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Archive for July 2007

Jerry Seinfeld's productivity secret


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


Gives tips on speeding up slow pages.

EXIF metadata could identify "Harry Potter" leaker


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

SLiP - Pythonic shorthand for XML


It's even based on tokenize.

Fanworks Finder


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


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


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

The Censored Eleven


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

Trailers From Hell


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.