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Month: December 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Pop Spots →

Bob Egan explores New York (and sometimes beyond) to find the original locations of pop culture landmarks.  Go find out where your favorite classic album cover was photographed.

(via NME)

Keep Your Precious Out of the Cloud →

Dave Mandi explains why he isn’t rushing to put everything into “the cloud”:

Storing your music collection, or anything else, in the cloud strikes me as so obviously dangerous that it’s hard to understand why anyone would consider it. The benefits: Someone else maintains the physical media. There’s no need to worry about running short of disk space. Backups are magically taken care of. The drawbacks: Where do I start? For data and code you use as part of your job, sure, there’s no reason for you to fret about the hows and wheres of physical storage; that’s what system administrators are for. But for your own files, there’s a long list of glaring risks.

Free Flickr →

Click the link above to join Flickr Pro for free for 3 months.  The photo service is my favorite, and seems to be going through a much-needed overhaul these past few months.

Already a Flickr subscriber?  You should still click the link.  You’ll have three months tacked on to your existing subscription.

Publix →

Mark Willis reimagines the jerseys of the American League East as soccer kits.


The Classical published a three-part oral history of Fire Joe Morgan — arguably my favorite web site ever — this week.  You should check out each installment: 1, 2, 3.

While I like to joke about how abused the oral history format has been lately, I’ll never pass up a chance to read these guys chatting with each other.  The links enclosed in each part were also a welcome invitation to revisit some Fire Joe Morgan classics, like 12 Minutes of Hell, With Colin Cowherd.

I taught a first-year college writing seminar last Spring, and since its focus was writing about sports, I decided to incorporate Fire Joe Morgan into the syllabus.  It was a wild success: not only my favorite lesson plan of the semester, but also my students’ favorite assignment.  They went out of their way to express how much like they being tasked with responding to writers in this fashion.  In essence, I had found a fun and approachable way of convincing them to outline.

I’d recommend it to my fellow teachers out there — whether you’re Fire Joe Morgan fans or not.  But you should be: your students will think you’re a slightly cooler nerd than you were the day before.

The Results Follow →

The New York Times polls graphic designers on their favorite book covers of 2012 and collects the results.  I think #2 is my favorite.

List Price →

Stephen Colbert visits Google.  Colbert is always worth watching (even when not in-character), as is Eric Schmidt’s awkward approach to interviewing.

Nanoo Nanoo →

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visits the set of Judd Apatow’s This Is 40.  I can’t tell if John Lithgow knows what’s going on or not.

Making Lots of Money →

Alexis Madrigal summarizes the concerns surrounding Instagram’s new terms of service, and comes to a good conclusion:

Truly, the only way to get around the privacy problems inherent in advertising-supported social networks is to pay for services that we value. It’s amazing what power we gain in becoming paying customers instead of the product being sold.

Yup.  I’m tired of seeing friends unwittingly shilling cell phones on Facebook.

Managing the Waves →

David Carr of The New York Times profiles Brian Lam and his tech recommendation site The Wirecutter:

Using expert opinions, aggregated reviews and personal research, they recommend a single product in each category. There are no complicated rankings or deep analytics on the entire category. If you want new earphones or a robot vacuum, The Wirecutter will recommend The One and leave it at that.

The site is great.  I always consult it before making a significant purchase.

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