Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Remember Alan Partridge’s masterful narration of The Spy Who Loved Me. So far there isn’t anybody who’s performed it quite so well. Actually, probably better this way.

My second favorite ELO cover: Twilight performed by alphamai1300 on YouTube.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Beautiful piece by Bruce Weber of The New York Times on his second bike ride across America.

We need to go back to nature in order to move forward. Amazing futuristic ways to be smart about energy in your own house by Philips at Dutch Design Week.


Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Was the ’60s a rehearsal for this? Occupy Wall Street, and The Guardian’s page about it.

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Dead. Qua-daffy. The NYT’s potted (and potty) history. “By the time he was done, Libya had no parliament, no unified military command, no political parties, no unions, no civil society and no nongovernmental organizations.”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Monday, October 17th, 2011

From The Telegraph‘s review of Spielberg’s Tintin: “Even if Jamie Bell wasn’t so monotonously earnest as Tintin, he’d still look about as conscious as a bollard with a quiff.”

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

A Japanese Touch for Your Home

Koji Tagi


Writing this what must be 2 months after reading, some things have definitely stuck. The display area that changes. The universal floor matting system. The halfway outside area of the house. It feels a real and genuine and gentle resources on a human treasure — Japanese domestic design thinking.

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Two perfect diatribes: Jonathan Lethem on Norman Mailer in the Los Angeles Review of Books, William Deresiewicz on Harold Bloom in The New Republic [seems to require registration now].

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Will Self walks the diameter of London [requires registration at the London Review of Books — do it, people!].

Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic; it is a learned ability.

Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The symphony, the novel, and the end of their affair due to one of them’s demise.

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The loss of play time to adult-directed activities is making children anxious and depressed.

The inevitable and welcomed iPhone 4S teardown by the ifixit guys.

Forced exercise is better for the brain than voluntary, and can help with Parkinson’s.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Slideshow of Jerusalem’s Hotel Mamilla by Moshe Safdie. I want to visit.

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Billionaire Peter Thiel: “The technology slowdown threatens not just our financial markets, but the entire modern political order, which is predicated on easy and relentless growth.” And when you’re finished with that, here it is again in more depth: “The Optimistic Thought Experiment”.

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Steve Jobs, 56, joins the pantheon. The 2005 Stanford commencement address. The TidBITS obituary, with many links in the comments.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Tony Blair, Middle East Quartet envoy, on Charlie Rose.



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