Jesse talks with Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield about their excellent NPR program On The Media. It's the only NPR show I listen to religiously, and it's fascinating to hear some behind-the-scenes info.
Interesting Twitter demographics. "...45-54 year olds are 36 percent more likely than average to visit Twitter, making them the highest indexing age group, followed by 25-34 year olds, who are 30 percent more likely."
Vince Guaraldi became famous for writing the music for the Peanuts TV specials, especially the iconic theme song Linus & Lucy. A few years before hooking up with Charles Schultz and crew he had an unexpected hit with Cast Your Fate To The Wind, a B-Side. Try listening to the song without picturing the Peanuts characters walking from one location to another:
It's from the 1962 Vince Guaraldi Trio album Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus. There must be something about hearing music as a kid that embeds it into your psyche. Even Vince Guaraldi tracks that I haven't heard before sound familiar—like I've heard them all my life.
"Wolfram|Alpha can pop out an answer to pretty much any kind of factual question that you might pose to a scientist, economist, banker, or other kind of expert." A quick description of the new "search engine" by Stephen Wolfram.
"There are three other parties in the ecosystem of a link: the publisher (the site the link points to), the transit (places where that shortened link is used, such as Twitter or Typepad), and the clicker (the person who ultimately follows the shortened links). Each is harmed to some extent by URL shortening." [via kottke]
"LeechBlock is a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them." I need this! This works much better than my bookmark hack.