Monthly Archives: August 2012

This is just to say

I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold – William Carlos Williams

Eliminating the distance between creator and product

This talk from February 2012, by Bret Victor, is worth the 54 and a half minutes it takes to watch it. Its title is “inventing on principle,” and it is a fork with two tines. The first tine, and his overarching point, is that designers would do better not only solving particular problems, but having […]

Battery saver for macbooks: gfxCardStatus

Ok, more tech tips. On the late model (2008-2012) MacBook Pros, there are two graphics cards. If you want to see if this is the case for yours, go to the Apple Menu -> About this Mac -> More Info (and then System Report for mine). Under the Graphics / Displays tab, you will note […]


As part of NewsFree August, I thought I would include some tech-y tips. If it’s not your cup of tea, here are some cute pandas playing on a slide. Ahh, torrent. Remember back in the day, when people told you that everything in the world is on Usenet? Actually it still is. But let’s leave […]

That dance I taught you

We have a running joke in our household about movies with arbitrarily and implausibly choreographed dance scenes. It’s from the 1999 classic She’s All That, when Usher DJ’s the prom: ‘Right about now we’re gonna do that dance I taught you! And I know you’ve been practicing!’ This crops up everywhere, once you start looking […]


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In the only news worth following this month, Curiosity has landed on Mars. If you think this is an easy thing,

Go read A Working Library!

Day 2 of my month-long news blackout, and I’ve already typed ‘nyti..’ into my browser bar a couple of times. Slowwwwly, steaaadddy..FWIW I’m cross-posting this, but I’ve got a couple of non-overlapping communities running, so I’m going to keep it that way for now. Disclosure, Jonah Lehrer, blah blah, etc. How we got to a […]

The Croton Reservoir

From the Bryant Park website: In 1686, the area now known as Bryant Park was designated public property by New York Colonial Governor Thomas Dongan. After being routed by the British in the Battle of Long Island, at the start of the Revolutionary War, General Washington’s troops raced across the site. In 1807, the grid […]

A month of Awesome

I often take the month of August off, news-wise. In recognition that nothing important ever happens in August, and that this is the month that gives us Swift-boating, death panels, the Olympics, etc., I just need a break from consuming news. Instead, I intend to make this a month of awesome. It will posts on […]