Access & Libraries
“You pay for access to “free games” you dont own, or you’re renting them I guess, and then if you stop paying your game turns back into a pumpkin.” Tycho writing about Playstation’s new service that lets you access games for a premium fee. When I’m thinking about libraries and access, I’m not thinking about books in buildings with librarians....
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG. This is so much fun. The joy of life and creation and application of particular talents. “Apple of My Eye” - an iPhone 4 film - UPDATE: Behind the scenes footage included (by Michael Koerbel)
Pub/Sub & Scalable Keystrokes
“Forget keystrokes for a moment and look at how Sal Khan is rewiring math and science education. He started out doing one-on-one tutoring with his cousin Nadia. It’s clearly ridiculous to say that his ability to scale that effort is constrained by the rate at which he can talk. On his instructional videos he talks no faster than normal. But he has strategically placed those videos in a...
There is something related about this. I swear. It is classic beauty. MiCkey [3D] - Paris T’es Belle (by LN Prod)
Westerns are almost always about the simultaneous necessity and limitations of...– Tim Carmody via The Snarkmatrix
I enjoy repetitive
Am I bored? Am I urgent? I’m sure hitting these cognitive notes is is all related to my being not so smart. “Blogs do well when they appeal to repetitive now and bored now users, but the really effective ones target all three types at once. Somehow this is related to stock and flow.” via kottke
We have to burn the Internet to save it, you see.– Michael Roberts via MetaFilter
Listening in: Greenpoint Bar Edition
Girl 1: That's two drinks.
Girl 2: Plaid is two drinks? Damn, we are gonna get wasted tonight.
Girl 3: (Just arriving) How does it work again?
Girl 1: Its a hipster drinking game!
Half a Drink if they have a beard or mustache
1 Drink if they are wearing one of those round hats (makes a round hat gesture)
2 Drinks if they are wearing a shirt with horizontal stripes or plaid/flannel
No repeats, just watch the door and call it out.
Girl 3: What about that guy (points at a fellow with a round hat, a mustache, and a shirt with horizontal stripes)
Girl 1: Bottoms up. God Damn Them All.
Mr. Joyce manages to give the effect of unedited human minds, drifting aimlessly...– Edmund Wilson from his July 5, 1922 review of Ulysses. via Coudal Partners
In a shot from 1933, a Kesbec Esso gas station stands in that location. There is...– A wonderful Historical Examination of what was or was not the location of Hopper’s Nighthawks at the Diner. Its worth reading through to the big reveal. Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: Finding Nighthawks, Part 1
I am very excited by this. Though I might not be able to play it for awhile. It mixes the things I like with other things I also like. A Sampling of Scott Pilgrim’s World of Pain
That is all very senseless, but this senselessness has a pretty mouth, and it...– Robert Walser (pointed out to me by @habber)
Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln (Starring Will Ferrell & Don Cheadle) from FODPresents, DonCheadle, and Will Ferrell - Video Someone told me about this, and I didn’t believe them. This is funny.
Listening in: West Village lunch time edition
So, last week, I was eating lunch and the waitstaff, in the flow of things would call out “Yes, please” and the bartender would respond “Yes, Please” or “No, Thanks.” This repeated several times, the call looking for the accepting or disapproving response. “Table 5. Yes, Please.” “Yes, Please. Green is my favorite color.” So, being...
Anxiety, sometimes I has it
And it distracts me from what I say I want to be doing. I tend to then distract myself with something easy. Consumptive. Like a video game or a movie. And then the wanting to be done thing doesn’t get done. And people remind me that, maybe, they were curious what I was going to be doing. How do we describe the shape of something? Round things are round. I can draw round. But how does...
Words and other words: Instatic Web
Instatic web. I like the way that sounds. What I’m talking about is the ability for greasemonkey and bookmarklet hacks and firebug to mess with your website. I mean, you don’t control how your website looks unless you serve me images of text. Other people have been talking about this (see IA on the Wired iPad app) I think other people have used other words, but what I really love...
If you’re creative and technical, you’re unstoppable.– Robert Rodriguez (via ronenreblogs) Robert Rodriguez speaks the truth. The cornerstone of the topherchris Guide to Being Happy and Successful is to just make shit. JMS®. If you’re even just a little bit creative and a little bit technical, you have very few excuses for not making shit and having...
Brooklyn is wide and Brooklyn is deep and there are many miles to go and hours...– Phrasing borrowed from Robert Frost’s The Woods are Lovely Dark and Deep
The Obstacles Of Your Past Can Become The Gateways That Lead To A New Beginning– Ralph Blum - wikipedia