Daily Sample Rate

I rate Madvillain’s sample of Marion Elling, William Loose, and Stu Philip’s “Kelly” as a perfect 10.

The original (1996):

The sampled version (2004):



The Netflix of Democracy.

The Atlantic reports:

The site simplifies voting by mail. You go to their website, sign up, and they send you the proper forms with a properly addressed, stamped envelope. Then, when elections come up, they send you text and email reminders, so that you don’t forget to vote in the scads of local elections.

This would certainly make voting easier than before, but absolutely not as much fun as watching a movie. Can TurboVote stream political debates? Political ads? How else can they enhance my voting experience so it feels more like a consumption experience?


Neanderthal be Proud



The most amazing one? Crayons, which comes from the fat. I do wonder what the pig and chicken diagram look like. I will think twice before frivolously using laboratory research materials derived from cow’s blood.

(via GOOD)

Occam’s Timepiece

It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer.”

Plurality ought never be posited without necessity.”

Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity.”

-William of Occam, late medieval philosopher

Ladies, Gentlemen, Queers:

Why do I find this watch so alluring? Simple. It adheres with equal vitality to both my aesthetic and functional principles:

  1. black
  2. streamlined

How does one tell the time? The outer circle indicates the hour; the inner, minute. I’d like one, but not all people could pull off the look.

Apple has a Secret, Tune in

Apple announced that they will have an announcement today. Glenn Beck didn’t invent anticipation. FACT: Steve Jobs enjoys the innovation of Apple only because he gets to give presentations, he thrives on center-nerd-stage.

Apple invite with lion behind logoApple’s logo for the event.

People are speculating.

The Washington Post reports:

Today’s rumors at least benefit from somewhat concrete sourcing–sightings of new tech-support categories on Apple’s own site. Assummarized by MacRumors, they include new categories for iPhoto 2011, iMovie 2011, GarageBand 2011, “MBA (Need Official Name)” and, vaguest of all, “Reserved 10 20.”

Mashable predicts:

Over the past several days, Mashable has run an open thread asking for opinions on what will be announced today. Answers ranged from the mostly wishful to the completely possible.

Here are a few of your best Mac-centric predictions:

  • Blu-ray for OS X
  • iWork ‘11
  • FaceChat OS X integration
  • App Store for OS X

Of all the speculations, the most intriguing is something known as ‘Reserved 10 20.’ What could it be? The Atlantic reports:


That’s the name of the final section added to Apple’s Discussions page. Could it be a placeholder for the new operating system or does Apple have another new product or service that it plans to announce today? During Apple’s earnings call the other day, Jobs said that “We still have a few surprises remaining for the rest of the 2010 calendar year.” Ball’s in your court, Steve.

More information: CNN, TheGuardian


Writing by Hand

Do you remember spending hours learning how to print letters? Then to transpose said letters into the more elaborate cursive? At my parochial school, we even learned something called D’Nealian, an evil amalgamation of print and cursive (evidently it made the transition easier). And for what purpose? To sacrifice it all at the advent of digital communication.

I adore handwriting. I refuse to believe the time I have spent perfecting my particular manuscript has been lost under an avalanche of Helvetica and Times. I think handwriting is beautiful, an art form of its own, but it turns out the value is more than aesthetic:

Recent research illustrates how writing by hand engages the brain in learning. During one study at Indiana University published this year, researchers invited children to man a “spaceship,” actually an MRI machine using a specialized scan called “functional” MRI that spots neural activity in the brain. The kids were shown letters before and after receiving different letter-learning instruction. In children who had practiced printing by hand, the neural activity was far more enhanced and “adult-like” than in those who had simply looked at letters.

I would add that handwriting also has attained a new function. So rarely do I see anyone’s handwriting anymore, that when I do, I am presented with something sacred about that person. Not an analyst. Just a mystic.

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