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Free throws

6/03/2007 @ 00:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Free throws - Free throw shooting is one of my favorite topics. It's the whole relaxed concentration aspect of it: can you focus enough so that the years of practice undertaken to train the unconscious self to shoot override the conscious self's desire to take control [via]

Coming in July: Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design by Michael...

5/03/2007 @ 23:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Coming in July: Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design by Michael... - Coming in July: Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut. Looks like some of those essays will be drawn from Design Observer. (link)

An interview with John Lasseter on how the Pixarification of...

5/03/2007 @ 22:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : An interview with John Lasseter on how the Pixarification of... - An interview with John Lasseter on how the Pixarification of Disney is proceeding. (link)

For next time around, how to photograph a lunar eclipse....

5/03/2007 @ 21:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : For next time around, how to photograph a lunar eclipse.... - For next time around, how to photograph a lunar eclipse. Here's a list of upcoming eclipses. (via inmyallstars) (link) [via]

Lovely designed condom applicator from South Africa...just put it on...

5/03/2007 @ 20:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Lovely designed condom applicator from South Africa...just put it on... - Lovely designed condom applicator from South Africa...just put it on and pull the applicator away. (link)

Why do we believe in God?

5/03/2007 @ 19:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Why do we believe in God? - The cover story in this week's NY Times Magazine is called Darwin's God and covers, from an evolutionary biology standpoint, why people believe in God. Most scientists studying the matter believe that humans have a built-in mechanism for religious belief.

How many countries can you name in 10 minutes? I...

5/03/2007 @ 18:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : How many countries can you name in 10 minutes? I... - How many countries can you name in 10 minutes? I got just over 70...my weak spots were Africa and spelling. And 10 minutes just isn't enough time. See also name the 50 US states in 15 minutes. (link)

Dan Hill, who coincidentally is the director of web and broadcast...

5/03/2007 @ 16:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Dan Hill, who coincidentally is the director of web and broadcast... - Dan Hill, who coincidentally is the director of web and broadcast at the aforementioned Monocle, has a thoughtful post about Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, a documentary film that follows Zinedine Zidane through an entire soccer match. (link)

Nice positive review of Monocle, a new monthly magazine...

5/03/2007 @ 15:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Nice positive review of Monocle, a new monthly magazine... - Nice positive review of Monocle, a new monthly magazine that would "bond and glue all the people that roam the world". I finally got my hands on the first issue the other day and it is quite something. "Overall, Monocle comes across as fresh, original, ca

The best animated gif ever created, I reckon. A tour...

5/03/2007 @ 04:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : The best animated gif ever created, I reckon. A tour... - The best animated gif ever created, I reckon. A tour de force. (link)

Nice composite photo of the lunar eclipse last night. We...

4/03/2007 @ 16:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Nice composite photo of the lunar eclipse last night. We... - Nice composite photo of the lunar eclipse last night. We missed it because it was a bit cloudy and tall buildingy in NYC last night. (thx, ajit) Update: Here's another, another, and one more. (link)

4-hour BBC documentary on how to be a gardener. I...

3/03/2007 @ 23:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : 4-hour BBC documentary on how to be a gardener. I... - 4-hour BBC documentary on how to be a gardener. I only watched the first few minutes, but it seems promising. (thx, avi) (link)

On tonight's to-do list: total lunar eclipse. Totality occurs at...

3/03/2007 @ 19:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : On tonight's to-do list: total lunar eclipse. Totality occurs at... - On tonight's to-do list: total lunar eclipse. Totality occurs at 5:44pm ET and will last about an hour. On the east coast of the US, the moon will already be eclipsed when it rises. Best bet for seeing it is Africa, Europe, and the Middle East (see map).

A 666 tribute to David Fincher featuring video of 6...

3/03/2007 @ 05:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : A 666 tribute to David Fincher featuring video of 6... - A 666 tribute to David Fincher featuring video of 6 of his commercials, 6 of his music videos, and 6 of his movies. (link)

They're Made Out of Meat, a classic sci-fi short story...

3/03/2007 @ 01:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : They're Made Out of Meat, a classic sci-fi short story... - They're Made Out of Meat, a classic sci-fi short story by Terry Bisson. "Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!" (thx, aj) (link)

For years, a myth has stated that the number of people...

3/03/2007 @ 00:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : For years, a myth has stated that the number of people... - For years, a myth has stated that the number of people currently living outnumber the number of people who have died. Not true says demographer Carl Haub: over 100 billion people have died on earth, compared to 6.5 billion current residents. (via 3qd) (li [via]

I think it's perfectly OK for John McCain and Barack Obama...

2/03/2007 @ 23:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : I think it's perfectly OK for John McCain and Barack Obama... - I think it's perfectly OK for John McCain and Barack Obama to say that the US is wasting the lives of the American troops that have been killed in Iraq. In the ignoble pursuit of politics, people are penalized for telling the truth, or at least for tellin

Four short videos in which Ira Glass talks about the...

2/03/2007 @ 22:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Four short videos in which Ira Glass talks about the... - Four short videos in which Ira Glass talks about the art of storytelling. (link)

The Morning News announces the results of the Non-Expert's Contest...

2/03/2007 @ 20:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : The Morning News announces the results of the Non-Expert's Contest... - The Morning News announces the results of the Non-Expert's Contest for Total Idioms. The phrase "if a bird can't fly, it walks [is] used to suggest someone should stop making excuses why they can't do something". (link)

Zodiac the first all-digital feature film?

2/03/2007 @ 19:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Zodiac the first all-digital feature film? - In doing some research in anticipation of seeing Zodiac sometime this weekend, I came across the following tidbit: [Zodiac is] believed to be the first full-length studio feature film shot and produced entirely as data from start to finish, with no physi

I haven't watched much professional-grade badminton so I don't know if...

2/03/2007 @ 18:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : I haven't watched much professional-grade badminton so I don't know if... - I haven't watched much professional-grade badminton so I don't know if this is normal, but this point lasts far longer than I would have expected. (link)

Via VSL comes word of a new book that sounds...

2/03/2007 @ 18:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Via VSL comes word of a new book that sounds... - Via VSL comes word of a new book that sounds interesting: The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything. "In 101 of the pettiest cultural categories -- e.g., Bob Dylan cover songs, James Bond gadgets, bald guys -- the authors and their team [via]

How to build a really fantastic snow fort. "Your secret...

2/03/2007 @ 17:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : How to build a really fantastic snow fort. "Your secret... - How to build a really fantastic snow fort. "Your secret weapon would be a garden hose with a misting attachment at the end, so long as it provides an extremely gentle mist. Work from a distance, letting the water have some time to cool in the air before i

A list of well-know logos & brands and their design...

2/03/2007 @ 15:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : A list of well-know logos & brands and their design... - A list of well-know logos & brands and their design histories. (link)

Nice interview with Grant Achatz, owner and chef at Alinea,...

2/03/2007 @ 06:00 UTC

Jason Kottke : Nice interview with Grant Achatz, owner and chef at Alinea,... - Nice interview with Grant Achatz, owner and chef at Alinea, which many consider to be the best restaurant in America right now. (link)

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