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Month: August 2006 (page 1 of 2)

YouTube number one?

Guess again: The #1 video sharing site is Yahoo Video, followed by MySpace Videos, with YouTube in the #3 spot. That’s according to numbers from MediaMetrix published by Erick Schonfeld.

Of course, with 16.1 million monthly visitors to Yahoo’s 21.1 million, YouTube is not far behind at all — and it’s got famously fast growth.… Read the rest

Pluto is a Planet Protest – cruftbox’s blog

They came for the small, icy planets, and I said nothing, because I was not a small, icy planet… Pluto is a Planet Protest

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Army Corps of Engineers is the real culprit behind Katrina

“If an unsafe building collapsed and killed 1,000 people, we wouldn’t blame the building’s manager, or its maintenance crew, or the rescue squad… We would blame the architects.” Army Corps of Engineers is the real culprit behind Katrina | Grist Magazine

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Hot Recorder.

HotRecorder screenshot Recording phone interviews is relatively simple: Get an $18 mini recorder control from Radio Shack and plug one end into your phone, the other end into your tape recorder. But what if you’re doing the interview on Skype? Hot Recorder ($15) seems like a slick solution, and it works, up to a point.… Read the rest

Six Apart – News and Events

I loved Gopher so much I included a map of gopherspace in my 1994 book, The Traveler’s Guide to the Information Highway (long since out of print). Nice to see this retrospective: Six Apart – Digging up info on Gopher

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WSJ.com – Enterprise

The WSJ discovers that the library is a great place for business info. (Especially true of the gorgeous brand-new library we have in San Mateo.) WSJ.com – Big help for small businesses at the library

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You can’t teach a human.

“You can’t teach a human,” said Bill in our last lesson. “… You can tell them, you can show them, you can warn them, but in the end all you’re doing is putting the information in front of them so they can figure it out for themselves.”… Read the rest

The Haiku Apprentice.

The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in JapanThe Haiku Apprentice, by Abigail Friedman (Stone Bridge Press, $15), is both a gentle introduction to the art of haiku and a charming travelogue. The author was a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Japan, when she stumbled upon a haiku-writing group.… Read the rest

Be like Al.

Learn to give anti-global-warming presentations just like Al Gore does in An Inconvenient Truth. You could actually make a difference this way: The Climate Project

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2 weeks of immersion.

Two weeks into her Spanish-language immersion kindergarten class, Clara already knows at least three songs, ten separate color words, how to say she needs to go to the bathroom, how to count to thirteen, and the days of the week. Her pronunciation, while still quirky, already has more in common with a native speaker than you’d think: For instance, she says “d” in the Spanish way, with the tongue far forward between the teeth.… Read the rest

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