financial thingamajig


Inside Job – Fantastic episode of This American Life, “the inside story of one company that made hundreds of millions of dollars for itself while worsening the financial crisis for the rest of us”.

A hedge fund named Magnetar comes up with an elaborate plan to make money. It sponsors the creation of complicated and ultimately toxic financial securities… while at the same time betting against the very securities it helped create.

Great photographs of New York / He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died / Google makes a grand entrance into the embedded font game / The Only Summer-TV Guide You’ll Ever Need

My Daughters Art

The Delicious Tools extension for Google Chrome now has over 10,000 users and has been maintaining a rating of 4 out of 5 stars! Most recently we’ve added a customizable keyboard shortcut, making this a fantastic option for personalized, unobtrusive and simple bookmark saving in Chrome, on both the Windows and Mac platform. Thanks to pix0r for some big time contributions on this fun little open source extension.

View and share Flickr photos in the style of The Big Picture,’s excellent photo blog, with the The Big Pictr Flickr mashup. A beautiful way to browse photos, here’s a set from a Susan and I tagged with ‘camping’ on, a bit buggy but a great idea. If you’re like me, we now expect all photography online to be as big as the Big Picture these days. It’ll be tools like that will bring that possibility to fruition. Speaking of photography, looks like a promising tool to pool your photos together based on a particular event. Round up your family’s digital shots in a single spot.

Randomness: Following up on 2008’s “Growing Up Online” comes Frontline’s “Digital Nation” good stuff / The best looking sites using Typekit / The New York Public Library Jazz Loft Project exhibition opened this week at NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and will run through May 22, 2010 / Great television still exists, you just need to turn off your TV to find it: Party Down, available on Netflix Watch Instantly /, a great tool for making your URL’s suspicious and frightening / Take screenshots below the fold with the Webpage Screenshot Chrome extension / Chrome 4 now natively supports Greasemonkey / Pretty darn basic, easy to use, handy framework for iPhone web app projects: iWebkit / Constantly forget which veggies and fruit are most important to buy organic? This handy Shopper Guide to Pesticides iPhone app cuts right to the chase and gives me a list, plain and simple.

To express my hate for Facebook I created a couple of poorly designed, badly kerned T-shirts. Because just like Facebook, I too can offer up worthless crap: Facebook: Cultivating Meaningless Relationships and Facebook: The Cure For Culture. If you’re not afraid to express hate on an American Apparel Tee, then here’s your chance.


Conversation, MLK

Time Magazine has some great Martin Luther King photo galleries including Rare Photos at Home and Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. Rare and unpublished photographs of the civil rights movement. I’m sure web surfers around the globe would love to see these twice as large. Which is kind of possible, should you take some time to dig through Google Images with source:life.

Some amazing shots including, The Firing Line (large), Military Escort and, pictured above, Conversation… MLK on explaining to his daughter why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park: “One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky.” To keep the Time links going, they do an interesting multimedia piece on the assasination of Martin Luther King as well.

On civil rights fronts, there’s been some great content on the two gay marriage cases that are headed to the Supreme Court. A Risky Proposal: Is It Too Soon to Petition the Supreme Court on Gay Marriage?, and Terry Gross discusses with the author, Margaret Talbot, what the decision of this case will mean for gay rights. Margaret Talbot is also blogging the progress of Perry v. Schwarzenegger for the New Yorker. Go go human rights!