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December 31, 2006

A tourist map of Gotham City

A small number of Gmail users report that all of their email has mysteriously vanished

100 things we didn't know last year, according to BBC News Magazine

December 29, 2006

Free website that lets you send anonymous text messages to anyone in the United States or Canada

December 28, 2006

Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of 2006

After four years of renovations that closed two-thirds of the building, the Taipei museum housing the world’s most famous collection of Chinese art is reopening this winter and holding a three-month exhibition of its rarest works
I've only been there once. Looks like it's time to go for a visit.

December 27, 2006

Old NYT article about Penfolds Grange's lesser known (and much cheaper) brother, the St. Henri

Flickr set of Noah Kalina posing with a bunch of celebrities at a VH1 awards show earlier this month
The Washington Post interviews him about this project.

Bruni on the year in NYC restaurants

December 21, 2006

A scientist has calculated the number of photos of a group that needs to be taken to ensure at least one blink-free shot

The new Saks Fifth Avenue identity as explained by its designer
The new identity kind of blows but it's always fun to see the thought process behind these things.

December 19, 2006

NYT has a short (and mostly useless) Travel section piece on what to eat in the three Chinatowns of New York
However, the article did manage to sneak in one great recommendation. They mention Gu-Shine/故鄉 (gùxiāng) in Flushing—the only place in all of NYC that serves good Taiwanese food.

December 18, 2006

NAPP has a bunch of videos demonstrating the new features in Photoshop CS3

Web-based FLV converter

December 15, 2006

Photoshop CS3 beta now available for download on Adobe Labs website

December 14, 2006

Flickr pro accounts now get unlimited uploads
They've also upped the upload limit for free accounts to 100MB per month. BTW, I love Flickr's Xmas easter egg. What an awesome company.

Circumcision appears to reduce a man’s risk of contracting AIDS from heterosexual sex by half according to United States government health officials
Uncircumcised men are thought to be more susceptible because the underside of the foreskin is rich in a type of cell of the immune system which attaches easily to HIV. The foreskin also often suffers small tears during intercourse. While I still think genital mutilation circumcision is barbaric, this does sound promising for dealing with the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Season 4 of The L Word premieres on January 7, 2007 at 10 p.m.

Enrique Norten has won the competition to reimagine the historic Rutgers campus

Futurama co-creator David X. Cohen talks about the upcoming season
Well, "upcoming" as in 2008... still a ways away.

December 12, 2006

Stephen Colbert's interview on the Charlie Rose Show last Friday
A refreshing look at Colbert not in character.

December 11, 2006

Kazakhstan is building a giant transparent tent designed by Norman Foster that will contain an indoor city
Project page on Foster + Partners official website.

December 10, 2006

NYT 2007 hotels of the year

December 8, 2006

Blank DVD media quality guide
I've been burned (no pun intended) by too many bad CD-Rs in the past that I don't trust anything valuable to be archived on CDs or DVDs. If you must archive on discs, buy the best media and burn at least two copies.

Diller and Scofidio's Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston is reviewed by Ouroussoff

December 6, 2006

A lengthy study of 420,095 Danish cell phone users finds no increased risk of tumors or leukemia in subscribers