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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Bum's Rush — Nov. 17, 2007

  • Choose Memorable Answers to Security Questions [How To]

    Blogger danah boyd's sick of dumb password retrieval security questions on web site registration forms, so she uses a pattern to create (and remember) her answers. boyd writes: The basic structure...

  • The Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet [Holidays]

    Ok, people, the pressure's on: the family's on their way to your house this Thursday, and they expect a pumpkin pie and turkey with all the trimmings. Luckily, Real Simple's put together a...

  • Get Rid of Gmail's Unread Spam Count [Gmail]

    So you never look at the contents of your Gmail Spam label, and you don't want to see the unread count pile up any more? In lieu of the Hide Spam-Count Greasemonkey user script (which doesn't quite...

  • This Week's Best Posts [Tgif]

    Your feedreader's soaring unread item count got you down? Subscribe to only the cream of the crop with our daily, trimmed-down top stories feed or once-weekly highlights feed. This week's best posts...

  • Track Recurring Tasks with Sciral Consistency [Featured Download]

    Windows and Mac OS X: Task manager Sciral Consistency tracks to-do's that don't have hard and fast deadlines, but need to be done on a regular basis. Keep on top of when it's time to clean out the...

  • Fendi Net Palazzo Print Tote, Handbag of the Day

    Filed under: Handbags Heading somewhere warm this winter? Can't you just picture yourself with this on your arm? From the Fendi Resort 2007/2008 Collection, this tote features Fendi's Palazzo flagship store screened onto coated canvas. The pretty blue chain link pattern on the canvas straps…

  • Cottage & Bungalow Folding Screen

    Filed under: Decor When I think of folding screens, I envision them in a large luxurious loft defining spaces and adding depth and texture. And of course they are extremely functional in large spaces, but they can be just as functional in smaller spaces. Featured here is Cottage &…

  • Luxury Condo Building To Rise In Kandahar

    Filed under: Estates Picture this: luxury condo apartments with marble floors, coffered ceilings and underground parking selling for $45,000 to $65,000. It sounds like a deal except for the fact that in real estate it all comes down to location. The Al-Jadeed building is in the city of Kandahar ,…

  • Porter Garden Telescope

    Filed under: Garden Last month we picked up on an article in the NY Times on how observatories are a new trend in many luxury homes. An outdoor alternative is the beautiful Porter Garden Telescope from Telescopes of Vermont. The cast bronze reflecting telescope is a bit of astronomical history, it…

  • 3 Lincoln Center, Estate of the Day

    Filed under: Estates It's a bit of a white box but what a lovely white box indeed. This home at 3 Lincoln Center is on the 42nd floor and has jawdropping views of New York City. The layout is a bit random, check out the floor plan in the gallery. The home has two kitchens, a main kitchen which…

  • Sci vs. Fi: Mass Effect airing Tuesday

    Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 For those who didn't catch the Halo 3 edition of Sci vs. Fi (on, you guessed it, the Sci Fi network), you missed an interesting look at the game from a number of different perspectives. Scientists picked apart the game from a logistical standpoint, Bungie…

  • Chain Factor: Addictive Puzzle Game, Numb3rs ARG

    Filed under: PC , Casual Casual gamers with some time to kill (actually, casual gamers are, by definition, people with time to kill) would be wise to check out the latest distraction taking the nation by storm - Chain Factor . This simple, Connect Four lookalike is enough to captivate numerophiles…

  • Interview with Rat Race creators

    Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3 , Adventure If you saw the first few clips for Rat Race , the episodic adventure/comedy game coming to the PlayStation Network this winter, then you already know that it's about as funny as a train wreck. Into an orphanage. Made of puppies. Imagine a Dilbert…

  • Weekly Webcomic Wrapup celebrates Dueling Analogs' 2nd birthday

    Filed under: Culture , Online , Polls Congratulations to Steve Napierski's Dueling Analogs , who turns two years old tomorrow. Interesting note: according to Wikipedia , DA has won the webcomic wrapup seven times since May 2006. More interesting note: someone actually went through our archives…

  • Super Mario Galaxy highest rated game of all time

    Filed under: Nintendo Wii , Action Despite certain reviews that highlight the game's flaws , Super Mario Galaxy is currently the highest rated game of all time on Game Rankings . The aeronautical plumber surpassed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time by the skin of his pearly Italian teeth,…

  • Lessons In Sustainable Hydrology From An Old Indian Empire

    Photo: Tungabhadra River Imagine my delight when I got to interview Bangalore-based designer Mohan Rao of Integrated Design (ID), whose small, multidisciplinary firm is now working on a sustainable restoration scheme of the reservoirs around the small but legendary town of Hampi , in the Indian…

  • The Best Christmas Toy Ever For 2007: Miniature Windmill By Lehman's

    This toy windmill is as good as it gets for budding TreeHuggers. Made out of steel in the good old USA. No poisonous, plastic parts from China (although we did not examine the small red hub pictured). And, it would look nice even on a balcony railing or in a flower pot on the deck. Small enough that…

  • Presidential Campaign Update: Al & Arnold At The New Hampsire Primary

    This is wonderful. A bi-partisan political storm is brewing over New Hampshire because Al and Arnold have found a clever way to inject serious climate discussion into the coming US presidential primary season. Timing could not be better, with the IPCC about to 'drop the big one' - a 5-year…

  • New Record Set for Storing Hydrogen in Material for Fuel Cells

    Though we're likely still a long ways off that vaunted hydrogen economy, it's been encouraging to witness the string of breakthroughs in storage and production technology that have taken place over the last few months. Now a team of scientists from the University of Virginia,…

  • Katrina and Rita Responsible for Nation's Worst Ever Forestry Disaster

    Image courtesy of WaPo's Kevin Clark As devastating as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita may have been, the amount of pain and destruction they inflicted on Louisiana and Mississippi may have just been a prelude to the larger ecological disaster they now pose. Though largely unreported until now, new…

  • Living Without Credit

    Picture this: I’m 18, going to college, living 3,000 miles away from home. I stop in at a music store and fiddle around with one of the keyboards there. It’s nice. I strike up a conversation with one of the salespeople. He’s nice. He asks if I’d like to buy the keyboard I’m playing. I tell…

  • How to Study Less by Learning Things Once

    You read over your notes. Then you read them over again. Then you read them over a third time. Then you take the test and are surprised at just how much you missed. Despite reading everything three times! A lot of study time is wasted because of one problem: you fail to learn things the first time…

  • Take your Christmas back

    It is well into November and the world is ramping up its Christmas hype. We are bombarded with Christmas food, Christmas gifts, Christmas expectations and Christmas pressure. This can be one of the best times of year, but many people end up overcome by stress, guilt, molten credit cards and broken…

  • Lifehack Digest for November 14

    Force Yourself To Save! 15 Painless Ways To Pay Yourself First The Digerati Life offers up a list of tips about building your savings. While some of the advice you’ve heard before — “pay yourself first” — TDL explains how to move from cliche to action. Tags: finance money advice saving …

  • How to Email a Stranger

    Way back in July of this year, I suggested that one way to add kick to a research paper was to consult an expert. A lot of people disagree with this, imagining, I think, a flood of sloppy emails from students begging the experts to do their homework for them. That was never my intention, of course…

  • Links for Friday, November 16th

    Google Trends Reveals People’s Predictability - The correlation between searches on “rain” and “depression” is fascinating. apophenia: algorithms for dumb security questions - Great idea for creating a reusable “security question” pattern. (cf. previously here ) [via anarchaia ] …

  • VIDEO: Nissan GT-R Gran Turismo-inspired video display in action

    Filed under: LA Auto Show , Videos , Supercars , Nissan click above image to view video of the Nissan GT-R's display in action Our friends from Fast Lane Daily had the opportunity to get intimate with Nissan's US-spec GT-R at the 2007 LA Auto Show, and although we've gone over every…

  • Top five upcoming tech gadgets for cops

    Filed under: Gadgets , Government/Legal , Tech , Police/Emergency Many criminals today have tools to evade capture, and now tech companies are doing their best to help law enforcement catch up. License-reading cameras, infrared lights, GPS tracking, enhanced communications, and WMD sensors are…

  • For shame! Cupholder option in new Lotus Exige S

    Filed under: Coupes , Lotus We were as taken-aback as the blokes over at Autocar when they discovered that the new, Performance Pack-equipped, Lotus Exige S came with an optional cup-holder. "It can't be true!" we screamed to the God of Oversteer, but it is, and although it's as…

  • Racer X Design KC-427 Concept offers modern interpretation of the Cobra

    Filed under: Concept Cars , Time Warp , Tuners , Shelby Nearly four years ago at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, Ford launched a Cobra Concept with a 6.4-liter V10 and a modern design twist of the classic two-seater. While it was cool to see a modernized version of the original, it still lacked the…

  • LA 2007: Audi's 5.2L V10 FSI engine on display

    Filed under: LA Auto Show , Tech , Audi While browsing the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show we discovered Audi's 5.2L V10 FSI engine in all its 450 hp glory. It was perched on a stand in the Audi booth mated to a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, and was strategically displayed amongst the…

  • Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka comes to the US

    There are a few Bison Grass vodkas out there, but there's only one made from Bison Grass located in Europe's last primeval forest. The vodka has been made in Poland since the 14th Century and is now coming to the U.S. A herd of 400 Bison live in the forest where the grass is taken from, so…

  • Kahlua Party Tips

    Probability is, you want your parties to be as fun as mine rather than the kind that the people only show up to because you're holding their small animals hostage and threatened to sell them to a gourmet restaurant unless they show up. Kahlua's got a new site full of party tips from people…

  • Top 10 Wines for Thanksgiving

    The super-awesome, funkadelic, Natalie MacLean has brought out 10 of the best wines for pairing with turkey. 8 out of the 10 are under US$25, so they won't leave you feeling like you need to go broke because you invited 25 people over for your roast beast. My favorite? The 2005 Maison Champy…

  • It's Drammies Time Again!

    The Scotch Blog is having their annual awards for various Scotch related activities. This year promises to be bigger and with more categories, you can even submit your own category for consideration. It's a true People's Choice award! How else can Tom Cruise win an award for something? So…

  • Bambu Rum

    David Kanbar's uncle was the founder of Skyy Vodka and he later became an executive at the company. Once he left Skyy, he started his own Gin and is now moving on to his own rum. The rum is labeled as "Rum for vodka drinkers" as it is triple-filtered and distilled four times.…

  • Download Squad Week in Review

    Filed under: Weekend Review "Have login, will travel" reads the card of a modern geek. Although Download Squad didn't technically go anywhere this week, we did scour the web for the downloads, news and views you need to stay current. Miss something? Fear not. Here are the highlights…

  • MPlayer being ported to Windows Mobile

    Filed under: Video , Windows Mobile , Freeware , Open Source , Mobile Minute MPlayer is probably the most powerful and versatile media player for Linux. Many popular Linux and Windows media players like SMPlayer and KMPlayer are built on MPlayer. And thanks to amitv_17 at the XDA-Developers forum ,…

  • Mister Wong offers empty bottle for charity

    Filed under: Fun , Internet , Social Software , web 2.0 Well here's an idea you don't see every day. Geekdom superhero Tim O'Reilly stopped by the shoomze-booth of social bookmarking site Mister Wong at the recent Web 2.0 Expo and the forward thinking gents at the booth snagged the…

  • Together 2.0 - organize your stuff easily

    Filed under: Utilities , Macintosh , Productivity , Shareware Earlier this week we previewed Bento , the new personal database application by FileMaker. Today we take a look at another Leopard-only Mac application aimed at keeping your files organized and easy to find: Together 2.0 . Together,…

  • What programs do you load after a clean Windows install? - Ask DLS

    Filed under: Audio , Internet , Security , Utilities , Video , Windows , Office , Productivity , Commercial , Freeware , Ask DLS Here at Download Squad HQ, we install and uninstall a lot of applications, tweak a lot of settings, and do a whole bunch of other things that generally makes Windows…

  • Extra, Extra

    Today on the Gothamist Newsmap : a scaffolding collapse on 127th St. and Morningside Ave. in Manhattan, a stabbing at East 96th St. and Rutland Ave. in Brooklyn, and a shooting on Guy R. Blvd. in Queens. That huge fire visible across the Hudson last night was a blaze that consumed a sailboat docked…

  • With Writers Still on Strike, Much of SNL Staff Fired

    Wait a minute, didn't Brian Williams host Saturday NIght Live just two weeks ago, the one where Barack Obama appeared in the opening ? Yes, but with the Writers Guild strike still on, Saturday Night Live decided to revisit the recent past, versus dig into old "Best of" clip shows. The…

  • Cop Busted As Drug Dealer Enabler

    An NYPD detective was arrested in the breaking up of a Bronx drug ring this week. The bust was comprehensive and prosecutors are alleging that officer James Calderon used his inside knowledge of police activities to enable crack and heroin dealers to operate with relative impunity. James Calderon…

  • When Robbers Steal From Open Houses

    We knew open houses were fun for some people, but they offer goods ripe for the stealing. Last weekend, an Upper West Side apartment, where a real estate broker was holding an open house, was robbed by a pair of thieves posing as potential buyers. Prudential Douglas Elliman vice president Heddings…

  • Television Watching: Fox Porn, Rather, Strike, Rural Imus

    Fox News Porn Robert Greenwald, the man behind the 2004 documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism which concluded that Fox News Channel is biased to the right based on memos and footage from the network, is at it again. This time around he is using clips from the channel culled from…

  • Best Maps of the Week [Recap]

    • Getting Cheesy in Berlin • Cheap & Chic London Hotels • The Best Fries in LA • Getting More Airline Miles at Restaurants & Bars on LA's Westside • The LA Girl's Guide to Makeup Shopping • 'Sex...

  • Act Like a Kid in LA [Los Angeles]

    Sometimes the responsibilities of adulthood become too much to bear: setting your own bedtime, drinking, clubbing, spending money, and having sex can just get overwhelming. So every once in awhile,...

  • Kyla Ebbert, the young lassie tossed off ... [Sex]

    Kyla Ebbert, the young lassie tossed off a Southwest flight for her revealing outfit, was later readmitted to the flight after adjusting her wardrobe. That didn't stop her from making the talk-show...

  • 10 Ways to Keep Warm in Berlin [Berlin]

    Last weekend, Berlin had its first snowfall of the season. Big wet flakes came down and splatted on the ground, promptly melting to form a sort of bog with the fallen and now rotting leaves. Having...

  • DC's Best Falafel [Washington DC]

    DC without partisan sparring is like Rudy Giuliani without divorce papers. If it's not happening now, look for it in the next five minutes. But if there's one thing all District residents should...

  • Cinematical Seven: Best Adapted Screenplays, 1997-2007

    Filed under: Awards , Cinematical Seven , Lists There's a pretty informative story about how, after getting the gig to adapt his own novel The Cider House Rules , John Irving sat down feeling fairly confident, thinking something to the effect that "Hey, all I have to do is re-type who…

  • Retro Cinema: Straight Time

    Filed under: Drama , Warner Brothers , Retro Cinema Ah, Dustin! If you've only been exposed to the latter-day, comic Dustin Hoffman ( Meet the Fockers , Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium ) or the better-known, showy Dustin ( Rain Man , Tootsie ), then Straight Time will be a pleasant…

  • Jenkins & Linney Talk About 'The Savages'

    Filed under: Comedy , Drama , Newsstand The first feature from Tamara Jenkins , the Natasha Lyonne-headed Slums of Beverly Hills was a pretty darned decent late-90s film. Alan Arkin. Marisa Tomei. Jessica Walter. Mena Suvari. The cast rocked, and the film was dysfunctional fun. So, hearing that…

  • Some Movies Like Cell Phones

    Filed under: Tech Stuff , Exhibition The dreaded cell phone -- it's one of the big cinema no-no's that gets ignored over and over again. It's almost guaranteed that at some point in any moviegoing experience, a phone will ring. It's one of the long list of reasons that many people…

  • Review: The Life of Reilly

    Filed under: Comedy , Documentary , Independent , Theatrical Reviews I love this movie. I don't say those four words often, so I had to put them first. And isolate them. While watching The Life of Reilly I laughed my hardest since Superbad . I also got seriously choked up for the second time at…

  • It's Filled With Flaxy Goodness [Barry Awaits His Cut]

    Sales of flax seed oil have gone through the roof thanks to the constant coverage of one Barry Bonds. "We've doubled our revenues since last year," said Stephanie Stober of www.flaxusa.com, based in...

  • To Watch Tonight [Chinese Fire Drill]

    What to watch while wondering why the Chinese government has to ruin everybody's fun... • Boxing: Super Featherweights, Humberto Soto vs. Joan Guzm├ín. Demetrius Hopkins highlights the...

  • A Busy Day In the Blogosphere [Blogdome]

    • Want to own Mike Vick's dog fighting compound? Of course you do--sign here. [100% Injury Rate] • An action packed retrospective on the great Dale Hunter [Food Court Lunch] • If...

  • Hugh II: The Nedessey Continues... Part 3 [I'm Not Eligible For The Award For 3 Weeks]

    I don't know if this qualifies for today's Hugh, but during last night's Nevada-Hawaii game, I couldn't control my laughter everytime the color guy said "WAC Offensive Player of the Week." -efelde84...

  • Cherundolo's Goal Is the Difference In Johannesburg [Soccer Closer]

    The US Men's National Team earned a victory over South Africa this morning (at least it was this morning here, I think it was tomorrow there). A 27th minute goal scored off of a Steve Cherundolo run...

  • Devin Harris is not on the All Star Ballot ?

    Can someone please explain to me how and why Devin Harris is not even on the All Star Ballot ? I don't know who actually puts the ballots together. Supposedly its a bunch of media members ( which may be all the explanation I need) who decide who is on or off. No matter, its a sure bet none of…

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