One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal →
Continuing the food theme, this is a shocking New York Times article about how much food is wasted in the United States. 27% is unconscionable! No wonder so many in the world look at us as gluttons. This is why I’m so glad to support Foodshare, a Hartford-area charity. They take a lot of this perfectly fine rejected food and bring it to people in need — so well in fact that $30 can...
Regional Seasonal Ingredients →
I love this interactive map from Epicurious. It lets you know what’s in season in your area, so that you can get the freshest and best-tasting ingredients. (USA Only) [via Lifehacker]
The new rules for buying a Mac →
As someone who gets asked about buying Macs a lot, it’s particularly nice to have found an article like this that puts everything for prospective buyers together in one place. Thanks, MacWorld! [via Daring Fireball]
This incredibly cool site allows you to easily create and share your own fonts. Looking at some user’s contributions, you can do some impressive and creative work with this tool. [via Kottke]
Friends May Be the Best Guide Through the Noise →
This New York Times article discusses how new online services are being developed to help us de-clutter the online noise by focusing on the things our friends like. I like the concept — the reason I started this blog was to share good stuff I find with friends and colleagues. Now that it’s easy for anyone to share with friends, my hope is that all of our time online will be more...
Firefox 3 RC 1 →
If you’re a Firefox user, get ready for some great improvements when version 3 is officially released next month. It uses less memory, crashes less often, has lots of improvements and new features, and visually integrates better with your operating system, be it Windows, Linux, or OS X. How do I know this? I’ve been testing a pre-release sneak peak version for a while now, and am...
How to find images on the internet →
Kurt’s Random Knowledge blog brings us the most comprehensive list of online image sources I’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for an image to use in any project — print, web, or otherwise, check here. [via Kottke]
Brilliant. [via Kottke (et. al.)]
New Feature: Blog Comments
Thanks to the folks at Disqus, I’ve now enabled commenting on all blog posts. Just click on the “x comments” link below any post, where “x” will almost always be a zero. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts about anything you see, I’d love to hear from you!
The Etree Live Music Archive →
This vibrant community trades (completely legal) live music performances using BitTorrent [more BT info]. Lots of great bands, both current (Wilco, Radiohead) and past (Grateful Dead, Phish), are represented here. The audio quality of the concerts I’ve downloaded thus far blows me away, too. It’s in “lossless” format, meaning that no audio quality is lost when it’s...
This site helps you to keep track of where your email address has been used to register for online accounts. It then provides instructions for changing the privacy settings for each site it finds. Privacy is always a concern, and many sites require email registration. It’s difficult to know exactly where this ends up, but with this tool it’s much easier to identify and secure your...
Lifehacker's Best Online File Sharing Services →
My love for Lifehacker just grows and grows… This “Hive Five” roundup of popular online file sharing services gathers and describes the best choices currently out there. There are countless times that I’ve needed to send or access a file online, and I’m always looking for good new ways to do so.
AVG Free Antivirus for Windows →
I run Windows XP on my Mac, and help lots of friends and family to secure their Microsoft-only computers without spending lots of money on often-buggy “big label” software. Usually I switch between AVG and Avast (which is still excellent) when I want to install a high-quality free antivirus solution, but with this upgrade providing additional tools for safer web surfing and enhanced...
The Daily Plate →
This is a fantastic place to look up nutritional information. They have stats for hundreds of foods, including name-brand items — I discovered them when looking for the fiber content of Joseph’s Flax and Oat Tortillas, which is pretty obscure. Digging a little deeper, I see that they have a variety of tools for keeping track of what we eat and connecting with others who are in the...
For some reason, I never check out music videos even though I love finding out about new music. Between YouTube and this place, I really don’t have any excuse. PluggedIn features hundreds of broadcast-quality major label music videos from a variety of genres. Registration is required, but otherwise it’s free. [via Digg]
Luminaries look to the future web →
The BBC asked fifteen prominent web “celebrities” about their vision of its future now that the web itself has turned fifteen. Their insights make for an excellent read, and it’s definitely worth a look. [via Journerdism]
Game: Uchuforce2 →
This is as classic a shoot-em-up (shmup) game as you can get. Blast everything in sight, get cool power-ups, avoid the bad stuff. So much retro gaming fun from Japan. [via Good Experience Games]
Check Gas Prices Online: 11 Handy Tools →
Several resources for finding the best price on gas in your area. As a TDI driver, I’m particularly interested in getting my cost per gallon of diesel fuel as low as possible. [via Digg]
The 2008 Horizon Report →
This is a great overview of emerging technologies and their effect on learning and teaching. It covers the “usual” collaboration and communication tools, but also delves into exciting uses for video, mashups, and mobile computing over the next five years. The link above is for the HTML (web) version, for a PDF click here. [Thanks, Peter!]
Addictomatic: Inhale the Web →
This is a very cool new “buzz” search tool that pulls its data from a variety of high-quality news sources and popular blogs. Enter your search term or try one of their pre-loaded “NewsFix” pages to get plugged into the current pulse of the (admittedly high-profile only) web. [via Daring Fireball]
Tristram Cary, R.I.P. →
Electronic music pioneer Tristram Cary has died at 82 in Australia. He was part of the team that created the VCS3 synthesizer used by Pink Floyd, the Who, and other early electronic music pioneers. He also did that cool music for early Dr. Who episodes. An excellent documentary about him and his company, EMS, was available on YouTube a few months ago, but it seems to have been yanked. [via The...
Beautiful Phobos Photos →
These striking photos of Phobos were taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in March. I’m extremely impressed by the level of detail … check out the enlarged views, they are breathtaking! [another via The Planetary Society]
This flash movie of the Earth rising over the lunar landscape was taken by Kaguya, Japan’s lunar orbiter. It’s been taking hi-res pictures since arriving there last October, and I can only imagine how cool this video is in HD. We’ve certainly come a long way, but seeing our planet as a small blue ball still reminds me of how fragile our existence really is. [via The Planetary...