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.

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links for 2006-07-20

““Sith Abandon Ship” T-Shirt”:http://www.uncrate.com/men/style/tees-polos/sith-abandon-ship-tshirt-005552.php
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”:http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/20/technology/20player.html?ex=1154059200&en=693db4ec0769fd56&ei=5070&emc=eta1
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”:http://presley.suckahs.org]]

“CoComment launches new features”:http://www.cocomment.com/teamblog/?p=98
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”:http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1987181,00.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”:http://hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/]]

UPDATE: “John Allsop picks apart Dvorak’s piece”:http://westciv.typepad.com/dog_or_higher/2006/07/dvorak_and_css.html

“Forbes names Buffalo a “Bohemian Bargain””:http://www.forbes.com/2005/10/18/cz_05life2_Bohemian_Bargains_slide_2.html?thisSpeed=30000

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”:http://www.forbes.com/2005/10/25/cheap-places-to-live_05life2_land.html 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.

Last.fm 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

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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

Upcomingscrobbler
Awesome mashup of your last.fm data, and Upcoming.org 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!