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Mount Rushmore was originally conceived as nothing more than a way to get tourists to come to South Dakota. Beats the world’s largest ball of twine, I guess.
My old boss Tere knew shorthand, and watching her scribble those hieroglyphics during interviews always fascinated me. This story makes me want to master it myself.
Bring in the drones!
Is it just me or are the April Fools’ Day pranks of today getting entirely tiresome? I think it’s because the internet makes it too easy to pull them off. How about painting the Golden Gate Bridge blue or releasing a herd of cows inside City Hall? Now that’s a prank, people.
Case in point. (I can’t tell if Eater even got the joke…)
How do you get placebos to work better? Charge more for them. Mind over matter… but money over mind.
The lightsaber bit had me LOLing.
The new law goes into effect for large grocery chains and pharmacies beginning July 1, 2015. It will extend to convenience stores and liquor stores July 1, 2016.
Under the law, stores will be required to offer customers recycled paper bags or bags made of compostable material at a cost of at least 10 cents. Consumers buying groceries using California’s food-assistance program won’t have to pay for bags.
Assuming the law keeps expanding: How will Chinatown function?
“BE CAREFUL OF THE HOODLUMS.”
New favorite feature on the iPhone: “Block This Caller.”
I’ve never had much interest in building or rebuilding a motor vehicle — I can focus on a long-term project for weeks, but this seems overwhelming — but this photo essay of a “Volkswagen Ferrari” being put together is so much fun that it makes me want to try.
So David Pogue is headed to Yahoo, eh?
Having spent 4 years at Yahoo!’s very first stab at a tech site (which was also planned to be “much more than a site”), all I can say is best of luck.
Someone poke me when Walt Mossberg starts at Microsoft, ok?
Here’s a fun trick you can try. Call someone (or Moviefone, if you are Forever Alone) on your iPhone, and put them on speakerphone. While they’re speaking, place the bottom of the phone (where the speakers are) against your lips. Have fun.
I use Clonezilla regularly to clone disks, but if I can mount both disks in Windows, why deal with the command line? Macrium Reflect does the job, with a few points and clicks, for free. Perfect for if you have, say, two USB drives you want to copy more reliably than drag-and-dropping from within Windows Explorer. (Hint: It never works!)
Have you checked out Film Racket yet? You should, because it’s awesome. Everything I learned from 20 years of talking about the movies is distilled into this new website, which just launched this week.
Have you read Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, the World’s Greatest Job? Oh, you have? Well maybe you should check it out again. The 2005 book is updated and reissued with new material in this revamped 2013 Second Edition. Check it out now in paperback or ebook format.
(in rough order)
The Comcast rep’s children.
Where I live.
Children having cell phones.
Whether mobile technology is causing us to disassociate from society.
My Comcast service request.
It’s been bugging me that my HootSuite profile icons have been old or, worse, blank. Finally figured out how to update them… courtesy of the HootSuite help desk:
To update the icons for your social networks, you should click on your Profile icon in the top left corner of your dashboard. From there, simply click on the ‘gear’ icon next to the social network you want to update, then select “Sync avatar.”