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November 4, 2006

Blog All Open Tabs

You may have missed the Lady Upgrade Project this month:

And so they came in their droves: an army of tight black jeans with white tennis shoes, immaculately scruffy hair, drinks with straws, little handbags jammed under the armpit à la tiny dog, oversized glasses and polka dot belts. Because these people consider themselves the Beautiful of North London, they (i) have not eaten anything in months and (ii) require at least 3 metres of space around them at all times. And so I get shoved, elbowed and pushed hither and yon by skeletal creatures my grandmother would not have hesitated to describe as "real Nancy Anns", but this makes me cross, so I combine half-baked ideas of zen composure with years of karate practice, root myself to the floor, connect with my inner sociopath and emanate caaaaaalm.

The New York Times' obituary for Patrick O'Connor:

Then the neighborhood came back. Patrick said he always knew it would. "He was right," Joe said. "He paid the price, but he was right."

Suddenly, it was not unusual to enter O’Connor’s and see something unfathomable a few years earlier: young customers in their 20s and 30s, and lots of them. Drawn to the jukebox, generally regarded as top notch, and the drink prices, the new face of Park Slope — generally smooth-skinned and white — began to outnumber the old men.

The cancer came about five years ago, starting in Patrick’s lungs. “Typical Irish,” Joe said. “He waited to go to the doctor. He thought he could take care of it himself.” He kept working. Patrick O’Connor died Oct. 8, a few weeks after walking out of his bar for the last time. He was 73.

Rebecca: "Harvard biologist Marc D. Hauser has a new, big idea: that human beings, no matter what their belief system, all operate from an innate, evolutionarily defined moral grammar. His new book is called Moral Minds and Chapter 1 is available on the Web."

Geoffrey Phillips interviews Marlon James: "Sexuality occupies a curious space in Jamaican life and when religion is added to the mix, the results can be devastating. It's such a strange thing. Our expletives are all tied to female body function and the first name that children give to sex is nastiness, at least when I was a child."

Marlon James also has a Proust Questionaire for you and some ruminations on Flavor Flav: "So if Madonna has taught two generations of young girls that if a woman prostitutes herself (as opposed to a man pimping her) then that is really empowerment (and maybe it is), then what are we to make of Flava Flav, samboing himself on this trainwreck of a TV show?"

New: Inside Aperture and Faneuil Media.

And some nice words from Khoi Vin about the New York Magazine Blogs, which Apperceptive built and help support: "Building blog brands inside parent brands isn’t easy — believe me, I know — but they’ve done a very nice job of it. Note the ingeniously informative Previous and Next buttons on the article level. They’re doing a lot of things right."

John suffered a little to make those links just right. I make the coffee.

Originally from hello, typepad by David Jacobs reBlogged on Nov 4, 2006, 10:46AM

Yingzi

While having tea with Maciej yesterday, I mentioned I was trying to learn Chinese, he being just back from Beijing and all. He told me about Yingzi -- an effort to turn English into a pictographic writing system, which, if you read it through, obliquely tells you something about Chinese character construction.

Originally from Caterina.net by noemail@noemail.org (caterina) reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 4:33PM

Flipping the Switch

We’re thrilled at the immense amount of great work that’s been launched by our Professional Network members recently. Just taking a look at some recent posts, Apperceptive’s John Emerson has announced several of their recent projects, including helping Wired News switch to TypePad, and helping Ziff Davis switch all their blogs to Movable Type Enterprise.

And D.L. Byron of Textura Design mentions the launch of Intel’s new blogs on Movable Type Enterprise, which we’ve covered on the Movable Type news blog. Meanwhile, Tim Appnel of Appnel Solutions points out Vanity Fair’s recent redesign with venerable pundit James Wolcott’s blog moving to TypePad Business Class.

Movable Type Enterprise and TypePad Business Class, both of which launched earlier this year, have been among the most successful product launches we’ve ever had at Six Apart. And the reason why is simple: ProNet members are making these blogs happen. We’re very, very proud to see people all over the world building their businesses by providing customization, design, development, and consulting services for Movable Type, and as we mentioned in the post about General Mill’s Gold Medal blog, “Want to get started telling your own story? Get in touch, and we’ll help you get off the ground with Movable Type and connect you with the right member of the Professional Network to manage your project.”

Originally from ProNet by Anil Dash reBlogged

New API features: Sorting feeds and Reporting

By Daniel Danciu, Software Engineer

Since releasing the Google Base data API back in August we've received many feature requests from developers. Most often, they have asked for functionality for sorting feeds, and so we've added it to the latest version of the API.

It's now possible to customize the order of items in query feeds via two URL parameters: "orderby" and "sortorder." Parameter "orderby" determines the criteria that is used for ordering items (e.g. by relevancy, by the last modification time, by the value of a numerical attribute, etc.). The "sortorder" parameter specifies whether items are returned in ascending or descending order.

We've also added support for reporting; you can now get information about the number of clicks, impressions, and page views in your items via the URL parameter "content."

Finally, the new parameter "dry-run" facilitates the development of applications that are uploading content to Google Base. If this parameter is set to true for an insert, update or delete operation, the API will process the request, but not commit changes to Google Base.

Here are details about the new Sorting and Reporting features.

Originally from Official Google Base Blog by Google Base Blog reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 8:35PM

I love nyc

david posted a photo:

I love nyc

Originally from david's Photos by david reBlogged

Mobile Gmail application from Google

Google has released a mobile Gmail client! See the press release for details and download instructions: “Email On-the-Go Now Even Easier — Google Launches New Mobile Application for Speedier Access to Gmail

So far, it’s working quite well on my Nokia N90. The previous mobile browser-based interface to Gmail was ok for emergency use, but this new Java client looks nice enough to actually use.

Thanks Google!

Originally from [eriksmartt.com/blog] by erik reBlogged on Nov 2, 2006, 12:11PM

New Features in New Google Earth Beta

A new beta of Google Earth 4 adds previously pay-for features (drawing paths and polygons) to the free version, brings altitude to image overlays (critical for weather, among other things) and includes other refinements, Google Earth Blog reports. See previous...

Originally from The Map Room by Jonathan Crowe reBlogged on Nov 2, 2006, 8:40AM

Rapping Paper



Sick of all those goodie-two-shoe wrapping paper? Us too. It’s time to turn up the attitude with Si Hill Design’s (W)rapping Paper. Paper with lyrics from House of Pain, The Sugar Hill Gang, NWA and Vanilla Ice. Perfect for wrapping up glocks, brass knuckles, gangsta-rap coloring books and just about anything else this holiday season. You can get your pre-order on by emailing the designer: sihill@sihilldesign.com, or leave a comment on their blog. Via BB

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Originally from JoshSpear.com by Josh Spear

reBlogged by Matthew Haughey on Nov 2, 2006, 7:32PM

Originally from mathowie reBlog feed by Josh Spear reBlogged on Nov 2, 2006, 7:16PM

Is morality a shared evolutionary quality?

Harvard biologist Marc D. Hauser has a new, big idea: that human beings, no matter what their belief system, all operate from an innate, evolutionarily defined moral grammar. His new book is called Moral Minds and Chapter 1 is available on the Web.

Originally from Rebecca's Pocket reBlogged on Nov 3, 2006, 7:30AM

Three years at Nokia

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Some self-indulgence (on a blog? NO!)
Today, November the 3rd, is three years to the day I started at Nokia.

Having been interviewed by Marko in the balmy, bright-blue-skied days of the Finnish summer, and having brought Foe for a recce in the brisk, equally-bright-blue-skied autumn, I turned up in the dour, downtrodded november streets of Ruoholahti and wondered what I’d let meself in for.

Still do sometimes - three years and I’m still learning. Today was spent in the snowbound forest for instance with the nice people who make the 770 internet tablet and the Maemo platform - who are all about a thousand times smarter than me. Fun.

The first two years were spent more in design research, notably (for me at least) working with Janne, Jyri, Marko, Jan and Chris amongst others on the early stages of NFC and thinking about interaction design for what was going to come down the line as the world got that little bit more spimey.

Also being able to spend about a year or so with Janne again, and Minh - thinking, doing, scribbling and playing with the nature of Play - the greatest human universal and endless source of fantastic insight.

I was a very lucky boy.

The last year (corresponding with the gradual decline of this blog) has seen me in a different role - about this time last year I moved to Nokia Design to work with the team designing the Nokia Nseries products, building the user-experience team and generally wrestling with the sometimes overwhelming job of helping to make the most powerful mobile devices - simpler, clearer and more delightful to use while not compromising the superpowers they can grant the owner.

Nothing on the shelves yet that I’ve been involved with - one thing for a mainly ex-web person to get used to is the lead times involved in combining bits and atoms - but there’s some awesome stuff coming in 2007 which our little team has contributed to.

This is the longest I’ve actually spent at one place (even the BBC) and I feel like I want to spend a lot longer here. My original boss, who became a good friend has moved on and this week has seen him make new (very interesting) waves, like Jyri having taken the startup route… but I’m facing the possibility myself that I’ve found what I want to do for now, and so I guess this blog will just keep getting worse for a few more years!

Originally from Blackbeltjones/Work by Matt reBlogged on Nov 3, 2006, 10:49AM

Switcheroo

Greetings, Mashalists!

For the last year I’ve been posting here sporadically, mostly about online news and our progress with Faneuil Media. 

That’s worked out well, but Faneuil Media is growing up, and it needs its own blog.

So with the help of the fantastic Ryan Swarts, we launched one earlier this week. You can find it here. 

I assume most of you are subscribed to Mashalist because you’re interested in the work we’re doing. With that in mind, I’ll switch all your Mashalist subscriptions to the new FM blog. You don’t need to do anything. The next post you get (hopefully later this morning) will be from the FM blog.

As for Mashalist, it will be mothballed. Eventually, I’ll set up a new blog for occasional life-in-Cambridge posts I’ve been holding back from Mashalist.

And now, a new phase …

Originally from Mashalist by Rick Burnes reBlogged on Nov 3, 2006, 9:48AM

what is the name of the game?

I have a game I play at gigs which I think of as THE ROCK GAME, but am now seeking suggestions for alternate titles. Not least because this conjures up images of Messrs. Connery and Cage. Said game involves me, the ground, and any number of wispy indie boys or girls. Last night I seemed to be the marker for passage: this way for the bar/bogs/exit. And so they came in their droves: an army of tight black jeans with white tennis shoes, immaculately scruffy hair, drinks with straws, little handbags jammed under the armpit à la tiny dog, oversized glasses and polka dot belts. Because these people consider themselves the Beautiful of North London, they (i) have not eaten anything in months and (ii) require at least 3 metres of space around them at all times. And so I get shoved, elbowed and pushed hither and yon by skeletal creatures my grandmother would not have hesitated to describe as "real Nancy Anns", but this makes me cross, so I combine half-baked ideas of zen composure with years of karate practice, root myself to the floor, connect with my inner sociopath and emanate caaaaaalm. This pisses the scrabble of indie kids off, and I am happy. If they tut and push more, I'm not above a decisive empi uke, karate terminology for sticking the elbow on someone. Is this petty aggression? I don't care. I eat 10 square meals a day, train at one of the most demented demanding dojos in London, and have the thighs to prove it. As we were leaving, my friend said, "this place is full of Italians and losers". Outside, the queue to get in was humungous; more of the same, fresh from the Indie Hipster Factory, patiently waiting to enter and treat themselves and their friends to hours and hours of ironic dancing. Dreadful.

Originally from the lady upgrade project by mr tibbles reBlogged

At O'Connor's, "Bad Times Were Always Good"

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Today's Times includes a touching tribute to Patrick O'Connor, owner of O'Connor's bar in Park Slope, who died on October 8 at the age of 73. He worked the bar every day, and since his passing, O'Connor's had to cut their daytime hours — they now open at 5 p.m. on weekdays. Last week, Patrick's son met up with a few dozen regulars at the bar, poured some Irish whiskey, and gave a toast to his dad: "He believed even the bad times were always a good time for good friends and good customers."
Same Old Bar? How Could It Be, Without Patrick? [Times]
Photo by Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times

Originally from Brooklyn Record by Brooklyn Record reBlogged on Nov 2, 2006, 9:52AM

Various food psychology papers examining why we unknowingly overeat

Various food psychology papers examining why we unknowingly overeat. It's a complicated mix of package size, package shapes, stockpiling, visibility, variety, convenience, and our moods.

Originally from megnut.com blog by meg@megnut.com (Meg Hourihan) reBlogged on Nov 3, 2006, 2:23PM

Moustaches contribute to significant Guinness wastage

A genuine moustache has been proven to contribute to a significant Guinness wastage. Men, maximize your consumption by drinking with a clean shave.

Originally from megnut.com blog by meg@megnut.com (Meg Hourihan) reBlogged on Nov 3, 2006, 9:22AM

November 1, 2006

Beyond Wireframes

For nearly a year, I’ve been pleased to tinker with and present multiple times the great set of slides that my co-worker Ryan Freitas created: Beyond Wireframes (418k pdf). It’s a look at three different experiments we’ve tried (and are trying) at Adaptive Path to document applications, especially web applications built in Flash or Ajax. Because this is a pdf version, the low-fi animations don’t work, so I’ll refer you to Brandon’s post about using keynote as a prototyping tool that is shown in the presentation. Thanks, too, to Bill Scott for the Frame-by-Frame example.

Originally from Adaptive Path by Dan reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 3:51PM

A comparison: London's Tate Modern versus the MoMA

A comparison: London's Tate Modern versus the MoMA. The MoMA is a stuffy, inaccesible place, while the "Tate Modern is an enormously user-friendly place, physically comfortable and hospitable, with inexpensive places to eat and frequent opportunities to sit."

Originally from kottke.org remaindered links by jkottke reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 3:19PM

Cholera/Spore in The New Yorker

The New Yorker has an amazingly long review/essay on The Ghost Map, though it doesn't actually actually evaluate the book other than calling it a "vivid history," which is certainly very nice. But it's an honor to get so much real estate in the New Yorker, particularly in this crowded publishing season:

The brilliance of Snow’s map lay, as Johnson argues, in the way that it layered knowledge of different scales—from a bird’s-eye view of the structure of the Soho neighborhood to the aggregated mortality statistics printed in the Weekly Return to the location of neighborhood water supplies—all framed by particular understandings of how people tended to move about in the neighborhood, of the physical proximity of particular cesspools to particular wells, and of the likely behavior of specific, still invisible, and still unnamed pathogens. A city is a concentration of knowledge as much as it is a concentration of people, buildings, thoroughfares, pipes, and bacteria. Maps like Snow’s allowed the modern city to remake itself and to understand itself in a new way.

They also are running a superb piece by John Seabrook on Will Wright's Spore that gives a much more comprehensive look at Wright's career than my Times Magazine essay did a few weeks ago. The two pieces complement each other very nicely, as it turns out.

Originally from stevenberlinjohnson.com by stevenberlinjohnson reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 2:48PM

CMJ Takes Over Brooklyn

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During the 26th annual CMJ Music Marathon, which starts today and continues through the wee hours of Sunday morning, more than 1,000 bands will play in over 60 clubs across Manhattan and Brooklyn. (We'll be covering a bunch of the local shows here.) On Friday, the Times mapped out a handful of venues, plenty of which are in Brooklyn (though they seem to have forgotten Warsaw) — and they also broke the news that Bowery Presents bought the lease for Northsix. They'll be building balconies in the club, and reopening it in the spring as "The Music Hall of Williamsburg." Seriously, can anyone think of a worse name? It'll always be "Northsix" in our hearts. That said, before start rushing from club to club this week, we wanted to poll our readers: What's the best place to see a show on our side of the river? And which new venues are worth checking out?
Where the Beat Goes On [NY Times]
Where ‘Every Band in the World’ Tries to Make It [NY Times]

Originally from Brooklyn Record by Brooklyn Record reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 12:19PM

ps pipe grep [14]

Jason, Ben and I are doing a new podcast (fresh on Wednesdays) that’s intended to be a weekly conversation about systems, stuff Joyent, processes that we like or dislike. I’m serving the podcast from my Bingo disk. As I’ve said before, Bingo is a great solution for pod/videocasting.

ps pipe grep.

This week we talk about virtualization technologies from Xen, VMWare, Solaris Containers, Unbreakable Linux, the Dell jib-jab-like cartoon, Sun Blackboxes, and some JRuby, Java VM, Ruby goodness. Bumpers by the Gap Band.

I hope you’ll give it a listen.

Update: here’s a direct link to the mp3.

Originally from Joyeur reBlogged

Public-health advocate Richard Jackson says that "our car-dependent suburban environment is killing us"

In his book, Urban Sprawl and Public Health, public-health advocate Richard Jackson says that "our car-dependent suburban environment is killing us". "If that poor woman had collapsed from heat stroke, we docs would have written the cause of death as heat stroke and not lack of trees and public transportation, poor urban form, and heat-island effects. If she had been killed by a truck going by, the cause of death would have been 'motor-vehicle trauma,' and not lack of sidewalks and transit, poor urban planning, and failed political leadership."

Originally from kottke.org remaindered links by jkottke reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 1:36PM

Fading faces

face_blur.jpgWired Magazine has an article on a curious condition known as prosopagnosia where affected individuals cannot recognise people by their faces, despite being able to recognise and distinguish everyday objects with little trouble.

Until recently, it was thought that the condition only arose after brain injury - usually because of damage to an area of the brain known as the fusiform gyrus. This area is known to be heavily involved in face recognition.

It has more recently been reported as an inherited form, suggesting that some people are simply born with particularly bad face recognition skills.

The article looks at the work of neuropsychologist Dr Bradley Duchaine who is investigating the psychology and neuroscience of face recognition impairment, and discusses the experience of several people who have the condition.

One of the people is Bill Choisser, who created 'Face Blind!', one of the first and longest-running prosopagnosia websites on the net.

A particularly striking feature of his site is a self-published book which is an in-depth discussion of the condition and its effects.


Link to Wired article 'Face Blind'.
Link to Bradley Duchaine's page with copies of his scientific papers.
Link to Bill Choisser's website on prosopagnosia.

Originally from Mind Hacks by vaughan reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 1:34PM

HOW TO - Easy Itty-Bitty Blinky LED Jack-O'-Lantern

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Windell writes - "Here's my favorite design for a jack-o-lantern; it's a (tiny) mini-pumpkin carved with the circuit diagram symbol for a light-emitting diode. Naturally, it's lit by an LED. This LED circuit inside this one is a TireFly, which is a type of blinky light designed to mount on the tires of a bicycle. You can get these things at regular hardware stores or sporting goods stores-- I got mine at Target-- and so this is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get an LED in your pumpkin. Read more about this pumpkin and its circuit here." - Link.

Enter the Hack-o-Lantern contest!

  • Decorate a pumpkin in any way you see fit, or unfit. It's that easy. Then upload your photos to the MAKE or CRAFT Flickr photo pool and tag them "MAKECRAFTHALLOWEEN" Or you can email them to us, just be aware that we're going to upload them to the MAKE and CRAFT Flickr photo pools. This contest and more..! - Link.

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Originally from MAKE: Blog by philliptorrone

reBlogged by Matthew Haughey on Oct 31, 2006, 6:16AM

Originally from mathowie reBlog feed by philliptorrone reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 12:20PM

dream

possibly as a result of reading krasznahornkai and a superbly-written biography of shostakovich late at night, i dreamed that i was marking a pile of average essays, until i came across one that was huge, too concentrated to be read quickly and yet also unnervingly familiar, so i put it aside and when i came back to it, i realised that it had been written by - my subconscious. large chunks of dense prose lacking any formal coherence. the essay was rubbish.

Originally from the lady upgrade project by mr tibbles reBlogged

Happy Halloween

Halloween Icon

Just to give credit where credit is due, the Halloween icon and HTML output theme (for commands) was done by Soryu and the cobweb by Jacob Rus. They also came up with this thing in the first place, I just followed along :)

Even though TextMate is not the first program to have a Halloween theme, the reactions were great, with dozens of images depicting it on Flickr and I got a lot of letters asking how to keep the theme after Halloween is over.

As Duane Johnson notes, some reactions though were also a little unexpected. The first letter I got about it asked if it was a virus, I got a handful of “how do I remove it”, most of those though seemed to not realize it is just a halloween special, and one actually found this theme offensive — not sure if I should mention that I am from the country behind the satirical Muhammad drawings :p

Anyway, happy halloween to all, even if you do not celebrate pagan festivals (which we actually do not in Denmark)!

2006-11-02: Halloween is over, but for those who liked the icon Soryu made it available for download. The cobweb is here. Save it under ~/Library/Application Support/TextMate (yes, TM supports loading the splash screen from outside the application bundle). If you want to have the scaling disabled (works better for this image) then run:

defaults write com.macromates.textmate \
   OakProjectControllerDisableSplashImageScaling 1

Originally from TextMate Blog by Allan Odgaard reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 3:24PM

In Soviet Russia, links click you!

The Yakov Smirnoff joke -- In Soviet Russia, television watches you! -- is more formally called the "Russian reversal".

Originally from kottke.org remaindered links by jkottke reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 3:09PM

Beyond Search

Dave Winer writes:


Many years ago, when the Internet was still the domain of geeks, researchers and college students, the smart folks often said that the opportunities for new software companies were over, it simply required too much scale to compete in an industry dominated by Lotus, Microsoft and Ashton-Tate. Now it's clear how ridiculous that was, even though it was correct. The next layer comes on not by building on the old layer (a trick, the guy you're building on will eat your lunch), or re-doing what they did (what the naysayers correctly say you can't do), but by starting from a different place and building something new, and so different that the old guys don't understand it and don't feel threatened by it.

At first, the Internet, the market dominated by Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Amazon (and others) was about the web, a publishing environment, then it became two-way, and search developed as a core but adjunct feature, much as the OS of a personal computer is part of the package, but the spreadsheet, word processor and other productivity apps are really what it was about. There will be new technology enterprises that make the search engine as humdrum as the desktop OS is today. Bet on it and win. Think that all innovation must come in the form of applications of search and you'll be left in the dust.

Originally from unmediated by yatta reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 2:09PM

two xml documents parse into a bar...

So the only differences between Web 2.0 and 1.0 are acquisitions over IPOs, AJAX and web services? Sounds more like Web 1.1 actually it's 0.92 but 2.0 sounds better. ZING!

Originally from braintag reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 7:00PM

My Heritage Experiment Round Up

This is the ultimate craziness of a society obsessed with their "genes" and "celebrities." This site allows you to upload a photos and scans it to see which celebrity you look like. Before I did this I already thought I am going to either be recognized as Lucy Liu or Zhang Zi yi. The one they said I looked like the most was ....guess ----Zhang Zi Yi! Surprise! Of course then in step 4 you create your celebrity look alike ciricle - and Lucy Liu resembled me 83%. The surprise was that Brittney Murphy resembles me 78% with Aretha Franklin falling behind at 75%. So does this mean I am the super Pangea Asian? I am trying this out for a fun test - and I am curious how many damn asians they actually have to chose from.
Can some others do this also -even if you are not asian - and can you tag yoru photo "my heritage" AND experiment? I mean how many asian celebrities are there to begin with - and how do they scan for likeness? And what value does a silly experiment have? What does it make someone feel if they look like a certain celebrity? And what's up with this site breaking it down to visual heritage? I need to think about this some more before I can write about it. Test it out and put those tags on! I am so curious to see what other celebrities are in their heritage bank.
1. 1.) Scanning My Face, 2. 2.) Recognizing my Face, 3. 3.) Oh GUess What - i look like Zhang Zi Yi - ( I totally don't!), 4. 4.) ALl the faces that looked like Mine -, 5. my Final Celebrity Heritage Palette

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

Originally from Hi Tricia! by Tricia Wang 王 圣 㨗 reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 12:02AM

Screencast showing off iCal & Google Calendar syncing

The makers of Spanning Sync, the Mac app that can sync your iCal calendars with Google Calendar ones, have released a screencast showing off how it 'just works'.

Originally from digg / Apple reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 12:41AM

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david posted a photo:

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Originally from david's Photos by david reBlogged

A better way to grow cilantro

A better way to grow cilantro. I've been trying to grow herbs on my deck since a bunch from the market is usually more than I need and I end up throwing half of it away. (via jgb)

Originally from Rebecca's Pocket reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 7:30AM

semitones

Mr Gentleman is enjoying his autumnal humour. Yesterday's ensemble, however, was a rather witty experiment in whatever the visual equivalent of a semitone is. A semishade? Halfshade? His jacket was THIS colour, his trousers THIS. If they were sounds, and one had perfect pitch, it would be physically painful. Bright yellow shirt, light creamy yellow tie, pale pink handkerchief, brown hat and shoes. I note that according to Google Earth, he favours a light grey shade of paving stone throughout his back garden. I wonder, does he not like trees? Mysteries abound.

Originally from the lady upgrade project by mr tibbles reBlogged

Wednesday Food and Drink Round-Up

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Lucali's
575 Henry Street, near 1st Place, Carroll Gardens; no phone yet
"Slavering outer-borough Chowhounders have recently been storming the unmarked gates of Carroll Gardens's newest brick-oven pizzeria, a rustic establishment being compared on that contentious, cultlike Website to such sacred pizza cows as Di Fara's... Chef-owner Mark Iacono's pie is also imbued with a feisty smokiness, courtesy of a wood fire, and has a flavorful crust that's comparatively soft and puffy, closer to classic coal-oven practitioners like Totonno's and Grimaldi's than Di Fara's." [NY Mag]
Photo by A Brooklyn Life

After the jump: Williamburg's new Japanese gastropub, pizza and coffee in Bed Stuy, and a taste of Smith Street's Porchetta...

Originally from Brooklyn Record by Brooklyn Record reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 9:48AM

Marty Wants More Brits in Brooklyn

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"Tourism is one of Brooklyn's biggest and most vital growth sectors, and I'll do whatever it takes to show the world the beauty of our borough — even if it means leaving," Marty Markowitz tells the NY Daily News. He's packing his bags to take tonight's red eye to jolly ol' England for the World Travel Market, a worldwide travel industry expo where he'll attempt to persuade UK travel groups to include Brooklyn in their tour packages. Chris Sell, manager of Park Slope's Chip Shop, is happy to hear that Marty is working to put Brooklyn on the Brit travel radar. "They see episodes of 'Law & Order' and the Empire State Building but they rarely think of Brooklyn," says Sell of his countrymen. "Maybe a few of the educated Brits go to Peter Luger or something, but that's about it. I'm glad he's doing it."
Marty's Mission to Sell Brits on Brooklyn [Daily News]
Photo by Seth Kushner

Originally from Brooklyn Record by Brooklyn Record reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 10:48AM

Dana Dane "Tales From the Dane Side" Video

With an all-star cast including Kid-n Play, Kwame and Clark Kent:

Originally from Tuberaider Video by Jay Smooth reBlogged

Gnarls Barkley "Gone Daddy Gone" Video

Gnarls Barkley getting their flea on:


Gnarls Barkley "Gone Daddy Gone" video

The newest video from the Gnarls Barkley album, "Gone Daddy Gone"

Originally from Tuberaider Video by Jay Smooth reBlogged

Battle Foie Gras

A few weeks ago, I received an email offering me a free lobe of foie gras from Mirepoix USA. Mirepoix is an ecommerce website launched by a husband and wife team with a passion for fine food. The site features some of their favorite products, including foie gras, charcuterie, and truffle mushrooms. I accepted their offer and received a Hudson Valley Grade A Foie Gras the other day. Battle Foie Gras, my competition with Adam to make the best torchon using Thomas Keller's recipe from The French Laundry Cookbook, was underway. Allez cuisine!

Trust me when I tell you that deveining a foie gras (especially to chef Keller's exacting standards) is a time-consuming and fairly disgusting process. I chose not to photograph this stage of my labors because I want you, if you enjoy foie gras, to continue to enjoy foie gras. Sometimes, as they say, you don't want to see the sausage getting made. Devein I did, then I seasoned it. I molded it into a log and I rolled it tightly in cheesecloth. Then I rolled it even tighter. Then I enlisted my husband to help me roll it even tighter. I poached it in water, removed it, rolled it again (even tighter!) in a dish towel. Then I hung it in my fridge. That took four days.

Last night, my husband and I invited two friends to join us for dinner. Both had experienced foie gras only once and found it "super oily." The table was set.

Table setting
The table awaits

Keller's recipe calls for using fresh sour cherries and pickling them quickly in vinegar. I'd planned to skip that step and substitute a sour cherry jam, but the market didn't have it. Luckily they did have a jar of sour cherries. So I mixed water, sugar, and vinegar with the cherries and brought it to a boil. Then I strained out the cherries and reduced the liquid by half until I had a lovely ruby-colored syrup. Mmm, this was nicer than a jam. It was time to begin. I unrolled the foie gras.

Unroll the foie
Unrolling the cheesecloth

The outside had turned brown, so I peeled off the discoloration, exposing the lovely pink interior.

Peeling
Peeling the outside

I sliced and plated the foie gras, accompanied by the sour cherries, some baby lettuce, freshly toasted brioche, and a small mound of fleur de sel.

Plate
Ready to eat

We drank a lovely 1999 Cru D'Arche-Pugneau sauternes that our friends brought.

David enjoys it
A former vegan savors his bite

My friend Adriana, a Princeton PhD candidate, translator, and foie gras novice had this to say after the meal:

I really didn't know what to expect when I took my first bite of the torchon. The texture was the first thing that hit me--it's so light, buttery and almost sweet. But then, as it slides down your throat, you're hit with the full, incomparable flavor and aroma of the foie gras. I preferred to prepare each bite individually; doing so encouraged me to eat slowly. I varied the brioche, cherry, salt and foie gras proportions and finally settled into my "bite": brioche with a small piece of cherry, a dab of salt, and a substantial slice of foie gras.

We ate and ate, with hardly a vein in sight. We toasted fresh brioche, we drizzled sour cherry reduction, we sprinkled fleur de sel. The wine and conversation flowed. Every morsel was consumed.

The remains
The remains of the foie

As I raised a bite to my mouth, I paused and realized something. The bite I was about to consume looked just like I remembered from The French Laundry. And it tasted that good.

The final bite
A perfect bite

It was a magical meal with wonderful friends. As for the competition, well you can judge by the photos. I think it's clear: my cuisine reigns supreme!

comments are open

Originally from megnut.com blog by meg@megnut.com (Meg Hourihan) reBlogged on Nov 1, 2006, 12:40PM

From contests to archives

One of things that has made me the most proud about The Style Contest is the desire expressed by many to contribute styles to the database long after the contest was over. This to me is the best sign that The Style Contest was able to achieve one of its more important goals: to foster a Six Apart community of designers. But "The Style Contest" never felt like the right home for this community and group of individuals, which is why the team decided to create a new home for Six Apart styles and the designers who create them, aptly named "The Style Archive."

About The Style Archive

The Style Archive will serve as a permanent repository for all the styles submitted to any style contest, as well as a place for designers to submit new styles in between contests. The Style Archive allows visitors to submit new styles as well as to browse and search the archive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does this mean for The Style Contest website? Will the styles disappear from there?

For the time being: no. But what this move enables us to do is free up The Style Contest's website so that we can more easily host a new contest with new prizes.

Q: If I submit a new style to The Style Archive, will I still be eligible to submit my style to any new contest you guys might come up with?

Absolutely. Positively. Definitely. The Style Archive will not only be the home of styles submitted to any contest we create, but it can also be a place where new styles are submitted in between contests. So there is no need to hold back waiting for another $10,000 grand prize. Submit away.

Q: Who owns the styles once they are submitted?

The designer of course. And the designer is welcome to choose their own license for the designs they create. After all, it is their work.

Q: Are there any more contests planned?

It was always our intention to host more contests if the first one proved successful, which it was. So yes, there should be more contests. However, there in not one currently scheduled (as of October 2006), but stay tuned to The Style Archive Blog for news and announcements for news of a contest or other promotion or event.

Originally from ProNet by Byrne Reese reBlogged

October 31, 2006

Help Channel Frederator!

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Jeaux Janovsky writes in to tell us of new developments over at Channel Frederator:

As most of you may, (or may not) know, recently I was asked to be a News Correspondent on Frederator’s Channel Frederator by Fred Seibert himself. With Channel Frederator, we will be serving you dishes of the most current Animation news & the hottest interviews with animators/artists from all nooks, crannies, and parts of the globe. Mainstream, commercial, indy, folksy, outsider, chicken scratch, you name it. Doesn’t matter if you’re a Hollywood Bigshot, still in school, or a bearded hermit off in the woods animating rocks and leaves (like me) for the hell of it… We want your story! It’s all about the frame by frame love baby, the love. Help spread the Love people! If you, or someone you know, would like to be featured or interviewed on Channel Frederator, drop us an email at: promotecartoons (at) gmail(dot)com As always, to subscribe to CH.Fred, go to: http://www.channelfrederator.com/ or you can also go to ITunes.

Originally from Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog by Jared reBlogged on Oct 26, 2006, 7:28AM

Every Death in the Friday the 13th Series


From Rhizome every death in the Friday the 13th series, 7 minutes worth back to back in chronological order
Similar is Jamie Shovlin's print Every Victim and Manner of Death in the Friday the 13th film Series

Jamie Shovlin : Every Victim and Manner of Death in the Friday the 13th film Series- detail
and of course the McCoys sublime Every Anvil which does a similar thing with Looney Tunes.

Via Rhizome

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Originally from Stunned reBlogged on Oct 26, 2006, 7:25AM

11 Spring Street

Like so many others, for years we've been obsessed a building in our neighborhood which we refer to as "the candle building." If you've put your stuff up in Manhattan, then you are probably familiar with the building, as over the years it's become an outdoor museum for street art with artists from all over the world contributing.

Last Sunday the New York Times ran a piece about 11 Spring Street, and since the building is so easily recognizable, we thought we'd pass it along.

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Neighborhood Mystery
Ghosts Amid the Graffiti
By STEVEN KURUTZ

THE five-story, 19th-century brick building at the corner of Elizabeth and Spring Streets may be the best-known unknown building in New York. It is not designated as a landmark, it has no official name, and it is referred to only by its address, 11 Spring Street, or simply as “the building in NoLIta with all the graffiti on it.”

Yet 11 Spring Street is known worldwide as a mecca for street artists, some of whom have covered its sooty facade with a pastiche of graffiti and poster art. It is the subject of a poem that the singer Lou Reed recited on an album by a Danish band called Kashmir, and the London-based artist D*Face proposed by writing the words “Eve B, will you marry me?” on one wall.

The building, a boarded-up palazzolike structure, has elegant archways, an intricate stone carving of two horses that repeats along the building’s northern edge, and a garage door that remains ominously shut. It also has many local admirers, who have long speculated about who owns it, what it’s like inside and why, in a neighborhood like NoLIta, where a one-bedroom apartment rents for $3,000 a month, it sits vacant.

“I’ve been obsessed with that building for years,” said Jen Bekman, who owns an art gallery across the street.

Ms. Bekman often compares notes with Lockhart Steele, who runs the real estate Web log Curbed and also counts himself as a fan of the mystery building. “I used to think it was my own private fascination,” Mr. Steele said. “In a decade when real estate in New York has been so ascendant, it’s unique to find this massive building not being put to any particular use.”

Over the years, the building has become the New York equivalent of the spooky suburban home with the chipped paint and weedy lawn. The curtains and lighted candles that for years adorned the upper-story windows only added to the haunted-house aura. Some wonder if the interior is full of bizarre mechanical gadgets, an architectural version of the game Mousetrap. Others say there are no stairs, only ramps. “I heard it was an icehouse, where the mob kept bodies,” Mr. Steele said.

Whatever the truth, 11 Spring Street evolved into an unforgettable local attraction.

“Over time, a lot of international artists would come and put up a piece,” said Marc Schiller, whose Web site, Wooster Collective, documents ephemeral art. “Because it was never cleaned, these posters and stencils would collect. It became an outdoor museum for street art. It became a destination.

“You could meet people from Barcelona to Tokyo to Sao Paulo who know that building,” he went on. “That building, by circumstance, has become a focal point of a movement of public art.”

A few weeks ago, one of the mysteries surrounding the place was solved when Corcoran Real Estate Group, which had been listing the building for sale, noted on its Web site that 11 Spring Street had been sold. It was purchased by a firm called Elias Cummings Development, which plans to transform it into condominiums, with construction to start in a month.

With the sale of the building, its past is poised to become public. And that past is a rich and complex one.

Eleven Spring Street was built in 1888 as a carriage house and horse stable, and for years was equipped with ramps instead of stairs. The owner most strongly associated with the building was a theatrical set designer named John Simpson, who bought it in the 1970’s, lived there alone and tended to the curtains-and-candles display.

According to the photographer Jay Maisel, who lives a block away at 190 Bowery in another graffiti-covered, mystery building, and Edward Asfour, an architect who later worked on 11 Spring, Mr. Simpson was an eccentric man taken with the idea of mechanization. He outfitted his space with all sorts of primitive but ingenious gadgets, creating quarters that called to mind those of a downtown Da Vinci.

When someone entered the bathroom, for example, and turned on the light switch, a window shade dropped and a transistor radio turned on. A push of a button lowered a soap tray; a push of another button dispensed two sheets of toilet paper. At work stations around the building, Mr. Simpson kept a set of drills, so that no matter what floor he was on, he was never without a tool.

ONE day a few years ago, Mr. Maisel saw all of Mr. Simpson’s creations appear on the sidewalk, followed by Mr. Simpson. “I asked him what was going on,” Mr. Maisel recalled, “and he said: ‘I sold the building. I’m walking out with just the clothes on my back.’ ”

According to Mr. Maisel and others, Mr. Simpson is said to be in Italy somewhere; attempts to locate him for this article were unsuccessful.

In 2003, Mr. Simpson sold the building to Lachlan Murdoch, son of the media baron Rupert Murdoch, who planned to transform 11 Spring Street into a spectacular single-family residence, with a lap pool in the basement. Last year, when the son returned to his native Australia, the building again languished.

The new owners are Caroline Cummings, who comes from a family of developers, and Bob Elias, a Palm Beach developer. They plan to convert the building into a three-unit condominium.

One recent afternoon, Ms. Cummings and her project manager, Malcolm Stevenson, offered a tour of the interior, which has been stripped down to the wood studs and, given its equine past, appears pleasantly barnlike.

The developers plan to restore the facade — so sooty that the poem Mr. Reed read was titled “Black Building” — to its former glory. As for the building’s role as a global street art museum, Ms. Cummings, who holds a degree in art history from New York University, is uncertain but said, “We’re sensitive to the street-art issue.”

Ever since the announcement of the sale was posted on the Internet, there has been no shortage of visitors curious about the building’s fate, especially the day Ms. Cummings and Mr. Stevenson conducted an impromptu tour for a reporter.

“What is this building?” demanded Jasna Radonjic, a music publisher who lives nearby. “Tell me. I’ve always wondered.”

Informed that it had been a carriage house and would soon be condominiums, Ms. Radonjic offered a design suggestion. “I hope you keep the candles,” she said.

Originally from Wooster Collective reBlogged on Oct 17, 2006, 5:37AM

some of that data we asked for

Andrew has posted an explanation of Rocketboom's measurement, and mentions that he gave a Techcrunch reporter access to the server stats for verification.

Meanwhile, a new comScore report has some insights about streaming activity versus site visitors for sites like Google and YouTube, showing that the majority of YouTube's visitors and traffic in July came from outside the U.S.

Originally from unmediated by yatta reBlogged on Oct 26, 2006, 12:21PM

Dembot: Ze Errors

I got a call today from Marshall Kirkpatrick from Techcrunch who wanted to go over all of my stats. He was pretty skeptical at first but I gave him logins for the various servers and spent an hour on the phone going over everything.

Originally from unmediated by yatta reBlogged on Oct 26, 2006, 12:21PM

Vox Launches

Six Apart today launched Vox - a blog service for the masses that had been in beta since earlier this year. You can sign up here. Vox has 85,000 members currently.

Originally from unmediated by yatta reBlogged on Oct 26, 2006, 12:21PM

Flash in the Cloud

Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that the multimedia Flash technology, which enhances graphics and enables rich video and animation on PCs, will be embedded in applications made for Verizon Wireless cell phones. Verizon is the first wireless carrier in North America to embed Flash Lite, the companies said.

"Flash Lite for Brew", developed by Adobe and Qualcomm, beefs up graphics and animation for Verizon's "Get It Now" downloads, explains C/Net. Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) development platform is similar and competitive with cellular-based Java applications. A preview release of the Flash Lite 2.1 Update to Flash Professional 8 is available for free download, enabling developers to create, preview and test Flash Lite content and applications.

The Weather Channel today announced the launch of its first Flash Lite downloadable application. The subscription service delivers detailed forecasts, animated radar and satellite maps, severe weather alerts and national severe news including hurricane coverage.

Verizon's "Get It Now" service includes games, ring tones and other applications such as news and weather. The technology will initially work on four Verizon Wireless phones: The LG VX9800, the Motorola Razr V3c and V3m, and the Samsung SCH-a950. Flash Lite will be available on additional handsets in the coming weeks, Verizon said.

Nokia has integrated Macromedia Flash technology into the Series 60 Platform. Macromedia and Nokia will also provide integrated mobile development tool sets that will enable developers to more rapidly and efficiently create compelling Flash content for mobile devices, while leveraging their existing expertise and brand assets.

The BREW 2006 Developer Awards winners include:

Macromedia's Flash Player for Pocket PC provides a slick interface. Developers who want to create standalone projectors for easy distribution of their content can get Standalone Macromedia Flash Player.

WirelessDevNet has news on the latest applications. BREW applications primarily run on Qualcomm CDMA phones and must be digitally signed, unlike its main competitor, the J2ME platform. Java ME devices implement a profile enabling any developer to upload and execute software on any supported handset. The most common profile is the Mobile Information Device Profile (Midlet), for cell phones and PDAs. Openwap.org has news on the latest open source Midlets for Java phones like Gmail mobile, Google Maps Mobile and MicroJabber.

Daisyphone (right), is a java applet that can be downloaded free to cellphones or PDA. It lets you create collaborative public media. Individuals can compose their own sampled sound, then upload it to a public sound sculpture.

The tempo is set by the speed at which a 'radar arm' rotates around the daisy. You place notes on the petals of Daisyphone and choose your instruments from the stamen. People are given different colours.

How about a giant umbrella on Waterfront Park that visualizes "city cloud" status and acts as a collaborative art project:

  • The umbrella handle, resembling a small tree trunk, is created from 1,000 recycled cell phones. They randomly ring with bird and animal songs.

  • The umbrella would be 25 feet in diameter and composed of 2,000 LEDs, changing colors depending on node activity in the city cloud.

  • Electro Luminesent wire (ElWire) would delineate 32 sectors and "sweep" like a radar

  • A java applet, based on the Daisyphone (right), could be downloaded into cellphones or laptops to create a collaborative musical composition as the radar sweeps around the umbrella.

  • A picnic table under the umbrella provides shelter.


Viacom Outdoor has a permanent network of Bluetooth-enabled poster sites on the London Undergound. Tube users can download content on to their mobiles using Bluetooth devices housed inside the interactive posters.

Channel 4 is the first advertiser to take advantage of the new advertising channel, using the poster sites to promote FourDocs, its broadband documentary channel which encourages the public to view and make their own 4 minute documentaries.

Viacom Outdoor has installed 15 Bluetooth ‘Jacks’ developed by technology company Wideray.

WiFi in combination with collaborative, interactive, projects might reflect and extend social connections. Multiplayer Wireless Games and innovative wireless projects might be free in public areas.

One Percent for Art is a program that designates one percent of the capital cost of government construction projects for public art. Many city and county governments have found that a percent for art program is a good investment.

In 2005, the City of Portland and Multnomah County mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of their Percent for Art ordinances. It's administered by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). It also receives grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and private donors.

Some agencies have public art programs, too. Portland's TriMet created one in 1992 in anticipation of the westside MAX light rail. The program became permanent in 1997. TriMet's public art program has added vitality to the regional transit system. The Portland Mall renovation project has allocated approximately $750,000 to fund the Mall art program.

Java-based (J2ME -- Java 2 Micro Edition) is used by New York's Virtual Guide with the Voyager 2.0 development package making it compatible with a wide variety of operating systems and mobile devices.

I believe that a public art component is essential for city clouds. It sets a tone of collaboration, promoting understanding, diffusing tensions and enhancing productivity.

The Wireless Athens Zone has developed hundreds of mobile applications. Each year, they select a theme to anchor its investigation of mobile media. Students and faculty collaborate with industry leaders to produce prototypes around this theme.

Every big-city municipal wireless installation needs a corresponding Location Based Services development lab at the local community college or university. Isn't that obvious? Ask your administration what they're doing. Then kick some butt.

DailyWireless has more on Virtual Guides, GPS PDAs, Audio Beamforming, Shakespeare PDA Tour and Embedded MP-3 Virtual Tours. I hear bird songs, whales and insects.



      To see the world in a grain of sand,
      And heaven in a wildflower,
      Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
      And eternity in an hour.

      - William Blake


DailyWireless has additional pointers permanently linked on the left column under "Metro Art". Those links include; ArtBeat, Artbots, Burning Man, Eyebeam and Rhizome, Coin-operated, Cockeyed, Chunk 6-6-6, Harmony Central, JSyn, Lego Mindstorms, Luminesent Wire, mms2web, PortlandPublicArt, Spectropolis, SLop, Urban Tapestries, Unmediated, VJ Central, Video Synths, WebJam, WebJay, Wireless Art and Wisdom of the Elders.

Originally from unmediated by yatta reBlogged on Oct 26, 2006, 12:21PM

On the alert for bloggers



So many interesting blogs and so little time! If you're anything like me, you like to pick and choose what posts you read on any given blog. You may only want to read a post about a topic of your interest, or perhaps you only want to read blog posts by a particular writer or two. Hence the new Blog Alert, which notifies you about new blog search results. We've also added a Comprehensive Alert, which can show results from multiple sources (including Google News, the web, and blogs) so you get fuller information whenever your favorite topics appear online. Here are a few examples to get you going:

-- You want to know when anyone blogs about global warming.

-- You like to track all Google mentions on Slashdot.

-- You're a bit obsessed with chocolate recipes on food blogs.

-- You need to know when RottenTomatoes covers Will Ferrell.

-- That well-known search pundit John Battelle seems to have a lot to say.

And now, it's your turn to make some of your own.

Originally from Official Google Blog by A Googler reBlogged on Oct 26, 2006, 4:58PM

File under, strange but true

Picture 2-21Odd, but apparently true. A range of mountains in Canada--revealed by satellite images in Google Maps--looks like a Native American Indian----that, or someone has done some masterful hacking and photoshop work. Check it out.

Originally from John Battelle's Searchblog reBlogged on Oct 26, 2006, 3:39PM

The Google Hip-Hop Engine

I'm working right now on a custom version of Google, that strictly searches all of the best hip-hop sites and blogs. You can get a preview here, and anyone who wants to help build this thing can click the "volunteer" link to join the team and start adding your own favorite sites to the search. We're aiming to establish a...

Originally from hiphopmusic.com by jsmooth995 reBlogged on Oct 26, 2006, 2:02PM

Google posters for libraries

Interesting. Google has produced a series of posters for use inside libraries outlining effective use of their tools.

Originally from Rebecca's Pocket reBlogged on Oct 27, 2006, 8:30AM

This Is Crepe!!

Rolling in his six four

Thiru “Dosa Man” Kumar, Washington Square South and Sullivan Street snags the runner up Vendy honors again this year. We profiled him earlier this year in our magazine. Read the interview and check out the menu.

Originally from Turbanhead.com by Administrator reBlogged on Oct 26, 2006, 7:23PM

Education Needs Some Unpredictability

Examiner column for October 30.

    Teachers and students live in an alternate time plane. The sun rises and sets, keeping time for the rest of the world, but for us time begins in September and ends in June, with several moments on this educational clock when we hit the “pause” button. Those are called holidays.

For students, the time cycle is the same year after year, although some things change: teachers, subjects, classmates. The most unsettling change is within themselves as they grow, look different, act different, feel different.

    For most teachers it’s the same school, same classroom, same subjects. Only the identities of our students change. Of course we grow older, too---but those changes are far less dramatic than those taking place within our charges.

    The script is much the same---only the actors change. This is why I value a script written by someone else. For years I have escorted students to The Shakespeare Theatre in D.C. Last week we saw Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” a nineteenth century look at the ethics of whistle-blowing on the issue of water pollution.

    What surprises me about attending a performance is not the quality of the play or production---which is always high. I am amazed at how foreign an experience it is for students to attend a live, cultural event.

    Oakton High School students are seemingly sophisticated. They have cell phones and computers and all the latest DVDs. But some have never taken the Metro. For a few, it is their first trip into D.C., or their first live play. For one boy a few years back, the restaurant meal afterwards was the first time he had ever eaten Chinese food. (He liked it.)

    My students usually like the plays, too---although Shakespeare’s history plays are a tough sell. But Ibsen’s value shouldn’t be quantified in terms of their enjoyment. They travel out of their Northern Virginia “comfort zone” and find out that in live performances----unlike in classrooms----they will not be seated if they are late. They sit together yet can’t whisper,  “What did he say?” to one another the way they do all day in school.

    They discover that the real world operates by different rules. Even the laws of nature are different. In the schoolroom, the day doesn’t end with a sunset, but with a bell. And each period, not hour, is pretty much the same as the last.

    But at the theatre, the curtain goes up and there’s no telling what might go on between that moment and the final applause. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, a new character walks on stage.

    Students like stability and, truthfully, so do teachers. Yet it’s good to be reminded that education is not quite like life. Going to a play has the double benefit of stimulating thought and reminding students that the real world that awaits them is different from school in its unpredictability and its entirely different set of rules. Teachers need to be reminded of that, too.

    Briefly, we step away from the numbing sameness of the classroom. Then the next morning we are back in our alternate time plane, waiting for the bell to ring.

Originally from TeacherTalk by Erica Jacobs reBlogged

Giants


Here at the Arhus Art Museum in Denmark there was a giant boy living on the first floor. He was a bit shy with all the people around, but still seemed to be pretty content. Excellent sculpture by the artist, Ron Mueck that might have scared a few people who were a bit confused by it.

Originally from coin-operated by jonah reBlogged on Oct 29, 2006, 2:51AM

Nas "Why You Hate the Game" (featuring Game)

Or more to the point: At long last, Nas flowing over a Just Blaze beat. Get it here or here. Technically "Why You Hate the Game" is Game's record, though with Just, Nas, and Marsha from Floetry on there, he's not even the 3rd most noteworthy presence on his own track. But credit where it's due, he does come through...

Originally from hiphopmusic.com by jsmooth995 reBlogged on Oct 29, 2006, 1:04AM

A Bad Day with MySQL and MacPorts

Last April, I posted an entry about using DarwinMacPorts to set up all the needed infrastructure to run a Rails application. This has worked great for me, but based on the comments, it hasn't been all smooth sailing for everyone. Some people have reported problems that I (and others) haven't seen. When people report problems that you haven't seen, it's easy wonder what's going on, but just keep on keeping on.

Today, I ran fully into the suck zone. For the first time, MacPorts let me down. And, now that I've pretty much diagnosed it all, I'm a fairly unhappy camper. Here's the situation:

  • The latest version of the MySQL 5 port attempts to build 5.0.26.
  • There is no version 5.0.26 on MySQL's servers. Apparently, the port was pushed to 5.0.26 a few weeks back even though 5.0.24a was the latest version of MySQL up until today.
  • I hacked my Portfile to use the just released 5.0.27. At least it looks like it was just released. It showed up today as I was troubleshooting the 5.0.26 issue. This worked fine and great.
  • Then the rb-mysql port failed. Lots of gibberish in stdout.
  • Looks like the rb-mysql port needs to pick up new header, my_global.h. This is at least what I've found from a bug report on MacPorts' Trac.

Now, in addition to having to hack about a Portfile for MySQL, admittedly not that tough, I now need to hack in a Portfile for rb-mysql because the Ruby MySQL driver code doesn't include my_global.h, a new header that was introduced in a recent version of MySQL.

The suckage isn't just limited to MacPorts. If fact, the root problem of this whole thing is that MySQL added a header and the Ruby MySQL library hasn't been revised to keep up. If you try to build the Ruby MySQL gem with a recent version of MySQL, it also fails.

So, two takeaway points: One, I can now see where some people are having randomly intermittent problems with MacPorts. Without top to bottom testing of the entire ports tree with each port change, it's impossible to catch these sorts of bugs except by bug report. Two, there's so much chaos in the system of building up big apps that it's not even funny. You can have everything smooth one day, and you can't repeat it the next because several small pieces subtly changed.

Building, setting up, deploying, and maintaining web applications is a fast way to the funny farm. Too many damn peices in the mix.

Update: More to the story in my next post on the matter.

Originally from James Duncan Davidson by James Duncan Davidson reBlogged on Oct 28, 2006, 7:35PM

Ars Technica: Vista Home Basic: of lemons and lemonade. How does an 8GB Nano ...

Ars Technica: Vista Home Basic: of lemons and lemonade.

Originally from Hack the Planet by Wes Felter reBlogged

Xylor Jane at CANADA

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Xylor Janes Ruin [installation view]


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Xylor Jane So Long [installation view]


Xylor Jane's second solo show at CANADA is a knockout, and the more I learn (well, "learn" may be too presumptious; "read" or "hear" would be more appropriate) about the artist and her art the more I'm pulled into its beauty and its mystery. I feel a similar connection to Chris Martin's work, but it would take someone with far better creds than I to explain what that's all about, or in fact what's going on inside the work of either artist.

Even my camera seemed possessed when it had to deal with Jane's paintings yesterday: The smaller images on the camera back and on the computer screen clearly revealed colors and shapes which were barely apparent to my naked eye when I stood in front of these two seemingly monochromatic paintings, and they are barely visible even in these uploaded shots. Incidentally, two of the three other paintings in the exhibition are more obviously colorful than the pair I've chosen to include here.

The works are each approximately three or four feet square.

Check the paragraphs from the press release included on the ArtCal event page. I've also included below the artist's notes [punctuation and capitalization as found] for the two paintings represented by the images above, and after that, some of Jane's general notes for all of the paintings.


Ruin
The strokes face either in or out, changing with each year along with the hue
584 weeks
11.22 years
Art Career in Black and Velvet
Failure misery demise
Time prison, blocks of years


So Long
structured on a 16-sided polygon that squares itself at the edge
8x16x32 it has a stutter that allows the seven hues to be in order (on the vertical and horizontal-) in both directions
it has 4096 strokes facing out
Strokes radiate from skewed center, growing larger.
Black rainbow waves an Infinite good bye


General info for all paintings
Brush is reloaded for each stroke
Each stroke represents one day
All begin at a center - clockwise moving
Each painting should be turned a quarter turn clockwise at each solstice or equinox marked on the side of the canvas so that the right side will indicate the season for that hanging direction

Monday = yellow
Tuesday = Green
Wednesday = blue
Thursday = indigo
Friday = violet
Saturday = red
Sunday = orange

Originally from jameswagner.com reBlogged on Oct 29, 2006, 12:31PM

in out design: tourbillion

Tourbillon

Who says the functional and utilitarian can't make us smile and wonder?

Who says boring, unloved, ordinary can't become loved and extraordinary?

Who says everyday normal can't be re-thought?

I love delighting (unncecessary) form that has no real functional purpose other than to make this world a brighter, smilier place, (ironically enough, I actually believe that design's primary role is to make this world a better place, so really there is no such thing as "unnecessary" style). Take Martino D'esposito's manhole cover for [In OUT] as an example.

According to D'esposito, "The manhole cover deserved to be re-designed with a sensitivty closer to its function, namely to drain off rain water. Tourbillon has a formal code which satisfies both the functionality of the object and the images of it as perceived by a pedestrian."

Perhaps that the key - design with a sensivity closer to its function.

Originally from l-e-mental by clairehyland reBlogged

"All Hallows" by Jim Coudal

Ghost masks, trampy nurses, and razor-stuffed apples--yes. But Halloween's true character, as a day to remember the dead, can still sneak up on you, reports JIM COUDAL.

For a string of Halloweens during the late ‘90s in Chicago, a group called The Redmoon Theater created a street pageant along five blocks of a beautiful old graystone-lined boulevard in Logan Square. Like the neighborhood itself, the one-night festival attracted an economically and racially diverse group of people who wandered between “stations,” elaborately constructed set pieces, like scenes from a medieval mystery play or from Bergman’s Seventh Seal. Each year the pageant was organized around a theme related to the historic meaning of Halloween as a celebration of the dead. One year, the perfomances were about the ways in which the living deal with loss, and at each station participants acted out a particular concept or idea. The summer leading up to that autumn had been a tumultuous one for our family. Our preschool-age daughters, Isabelle and Grace, had helped us welcome our new son, Spencer, into the world... Click here to continue reading this article.

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Originally from The Morning News reBlogged on Oct 30, 2006, 7:59AM

Record labels sell ringtones directly to fans

wmg.gif Record labels have latched onto the trend of selling ringtones and other mobile content directly to fans, rather than relying solely on wireless operators to generate sales, reports Reuters.

..."I don't think you will see a (marketing) tool coming out of Atlantic Records -- anything from an album, flier or advertisement -- that doesn't have some sort of mobile promotion," says Cyndi Allnot, Atlantic Records' mobile marketing manager.

... Compared with other entertainment industries, like film or TV, the music industry is more sophisticated in its usage of text messaging as a promotional tool. The music industry is more progressive because they are able to immediately see the financial gain" through ringtone sales, saysaccording to Dov Cohn, VP of product management and strategy at Motricity "and they're looking to take more control over it and build their brands more directly."

In some cases, labels can even charge a fee for the text messages sent in response to recoup their marketing costs, without selling a thing."

Originally from ringtonia.com by emily reBlogged on Oct 30, 2006, 7:05AM

A petition to bring back buttons on phones?

278759057_86084b4300_m.jpg From Design Sojourn: "I am starting to feel such non-mechanical buttons actually reduce the user experience rather than enhance it. Often because these static buttons are not used in a correct context and it lacks the most important thing a tactile and haptic feedback. (Pictures left of Nokia concept mobile phone with static buttons).

“Static” buttons on the other hand have issues with feedback. Nothing moves, so there is no action and thus no reaction. Therefore designers that use “static” buttons need to employ a host of other feedback elements, like beeping sounds or lights. This is a very software driven interface and hence prone to software based problems.

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[via del.icio.us/blackbeltjones]

Originally from textually.org by emily reBlogged on Oct 30, 2006, 3:16AM

I Get Grilled on A Hamburger Today

Quick Post

Yes, I'm still writing there, but Adam insisted on grilling me. It was fun to spew my thoughts on burgers.

http://www.ahamburgertoday.com/archives/2006/10/grilled_matty_jacobs.php

Originally from Capn Design reBlogged on Oct 30, 2006, 4:13PM

Are Lines of Code really a measure of either success, productivity or popularity? [4]

Via this and that, I found myself reading PHP Eats Rails for Breakfast

The title PHP Eats Rails for Breakfast and subtitle Despite the buzz around sexy new frameworks like Rails and Django, PHP is more dominant than ever initially commits the same fallacy that others have and that is to compare frameworks (Rails and Django) with programming languages. And then the suggestion becomes that one can interchangeably use Rails and Ruby, Django and Python.

New projects in their analyses were open source projects. And despite the popularity and open source availability of Rails and Django, they’re both relatively young and I can’t think of many open source and substantial applications written in both (all of our’s for example are closed source).

But the telling graph there is actually the last: more than 15% of “New Projects” are being written in Ruby. This counts “projects” not “net” lines of code.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but if 20 PHP projects do what most PHP projects have done and that is build out a custom “framework” that’s splayed out in /lib/ and /include/ directories, then they’re naturally going to have much more code than 20 Rails projects that are all taking advantage of the ~75,000 LOCs that’s present in the Rails framework.

What’s gets counted in a valid comparison then?

Would a 5000 LOC Rails application be equivalent to an 80,000 LOC PHP (non-framework using) application?

Do we get picky and only count the part of Rails or Django that actually gets “used”?

So when we have an application like Beast (svn, example forum) that implements a forum in about 500 lines of code.

How do we compare that to feature-comparable application in another language?

Rails is also a bit unique is that most people you see around only started coding in Ruby because of the Rails framework, and there aren’t many other examples of a single framework being so dominant within a language’s community.

I simply think the basic finding that’s in the title is just there to get some notice. I don’t quite have Gruber’s Jackass Stamp but if I did … someone might get stamped.

So what do you think?

Are they simply full of schnitzel or am I missing something?

Then in an Age of (Web) Frameworks, is there a relationship between LOCs and success, productivity or popularity?

How do frameworks impact typical metrics used by managers?

And it’s funny because we’ve had the same conversation internally where I’ll watch commits go by and then email someone and ask, “Is that feature really just 9 lines in our app?”

Originally from Joyeur reBlogged

Starbucks Center of Garvity

Spurred on by a discussion on Kottke.org, I decided it would be interesting to find out what the Starbucks Center of Gravity in Manhattan is (note: On kottke they are looking for density, not center of gravity which I thought was more fun...). What does "center of gravity" mean? Well, it means the exact place you can stand in Manhattan and be closest to ALL Starbucks. As if every single Starbucks was pulling you equally in its direction, this is the place where u could stand to feel the most Starbucks power...and not just within a few blocks radius, but for the whole Island! Think of it like being at the North Pole for overpriced coffee...The power center / death star if you will allow me to go that far....

So let me explain how this was calculated and also I am going to give shout outs to the many people who helped me on this. First, Starbucks locations were data mined off of their website, and an excel spreadsheet of these addressees was constructed (note this was done this summer so there are prolly a few more now...sorry...). You can download that here (thx for my sister Jamie and Charles Harlan for help with this). Then these (thx to Jon Levy for this) were fed into fancy mapping software and Lat and Lon points were calculated . If you are a nerd and are really wondering that the Latitude and Longitude points for the Starbucks in Manhattan is, here are those!!!:

-74.01317, 40.70456
-74.01138, 40.70782
-74.00713, 40.70541
-74.01161, 40.70894
-73.9987, 40.69628
-74.00848, 40.70906
-74.00739, 40.7089
-74.00928, 40.71102
-74.01043, 40.71007
-74.01197, 40.7108
-74.01346, 40.7152
-74.00708, 40.7158
-74.01084, 40.71
-74.00515, 40.71713
-73.99995, 40.71858
-74.0037, 40.7182
-73.99749, 40.72299
-74.00557, 40.72409
-73.99511, 40.72778
-74.00662, 40.7338
-74.00256, 40.73089
-73.9971, 40.73235
-73.99888, 40.73422
-73.99727, 40.73728
-73.9894, 40.72945
-74.00193, 40.73876
-74.00297, 40.74046
-73.98534, 40.73715
-73.99372, 40.74215
-73.98857, 40.73842
-73.9994, 40.74404
-73.99156, 40.74511
-73.98107, 40.73976
-73.98711, 40.74537
-73.98386, 40.74423
-73.97949, 40.74123
-73.99494, 40.74529
-73.99681, 40.75047
-73.98786, 40.74344
-73.98942, 40.75062
-73.98522, 40.74355
-73.99029, 40.75179
-73.99641, 40.75361
-73.99321, 40.75284
-73.98159, 40.74813
-74.0036, 40.75653
-73.97701, 40.75064
-73.97512, 40.75039
-73.98009, 40.75224
-73.99385, 40.75285
-73.97942, 40.75333
-73.98128, 40.75134
-73.97658, 40.74926
-73.98143, 40.75125
-73.98847, 40.75674
-73.97758, 40.75071
-73.99253, 40.75876
-73.98989, 40.75554
-73.99689, 40.7602
-73.9859, 40.75555
-73.9859, 40.75555
-73.97489, 40.74905
-73.97616, 40.75009
-73.97761, 40.7536
-73.98756, 40.75484
-73.99294, 40.75889
-73.96868, 40.75511
-73.97251, 40.75675
-73.97069, 40.75644
-73.98365, 40.76079
-73.98734, 40.76201
-73.97757, 40.75905
-73.98641, 40.76054
-73.98418, 40.75966
-73.98124, 40.7619
-73.97646, 40.7605
-73.9879, 40.76102
-73.96964, 40.75918
-73.97608, 40.75858
-73.98508, 40.75904
-73.97709, 40.76014
-73.97838, 40.76398
-73.97433, 40.76374
-73.97391, 40.76402
-73.97898, 40.76509
-73.98368, 40.76698
-73.96162, 40.76058
-73.98494, 40.76915
-73.98232, 40.76913
-73.96623, 40.76343
-73.98213, 40.77357
-73.96245, 40.76857
-73.9573, 40.7673
-73.95956, 40.76754
-73.9813, 40.77502
-73.98399, 40.76888
-73.9623, 40.7716
-73.977, 40.77999
-73.98133, 40.77852
-73.95437, 40.77418
-73.95438, 40.77474
-73.97692, 40.77994
-73.98194, 40.78242
-73.95762, 40.77496
-73.95263, 40.77353
-73.95978, 40.78314
-73.97228, 40.78391
-73.95266, 40.78205
-73.95385, 40.78006
-73.95421, 40.78723
-73.97367, 40.7923
-73.96921, 40.79669
-73.96634, 40.80477
-73.96426, 40.80803
-73.94473, 40.80748
-73.9356, 40.85106
-73.98534, 40.73715
-74.00041, 40.74302
-73.97692, 40.77747
-73.98003, 40.75469

Then, these were averaged (thx for Michael Frumin and Jonathan Levy again! for help on this), and THUS WE HAVE THE CENTER OF GRAVITY which turns out to be here:



somewhere between 5th and 6th, in between 39th and 40th which looks like this ------>



So that's that. Just one more piece of information to clog up the internet 4 ya...

Originally from Cory's Web LOG reBlogged

some portland follow up and discussion of speed

I finally got to meet Anna Creech as well as a bunch of other great librarians when I was in Oregon. Anna has some notes from my talk as well as the two other speakers who gave presentations on the first day, Anthony Bernier and Rachel Bridgewater both of whom gave really interesting presentations that I was delighted to find myself sandwiched between.

All of us spoke a lot about recent data from the Pew Reports, many of which I was copying and pasting graphs from into my talk at the last minute [see geocities vs. myspace and encarta vs. wikipedia] and I even got to mention the Digital Divide a little. I was sorry that I wasn’t able to include information from Speed Matters, a site set up by the Communication Workers of American urging that the US develop a comprehensive broadband policy to ensure equitable broadband access for everyone. I just learned about the site from FreeGovInfo which discusses some of the different ways we still have a digital divide.

There is an income digital divide: more than 62% of households with incomes over $100,000 subscribe to high speed broadband at home while just 11% of households with incomes below $30,000 subscribe.

There is a rural/urban digital divide: only 17% of adults in rural areas subscribe to broadband compared to 31% in urban and 30% in suburban areas.

And there is a farm/non-farm divide: only 15.8% of farm households have adopted broadband.

Here’s some specifics about the Vermont situation and Verizon’s plan to sell off local access lines in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Here in Vermont that’s about 85-90% of the state’s phone lines. While I loved living in Topsham with our local telephone company Topsham Telephone, there’s a real problem when big businesses who were given favorable legislation to obtain monopolies in industries like telecommunications are then allowed cherrypick and jettison the less profitable areas.

This will affect me personally, as well as people in my town and county who are still waiting to have DSL available in their locations. As we learned from the Pew Reports, people who have faster connections do more online. More government information and resources are being moved online. More online content is becoming inaccessible to people who only have dialup connections. Getting broadband to the libraries is part of the equation, and an important part, but what are our other obligations to get our patrons and our neighbors on to the information superhighway at speeds that are adequate to do what they need to do?

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Originally from librarian.net by jessamyn reBlogged on Oct 30, 2006, 9:14PM

Ogle Earth on Google Integration Opportunities

Stefan speculates on some of the potential ways that Google's mapping products could be integrated into its other services and products, as per a recent company directive to make their stuff work together better....

Originally from The Map Room by Jonathan Crowe reBlogged on Oct 30, 2006, 8:38PM

Long New Yorker profile on Will Wright

The Sims was partially inspired by his daughter's dollhouse and his own house burning down  

Originally from Waxy.org Links reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 1:26AM

OS X: Xray

"Xray is a brand-new, timeline-based performance visualization tool that gives you the ability to see how your application works like you've never been able to do before. It lets you watch CPU, disk I/O, memory usage, garbage collection, events, and more in the form of graphs tied to time."

Originally from tecznotes links by Michal Migurski reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 12:53AM

John Ralston’s Polyoramas

polyorama.jpg

Flickr user John Ralston has taken advantage of Flickr’s integration with the ultra-adorable mini cards from Moo to create a series of polyoramas (set one and set two) comprising interchangeable elements that can be arranged to create an almost infinite number of possible scenes. As John says, “with fifteen recombinable cards, you can seduce someone with them 1,307,674,368,000 times!”

What a brilliant idea! Certainly the best use of those Moo cards I’ve seen yet.

Previously: The Entire Senior Class of Hamline University, 1925 by John.

Originally from Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog by Johnny reBlogged on Oct 30, 2006, 11:49PM

Puppet Regime, 2

Water Puppets

The water puppet form was invented around 1,000 years ago in the rice paddies of north Viet Nam. Once a tradition in the flooded fields, the form is now firmly folkloric, performed in the captial on a contemporary stage flooded with water. Wooden puppets are held up on bamboo poles hidden under the water and controlled from behind a curtain at the back of the stage. Our show in Hanoi consists of 12 short vignettes along with a musical prelude.

Many of the stories take place in and around the water: fantastic tales of magical fish, swimming and spitting dragons and other animal deities, moments of legendary history, and — most interesting to me — scenes mundane, every day life. Why would people living and working in the fields need to tell a story consisting of people living and working in the fields. Is it a celebration? A means of education or identification? That this is who we are, and these are our stories? Planting rice and catching fish takes place in the same narrative space, on the same stage as the emperor who returns his sword to the giant turtle in the lake, within the same frame as the dancing dragons, mating phoenix birds and other gods of nature who tease us and manipulate the world.

After the climactic, splashing dance of the four holy animals is the curtain call. The curtain rises, the players and bamboo mechanisms are revealed — it is the puppeteers who manipulate the gods.

Originally from Social Design Notes reBlogged on Oct 30, 2006, 10:54PM

Libre Map Project

You may recall Jared Benedict's stunt last August to "free the maps" by raising $1,600 to pay for a complete set of USGS topographic map data. The fruits of that fundraiser -- 1:24K DRGs, geonames and other geospatial data files...

Originally from The Map Room by Jonathan Crowe reBlogged on Oct 30, 2006, 9:31PM

Fort Greene's Teenage Mutant Ninja Boulder

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Local blog Razor Apple asks, "What can a 10 ton, 7 foot tall piece of rock dress up as for some trick or treat action?" It's unclear whether the blogger put together the costume pictured above — or if he just snapped a photo of another trickster's handiwork — but seeing the boulder that was excavated from Vanderbilt Avenue dressed as Raphael, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, is definitely a big Halloween treat.
Costuming a 10-Ton Rock for Halloween [Razor Apple]
On Vanderbilt Avenue: Rock On [Brooklyn Record]

Originally from Brooklyn Record by Brooklyn Record reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 9:02AM

2005 TEDPrize winner Bono on TEDTalks

Posted by June CohenRock star and activist Bono accepts the 2005 TEDPrize with a riveting talk about our moral obligation (and economic incentive) to help lift Africa out of poverty. He unveils his TEDPrize wishes by challenging the TED community to help build...

London: A Life in Maps

Coming up at the British Library and running from November 24 to March 4, an exhibition called "London: A Life in Maps": "Maps, views, letters, and ephemera from the British Library collections, show the city's transformation from a Roman...

Originally from The Map Room by Jonathan Crowe reBlogged on Oct 31, 2006, 8:28AM

October 29, 2006

One Book Meme
















Stolen from Chekov’s mistress who got it from James Marcus. Oscar Wilde said that talent borrows but genius steals. I don’t know about feeling like a genius but I do know a thing or two about feeling like a thief. So here are my answers:

1. One book that changed your life?

I think the best books change your life in ways that maybe you cannot recognise, but others recognise in you and think that it's just growth. With that as a yardstick, X-men becomes as important as The Color Purple. But if I had to pick only one book it would be James Joyce’s Dubliners. The irony is that I’m such a prude that I didn’t realize what was happening in “The Encounter” until I was 31 years old! The very first thing I ever wrote was a story-by-story response to Dubliners. The Sisters became Disintegration (yep also based on The Cure), A Painful Case became Wallpaper Faces and Two Gallants became Two Gentlemen United for Northside. All awful, trust me. But after that I realized that I was never going to whup this writing thingy. Mind you it would be another seven years before I wrote something else.

2. One book that you have read more than once?

My Name is Red, by Orham Pamuk. Possibly the only book influenced by One Hundred Years of Solitude to pose a serious threat to that book’s much deified place in fiction. Yes it is that good, and yes I knew he was going to win the Nobel this year. Joining Red in lit syndication however are Pride and Prejudice, Song of Solomon, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Lolita.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

A desert island would probably be the perfect place to get into a writer I feel I should know intimately but don’t have a clue about. That would be Philip Roth. So hopefully I would crash land with the new library of congress editions of his books. Given his rep for misanthropy and my future without company, maybe we would be a perfect match

4. One book that made you cry?

Richard Powers's The Time of Our Singing. Call it the anti-Corrections. You root so much for this way-before-their-time interracial family that when they ultimately, inevitably fail, you feel all humanity failed with it. I haven’t been so upset over fictional characters since Bill Sykes scared me for seven years.

5. One book that made you laugh?

Shame, by Salman Rushdie. I didn’t even think I was allowed to laugh with serious literature until this book.

6. One book you wish had been written?
I can't stand memoirs but I would have given anything if one of the four: Mary Shelley, Percy Bycce, Lord Byron and that other woman who I keep forgetting, had written a memoir of that summer they all spent together.


7. One book you wish had never been written?

I could do without Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Alborn, but maybe more Oklahoma kids wouldn't be missing their parents and vice versa had their been no Turner Diaries.

8. One book you are reading currently?

Francine Prose’s Reading like a Writer and Patrick White’s Riders in the Chariot.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

Oh lord where do I start? Maybe I should just say Ulysses and be done with it. And horrifying as it is to believe, I still haven’t read The Great Gatsby.

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