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Why copy editors deserve danger pay

Because of writers like this. (Not that I haven't ever had my copy totally screwed over by a bad editing job, but come on.)

posted at 11:13 am
on Jul. 31, 2008

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Days with My Father - A beautiful photo essay

It's by Phillip Toledano, and it's also amazingly well put together.

posted at 9:47 am
on Jul. 31, 2008

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Electing a US President in Plain English

Go, Lee!

posted at 11:38 am
on Jul. 30, 2008

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2008 International Design Excellence Award goes to: a vibrator

Jimmyjane's FORM 6 Vibrating Massager, to be exact.

posted at 9:20 am
on Jul. 30, 2008

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World War II veteran dies hours after Army apology

Amazing and sad story.

posted at 3:21 pm
on Jul. 28, 2008

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acmeFACTORY cool clothing designs for babies and kids

My friend Dennis just started this up.

posted at 7:35 pm
on Jul. 27, 2008

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A scathing review of a Texas hotel

Scroll down. It's worth it.

posted at 11:45 am
on Jul. 25, 2008

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Who Said It: Bush or Batman?

It's ridiculously hard to tell.

posted at 12:18 pm
on Jul. 24, 2008

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Is the time ripe for a 4-day week?

State workers in Utah may be a good test case.

posted at 11:44 am
on Jul. 24, 2008

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Paper Cuts: Google Map of U.S. newspaper layoffs in 2008.

6,472 so far this year. Ouch.

posted at 3:15 am
on Jul. 24, 2008

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Valley Newss misspells its name on front page

To be fair, I've misspelled worse things -- though I don't have a personal copy editing department.

posted at 3:15 am
on Jul. 24, 2008

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Fake coffee - product placement appears on Fox news shows

The product placement is lame, the fact that it's FAKE coffee is even worse.

posted at 5:00 pm
on Jul. 23, 2008

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Quick graph: Southern California foreclosures, 2000-2008

In 2000: 4,800. In 2005: 300. In 2008: 33,000. Uh oh.

posted at 4:25 pm
on Jul. 23, 2008

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U.S. Census Bureau will not recognize same-sex marriages in 2010

Approximately 780,000 marriages won't be counted (but presumably the people in them still will be). smile

posted at 11:35 am
on Jul. 22, 2008

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Canada’s middle class getting into cannabis crops

Well, according to this BBC article, there are. Few facts back up the assertion.

posted at 11:29 am
on Jul. 22, 2008

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Most pancakes made in one hour: Bob Blumer sets world record

In Calgary. See, exciting things happen in Calgary...

posted at 2:21 pm
on Jul. 21, 2008

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Team Taskmaster: A Useful handy blog about managers and teams

By my friend, CC Holland.

posted at 3:14 am
on Jul. 15, 2008

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PEER 1 Double Fail: Hosting provider loses power, and buries the discussion on its forums

There's nothing on the Peer 1 home page, blog, news page, or in the forum announcements section. It's only talked about in the forums "Network Status" section.

posted at 8:30 pm
on Jul. 14, 2008

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Apple sold 1,000,000 iPhones this weekend

Color me impressed.

posted at 5:22 pm
on Jul. 14, 2008

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The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych by Hieronymus Bosch

An amazing piece of art, and today's featured article on Wikipedia. I hope I get to see it some day.

posted at 4:43 pm
on Jul. 14, 2008

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Two Women Chronicle Their Year of ‘Sleeping Around Craigslist’

Very long, very interesting article.

posted at 1:57 pm
on Jul. 13, 2008

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Chilean stripper arrested for doing subway pole dances for free

It's public art, people!

posted at 1:54 pm
on Jul. 13, 2008

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Time Lapse of a magazine layout being done

Thanks, Kottke.

posted at 1:29 am
on Jul. 11, 2008

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Allegedly, video shot by a woman as she is hit by lightning

Not scary, 30 seconds long.

posted at 1:27 am
on Jul. 11, 2008

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Stop motion spaghetti from common household objects.

I love the Post-it note butter and the elastic band spaghetti. The Rubik's cube garlic is fun, too.

posted at 1:19 am
on Jul. 11, 2008

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Work Got You Down? Watch this ‘More’ video by Mark Osborne

Then you'll be depressed because of work AND because of this animated video.

posted at 11:35 am
on Jul. 10, 2008

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Facebook Network Pages will be discontinued soon

"Facebook will soon be removing Network Pages from the site. While you will still be in your current networks, you will not be able to access Network Pages." ORLY?

posted at 3:58 pm
on Jul. 9, 2008

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Do kids make you more unhappy than being childless?

Some recent studies are showing that childless adults may be more satisfied with their lives.

posted at 1:05 pm
on Jul. 9, 2008

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Rogers offers “cheaper” iPhone plan after outcry

Previously: $30/300MB or $100/6GB. As of today, a new plan offers $30 for 6GB. Completely arbitrary, and proof that the rates are not tied to anything more than "how much can we get away with charging".

posted at 11:08 am
on Jul. 9, 2008

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A simple story about two boys who love the New York Subway

The paintings in this story are excellent, too.

posted at 9:44 am
on Jul. 9, 2008

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No contestant on a reality show wants to ....

... make friends! They're not here to make friends! They're here to be famous winners!

posted at 9:39 am
on Jul. 9, 2008

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Trailer for a documentary about Net Neutrality

It's pretty interesting.

posted at 6:10 pm
on Jul. 8, 2008

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Make a Face -> Take a Picture -> Win a Prize

It's a contest from PutPlace. I entered.

posted at 3:54 pm
on Jul. 8, 2008

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Apple’s retail stores in Canada won’t be selling the iPhone; only Rogers stores will be

Is this: a) Apple punishing Rogers, b) part of some deal with Rogers, c) an unsubstantiated rumor?

posted at 10:49 am
on Jul. 8, 2008

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LIfe as IT support on an offshore oil search ship

Funny writing. Worst job ever.

posted at 10:47 am
on Jul. 8, 2008

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Music video set to a list of the Biggest Regrets on the Web

By my college musician friend, Chris Blake.

posted at 12:15 pm
on Jul. 7, 2008

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Why Haven’t You Written a Blog Entry Today?

Tony Pierce Tells You Why You Should

posted at 9:49 am
on Jul. 7, 2008

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Will Rogers Change their iPhone Offering by Friday?

Let's see how they react to rumors of shipments being diverted away from Canada.

posted at 9:42 am
on Jul. 7, 2008

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Instead of .com, now ANY letters can be a Top-level Domain

.travis, for example, or .nep. Hmmmmmmm. The details / costs haven't been worked out yet, but...

posted at 12:14 am
on Jul. 7, 2008

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The Story of the Girl Who Cried Every Time She Saw the Wall-E Pixar Trailer

Watch the video, then click the link.

posted at 2:08 pm
on Jul. 6, 2008

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Americans love Fireworks—video of two competing fireworks stands in Vancouver, WA

Blackjack Fireworks is awesome.

posted at 2:16 am
on Jul. 5, 2008

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BC Realtor Jay Banks ought to know better about copyright

Lord knows I'm not perfect, but if someone asks you to take down an image -- do it!

posted at 5:35 pm
on Jul. 2, 2008

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The History of Canada. ORLY?

Yeah, it's a funny video.

posted at 12:01 pm
on Jul. 2, 2008

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U.S. Ambassador is Suddenly a Pop Star in Paraguay

Respect for other cultures is easy. It just involves hard work and honesty.

posted at 10:10 am
on Jul. 2, 2008

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Insert text or images into other people’s photos without their noticing

The image fulgerator. Truly a prankster's dream.

posted at 12:49 pm
on Jul. 1, 2008

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Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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