2011.11.20 // Filed under: Aux
Just the mere description of City Dog, Country Frog has me on the verge of tears.
I love The AV Club's Gateways to Geekery - this one on giallo is a very handy primer - and I'm thinking it's an idea that would lend itself very well to print...
In short: because I haven't practiced. But can neuroscience explain why I can't click my fingers?
A descriptive framework or microformat for recipes in HTML. It's a bit too 'machiney' for my tastes (not their fault -- the W3C proposal for microdata is to blame) but other than that, nicely done.
The notion of seeing - and judging - others differently to ourselves. In other words: "I am infinitely subtle, complex and never quite what I seem; you are predictable and straightforward, an open book." It's particularly evident in US politics and culture at the moment.
2011.11.13 // Filed under: Aux
The sooner industries realise that philosophy is "a tool for thinking about everything else", the better.
Jesus, Gruber drives me mental sometimes. Maybe calling Apple products and services 'tyrannical' or 'freedom-sapping digital prisons' is overstating the point, but it's pretty clear those words are being used for rhetorical emphasis, not absolute literalism, so that smug bullshit doesn't play. As for the main point: if you invest so much in a closed system (like I have), it's never as easy as just choosing to leave. Could I switch platforms tomorrow and go back to a Windows-based set-up? Not without an outlay of thousands of euro and a few solid days of software installation. 'Prison' might be too strong, but 'debtor's prison' is an apt simile in this case.
The Princess Di-ness of the whole thing left me a bit disgusted, to tell the truth. See also: What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs.
Boilerplate code to cut some headaches out of the web design process.
Not being a coder, I don't know how useful this is for me, but it's worth saving.
Didn't realise there was a downside to it. With my bad sinuses, I should be more careful in future.
2011.11.02 // Filed under: Aux
Epic post from Maciej Ceglowski last year that I never noticed at the time. Did you know they forgot the cure for scurvy in the 19th century? Crazy stuff.
A robot blog emulating the style of Jason Kottke. It was bound to happen at some point.
MeFi's linguistics nerds have a field day.
Reviewing more than 15 years of the comedy team that's spawned "about half the funny people on [US] TV".