I'm still a little pissed about Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, but this looks great. Note: Tim Burton is not involved in this production. That's a good thing.
This is a factory unlike any you've seen before.
An enterprising programmer donated his lunch break and put together a workaround to the new New York Times paywall.
"It’s just an iron rule of nerd-dom, if you put an interesting looking wall in front of us, we’ll try to get around it.”If your business model can be broken by a programmer with 30 minutes to spend then you didn't really have a business model to start with.
The New York Times is finally putting their paywall back up.
On NYTimes.com, you can view 20 articles each month at no charge (including slide shows, videos and other features). After 20 articles, we will ask you to become a digital subscriber, with full access to our site. On our smartphone and tablet apps, the Top News section will remain free of charge. For access to all other sections within the apps, we will ask you to become a digital subscriber. ... Readers who come to Times articles through links from search, blogs and social media like Facebook and Twitter will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their monthly reading limit. For some search engines, users will have a daily limit of free links to Times articles.I understand how tough the newspaper business has become, but making content hard to read and access on the Internet has not been a successful business model for anyone yet. I'm sure NYTimes.com knows what they're doing, but these changes raise an awful lot of questions about what content is going to be available from which sources. If a friend emails me a link to a NYTimes.com story will I be able to read it? Will services such as Twitter have to be whitelisted to enable access to content via links? By biggest question, though, is "how will this affect Instapaper?" If I can't Instapaper content then I'm going to find similar content elsewhere. Prices and details are here.
When I was a kid I grew up surrounded by Legos. I spent hours rooting through boxes searching for the perfect pieces to make the array of spaceships and cars that occupied my younger years. At one point one of my friends got a Capsela set and my interest was peaked. There seemed to be a world of possibilities with those little spheres. I think it was the modularity that I loved so much. I'm a still a sucker for things that click together in any sort of functional way, and especially if they're robots. If these Cubelets are half as cool as they look then I'll be first in line.
I've almost entirely stopped using Foursquare, but in case you still care, here'san alphabetical listing of Foursquare badges.
Ever wonder why you love cheese so much? I do. Or rather, I did, until I read this fairly fact-free article on what cheese contains:
In 1981, Eli Hazum and his colleagues at Wellcome Research Laboratories reported traces of the chemical morphine, a highly addictive opiate. It turns out that morphine is found in cow milk and human, purportedly to ensure offspring will bond very strongly with their mothers and get all the nutrients they need to grow.The article goes on to try and draw a link between morphine and morphine precursors in cheese and the rates of obesity. If there were any actual numbers in the article describing how much morphine is in cheese, or why the rates of cheese consumption don't seem to correlate at all with obesity rates then it would be much more interesting. I'm going to stop complaining now.
I know that the cool thing to do these days is to talk about how Inception is not that great, but I loved it, and this analysis of Inception explores exactly why.
The film is a metaphor for the way that Nolan as a director works, and what he's ultimately saying is that the catharsis found in a dream is as real as the catharsis found in a movie is as real as the catharsis found in life. Inception is about making movies, and cinema is the shared dream that truly interests the director.
Holy wow, do I love Dropbox, and now someone has put together The Ultimate Dropbox Toolkit & Guide. It's worth reading if only for this:
The Coen brothers' next film is a remake of True Grit. It's just a teaser, but based on the teaser this is going to be my new favorite film.