1. “All in all, New York, American customs, American hospitality, the very sights of the city, and the unusual comforts of the surroundings—all this is quite to my liking, and if I were younger, I would probably derive great pleasure from staying in this interesting, youthful country.” (via Tchaikovsky Comes to New York | Carnegie Hall)
 
— Letter written by Tchaikovsky, April 30, 1891
I live near CH and every day as I pass by this amazing concert hall I think of all the mighty artists both present and past that converged on this magnetic center for musical excellence and beauty.
Eager to see the iPhone app for the 120th Anniversary celebration that includes a map of places where Tchaikovsky visited. 

    “All in all, New York, American customs, American hospitality, the very sights of the city, and the unusual comforts of the surroundings—all this is quite to my liking, and if I were younger, I would probably derive great pleasure from staying in this interesting, youthful country.” (via Tchaikovsky Comes to New York | Carnegie Hall)

    — Letter written by Tchaikovsky, April 30, 1891

    I live near CH and every day as I pass by this amazing concert hall I think of all the mighty artists both present and past that converged on this magnetic center for musical excellence and beauty.

    Eager to see the iPhone app for the 120th Anniversary celebration that includes a map of places where Tchaikovsky visited. 

  2. (via Snake oil? Scientific evidence for health supplements)
  “This visualisation generates itself from this Google Doc. So when new research comes out, we can quickly update the data and regenerate the image. (How cool is that??)”
Experience this live infographic by David McCandless & Andy Perkins.
Here is the Google Doc source if you want to see the raw data:
http://bit.ly/qSCE4p
I am a big fan of visualizations for a well summarized big picture view. But the real utility is when they become doors that you can walk through more than once. A realtime, constantly changing data source that updates a sophisticated presentation layer is far more useful.
Next … give me a way to subscribe to this living visualization along with notifications that let me know when the spheres of interest change and are relevant to me. I will walk through that door every time. 

    (via Snake oil? Scientific evidence for health supplements)

     This visualisation generates itself from this Google Doc. So when new research comes out, we can quickly update the data and regenerate the image. (How cool is that??)

    Experience this live infographic by David McCandless & Andy Perkins.

    Here is the Google Doc source if you want to see the raw data:

    http://bit.ly/qSCE4p

    I am a big fan of visualizations for a well summarized big picture view. But the real utility is when they become doors that you can walk through more than once. A realtime, constantly changing data source that updates a sophisticated presentation layer is far more useful.

    Next … give me a way to subscribe to this living visualization along with notifications that let me know when the spheres of interest change and are relevant to me. I will walk through that door every time. 

  3. bookish:

In case you were wondering what our developers do on the weekends…

    bookish:

    In case you were wondering what our developers do on the weekends…

  4. Leroy St. in the West Village.

    Leroy St. in the West Village.

  5. The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.

    — Bruce Lee

  6. Modern daguerrean artist Irving Pobboravsky 

    "In a daguerreotype the light is scattered back to the observer …" 

    (Source: youtube.com)

  7. (via Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world | Video on TED.com)

    "Algorithms in conflict with adult supervision …"

  8. Various people have discovered that Kindle Cloud Reader is a straight HTML5 app and that the server sends it unencrypted content a chapter at a time. It would be fairly easy to build a program that captures the HTML and stores it locally. This would be roughly equivalent to “stream capture” for audio and video, except that the result would be a perfect browser-renderable copy of the e-book.

    — Amazon Lowers the Speed Bump with Kindle Cloud Reader « Copyright and Technology

  9. Central Park near the SW corner. Serene, even after Irene. : ]

    Central Park near the SW corner. Serene, even after Irene. : ]

  10. (via Economics Rewrite Book Business - WSJ.com)
“Albert Greco, a market researcher who studies the book industry, says his projections show sales of physical consumer titles will drop to $13.9 billion in 2015 from $18 billion in 2008, excluding book clubs, book fairs and books ordered by mail from catalogs. By comparison, e-book sales are expected to rise to $3.6 billion in 2015 from $78 million in 2008, the year e-books started to take off due to the popularity of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.”

    (via Economics Rewrite Book Business - WSJ.com)

    Albert Greco, a market researcher who studies the book industry, says his projections show sales of physical consumer titles will drop to $13.9 billion in 2015 from $18 billion in 2008, excluding book clubs, book fairs and books ordered by mail from catalogs. By comparison, e-book sales are expected to rise to $3.6 billion in 2015 from $78 million in 2008, the year e-books started to take off due to the popularity of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.”

  11. Хлеб да соль! Bread and salt. The best housewarming present ever from a Russian scholar friend.  спасибо!

    Хлеб да соль! Bread and salt. The best housewarming present ever from a Russian scholar friend.  спасибо!

  12. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

    — 

    STEVE JOBS, in a commencement address at Stanford, 2005.

    (via the Wall Street Journal)

    (Source: inothernews)

  13. 25 August 2011

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    rafer

    If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
    Orson Welles

    — If you want a happy ending… at BrainyQuote (via rafer)

  14. If PHP Were British →

    maniacalrage:

    I especially enjoy the new version of try… catch blocks:

        would_you_mind {
            // Code here
        } actually_i_do_mind (Exception £e) {
            // Politely move on
            cheerio('Message');
        }

    Vastly more polite and upbeat indeed.