Apr 09

Daily Links for April 8th through April 9th

  • Shut Up: It’s Still A Secret – The Atlantic Politics Channel – "I appreciate that the new administration has a lot on its plate in this and related areas, that it is hampered by some difficulty getting its legal team confirmed by the Senate, and that it has said repeatedly that it is reviewing government policy on asserting the state secrets privilege," this lawyer said. "But all we have to go on now is what they have done so far and this latest position is disappointing."
  • English Russia » Smartest Dogs: Moscow Stray Dogs – Russian scientists say that Moscow stray dogs became much smarter. The four legged oldest human’s friends demonstrate real smartness such as riding the Moscow metro every morning to get from their suburban places of living to the fat regions of Moscow center. Once they arrive to the downtown they demonstrate different new, previously unseen for the dog skills. Those skills can include “the hunt for shawarma” for example, the popular among Muscovites eastern cuisine dish.
  • GOOD.is Livable Streets – Redesigning an NYC street to make it more livable for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • A Brief History of the Status Message – For a brief historical analysis of how the status update as we currently know it has evolved from an early form of instant messaging in the 60s to the multifaceted, rich-media update of today, we’ll take you back in time and highlight some of the important milestones as short-form messages transitioned from static to status.

Feb 09

Daily Links for February 13th through February 14th

  • Daily Kos: Ben and Jerry’s Bush Memorial Flavors [Suggestions] – – Grape Depression – Abu Grape – Cluster Fudge – Nut'n Accomplished – Iraqi Road – Chock 'n Awe – WireTapioca – Impeach Cobbler – Guantanmallow – imPeachmint – Good Riddance You Lousy Motherfucker… Swirl – Heck of a Job, Brownie! – Neocon Politan – RockyRoad to Fascism – The Reese's-cession – Cookie D'oh! – The Housing Crunch – Nougalar Proliferation – Death by Chocolate… and Torture – Freedom Vanilla Ice Cream – Chocolate Chip On My Shoulder – You're Shitting In My Mouth And Calling It A Sundae – Credit Crunch – Mission Pecanplished – Country Pumpkin – Chunky Monkey in Chief – George Bush Doesn't Care About Dark Chocolate – WMDelicious – Chocolate Chimp – Bloody Sundae – Caramel Preemptive Stripe – I broke the law and am responsible for the deaths of thousands…with nuts
  • Disposing of Assets of Failed Banks Tests F.D.I.C. – NYTimes.com – The F.D.I.C. inherited the collection of loans and property after the failure of 25 banks in 2008, compared to just three in 2007. Thirteen more have failed this year, including four on Friday night, and no one doubts that more are on the way. The F.D.I.C., which insures bank deposits and ultimately has responsibility for liquidating failed banks, is selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of loans through eBay-like auction sites.
  • forum – creative notes – LOHAS – Mindmaps for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability.
  • 20 WordPress Tricks to Improve Your Blog
  • Chart Rules, As Simple as Possible, But Not Any Simpler! | More Information per Pixel – In chart design it’s good to make things simple, but you certainly should avoid oversimplification.

    As Einstein said: "Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler".

    Seth Godin presented in his blog The three laws of great graphs: 1. One Story 2. No Bar Charts 3. Motion

    Effective chart design rules are simple, but reducing it to this set of 3 rules certainly is an over-oversimplification.

  • BeFunky.com – Photo effects with one click, Turn your photos into artwork.
  • Philadelphia’s fiscal crisis | A Nutter crisis | The Economist – Philadelphia’s problems are huge and getting huger. By law the city’s five-year fiscal plan must be balanced annually. As well as seeking emergency federal help for public pensions, infrastructure, and access to capital for short-term cashflow, Mr Nutter has been forced to make difficult cuts. Every department’s budget has been slashed and will probably still lose another 10%-30%. His rescue plan so far has delayed tax breaks and reduced the city’s payroll. He has cut his own salary by 10%. Seven fire companies and several city swimming pools are on the chopping block. Mr Nutter has been forced to hold a series of town hall meetings to explain the cuts and the crisis. He got an earful, especially over the libraries.
  • The Top 20 Most Engaging Facebook Applications – I'm sorry, but this is just disappointing. Is gambling the new porn? Isn't there something better we can be doing with Facebook Apps, things that bring us closer, makes us better, and tells us the things we want and need to know?

Jan 09

Daily Links for January 29th

Jan 09

Daily Links for January 13th

  • BUSH BASH // JANUARY 19th, 2009 – Celebrate the end of the Bush era by throwing him the largest going away party ever. Join a party or plan your own for the night of January 19th—Bush's last official day in office. Then post your party photos on Flickr, and we’ll stream them on this site the next day. Let's bash together as bushbash09.com lives on as the last moment of the finally-over Bush era.
  • Obamicon.Me – Home – Make your own "Obamicon" — your image in a style inspired by Shepard Fairey's iconic poster. Regardless of your candidate of choice in the 2008 election, here's your chance to sound-off.
  • Daily Kos: Flushing the Cheney Administration Down the Memory Hole – There is just a yawning disconnect between the nature of the crimes allegedly committed (and, in many cases, essentially admitted): waging aggressive war, torture, secret prisons, illegal wiretapping on a massive scale, obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy — to the point where it would probably take an army of Patrick Fitzgeralds and a full-time war crimes tribunal a year just to catalogue them all — and how the story is being treated in the corporate media. It's not quite Pravda — at least some of the hard questions are being asked, if only half-heartedly — but it still has some of the same barely concealed, everybody-knows-even-though-we-are-not-allowed-to-say quality of Soviet discourse in the USSR's terminal Potemkin Village phase. It's as if keeping up the pretense — observing the customary rituals as handed down by the priests of High Broderism — is all most of the press corpses know how to do any more, or care to do.
  • Next American City » Daily Report » Why Are the Catholic Schools Closing? – If I had to hazard a guess it would be the demographic profile of the city’s immigrants: European Catholic immigrants were initially replaced by Latino and Caribbean immigrants, but the current wave of immigrants to Brooklyn and Queens are not Catholic. They come predominantly from Asia, Russia and the Middle East. My secondary guess would be that the proliferation of charter and magnet public schools has given other choices the sort of families who sent their kids to outer-borough Catholic schools — people with a strong commitment to their children’s education, but not a ton of money.
  • The T-shirt Designer’s Toolbox | Dead Wings Designs
  • 60 Photoshop Tutorials for Photo Touch-Ups | Vandelay Design Blog – Photoshop has tons of potential for improving photos in one way or another. No matter how much experience you have with Photoshop there is probably more that you can learn in these areas. This is a categorized collection of tutorials that will show you some new tricks for photo touch-ups.
  • Marissa Mayer’s 9 Notions of Innovation – Ideas come from everywhere. Google expects everyone to innovate, even the finance team
  • How to: Build a Social Media Cheat Sheet for Any Topic – ReadWriteWeb – Let's say you're a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker. You want to get up to speed on the social media activity in your market, as fast as you can. Or perhaps you want to sell things to candlestick makers online, or you're a journalist writing a story about blogging butchers, or maybe you've got some kind of weird baking fetish or academic interest. Is there any way to ramp up your knowledge of these fields, fast, other than the "Google and wander" method? We think there is. Below you'll find step-by-step instructions, with screen shots, for the process we use when we want to get smart about a new field in a hurry.
  • Deloitte survey shows we’re living in a “media democracy” » VentureBeat – We’re living in a media democracy, where no single form of media dominates the attention of Americans. It’s also an age where everyone contributes to the media, not just traditional media companies. That’s a conclusion of the third annual Deloitte survey on the state of media, which asked respondents how they spent time with media.
  • FOIA Facts: New FOIA Provisions Take Effect | LLRX.com – As the year from its passage has elapsed, all sections of the FOIA amendments of 2007 are official FOIA law. Two of the sections did not go into effect until this year. This article discusses these two sections (Section 6 and 7) of the OPEN Government Act of 2007 and the problems that will be encountered by requesters in trying to use these sections to their advantage.
  • The Glue: Governments Using Scorecards Role Model Transparency for the Stimulus Package – A “balanced scorecard” would be a great means of delivering results from the stimulus package, as well as accountability and transparency. Objectives and key performance indicators could be created for schedule compliance (getting jobs created fast will be an important element of the program); the number of jobs created; full compliance with ethics and disclosure processes; and projects’ ability to promote the CO2 reduction agenda. If local governments already using scorecards role model how results, accountability and transparency can all be accomplished using the tool, the administration may come to require the approach of all players. Why not meet the “customers” requirements of effective, efficient and honest.