Alex (yakshaver) wrote,
Alex
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potpourri

I'm closing all my Firefox tabs in preparation to reboot, and in the process am being reminded of a bunch of interesting things I've seen on the web lately and meant to share. In no particular order:
  • Salon review of what sounds like an actually good TV show for small children, Yo Gabba Gabba.
  • Mythbuster Adam Savage gives a fascinating talk on nerdy obsession. This was a talk at a geek conference I'd never previously heard of, and he really gets going with that audience. (The video is an hour long,but more than half of it is questions from the audience. The talk itself is fantastic; I gave up about ten minutes into the audience questions. YMMV,)
  • Need new glasses? Consider ordering them online. Seriously — the savings are impressive, and I see no reason to believe the quality wouldn't be as good as your local shop. The article (from 43folders.com, a site I recently discovered and find generally excellent) hand-holds you through the process, which turns out to differ in little other then price from what you'd normally do anyway. (See also this New York Times article. I totally plan to try this myself next time I need new glasses.)
  • Not the Parrot Cheese Shop sketch, starring Sarah Palin as the shopkeeper. [Edit: Thanks to kareila for catching my braino on that.]
  • Google has released what looks to be a totally cool new web browser — and introduces it by way of a 30+ page comic book.
  • A review of Traffic, a book about driving and drivers that appears to present a reasoned and researched argument for something I've believed since my early twenties: that if people treat driving as a co-operative game, everybody wins — and if not, everybody loses. See also this review form slate.com, which features this fantastic paragraph:
    At one point, Vanderbilt visits with celebrated Dutch traffic engineer Hans Monderman, who created the "intersection heard around the world." Monderman redesigned a congested four-way crossing in the city of Drachten by basically removing all of the traffic signs. The lack of signals created uncertainty and forced drivers to slow down, cooperate with one another, and watch out for bicyclists and pedestrians. It also allowed traffic to flow more smoothly. His animating idea was to put some of the "social world" into the "traffic world." While talking with Vanderbilt, Monderman demonstrated the success of his concept by walking backward into the street—with his eyes closed.
  • Why I Will Not Vote for John McCain by a highly decorated retired officer who was both at West Point and in prison with McCain.
  • Letter written by a resident of Wasilla, Alaska, about Sarah Palin. As authenticated by snopes.com, a neighbor who knows Palin well, gives more straight talk than we'll ever see out of the McCain campaign in a letter originally intended for a few friends and family.
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