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April 17 asides

The R2-D2 Conspiracy, by Keith Martin, explains the pivotal parts played by two of the Rebel Alliance’s most skilled spies. Michael Bailey-Gates Pretty impressive work from an 18-year-old photographer who started professionally when he was 16. The ARPANET Dialogues From 1975, a transcription of a typed conversation (one of the first chats!) between then-California Governor […]

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February 28 asides

Engadget: What’s coming in Mac OS X Lion Inhabitat: Study finds LED light bulbs contain unsafe levels of carcinogenic toxins NY Times: The dirty little secrets of search A very good article about how JC Penney apparently successfully gamed the Google algorithm for several months. Harvard Business Review: The four phases of design thinking “Having […]

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February 9 asides

Kottke on the hilarious everything bagel. AdZone 2011 Watch (and rate) all the Superbowl commercials on Hulu, without having to watch the stupid game. GreenBiz.com: Gavin Newsom lays out green agenda for California GreenBiz.com: Apple takes heat from Chinese NGOs of supply chain pollution “Behind their stylish image, Apple products have a side many do […]

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December 31 asides

Mission Workshop I was walking in my old ’hood and noticed a sign pointing down a dead-end alley which previously looked like it only contained the back doors to businesses fronting on the next street. The sign was for Mission Workshop, and it had a cool logo, and I was curious…so I checked it out. […]

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December 16 asides

Pixar: 25 Years of Animation I really need to get my butt over to the Oakland Museum of California to see this exhibition, before it ends on January 9, 2011. CNET Webware: Firefox 4 release slips to 2011 CNET News photo gallery: Tesla opens doors to electric auto factory

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November 12 asides

Better Facebook A user script which adds a lot of customizable functionality and gives you a lot of control over your Facebook experience. User scripts are small add-ons to your browser. You’ll need to have the Greasemonkey add-on installed first. Rolling Stone: The case for Obama CNET: IE9 the best browser? Not so fast More […]

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October 28 asides

AeroPress Velma’s dad David bought an AeroPress coffee press while he was out here and it’s pretty cool. I’m considering buying one myself. Scientists at University of Manchester have perfected facial recognition on mobile phones As one of the researchers, Dr. Philip A. Tresadern, wrote, “A video of your face contains useful information such as […]

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October 25 asides

Greenbiz: Starbucks tests how coffee cups fare in NYC’s recycling stream GreenerComputing: U.S. Reps introduce e-waste export ban legislation It won’t make it. Lobbyists will kill it. San Francisco mag: Seeing the forest for the trees ForestEthics and the Dogwood Alliance have released their annual Green Grades Report Card ranking the paper policies and practices […]

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October 12 asides

The last 3 years The story of how ex-NFL player Drew Strojny became a successful WordPress theme developer. Scientific American: Why broadband service in the U.S. is so awful The Stranger: What it feels like for a Teabagger: Two pollsters try to legitimize an illegitimate “movement,” with an assist from their leader Glenn Beck Fora.tv: […]

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October 2 asides

NYTimes: Basic religion test stumps many Americans Color me not surprised. Update: Here’s part of the PEW survey which you can take online. I got 12 correct out of 15, a score of 80%, better than 87% of the public. Can you do better? I hate shared calendars (at work) I have to say I […]

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