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Most Viral Tumblr Blogs in 2013
in no particular order
- Reasons My Son Is Crying
- This Charming Charlie
- Hot-Dog Legs
- Things Fitting Perfectly Into Other Things
- The Worst Room
- Brides Throwing Cats
- Emojinal Art Gallery
- Exploding Actresses
- Yacht Cats
- Buzzfeed Articles Without the GIFs
- Des Hommes et des Chatons
- Terrible Real Estate Agent Photographs
- Stuff On My Rabbit
- Oops, Wrong Person.
- Actresses Without Teeth
- Selfies at Funerals
- Adorable Care Act
- How May We Hate You?
- Googly Eye Books
- Drake-ing Bad
- Beyonce Art History
- Sports Balls Replaced with Cats
- Bad Engagement Photos
I wish it were clearer that I’d spend most of the time waiting in a windowless room to be assigned a case. This could have happened any time during the day I spent in the courthouse. And after that day was over, they released me around 4pm as having fulfilled my duty for the next six years. (I also got around 90 minutes for lunch, through it’s officially from 1 to 2pm)
While waiting, it’s advisable to bring reading material, a laptop, iPad and some snacks and drinks. They do have wifi and some ancient laptops that are available for use. The chairs are more comfortable that I would have expected.
It’s helpful to arrive at least 20 minutes early, due to security screening.
And had I been assigned to an actual case, it could have taken 5-7 days for the trial—at a minimum.
The above house is not the one that Michael Jordan is hoping to auction for $20 million or more, but it looks so more inspired. It shares the back fence with Jordan.
Jordan’s actual house lacks the whimsical basketball hoops, the fun lawn furniture and general charm. It’s instead a large, grayish box that is undistinguished from its immediate neighbors—which include a large hardware store and a McDonald’s. The entrance screams hospital visitors entrance.
The interior seems full of expensive materials and chairs that seem more pricey than comfy. But most of the house seems ripe for renovation. Some tasteful brick or stone cladding would return a sense of proportion to the exterior walls. The grounds would benefit from any landscaping — even a new flower bed or two.
The basketball court itself seems like the greatest place to do something fun. It appears to be a large, white cinderblock room—crying out for a large mural or at least some variable LED lighting to throw some color onto the walls.
Google may have made digital maps idiot-proof, but Mapbox made them awesome. And in every sense, they’ve let you own the process.
Their product that made me fall in love is TileMill. It’s broken people out of the prison where an online map had to look like a Google Map. You could toss in building footprints, hiking trails, county outlines—anything you can get your hands on. City, state and federal websites are overflowing with map-ready downloads like these. TillMill would let you smoosh all these layers together and export them to the web.
USA Today used them for their groundbreaking election map.
But there’s more to Mapbox. They host maps. They made an awesome editor for Open Street Map. They have an extensive satellite library.
Though as much as I love these tools, they still require a bit of effort to assemble, not unlike an IKEA dresser.
Now with $10 million in VC funding, I hope that they’ll continue to smooth out the edges and keep releasing innovative products.
Robert W. Previdi, writing for the New York Times, makes the case for a single Penn Station, rather than the one today that is three separate ones sitting next to each other. His arguments would not be lost on large consumer-driven companies like Apple that have yet to roll out a consistent interface across products and platforms.
Having upgraded to an iPhone 5s out of necessity, I’ve been forced to acclimate to IOS7. Every day, I use the calendar app more than any other except [Google] Maps. Grudgingly. The old design was elegant and intuitive. I could see the month at a glance and a compact list of events for any given date underneath. Changing between views was also unambiguous.
The new app defaults to the “day view” and the only way to display events compactly is to click on the magnifying glass, even though I want to list, not search my engagements.
No less than 160 people have raised this issue on Apple’s online support forum, which might provide enough momentum for a fix in the next update of IOS 7.
The treasure trove that is the US Census Bureau website is collateral damage from the federal shutdown. Its downloads like Census’ Tiger streets database supply the raw roads and address information for Open Street Maps and numerous other location specific applications.
I find it hard to believe that the sites needed to be shut down. Any web server should be able to run with a minimum of human intervention—even if the content may not be updated for a while.
Today I tried out the latest iteration of Apple Maps in iOS 7 at the Grand Central Apple Store. I was eager to see what they’ve done since purchasing Embark and HopStop. The icon for transit directions is still there. It still directs people to download those apps and others.
I’m shocked that Apple is now releasing a second version of iOS without any transit directions. And by now, I was also hoping that they would have added bicycle directions too.
It also would be fun if the icon changed for users in major metro areas, such as 5 for the West Coast, 95 for the East Coast, and 94 in the flyover states, er, I mean Midwest.
This week I had the chance to witness a demo of Dataiku at Bloomberg’s Data Driven NYC. I hope Microsoft buys them. I’ve been waiting years for Excel (and Access) to stop rearranging its icons every few years and actually update its import and analysis features to do something like this: import a raw set of data and quickly summarize it without manually entering a bunch of awkward formulas. Dataiku effortlessly shows distribution, lets you kick out outliers and even standardize dates and other data. It’s a pity that the app isn’t available for public beta yet. I have high hopes for them.