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"Hi, and welcome. Have you dined with us before?" They looked up at me from their menus with smiles, "Okay. Where are you from?" These guests who grew up in the South heard it instantly, what is left of my... Continue »
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I recommend Anil Dash's thoughtful post on the geek response to forthcoming changes in the Twitter service: Geeks are lamenting that they don't dominate and control this network, and expressing it in the only way we know how: Through technological... Continue »
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The github style of software development has, unusually, embraced the "fork" as a way of encouraging software use and reuse. Rather than being tied to a single repository owned by a single maintainer who accepts or rejects patches at their... Continue »
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Yo, girl. Yo, Put down the eyeliner. While you are at it, put down that box of red dye. Angela Chase or Tori Amos you ain't. The good news is in 17 more years you will be so comfortable in... Continue »
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A long time ago on an internet forum I once frequented, a user posted a video he created. Below is that video. You should watch it because it is one of the best things ever on the internet ever: If... Continue »
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On moving to the Upper West Side: "I live downtown, but when I first got to the show, I didn't know anything about New York. I asked a friend where I should live, and he was like, 'live on the... Continue »
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Blog: sippey.com
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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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I love this Globe and Mail interview with Michael Chabon about fatherhood (via Ruhlman). In particular, this quote, which is an excerpt from Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs: The daily work you put into rearing your children is a kind of... Continue »
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I didn't do this last year, and I kind of regret it; it's funny how easy it is to forget what was on your mind in a given year, if you don't write it down (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004,... Continue »
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Blog: Expert Labs
As we mentioned last week, the White House recently opened up its first-ever public wiki, for feedback about ExpertNet, a proposed platform for collecting expert feedback from the public. Given that our mission's a close fit for the goals of ExpertNet, we wanted to begin by talking about how the work we've done with the ThinkUp platform at Expert Labs could serve some parts of the request today, and even more in the future. (Obviously, ExpertNet and Expert Labs have similar names, but we're just two different projects with similar goals.) The ExpertNet proposal lays out four main steps for... Continue »
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Blog: Hello Motion
OH: "It is free because it is nothing." Continue »
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For DJ, originally uploaded by mgtrott. This really is a great photo. Continue »
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