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I don't brush my hair anymore. Continue »
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I admit that my comportment during the recent online debate concerning the aspect ratio of Stanley Kubrick's 1975 Barry Lyndon and its new Blu-ray version was not always entirely pleasant or reasonable, or that it yielded entirely reliable findings. This is the sort of thing that can happen when one allows one's (entirely understandable, I'd say) desire to tweak Jeff Wells to override concerns of etiquette and/or common sense. I did try to employ due... Continue »
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Spring cleaning for some of our APIs - The official Google Code blog These APIs are now deprecated but have no scheduled shutdown date: Code Search API, Diacritize API, Feedburner APIs, Finance API, Power Meter API, Sidewiki API, Wave API These APIs will be shut down as per their deprecation policies: Blog Search API, Books Data API and Books JavaScript API (not the new API), Image Search API, News Search API, Patent Search API, Safe Browsing API (v1 only), Translate API, Transliterate API, Video Search API, Virtual Keyboard API via googlecode.blogspot.com In Oct 2006, I integrated FeedBurner to TypePad Japan.... Continue »
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Marco Arment has a great piece about the whole Twitter xAuth/OAuth thing. This blog is hardly the place to describe the technical issues, but at a high level Twitter is making a change that is going to require a bunch of app developers to jump through hoops in a very short time frame. The app developers are pissed. But Marco (developer of Instapaper and Tumblr) plays the devil’s advocate: Twitter can do whatever they want. It’s the simple, brutal truth. Twitter must do what’s best for Twitter. They owe us nothing. It’s not a public good. It’s not a right.... Continue »
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via www.youtube.com George Takei is an extraordinary man with an extraordinary life and he gets more awesome with each passing year. Continue »
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I tend to keep my music on shuffle mode and the iTunes player window in the mini-player shape and I just discovered that I couldn't drag a folder of music to it. OK, that isn't a direct screen shot, but a re-creation of what my mind's eye saw, to the... Continue »
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Update: Appears to be fixed as of iTunes 10.6 (possibly earlier). Lets say you want to try out some music on iTunes. Thanks to recent licensing by Apple, you can now preview to up to 90 seconds of a song in the store before you buy. So, you pull up... Continue »
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I star/heart things compulsively. In a moderately particular order... Ben Fry, co-creator of Processing's remarks on data visualization tools getting into the hands of amateurs: "The more that people are doing the work — it all kind of goes to... Continue »
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via oopsiedaisy.typepad.com As the father of a young girl I see a fair number of princesses and tend not to pay no never mind... this set, however, got my attention. Too bad William couldn't find a pair of shoulder thingees... Continue »
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I am listening to The KLF's Chill Out right now, and now, so can you. Bonus: sheep. Continue »
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via www.youtube.com Kind of the most amazing thing ever. Continue »
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For around a decade I commuted by car up and down highways 80 and 101 into Silicon Valley, putting around 500 miles onto my beater VW Rabbit each week. Switching to work exclusively in San Francisco meant a lot less wear and tear on my car and a lot more time for me. No more 2-3 hours on the road daily. Sure, I miss hearing All Things Considered reliably, but that's a small price to pay. I always carry a library book in my pack, for when things... Continue »
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Noted on December 17, 2011 that scrolling all better now. A scrollbar also appears while scrolling. Thanks, Netflix! Fire up the Netflix app on your iPhone or iPad and go to the home view. Now, try flicking that list up to scroll to the bottom. Feel that? It's like flicking... Continue »
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Last year sometime I switched up the tagline on this blog to "Let's make a sandwich." If you were following along with pop culture at the time, you knew the reference. A year later, people keep asking me "What's with... Continue »
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Stellar's pagination nav: Mlkshk's pagination nav: Can't we all just get along? Continue »
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So, here's the update I promised last week: I'm thrilled to join DotCloud as a software engineer, starting May. Many of you have seen the news that they recently shipped the support for its Perl stack that I know a lot of Perl hackers are excited about. As they point out in the post, I contributed my experience and knowledge for them to build the perl support, but it was actually an hour of whiteboarding session to figure out what the right stack would be (i.e. uWSGI and PSGI, perlbrew, local::lib and cpanminus for a start, but more support to come), and the following few hours of hacking to just build it. It was so much fun and inspiring to... Continue »
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