Wow, this takes me back in time. This 1979 Ford F350 for sale is the spitting image of my father’s green ’73, which spent a good portion of its life carrying a piggyback camper, topping off with a cross-country trip in the summer of 1980. Same stakebody rear, dually setup, roof-mounted running lights, west coast mirrors, and absurdly curved gearshift.

Date posted: December 19, 2014 | Filed under cars, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

“The cascading notes to Guaraldi’s Vivaldi-like ‘Skating’ are the most vivid representation of falling snowflakes in music,” a newspaper columnist wrote, decades later.

via How Vince Guaraldi Made Charlie Brown Cool.

Date posted: December 18, 2014 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Um, they didn’t contact me directly to mention it, but we kinda won this data visualization contest. I emailed the organization to get more details. Apparently there was a cash prize?

Date posted: December 18, 2014 | Filed under shortlinks, WRI | Leave a Comment »

File this under things to do when I’ve got some spare time: Computerworld has a handy article for Removing your personal info from data brokers. Looks like some time and effort is needed, but that’s to be expected.

Date posted: November 30, 2014 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

This is all I really want from my news media: a clear picture, minus interpretation, of What Happened in Ferguson. I have nothing but respect for police and the job they do, but at no time should this situation have involved discharging 12 rounds from a service weapon. There’s something wrong with this situation.

Date posted: November 25, 2014 | Filed under general, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

From Wired, An Oral History of the Epic Space Film The Right Stuff. This remains one of my favorite all-time films, so to get a little of the backstory is fantastic. It reminds me that I need to get a DVD copy of this one.

Date posted: November 19, 2014 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

From the Wirecutter/Sweethome: Helpful Gear for Any Emergency. I found a nice alternative to the $100 tactical flashlight I was recommended, as well as a highly-ranked first aid kit to replace the janky one I’ve had since 2000.

Date posted: November 18, 2014 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

nailhed is a ruin-porn/history site based in Detroit, where the pickings are many and vast. There’s so much history there that’s just crumbling, and the author does a nice job of researching and contextualizing each site. Prepare to spend hours reading.

Date posted: November 18, 2014 | Filed under shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

David Foster Wallace is one of those authors everyone says you should read; I’ve got a couple of his books on my iPad but haven’t dug into them yet. Salon posted a copy of the syllabus for a class he taught in 2008, and it’s good.

Don’t be late. There are no “extensions” in workshop-type classes; your deadlines are obligations to [12] other adults.

Date posted: November 17, 2014 | Filed under shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it.

No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.

Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment.

No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee.

I’m shocked it’s taken this long to state these ideas so clearly, but YES.

via Net Neutrality: President Obama’s Plan for a Free and Open Internet.

Date posted: November 11, 2014 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »