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Tab Dump - Long Weekend Edition

Can't say I want to write anything too substantive on these links, but I do want to get them out there anyway because they're cluttering up my tab bar.

Monsters of the Programming World is a neat little poster anthropomorphizing common programming errors. I've been meaning to pick this up for our office.

Jeffrey Friedl has developed a Lightroom export plugin for Flickr. I haven't had a chance to test it out yet, as I've shamefully not uploaded any pictures to Flickr this year, but it should shave off a few clicks in my workflow if it works well enough.

Ken Rockwell on How To Afford Anything. The great thing about this article is that Ken isn't a personal finance guru, he's a photographer. This article isn't coming from a "I want to be rich" perspective but more from a "I want cool cameras" perspective, which appeals to me greater than the usual run-of-the-mill personal finance article.

Fraser Speirs on his photo editing workflow. Fraser uses Aperture, so his workflow is a bit more flexible than what is allowed (or rather suggested) by Lightroom. Still, some of his ideas carry across between any such application. I particularly enjoyed his rating process, something I currently do without much thought.

I'm working on listening to all of Fred Wilson's Top 10 Albums of the Year. Music recommendations from a VC, who would have thought? Fred's musical tastes are a bit off from mine and listening to his picks is an interesting experience. I haven't gotten through the entire list, but I did grab a copy of the Kings of Leon's Because of the Times, his number one pick. There are some songs I can't stand to listen to, and although the album as a whole isn't memorable, it is very catchy. That is, I can remember parts of songs but I can't identify which song it is or if it's the same part of another song. My biggest disappointment has to be the lyrical work. There's just not a whole lot going on there unfortunately.

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For Kent: My Swivel Feeds

Kent has asked me to contribute five feeds to his swivel feeds experiment (I'm honored, by the way). I was going to include Engadget, Scoble, TechCrunch and Dave Winer as jokes, but I didn't want to pass up the opportunity so here's my contribution:

curiousgirl's playground - I discovered Jing's blog after the Penn link love that went around a few months ago. She writes about tech, business, web 2.0 and the like and her posts never cease to impress me.

Daring Fireball - I was hoping to include less known blogs in my list, but I couldn't pass up a link to DF. John Gruber is the ultimate Apple fanboy, except with an added touch of class and objectiveness, that make him the go-to guy for big-picture Apple commentary.

Information Arbitrage - Roger writes about finance and technology, two of my biggest interests, and that's what keeps me coming back. I really can't name any other blog that tackles these two areas in a way that strikes me as well as IA.

Marginal Revolution - Marginal Revolution is like Freakonomics taken to the next level. Alex and Tyler have their share of fun and quirky econ stories, but they're balanced well by more serious and/or theoretical pieces. Favorite recurring themes include "Markets in everything" and "Claims my Russian wife laughs at".

Signal vs Noise - Another popular one, but I love the simplicity that surrounds everything 37 Signals does. I can't say I'm a big user of their products, but I love their design and (by extension) their software development philosophies.

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Wharton Link Love

I was studying (read: Twittering) at Huntsman tonight when I overheard some guys talking about their up-and-coming social network (here's some advice: don't do it in public). After some quick searching, I discovered two blogs run by fellow Whartonites. Here's some link love (by the way, thanks to Kent Newsome for his!):

curiousgirl's playground
3000 Miles of Virtual Insanity
(and another one) Cool New Web

If you've been wondering what's been going on with this blog in the past few weeks, Hugh Macleod made a comic about it (it wasn't for me, but it may as well have been):

History Of My Blog

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These Are Just Links (brought to you by OCR)

I've been ridiculously busy with OCR (on-campus recruiting), aka trying to find a job for after graduation, so I haven't had much time to blog, let alone read half the links I open up from my RSS feeds. Here's just a few of them I opened up today and yesterday:

Get free Digital Life tickets. It looks like a cool little conference taking place in NYC in a few weeks. Tickets are cheap enough that I might have gone anyway, but this really seals it. If anyone else is going or wants to go, let me know to meet up.

Woz will be on the Colbert Report this Thursday, promoting his new book. Woz is a big prankster so expect some good laughs.


The Treo 750v will be the face of Windows Mobile in Europe.
The latest Business Week has the Cingular 8125 (by HTC) in a bunch of ads, so maybe they're just trying to please their two big licensees (BTW, does anyone else besides Palm and HTC make Windows Mobile phones anymore?).

Harvard Econ professor Gregory Mankiw talks about getting rid of the penny (again). I hate pennies and try to use my debit card most of the time to avoid them. We're already rounding gasoline to the nearest penny, why not round everything else to nearest nickel?

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Stream of Apple Event Afterall

It seems Apple has had a change of heart regarding their streaming of special events. Here's a link to today's special event streamed live.

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Monday Link Love

I've been busy being at home with my family and celebrating my birthday, so I haven't had much time for blogging.

Paul points us to the GMail Notifier replacement, Google Notifier, which incorporates a Google Calendar notifier as well. I've been running it for a day and I already want to go back to GMail Notifier. This new version has popup notifications, but it doesn't use Growl, so I can't customize it at all. The notifications last way too long if I don't click on them, and if I do click on them, the email doesn't open up. A bigger issue, however, is that the clickable region doesn't extend all the way to the top of the screen like it did in GMail Notifier and it does in every other menu bar item. It bothers me more than I thought it could, but it's enough to make me go back to the old app.

(EDIT: I just discovered GMail+Growl, which was updated yesterday to support the Google Notifier)

The My Dream App contest launched today. Phill Ryu and an all-star cast that includes Steve Wozniak, Kevin Rose, and Guy Kawasaki are serving as judges in the contest where anyone can submit an idea for their dream app with the chance of the application actually being created. It's billed as American Idol meets software development. Prizes include iPods, Mac minis, MacBooks and software royalties. Get your ideas in and may the dreamiest app win!

Kent Newsome's morning reading includes an Instabloke article with 10 reasons why he doesn't like my blog. I think I've got 1-4, 6, 7 and 9 covered so that leaves 5 (…too authoritative, too boring, too argumentative, too hard to comment, or I didn't show your comments any love…), 8 (I don't post consistently), 10 (I don't link [fixing that now, I hope]). I would add 11 to the list: I don't write enough top 10 lists about why your blog is good, why it's bad, why no one goes to it or how to make it better.

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Does anyone read Slashdot any more?

I'm pretty close to unsubscribing from the Apple Slashdot RSS feed. In the age of Digg, del.icio.us, Newsvine, etc, having a service model where an editor picks what to post just seems so antiquated. This is a perfect example of the pre-filtering vs post-filtering that Chris Anderson talks about in The Long Tail. For what it's worth, the Apple Slashdot site has had only 8 posts in the past seven days and pretty much all of them brought news that I saw hours or even days before they showed up in my Slashdot feed.

The most recent example is Phill Ryu's fake Leopard screenshot contest results, which were announced Wednesday 7/26 at 1:44PM. While I did see it straight from his blog no more than 30 minutes after it was posted, had I not been subscribed to his feed, Digg picked it up less than 90 minutes after so I would have seen it then. If I happened to miss either of those two sources (highly doubtful, considering one is the primary source) a link to the blog post appeared on many, many other Apple-related blogs. When did it show up on Slashdot? Tonight, Thursday 7/27 at 10:54 PM. It's "only" a day in real world time, but in blogosphere time that's an eternity!

And what about the tens or even hundreds (on a good week) of Apple stories that showed up in the past week? There's no mention of them anywhere on Slashdot. They bill themselves as "News for nerds. Stuff that matters." but there's a lot more that matters in a week than 8 stories. But I suppose that tag line became as irrelevant as Slashdot itself did a long time ago.

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On The Inefficiencies of Charity Work

Alex Tabarrok over at Marginal Revolution links to an article stating why charity runs and races are very inefficient economic activities (a part-time job where you donate all your income will generate much more for the charity) yet other aspects of the activity make it a better money-raiser than more efficient means. A few hours after I read that post, an email appeared in my inbox that was sent to everyone in the office:

Greetings,

I am riding in the Delaware MS Bike to the Bay with my daughter [name], a high school senior!

This is my 11th year of riding and fund-raising for MS.

My other kids are not available this year as my oldest daughter [name] is running a marathon in October and Scott is studying in China.

We are preparing for the 150 mile weekend by cycling more often and for longer periods of time.

Last year we contributed $3,531 to MS! The same as the previous year. You are all extremely generous. This year I am going back to the significant goal of $3,500.

[name] is again our honorary rider as we dedicate our ride to her. Others we know with MS are honored too.

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease that randomly attacks your nervous system, wearing away the control you have over your body, e.g., numbness, paralysis and blindness. The research is making great progress and the local services are helping many.

It takes more than half of [the company's employees] to reach our goal, please help those with MS.

Sign up now — E-mail reply or use kitchen sign-up sheets. Checks to "MS Society" or cash can be submitted now or in late September.

You can use your credit cards as several did last year. www.msdelaware.org -> Epledge icon

Thanks,

[name]

(Names withheld to protect privacy; I left the donation link in there in case you're feeling generous :))

Isn't it great when economic theory works in real life? And this particular incident is especially great because it only took a few hours to prove the theory. Instant gratification!

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A Pair of Videos

Here's a pair of links to tradition media (gasp!) prince VH1's Best Week Ever Blog.

The first video is a take on the current Apple "Get a Mac"
ad campaign, featuring a hip guy as a Mac and a nerdy guy as a PC. The second video is a take on Adam Sandler's movie career summed up in just a matter of minutes.

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Being Nice In The City - The Urban Etiquette Handbook

New York Magazine has a 13-page guide on how to behave in a city, specifically New York City. It covers things from meeting celebs, riding public transportation, and of course, proper iPod etiquette.

There are four levels of iPod interaction (I'll let you read the situations that fall into each):

LEVEL ONE
Continue at full blast. Consider increasing the vigor of your head-nodding and/or humming.

LEVEL ONE AND A HALF
Subtly turn down volume.

LEVEL TWO
Make a big show of pressing PAUSE.

LEVEL THREE
Remove headphones, toss them jauntily over shoulder.

LEVEL FOUR
Completely remove and enclose in nearest pocket/bag/purse.

This pretty much describes my levels of interaction whilst listening to my iPod. The only modification I'd make is to Level 3. Instead of tossing them over my shoulder, I just hang an earbud over my ear.

And let me just throw this in because it's happened to me a couple of times. If you're riding in my car, don't listen to your iPod. I think it's rude that you decide to completely ignore me while I'm courteous enough to drive you around.

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