Editorial Comment : NPR →
The Justice Department e-mailed a press release with too much information. The subject line read, “Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictment On Internet Bomb Threats.” To which somebody added: “Good luck, this one sucked.” Officials soon sent a corrected version. A spokeswoman says the line was meant to alert a press office editor to possible typographical errors.