Josh Mack blogging at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts, and occasionally on; bicycles, politics, Brooklyn, parenting, crafts, and good reading. Currently helping to build a new NYC neighborhood news site - nearsay.com, that celebrates the voices that make our city. Subscribe to the daily newsletter it gives you what you need to know.
A few months ago I was sent a friend request by someone with whose last words to me, if I remember correctly since it was 15 years ago, were "you're an a--hole." I had also heard that several years ago he had said something unpleasant about me as well. To top it off the friend request didn't even have a note. This song nicely sums up what I'm sure a lot of us feel about some of the "friend" requests we get as our entire high school, camp, and college classes start reuniting. I'm sure that I've elicited some of the same thing going the other way with people too. Anyway this video which I saw first on a friend's Facebook update is great.
Last year, or maybe the year before, I bought a cool hunter camouflage tote bag from L.L. Bean. This, of course, has resulted in my being sent the L.L. Bean Hunting catalog. have to admit that some of the Woolrich style wool vests and pants meant for upland hunting look nice. But the thing that really jumped out at me was this 3d Camo Suit. Bad puns aside it seems a steal at $99. You can dress up like a large pile of leaves and move around. There has been some discussion in my house that a really good urban complement to this would be a 3d office camo suit. It might be a dull wall color and have a one or two inch wide desk at waist level with post-its, and fake file drawer fronts.
So yesterday, I was with my daughter buying some flowers in the flower shop having a nice conversation with the florist. After picking the out the flowers and having them wrapped I discovered I was three dollars short of their credit card minimum so I bought two more and said that I hoped that she would be able to squeeze them in without unwrapping them. She said "I think so, I've been working on my schtupping skills," which had me wondering if she was misusing the word, a fluent Yiddish speaker, or just flirting. There is a joke there somewhere, and by the time I figure it out I may qualify for Old Jews Telling Jokes. Tumblr powered using blip.tv for distribution the producers get notable Jews to tell beautifully filmed jokes against a white backdrop with nice titles. Daniel Okrent, featured below, tells a nice joke titled Schmuck. Others on the site include Harry Macklowe, and Mayor Koch plus many others.. I found about the site from a connoisseur of jokes and how right she was. What a nice site.
I've just launched a site for David Wessel and his book In Fed We Trust. Very simple and straightforward it leverages Typepad and it's journal black design with some modifications and template customization. It enables Wessel to update it himself, post news and video of appearances, add to the reviews. There is also a section where people can share thoughts, and see his most recent posts on Twitter. The book comes out officially on August 4th and the reviews are amazing.
forbes figures out how to make a 247 character tweet using twitter's api. works like an extended entry tag in mt for the character limited. elipsis...leading to a longer tweet. what will those kids think of next
very excited to use this application that tells you which car to ride to get off near the right exit on the subway. My wife is a prewallking encyclopedia and I'm going to surreptitiously surprise her with some info gleaned from this app. via Kottke.org
Really? What a surprise, after such a scintillating (not really), self-confident comment thread on avc.com a week ago where he laid bare the scalability of his business....despite Fred's polite discouragement
Anil on the Gladwell vs Anderson contretemps. "I haven't had a chance to finish reading Free yet, but I am sure that these authors' books absolutely do lean more towards anecdotal evidence than statistical proof. And honestly, it's okay that these books don't necessarily follow the tenets of hard science. In many cases, they're arguing that a cultural trend is becoming true, or is about to become true, and the reality is that asserting that these trends are ascendent actually helps them come true. In short, these are books designed to create culture, presented in the guise of reporting on culture. I like that!"