Hackers vs. HBO's Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley writes women out of existence. It matters, and we need to talk about it. I recently re-watched Hackers. Wow did I love that movie. I first watched it when I was in college in the mid-90s: the first...

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Why save time? (Ghandi + Gilbreth quotes)

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Had this interaction with Hunter Walk on Twitter: @hunterwalk "But what do you want to save time FOR?" "...For mumblety-peg, if that's where your heart lies." -- Frank Gilbreth— Ellen Beldner (@ellenbeldner) August 1, 2012 The full quote, from Cheaper...

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Tesla's Clever Brand+Product Strategy

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Will Oremus published a column in Slate about the Tesla S luxury sedan. The column was part tech review of the car and part cultural commentary on what it felt like to him to be driving a luxury forefront-of-technology...

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Like being kicked when you're down: Fireworks File Recovery

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Me: Hmm, it's been a little while. About time to save this Fireworks file! [CMD-S] Fireworks CS5: *CRASH* Me: Good thing there's on-crash file recovery. MacOS: BigComplicatedProjectFile.fw.png size 232 bytes Me: Oh fuck. It lost my work. Why doesn't...

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"The promotion of superstition and belief in paranormal phenomena dulls people's minds and establishes dangerous misconceptions about reality in our society."

Via Slate / New Scientist A skeptic faces possible charges for debunking Mumbai's miracle statue. Sanal Edamaruku faces a Catholic backlash after insisting that the "holy" water dripping from a statue of Christ in Mumbai, India, came from a leaky...

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Miss Manners on Interaction Design*

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"People who are deluged with information on a subject in which they have limited interest (apologies to the couple, but such is life) do not become increasingly informed. Quite the opposite. They tune out." -- Miss Manners' Guide to a...

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EPIC SQUEE: Eames Elephants

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According to dwr.com, "Demetrios [Eames, grandson of Charles] recently took the Elephant on Safari, creating this film for the Eames Office. For a fun twist, mute the soundtrack and replace it with "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens."...

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Cow Bezoars

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So I'm doing this project for one of the design classes I'm taking right now, and one thing led to another, and before I knew it I was reading all about cow bezoars on Wikipedia. Remember that scene from...

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The Ambassador

This recipe is courtesy of one of my dearest friends, D. Penner, via his parents. His dad is a senior official in the U.S. State Department, which apparently relies on this punch to inspire camaraderie and improved diplomatic relations the...

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Yes, I DO often want to see my email and calendar at the same time

Convo in team chatroom: Ellen Beldner: Is there any way in Outlook 2011 for me to simultaneously view both my calendar and email? like, the way I'd be able to do if we used Google Apps and I had a...

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Statistical linguistics made possible by Google Books

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19877-googles-fossil-record-digitises-5-million-books.html Already, researchers have traced the accelerating evolution of the English language, mapped the rise and fall of various people, and uncovered patterns of censorship and suppression in Soviet Russia, modern China, and 1950s America - and that's only a...

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Funny quote when I signed into my hosted webspace....

Q: What do you call the money you pay to the government when you ride into the country on the back of an elephant? A: A howdah duty. I was impressed -- the interlanguage (and intercultural; "howdy doody" is moderately...

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iMixen

The other night I made this breakup mix CD for a friend of mine whose S.O. broke up with her. Fortunately, these days, it's really easy to share with the world by publishing to iTunes. And because it was so...

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Electronic voting systems are corrupt, and paper is not the answer.

Testimony of Clinton Eugene Curtis, a programmer, under oath before the U.S. House Judiciary Members. Electronic voting systems are corrupt. Current systems are closed, uninspectable, and their processes are so complex and obscured that there is almost no way to...

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