Archive for design

Annoying Trend of 2013

A trend that took hold in 2013 is putting overlays over the screen that will block your access to the page unless you give as a ransom your email address or access to your Facebook account. I treat my email address and access to my Facebook like a daughter in high school and to those sites I say.

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.


More hip-hop cooking, violence, art

Why Would Anyone Buy A Cassette Tape?
Scentless Apprentice
The Pleasures of Drowning
How to make a mini pallet coaster for your pallet coffee table
Disarm by Pedro Reyes
Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s
Cooking with 2 Chainz: Deep Inside the Cookbook of your Dreams


Letters, words, numbers, symbols, objects

Hey, readers, I’m putting myself on hiatus from link-posting for the next few weeks as I move my life from one continent to another. You’re going to miss me when I’m gone, I’m sure.

From the Desk of Jackass Letters
The Strangest Neighborhood In New York City
Government in Plain Sight
What Ants to Look For
Significant Objects… and how they got that way
Symbols on the Brain
Where do African tribal prints really come from?
Recipes & Menus For Your Murder Mystery Dinner Party
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
Cuba Garlic Festival
Cooking’s A Drag: Starring Star Trek’s William Shatner
Room Raiders Spoof- Ham Jam 2010
My Netflix Love Affair and my Carbon Footprint
The Medium Chill


New Toy ChargeCard

I just received the fruits of my pre-order of a Kickstarter funded project and so far it’s pretty sweet. The ChargeCard feels solidly built, in the USA no less, is it the size of a standard credit card and the thickness of about three credit cards stacked together. I find it very handy to throw in my laptop bag and not have to worry about untangling a mess of cords when I want to connect my phone.

Actual size

For reference this is the ChargeCard next to a standard business card.


Stuff My Friends Share Online

Dan’s stealing my thunder with his thrice-daily links.

Previously unreleased version of Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”
Doodle Music by Vi Hart
How and When Metals Fail
Window Socket
NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and it’ll start with pizza
CDC Current Outbreak List
The tragedy of the “healthy eater”
Coffitivity: Bring the coffeeshop to you
Evaluate synthesized speech
If Language Weren’t A Commons
Crowdsourcing verbs’ semantics
Building an open-source map of the world’s languages
The Jetting Penguin


Office Doors, Giving Thanks and DIY

I’ve been saying this for years but I probably wasn’t heard over the din of office noise.

A well put article on people who are thanking God after disasters.

Jaded Dan thinks imagine if this ingenuity was applied to less destructive efforts. Technology Dan thinks imagine if these guys had 3D printers.

Some screws, some wood and some Jameson.

Some screws, some wood and some Jameson.