Rick compiles all the death we've endured this year
This month I posted 25 entries, listened to 984 songs, watched 2 videos, bookmarked 32 sites, took 53 photos and favorited 4 things.
Interactive graph of world development indicators from the World Bank [via waxy]
Posted May 25, 2006
Posted May 22, 2006
Today the Movie Binge is live. I was a cryptic before, but now I can tell you that me and a few fellow movie lovers will be seeing every commercially released film from Memorial Day to Labor Day and we'll blog about it the whole way. Along the way we'll give you reviews, previews and an update of how much popcorn, candy and soda we've consumed. It's going to be a nutty ride.
If you'd rather get your reviews elsewhere, so be it, but something that has already proven useful for me is our our list of films for the summer. I'm also working on an .ics calendar file you can subscribe to via Google Calendar, iCal, 30boxes or whatever.
I'm pumped. This should be a lot of fun.
So easy. Can't wait to get the next revision of this beast.
Posted May 19, 2006
Seriously though, after the first month, I wonder what the clientelle will look like at the new 24/7/365 Apple Store.
Apple Retail Employee: Welcome to the new Apple Store on 5th Avenue! Would you like an iPod?
Homeless Man: Unnghhhh. Which laptop makes a better pillow, the MacBook or the MacBook Pro?
ARE: Umm, these aren't really meant for sleeping. Maybe you could buy some iPod Socks though?
HM: Nah, I'm wearing six pairs of socks right now. I'm just gonna curl up under those stairs.
ARE: Sir, I'm, wait... [homeless man hobbles away] ...don't forget about AppleCare!
Posted May 16, 2006
I believe everyone should buy themselves a good birthday present. You know yourself better than anyone else, so you should at least get one thing you're going to love. This year, I bought myself a Jack Spade bag. I've seen them around the subway and admired their simple, clean lines, but alway thought they were just a little too expensive/metrosexual. Then I saw one in the flesh (Jen got James one) and there was no turning back.
The bag is built beautifully and the attention to detail is exquisite. My favorite parts are the two outer pockets, which are clearly sized for an iPod and a set of keys (the larger pocket has an exit for your headphones), and the magazine slot in the back. I often find myself nearly missing my subway stop because I'm engrossed in an article and having to fumble with my bag to get the magazine inside, but this clears that up. As a bonus, one of the three small pockets on the inside fits my PSP perfectly (unfortunately my DS is a smidgen to large, which is why I'll obviously have to get a DS Lite).
Looking at the bag on the macro level, it's ideal for my commute to work. It can fit 2-3 magazines, all the items listed above and a lunch without much problem. Even better is that it easily fits in my lap, which was often a difficulty with my Chrome bag.
If you want to check out the details for yourself, I put together a flickr set with a few detail shots. I just wish more purveyors of goods took a ton of shots like this for each product, because the internet age is not great for kicking the tires.
"It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick" [via boing boing]
Posted May 12, 2006
The first phone to make me consider ditching my s710a. It's so thin!
A new t-shirt website with designs that are truly art and offers a unique profit-sharing model for the artists
I have no clue how fast he can beat box without editing and I don't care.
Crazy story. You'd have to have really bad symptoms to consider this.
Lev Grossman plays Warioware, the new Zelda an a tennis game, which he couldn't put down.
Posted May 4, 2006
I'm not in love with the shoes from Adidas' Adicolor campaign, but all of the supporting materials and marketing promotions have been fabulous (especially the short films). Now, as you can see on the right, they're displaying some of their shoes in bodegas around New York City. In this case, a shoe from the white series is set in amongst feminine hygiene products.
If you'd like to see them for yourself, here is a list of the seven stores:
1. Deli Spring & Lafayette: Soho
2. Marlow & Sons: Williamsburg/Brooklyn
3. Grand Food Market Inc Grand and Crosby
4. Deli on Prince and Sullivan
5. Jewel News: Union Square
6. DeliMart: North 7/Bedford/Brooklyn
7. Deli Next to Arleneâ€™s Grocery: Lower East Side
Information and photo is from The Go Figure, which has now been added to my RSS reader.
Posted May 3, 2006
On this listing for an article about Stephen Colbert's awesome speech at the White House correspondent's dinner, the New York Times provides a link to the YouTube video of the event. It's nothing new for news sites to provide referencial links with an article, but this one is different.
The New York Times seems to be offering their readers the option of reading/viewing the piece in question before reading the commentary. It likely took guts to do this, but it's a great move. They're now saying, "it's okay if you weren't in on the joke before, but if you take a look now it'll be a lot more interesting."
Many companies would be afraid a constituent would go to the source media and not come back, which is a reasonable concern when your revenue is ad-based. NYT has admitted they're not the only site out there (and also doesn't seem to mind linking to copyrighted material posted without consent, which is another story all together) and understands that their readers are going to seek out this material anyway. By providing the links themselves, they're offering a better service. Similar arguments have been made in other contexts, but this is a great example of the theory in action.
I applaud the New York Times for doing this and I hope it sticks around.
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