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Despair

Despair

3/13/08

Depressing and funny t-shirts and gift ideas - Finally -- a site that tells it like it is and puts it on t-shirts, calendars and other great depressingly funny gift ideas. My favorites include the "more people have read this shirt that your blog" t-shirt: http://despair.com/viewall1.html

I also enjoy the failure poster:
http://despair.com/fail24x30pri.html

Commencement.harvard.edu

Commencement.harvard.edu

6/30/07

Great speech by Clinton - Clinton's speech at the 2007 Class Day is the former president at his best. His message is, we (the world) spend too much time thinking about the differences between each other and too little time focused on our common humanity. This is an important message that the world needs to hear in these fractious times.

DailyPuppy

DailyPuppy

7/26/07

CUTEST SITE EVER - Puppies every day...it's just too cute to bare...it's my favorite cute puppy site. It's also not as spammy as others...

Chandra.harvard.edu

Chandra.harvard.edu

11/14/07

Amazing pictures of galaxies, supernovae - Harvard's Chandra X-Ray Observatory produces some of the most spectacular images of galaxies, supernova remnants, nebulae, and other deep space phenomena.

Hubblesite

Hubblesite

11/14/07

Most impressive photography you will ever see - The Hubble Space Telescope has had its problems, but the images it has produced of our solar system, galaxy and universe are nothing short of the most impressive images ever produced by man. Images include quasars, black hole candidates, close-ups of Saturn's rings, and interstellar nebulae. Check out the gallery here: http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/

1843 Magazine

1843 Magazine

12/14/07

Lifestyle mag from the Economist? - I love the Economist, but I'm not sure I quite get the idea behind this site. Since I already read Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and the New Yorker, where is More Intelligent Life supposed to fit in?

Tiny Showcase

Tiny Showcase

12/16/07

Interesting art site - Quirky art. I love it.

Steve Schofield

Steve Schofield

8/1/08

Sad but beautiful pictures of geeks in costume - Land of the Free - Steve Schofield is a great photographer, and he shows it in his collection entitled "Land of the Free"
http://www.steveschofield.co.uk/gallery_lotf.html

There is a beauty and a sadness in his pictures ...people looking for themselves...filled with loneliness....a portrait of an America that lacks community and purpose.

Apple

Apple

6/27/07

Oh iPhone, I love you so... - I don't care if the battery only lasts 5 hours or the phone is not 3G. I want one I want one I want one. I hear you can get real-time traffic on Google Maps! This is a great video review on nytimes.com -- http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/27/technology/circuits/27pogue.html?ref=multimedia

DrudgeReport

DrudgeReport

7/1/07

Matt Drudge... - Hard to imagine someone who has become so influencial in American media and journalism graduated 341st out of a class of 355 in high school. But perhaps that's the magic of the internet....

101Cookbooks

101Cookbooks

11/4/07

My Favorite cooking blog: 101 Cookbooks - Heidi Swanson is so great. I love her, yay :) The site was the 2006 Food Blog Award Winner.

Michelinguide.com

Michelinguide

11/8/08

The best professional reviews of top restaurants - Michelin, the venerable European restaurant guide, has recently come under considerable criticism for being elitist, snobby, and just plain wrong. Much of this criticism was directed at its first guides to America and Japan. I cannot vouch for its Japanese guide (although my Japanese friends do not believe European Michelin critics sufficiently appreciate the intricacies of Japanese food, which I could believe) but I have found its US guide to be excellent.

Not everyone likes critical reviews - Zagat and Yelp have become quite popular. But I find those guides to be too noisy. It's hard to tell which reviews you can trust (even when aggregated). But I do feel like I can trust Michelin. My primary experience has been in the South of France, New York and San Francisco, but all the 1 and 2 star restaurants I have been to have been amazing experiences. I would highly recommend the Michelin Guide to anyone who is serious about dining out (it's a great gift idea too =)

TerraPass

TerraPass

5/19/08

Calculate your carbon footprint and buy green gadgets - You input how much you drive, fly and spend on energy and then calculate how much CO2 you emit (I emit 50,000 lbs! - eek). It's really interesting to think about. This number also omits thing like how much stuff I buy (bottled water, food, plastic anything, etc.) but it is still scary. The site also allows you to buy carbon offsets that go towards environmentally friendly projects. It's a neat idea, but how do I know my carbon offsets are going to be put to efficient use?

There are also a bunch of neat "green" products that are great gift ideas. My favorite is the solar powered device recharger that works with cell phones, iPods, etc.: http://www.terrapass.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=USBCELL-AA2&Store_Code=TerraPass

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SpotCrime

5/22/08

Neat way to see crime stats - Other than an assaulted cab driver two weeks ago, my upper east side neighborhood looks safe! I feel like this map might be missing some info....

Readatwork.com

Readatwork

6/23/08

Wish you could be reading a book instead of working in your cube? - Now you can - and without your boss knowing! Read At Work is an amazing website that simulates windows and powerpoint presentations. The cool thing is, the powerpoints are all classic short stories, poems, novels! So when you're reading Emily $#*!inson your boss will think you're working on that marketing presentation.

The Paris Review

The Paris Review

8/14/08

Paris Review for author interviews and young poets - Made famous by its famous founders (including George Plympton) and its fabulous author interviews: http://www.theparisreview.com/literature.php the Paris Review remains a great literary magazine and source for fresh new writing from people you have never heard of.

The website offers an amazing "audio" section: http://www.theparisreview.com/audio.php

More about the magazine here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Review

24postcards.co.uk

24postcards.co.uk

8/29/08

Max Richter composes beautiful music..er, ring tones - Obnoxious ring tones have sadly become a part of life. Max Richter aims to change all that. Here on his site you can listen to music composed specifically for your cell phone ring tone. The surprising bit is, it's really good.

On the website you can view postcard images while you listen to each ring tone - the combination is beautiful and evocative. These ring tones are already on sale in Europe, but are not available in North America until September 23rd.

It's an amazing thing when a utilitarian object as a cellular phone becomes a medium for real art. Let's hope we see more of this.

Flixster

Flixster

9/26/08

My favorite movie community - I used to have Netflix, and one of my favorite features was Netflix.com where I could write little movie reviews and share them with my friends. But I got too busy and canceled my Netflix account, so I nowhere to write reviews. Then I got spammed by one of my friends on Facebook by some app called Flixster. But I'm a sucker for movies, so I clicked on it, and now I'm hooked. All my movie addicted friends joined too, and now we all share reviews and pictures. It's great. I also like their movie quizzes. My only complaint is that I waste way too much time on this...I think I need help!

The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast

10/19/08

The Daily Beast is hit or miss - Former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor Tina Brown started Daily Beast, a somewhat self-indulgent collection of original articles and syndicated work which calls itself, "..a speedy, smart edit of the web from the merciless point of view of what interests the editors."

Some of the articles are great. Funny original work like this article on David Gergen. Also, Tina Brown has called in such heavy-weights as the always brilliant Michael Kinsley. But for every excellent author, Tina Brown throws in a Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of the founder of Facebook, who is a poor writer and doesn't seem to have much to say of any importance.

So while I might be inclined to follow individual authors, I cannot find a compelling reason to keep coming back to the site. I just don't know what it's for.

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection

6/30/07

my favorite museum in new york - The Frick Collection is a special place. Built by the great industrialist (he was somehow connected to Andrew Carnegie) --the collection is amazingly wide-ranging but personal. From wall panels from Boucher to beautiful portraits by Ingre, the galley has a certain magic which is lost in the vastness of the Met and the Guggenheim. If you have not already, I impel you to visit. You will not regret it.

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