- The Goonies Cast Members Talk Sequel at Reunion – The entire cast, along with director Richard Donner and producer Steven Spielberg, reunited in Hollywood On March 17, 2009 for the first time in 20 years, and wouldn’t you know it, a few of ‘em expressed interest in a sequel. For their 20th anniversary issue, Empire magazine just released a video from the interview and photo shoot on their website today that shows The Goonies crew bantering about the possibilities. But should the chatter be taken seriously? Take a look at what some cast members said below the jump and decide for yourself…
- 240 Free Albums, Tracks and Links for Music Mashup Lovers – Audiotuts+ – If you like mashups, this post is for you.
- Hullabaloo: Today in Utterly Crazy – Let's take a moment to meditate on this tenured professor at Cornell Law School, who has now spent close to 36 hours publicly obsessing over Barack Obama's choice of Dijon mustard for his hamburger. In any other country, anywhere in the world, the story itself, accompanied by 10 updates, two companion articles, and continued smug pronouncements that "I must have hit a nerve" uncovering the evil Dijon mustard/Presidential agenda and the refusal of the lib media to report the FACTS, would be followed by a small group of men coming to his house and asking if he would like to lay down for a bit, perhaps with some herbal tea and a friend. In America, this brilliant insight gets picked up by multiple top-ranked radio outlets and the most heavily-watched cable news station in America.
- 10 Changes To WordPress That Would Make It A Killer CMS [Update] (Noscope) – What’s keeping this? A few things. Besides the necessary critical mass of not-blog-only-websites sporting WordPress, there are just a few hurdles keeping WordPress out in the cold. There’s the “isn’t WordPress that free Blogspot-like website?” confusion (for the love of goodness couldn’t you have called it “Wordpress-Spot”, “Spotpress” or just about anything else than WordPress.com?). Besides that, there are a few technical and therefore solvable issues, which I have tried to collect here.
- Search Goes Real-Time With Scoopler. Twitter Dominates Results. – Scoopler is a search engine that gives you live updating real-time results across a variety of services. These include Twitter, Flickr, Digg, Delicious and others. You enter a query and the middle field on the page returns auto-updating results based on information coming in. The two columns that surround it give you hot search topics and popular content from around the web. It’s a pretty nice view of what is happening on the web at any given moment.
- Pew Research Center: A Fast Look at How Impressions of Barack Obama Have Changed – Interactive display, showing what went up, and what went down.
- 10 Things to Be Clear About Before You Start a Company – ReadWriteStart – 1. Is this your first venture? 2. Are you really an entrepreneur? 3. Does your venture involve something you understand really well? 4. Can your mother understand the value proposition? 5. Can you see the right wave? 6. What does your startup want to be when it grows up? 7. Starting a company is hard and uncertain. 8. Get a partner or fly solo? 9. Would you refuse a well-paying job to do this? 10. Can you raise appropriate financing?
- Facebook Mutual Friend Network Visualization in Flash – The interface lets you see which of your friends know each other. At any given time it will show one of your friends as the selected node (in bold), and any mutual friends as additional nodes. Lines between nodes represent friendships. Clicking a node will select it and you and the new person's mutual friends will appear. Finally, the colour of the circles represents gender for now: red is female, blue is male, and green is unknown.
- Top excuses and tactics: Why haven’t you started your own business? « I Will Teach You To Be Rich – What are the reasons that we don’t follow through? Maybe it’s a genuine lack of technical skill, or we don’t know where to get started, or our friends around us talk us down. More commonly, we talk ourselves out of it.
- 65 Indispensable Websites for Business Owners – Entrepreneur.com – Get your business going, keep it going strong or take it in a new direction with this compilation of web sites for entrepreneurs.
- VocabGrabber : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus – VocabGrabber analyzes any text you're interested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context. Just copy text from a document and paste it into the box, and then click on the "Grab Vocabulary!" button. VocabGrabber will automatically create a list of vocabulary from your text, which you can then sort, filter, and save.
- The List : CJR::What the business press did (and didn’t do) while the financial crisis was brewing – Warnings come in many forms, of course. In our search, we came across plenty of stories that were useful to readers in all sorts of ways, even if they weren’t investigations (e.g. “Blacks Are Much More Likely To Get Subprime Mortgages,” WSJ, 4/11/05; “Clouds sighted off CDO asset pool,” FT, 4/18/05) and added them. We also found stories that covered lending and Wall Street in depth, and may have been fine stories in other ways, but weren’t really warnings (e.g. “Battle Ready: In Morgan Stanley Rebellion, Purcell Puts Up Tough Fight…,” WSJ4/4/05). We included those, too, to give a sense of what Wall Street coverage during the period actually looked like. We also included bits of context to give a sense of what was happening on the finance beat at the time. As we went, we saw that stories fell into identifiable types (e.g. “consumer stories” about bad mortgages, “investor stories” about a housing bubble, etc.) and so placed them into seven categories.
- Beware of Snarlin’ Arlen: The Daily Beast – And then, less attractively, there’s his brazenly calculating opportunism that consistently has placed his narrow self-interests over every other consideration, prompting columnist David Broder to write the other day that “he will stick with you only as long as it serves his own interests—and not a day longer.” Add to that an insatiable vanity that, by most accounts, has driven him to get more than one facelift, a deep desire for flattery (not, by any means, unique among senators), and the need to be treated like a raja. (“Where are your bearers?” fellow Sen. Joe Biden teased when they met on the track at Union Station.) And, just below the surface, a simmering rage that occasionally manifests itself in brutal abuse of underlings. Why so mad? I wouldn’t presume to psychoanalyze the man, but it’s not for nothing that he’s called Snarlin’ Arlen.
- Amazon.com: Star Trek: Countdown TPB: J. J. Abrams, Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Tim Jones, Mike Johnson, David Messina: Books – The countdown to the motion picture event of 2009 begins here, in the exclusive graphic novel prequel to Star Trek, the upcoming blockbuster film from Paramount Pictures! JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman present the origin of Nero, the mysterious Romulan who will ultimately threaten the survival of the entire universe. Don't miss this story that brings STAR TREK back to the big screen!
- Beginners Guides: Hard Drive Data Recovery – PCSTATS.com – Killed a hard drive without backing up? Deleted your babies first photo and already emptied the recycling bin? Not to worry, you can probably recover your data with the help of this guide from PCSTATS. – Version 2.1.0
- How to Make hard drive recover – Instructables search Instructables – Video and text tutorials for "hard drive recover" from Instructables.com.
- Presentations & Information | My Hard Drive Died! | Scott A. Moulton – You will find video presentations where Scott A. Moulton has appeared at many conferences as well as additional information about hard drives, serial numbers, clean rooms and even a 21 page white-paper on the "click of death."
- Hard Drive Data Recovery – Hard Drive Recovery Software – How to Fix a Hard Drive – Popular Mechanics –
- 13 Great Free Backup Programs for Windows, Mac, and Linux –
- mental_floss Blog » Flu Epidemic vs. Flu Pandemic: What’s the Difference? – A “flu pandemic,” however, does mean that Pestilence has moved in and is setting up shop. A flu pandemic has two main characteristics: That it’s a new strain of the virus, meaning that few people, if any, have resistance to it, and that it’s managed to work its way to more than one continent.
- Jalopnik – Survey: Sat-Nav Systems Make Drivers 12% More Fuel Efficient – Sat Nav – A recent survey from social science research firm NuStats, finds drivers using sat-nav systems use 12% less fuel than GPS-less motorists.
The results show drivers using navigation devices drove shorter distances and spent less time driving. Overall fuel consumption dropped from 2.2 gallons / 62 miles to 1.93 gallons. The study found a nearly 1553 mile drop in distance driven per year per driver, and an average of $541 in annual savings on fuel.
- H1N1 Swine Flu in Google Earth | Google Earth Blog – There have been many maps being shared showing locations of suspected and confirmed cases of Swine Flu in the last couple of days. See GoogleMapsMania for a string of posts on different maps using Google Maps. Of the maps I've seen so far, the one by Google Maps user Niman (who has a profile that says 'Biomedical Research, Pittsburgh, PA USA) seems to do the best job. View it in Google Maps here, or even better – view it in Google Earth [Google Earth Required. You must have GE installed.] (where you can see all the points at once and it automatically updates via the network link). Purple means confirmed cases, pink suspected, and yellow are negative cases (not swine flu).
- All Spin Zone » We’ve Got a Pattern: Police Murdered in Okaloosa – That’s five police officers dead because of two men with screws loose who believed Barack Obama was out to get them or their guns or both.
- Magic and the Brain: Teller Reveals the Neuroscience of Illusion – For Teller (that's his full legal name), magic is more than entertainment. He wants his tricks to reveal the everyday fraud of perception so that people become aware of the tension between what is and what seems to be. Our brains don't see everything—the world is too big, too full of stimuli. So the brain takes shortcuts, constructing a picture of reality with relatively simple algorithms for what things are supposed to look like. Magicians capitalize on those rules. "Every time you perform a magic trick, you're engaging in experimental psychology," Teller says. "If the audience asks, 'How the hell did he do that?' then the experiment was successful. I've exploited the efficiencies of your mind."
- Science is Sexy: What is Swine Flu? How Does an Animal Disease Spread to a Human Host? – So what’s the take away message from all of this? Can we do anything about this? Well as individuals it’s wise to go through the same sanitary practices as we might during flu season. Also, traveling to places which have reported cases probably isn’t a great idea. Governments and regulatory bodies like the CDC and the WHO are in an “all hands on deck” kind of status right now. As the outbreaks continue (they are expected to grow for at least the time being), these groups will be tracking any reported cases and trying to treat those infected.
- Color + Design Blog / All 120 Crayon Names, Color Codes and Fun Facts by COLOURlovers – For the last 100 years or so kids have been exploring and creating worlds of color with Crayons. For a lot of us, our life long love affairs with color began with these wax sticks and a blank sheet of paper. According to a Yale University study, the scent of Crayola crayons is among the 20 most recognizable to American adults. Coffee and peanut butter are 1 and 2. Here we go down crayon color memory lane with all 120 color names and hex codes, fun facts and photos.
- The Nudge—By Scott Horton (Harper’s Magazine) – In the grand scheme of things, these “nudges” were minor tweaks designed to elicit more rational behavior. But, in many respects, what the Obama administration has done these last few months is simply scale up the logic of nudging, albeit massively. Not all of Obama’s nudges fall out of behavioral economics, per se. Some involve changing incentives to encourage certain activities and discourage others. Some involve fostering competition to trigger innovation. But, as in the behavioral examples, the Obamanauts typically have an outcome they want to promote. And, like the behaviorists, they instinctively recoil from imposing it unilaterally. So, instead, they monkey around with the choices people face, seeking to influence decision-making rather than mandate decisions.