Monthly Archive for July, 2008

Blur in Video

Par­lophone Records recent­ly put all 22 Blur videos up on YouTube, which is pret­ty cool. It’s inter­est­ing to com­pare the Pop­scene video from 1992, with the icon­ic Song 2 video from five years lat­er – there are a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties, (though I wish music video direc­tors would refrain from putting sing-a-long lyrics on the screen).

Blur was my favorite band back in the 90s, and I’ve seen them per­form live a hand­ful of times, the best of which was a rau­cous small show down­stairs at the Mid­dle East in Cam­bridge, MA in 1997. [MOKB]

HD Trailer for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

HD Trail­er for “Har­ry Pot­ter and the Half-Blood Prince” – I would argue that the books get bet­ter in order, and if this trail­er is any indi­ca­tion, per­haps the same is true for the movies.

The Fold”

Chris Fahey on “the fold”:

In fact, we should start think­ing of “the fold” as some­thing oth­er than a hard line with an “above” and “below” por­tion, and we should stop think­ing of the ver­ti­cal posi­tion­ing on a page as equiv­a­lent to pri­or­i­ty. Scrolling up and down through a web page is a fun­da­men­tal aspect of the web user expe­ri­ence, and there is much more to it than sim­ply see­ing what’s on top and then grad­u­al­ly see­ing every­thing else (empha­sis added).

I have no doubt that this is increas­ing­ly true, but won­der why ads are con­sis­tent­ly placed “above the fold”. Is this just a rem­nant of this old­er think­ing, or do they per­form sig­nif­i­cant­ly bet­ter there?

Lucy

Lucy at Happy Hour (with a bone)

Lucy chomping on a bone at Abilene, during Happy Hour.

We’re dogsit­ting for Liz this week­end, and it’s been a blast.

While I def­i­nite­ly pre­fer the inde­pen­dence of cats in gen­er­al, I’ve real­ly enjoyed spend­ing time with Lucy – she’s a real­ly good dog.

Font Conference

What if fonts were peo­ple? A fun­ny video from the gang at CollegeHumor.com.

wordpress.app

I’m writ­ing this from the new Word­Press iPhone app. It’s a pret­ty light, straight-for­ward inter­face. It allows sav­ing posts local­ly on the iPhone before pub­lish­ing or sav­ing drafts to the serv­er, enabling offline draft­ing.

There is even rudi­men­ta­ry pho­to sup­port — but you can’t real­ly con­trol the place­ment or siz­ing of the image — it is mere­ly append­ed to the end of the mes­sage. You don’t even see the image markup until it is pub­lished or saved as a draft on the serv­er.

But even then, the lim­i­ta­tions of the iPhone become clear — there is no copy/paste, and the class­es that deter­mine how Word­Press dis­plays uploaded images is unnec­ces­sar­i­ly com­pli­cat­ed. (They should sim­pli­fy that.)

So, though this is a pret­ty nice app, I’m not sure how use­ful it will be with­out more for­mat­ting options and copy/paste. For instance, I can’t even pro­vide a link to it’s app store page. Also, why doesn’t the iPhone have char­ac­ters luke curly quotes and em/en dash­es?

UPDATE (from my Mac): Here is the link to the app.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog is a fan­tas­tic three-part web-only musi­cal, star­ring Neil Patrick Har­ris. I can’t under­line enough how good this is. Avail­able online for free until July 20th, and then avail­able in iTunes for $3.99.

Carroll Will Never Be The Same

Carroll will never be the same

Barriers erected outside the Carroll Street MTA entrance at 2nd Place and Smith Street, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Looks like the 360 Smith lux­u­ry con­do devel­op­ment is going to shut down my sub­way entrance, and severe­ly mess up the nice plaza in front:

Because the safe­ty of our cus­tomers is of utmost con­cern, this clo­sure will be in effect on a 24-hour, 7 days per week basis for 6–8 months (sub­ject to the progress of the con­struc­tion project)…

See outside.in for more his­to­ry of this con­tro­ver­sial devel­op­ment.

Apple apologizes for MobileMe’s mediocre launch

Apple apol­o­gizes for MobileMe’s mediocre launch, by offer­ing all users a 30-day exten­sion for free:

The tran­si­tion from .Mac to MobileMe was a lot rock­i­er than we had hoped. We will be extend­ing sub­scrip­tions by 30 days to cus­tomers free of charge to express our appre­ci­a­tion for their patience dur­ing the tran­si­tion peri­od.

Speed up syncing from your Mac to MobileMe

Speed up sync­ing from your Mac to MobileMe » MobileMe isn’t exact­ly “push­ing” so much as “sync­ing every 15 min­utes” – Ars Tech­ni­ca points to a way of speed­ing this up.

MTA Service Changes Posters

The MTA’s Ser­vice Changes posters are get­ting more and more inde­ci­pher­able… This F-train one from this past week­end was a doozy, but we man­aged to make it back and forth from Man­hat­tan with­out inci­dent.

Jessica Lynch Lightening Video

Crazy video of Jes­si­ca Lynch get­ting struck by light­en­ing, while tak­ing a video of a storm. She’s okay, don’t wor­ry. [Flickr Blog]

A 3rd Climber

Peel

Workmen remove a flyer left behind by David Malone, who climbed the New York Times Building several hours before.

For the third time in five weeks, some­one has scaled the out­side of The New York Times Head­quar­ters. This time, how­ev­er, it was over and done before most of us got out of bed:

Unlike the two pre­vi­ous climbers, this one — iden­ti­fied lat­er as David Mal­one, a 29-year-old activist from West Hart­ford, Conn., who stud­ies Al Qae­da — did not attempt to make his way to the roof. Instead, he unfurled a ban­ner around the fifth floor of the 52-sto­ry build­ing, before climb­ing a few more sto­ries.

Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘A 3rd Climber’

Thsrs — The Shorter Thesaurus

Thsrs seems like a good idea: when you’re hav­ing trou­ble express­ing your­self on Twit­ter in less that 140 char­ac­ters, query the only the­saurus that only gives you syn­onyms short­er than the word you’re look­ing up.

omfg, lolz.

Business Week profile of Deborah Kenny

In the cur­rent Busi­ness Week, there is an inter­est­ing pro­file of Deb­o­rah Ken­ny, the founder Harlem Vil­lage Acad­e­mies:

Ken­ny has applied a busi­ness man­age­ment style to run­ning her schools, focus­ing on attract­ing smart teach­ers, nur­tur­ing tal­ent, using reams of data to improve per­for­mance, and putting a huge empha­sis on reward­ing results.

Ken­ny also hap­pens to be Lisa’s boss.