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August 30, 2008

40 million viewers tuned in for Obama's acceptance speech

August 28, 2008

The New Yorker profiles Marc Jacobs

North Korean propaganda posters

August 27, 2008

Molecular gastronomy scientist Hervé This explains how to properly cook an egg
Well worth a read if you are into food science at all.

BLDGBLOG has an interesting entry on seismic faults in and around Manhattan

Ouroussoff on Lebbeus Woods, who has several drawings on display in the "Dreamland" show at MoMA

August 22, 2008

DFL, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics
Canada and China are leading with 8 last-place finishes. Go Canada.

August 20, 2008

Some guy submitted a fake restaurant with a shitty wine list to Wine Spectator and it won the magazine's Award of Excellence

Ultra-realistic computer-generated animation

Great aerial view of the Burj Dubai
The scale of the building is stunning.

'Mad Dog' joining Sirius XM is official
His show starts September 15th.

August 18, 2008

NYT Op-Ed piece on why we should embrace wine in boxes
It's cheaper, there's less carbon emission from not having to truck around heavy glass bottles and apparently an opened box of wine can last for about 4 weeks (really?!).

You can read user-uploaded scans of magazines for free at Mygazines
Over-under on how long this stays up before magazine publishers find a way to shut it down? The ads aren't stripped out so I don't think they should be freaking out over this (even though they are).

Pandora can't make money, may pull the plug
Damn, and I was just introduced to the wonders of Pandora this week. I knew it was too good to be true. It's an awesome service.

August 16, 2008

Frame-by-frame underwater photos that document Phelps' amazing finish in the 100-meter butterfly

Mike addresses the public for the first time since Thursday's announcement that the show was ending
An emotional Chris joins Mike by phone to talk about the end of the show.

August 15, 2008

More on the Doggie leaving the FAN
So what's the story on this anyway? Reading between the lines it sounds like FAN offered Mike more money.

Russo leaves WFAN
So the rumors were true.

August 13, 2008

Apple has surpassed Google in market cap

An ad features all 15 players of the Spanish Olympic basketball team using their fingers to pull back their eyelids to "look Chinese"
"We felt it was something appropriate, and that it would be interpreted as an affectionate gesture." Their ignorance is so hilarious that I'm having a hard time finding it offensive.

Rolling Stone magazine is switching to a smaller, rack-friendly size
Sure that old format is iconic, but it really was crappy.

August 12, 2008

Geotag using Google Maps inside Adobe Bridge CS3 with this script
Very cool.

Really well done Simpsons fan art featuring comic book and sci-fi characters
And assorted stars and personalities from TV and movies, too.

August 11, 2008

"Moscow Never Sleeps"—a National Geographic photo essay

August 8, 2008

See how many of the 100 most common words in the English language you can guess in 5 minutes
I only named 40. It's almost as if I don't speak English.

August 5, 2008

Why do we capitalize the word "I"?

Ouroussoff reviews Beijing's National Stadium
I didn't get a close up look at it when I was in Beijing, but it does look fantastic from all angles and in all lighting conditions. It even looks good in the Beijing haze. But I think what ultimately will be deemed the best building in Beijing will be Koolhaas' CCTV.

August 4, 2008

The 'stache is no more

August 3, 2008

A nice essay on Mao and his place in today's China