Birthday Word Clock

14 Jul

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The Ten Best Sentences

14 Jun

Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

via The American Scholar: Ten Best Sentences – Our Editors.

15 Great Films That You Never Hear About on r/movies – Imgur

14 Jun

15 Great Films That You Never Hear About on r/movies - Imgur

15 Great Films That You Never Hear About on r/movies – Imgur.

Pre-Code Movies Worth Watching

14 Jun

The term “pre-Code” refers to a handful of years in the late 1920s and early 1930s after the introduction of sound but before the consistent enforcement of the Hollywood Production Code, when movies were chock-full of naked gangsters shooting up churches and they all had titles like Satan, Let’s Go Dancing and Ten Little Cocaine Dippers and That Jazz Baby’s Loopy Tomorrow not real film titles. Movies were raunchy.

via Pre-Code Movies Worth Watching.

How NYC Can Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis

14 Jun

The most effective way to create affordable housing would be to build it, but a Clinton-era federal law prohibits local governments from building any more public housing than they already have. New York City’s public housing system, the largest in the country, has 180,000 apartments, and almost 250,000 people and families on the waiting list for them.

The other obstacle to building more public housing is financial. The New York City Housing Authority is so strapped it can’t even make basic repairs, thanks to the city and state cutting off operating assistance over the last 15 years.

The money is out there. If we assume that building new housing costs $100,000 per unit, levying a $15 billion tax on the city’s two richest residents, David Koch and Michael Bloomberg, would pay for 300,000 apartments, enough to house all 53,000 homeless people, everyone on the NYCHA waiting list, and then some—and still leave the two multibillionaires among the nation’s 25 richest people, ahead of Michael Dell, Paul Allen, and Rupert Murdoch.

That kind of expropriation is unlikely to happen short of a socialist revolution, but a 10-percentage point tax increase on New Yorkers who make more than $10 million a year would bring in a similar sum over the next decade.

via How NYC Can Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis : Gothamist.

iOS does this but OS X does that: Tracking the inconsistencies between Apple’s two OSes — Tech News and Analysis

14 Jun

With each new release of iOS and OS X, there are always feature inconsistencies between the two platforms that leave you wondering why. Some of the differences may not appear to be major features, but when used could become a real time saver when using both systems.  The following is a rundown of some feature inconsistencies that will hopefully be resolved in the upcoming release:

via iOS does this but OS X does that: Tracking the inconsistencies between Apple’s two OSes — Tech News and Analysis.

I was hoping for a revolutionary new Mac OS 11 that merges the two, but instead they opted for an incremental 10.10 update.

Jack White Lazaretto 12″ Vinyl Ultra LP has some SICK features

14 Jun

ULTRA LP FEATURES:

  • 180 gram vinyl
  • 2 vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
  • 1 hidden track plays at 78 RPM, one plays at 45 RPM, making this a 3-speed record
  • Side A plays from the inside out
  • Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song.
  • Matte finish on Side B, giving the appearance of an un-played 78 RPM record- Both sides end with locked grooves
  • Vinyl pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format
  • Dead wax area on Side A contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record
  • Absolutely zero compression used during recording, mixing and mastering- Different running order from the CD/digital version
  • LP utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital version

via Jack White Lazaretto 12″ Vinyl Ultra LP.

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