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Blog: Hobbitted
Spiders are dead, Bilbo can turn invisible, and Thorin was CAPTURED! Things start to feel political as Tolkein describes the tension between Thorin's captors, the Wood-Elves, and dwarves of yore. Apparently, a group of dwarves stole some beloved treasures from the wood-elves, and when called out for their bad deeds, the dwarves were all "Man, this was mine to BEGIN with!". I wonder how kids reading the story take all of this: do they just accept that grown people were meant to quarrel? Anyway, Thorin is now in jail, and the wood-elves know he's a dwarf, and now it's time... Continue »
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Blog: Hobbitted
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@rayners reached out to me with great urgency to correct my thought process thoroughly-steeped in American surburbanitis. Bilbo does not live in a house, nor a hut. He lives in a hole. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor a yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. Page one, paragraph one. Cupboards and fireplace do not define a house, apparently. (image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/2121456932/in/set-72157603495410365/). Continue »
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Since Moses brought the tablets down from the mountain, lists have come in tens, not that we couldn't have done with several more commandments. Who says a year has Ten Best Films, anyway? Nobody but readers, editors, and most other... Continue »
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I want to start recording (mostly for my own benefit) the things that happen to me that make me happy, make me smile and genuinely bring me joy. This is the first of those. Sunday afternoon, I took the boys out to Target to do some holiday shopping. It was a little rough getting them out of the house. William especially was being cranky. Usually, this just means he's really tired and needs a nap, which is exactly what happened on the way to the store. He was out pretty quick, and Nick followed William's lead about half a mile... Continue »
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Blog: sippey.com
Now that Facebook is pushing the defaults to public (here's Mark Zuckerberg's wall, for instance) how long until they adopt an asymmetric follow model for individual profiles? (Today the asymmetric follow is why fan pages exist, but if they were... Continue »
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via www.google.com Why competition by feature parity is not a good idea. If you don't believe me, ask Sippey Continue »
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When you look at the covers for the Blu-Ray and DVD versions of Julie & Julia, it's pretty obvious that there is a lot more contrast in the Blu-Ray cover. It's just an artifact of how the images were output, but I like the idea that the studios are using richer color and sharper imagery for the covers of their HD discs. I'd like to think the full-screen DVD cover would have black bars on the side. Continue »
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Blog: sippey.com
Reason #4789, our IT manager sends out fantastic holiday gift ideas. > **To:** Six Apart SF Office **Subject:** Cruel Like Me If you have a Mac lover in the family and a cruel streak, I have lots of spare Macbook... Continue »
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And then I took a hard look at the stats: the site was getting a million or so pageviews every month, but from a rather small number of unique IPs. As people reflexively refreshed their personal pages, sometimes thousands of times a day, I began to feel like the manager... Continue »
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I am guessing there will be some people who will get on me about "turning my life over to Google" or something, but I wanted to share something I'm now using here with my TypePad space -- Google Custom Search. Yesterday I lamented the lack of an internal search widget, something I had taken for granted with my self hosted WordPress blog. I used it to search my own work quite a bit. I was nervous as I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to add a good internal search widget here. I ended up taking matters... Continue »
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In [day 2](http://advent.plackperl.org/2009/12/day-2-hello-world.html) article I used the plackup command to run the Hello World PSGI application. Plackup is a command line launcher of PSGI applications, inspired by Rack's rackup command. It can be used to run any PSGI applications saved in .psgi file with one of PSGI web server backends using Plack handlers. The usage is simple, just give a .psgi file path to the command: > plackup hello.psgi HTTP::Server::PSGI: Accepting connections at http://0:5000/ You can actually omit the filename as well if you're trying to run app.psgi in the current directory. The default backend is chosen using one of... Continue »
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via graphjam.files.wordpress.com I think raisins in cookies are an abomination. Why would you interrupt the texture of the perfect cookie with something that feels like a dead slug? Continue »
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Blog: picoblog
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Let's see... Quick compose, definitely awesome for it's quickness (and nifty help box): Default blog quick-look, because anything with sparklines is +1000 in my book: Custom color schemes from images? Way awesome: And since I didn't get around to praising this when it came out, the newish insert images dialog: All of those things! Continue »
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Blog: nataliepo
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taken from my iphone, right out of the 4/5/6 station at the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop. Continue »
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Blog: nataliepo
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Booster loves Matty. Continue »
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Blog: Expert Labs
Now that we've had a chance to catch our breath from the launch of Expert Labs, it's a good time to take a quick look at how this new initiative has been received. Here are a few early reports on our effort from across the web: Wired: "Crowdsourcing Social Networks to Inform Public Policy" Dash said the goal of the Expert Labs incubator is not create a new social network, but to “us[e] open web technologies [to] make it easy for policy makers and scientists to connect with one another using the web sites and programs they’re already familiar with”... Continue »
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One of my favorite habits of journalists is that they refuse to state an opinion. Instead, they find a source to say whatever it is they want said and then quote them. And when I say “favorite,” what I really... Continue »
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Blog: Dollarshort
What's the difference between Twitter and blogs? Well on Twitter I would have posted: "Had a nightmare about Corey Haim dating my mom -- I'm still a bit traumatized by it." and chuckled at my brevity and wit. But instead,... Continue »
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At Six Apart we have a long history of developing leading class open source applications and supporting developers who contribute to the open source community. Our latest community microblogging application, TypePad Motion, has been extremely... Continue »
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Blog: sippey.com
Jason Kottke, on his weblog. Before reading this interview, I didn't know much about [Cormac] McCarthy -- he's a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute? -- but now I think I need to read The Road. If this truly is... Continue »