Posts from April 2009

  • YSlow has a nice new design, and a new option for "Small Site or Blog" that doesn't grade based on clustered server settings.
  • Bruce Sterling is taking over as editor of Cool Tools. Neat.
  • "Open, decentralized micropublishing." A distributed Twitter sounds fine, but don't we already have this in the form of "weblogs" and "newsreaders"--and without the 140 character restraint?!

Music Share: Here Comes the Sun

Woke up with Peter Tosh's version of Here Comes the Sun in my head. You can too!


tulip farm

  • 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.

CA Sunset

CA Sunset

Music Share: Cast Your Fate To The Wind

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.

Silver Falls

Rose Garden Path

Rose Garden Path
  • "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.