left right politics showbiz tech invest good life gossip fun hot
Mother Jones Hot Air Huffpo Variety Engadget Seeking Alpha Lifehacker TheSuperficial Daily Beast reddit
Daily Kos Michelle Malkin Politico Billboard Boing Boing TheBigPicture Luxist TMZ.com Fark BuzzFeed
ThinkProgress RightWingNews First Read CNN Showbiz Gizmodo FT Alphaville Joystiq Perez Hilton 4chan memorandum
Crooks+Liars Power Line CNN ticker E! Online Techcrunch Josh Brown Kotaku gamer Bastardly Post Secret Techmeme
TalkngPtsMemo Ameri..Thinker Swampland TV Guide Ars Technica 24/7 Wall St. TreeHugger Egotastic hascheezburgr Drudge
The Raw Story NewsBusters The Caucus Ent. News Mashable bloggingstocks Consumerist PinkIsTheNew dooce digg
Wonkette Wizbang fishbowlDC HlywdWiretap Google blog DealBook lifehack.org CelebrityBaby Someth'nAwful trends
Atrios Taki Magazine WashWhisprs DeadlnHllywd Read/Write Jeff Matthews 43folders GoFugYourself Neatorama PSFK
Firedoglake Big Hollywood The Fix MSN Ent. OReilly Radar PhilsStockWorld Autoblog Page Six Cool Hunter BBC
Young Turks IMAO Capital Gains Rot'nTomatoes GigaOM Daily Rec'ng Deadspin BestWeekEver stereogum Timespop
Americablog AceOfSpades Open Secrets Cinematical ProBlogger Zero Hedge DownloadSqd Dlisted CuteOverload media eye
Politicususa Redstate WikiLeaks law Cool Tools Bespoke MediaZone PopSugar Dilbert blog TVNewser
CounterPunch Jawa Report econ law.alltop Scobleizer BtwTheHedges Deviant ArtHollyw'dTuna gapingvoid BuzzMachine
TalkLeft Patterico EconLog Volokh Consp. Apple Blog Minyanville Gothamist x17online DailyGrail MediaGazer
Feministing Townhall.com Freakonomics Legal Insurrec.. Valleywag Fast Money Curbed DailyBlabber Prof. Hex Steve Rubel
PolitAnimal OutsideBeltwy CrookedTimbr Conglomerate mozillaZine RealClearMkts FabSugar Gawker OvrheardinNY MediaBlgNRO
Truthdig Moonbattery MarginalRevo SportsLawBlog Smashing W$J Mktbeat Gridskipper Radar Last.fm Threat Level
Alternet RealClearPoli crime W$J Law BlogTechdirt AbnormalRtrns Material Defamer kottke.org Seth's blog
Media Matters Instapundit CrimeblogsBalkinizationMAKE RandomRoger Sartorialist Jossip PumpkinChuckin mediamatters
The Nation Hugh Hewitt All Crime Credit Slips SrchEngLand Stock Advisors Drink'nMadeEasy Just Jared Maps Mania Newshounds
Maddow Blog PJ Media Smoking Gun FindLaw VentureBeat Slope of Hope Mark Cuban Celebitchy CollegeHumor FAIR

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Living the good life — Sept. 22, 2007

  • Productivity Killers: Break the Rut of Routine

    Routines are a double-edged sword; they can boost your output, but they can also rob you of your "spark". Self-improvement site Pick the Brain advises us of the danger of getting stuck in a rut:Going...

  • Family Hacks: Turn Your Children Into Timesaving Machines

    In addition to their tax deduction potential, kids are also great for getting stuff done around the house. Productivity advocate Dumb Little Man has more:At the minimum, have kids do a quick tidy up...

  • Notes: Keep A Scratch Pad Of The Day

    For those of us who aren't quite the moleskine ninjas that we aspire to be (yet), Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project suggests one scratch paper a day.I have a "scratch paper for the day." I keep...

  • Food Hacks: Use a Rubber Band to Keep A Sliced Apple Fresh

    Got a sliced apple you'd like to save for later, sans browning? No problem - just use a rubber band: Push the corer / slicer apparatus down through the apple until it is almost through, but all...

  • Health: Plan an Ergonomic Workstation

    What does your optimum ergonomic workstation look like? Ergonomic product company Ergotron offers an installation tool to figure out just that. Just click your height and various values are...

  • The Hazelton Hotel

    Filed under: Journeys At the recent Toronto International Film Festival once of the hot places to go was the newly opened Hazelton Hotel. The stylish hotel has a hot restaurant called One, a posh screening with leather seating and a health club that boasts a mosaic lap pool and a fitness area as…

  • Robb Report Vertical Living

    Filed under: Decor Besides accessories, I am addict for magazines. The hubby and I have magazines dating back to 2002. Some may say that we are a bit obsessive over magazines but I describe us as collectors of fine publications. Ok, well maybe that might be stretching it, but it's a love for…

  • Calvin and Kelly Klein Put The Duchess of Windsor's Necklace on the Block

    Filed under: Jewelry , Auctions , Celebrity Shopping The Magnificent Jewels auction at Sotheby's on December 4 offers the chance to bid on three lots of natural pearl and diamond jewels from the collection of Kelly and Calvin Klein. The pieces are a necklace, pendant and ear clips that were…

  • Clyde Hill, Estate of the Day

    Filed under: Estates On the list of architectural periods the 1970s doesn't usually light my fire but this home in Clyde Hill, Washington is proof that 70s architecture can be simple and classic and that dated isn't always dreadful. The five-bedroom home was built in 1970, a fact which can…

  • Havens Wine Cellars Goes Green

    Filed under: Wine , Green Another Napa Valley winery has gone green. Kudos to Havens Wine Cellars which has announced that they have completed their rooftop solar installation and are able to run completely on solar power. The system will save the winery as much as $14,000 a year in energy costs…

  • TGS07: Advent Children gets dirty on Blu-ray

    Filed under: Culture , TGS Square's big budget fan service film, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children , is heading to Blu-ray and it's going to provide much more than an HD transfer. A new trailer showcased at TGS shows a few new scenes that expand upon the film's storyline. One scene…

  • Say 'Adios' to the 360 with Forza DLC and demos

    Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 , First Person Shooters , Sports Well, Halo 3 day (or "Emergence Day" in some very confused circles) is just around the corner, and we imagine that 360 owners will be doing little else than dropping Brutes like they're hot once it's (legally) on…

  • Watch new Halo 3 ad: "Two Soldiers Reminisce"

    Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 , First Person Shooters , Video You've already seen the first two ads of the Halo 3 "Believe" campaign from The Museum of Humanity (P.S. Anyone else unnerved by the fact that humanity is going to need a museum?). The first featured an old vet talking…

  • TGS hands-on: Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon (Wii)

    Filed under: Nintendo Wii , RPGs , TGS Square Enix's upcoming cute-em-up dungeon crawler, Chocobo's Dungeon: Toki-Wasure no Meikyuu will be released in Japan on the 13th of December. We managed to drag ourselves away from the giant Chocobo guarding the entrance to Square Enix's booth…

  • TGS cosplayers gallery

    Filed under: Culture , TGS , Fashion You simply can't barge your way through the throbbing mass of people at the Tokyo Game Show without bumping into video game characters which have somehow manifested in reality. Actually, physically bumping into them isn't recommended, as the ornate…

  • Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival: On Tour Now + Deadline for Entries 9/29

    The South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL, pronounced ‘circle’) started the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival as a fund-raiser in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in honor of SYRCL’s successful lobbying to gain Wild & Scenic status for the Yuba River in 1999. Going into…

  • Mexico's New Generation of Female Forest Defenders

    Women are at the forefront of the movement to defend and restore the forests of Guerrero state in southern Mexico. Founded in 2001, the Women's Environmentalist Organization of the Sierra of Petatlan (OMESP) promotes sustainable and organic agriculture, forest fire prevention, reforestation,…

  • Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats for Kids

    Pint-size (or petite-adult) yogis and yoginis can now tote around yoga mats scaled down to their vertically challenged measurements. The thick and foamy—and, more important, PVC-free and non-toxic—mats from Lotuspad are made from a new patented material known as thermoplastic elastomer , which…

  • Caught on Camera: An Urban Wind Turbine

    A remodeled corner house in San Francisco's Mission District sports a Skystream 3.7, built by Altira-backed Southwest Wind Power. According to the green construction company that was tasked with its installation, it's the "the first residential wind turbine in an urban environment in…

  • Strange but True: Drought Helped Green Amazon Rainforest

    In a new study that seemingly flies in the face of most previous research (not to mention common sense), a team of scientists from the University of Arizona has discovered that the Amazon rainforest responded to a drought in 2005 by becoming "greener", rather than brown. Scott Saleska, an…

  • Advice for Students: How to Read Like a Scholar

    Gideon at Scholastici.us had some advice for students recently, saying that when it comes to scholarly reading, there really is no substitute for hard work, for actually sitting down and reading . Most the time in school what you need to do is very simple: Sit down with the book, a pen and paper,…

  • 10 Deep: Presentations by Lifehack.org

    Working on a big presentation for work or uni? They say you can never stop learning, so here is a quick round up of 10 of our favorite presentation articles from yours truly: Lifehack.org Ten Presentation Tips from Professional Trainer Presentation Hack: Flickr Backup Four Tips to Effective…

  • Eccentric Tips for Becoming Productive

    From the way it’s talked about on sites like this, you’d think productivity was a long-lost secret of the ages. Really, though, there’s quite literally nothing to productivity: for the most part, it’s just a matter of staying on task and working hard. The problems tend to arise more when…

  • 10 Ways To Prevent Creative Thinking

    Are you one of those people who say they aren’t creative? How silly; everyone’s creative! However, if you want to completely squash all creativity from your being, try these 10 mental blocks that Copyblogger assure will stop creative thinking. Denying your own creativity is like denying…

  • Falling for Notebooks

    A strange thing has happened over the years: people are falling in love with their notebooks. You can see this with the surge in Moleskine popularity and the huge following it has. I must admit, however, that it’s not all justified. When you begin devoting some energy to writing in a notebook,…

  • If life were like YouTube

    Ok, it’s Friday, and the team and me are pooped from several weeks of site-making. No profound tips today. I’ll just leave you to your weekend with a wonderfully timely video. I’ll confess that the escalating assiness of internet comments was a huge factor in deciding to move to a membership…

  • VIDEO: MINI Clubman ad banned in Frankfurt

    Filed under: Frankfurt Auto Show , Marketing/Advertising , MINI BMW's MINI brand has been responsible for some unique ad campaigns in recent years, so when we first read that their latest ad had been banned in Frankfurt, our imaginations went wild. What'd they do this time? Nudity?…

  • Lotus Exige S Club Racer: New color, same shtick

    Filed under: Coupes , Euro , Lotus Click the image above for a couple of wallpaper-worthy shots of the Club Racer Exige S. The term "Club Racer" is usually appended to some of the most hard-core track-day weapons on the market. In the case of the Lotus Exige S Club Racer, it boils down to…

  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue one expensive demo

    Filed under: Gadgets , Motorsports , SEMA , Etc. , Japan The Gran Turismo series is one of the most successful franchises in all of gamedome, and the racing game's fifth installment will be available in Japan on December 13, just two weeks before Christmas. If that seems like a long time to…

  • Google says automotive "sales funnel" no longer true

    Filed under: Car Buying , Marketing/Advertising Conventionally, automotive marketers have believed most car shoppers take at least six months to make up their minds on what to buy. That half-a-year of shopping is what marketers call the "sales funnel." It works like this: First the need…

  • GM offering zero-percent financing to move '07 models

    Filed under: Car Buying , Trucks/Pickups , Marketing/Advertising , Chevrolet , GM , GMC General Motors had a good August, bucking the industry trend with a year over year sales increase. A big part of that success came with zero-percent financing on the Silverado and GMC Sierra , and the General…

  • Quote of the week: From Charbay

    Charbay Winery & Distillery is in Napa Valley and makes some of the best spirits that you've probably never heard of. They make rum, whiskey, brandy, and vodka in 7 different varieties. Every single taste is clean, pure, and brings about flavor profiles that most spirits only dream of. At a…

  • Stella Artois makes you love the Internet

    Remember way back in the late 90's? You were new to the Internet and it was always fun to find cool new sites that showed something new and you wanted to be the first to share it with your friends? Stella Artois brings back the love with their just launched site that's cooler than the other…

  • The First Ginger Liqueur

    After drinking Fever-Tree's Ginger Ale , I was wondering why there wasn't more stuff made out of ginger out there? Canada Dry's Ginger Ale and sushi have given it a rather narrow focus. Canton is jumping on the Asian fusion train and launching their ginger liqueur which brings together…

  • Vuqo Vodka

    One could almost create an entire blog on just covering vodka launches, whether it's new vodka's like VuQo or just a new flavor , you can post almost every day about the stuff. Looking back at my own writing here, it would seem that's pretty much what I've done. VuQo, however, has an…

  • PortOPong!

    I love drinking games. They can bring some life to a boring party and make a fun party...obnoxious. Well, they're not for every party, but they have their moments. PortOPong brings in the end of Summer (or beginning, depending on where you access your Internets from) with an easy-to-use…

  • Exalead search engine shows website thumbnail previews

    Filed under: Internet , Web services , Search Ever wish Google would let you see what a website looks like before you click a search result? Yeah, neither did we. But Exalead has solved a problem that may or may not exist by putting thumbnail previews of websites next to search results. Overall,…

  • Soapbox is dead, long live MSN Video (with integrated Soapbox)

    Filed under: Internet , Video , Microsoft , Social Software Microsoft has taken its user generated video site and added it to MSN Video beta . The site formerly known as Soapbox no longer exists as a standalone service. Instead, user generated video and professionally produced video will all be…

  • BitTorrent 6 looks a lot like µTorrent for good reason

    Filed under: Internet , P2P , Beta BitTorrent 6.0 beta is out , and you're not alone in thinking the new interface looks awfully familiar. Last year, BiTorrent bought the popular BitTorrent client µTorrent . While BitTorrent is an open source application, µTorrent remains closed source.…

  • Geeks on Board - Pogue and Wozniak go cruising

    Filed under: Fun , Video Unlike Girls Gone Wild on a cruise during spring break, Geeks on Board is a much more tame documentary of 286 rabid geeks all together, enjoying themselves on a cruise in the Caribbean. There's no nudity, but you can tell they're having a great time in their very…

  • Weekend Web 2.0 roundup for September 22nd

    Filed under: Features , Web services , web 2.0 Lypp Free group calls from a cell phone, mobile device or a desktop computer. This service uses your existing landline (if you still have one) or mobile number, but calls are done through IM applications like AIM, Google Talk, MSN and Yahoo! The…

  • Return of Staten Island's Ninja Burglar

    A Todt Hill couple's home was broken into by the infamous Ninja Burglar last night. The craziest part: The wife ran into him. The Staten Island Advance reports that Mary Ann Carlo bumped into the intruder . Carlo said, "I started screaming, 'The Ninja is here! The Ninja! The…

  • Drivers Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

    Gov. Spitzer announced yesterday that illegal immigrants will be able to get valid New York State drivers licenses if they provide a valid and verifiable foreign passport. Spitzer hopes that the change, which reverses a four-year-old Pataki-era decision, will legitimize the 500,000-1 million…

  • Afternoon Rescue at UWS Construction Site

    Reader Austen took some photographs of an injured man being lifted from an Upper West Side construction site. A firefighter and the injured man, who is strapped on a board, is being hoisted by a crane to the ground level. The site is at Amsterdam and West 77th, where the Dakota stables once stood…

  • Canadians Bringing the Bacon

    Our friends from the Great White North are feeling flush from the strengthening of the Canadian dollar versus its US counterpart, and New York is apparently ready to relieve them of their excess cash. The Loonie, or Canadian dollar, is even with the US dollar for the first time since 1976. If…

  • George Clooney And Girlfriend in Motorcycle Accident

    Rugged celebrity George Clooney and his girlfriend were injured when their motorcycle got into an accident with a car in Weehawken, NJ yesterday afternoon. Clooney, whose has been filming the Coen Brothers film Burn After Reading in New York and New Jersey, has a hairline fracture of a rib and road…

  • Recap: Best Maps of the Week

    • Chasing Lola Through Berlin • LA's Best Late-Night Dining • Los Angeles Tiki Bars • Hollywood Coffee Shops • Decadent Dining in New York • NYC Jew Food: High Holiday Frenzy • New York: The...

  • Berlin: Bringing Bauhaus to Your House

    One of Berlin's lesser known museums, the Bauhaus Archive & Museum of Design showcases the work of one of the 20th century's most important schools of architecture and design. With their dedication...

  • San Francisco: SF Boba Tapioca Festival

    While we've already explored boba in Los Angeles, it's time to spotlight the tapioca shops in San Francisco. We have tapioca spots paired with crepes or curry fish balls, Thai food or popcorn...

  • Paris: Poetic Paris

    Until Sunday, September 23, Paris' first annual International Poetry Festival is taking place, with readings and other events happening around the city under the theme of peace. But the rest of the...

  • Clips: Gay Pride vs. the Handsy Grandad

    newVideoPlayer("gay_sydney.flv", 475, 376); Here we have a clip from Real World: Sydney, depicting the cast enjoying the Sydney Gay Pride Parade. Of particular interest is super-straight hunk...

  • IFC to Test Day-and-Date Waters with Two New Films

    Filed under: Comedy , Thrillers , Deals , Mystery & Suspense , IFC , Box Office , Distribution , Exhibition , Home Entertainment According to The Hollywood Reporter , IFC Films is going to release two new star-driven movies in theaters and On Demand on the same day. The films will be released…

  • Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to Write and Star in 'Paul'

    Filed under: Comedy , Casting , Fandom , Scripts & Screenwriting , Home Entertainment Fans of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (i.e. pretty much everybody) rejoice! The stars of those films, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are teaming up again for a movie called Paul . Pegg and Frost are writing the…

  • Review: Silk

    Filed under: Drama , Romance , Theatrical Reviews , Toronto International Film Festival , Picturehouse Silk demonstrates a growingly frequent conundrum of modern moviemaking -- namely, what do you do when the departures from the formulaic, repetitive, predictable mainstream are, in their way, just…

  • George Clooney Injured in Motorcycle Accident

    Filed under: Celebrities and Controversy , Newsstand Fear not ladies, he's OK! While driving his motorcycle in what appears to be Weehawken, New Jersey, George Clooney and friend Sarah Larson collided with another vehicle they were apparently trying to pass from the right-hand side, so says…

  • Review: Resident Evil: Extinction

    Filed under: Action & Adventure , Horror , New Releases , Sony , Theatrical Reviews , Remakes and Sequels , Games and Game Movies Poor Alice. She keeps waking up wet, naked and alone. When last we saw her, she was escaping from a top-secret medical research facility with four other survivors of…

  • Ookie: N.C. authorities have found a possible link ...

    N.C. authorities have found a possible link between a dog breeder found shot to death in April and Vick's "Bad Newz Kennels." [Washington Post]

  • Myspace: Charlie Weis Is In Your (Very) Extended Network

    If you're only going to read one thing today, this is it: Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis' "MySpace" page. It's gold, Jerry! Gold! Everything you ever wanted to know about Charlie is here....

  • Hugh Johnson Project: Hugh II: The Nedessey Continues... Pt. Deux

    Tim Tebow was born on a Philippine ranch, his mother was the thunder, his dad an avalanche. -- tylerisgod316 The Ole Miss-Florida game has players named Tartt, CORNelius, and Tebow (which I swear I...

  • Blogdome: Creepy Van Fanaticism

    • It's the Raidermobile! [The Sports Oasis] • Weird. Look where this URL takes you ... [www.retardedvagina.com] • The Indians magic number is two. [Halftime Adjustments] •...

  • Joe Buck's Worst Nightmare: Mic'd players, uncensored signs, and lots ...

    Mic'd players, uncensored signs, and lots of cheerleader T&A shots. It's time for the R-rated sports broadcast. [Food Court Lunch]

  • Lots of HDTV Channels, but No HD ?

    There is nothing wrong with the new HDTV that you just spent a fortune on. It's not yours' or the TV's fault that the picture quality you are seeing on your brand spanking new TV looks like crap compared to what you saw in the store. It's not your fault that you signed up for and…

zero hedge

Calculated Risk

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis

Paul Krugman - NY Times

The Big Picture - Barry Ritholtz

naked capitalism - Yves Smith

Pragmatic Capitalism

Washington's Blog

Safe Haven

Paper Economy

The Daily Reckoning - Australia