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22 September

Seth’s Blog

  • 11:33
    The pedant (that's what we call someone who is pedantic, a picker of nits, eager to find the little thing that's wrong or out of place) is afraid. He's afraid and he's projecting his fear on you, the person who did something, who shipped something, who stood up and said, "here, I made this." Without a doubt, when the Beatles played Shea Stadium, Paul was a little out of tune. Without a doubt, the Gettysburg Address had one or two word choice issues. Without a doubt, that restaurant down the street isn't perfect. That's okay. They made something.  Sure, make it better, by all means put (...)

Cool Tools

  • 11:00
    I travel for a living, with limited space and staying in campgrounds 6 out of 7 nights a week. Most of my toiletries find their way into a single dopp kit, haphazardly tossed in as I try to avoid setting anything down in that puddle of questionable liquid on the counter. This year I had the unfortunate experience of discovering what it tastes like to brush your teeth with a toothbrush full of lotion. I had to replace the brush because it wouldn’t lose the taste. Days later I came across the Steripod Toothbrush Sanitizer. Traditional toothbrush covers don’t easily fit on many electric (...) -- Health

Mashable!

  • 11:09
    SYDNEY — An Australian comedian is so popular in South Korea you can't turn on the television without hearing his name, yet most Australians have never heard of him. Sam Hammington, 37, is the first foreign comedian in South Korea who has managed to hit the big time after being discovered by random as an audience member at a comedy night. "I put my hand up and it was such a novelty when a Korean-speaking foreigner got up," he told ABC's Australian Story about the comedy night in Seoul. "And there were script writers and directors in the audience. And one of them wanted a Korean-speaking (...) -- South Korea, Us World, Australia, Sam Hammington, Australian Story
  • 10:38
    Natural disasters such as floods, severe storms and earthquakes displaced nearly 22 million people in 2013, according to a UN-backed report released last week by the Norwegian Refugee Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). That's twice as many people as those conditions displaced in the 1970s. According to the Global Estimates report [PDF], storms displaced 14.2 million people last year, while floods displaced 6.2 million and earthquakes displaced 1.2 million. Wildfires and extreme temperatures caused 102,000 people to leave their homes, and landslides displaced 51,000 (...) -- Social Good, Us World, World, Climate, Chart Of The Day
  • 10:30
    The science on climate change is undeniable. Yet some people still deny it — mostly for profit or political power Here is a rogues' gallery of 7 people who stand in the way of progress on the most important global issue today. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Us World and World -- Us World, World
  • 10:30
    At the end of the movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, when it looks like our hero has the upper hand, he lets his adversary Moriarty get a stranglehold on him. This causes both men to fall to their doom in the Reichenbach waterfall That, more or less, is what David Cameron just tried to do to Ed Miliband and the opposition Labour Party. To recap the plot: Scotland voted “No” to independence, but not by a massive margin. To help win the referendum, the British Conservatives, led by Cameron, had to promise major tax devolution powers, which they had opposed until the eve of the vote. (...) -- Politics, Scotland, David Cameron, Us World, World
  • 10:13
    The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they're a photographer's secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week. If you want even more on Drones, subscribe to the Center for the Study of the Drone Weekly Roundup, which features news, commentary, analysis and updates on drone technology. Drone Beat's coverage areas this week Last update: September 19, (...) -- Us World, Us, World, Drones, Drone Beat
  • 09:55
    Need some motivation to start your day? We've got the perfect fix in the form of Apollos Hester, a wide receiver for the East View Patriots from Georgetown, Tx., and definitely the most enthusiastic high school football player we've seen After his team won the game Friday, he turns his post-game interview for TWC News Austin into a motivational speech that'll make you feel like you can achieve anything See also: 5 Ways to Prepare for an Off-the-Wall Interview "Keep smiling, no matter what you're going through. If you fall down, just get up. If you can't get up, your friends are there (...) -- Interview, Football, Watercooler, Videos, Sports
  • 07:00
    Last season, The Good Wife pulled off some of the most dramatic shifts ever seen on network television, but the Season 6 opener proves that this show is not done putting its characters through the wringer and is still capable of producing some of the best television on network or cable. [Spoilers ahead] Season 5 of The Good Wife — one of its best — divided into four arcs: espionage, outright corporate war, tragedy and aftershock. At the conclusion, Alicia found herself still ungrounded in the wake of Will's death, Diane was plotting an exodus to Florrick/Agos and Cary (Matt Czuchry) wasn't (...) -- Television, Recap, Entertainment, Tv, The Good Wife
  • 06:20
    Actress Emma Watson has made a powerful speech for the United Nations on gender, which has sent waves across the world. The 24-year-old "Harry Potter girl" and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador launched HeForShe Campaign, a U.N. Movement for Gender Equality, on Saturday in New York. See also: How to Empower Women and Girls Even More — With Technology It was hoped her magic wand could be used to stop violence against women and help fight the fight for gender equality, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said when he introduced the star In her speech, Watson detailed her foray into the world (...) -- Harry Potter, United Nations, Film, Watercooler, Videos
  • 05:31
    SYDNEY — An Australian woman is at the centre of a dangerous cable recall, where dangerous materials were imported from China before being installed in as many as 40,000 Australian homes and businesses. Lu Luo is the sole trader of Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd, which she ran with her husband Sam Jedari, its regional business manager. The company, currently in liquidation, was run out of a base in Wetherill Park, Sydney. It had been selling the dodgy cable as far back as 2010. Infinity cable has been recalled. Image: ACCC The 4,000 km of recalled cable had poor plastic insulation (...) -- Australia, Us World, Infinity Cable, Cable Recall
  • 05:05
    Just as hundreds of thousands of people protested political inaction on climate change on Earth, a satellite swung into orbit that should help explain why climate change happened — on Mars NASA's MAVEN satellite, en route to Mars for the last 10 months, finally arrived in orbit around the Red Planet around 10:40pm ET Sunday night. This nofollowed a tense 33-minute thruster burn as the satellite aimed to slow its speed down enough for Martian gravity to take over. The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory was understandably thrilled The team is seen celebrating ⓐMAVEN2Mars' insertion around #Mars (...) -- Nasa, Satellite, Mars, Us World, Space
  • 04:17
    Social media and other digital tools are transforming the roles of women and girls across the world, policymakers, activists and tech leaders told the 2014 Social Good Summit on Sunday United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin, noted children's rights activist Graça Machel and Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and administrator at the United Nations Development Programme, joined a panel called "Women Power. Empowered Women." Moderated by ABC News co-anchor Juju Chang, the discussion centered on the ways tech is informing, empowering and inspiring women and girls globally. (...) -- Women, Social Good, Social Good Summit, Feminism, Us World
  • 03:28
    If we look at the hard facts of climate change, science is telling us we're running out of time. That's what Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said during a panel at the 2014 Social Good Summit on Sunday. Moderated by Mashable's senior climate reporter Andrew Freedman, the panel focused on what actions we're taking to make cities more resilient in the face of climate-related extremes over the next 15 years. See also: Why Al Gore Is Hopeful on Global Warming Prepping society for increased climate change and extreme weather, as well as (...) -- Climate Change, Social Good, Social Good Summit, Us World, World
  • 03:00
    On any other TV show, the notion of having the characters do something completely out of character, something that they've never done before — get mixed up in a bank robbery, say — would signal that the writer's room is out of ideas and the show is on its last legs. The ultimate example, of course, Fonzie jumping a shark on water skis in Happy Days, gave a whole new phrase to the English language to describe creative bankruptcy. But Doctor Who, in case it isn't clear by now, is not any other TV show. The unusual is embraced; change is constant and essential. This is why Who is so easy to (...) -- Entertainment, Doctor Who, Tv, Recaps
  • 02:06
    Home Depot has finally started to email customers to inform them of a major security breach — one that was first reported in early September In the email, which starts out by admitting its customers may have heard about this already, Home Depot confirms news of the breach before offering customers 12 months of free identity protection services and credit monitoring Home Depot told Mashable that the emails "started going out on Friday as part of the standard notification process," but that they are being sent out "in batches to ensure they flow smoothly." Which explains why some customers (...) -- Home Depot, Us World, Us
  • 01:20
    Social Good Summit 2014 marks the fifth annual congregation of some of the world's brightest minds in the social good space While the event takes place in New York City, the conversations on social media extend the event to a global audience. Thousands of people will join the #2030NOW discussions on Sept. 21 and 22 to contribute, connect and debate topics such as the proliferation of technology, global education opportunities, climate change and much more Mashable will be curating some of the most thought-provoking conversations and social media commentary, provided via RebelMouse, (...) -- Social Media, Social Good, Social Good Summit, Us, World
  • 01:01
    The fifth annual Social Good Summit is upon us, where some of the most innovative minds in social good come together in New York City to discuss ways we can help solve the world's biggest issues. From climate change to women's empowerment to global health, there's an endless array of topics and thought-provoking conversations on the agenda about improving our society. The theme of the Summit is #2030NOW, which addresses the challenges our world faces now and in the future, and on the need for long-term, sustainable solutions to these problems See also: 10 Things We Learned About Social (...) -- Quotes, Social Good, Social Good Summit, Us World, Us
  • 00:29
    When Richard Moore was 10 years old, he was shot in the face and blinded by a British soldier Faced with his shooter more than 30 years later, Moore had an epiphany. “The first day that I found out his name, everything changed," he said. "It wasn't a soldier then. It was Charles ... It was a human being.” See also: 10 Things We Learned About Social Media Users' Charitable Habits In Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness, one woman explores heart wrenching stories of grief and loss from conflict zones around the globe. The award-winning film, which has already been (...) -- Social Good, Social Good Summit, Film, Us World, World
  • 00:03
    Environmental activists called for people to gather on the streets of their cities on Sunday to march in a coordinated worldwide protest, in hopes that it would mark a turning point for global warming Ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, more than 300,000 people, including celebrities and politicians, descended on Manhattan for the so-called People's Climate March See also: 18 Witty Signs and Costumes From the People's Climate March The organizers of the protest tweeted this video shot with a drone that probably gives the best view of the crowd gathered near (...) -- New York, New York City, Protest, Us World, Us

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 10:01
    We’ve all seen lemon batteries or potato clocks, but have you ever seen a water battery? [Nathan Stubblefield] was an American inventor (born 1860) who never got quite as much recognition as some of the other great inventors of the time, [Tesla, Bell, Edison etc] — though he did demonstrate some very interesting wireless telephony technology. In addition to dabbling with invisible radio waves, [Stubblefield] filed a patent for something called an Earth Battery, which makes use of two coils of dissimilar materials (a voltaic couple) submerged in water (or moist earth). As you can imagine, (...) --
  • 04:01
    Although [pinomelean's] Lithium-ion battery guide sounds like the topic is a bit specific, you’ll find a number of rechargeable battery basics discussed at length. Don’t know what a C-rate is? Pfffft. Roll up those sleeves and let’s dive into some theory. As if you needed a reminder, many lithium battery types are prone to outbursts if mishandled: a proper charging technique is essential. [pinomelean] provides a detailed breakdown of the typical stages involved in a charge cycle and offers some tips on the advantages to lower voltage thresholds before turning his attention to the practical side: (...) --
  • 01:01
    Obviously the best way to show you’ve pwned a piece of hardware is to run Doom on it. This time around it’s not just a hardware hack but a security hack. [Michael Jordan] demonstrates a network vulnerability on a Canon printer by making it run Doom. [Thanks to all who sent this tip to us] Fans of the photo-resist method of PCB etching will appreciate this Bromograph built from an old all-in-one-printer. When gutted, the body of the printer makes a nice enclosure for four UV Lamps. The treated copper clad goes face-down on the scanner glass with the printed transparency between the two. (...) --

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

TechCrunch

NYT > Circuits

Lifehacker

Yahoo! News: Technology News

Engadget

21 September

Seth’s Blog

  • 11:00
    In the short run, it's more fun to be a consumer. It sure seems like consumers have power. The customer is always right, of course. The consumer can walk away and shop somewhere else. In the long run, though, the smart producer wins, because the consumer comes to forget how to produce. As producers consolidate (and they often do) they are the ones who ultimately set the agenda. Producers do best when they serve the market, but they also have the power to lead the market. The more you produce and the more needs you meet, the more freedom you earn.       (...)

Mashable!

  • 23:19
    Actors, philanthropists, politicians and climate experts joined the People's Climate March in Manhattan on Sunday, bringing even more attention to a protest attended by 310,000 people. From Mark Ruffalo and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President Al Gore, the notable attendees had their portraits snapped and shared across social media. See also: Live Updates: More than 300,000 Attended People's Climate March in NYC, Organizers Say Here we present the images captured by Mashable photographers, as well as those curated from around (...) -- Entertainment, Social Media, Celebrities, Climate Change, Film
  • 22:08
    MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia's alleged complicity in the conflict. An Associated Press reporter estimated the crowd at around 20,000, although the city's police department put the number at about 5,000. See also: Ukraine Agrees to Buffer Zone After Signing Deal With Pro-Russian Rebels The demonstrators chanted slogans including "No to war" and "The junta is in the Kremlin, not Kiev." The latter refers to Russia's contention that the ousting of Ukraine's former Russia-friendly (...) -- Russia, Protests, Us World, World, Ukraine
  • 20:46
    Colin Farrell has confirmed that he's landed one of the leading roles in the second season of hit HBO drama True Detective, according to a report In an interview with Ireland's Sunday World, Farrell said, "I'm doing the second series. I'm so excited.” See also: 'True Detective' Season 2: Twitter Predicts the Cast "I know it will be eight episodes, and take around four or five months to shoot," Farrell said, according to the Irish Mirror. The actor added that he isn't aware of many details, but knows the season will be shot in and around Los Angeles. HBO has not yet confirmed Farrell's (...) -- Entertainment, Hbo, Tv, Watercooler, True Detective
  • 20:26
    When thousands of people worldwide gathering to call for action against global warming, you're going to get some interesting characters. From puns and word play to ornate costumes, protesters made their voices heard at the People's Climate March on Sunday. See also: Live Updates: More than 300,000 Attended People's Climate March in NYC, Organizers Say We've gathered a handful of shining examples, below, and will continue to update this list as the event continues Read more... More about Photos, Climate Change, Protest, Watercooler, and (...) -- Photos, Climate Change, Protest, Watercooler, Pics
  • 19:36
    LONDON — The debate over Scotland's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with Scottish leader Alex Salmond claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum, and Britain's three main political parties bickering over how to take political reform forward. Salmond, Scotland's outgoing independence leader, accused politicians in London of reneging on their promises to hand more power to Scots in a rare cross-party pact that he said played a crucial role in swinging the votes in favor of union in Thursday's vote. See also: Scuffles in Scotland (...) -- Scotland, Us World, World, Scotland Independence, Indyref
  • 19:00
    Are you on the job hunt? The Mashable Job Board is the ideal place to search for your next big move. More than 3,000 employers in tech and digital have posted on our board, and they're looking to fill positions from Mashable's community. Each week, we highlight 10 recently posted openings. Check out some of this week's newest listings, below, and be sure to read our Job Search Series for valuable career tips. Position: Software Development Engineer Company: Amazon Location: Seattle, Washington Amazon Local is looking for exceptional, motivated software engineers to break ground on (...) -- Business, Jobs, Mashable Jobs Board
  • 18:54
    It has to be pretty difficult to come up with decent gift for someone like Jimmy Fallon, who just turned 40 on Friday. For the wildly successful host of The Tonight Show, you have to think outside the box. The nearly naked duo of Seth Rogen and James Franco definitely fit the bill See also: Happy 40th Birthday, Jimmy Fallon: A GIFtrospective Clearly shocked by his gift, Fallon cracked up, as a police-hat-wearing Franco gyrated while shouting "You're under arrest!" Rogen quickly said they were not the real surprise, at which point Stevie Wonder came on stage, singing "Happy (...) -- Entertainment, Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show, Tv, Video
  • 18:39
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president on Sunday, only hours after the two leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive. The commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner and next president, and noted that Abdullah Abdullah will be the next chief executive. But it pointedly did not release final vote totals amid suggestions that doing so could inflame tensions. See also: Afghans Protest Alleged Election Fraud in Kabul The deal brings to a (...) -- Afghanistan, Us World, Us, World
  • 16:30
    As philosopher George Santayana once famously said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Luckily, we have text message conversations to help us remember See also: The 10 Different Types of Texters If you're struggling to recall some of history's most important and influential moments, look no further than these imagined conversations, covering world history from the Cretaceous period right up through the 20th century Santayana would be super proud. Read more... More about Mobile, Lists, Text Messages, Texting, and (...) -- Mobile, Lists, Text Messages, Texting, Humor
  • 16:30
    More than 300,000 people gathered in New York on Sunday, and at hundreds of events worldwide, to call for action against global warming and other environmental issues. The People's Climate March originally expected to draw around 100,000 people. The United Nations Climate Summit, set to take place two days later on Tuesday in New York, will feature more than 120 heads of state, along with business leaders and representatives from civil society groups. At the summit, the U.S. is expected to announce several new initiatives to help developing countries increase their resilience to climate (...) -- New York, United Nations, Us World, Us, World
  • 16:00
    When I first started working as a flight attendant, a CEO of a telecommunications giant pinched me on the you-know-what. I didn't know what to do, so I nervously laughed and ran to the galley where I would've cursed him out — if he hadn't nofollowed me there. That's when he did it again. Right in front of my crew. We all just stood there in disbelief, staring at one another until he disappeared back to his first-class seat. No one said a word. We were all in shock. See also: Toughen Up, Flyers. There's No Law Against Reclining I didn't report it, largely because I didn't know who to (...) -- Airlines, Sexual Harassment, Us, World, Lifestyle
  • 15:30
    Even the biggest hot shot in the office can't always be prepared for an unexpected fashion emergency when you're at work. Scuffed shoes and loose buttons happen to everyone, and you don't always have the tools to fix those little problems when they arise. Nobody carries around a shoe-shining kit in their back pocket, after all. See also: 16 DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Boring Basics But if you're ever caught in an emergency, Dr. Ngozi Etufugh, a fashion expert and blogger for IHENAEWU.com has some tips and tricks help you out of a scrape, just in time for that big meeting. Don't (...) -- Fashion, Lists, Work, Diy, Lifestyle

Boing Boing

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

TechCrunch

  • 21:51
    As we reflect on the week, we give you the 11 best stories from 9/13-9/19. 1.  It was announced that Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle since he founded the company in 1977, has relinquished his CEO title. He is to be replaced by a co-CEO structure consisting of Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. 2. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has gone public, opening trading on the New York Stock Exchange at… Read More -- TC
  • 21:26
    Who has already sent an accidental selfie in iOS 8’s Messages app? I did. Not great. I’m late to the game when it comes to iOS 8. Many of my fellow tech journalists weaseled their way onto the beta version of the operating system, but out of laziness, or perhaps a feigned belief that I can stay away from punditry of any kind, I normally wait to get the new version of… Read More -- Mobile, TC, Apple, imessage, iOS 8

NYT > Circuits

Lifehacker

  • 23:00
    How can I have someone fill in a form and then generate a pdf contract from that entry? What advice can you give prospective first-time condo buyer? Where can I find good headphones for running? What calendar & to-do list app for the iPhone do you recommend? How can I prevent my Samsung Galaxy S4 battery from draining so quickly? What is your opinion on Doxie scanners? Read more... -- , ,
  • 22:00
    Many of us had to sign a noncompete when we started a job. Some of us lost that precious document and aren't sure the exact restrictions when we leave. Instead of tipping off human resources about your intention to quit, try asking colleagues hired at the same time for a copy of their agreement. Read more... -- , ,

Scripting News

Yahoo! News: Technology News

Engadget

Techmeme

hack a day

  • 22:01
    Hotel art often elicits less than a glance from most patrons. But we have to admit if we came across a piece like this we’d be compelled to record a video for later reference. That’s actually where the video came from, this was spotted in a hotel called Ham Yard. The concept seemed familiar to us and a bit of Google-fu brings up our previous coverage of the concept back in 2010. The display is made up of circular analog clocks and we’d wager this is a version of “a million times” by Human Since 1982, the same artist who brought us the earlier concept. Since we’re covering this once again we (...) --
  • 19:00
    NYC Maker Faire may be a no fly zone this year, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the Flite Test Crew. We met with Flite Test outside their tent in the R/C and drone area of Maker Faire. [Josh Bixler and Alex Zvada] are two of the hosts of the popular YouTube channel. [Josh] is also well-known for his R/C plane designs, such as the Bloody Wonder and Simple Storch. In addition to hosting, [Alex] is the graphic designer Flite Test. He is also an ace quadcopter pilot, and can be found flying his 250 sized chase quad in many episodes. Most of Flite Test’s designs utilize Readi-Board, available (...) --

Boing Boing

Daring Fireball

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

TechCrunch

Om Malik

Lifehacker

  • 21:00
    iOS/Web: Goodshop is a shopping portal that lets you earn money for charities while you shop. They now have a mobile app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you earn and save while on the go. Read more... -- , ,
  • 20:00
    Most people know about the feedback sandwich : compliment, criticism, compliment. Many managers overuse that scheme and the Losado Ratio is a better alternative. Read more... -- , ,
  • 17:00
    If you're looking to save some money on video games, you have plenty of options, from local stores to huge online retailers, all offering gently used games for all platforms, as well as consoles and handhelds as big discounts. This week we're looking at five of the best spots to grab good deals on used gaming gear, based on your nominations. Read more... -- , ,
  • 16:00
    While house-hopping, you may find the home of your dreams only to find the seller has taken it off the market. Someone's made an offer. With a backup offer, you could still buy that home. Read more... -- , ,

Scripting News

Yahoo! News: Technology News

  • 19:00
    Commentary: Intel aims to eliminate USB, HDMI and the power cable in its quest to create the wire-free PC. But the journey will be a long one, and uneven in terms of its challenges.> (CNET)
  • 19:00
    You’re probably at least a bit of a film nerd if you’re familiar with Jean-Luc Godard, the biggest name of the ’60s French New Wave movement. Even if you don’t know him, you've definitely seen a lot of film techniques that he pioneered. He's credited with turning the jump cut from an editing accident into a legitimate tool. And you know Wes Anderson's playful use of on-screen text and standout bright colors? Godard was doing that 30 years earlier. (...) (The Verge)








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