Monthly Archive for July, 2006

Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival

We did­n’t make it down to SXSW, but we are head­ing to Chica­go for Pitch­fork’s fes­ti­val.

96 degrees and humid… see you in hell, Chicago!

links for 2006-07-27

Fix Key­word Assis­tant in new­er iPhoto
Thank god for this workaround — I’ve been stuck in “com­pat­i­bil­i­ty mode” since April.

Smul­tron Mac Text Editor
The “split win­dow” fea­ture looks sweet, espe­cial­ly for when you’re edit­ing both a HTML and CSS file simultaneously.

The Icon Fac­to­ry’s Ani­mat­ed “Under Con­struc­tion” Page
I’ve enjoyed watch­ing each install­ment — fun­ny stuff for web geeks.

Weekly Dig Redesign

Weekly Dig LogoI look for­ward to pick­ing up the new Dig every Wednes­day morn­ing while I’m in line for cof­fee at Her­rel­l’s. It’s the only read­able “alt” week­ly I’ve ever come across — any­where.

And final­ly, the Dig has a new web­site to match their print offer­ing. There is a dai­ly blog, my favorite col­umn Media Farm, a round-up of local events in the right col­umn. Also, you may sub­scribe via a vari­ety of RSS feeds.

(Un)Happy Planet Index

The (Un)Happy Plan­et Index is a fas­ci­nat­ing exam­i­na­tion of coun­tries’ eco­nom­ic and eco­log­i­cal foot­prints. Like much of social sci­ence, I’m not con­vinced that it shows any­thing con­crete­ly use­ful at all, but it does sati­ate my need for rank-order and self-exam­i­na­tion. Here is how they designed the study:

The Index doesn’t reveal the “hap­pi­est” coun­try in the world. It shows the rel­a­tive effi­cien­cy with which nations con­vert the planet’s nat­ur­al resources into long and hap­py lives for their cit­i­zens. The nations that top the Index aren’t the hap­pi­est places in the world, but the nations that score well show that achiev­ing, long, hap­py lives with­out over-stretch­ing the planet’s resources is possible.

And of course, I decid­ed to take their sur­vey and deter­mine my own HPI score (PDF):

Your per­son­al Hap­py Plan­et Index (HPI) is 26, which is sim­i­lar to that of Zam­bia, Cen­tral African Repub­lic or Belarus. Sor­ry to say that this is below the world aver­age of 46.

Christ. Appar­ent­ly my eco­log­i­cal foot­print wrecks my score, but then again that was the point of the study – the Amer­i­can lifestyle is f*cking up the world.


links for 2006-07-20

“Sith Aban­don Ship” T‑Shirt”:
I’m a suck­er for these fun­ny Star Wars T‑shirts, espe­cial­ly when they’re print­ed on Amer­i­can Apparel.

…fea­tures an awe­some imag­ined scene of a Darth water res­cue. Man, is he gonna be pissed.

Fish­er-Price MP3 player”:
No, we’re not talk­ing about Web 2.0 me-too design– this is an actu­al device for young chil­dren. (I can see Apple jump­ing in here with the iTot.) [[“via”:]]

CoCom­ment launch­es new features”:
Final­ly, it will track com­ments from all read­ers, not mere­ly oth­er CoCom­ment mem­bers. Do your­self a favor and sign up!

links for 2006-07-19

Dvo­rak is a f*cking idiot”:,1895,1987181,00.asp
Hack piece on CSS, and its sup­posed defi­cien­cies… maybe John should stick to a Blogspot tem­plate, or hire some­one who under­stands the sub­ject. [[“via”:]]

UPDATE: “John All­sop picks apart Dvo­rak’s piece”:

Forbes names Buf­fa­lo a “Bohemi­an Bargain””:

Don’t let Buf­falo’s rep­u­ta­tion as a frigid Lake Erie town fool you. There’s plen­ty of heat here—particularly in the arts.

Part of their “150 Cheap Places to Live”: series.

Rhode Island of Misfit Toys Rally

Boobies IIThis past week­end was the Rhode Island camp­ing ral­ly… we rent­ed a truck to trans­port the bikes, drank san­gria made from 4.5 bot­tles of wine & 1 bot­tle of brandy, and had a good time scoot­ing around, (before the drink­ing began). I even got to DJ sat­ur­day night, with an impro­vised iPod/radio setup.

Even the 90+ degree heat could­n’t keep us down — but I total­ly under­stand now the impor­tance of shade, when you’re try­ing to snooze inside a tent.

links for 2006-07-14

The Killer’s new song, When You Were Young
They updat­ed their web site, with the full ver­sion of the new sin­gle. Hear the Spring­steen influ­ence? The album due out in October. update today?
The site and ser­vice are on hold right now.

Vox Upgrade

voxWell, I final­ly have access to a blog on Vox… (the starter account is lit­tle more than an online pro­file). Seems like oth­er peo­ple also com­plained:

With this release, we are also respond­ing to your feed­back that the whole starter account thing was­n’t work­ing and have decid­ed to shelve that fea­ture for now. Last week, we upgrad­ed all starter accounts to stan­dard accounts (yay!) and have turned that account lev­el off.

It seems pret­ty cool, but I don’t have any invites! So, I have no friends. If you’re on Vox, add me to your neighborhood.

Scooting in the Times


Mexican Matt looking happy as the ladies pile on.

Pres­ley sent me an arti­cle in the Sun­day New York Times about scoot­ing: Cheap, Chic and Socia­ble: The Buzz About Scoot­ers. I give the jour­nal­ist a lot of cred for accu­rate­ly cap­tur­ing the com­mu­ni­ty, (at least in nyc). I espe­cial­ly found this pas­sage funny:

Scoot­er own­ers will tell you that dri­vers on four wheels are clum­sy and often dis­re­spect­ful. “They park by feel in New York City,” said Peter Lut­jen, a book cov­er design­er. “They back up until they bump into some­thing, and if they bump into a scoot­er, it’s going down. So your option is, get knocked down on a reg­u­lar basis, or park on the side­walk and risk being ticketed.”

no kid­ding…

We’re plan­ning on head­ing down for the Rhode Island Ral­ly this week­end, (though I need to change my front brake cable, and find a truck to bor­row). Last year was a lot of fun — pho­tos here.

links for 2006-07-07

Awe­some mashup of your data, and events in your area… it even pro­vides an ATOM feed, (though the feed does not val­i­date, and gives errors as of now). iCal­en­dar sup­port is com­ing in the future, which will keep you from ever miss­ing a good show again!