16 October 2008

 

Links of interest (2008-10-16):

I'm still doped up on Tylenol 3's and pretty tired post-surgery, so am not up for much thinking or original posts. I'm also contemplating email bankrupcy again, mere months after my last one, as my inbox creeps up to 800 once more. Sigh. Anyway, here's some interesting stuff:

  • What if all movies had cell phones? (There's a good reason No Country for Old Men was set in 1980, by the way.)
  • A worthy quote in this electional season: "I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization." - Oliver Wendell Holmes (though it may be a folksier recasting of "Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society").
  • "Hey news executives! Try this newsroom pop quiz: Give each staff member a pencil and tell everyone to stop what they're doing and write out the tag that creates a hypertext link." (via Dan)
  • Andrew Sullivan rounds up quotes from a number of last night's press and blogger reactions to the final McCain-Obama debate.
  • Also from Sullivan, it's a bit sad how well this video reflects the approach of the McCain campaign right now.
  • While Leica's upcoming S2 camera is quite large (especially the lenses) for a digital SLR, it has a medium-format size sensor, meaning that it is smaller and probably more ergonomic than most of its direct competitors, and that even the rumoured €10,000–20,000 price isn't as insane as it sounds. Nevertheless, the cost of a reasonably complete S2 system when it's released next year will rival that of a condominium. It also bodes well for future "lower end" (for Leica, at least) cameras from this legendary manufacturer.
  • What's it like to write other people's term papers for a living? (via Kottke)
  • The web comic Basic Instructions makes me laugh almost every single time a new one comes out.
  • Vancouver locals Buzz Bishop and Darren Barefoot accurately summarize the Canadian election held this week, in which nothing much changed. The result (as I discussed earlier) bodes poorly for our country's environmental and climate policy, which is one subject we can't afford to waste time on, unfortunately.

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Comments:

My love to you and Air. I'm glad to see you writing again, and I'm sure you will be glad they put your intestines back together once you heal from this surgery.

If you're laying around reading, you might try http://blog.stealthmode.com
because I went to an interesting conference yesterday.

Get well soon.