Sad: Jef Raskin, the philosophical father of the Macintosh, died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday. As credit wars spread in the blogosphere over ideas like RSS and podcasting, I’d like to note that both Raskin and Steve Jobs can fairly claim credit for creating the Macintosh without taking away from either’s contribution. Jef had many [...]
Weird Apple knowledge base article: iPhoto: Book orders may get canceled if books contain Type 1 PostScript fonts. What, the book processors don’t like cubic b-splines?
Universal Hub: FleetCenter renamed to Boston Garden!. For a day. Drew Curtis’s Fark.com, which bought naming rights for the center for a day during a charity auction, ended up renaming the center “Boston Garden” after several less funny but more sophomoric in-joke names (the “Fark.com Duke Sucks Center,” “the Fark.com UFIA Center,” “the Fark.com Abe [...]
Boing Boing: HOWTO get a CD, DVD or book listed on Amazon. Looks relatively easy, especially if you’ve already invested in the UPC code for another retailer. Cheese Lords, are you listening?
With articles like How to photograph snow, How to make a life poster, and How to read effectively, new Gawker-authored, Sony-sponsored blog LifeHacker reminds me of nothing so much as a certain Monty Python sketch, “How to do it”: (Cut to a sign saying ‘How to do it’. Music. Pull out to reveal a ‘Blue [...]
And speaking of horrific Internet mindworms, these inspired remixes of animated GI Joe public service announcement spots should earn a fond spot in the heart of anyone who watched a lot of syndicated cartoons on weekday afternoons in the ’80s. Personal faves: “Jamaican Nyquil” and “Fire” (not to be confused with “On Fire,” which is [...]
When MetaFilter talks about one of your friends, you link it (even if you’ve linked it several times before). New since the last time I visited Adam “PES” Pesapane’s production company: an inspired spot for Coinstar, a surreal brand video for Diesel, and some pretty good articles. Unchanged, of course: Roof Sex, possibly my favorite [...]
Universal Hub – The online Boston community.: What’s the Point?. The Point, in Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, is the first bar in Boston, and the first bar I know of period, with an RSS feed. Granted, it’s an RSS feed with links that don’t work unless you hit the most recent item, but hey, [...]
Al Essa, the CIO of the Sloan School of Management at MIT, has not one but three public blogs: Tatler , described as “A personal perspective on intellectual history, aesthetics, political economy, and arts and letters”; The NOSE (Navigating Open Source Elearning); and Rude Mood, about running. I’m not sure that three complete independent, separately [...]
Salon: I got derailed somehow!. I’ve been saving this one in my aggregator because the general tone is just about right. Boy, do I understand what “functionally depressed” means. Not to mention “walking, talking avoidance mechanism.” File this one under psychology of the black dog.
Boston Online: Wicked Good Guide to Boston English. This is a compendium put together by Adam Gaffin, who maintains the Universal Hub site—and who, on the strength of this guide, will be a judge today in the Wicked Boston Accent Contest. The guide, in the spirit of HL Mencken’s The American Language, captures information about [...]
My parents came in last weekend for a fun-filled weekend of sightseeing and home improvement—we didn’t plan it but it kind of turned out that way. This was the first visit to our new place by my mom & dad, and it turned out to be a perfect introduction to New England winter. I already [...]
I posted about my college friend John “JP” Park’s book the other day, but he makes his Screen Savers debut tonight talking about Maya and plugging his new book. See the program listing here—I’ll see if an online version of the episode becomes available later.
Joho the Blog: Bacon rulz (not). Thanks to the irascible and vegetarian Doc Weinberger for pointing to the fabulous Bacontarian blog. Latest posting is about the dilemma of referring to bacon as a “side dish”; one of the commenters says, “I think we should start a movement to have a ‘side of bacon’ ordered at [...]
Craig asked for an RSS feed for his iTunes so he could share what he was listening to. Turns out that’s a feature of Audioscrobbler, the community app for sharing your playlists. With a simple plug-in for iTunes for Windows or the Mac, you can upload everything you’ve listened to, and your friends can subscribe [...]