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Susan Orlean attempts to answer the question about why fans at Fenway sing Sweet Caroline during ...

19/01/2006 @ 18:09 UTC

jkottke : Susan Orlean attempts to answer the question about why fans at Fenway sing Sweet Caroline during the game - Susan Orlean attempts to answer the question about why fans at Fenway sing Sweet Caroline during the game.

Rod Begbie : NPR : The Mystery of 'Sweet Caroline' and the Sox - Why do Sox fans sing "Sweet Caroline" during the middle of the 8th? Apparently, just because it's a fun song. [via#

Slim Devices : Product Info : SlimServer 6.2

19/01/2006 @ 07:08 UTC

Rod Begbie : Slim Devices : Product Info : SlimServer 6.2 - I've been playing with SlimServer as a replacement for iTunes's role as my listen-on-my-laptop-to-the-music-on-my-server tool, and it's pretty damned impressive. Open-source, plenty of plugins, deals well with my collection, and hey! It'll work if I cho #

What Works In Software Development

19/01/2006 @ 06:08 UTC

Rod Begbie : What Works In Software Development - A really good summary of the best bits of Agile, XP, etc. plus some common sense. Turns a bit Perl-centric near the end, but that aside it's an excellent read for software engineers. [via#

jQuery: New Wave Javascript

19/01/2006 @ 05:09 UTC

deusx : jQuery: New Wave Javascript - "jQuery is designed to change the way that you write Javascript."

Paul Hammond : jQuery: New Wave Javascript - Writing Javascript code should be fun

joshua : jQuery: New Wave Javascript - neat way to select and manipulate dom elements

jimray : jQuery: New Wave Javascript - Writing javascript should be fun

Rod Begbie : jQuery: New Wave Javascript - Javascript toolkit. I don't need all the fancypants "Make text swoop in" stuff, but the DOM querying syntax looks dead handy. #

nelson : jQuery JS library - Library for doing AJAXy stuff

Jeremy Zawodny : jQuery: The Write Less, Do More, JavaScript Library - jQuery: The Write Less, Do More, JavaScript Library: "jQuery is a fast, concise, JavaScript Library that simplifies how you traverse HTML documents, handle events, perform animations, and add Ajax interactions to your web pages."

we still pay 3% luxury tax on cell phones that started 107 years ago

18/01/2006 @ 23:09 UTC

Matthew M. Boedicker : we still pay 3% luxury tax on cell phones that started 107 years ago

Rod Begbie : 3 Percent Fee On Cell Phones Started 107 Years Ago - The 3% "Federal Excise Tax" on your cellphone bill? It's to help pay for the 1898 Spanish-American war. [via#

jimray : 3 Percent Fee On Cell Phones Started 107 Years Ago - Part of your cell phone bill goes to funding the Spanish American war - and it looks like it might get repealed!

Cory Doctorow Hypocrisy Watch: New Firefox "feature" eases spying on users

18/01/2006 @ 22:09 UTC

Rod Begbie : Cory Doctorow Hypocrisy Watch: New Firefox "feature" eases spying on users - Read this Cory rant about a proposed Firefox feature that would allow advertisers to track click throughs in an opt-outable manner, then count the number of undisclosed un-opt-outable click-through mechanisms in use by the horde of advertising links litte #

Orbicule | Undercover

18/01/2006 @ 21:12 UTC

Rod Begbie : Orbicule | Undercover - Mac laptop "anti-theft" app. Interesting feature set, although I'm cynical about how many times the "thief" turns on the laptop and connects to the internet, rather than the poor sap who buys it from them on Craigslist. [via#

Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure

18/01/2006 @ 00:08 UTC

Andy Baio : Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure - Zork meets the Washington Post

Jeremy Zawodny : Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure - Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure: oh. my. god. so fucking funny!

Rod Begbie : defective yeti: Xyzzy - GWBush as Infocom. "Oval Office You are standing inside a White House, having just been elected to the presidency of the United States." #

kellan : Iraqi Invasion as Zork - "If Bush is so in the dark, why hasn't he been eaten by a Grue?" #

jimray : Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure - "> FILL SHOES You are unable to fill Clinton's shoes."

ALA: Web 3.0

17/01/2006 @ 19:09 UTC

Cameron Moll : ALA: Web 3.0 - A List Apart: "Web 3.0". Jeffrey speaks from the heart. At least that's how I read it. I found this to be highly motivational, surprisingly. "These problems and others will be solved, most likely by someone reading this page," says Zeldman. "One points to

Rod Begbie : A List Apart: Articles: Web 3.0 - I ♥ Zeldman. [via#

Eric Meyer : A List Apart: Articles: Web 3.0 - Preach on, brutha.

jimray : A List Apart: Articles: Web 3.0 - "My discomfort with the hype surrounding an emerging genre of web development turned into a full-blown hate-on." Zeldman debunks all the Web2.0 inanity.

Simon Willison : Web 3.0 - A Zeldman classic.

kayodeok : A List Apart: Articles: Web 3.0 - "We have been down this road before"

Jeremy Zawodny : Web 3.0 - Web 3.0: "But ours is a medium in which, more often than not, big teams have slowly and expensively labored to produce overly complex web applications whose usability was near nil on behalf of clients with at best vague goals."

WillPate : Web 3.0 - "To you who feel like failures because you spent last year honing your web skills and serving clients, or running a business, or perhaps publishing content, you are special and lovely, so hold that pretty head high, and never let them see the tears."

François Nonnenmacher : Web 3.0 - Jeffrey Zeldman cuts to the chase

The Science Creative Quarterly » A GAME THEORETIC APPROACH TO THE TOILET SEAT PROBLEM

16/01/2006 @ 05:08 UTC

gleuschk : The Science Creative Quarterly » A GAME THEORETIC APPROACH TO THE TOILET SEAT PROBLEM - this analysis should settle the toilet seat controversey for once and for all - if John and Marsha are mathematicians.

Rod Begbie : The Science Creative Quarterly » A GAME THEORETIC APPROACH TO THE TOILET SEAT PROBLEM - Hooray! I've been looking for this article for years, but couldn't remember its name. "I expect that this analysis should settle the toilet seat controversey for once and for all - if John and Marsha are mathematicians." [via#

ViewMyCurrency

14/01/2006 @ 20:08 UTC

Rod Begbie : ViewMyCurrency - A great example of why Firefox can be so powerful -- An extension which automatically currency-converts prices on webpages. [via#

YouTube - Birds of Britain

14/01/2006 @ 04:08 UTC

Rod Begbie : YouTube - Birds of Britain - A little snippet from the (just about to be released) Look Around You DVD. Quality! [via#

ThinkGeek :: eStarling Wi-Fi Gmail / Flickr Enabled LCD Frame

14/01/2006 @ 00:08 UTC

Rod Begbie : ThinkGeek :: eStarling Wi-Fi Gmail / Flickr Enabled LCD Frame - One of those LCD photoframe dealios, but this one can subscribe to Flickr RSS feed downloaded over Wi-Fi. [via#

erikbenson : wifi flickr photo frame - I'd like one of these. A bit expensive though.

Vote for the Daily Mail ludicrous headline of the year!

13/01/2006 @ 06:32 UTC

plasticbag : Vote for the Daily Mail ludicrous headline of the year! - More entertaining / scary than you can possibly imagine. It's almost a hard process working out and analysing exactly which headline was most scurrilous and damaging...

Rod Begbie : Mailwatch Vote 2005 - Vote for the most outrageous Daily Mail or Daily Express headline of 2005. I'm having trouble deciding between "1 IN 4 TERROR SUSPECTS ARE ASYLUM SEEKERS" and "GIVE MORE LAND TO GYPSIES ORDERS PRESCOTT" [via#

Rod Begbie : Mailwatch Vote 2005 - Vote for the most outrageous Daily Mail or Daily Express headline of 2005. I'm having trouble deciding between "1 IN 4 TERROR SUSPECTS ARE ASYLUM SEEKERS" and "GIVE MORE LAND TO GYPSIES ORDERS PRESCOTT" [via#

Griffin TuneCenter

12/01/2006 @ 15:09 UTC

Jon Hicks : Griffin TuneCenter - iPod as home media centre. If only you could get more than 60gb on one…

Jason Shellen : TuneCenter for iPod - Add a hard drive and I thought this was what Apple would announce at MacWorld. Looks pretty cool. #

Rod Begbie : TuneCenter - Griffin Technology - Wow, this is a nicely designed piece of kit. Given that Apple's on "AV Connection Kit" costs the same, and is lacking a nice on-screen display for browsing your music collection, Griffin are going to sell a gajillion of these. [via#

Tucson Association of Realtors Digestive System of a Badger Disclosure

12/01/2006 @ 00:10 UTC

Rod Begbie : Tucson Association of Realtors Digestive System of a Badger Disclosure - Dave Barry jokes illustrated. If you've ever been involved in a house closing, this form is hilarious. #

The Prejudice World Map

11/01/2006 @ 18:08 UTC

Andy Baio : The Prejudice World Map - silly fun with Google wildcards

jkottke : A world map of cultural prejudices, compiled by asking Google what different cultures "are known for" - A world map of cultural prejudices, compiled by asking Google what different cultures "are known for". (via waxy, who is known for good links) [via]

Rod Begbie : The Prejudice Map - "According to Google, people in the world are known for..." [via#

Wayne Burkett : The Prejudice Map - Just getting around to this. Interesting and funny. #

Weebls Stuff - 100

11/01/2006 @ 00:08 UTC

Rod Begbie : Weebls Stuff - 100 - The awesomely inexplicable Weeble & Bob makes it to 100 episodes. Hooray. #

Flickr: Photos tagged with firstgoatse

10/01/2006 @ 20:08 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : Flickr: Photos tagged with firstgoatse - Flickr: Photos tagged with firstgoatse: hahaha... what an awesome use of flickr :-)

Andy Baio : Flickr's firstgoatse tag - not even Ron Jeremy could handle it

Rod Begbie : Flickr: Photos tagged with firstgoatse - You'll never forget your first goatse. (Mine was back in 1998, when it was referred to on uk.misc as simply "*that* jpeg") [via#

deusx : Flickr: Photos tagged with firstgoatse - Do you remember your first goatse?

Why is Menzies pronounced Mingis?

10/01/2006 @ 19:08 UTC

plasticbag : Why is Menzies pronounced Mingis? - Interesting BBC article on the history of the Menzies / Mingis name and why it is pronounced the way it is. Good bit of history and linguistics stuff with a nice sideline in the impact of new technologies (ie. printing press)

Rod Begbie : BBC NEWS | Why is Menzies pronounced Mingis? - Round our way, you always pronounced "John Menzies" "John Mingus's". [via#

POPJUSTICE ::: Is this the greatest band logo of all time?

10/01/2006 @ 16:08 UTC

Rod Begbie : POPJUSTICE ::: Is this the greatest band logo of all time? - Betty Boo and Alex from Blur -- Together at last! Oh, this sounds like a fantastic slice of P!O!P! and no mistake. #

TKTS: Discount Theater Tickets

9/01/2006 @ 21:09 UTC

Rod Begbie : TKTS: Discount Theater Tickets - Handy site listing which Broadway shows were selling discounted tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square each day. #

PHP Easter Egg

9/01/2006 @ 03:09 UTC

Rod Begbie : PHP Easter Egg - I'd never heard of this: "If you add ?=PHPE9568F36-D428-11d2-A769-00AA001ACF42 to the end of any URL that is a PHP page you will see a funny little picture of a dog." #

Vongo.com - Choose Now. Watch Now.

9/01/2006 @ 03:09 UTC

Rod Begbie : Vongo.com - Choose Now. Watch Now. - Starz's online video download service: $9.99 for all-you-can-eat movies. Windows #

Small and Nimble- The Long Story behind Karelia's New logo

7/01/2006 @ 00:10 UTC

Rod Begbie : Small and Nimble- The Long Story behind Karelia's New logo - "I won't be surprised if iWeb turns out to be as lame as Sherlock was, so we can get off the tracks, let Apple pass by, then get back on the tracks and back to work." [via#

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