links for 2009-07-17

  • ROFL! "THREAT NO. 1: THE Y CHROMOSOME

    This tiny tangle of DNA that separates the men from the women is the most dangerous thing in the backcountry. It makes the hairier gender do really dumb things, such as climb mountains in thunderstorms, ski avalanche-prone slopes, and say things like, “Get a picture of me trying to ride this mountain goat.” Statistically, having the Y chromosome makes men three times more likely than women to be injured in the outdoors, and eight times more likely to be killed, according to a study by the Colorado Department of Public Health. Just to round things out, guys are also five times more likely to be killed biking, seven times more likely to be killed kayaking and 17 times more likely to be killed by an avalanche. Best defense: Listen to your lady friend."

    (tags: gender outdoor)

links for 2009-07-15

  • This is how you integrate posterous posts with blogs, social media, etc.
  • Very useful set of tools. My favorite is Diigo

    "a bookmarking tool (usually in the form of browser addon or bookmarklet) that allows users to annotate (add sticky notes, highlights, etc.) any desired webpage and store it online. There are many cool things you can do with them, i.e. (1) quickly add sticky-like memos to your bookmarks, (2) bookmark long articles with relevant text being highlighted, (3) store, organize and tag annotated pages online and most importantly (4) share your annotations with friends or project/assignment group members.

  • FeedWordPress is an Atom/RSS aggregator for WordPress. It syndicates content from feeds that you choose into your WordPress weblog; if you syndicate several feeds then you can use WordPress's posts database and templating engine as the back-end of an aggregation ("planet") website.
  • Important data resource for anything related to business:

    "The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. NAICS was developed under the auspices of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and adopted in 1997 to replace the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. It was developed jointly by the U.S. Economic Classification Policy Committee (ECPC), Statistics Canada This link to a non-federal Web site does not imply endorsement of any particular product, company, or content., and Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia e Informatica This link to a non-federal Web site does not imply endorsement of any particular product, company, or content., to allow for a high level of comparability in business statistics among the North American countries."

  • The new, high-octane iPhone 3GS is loaded with features that could light up your life — but its battery isn't one of them.

    Buyers are finding that the device, introduced two weeks ago, has trouble making it through a workday without a rest stop at the electrical outlet. It's proving to be something of an Achilles' heel on Apple Inc.'s flagship device, more than 1 million of which were sold in the first weekend.

  • Guy Kawasaki: "Some of my buddies have expressed astonishment that I get approximately thirty-six hours of standby with my iPhone, so I'm sharing my settings."

links for 2009-07-14

  • "The time away from journalism has helped me find my inspiration, to remember why I am a multimedia journalist in the first place. I've taken day trips to museums to see the interactive exhibits. I've attended (free) conferences to hear about not only what's being done to revitalize journalism, but the amazing technological advances that are happening outside of the journalism bubble. I'm even nearing the final stages of writing my first book.

    "Of course, I'm not the only one to take advantage of being laid off. Unemployed journalists everywhere are using the experience as a starting point to create their own forms of journalism. The Arizona Guardian was founded by a group of journalists laid off from the East Valley Tribune. New Jersey Newsroom was created by former employees of the Star-Ledger. Everywhere journalists are creating new business models that may shape the future of the industry. And this, my friends, is why all the talk of journalism dying is hooey.

  • Oakland Crimespotting is an interactive map of crimes in Oakland and a tool for understanding crime in cities. If you hear sirens in your neighborhood, you should know why. Crimespotting makes this possible with interactive maps, e-mail updates, and RSS feeds of crimes in areas that you care about.

    We’ve found ourselves frustrated by the proprietary systems and long disclaimers that ultimately limit information available to the public. As citizens we have a right to public information. A clear understanding of our environment is essential to an informed citizenry.

    Instead of simply knowing where a crime took place, we would like to investigate questions like: Is there more crime this week than last week? More this month than last? Do robberies tend to happen close to murders? We’re interested in everything from complex questions of patterns and trends, to the most local of concerns. If the local papers didn’t report a rash of car break-ins in your neighborhood, how would you know?

  • Interview: "Stamen Design's data visualization projects bring a Tuftean sensibility to the realm of fast-moving realtime online information. In this conversation with host Jon Udell, founder Eric Rodenbeck talks about how his studio creates interactive experiences that enable people to ask, and answer, unforeseen questions."

    NOTE: Rodenbeck is one of the founders of the Oakland Crimespotting project.

links for 2009-07-13

links for 2009-07-12

links for 2009-07-11

  • OK, I'm liking this research! Even though it was done by Special K…

    "It is the most delicious news. Women are happiest with their lives and the way they look when they are a generous size 14. Contentment, it seems, comes with curves. Perhaps that's why Kate Winslet and Nigella Lawson look so pleased with themselves. In a poll of 3,000 women, size 14s rated their general happiness higher than any other female shape, with a quarter saying they liked their appearance."

  • CJR holds a semiannual breakfast for The Audit, our business desk. What is similar to the Post and Atlantic and other salon-like events is that these are intended to eventually draw financial support for the news organization. In our case they are free, though we invite funders and potential funders, including some PR firms and financial institututions (Goldman Sachs and Citigroup). We don’t cover such firms, but of course we cover the coverage of them as we analyze and critique the business press. We invite a sprinking of journalists too, but no public officials.

    It can be funny what we learn when we do a disclosure like this. Some of us here assumed the hourlong breakfasts were off the record; but the invitations never said that, and others here thought they were on the record. There are good arguments either way, and we’re talking it through.

  • This is the app that fixed my iPhone photo library bug. It does a lot of useful stuff. Worth getting, I bought it.
  • Shortly after my 2x iPhone upgraded to 3.0 OS, I had a weird problem with the Photo Library: I'd take a picture, the thumbnail would show up in the camera app, and the photo library would show the correct number of photos. But when I'd try to open the camera roll to view all the photos I'd taken (or access it from another app like Twittelator or Brightkite to upload a photo), none of my new pics would be there!

    Apparently other folks had this problem too. In the Apple user support forum I found a fix that works. I downloaded the free demo of the phoneview desktop app and followed the instructions, and it worked. Will post a link to that app next…

  • That said, Power.com is making some good points. The idea that users aren’t allowed to input their username and passwords into other services is particularly hypocritical, as that’s exactly what Facebook invites you to do to import contacts from services like Gmail and Yahoo Mail.

    Facebook can point to its efforts with Facebook Connect, which lets you log in with your Facebook username at third party sites and import some select data from your profile, as evidence of its openness. But this isn’t true data portability, it’s just a new walled garden — third parties are generally only allowed to cache your data, which means that you’re still tethered to Facebook.

links for 2009-07-09

  • A picture essay in The Times Magazine on Sunday and an accompanying slide show on NYTimes.com, “Ruins of the Second Gilded Age,” have been found to include digital alterations. The photos showed unfinished or unoccupied construction projects around the United States that came to a halt — at least in part — because of the financial crisis. They were taken by Edgar Martins, a 32-year-old freelance photographer.

    By Tuesday, sharp-eyed readers were calling the pictures into question. One comment on the MetaFilter blog included an animated dissection. The PDN Pulse blog also pointed out five instances in which objects had apparently been duplicated.

  • Not every major newspaper group is favored with a meta-site where employees and others can get the latest news, leaks, gossip and analysis on their favorite company.

    MediaNews groupies can turn to MediaNews Monitor, operated by the Newspaper Guild-CWA, which doesn’t do much reporting of its own, but links to stories and blog posts published elsewhere.

    For McClatchyites, CanceltheBee monitors the Sacramento Bee as well as the parent company. It’s run by a laid-off McClatchy staffer, Kevin Gregory, who tends to keep his personality out of it.

    But where are the rest of the watchblogs? Among the top groups, Tribune, News Corp., New York Times Company, Hearst, Scripps and CNHI all lack Gannett Blog equivalents, as far as I can tell (but clue me in, if I’m missing something).