Greg and I are doing part two of our honeymoon this weekend with a visit to Pawleys Island. I’m not sure about the whole “arrogantly shabby” thing, but we’ve never been to a North/South Carolina beach, so it’ll be an adventure. I hope it’s not too cold for swimming.
…I might swim regardless.
- Hill Gardens of Maine – What’s Wrong With My Seedlings? – Awesome article on light and temperature treatment of indoor plants and why seedlings end up spindly and weak (like mine are!).
- Twitter / @Adwoa D. : Political Correctness – Weird to link to something on Twitter here, but I love this statement.
- WikiLeaks: grand jury hearing opens in US – Telegraph – I had no idea that journalists couldn't attend grand jury hearings–that's shitty.
- Who is Osama bin Laden? – Boing Boing – I tend to resist the urge to blame the educational system for things, so some of the comments on this post annoyed me. That said, I hadn't thought about the fact that my own little sister was 2 (count 'em!) when 9/11 occurred. How crazy is that?
- How do you convince the average web user to switch to a non-IE browser? – Nothing incredibly new here, but it does include the following exchange:
“Why do you use Internet Explorer? Do you know that there are other options for browsers?”, I asked.
“No, not really. As far as I’m concerned, when I access the internet, I just need to click on the big blue ‘e’ and do a search. I don’t know why I would use anything else.”
“What does the ‘e’ stand for, Alex?”
“The ‘e’ stands for ‘internet’”, he replied.
- Lego Apartment – Look at this awesomeness. Everything folds away; it's pretty slick.
Um… it’ll make sense as you read.
This week’s internet cruising:
- No Moods, Ads or Cutesy Fucking Icons (Re-reloaded) » Extraordinary Claims – Dust off your scientific hats for this one. Watts does an interesting analysis of the responses to a paper showing statistically significant evidence of precognition. Other folks apparently jumped all over the precog article with some borderline dishonest critiques, which Watts chews on.
- The “…the fuck…” exercise. « intangible.ca – Hear, hear. "Think of the last time you had to write an About Us page. Or a FAQ. Or craft an elevator pitch.
The big challenge is coming up with a clear, engaging, and succinct description of your project."
- Change in passport language is boon to gay rights activists – "'There are relationships that are immediately implied by mother and father that aren't implied by Parent 1 and Parent 2,' he said. 'It's not just a change to more bureaucratic language, it's a redefinition of the relationship.'"
And how is this a bad thing?
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – This is totally what my robots are going to do.
- How propaganda poisons the mind – and our discourse – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com – The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal all published nasty falsehoods concerning Wikileaks, but could only lower themselves to make half-assed apologies on the matter.
- Three Word Phrase, by Ryan Pequin – I love Monopoly for just this reason.
This week’s internet cruising:
- Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else – WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress plugins, themes, news and help – WPMU.org – I'm not at all surprised by the hackery going on in free WordPress themes.
- YouTube – Brick in a washing machine – I've always wanted to do this!
- Twitter’s Response to WikiLeaks Subpoena Should Be the Industry Standard | Threat Level | Wired.com – "Twitter introduced a new feature last month without telling anyone about it, and the rest of the tech world should take note and come up with its own version of it
Twitter beta-tested a spine."
- Dot Dot Dot – Animated – This is really damned funny: a dramatic reading of a lousy flash game comment… including bad spelling and grammar. Great voice, great text animation.
- The Saddest Book in the Universe (pic) – Imgur – This is, indeed, rather sad.
- Windy City Times – VIEWS Surviving the ex-gay program – 308 – A man's attempt (and ultimate opting out of) trying to become straight. I knew that there were programs to try to do so, but wasn't aware that they were based in Exodus: "I learned the basic theories of Exodus: that homosexuality wasn't real, that gay people were just confused straight people, that gay sex was a sin similar to idolatry. The theories seemed a bit far-fetched but I did my best to embrace and understand them." A good tale.
- <Insert title here>: TSA encounter at SAN – I'm disappointed that I hadn't heard about this back when it happened (I'm sure I was under some rock). This guy–who had done his due diligence on his local airport and believed it to not have the uber-scanners–opted out of the scanning process and the pat-down.
I swear, my heart was racing as I read it.
- Privacy Icons: Alpha Release « Aza on Design – An interesting attempt to have “second-tier” sites label themselves in terms of how they store and use your data–“I share your information with advertisers”, etc.
There’s a great discussion in the comments (albeit not much back and forth) on the flaws and pluses of the idea, but the biggest issue seems to be that companies with crappy practices just wouldn’t display the icons. Asa proposed some Mozilla-initiated measures around that, but it seems like a hefty undertaking.