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I really wish there was a ffffound.com for sentences. I guess that's called a weblog. Anyway, here are two that I wanted to note this weekend:

Wikipedia's Martin Luther King Day page on South Carolina's May 2000 adoption of MLK day as a state holiday: "Prior to this, employees could choose between celebrating Martin Luther King Day or one of three confederate holidays."

From Mark Pilgrim's book "Dive into Python" on the subject of private functions: "Acknowledge that this is interesting, but promise to never, ever do it in real code."

In case you were ever considering learning Python, I cannot recommend Mark's book enough.

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I'd never heard of Ivor Cutler until blackbeltjones linked Pussy on the Mat. My brain keeps wanting to make connections with Daniel Johnston, but that might just be that harmonium. Here he is doing Shop Lifters on the Old Grey Whistle Test.

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Checking in with Joshua Davis I found this little gem. Click the items at the bottom to affect the objects in the movie.

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The Sound of Young America is my favorite podcast. Not one of, is. I love the variety of guests and the questions always seem fresh even when the subjects are not. He didn't earn the title "America's Radio Sweetheart" for nothing.

One of my favorite interviews he did was with Shelley Berman. A legend with a history peppered with land-mines other interviewers would likely trod upon, yet Jesse managed to keep the interview interesting and coax a bit more than you'd expect from Shelley.

Here's Jesse, the host of TSoYA, being interviewed by the also awesome Claire Zulkey.

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Venture Hacks on giving lawyers equity in itself doesn't apply to me, but it's interesting to read about the subject in a completely navel-gazing Valley point of view. The site is interesting in much the same way. via Ev (naturally).

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Wil Shipley on the MacBook Air. I'm just as confused as him why people are so upset about the firewire port and lack of access—that's the best part! The Air is exactly the computer I want to have around the house to code up an idea, read a book, watch a TV show, send mail, and check in on my feeds. Heck, I can even sit in bed (like I'm doing right now) in the dark and actually see the keys! That's an improvement over this hot, heavy, snarling Macbook.

Lighter, thinner, quieter, cooler, simpler...these are good things.

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Snuggle Bear Bear Revolution is a banner ad that mimics Dance Dance Revolution. I love reading Banner Blog but I am not sure if it's because I've worked with and around banner ads for almost 10 years or because they showcase the intense amount of creativity and work it can sometimes take to make an effective banner ad.

Either way they're a great example of being creative within constraints, and that's interesting to me.

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iTransmogrify! is a bookmarklet which transforms embedded Flash content into direct links to natively supported formats. Check out the link to see a demonstration.

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TV-B-Gone versus CES. Very funny, but I gotta feel sorry for these people. I worked at a few trade shows, and it's incredibly hard work to be up there presenting live over and over again.

A memory I cannot shake every time I see the word "hierarchical" is our emcee going crazy every show having to say that word. I was around when they wrote the copy and I remember when he first tried the line it just didn't come out right. Hi-yer-archik-cull.

After about the 90th time the word had become an entirely odd moment in an otherwise smooth show. His body would animate into these weird convulsions and he'd sometimes kick his foot forward like one would use body english on a wayward bowling ball. It's funny now, but back then it was painful to watch.

(It turns out this is the folks at Gizmodo having fun)

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Alex on beer in the Bay Area. Amber and I got way more into beer in 2007 than we ever were, especially after our trip to Amsterdam and Belgium where a friend gave me a long list of beers to try. I regularly make trips to Plumpjack down the street to grab our favorites plus anything I may have heard of (or maybe haven't).

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Notcot went to CES and brought back a list of items that are both cool and available (or nearly so).

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Nice detective work pointing out Network Solutions' trick of locking up domain names for a few days after you use their search engine (or "whois" from your command-line). found on daringfireball.

I've noticed this with a few other registrars and domain search services, but couldn't prove it. Glad to see someone caught NetSol with their pants down.

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  • Peter Tosh's Gibson. Need to find the exact year and model. Sweet lead guitar.
  • Brad Nowell's custom guitar would be impossible to find since it was made by a friend of his. Still a pretty guitar.
  • Gibson Thunderbird
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Leo Burnett's retirement speech found on his Wikipedia page.

Also, I hadn't heard this fact from Wikipedia: "Burnett's use of the animation medium to sell products was slyly given a nod in the anime series Pokémon. Disguised as muffled backwards dialogue, the character James of Team Rocket, is heard mumbling a line in the grip of a Pokémon's mouth. The line is "Leo Burnett and 4Kids are the devil, Leo Burnett!", mocking both Leo's introduction of animated commercialism, and Pokémon itself, which promotes the Nintendo games of the same title."

Update: the audio. Thanks, Adam!

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The Economist on the OLPC: "This leads to the final problem that has done the most to disappoint OLPC’s fans: the hubris, arrogance and occasional self-righteousness of OLPC workers. They treated all criticism as enemy fire to be deflected and quashed rather than considered and possibly taken on board." twittered by James

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Check out this crazy Java applet that displays the current wind patterns over the Bay Area. I am usually a weather doubter ("OH it can't be that bad, they just want to scare you!") but today I got the full force of the storm, saw lots of damage and even got lifted a bit while walking home.

It's one thing to drive in bad weather, it's another to have to take public transportation. I gave up and came back home. The last thing I ever want to do is get stranded in Sausalito. link sent by Erika

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This guy's father has been drawing a face on cards and cakes since as long as he can remember. He finally decided to ask his dad where the face came from.

I linked to the top of the category it was placed in, so you can start at the top and keep reading each entry in chronological order.

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Watch as Robert Reed, the man who played Mike Brady on the "Brady Bunch", makes an impassioned, cogent argument about why he would not be in the last episode of the series. It's both very funny to read and sad to consider how neurotic and tortured he must have been playing Mike. found on the Damn Hell Ass Kings

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I do not need a new Flash game! Especially not one so very clever! I love the ghosting of your previous attempt, it's like in racing games when you get to race against your previous lap. found on n0wak

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Kevin Kelly's eBook called 200 Documentaries You Must See Before You Die is now free for download. Kevin is using some kind of Yahoo Ad call in the new Adobe Reader. If you have an older version of Adobe Reader or use Apple's preview tool you're not going to see the ads—but you can still read the book for free.

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