Despite all the modern conveniences (and increasingly often because of them) of life and work there are many times when we have to waste time because of an inefficient system. One example is scheduling a meeting with multiple people. With two people it’s pretty easy to figure out the intersect of schedules to see when both parties are free. With three people there may be a little back-and-forth, but it usually works out. Once you get to five people, it can be difficult or impossible. Doodle takes care of that. It’s good.

Doodle is one of those sites that I kick myself for not having thought of. The back-end must be pretty straightforward. I can imagine re-creating the basic functionality in PHP or ColdFusion in an … Read the rest


I’ve heard descriptions of teabaggers being ignorant and racist, but it was only when I heard the word “teabonics” that I more fully realized the connection between ignorance and the political views espoused by them.

My question is why the spelling is so bad. Some of the misspelled words look like victims of haste, which could be understandable if the signs were written in the back of a car, or under the influence of alcohol. And others look like the writer has dyslexia and simply doesn’t know the difference. But others seem like they might be intentionally misspelled. Perhaps the teabaggers are protesting standardized spelling as well as social services?

What does it say about a group of people when so many are either too lazy … Read the rest

TV Tropes

TV Tropes is a site that is easy to get lost in. Once you see what they’re doing it’s difficult to not be impressed with the exhaustive and comprehensive listings.

The idea is to list every device used in television scriptwriting, although it applies to all storytelling.

Examples: Applied Phlebotinum

Phlebotinum is the magical substance that may be rubbed on almost anything to cause an effect needed by a plot. Some examples: nanotechnology, magic crystal emanations, pixie dust, a sonic screwdriver. Oh, and Green Rocks. And wishes. In essence, it is the stuff that makes the plot go. Without it, the story would grind to an abrupt halt. It’s science, it’s magic, it’s strange things unknown to science or magic – the reader does not know … Read the rest


This is one of those things that’s both awesome and awful.

intrade is an Irish betting site where you can wager on anything and everything, such as “Rahm Emanuel to depart as White House Chief of Staff before end of first term” [50|37] or “The US Economy will go into Recession during 2010” [18.9|15] or “Number of US troops in Iraq on 30 June 2010 if a Democrat is elected president in 2008” [43.8|41.3]

The focus seems to be on political/financial (what’s the difference?) issues, but extends to American Idol and New York City snowfall and other uncertain situations.

It’s pretty heavy stuff, actually, given the Wisdom of Crowds and given that intrade numbers are able to accurately predict many events. … Read the rest

Terracycle Green Up Shop

Store Hours:
11 am – 7 pm, Monday through Saturday
(Closed Sundays)

Location and Transit:
Our store is located on the street level of the Port Authority at 641 8th Avenue at 41st Street, in the heart of midtown Manhattan, with easy access from the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S, and W trains.

The Greenup! popup shop, opening March 27, 2010, is a joint effort of Terracycle, the Fashion Center Business Improvement District, the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and the Times Square Alliance.

We’re honoring the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with an exhibition area and boutique shop featuring some of New York’s finest green design and fashion. The shop will showcase a wide range of green … Read the rest

Formaggio Essex Market
120 Essex Street, near Rivington
New York, NY 10002

To us, the sustainable production is the result of having a respect for the environment and community that are the source of the ingredients and materials that make up the product. This respect is manifested in terms such as organic (whether certified or not), biodynamic, integrated pest management and sustainable. We are proud that many of the exceptional products we offer are produced in this manner and we hope to continue to support artisan producers both in the U.S. and abroad.

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New York City Beekeepers Association

New York City Beekeepers Association
157 Broome Street #3E
New York, NY 10002

“We are a small group of beekeepers, bee enthusiasts, and honey lovers who live, work and pollinate in the greatest city in the world, and who happen to share a love for the humble honeybee and her delicious doings.

The mission of the NYCBA is to provide our membership with a medium for sharing knowledge and mutual interest in beekeeping, and to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the world, in a forum of friendship and fun, and to do so safely and responsibly in an urban environment. We are a non-profit, charitable organization.”… Read the rest


Wordle: US Constitution

“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends. ”

These images are generally more attractive than the images at but the customization and artistic quality is at the expense of the utility.… Read the rest


137 Rivington St near Norfolk
Lower East Side, Manhattan
hours: Su-Th: noon-10pm, Fr-Sa: noon-2am

“I’m a 3rd Generation Baozi/Mantou maker. My grandpa used to sell baozi and mantou in Taiwan so we’ve come full circle. Except, this time around, I wanted to improve on the old prototype. Gone are the MSG and “color treated” meats you see in Chinatown. I use Niman Ranch antibiotic/hormone free pork and Certified Angus Skirt Steak. Our Guerrilla Cooking Methods are also 90% energy efficient and remove a lot of barriers to entry for young, independent, small-businesses.”… Read the rest

Baby Names

Baby Name Wizard has a few interesting visualization tools for mapping the prevalence of infants’ names over time.

Here you can see how “J” names for boys have changed over the past 130 years.

“Jacob” is apparently the most popular name for boys at the moment.… Read the rest