Posts about 'Linky Goodness'

Linky Goodness – 8/17/2009

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Consumer detox?
Can you try a couple of weeks or a month of buying nothing at all?

Is it now a crime to be poor?
“[T]he law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges.”

Choosing how to build your own house
Scott Adams has some thoughts on how you could design a house to be as efficient, green and livable as possible. A. and I are highly unlikely to ever build a custom house, but this is still really interesting reading.

Linky Goodness – 8/13/2009

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Everything that went into the Lost panel at Comic-Con
It was quite an effort to do the Lost panel at Comic-Con. A lot more than you’d expect.

What would the grownup do?
Interesting article throwing a parenting-book writer into a challenging family.

Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version
What if you had the song describe what was happening in the video? Very entertaining.

Bomb exploded in Holliston
All sorts of excitement. Holliston Reporter has the pictures of the unexploded bomb that was found in a Holliston backyard. State Police and the Military Bomb Squad were called in. It ended up being blown up on Marshall Street.

What to do about the tweens/teens hanging out downtown?
Interesting article in the Holliston Reporter about how the kids hanging out downtown are impacting local business. Do we need a youth center here in town?

Looks like the new Holliston Police Station is pretty snazzy
Memo: Children: I do not wish to see the inside of this station in reference to anything you end up doing.

Update on the Congregational Church
I can’t wait to see when this is all done.

Don’t forget, Serendeputy can pull together and personalize all your Holliston news for you. Check it out! (Other towns are coming soon – I’m waiting to see how to do it well before I spread it out…)

Linky Goodness – 7/27/2009

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Ok, 1984 was the best year in movie history
Some all-time greats in this list.

Five tips for riding a motorbike in Dakar
A Holliston teen is spending some time in West Africa and writing up her experiences. It turns out that it’s not that easy to ride a motorbike wearing a skirt.

What life will be like for Generation Z
I’ve always been fascinated by generational dynamics. I’m a Generation X’er, a fairly cliche one at that. Here’s Penelope Trunk on what life will be like for Sadie, Lucy and the other members of Generation Z.

I occasionally have generational confusion at the kids’ school. Now that Lucy’s hair is a little longer, we can put her hair in a little ponytail sticking straight up from her head. Unfortunately, the early-twenties teachers have no friggin’ clue what I’m talking about when I say we “pebbles ‘er up.” I guess the Flintstones isn’t in heavy rotation these days.

And, by the way, get off my lawn.

Fun date ideas

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

It’s great being a parent, suburbanite, etc., but sometimes I wish we had time to do some of the romantic things in this post. This may become my motto for the month:

When you’re really exhausted or hit the ocean, it’s time to go back.

Time to see if the babysitters are available anytime soon.

p.s., Might as well plug the site. I’d never really visited this site before, until it came up for me on my Serendeputy homepage. Private beta continues. Public launch coming Real Soon Now.

Fan Mail: New Geography

Friday, May 8th, 2009

I’m doing a lot of librarian work for Serendeputy‘s beta launch. (Real. Soon. Now.) I’m coming across tons of new and interesting sites. I’ll drop quick links in here as I find them so that you can enjoy them too…

New Geography writes about the lessons of geography in understanding life in the United States. It’s actually much more interesting that that sounds — you should go over and give it a read. If you’re a combination data/sociology geek, you’ll spend hours playing with the information.

Recent topics include U-Haul prices as migration indicator, which shows parts of the country getting versus losing population. It looks like everyone’s moving to Charlotte and Austin. Detroit (unsurprisingly) is one of the biggest losers, along with Virginia Beach and our lovely neighbor Providence.

New Geography is showing up very high in my profile these days.

Fight arbitration

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Consumerist has been running a series of articles about the evils of mandatory binding arbitration. It’s worth reading a couple of these pieces.

MBA is a pretty simple example of behavioral economics. Once a company no longer fears being sued, they can screw the customers over with impunity.

Learn something new everyday

Friday, April 17th, 2009

My target market for Serendeputy isn’t me, it’s “Jen” a Gen-X/late-boomer who uses the computer as a tool, not a toy. So, most of the things I’ve indexed are more in line with her interests than mine.

I’ve seeded the site with sites that will appeal to Jen, including a ton of sites focusing on fashion. One of those sites (with the great name of Shopping is my Cardio) led me to Antler Magazine, a beautifully put together online magazine. The technology here is pretty impressive. I’d love to see Alan Taylor’s Big Picture in this type of a format.

I wish the newspaper industry would focus more on making incredible things, and less on trying to turn back the clock. But, that’s a separate rant.

This reminds me, I should get back to putting together the linky-goodness posts. I haven’t done any of those in forever. Bad Jason. I’ll see if I can get back in the saddle for that. After beta.

Linky Goodness – 1/28/2009

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Housing prices down in most of Massachusetts
Very exciting that Holliston is down 10-25% according to the graphic in the article. We undoubtedly bought at the top of the market.

State backs developer on Holliston 40B application
I can’t believe they’re actually going to do something with the old Bird property. It will be interesting to see if the housing market has rebounded by the time these units actually hit the market. Otherwise, there’ll just by 150 empty units on top of the dump.

You can always tell the parents by the stains
I am far more stained than I used to be.

50 most loathsome people in America
Not the most charitable of articles, but entertaining for a few minutes.

And, a couple more sites you should be checking out.

Global Post
This is a new Boston-based international-news site. It reminds me of reading the Monitor or the IHT. It’s always good to have another source of grown-up news.

Cookie Magazine
A really interesting magazine about parenting. Serendeputy knows that I’m interested in this sort of thing, so it keeps it coming.

Linky Goodness – 1/27/2009

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve written up some good old-fashioned linky goodness. Now that we’re past the holidays and the baby seems to be mostly well, I hope to be able to do this more regularly.

Today’s list comes from research I’ve been doing for Serendeputy. I’ve been building up the library catalog, and I’ve come across a ton of good sites. Not the best for my productivity, but really interesting reads.

Holliston Reporter
I’ve done a lot of work on hyperlocal journalism, and I’m happy to find such a good example of it right here in Holliston. The design isn’t great, and they’re not shy with the ads, but the content is just what you would hope for.

Accidental Housewife
Best tagline: The place where I waste my law degree. Entertaining writing from the mother of three small children.

Wronging Rights
An extremely interesting blog dealing with human rights issues around the world (among other topics.)

Hiring Partner’s Office
An anonymous hiring partner at a law firm gives you the inside scoop on what you should be doing. Although the lovely A. is no longer in this world, it’s still pretty entertaining to visit.

If you have sites you’d love me to check out, please drop me a line. I’m always looking to improve my reading radius.

Consumerist posts of the year

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I love Consumerist. If you’re not reading it, you should be. For a sample, here’s their top 17 most-useful posts of 2008.

Practically green

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

I note with interest Susan Hunt Stevens’ new blog over at BoMoms: Practically Green. Susan is doing tons of things to really live green at her new home in Newton. She’s writing about what it’s like to live on the edge of these new technologies and mindsets.

She’s gone far further than we have, although we are trying to green as we go (Grawgo) — installing the compact fluorescents, upgrading the furnace, buying a reasonably fuel-efficient car.

I look forward to reading more about how she’s doing it.

Linky Goodness – 3/28/2008

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Have you signed away your right to sue?
Yet another article about how mandatory-arbitration clauses are bad, this time in employment law.

Be it ever so illogical — drop the price of your home, already
We’re not looking to sell our house for a couple of years, at least. I hope that when we do, we’ll be able to accept reality, and price our house to the market.

Do open houses sell houses?
Shill! I really like our Real Estate blog. This entry is on open houses. It’s fun to watch people fighting in the comments.

Should it be free?
Outstanding article on whether software should be free or not. Even if you’re not in the industry, you should read this.

Jason Butler – Twitter
Because it’s important that I have an outlet for 140-character updates on my life through the day. Follow at your own risk.

Linky Goodness – 3/6/2008

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

All hail Universal Hub
Excellent article in the Phoenix about Adam Gaffin and Universal Hub. I’m not stealing all our hyperlocal community ideas from him, but maybe a couple…

12 practical steps for learning to go with the flow
February was a trying month. March has not started much better. I need to learn to go with the flow a little bit more.

Beat the long tail with 1,000 true fans
Incredibly interesting article about how to survive as a creator without having to rely on the blockbuster. Must read.

Linky Goodness – 2/24/2008

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Bank Julius Baer: allegedly money-laundering; unquestionably moronic
Robert X. Cringely expains why attempting to shut down the whistleblower site is the stupidest thing an (allegedly) money-laundering bank would want to do.

Why it’s good to include the tourist hordes in your travel photos
Philip Greenspun shows why including your fellow travelers in your shots can sometimes make them far more interesting.

This week’s TWIT was their best
This week’s episode of “This Week in Tech” was their best. Jason Calacanis and Molly Wood add a ton to the panel, and I hope they become regulars.

Linky Goodness – 2/18/2008

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Wow, I’m way behind on my website postings; impending baby and multiple launches at work are conspiring against me.

Today we did our “stock up on everything you can think of” run to BJs. Now, both freezers are full, and we should be able to live for a couple of weeks without leaving the house when the baby arrives. I’m wracking my brain for other baby-prep tasks I need to do.

Anyway, on to the links…

AngryJournalist.com
Anonymous journalists tell us what they’re angry about today. Quite a bit of inside baseball, but not too different from what I see from time to time in the newsroom.

This is also a good example of what happens to the signal:noise ratio when the social-news hordes descend on a site.

Yet another reason to boycott Best Buy
I have never had a good experience at Best Buy (or their not-at-all-missed competitor Comp USA). They take advantage of the non-technical customers and outright lie when they are caught. I hope that a more activist Congress will reign in some of the corporate excesses.

50 tricks to get you more productive
It’s always good to remind yourself of little ways to keep moving the chains. I’m pretty good about most of these, but I really need to work on a couple of them — especially working on the important things, instead of just the pressing things.

Learn to demo
Good advice from Antonio Rodriguez on how to prep yourself for demoing your product.

Linky Goodness – 12/15/07

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Bill Keller’s speech
New York Times editor Bill Keller gives an incredibly insightful speech, talking about the future of journalism and newspapers.

Ten steps to close down an open society
A scary checklist — one we’ve almost completed.

Does your customer service just want people to go away?
Seth Godin has a smart idea here: measure your customer service people by the amount the customers buys after the call as opposed to before it.

Talent Wars in Boston
Xconomy does a nice write up of the current state of the technology labor market in Boston. It’s a good time to be a techie on the Red Line.

How to be a consultant
Long, insightful article. I faced many of these same issues back when I was consulting.

Top 10 reasons we deleted your comment
The Times’ City Room blog describes how they handle blog comments. Seems quite reasonable, though some in the comments disagree.

Linky Goodness – 12/1/07

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

The treadmill desk
Shimon Rura has a great article talking about how he set up a treadmill desk. I read my NetNewsWire on the treadmill in the morning, but I’ve never looked at trying to type. I’ll have to see if I can improvise something around this.

Having an iPhone doesn’t qualify you to fly the plane
“Some guy with an IPhone says the weather is good, and wants to know what the real reason is for the delay. Is something wrong with the plane?”

Accident victims face grab for legal winnings
If you are hurt in an accident, you might not be able to get any relief by suing the responsible party. If you win, the insurance company may swoop in and claim the judgment you receive. I can see both sides of this argument, but it still sounds all sorts of wrong.

Misgivings rise with Antarctican tourism
I regret not having been able to see Antarctica while still single and able to travel. In light of the rise in tourism and last week’s sinking of a cruise liner, I worry that it won’t be feasible when we’re ready to travel again.

Rise in holiday call strains mall cops
Nothing heats up the old police blotter quite like the holidays. It must be great fun to break up fights at the mall.

Renting ideas to Fortune 500 companies
Really interesting post from Tim Ferriss about how you can license your ideas to large companies and collect royalties. Beats working, but you have to actually go out and think of useful stuff.

Travel Basics: Moscow
I was trawling our sister site at the International Herald Tribune when I came across their travel blogs, written by the correspondents stationed in each city. The Travel Basics are great primers, not that I’m going to Moscow, or back to Bangkok any time soon.

Fresh pain for the uninsured
Important article from Business Week. Hospitals are outsourcing their collections from the uninsured.

3BR with a mall view
This article about the new condos at the Natick Mall annoyed me in many different ways. This is my favorite quote: “Their $1.6 million, 2,200-square-foot penthouse overlooking JCPenney, the DuGallys said, suits the lifestyle they want for themselves and their Chihuahua, Jasmine.” I always wanted a view of the JCPenney.

The Predatory Lending Association
Outstanding parody site. Ha ha, only serious.

An interview with the author of Programming Collective Intelligence
A highly-readable discussion of a highly-useful book.

Linky Goodness – 11/19/2007

Monday, November 19th, 2007

China’s deadly pollution
The Times has a long investigative piece this morning on China’s growth policies’ impact on the environment, and the growing blowback. The air was ugly when I was there in 2001; I can only imagine how bad it is now.

Walking scores
This is a neat site that calculates the walkability of any location. My long-time Cambridge apartment gets a 100 out of 100 score; everything you need is within walking distance. My current address only gets a 5. Damn suburbs.

The nerd handbook
s/nerd/geek/g, but otherwise pretty close in a lot of ways.

Rebuilding Hollywood in Silicon Valley’s image
Marc Andreessen on how the talent can overthrow the studio system.

Linky Goodness – 11/10/07

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

The very expensive reality of chasing reality TV
I never knew how far people would go for their chance to be on Survivor or Project Runway.

Curt Schilling announces he’s coming back
Hooray for Curt using his blog to break news. Hooray for the Red Sox getting him for one more year.

How to coast your way to a writing career
Paul Boutin with some good advice.

Ten signs of incompetent managers
I don’t think too many of these apply to me, but, of course, I would be the last to know.

Holliston Beavers
It seems that no one wants to save the Holliston beavers. On behalf of my water supply, I don’t really care what happens to them.

Linky Goodness – 10/27/07

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Literary style by the numbers
Steven Johnson — author of Interface Culture, Mind Wide Open and other excellent books — does a quick analysis of sentence length and word complexity for several prominent authors. Interesting conclusions.

The Comcast fiasco
Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Passive voice is redeemed for web headings
Interesting! This is what happens when search-engine optimization comes up head to head with principles of good writing.

Programming lessons from Sales — sharpen the saw
I’m always trying to find new ways of looking at old problems. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but it’s almost always worth the time investment.

I was a pre-teen Glicknick
Tales of Larry Glick with lots of links. (Via Universal Hub)

America’s most important issue for 2008 (with a little bit of salty language)

The lottery industry
BS is also prevalent in the business world, as you can see from this entirely content-free quote:

W. Bruce Turner, the chief executive of Gtech, puts it another way. “Gtech has played a key role in fostering the success enjoyed by lotteries today,” he says. “We have grown to be the world’s leading solutions provider to the lottery industry because we focus on creating the greatest value for our customers, which results in higher returns to the good causes they support.”