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August 31, 2006

Detailed paper on the PageRank algorithm
I need to read this carefully when I have some spare time. It's giving me a headache right now at 3:30 in the morning. I thought the PageRank algorithm is a highly guarded company secret? Not having poured over the paper in detail, I'm assuming this is the original algorithm and that it has been greatly modified since then. Still, it should be an interesting read and provide insights into how Google's search engine works.

Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and "Madonna" were recovered by police on Thursday
No details about how the paintings were recovered, so it's not worth clicking on this link. Reading this headline is enough.

August 30, 2006

Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village are put up for sale
With a target price of nearly $5 billion.

The top 100 most viewed English-language Wikipedia pages

August 29, 2006

Farecast, a site which predicts airline ticket prices so you know when it is cheaper to fly to your destination
It's for U.S. domestic flights only. Any idea how well this works, if at all?

August 28, 2006

Flickr now features geotagging
Great, another reason to waste more time on Flickr as I want to geotag all my photos. Now I really want a GSP-equipped camera.

This guy wrote some really useful GreaseMonkey scripts for Flickr
I can't believe I haven't installed GreaseMonkey until tonight. If you haven't either, go do it now. Especially if you use Flickr.

August 27, 2006

Something to gear you up for Lost, premiering on October 4th
Some dude on YouTube has been piecing together miniclips from the Lost website So far, he's managed to find and stitch together 53 clips.

August 25, 2006

Piece on how ridiculously easy a lock can be picked
The type of lock and key demonstrated is what most people I know in New York use. It's so easily picked it's a joke. The lock my apartment's front door uses in Taipei at least looks harder to pick.

August 15, 2006

Very cool interactive graph of America's name choices over the years

August 13, 2006

Interesting NYT article on how viruses and microbes may affect obesity

August 12, 2006

NY Times story on the pre-open preprations Joël Robuchon did for his New York L’Atelier which opened this week

August 10, 2006

Amazing photorealistic vector drawings done with Illustrator
I want to know how to do this.

August 3, 2006

Make any site look like Microsoft Word so your boss won't realize you are web browsing