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2014.07.08 Tweet Nest

Tweet Nest

Ever since Twitter switched to their new API I have wanted to find a new way to get a self-hosted Twitter archive of my own tweets. Thankfully, I stumbled upon this great tool. I am now again hosting my own tweets, which can be updated automatically through a cron job. #

2014.07.07 Visualizing Algorithms

Visualizing Algorithms

Mike Bostock gives a thoroughly fascinating view into a few different types of algorithms. Some of it was way over my head, but I still really enjoyed the essay. I was particularly drawn to the organic feel of Bridson’s algorithm for Poisson-disc sampling, the innate story-telling nature of the colored thread visualization for sorting, and the creeper-like reaching of Wilson's Algorithm for maze generation. #

2014.07.07 The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

This was a great, and rather quick read about some of the history of a company that makes some of my favorite products. This is an excerpt of Console Wars, by Blake Harris. I knew Nintendo started as a playing card "company", but didn't know the pieces in between (nor the interesting lawsuit by MCA Universal in regards to King Kong). I'd be curious to know if the book is as good as this one excerpt. (credit to my brother for sending me this article nearly two months ago) #

2014.07.07 Tap In

Tap In

I've had this tab open in my browser for weeks now, as the World Cup has been going on. I love the design, and responsive nature of the site. It has clear information presented in a perfect way. Love it. #

2014.07.03 World Cup Stamps 2014

World Cup Stamps 2014

A great concept, and a shame that it's just a self-project. I've thoroughly enjoyed this year's World Cup, and these would be a great commemoration of that. #

2014.07.03 Vote For Pedro 10th Anniversary Art

Vote For Pedro 10th Anniversary Art

I would love it if there were actual prints of this. Napoleon Dynamite is one of my favorite movies, and was blown away to realize it's been 10 years since it was released. This particular piece is slightly in the style of Shepard Fairey, or old communist propaganda. No matter what, I love it. #

2014.07.03 Smarty Pins

Smarty Pins

This is a really simple and fun game, which teaches you geography using Google Maps. Read the clue, identify the place, get points deducted for how far you are from the right answer, and get a small bonus for answering quickly. I've played a handful of times, and will undoubtedly play it more. #

2014.05.17 The Running Bum as Sad and Admirable

The Running Bum as Sad and Admirable

I'm not a runner. It's never been something that has appealed to me. It's endless pain and torment. I feel no joy staring at a long road, down which I've "chosen" to run. All of this dislike aside, Jeff has a great line within this post:

We wake again and again to ourselves in the middle of life somehow, bound to a contract of habit that we don't remember signing. This is the case for everyone.

I took this on a more spiritual level than he intended, but it applies to everyone. At some point, I hope you live your life intentionally, and don't live it by default. #

2014.05.17 The Roast in the Fridge

The Roast in the Fridge

That moment has stayed with me my whole life—that cool, controlled response to a threat, the absolute refusal to play the victim. In ... my mother’s calm dispatch of a home invader, I witnessed the assertion of one’s basic right to live life without being f***ed with. And I saw the power of that assertion.

What a great example from a mother. #

2014.05.17 Speedometer Confusion

Speedometer Confusion

How simple.

The number on the speedometer isn't always an indication of how fast you're getting to where you're going.

So often we forget that. Focus. #

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