A few things I’ve read recently worth sharing:
- Harper Collins and ebooks – Publisher Harper Collins is changing the terms of their sales of ebooks to libraries. Now, a license for an ebook will expire after 26 loans. WTF? Are they going to come and burn all the paper copies after a couple of dozen loans, too? This blog has a good summary of what’s going on.
- The Last Wailer – Great GQ piece on the reclusive Bunny Wailer. (via longform, which you should follow, if you already don’t)
- On Worst Comes to Worst – I always thought that “if worse comes to worst” was preferable to “if worst comes to worst,” but apparently the latter is the original (though both terms are generally considered to be OK).
Publisher defends book on Polish plunder of Jews – Golden Harvest is due out later this year and details how some Poles plundered graves and sold out Jews’ hiding spots for financial gain. There should be no shame in visiting this part of Poland’s history: acknowledge it, learn from it, and use it to move forward.
- Interview – Lee “Scratch” Perry (2007) – Perry has a surprisingly progressive view on homosexuality (especially given reggae’s historical condemnation of LGBT folk), but it’s also very much “Scratch”: “Gay people have the right to live their life, and I wouldn’t say that they shouldn’t live the life they should live because they were once woman. After they reincarnate they come back as man. They achieve two different power – they achieve the power of man and the woman. We all are male and female but some of us don’t know how to handle it. We are all male and we are all female in one body; two power in one body. But if the woman in the gay want to live a woman life, let the woman in the gay live a woman life. And if the man in the gay wish to life a man life, let the man in the gay live a man life. I have nothing to say against them.”
- Emily Anne Reed – Shame she didn’t make it through on American Idol. Really liked her.
- Kenny G and Miles Davis (photo) – Best thing I’ve seen this week. Miles is looking at Kenny G the way we all hope he would.
- RIP, Lana Cokos – My fifth grade math teacher. She was great.
Paleo-future shares an article from 1911 where Thomas Edison laid down some predictions a hundred years later. Guess what? It’s a hundred years later.
There are some intriguing predictions (“The baby of the twenty-first century will be rocked in a steel cradle”), but the most interesting is his take on 21st century books:
Books of the coming century will all be printed leaves of nickel, so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume. A book two inches thick will contain forty thousand pages, the equivalent of a hundred volumes; six inches in aggregate thickness, it would suffice for all the contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica. And each volume would weigh less than a pound.
And then a paragraph later he makes reference to “Wood kindle-ing from the deep forests of the Amazon.”
Actually, he doesn’t, but it would have been kind of cool if he did.
I’ve dispensed with the delicious links being posted to the blog, but I thought I’d manually share some stuff I’m finding interesting today:
I finished The Picture of Dorian Gray last night and was looking through some of the LibraryThing reviews of the book and came across this gem:
This is a mystery story. This book was interesting because it showed also dirty parts which people have. I was surprised at the unforeseen ending.
- It’s not a mystery story.
- “Dirty parts which people have”?!!
- Unforeseen endings are surprising by nature.
So, there I am reading a recent entry on Lifehacker about the “top 10 food and drink hacks” when I get to #3, “Avoid crying while chopping onions.” Next to it is a picture of an onion.
I paused a second.
I squinted a little.
Dude. That’s my kitchen. That’s my onion.
You may remember my high school friend/best man Ryder. Well, tomorrow he has a radio show debuting on KUCI 88.9FM in Irvine, California titled Your Dog’s Breakfast. The show airs from 5-6pm pacific time (that’s
2-3pm 8-9pm for the eastern-centric readers) and the first episode is described thusly:
Our premiere episode is a story of how one website (couchsurfing.com) brings together many familiar strangers from several points across the globe for one night in San Diego (with a few hours in Tijuana). We’ll spend some time with people from (and traveling through) Southern California, and points south, north, and beyond.
Tune in and check it out if you dig NPR/This American Life-type radio.
(Update: Opps. Shifted the time in the wrong direction. Big dummy am I.)
Will this make anyone else as happy as it makes me? A slideshow of random Flickr photos tagged “skeeball.” Enjoy:
Created with Paul’s flickrSLiDR.
How long will it be before someone finds one of the two following things using Google Maps Street View? I’m betting it happens by the middle of next week:
- A naked person (or someone getting dressed)
- A couple bumping uglies
Shall we start a pool?
I like SimpleWeather. It is what it says: weather in a super-clean, attractive, uncluttered interface. (Read: NO FREAKIN’ ADS!)
Stuff I like:
- Clean, simple design
- Well-designed icons
- The fact that the title bar shows the temperature for the location you’re viewing. This makes it easy to see the temp just by glancing at your tabs.
- Refreshes automatically every 10 minutes
Stuff I’d like to see:
- Since they’re doing the cool thing with the temperature in the titlebar, how about also serving up a favicon to reflect the weather?
- I’d dig it if you could choose the source of the data. Right now it uses weather.com, but being able to choose Weather Underground or some other source would be pretty sweet.
- RSS feeds. Sticky territory? Dunno.
- Widgets. Because all other weather sites’ widgets suck.
Hooray for SimpleWeather!