I haven’t played bass much in the past couple of years, but I’m still very interested in vintage instruments. Here’s a great place to scratch the retro itch.

Date posted: July 21, 2014 | Filed under music, shortlinks | No Comments »

I have a 5-year-old son who hates losing. I don’t mean this as a compliment. He BLOWS at losing.

Drew Magary at Deadspin, writing about kids and competition:

This is competition as an institution, feeding itself at the expense of your kid’s enthusiasm. Sure, the kid will learn to hate everything, but at least she’ll be fucking competitive.

Date posted: July 16, 2014 | Filed under general, shortlinks | No Comments »

This accumulation of wealth and power is getting worse and worse and worse. So, the cost is the loss of our democracy and the loss of our liberties. This was the basic truth that previous generations of Americans understood.

From Free markets killed capitalism, an interview with Barry C. Lynn, on Salon. Fantastic reading.

Date posted: July 1, 2014 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | No Comments »

Again, I’m disappointed but not surprised by the current Supreme Court and their decision to exempt Hobby Lobby from the Obamacare contraception mandate. Corporations are people, but women are not, apparently:

Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the contraception rule “would put these merchants to a difficult choice: either give up the right to seek judicial protection of their religious liberty or forgo the benefits, available to their competitors, of operating as corporations.”

Right. So minimum-wage female employees have to find some other way of affording expensive birth control in order to keep working, lest they lose their jobs or dare to use all six weeks of their maternity leave.

Date posted: July 1, 2014 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | No Comments »

I so want to do kite aerial photography, but I don’t have $100 to drop on a powerful enough kite yet. I can set up the rest of the gear pretty inexpensively, and with a GoPro tripod adapter, I think I can make some other cool stuff work too…

Date posted: June 27, 2014 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | No Comments »

7 Simple, Cheap Photography Hacks You Should Try Out: DAMMIT, we were just at IKEA last weekend. Now I gotta go find a revolving egg timer.

Date posted: June 27, 2014 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | No Comments »

Well, this sucks: the Supreme Court rules against Aereo. I would have liked a digital TV antenna instead of a cable box. In more upbeat civil liberties news, they ruled that police must obtain a warrant before searching a cell phone.

Date posted: June 25, 2014 | Filed under shortlinks | No Comments »

I think, if I had the choice, and I could choose any Ferrari to own, I’d choose the one the Ferrari snobs look down on: the 246 GTS Dino. This guy, apparently, restores them to an incredible level of detail.

Date posted: June 21, 2014 | Filed under cars, shortlinks | No Comments »

Holy shit. Rian Johnson will be writing and directing the next two Star Wars movies. This is good news. Brick is a fantastic movie, and I started watching Looper on the train back from New York—I liked what I saw. The Verge has a great recap of his work for sampling.

Date posted: June 20, 2014 | Filed under geek, shortlinks | No Comments »

Pro monitors for shooting digital video often cost $1,000 or more. Here’s a DIY Dirt Cheep Monitor project that rings in around $30. I have use for a $30 monitor, and may well attempt this little hack.

Date posted: June 18, 2014 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | No Comments »