Thursday, April 29, 2010

Apple's Steve Jobs sends an open letter to Adobe on why his mobile products won't support Adobe Flash.
While Job's has little room to crow on his own company's history in software openness, I agree with many of his points.  With HTML5 coming, Flash may be at the end of it's useful life anyway.
The Wind Man who Beat Cape Cod's Elite
Jim Gordon struggles to lift a book. It's 4,000 pages, more than a foot thick and one of the dozens of government reports over the last decade assessing the nation's first offshore wind farm.
"It's thicker than the health care bill," chuckles Gordon, the 56-year-old CEO of Cape Wind.
Frisbee Collective, a gallery of all things frisbee, including a vintage gallery.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Think Again:  The Internet (ForeignPolicy)
They told us it would usher in a new era of freedom, political activism, and perpetual peace. They were wrong.
Coastal Collapse (slate)
Titus, the Environmental Protection Agency's resident expert on sea-level rise, first happened on Maryland's disappearing beaches 15 years ago while looking for a place to windsurf. "Having the name 'beach,' " he discovered, "is not a very good predictor of having a beach."
Ub Iwerks Biography (9 parts, via drawn)

25 strategies for overcoming creative block (ISO50)

1000 things made of bamboo

We have met the enemy and he is PowerPoint (NYTimes)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Photographer Francois Roberts depicts the bones of human skeletons arranged in iconic forms in "Stop The Violence"
The Tea Party's Toxic Take on History (slate)
The media for the most part has shown itself afraid to challenge the insidious distortions of language and history Tea Partiers promote. In the last few weeks, several news outlets have been propagating the meme that Tea Partiers are "just regular folks." And certainly some are. But if you examined the ideology that shows its face, the one that is apparent in sign carriers and blog commenters and cable spokespersons, you find something disturbing.
So you need to Grow a New Head?...

Friday, April 23, 2010

Where is my milk from?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Watching Tea-Party mouthbreathers struggle with basic logic is always fun.
What's special about this number?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Please do not change your password (boston globe)
Particularly dubious are the standard rules for creating and protecting website passwords, Herley found. For example, users are admonished to change passwords regularly, but redoing them is not an effective preventive step against online infiltration unless the cyber attacker (or evil colleague) who steals your sign-in sequence waits to employ it until after you’ve switched to a new one, Herley wrote. That’s about as likely as a crook lifting a house key and then waiting until the lock is changed before sticking it in the door.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A great Programmer Competency matrix (Indian Geek)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Solar path filmed on pinhold camera over 6 months (gizmodo)
Hank Williams Sr.: 2010 Pulitzer Winner

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The materialistic and selfish quality of contemporary life is not inherent in the human condition. Much of what appears "natural" today dates from the 1980s: the obsession with wealth creation, the cult of privatization and the private sector, the growing disparities of rich and poor. And above all, the rhetoric that accompanies these: uncritical admiration for unfettered markets, disdain for the public sector, the delusion of endless growth.

Tony Judt's Ill Fares the Land (NYTimes Review of Books)

Friday, April 09, 2010

Classic Albums: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.
 Amazing letterhead collection (via coudal)
Gummy Shot Glasses
Stealing Mona Lisa (vanity fair)
If anyone else noticed during the rest of the day that there were four bare hooks where the Mona Lisa usually hung, they kept it to themselves. Incredibly, not until Tuesday, when the Louvre again opened its doors to the public, did anyone express concern over the fact that the world’s most famous painting was missing from its usual place. When an artist set up his easel in the Salon CarrĂ© and noticed that the centerpiece of his intended work was absent, he complained to a guard, who merely shrugged. Like Picquet the day before, the guard assumed the Mona Lisa had been removed to the photographers’ studio. But the artist persisted. How soon would it be returned?
Let's say you're the first human ever to make alien contact.
A handy reference guide.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

100 meter photo
To create We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence, Simon Hoegsburg stood on a railroad bridge in Berlin for 20 days, photographing strangers.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Drum Machine museum
I'm not sure the world needs a bladeless fan, but it's pretty cool from an engineering perspective alone.

Friday, April 02, 2010

[Signs of the Coming Apocalypse XII] In what can only be described as meth-fueled insanity or marketing-to-fat-people-genius, KFC has decided to replace the bread in their bacon, glowing orange mayo, cheese, shit sandwich with 2 pieces of FRIED CHICKEN
Not a Yes-Men prank.  Not an April Fools joke.

La Fete (HD - 2010) from Malcolm Sutherland on Vimeo.
La Fete
Heatswell disposable coffee cups