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Streetsy: 40+ Streetartists You Should Know Besides Banksy

Jake Dobkin presents 40+ Street Artists You Should Know Besides Banksy:

Every­one knows who Banksy is – but the inter­na­tion­al stree­tart com­mu­ni­ty has hun­dreds of oth­er great artists that deserve your atten­tion. Here’s a selec­tion of the very best.

Christoph Niemann’s Abstract City

One of my favorite blogs on NYTimes.com is writ­ten by the Ger­man illus­tra­tor Christoph Nie­mann, called Abstract City. He only posts once a month or so, but each one is as unique and inter­est­ing as the last.

And, it is amus­ing that his blog – of all NYTimes.com blogs – doesn’t have an illus­trat­ed icon in the head­er. It’s not inten­tion­al on our part, he just hasn’t got­ten to it yet.

See More of Christoph Niemann’s work »

CIA Tactics Endorsed In Secret Memos

The Wash­ing­ton Post has a page one sto­ry today on a pair of secret Bush Admin­is­tra­tion mem­os sent to the CIA, that explic­it­ly endorse the agency’s use of tor­ture tech­niques. It’s unclear who the leaks came from, but it appears that the mem­os addressed con­cerns expressed by then-CIA Direc­tor George Tenet:

The repeat­ed requests for a paper trail reflect­ed grow­ing wor­ries with­in the CIA that the admin­is­tra­tion might lat­er dis­tance itself from key deci­sions about the han­dling of cap­tured al-Qae­da lead­ers, for­mer intel­li­gence offi­cials said.

So, Tenet was look­ing to cov­er his ass. Nice report­ing WaPo.

Mad Men, Mad Props

Mad Men is such an enjoy­able show – but, type­face design­er Mark Simon­son takes Mad Men’s prop mas­ters to task for their typog­ra­phy sins.

None of these mis­steps occurred to me when watch­ing, so maybe I need to brush up on my his­to­ry of typog­ra­phy?

The Measure of a President

The Times has an inter­est­ing (if not com­plete­ly point­less) info­graph­ic on pres­i­den­tial height and weight, in recent his­to­ry. I like that the sil­hou­ettes are all most­ly rec­og­niz­able – Jim­my Carter’s smile, Har­ry Truman’s spec­ta­cles and William Howard Taft’s bel­ly… fun­ny.

It was done by Scott Stowell’s design stu­dio, Open N.Y., the peo­ple who design GOOD Mag­a­zine.

No Want!

No Want!

Katya gets involved in the party planning. (Photo by Lisa)

More Pho­tos from our V.P. Debate Par­ty »

MSM Ahead of Curve on V.P. Debate

Did you know that NYTimes.com streamed live video of last night’s debate, right on the top of its home page? There was a full-screen option, too. Pret­ty cool stuff – even Gawk­er was impressed.

Also, check out our V.P. Debati­na­tor – a mashup of video, tran­script, and time­line from the debate.

Subtraction 7.1 Beta

Khoi Vinh recent­ly realigned his blog, Subtraction.com, con­vert­ing the back-end from Mov­able Type to Expres­sion Engine. (Full dis­clo­sure: Khoi is my boss.)

There are a few new tweaks to the famil­iar design, the most notice­able being the link roll fold­ed-in with longer form entries, cre­at­ing a nice chrono­log­i­cal flow. Also, he cre­at­ed tem­plates for pho­to posts.

Election 2008, Powered by Twitter

Twit­ter found anoth­er inter­est­ing thing to do since acquir­ing Sum­mize this past sum­mer: they launched an Elec­tion 2008 feed, which dis­plays Twit­ter users thoughts on the elec­tion in real time. The scroll goes dizzy­ing­ly fast, but the pause on mouse-over is a nice touch.

It will be inter­est­ing to keep an eye on it dur­ing the first pres­i­den­tial debate tonight, as I’m sure there will be lots of insight­ful, thought­ful com­ments. ::wink, wink:: Though I wish that the list was curat­ed down to a select bunch of jour­nal­ists or com­men­ta­tors.

Sacha Baron Cohen Crashes the Catwalk at Milan Fashion Week

Ali G and Borat might have been put to rest, but come­di­an Sacha Baron Cohen seems to now be work­ing on a Brüno movie, based on his gay Aus­tri­an mod­el char­ac­ter.

Ear­li­er today, he caused a ruckus when he crashed the cat­walk at Milan Fash­ion Week, dressed in a ridicu­lous­ly fun­ny cos­tume. The pho­tos and video look hilar­i­ous.

Jennarator on Hershey’s Switch to Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

Jen­na on Hershey’s deci­sion to replace cocoa but­ter with par­tial­ly hydro­genat­ed veg­gie oil in their choco­late can­dies:

Every­one feels tricked and betrayed by their beloved Her­shey. And to that I say, it’s f*cking her­shey, get over it. It’s not a high qual­i­ty prod­uct to begin with (still love it, though).

I just think this is a dumb thing to get worked up about, espe­cial­ly when so much food right now is mak­ing peo­ple sick. Can we focus on mak­ing and grow­ing food that won’t give us E. Coli and for­give a lit­tle veg­etable oil?

My answer is no, but I think that foods of all kinds con­tain too much processed sug­ars and fats.

Waffle House Wedding

Some tru­ly excel­lent jour­nal­ism, from The Gwin­nett Dai­ly Post: Waf­fle House Wed­ding. I love that you can order any of the pho­tos.

Inside Obama’s Emails

In the wake of Sarah Palin’s email account hack, The Onion brings you Inside Oba­ma’s Emails. Fun­ny, but I thought John McCain didn’t know how to do the e‑mail? [via Jason]

Obama is RESTful

Corey Ehmke wrote up a fun­ny com­par­i­son of the tech­nolo­gies used by the Oba­ma and McCain cam­paigns on their web­sites. His con­clu­sion? Oba­ma is REST­ful.

Neighborhood Envy, Gossip Girl in Carroll Gardens

I’m no stranger to neigh­bor­hood-envy, but it’s nice to hear some direct­ed our way:

Gos­sip Girl Invades Car­roll Gar­dens, Olds Are Befud­dled, Enraged »

I’m going to refer to my neigh­bors as “Smith Street whip­sters (wealthy hip­sters)”, uniron­i­cal­ly and with zero self-aware­ness, from now on.

Pool for Sale

The pool of my child­hood is for sale. My, how things fall apart!

Feral Child in Florida

If you’ve got a few min­utes, read this heart­break­ing sto­ry of a fer­al child in Flori­da:

Three years ago the Plant City police found a girl lying in her roach-infest­ed room, naked except for an over­flow­ing dia­per. The child, pale and skele­tal, com­mu­ni­cat­ed only through grunts. She was almost 7 years old.”

There is also a com­pan­ion mul­ti­me­dia piece, with a video slideshow about Danielle’s progress, includ­ing speech ther­a­py ses­sions.

If you’re curi­ous about life in this small Flori­da farm­ing town, the New York­er has an unre­lat­ed piece on Plant City this week.

John Lydon Still Makes Me Laugh

John Lydon still makes me laugh, even if only uncom­fort­ably so.

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.

On “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?

Font Conference

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

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.

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.