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I haven’t done this in a while:


  1. Tweetie, a Twitter client for Macs. I think there’s also an iOS version. The free version is supposedly ad-supported, but I haven’t paid and I’ve yet to see an ad.
  2. Visor still does the same stuff it did back in 2006 — hotkey-activated Terminal window that pops down from your menubar — but it’s got a new developer. Still free, too.
  3. F.lux is free software (for Mac, Windows, Linux) that shifts the color temperature of your monitor at night, to make it easier for you to get to sleep after a long evening spent staring into it.
  4. Quicksilver, which still does all the cool stuff it did back in that 2006 entry. I tried out the 30-day free trial of LaunchBar, and found it slightly more capable, but not enough so to justify spending money on it.
  5. DateLine displays a linear calendar on your screen (I’ve got it running across the bottom of mine), and has a menu for adding new events to iCal. It’s free, or you can spend less than $5 to register and get a few extra features.
  6. TextExpander is the commercial version of Textpander, the abbreviation-expanding program. I shelled out for it at some point in the last five years; maybe the old version wouldn’t work with Leopard?
  7. Notify is my current email notification program. Not only does it tell me if I’ve got unread mail in my gMail inbox, it also lets me read the mail, delete it, or mark it as read, all from the menu, saving me from having to load gMail into my browser more than half the time.
  8. WeatherDock shows me the weather in my menubar. Also in my Dock, which I hardly ever look at.
  9. Caffeine keeps my Mac from going to sleep. Click the icon and it fills with coffee, and the computer stays awake. Click it again, and it goes back to normal.
  10. Little Snitch checks for programs attempting to establish outgoing Internet connections, and lets me establish rules for allowing or disallowing them. I currently have it switched off.
  11. Standard MacOS X Bluetooth control.
  12. Standard MacOS X WiFi network strength indicator.
  13. Standard MacOS X battery/power indicator.
  14. Standard MacOS X keyboard and character menu.
  15. Standard MacOS X date & time display.
  16. Standard MacOS X Spotlight icon.


May. 2nd, 2009 04:03 pm
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I’ve just got an account on Dreamwidth:

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, but I wanted to grab my name.

Zvi has been doing a good job of preaching the Dreamwidth gospel:

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Great Star Trek music video: White Rabbit (via [livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid)
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Libertarians like to remind people how every law passed by state authority, no matter how minor, is ultimately backed up by brutal force. I’m not a libertarian, but here’s some evidence backing them up:

An SVSU student who made headlines for being tasered during a struggle at a Saginaw City Council meeting after refusing to remove his hat is telling his side of an unusual series of events that has left him facing criminal charges that could result in several years in prison.

(via BoingBoing)

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Home video footage, from out some guy’s window, of cars slip-sliding away on Portland’s icy streets. (via [livejournal.com profile] holyoutlaw)
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Dec. 9th, 2006 02:36 pm
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For the third time in the past month, I’ve seen one of you talk about having to get links into an LJ post for fear that you’ll never find them again if you close your browser tabs. While I certainly don’t mind seeing the links, I shudder to think that so many of you may be relying on your browsers not crashing for days or weeks at a time, so I’m going to tell y’all about one of the handiest web services around: del.icio.us.

It’s a free social bookmarking service. I’ve been using it for a couple of years; it was down a lot at first, but it’s been reliable recently. You can auto-import your browser’s bookmarks file, but I didn’t bother, because that’s not how I use it. For me, my bookmarks file is for stuff I use a lot (so I get auto-completion in my location bar, and scanning by Quicksilver), while del.icio.us is for long-term storage of links I’ll want to find again later, with tagged-based sorting so I’ll be able to find them.

Here’s how it works: When you find a page you think you’ll want to find later, pop it into your del.icio.us account, along with a brief description and a few tags. Months or years later, when you’re thinking “I knew I bookmarked an article a while back about anti-abortion activists who get abortions anyway”, you just go to your account, click the tag for abortion, and hey, there it is.

More tags: Here's everything I've tagged with history. And here’s everything that I’ve tagged with both mac and freeware.

(Note: Tags on del.icio.us are space delimited. Tags in LiveJournal are comma delimited. The difference will probably annoy you at some point.)

And since it’s a social service, you can see other people’s tags, subscribe to other users or tags, even recommend a link to a particular user. Here’s the Help page. If you use del.icio.us with Firefox, you’ll want to use the official extension — it gives you a button in your menubar that you can click that pops up a window with the URL and title of the current web page already entered, and it does type-ahead completion with your tags.

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  • “We’re here! We’re American! Get used to it!” (via [livejournal.com profile] solarbird)
  • Tom Disch vents his spleen at Dick and Delany (via Kip Manley)
  • Sketchfighter 4000 is a 2-D spaceship shooter game (for MacOS X, $19) with pen-drawn graphics on a graph paper background — the sort of thing many of us doodled instead of paying attention in class. The pen shown on the website, also used to create the art, is the Pilot Precise, also featured in Scott McCloud’s Making Comics. (via Ceejbot)
  • Dan Froomkin: On Calling Bullshit — “Calling bullshit, of course, used to be central to journalism as well as to comedy. And we happen to be in a period in our history in which the substance in question is running particularly deep. The relentless spinning is enough to make anyone dizzy, and some of our most important political battles are about competing views of reality more than they are about policy choices. Calling bullshit has never been more vital to our democracy.” (via Daring Fireball)
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Nov. 3rd, 2006 12:05 am
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(listed on Free Government Information, discovered via Kevin Huizenga)

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Y’know how the writers at The Onion sometimes seem to be just going through the motions? And sometimes the headline is funny, but the article itself isn’t worth reading? Well, the latest issue has one of those pieces that’s great all the way through: “Five Years Later: NYC Unveils 9/11 Memorial Hole”:

“Let this circle of flowers — brief, beautiful, and too soon gone — symbolize the respect we have shown for the memories of those innocents who lost their lives on that sorrowful morning by creating this great hole,” said the Reverend Charles Bourne of Lower Manhattan’s Trinity Chapel as the flowers sank into the brown, debris-strewn runoff at the bottom of the cavity. “I firmly believe, as does every person here, that this deep, empty hole has come to stand not only for the New York City of today, but also for the transformation of the entire United States since Sept. 11, 2001.”
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  • Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada has a new ad campaign: Yale, Shmale
  • PingMag is a great blog for visual inspiration. Check out these articles:
    • Oded Ezer does experimental typographical art in Hebrew.
    • Gez Fry dropped his diplomatic career path and became a pro illustrator in two years of self-training. (The article title, “How Japanese style illustration works”, is sadly deceptive.)
    • Chopstick design! I hadn’t realized that Japanese, Chinese, and Korean chopsticks are all designed slightly differently. (And Kwytza Kraft recycles disposable wooden chopsticks into lamps, jewelry, bowls, tabletops, bags, etc.)
    • MisFormers are sculptures made out of Transformers figures.
  • When did the Muslim world start getting good cartoonists? I’m used to Islamic cartoons being crudely-drawn with blunt, boring symbolism, so when I checked out this Iranian collection of political cartoons I wasn’t expecting much. But wow, that’s a lot more sophisticated than I was expecting (though most of the cartoons aren’t from the Middle East). I was especially impressed by this piece from Iranian artist Mohammadreza Doustmohammadi, enough to look up his website. Antisemitic, sure, and somewhat conceptually disordered (What’s the cowboy imagery in there for? Is it because the six-pointed star looks a bit like a sheriff’s badge?), but graphically very good. And this one is just brilliant.
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¡Journalista! is back! This is Dirk Deppey’s comics blog, originally hosted by The Comics Journal; now it looks like Deppey’s hosting it on his own domain. The old stuff is there too: if you scroll down the front page, you can see three recent articles, and then one from November 2002. Found via Warren Ellis’s del.icio.us account. (And I’ve got one of my own, too. Pretty handy.)

Through Deppey, I see that Dave Sim is doing comics again! His new project is called Diary of an Actress... Siu Ta (So Far), a serialized strip about a struggling Asian actress, published online.


Aug. 5th, 2006 06:43 pm
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Kevin Baker’s “Stabbed in the Back!” from last month’s Harper’s Magazine (thank to PNH for pointing it out) makes a good sequel to Richard Hofstadter’s “The Paranoid Style in American Politics”, published in Harper’s more than 40 years ago. And it’s convinced me to add the Harpers.org RSS feed to my regular trawl. I should have long ago, since I’m a fan of Paul Ford, who designed the Harpers.org site and writes their weekly roundup of the world’s news.
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You can skip this if you’re not a Mac user. )
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I’ve got links about all of them in my Del.icio.us account:

  • Stephen Kilnisan, jeweler and techie, is also the unofficial historian of New York’s diamond district, the stretch of 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues through which most of the diamonds sold in the US first pass:

    His eye is caught by two gentlemen huddled in conversation outside 11 W. 47th St. “You see that?” he says. “They’re making a deal.” He narrates the transaction as it unfolds. “One of them pulls out a pouch containing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of diamonds. They haggle for a while, then the handshake. Deals are still made on handshakes here.” In fact, according to the Diamond Dealers Club bylaws, “Any oral offer is binding among dealers, when agreement is expressed by the accepted words ‘Mazel and Broche’ [‘good luck and a blessing’] or any other words expressing the words of accord.” Even more remarkably, since the Talmud prohibits resolving conflicts in non-Jewish courts, disputes on 47th Street are not handled by civil courts but upstairs at the Diamond Dealers Club, where a board of arbiters presides over oral hearings (notes are never taken and the hearings are never recorded) and deliver judgments based on common sense, trade customs, and principles of Jewish law. For generations, this is how diamond dealers throughout the world have conducted business, and it continues to be the principal mode of operation on 47th Street.

  • The Monkey Chow Diaries — can a human being subsist on nothing but monkey chow? Probably not.

  • The Mini-Microsoft blog’s FAQ on Microsoft’s review, promotion, and job-change process.

  • The nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant — Walter Tschinkel of Florida State U’s Dep’t of Biological Science made casts of the structure of ant’s nests by pouring orthodontal plaster into them. He also tried using metals, thus learning on all our behalf the valuable lesson: “Pouring red-hot aluminum in the bottom of a 2-meter pit runs the risk of having ones socks catch on fire from the radiant heat.” There are photos! Of the ant’s nest models, not the burning socks.

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AltTextHereVia [livejournal.com profile] solarbird, here’s the funniest article you’re ever likely to read about gold futures.

Via Drawn!, the illustration blog, three very funny short animated pieces by Alex Hirsch of Net Hat Co.

And if current trends continue, everybody in the world will have been eaten by alligators within a decade! (via PNH)

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