Misc & Etc

What’s in the bin this week?

  • your.flowingdata — a personal data aggregator in the same vein as daytum and mycrocosm. Flowing Data is a great site, so this tool has lots of promise. Update activities via Twitter dms.
  • Summertime in Flagstaff is just great. (The Schultz fire is now fully contained and crews are working on flood/mudslide prevention.)

Downtown after dinner

  • I’m still loving the iPad. My Lightroom 3 to iPad gallery workflow has proved to work pretty well for my needs. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of PlainText and have started to daydream about an app or web utility that would facilitate writing markdown, textile, and other markup-formatted text.
  • Shouldn’t people writing fake term papers for sale just expect that they’re going to get ripped off by douchebags?


This is a really pretty fascinating story: How do all those champion shirts and hats get to the winning Super Bowl team so quickly? And what happens to the pre-manufactured gear prepared for the team that loses?

Distribution is a science. Twelve employees from Reebok and the N.F.L. huddle midway through the fourth quarter and handicap the game. If the score is lopsided, they stalk the sideline of the winning team, keeping the boxes out of sight.

But if the game is close, half the group goes to one side and half goes to the other. Each employee is assigned a star player to outfit. If the Colts win, for instance, someone immediately has to get a shirt and cap to quarterback Peyton Manning. If the Bears win, someone has to find linebacker Brian Urlacher.

The other team’s gear is hustled behind locked doors, to be given to a relief organization that sends them overseas, usually to Africa.


Newsvine is an interesting project, an attempt to combine a gigantic news aggregator with a blog-like community. It’s a bit hard to describe, but it seems sort of promising. It’s currenty in a beta phase, and I have a whole bunch of invitations to it; if you’d like to try it out, email or leave a comment, and I’ll wing one your way.

We got to go in and visit the penguin

A quick observation: That one of the alleged thieves planned to use his share of the loot to fund his band only makes this story better.

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