15 Things You Never Noticed on a Dollar – Manage Your Life on Shine
Nothing I love more than interesting and historical facts about things that are so ubiquitous that we tend to take them for granted.
David Byrne’s Journal: 12.12.09: Art Funding or Arts Funding
Funding future creativity is a real investment — there’s a chance these kids will build, write, draw or play something that will fill theaters, clubs, stadiums, web pages, whatever. The dead guys won’t write more symphonies.
So many wonderful thoughts a points here. David Byrne remains one of my all time heroes. Now that JD is gone, he is at the top of my list of someone I would love to spend a few hours with.
Caustic Cover Critic: The 3,988,393,210,272nd Salinger Blog Post
“Before his death, JD Salinger’s publisher, Hamish Hamilton, worked with him to produce jackets for reissues of his books (originally planned for June, they are now due out next month) … [said]Simon Prosser, publishing director, Hamish Hamilton: "There are strict rules about JD Salinger’s covers. The only copy allowed on the books, back or front, is the author name and the title. Nothing else at all: no quotes, no cover blurb, no biography. […] We commissioned Seb Lester, the highly regarded type designer, to hand-draw a font; that font, on the cover of these re-issues, is a one-off and is known in-house here at Hamish Hamilton as the ‘Salinger’.”
Love, Love, Love, Love, Love.
How to Survive a 35,000-Foot Fall
You’re six miles up, alone and falling without a parachute. Though the odds are long, a small number of people have found themselves in similar situations—and lived to tell the tale. Here’s PM’s 120-mph, 35,000-ft, 3-minutes-to-impact survival guide.
Mark Pilgrim on The Setup
Writing will make you a better writer. Writing, and editing, and publishing, and listening – really listening – to what people say about your writing. This is the golden age for aspiring writers. We have a worldwide communications and distribution network where you can publish anything you want and – if you can manage to get anybody’s attention – get near-instant feedback. Writers just 20 years ago would have killed for that kind of feedback loop. Killed! And you’re asking me what word processor I use? Just fucking write, then publish, then write some more. One day your writing will get featured on a site like Reddit and you’ll go from 5 readers to 5000 in a matter of hours, and they’ll all tell you how much your writing sucks. And most of them will be right! Learn how to respond to constructive criticism and filter out the trolls, and you can write the next great American novel in edlin.
A-maze-ing. Every word here is gold, gold, gold.
Front Pages | “All the News That’s Fit without Print”
It’s the Tumblr version of Newseum. Except without having to go to DC in January and stand out in the cold looking at LCD screens in the sun.
RockYou Hacker: 30% of Sites Store Plain Text Passwords
“That’s nothing against 32 million emails with passwords. Count how many of them have PayPal. If I check every one, and only 10 percent of them have it, and I take only $10, it’s a pretty nice amount, don’t you think?”
As someone who has a good friend who recently got hacked pretty badly, I can’t stress the importance of using different, secure, random passwords for every single place that requires one.
Polaroid Resurrects Instant Film Cameras | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
I know who will be getting some of my money this year. Anyone want to guess who?