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Archive for July 2007

Jerry Seinfeld's productivity secret

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He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. "After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."

"Don't break the chain." He said again for emphasis.

YSlow for Firebug

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Gives tips on speeding up slow pages.

EXIF metadata could identify "Harry Potter" leaker

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It's troubling that the camera serial number is in the metadata at all.

SLiP - Pythonic shorthand for XML

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It's even based on tokenize.

Fanworks Finder

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Searchable index to fan art/fiction around the Web. Really great feature-set, but I wonder how easily it's going to scale.

Personal names around the world

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"firstname" and "lastname" fields don't cut it: what about patronymics, generational names, family names...

Made in China: Skill

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Part of a fascinating series on getting stuff manufactured in China. Much, much more is done by hand than you'd think; even tasks that could be handled by machines are cheaper with $1.80/hour workers.

Harry Potter 7 leaked online

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If the photos were better I'd probably be reading it right now...

The Censored Eleven

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"...is a group of Warner Brothers cartoons that have been withheld from syndication because of their racial stereotypes..."

Trailers From Hell

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Classic movie trailers -- the more lurid the better -- with commentary from the likes of Joe Dante, John Landis and Edgar Wright.

"Cinema Europe" at Google Video

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Great six-part documentary series about the European silent film industry.

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Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.