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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 2/18/11

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I’m going to experiment with a new format for our Friday posts for a while.  Instead of jamming a collection of links into a list to let you sort out, mainly through clicking on them, I’m going to jam a collection of links into a list with section headers because it looks much more impressive.  And maybe, somewhere in this foggy notion I have in my mind right now, it will help you make sense of the links I’m curating.  This idea is shamelessly stolen and modified The Daily What.  Remember, great artists steal!

So here goes.  Watch.

Know This

How black hat SEOs justify their existence.  Great insight into the underbelly (and general science) of search engine optimization.

The impact of satellite television on the Arab world.  Much more interesting than my little blurb there suggests.

Borders to file for bankruptcy. This makes me sad, as just the other day a friend and I were sitting around discussing the autumn of the traditional bookstore and its impact on culture.

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to acting.  How did he announce his comeback?  On Twitter, of course.

Read This

Up for some pretty downright scary bedtime reading?  Reddit once again comes through with a thread entitled What’s the creepiest thing you’ve seen or heard in real life?

Buy an expensive leather bag from the cow you just ate.

The 11 countries at risk of becoming the next Egypt.

Conan (O’Brien) 2.0.

Listen to This

Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah.  I think people need to be reminded of this masterpiece once in a while.  I mean it.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 2/11/11

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Just think: only nine more months until I can type 11/11/11 in the title of a Friday Linkology blog post.  Isn’t that exciting?

No?  In fact, you say, it’s the exact opposite of exciting?pointless

I actually agree, but I went with it because I usually lead into the Friday links with some sort of pointless preamble, and the date thing seemed to nail the pointless quota right out of the gate.

But, like every Friday, I do have some links for you. It’s prudent at this point to remind new readers that these links are selected by way of a proprietary algorithm that was developed in-house here at MIPRO, and what I mean by that is these are basically what I starred in Google Reader after drinking too much coffee and letting my 11th grade sense of humor dictate what you, the reader, will be subjected to on any given week.

Fancy?  You bet it is.  Completely flawed?  Double-down that bet!

The links, without further ado:

European PGA pros shoot at clay pigeons with golf balls.  I can’t tell if this is fake or not. If it isn’t, they went to pretty great lengths to make it seem authentic.

A trained statistician with degrees from MIT and Stanford tries to crack the scratch lottery code.  Best thing I read all week.  Long, but so worth it.

Weight of the world: a Washington Post interactive chart that shows the world’s gain in BMI (body mass index) since 1980.  Startling.  Someone tell me how we’re not trending towards Wall-E’s dystopian vision.

Science: bad food makes you stupid.

A short history of all the major, global disasters that have ever happened to Earth.  I can read stuff like this all day.  (Pretty sure that’s a character flaw.)

Finally, here is a picture of cat in a glass jar.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 1/7/11

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Lots of good things for you today.  If you want some weekend reading and some guaranteed ammunition to make you look like the smartest web geek around, well, you’ve come to the right place.  Sit back and enjoy.

The perpetually-maligned font Comic Sans has an educational benefit.  How?  Because researchers at Princeton University have learned that making something more difficult to understand improves long-term learning.  More specifically, they found that changing a typeface from something clean and legible (like Helvetica) to something more difficult to read (like Comic Sans) increased learning in classroom settings.  (Ed. note: I expect a gloating email from a certain colleague who is a closet fan of Comic Sans any second now.)

A year of practical thinking: in 2010, Giles Turnbull promised himself he would learn one thing each day.  Here’s his full list.  Some sample entries:

  • There are three million Arabian camels, but only one million Bactrian camels.
  • When they say there’s sugar in nearly everything, they’re not kidding.
  • Male otters are called meowters. Females are called queens.
  • Rifles were invented in Germany.
  • The name “Roger” means “famous for using a spear.”

Remember the hysteria about how the MMR vaccine might be linked to autism?  Remember otherwise sane parents opting out of MMR vaccinations for their children?  Well, it turns out that not only was the study that suggested the link wrong, but actually fraudulent. (Here’s the full paper from the BMJ, if you’re interested in a more detail-rich picture.)

Meet a former professional liar. Interesting exposé  of the luxury jewelry business from Clancy Martin, a tenured philosophy professor-cum-jewelry salesman.

If you let industrialized food companies make decisions for you, this might not sound like the utterly awful idea it is.

Finally, I don’t know why I find this sign so funny.  It’s as if he’s falling and yelling, “I’m fabulous!” at the same time.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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The Best Thing I Ever Done

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Short and powerful documentary around Dom DeMarco, the artisan owner/operator of Di Fara pizza in NYC.  Some say this is the best pizza in the city; others say it’s the best pizza in the world; still others say it’s the best thing they have eaten, period.

This is worth the 16 mins or so it takes to watch.  I recommend viewing it just before lunch for best results.

The power of work borne from passion instead of obligation.  Amazing.

(Via kottke)

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 10/22/10

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Halloween is a funny time, especially if you have a six-year-old boy with anhalloween_pumpkin active imagination and a level of cynicism that belies his age.  While he’s super excited about Halloween – counting down the days until it arrives, every hour of every day – he also has his share of pragmatic concerns about the festival.  Such as:

  • Indicating that since pumpkin pie is made out of pumpkins and we eat pumpkins for food, it’s a good thing we don’t bake cow pie.  I am not making this up.  I didn’t have the heart to pull the hamburger off his plate.
  • Asking, while we were hanging a plastic decorative skeleton from one of our trees, if tying the rope around his neck would kill him.  Then, after a moment of reflection, “Well, he’s already dead, so I guess it’s okay.”  So my son, age six, is concerned about hanging a live person from our trees, but a dead person, well, get the juice boxes, it’s a party!
  • He says that if any monsters break into our house during Halloween to try and get him, our cats will get the monsters first.  I don’t have the heart to tell him our cats are deathly afraid of just about anything, including molecules.

And that’s just for starters.  I could go on, but one day I will rely on him for medical assistance so posting embarrassing anecdotes about his penchant to rationalize the ridiculous isn’t exactly a winning strategy.

But here are some very premium links for you to read this weekend.  Please enjoy.

Jay Kang has a gambling problem.  Here’s a fascinating firsthand account of the lifestyle, including some tips on how to lose $18,000 in 36 hours.

A Redditor makes an observation about Minnesota and Alfred Hitchcock.

A story of a pilot who refused to walk through one of the new full body scanners with AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology), which essentially conducts a virtual strip search.

The Value of a Dollar project – in other words, a photoessay about how much food one can buy for a single dollar.  Thought exercise: if you didn’t have much money and your DNA was telling you to eat the most calorie-rich foods you could find to ensure your personal survival, do you see how fast food wins over good food?

Here’s a gangsta-ized (Snoop Double Dizzle) version of lorum ipsum.

Gene Simmons threatens Anonymous over DDoS attacks to his site.  Really stupid move.  Here’s some more info about Anonymous, in case you’re unfamiliar.

Finally, your password should not be ‘password’.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 10/15/10

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The Internet was kind this week, bestowing upon us some fine hypertext products way better than pictures of cats with brutalized English captions.  Because you’re busy and have other things to do than scour the underbelly (not that underbelly) of the Internet, I have collected the highlights below for you to enjoy over the weekend.

Serious Eats debunks the top 6 food myths (pasta must be cooked in massive amounts of boiling water, etc.).  I’ll be the first to admit that some of these came as news to me.

Three weeks into my Android experiment (versus the iPhone, in particular), I’m coming to agree with MG Siegler’s blog post entitled Android Is As Open As The Clenched Fist I’d Like To Punch The Carriers With.  Say what you want about Apple’s App Store, but some level of gatekeeping is required to keep user experience high.  Android is open, but the carriers don’t see this as a virtue.  They see it as an opening to take that openness, brand it, and create their own proprietary OS with bloatware, i.e. the same carrier-wars junk we suffered through in years past.

How strong incumbent companies lose to scrappy upstarts.

Think typography is easy?  Think again: the level of attention to detail that goes into a font is staggering, in some cases mind-boggling.  Here’s a description of the level of detail that goes into Hoefler & Frere-Jones’ fonts (which are industry benchmarks, by the way).

In the mood for a good game?  Try Canvas Rider – it’s like Line Rider, but written entirely in JavaScript + HTML5 and making heavy use of <CANVAS> element.  Has community-created levels, too.

Here’s a slideshow created by Google about the ‘interesting things’ on the ‘creative internet’.  Created in Google Docs, this is an indoctrination into creative web culture.  Awesome stuff (and will keep you busy for a long time).

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 8/6/2010

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Every Friday morning, I get up early to read every single page on the Internet and bring you the very best.  It’s a lot of work, but I love my readers.  Here’s this week’s bounty.

What do you get when you mix Kanye West’s tweets and New Yorker cartoons?  This.

Are you vitamin D deficient? Probably.

The best badminton rant ever.

The new menu at Chicago’s famous molecular gastronomy restaurant Alinea is 21 courses long and takes roughly 2.5 hours.  This comes directly from Alinea chef Grant Achatz via Twitter.

The most spectacular baseball catch you didn’t see.

Android sales overtake iPhone sales in the US for the first time ever.  The only way for Apple to negate Android’s distribution and prevalence advantage is to get the iPhone on other carriers, fast.  On all US carriers but AT&T, Android sells virtually uncontested to new customers.  The best way to stop that?  Have an iPhone right next to it that runs on that network.

30 Rock might be the funniest show on TV.  So I’m pretty fired up for October 14th, when that episode will be performed live, according to NBC.

UAE and Saudi Arabia will block certain BlackBerry functions (e-mail, messaging and web browsing) because they can’t snoop the traffic.

Speaking of BlackBerry, RIM plans to counter Apple’s iPad with a ‘BlackPad’ in November.  Good luck with that.  The Storm/Storm 2 sure put a hurting on the iPhone, didn’t it?  Increasingly, it seems RIM doesn’t know its core competency.  Hint: it’s not media, it’s not tablets, it’s not touch UX machines.  It’s messaging.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 7/16/10

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Did you have time this week to find the very best things on the Internet?  No?  Well neither did I, so I proffer to you this fine quasi-rushed collection of various links below in the hopes that one of them makes your weekend.  Is that a stretch?  Yeah, probably.  Nonetheless, here goes:

Sitting is really bad for you.  This is why more and more progressive offices are moving to a stand-up arrangement for the majority of tasks.

Ed Dale on the iPhone 4 hysteria.  Even with the reception weirdness — which somehow isn’t as bad as it was when I first got it — it’s the best app phone I’ve ever used.

ArsTechnica on how scientists avoid confirmation bias.

I recently re-read The Road and cannot recommend this book more.  It’s dark, bleak and dystopian, but it’s ultimately a meditation on hope and the dedication of love.  It’s not a book you will be able to say you enjoy (even though, at times, the prose approaches poetry), but it’s a story that will stay with you for a long, long time.  Very much warrants multiple readings.

The Market Confidence Bugaboo: Project Syndicate’s Dani Rodrick explains why creating economic policy around apparently-improving market confidence is a fool’s errand.

A collection of truly awful stock photography.

Looking for something other than the standard hamburger?  If so, try the Slavonian burger.  I know I will.

BBC News: Plants ‘can think and remember.’

Finally, probably the most impressive basketball trick shot I’ve ever seen.  And it’s real.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management), Workday and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 6/18/10

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Today’s trawl from the depths of the Internet will be light, basically because I’ve been watching too much World Cup (how do you miss that direct kick, Germany?) and I really can’t think quite right (does Ronaldo hit the pitch anytime another molecule touches him?) and my attention to Internet nonsense is dwarfed by World Cup nonsense (did Spain really lose to Switzerland?).

Nonetheless, I’m a yeoman, so here goes.

How to seriously annoy a baby.

An interactive map showing where people are moving from and to. Very interesting. A lot of cities would be what you expect, and then, sadly, there’s Detroit.

Anthony Bourdain’s war on fast food. Required reading, if you ask me.

There’s much fuss about Steve Jobs’s claim that the pixels on the iPhone 4’s new Retina Display are so small they cannot be discerned. Some are calling the claim marketing hype. Who to believe? Perhaps listen to Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait, who’s spent some time calibrating cameras on board Hubble, and who knows a thing or two about resolution.

Bing Destination Maps has a very cool option to render maps as napkin drawings. Delightfully retro (and simple).

Guitar Hero? Passé. What you want is Vuvuzela Hero, which, sadly, isn’t real (yet).

A missive on the word “so”, notably on its recent trend to begin sentences.

So, that about does it. Have a great weekend, everyone.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management), Workday and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 5/28/10

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Nothing says Memorial Day quite like unearthing and clearly displaying the very reason the internet exists in the first place.  You might think it’s to encourage near-real-time communications, enable business to address global markets, remove time and culture barriers, or to build incredible applications for organizations of all stripes.

It’s not any of those.  The reason the internet exists is to bring you fine HTTP wares such as these:

LOST re-enacted by cats in one minute.

Xtreme eating 2010. It never fails to shock me how many calories restaurants can pack into their processed entrees.  The scariest part?  These go up ever year, not down.

A. J. Jacobs decides to kick his addiction to chronic multitasking and go pure unitask for a month.  (Unsolicited side note: I can relate to this problem, as I have a task list that’s nearly 50 items deep.  Task management is a huge issue for knowledge workers today, and largely the reason GTD is so successful.)

37signals on working remotely.

This week’s Wikipedia deep-thought-inducer: The Coastline Paradox.

Boston.com’s The Big Picture has some stunning images of Saturn, taken from NASA’s Cassini.  Images include Saturn’s moons, sunlight glinting off a lake on Titan and cryovolcanism on Enceladus.  Amazing.  Even if you’re not an astronomy buff…amazing.

Children’s menus: the death of civilization.  As a parent of an almost six-year-old, I couldn’t agree more.  Every children’s menu is the same: hamburger, mac and cheese, chicken tenders, spaghetti, hot dog.  I’m proud to say that my son will eschew stuff like this for half of my curry Pad Thai.  How are we supposed to cultivate a real appreciation for food and culture when everything is processed white flour, deep fried or loaded with white sugar?

Finally, for you Idol fans out there, Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox have already inked major deals.  Good for them; they’re both fantastic artists.

Have a great holiday weekend, everyone.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management), Workday and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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