Days of the Dead - The Big Picture - -
If I were president wookiee suits would be the new Secret Service uniform. - Ben Darnell
the president constantly being surrounded by wookies would be pretty amusing - bob
Balloon Boy story another cable news mess - Sepinwall on TV | New Jersey Entertainment - TV & Film - - -
I never thought I'd make this comparison, but I'm glad this turned out to be more like "12 Monkeys" than "Up". - Ben Darnell
Also: Reader/Friendfeed double-comment bug fixed! - Ben Darnell
Thank you! - NaHi from
Liking for the fixing, not the story. :) - EricaJoy
Yay double comment bug fix! - Rob Shillingsburg
Thanks for the bug fix! So many people will be pleased. - Anne Bouey
Hey Ben, congratulations on all your success, long way from the old OM days of cars driving in circles and popping balloons to say the least. - Travis Corriher
Please shoot me an email when you get a chance, I want to run an idea by you... - Travis Corriher
wasn't someone asking about recipes in a functional programming style? ding! ding! ding! - Karl Rosaen
The visual representation is nice. The images on the blog post have exceeded their photobucket serving quota, btw. - Tracy
WSJ: Dvorak Users Oppose Qwerty Layouts on Smart Phones, iPhones -
Dvorak isn't really the right model for touchscreens anyway, since it was designed for a physical two-handed keyboard (maximize use of the home row and alternation between hands, etc). I used the Fitaly keyboard layout on PalmOS ( and would like to see something like it on the iPhone, but Pete has a good point that this may defeat the iPhone's invisible key resizing. - Ben Darnell
That's interesting. I guess the optimal layout for preventing jammed keys probably is close to the optimal layout for making accurate predictions based on where you actually pressed... - Laurence Gonsalves
Not exactly. For jammed keys you want to avoid having letters that may appear consecutively adjacent on the keyboard. For predictive key resizing you want to avoid having adjacent letters that are likely to follow the same prefix. Having ING next to each other would be prone to jammed keys, but wouldn't pose a problem for predictive input. - Ben Darnell
In the Pipeline: Things I Won't Work With -
The entire "Things I Won't Work With" category of this blog is awesome. To subscribe to just this category in Reader, use this link: - Ben Darnell
How far in advance do newspapers write obituaries? -
"By the time Gerald Ford died in December 2006, his obituary writer had been dead for 11 months. " - Ben Darnell
The interesting part of the article is determining who is at risk, especially younger examples. Should Kurt Cobain's have been pre-written? What about obese comedians or those who drink heavily? - Louis Gray
Five Key Reasons Why Newspapers Are Failing, pt. 2 | Politics & Media | SPLICETODAY.COM -
Long but good article on the challenges facing newspapers (via piaw) - Ben Darnell
Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why. -
"But why would the placebo effect seem to be getting stronger worldwide? Part of the answer may be found in the drug industry's own success in marketing its products." How ironic. - Ruchira S. Datta
Dunbar’s Number and The Future of Communications -
KFC Has A Bacon Sandwich That Uses Fried Chicken As "Bread" [Epic] -
For Jenna :) - Ben Darnell
OMG. gross. (but love fried chicken) torn. - Jenna Bilotta
I wonder if they deliver to Mountain View.... may have to send the Reader team a care package. - Louis Gray
Nikon unveils S1000pj - the world's first projector camera -
I can't believe it took so long for someone to do this. I mean, all you have to do is run the image sensor in reverse to let all the captured photons out through the lens, right? ;) - Ben Darnell
I wonder if they point in the same direction and can operate at the same time, that would make for small and light multitouch projects. - Casey Muller
Cool!!! - p3p3
What is happening with progress to make a videophone a reality? - Michael Muller
Chris and Malcolm are both wrong -
Looks like metafilter has removed the video. It's available with a less-offensive title (sorry mom!) at - Ben Darnell
Amazing talent! - Anne Bouey
just incredible!! - Rachel Lea Fox
It's even more impressive if you have the cultural context. - Misha Dynin
Video: Real-life Mario Kart - Offworld -
Steve's secret is out ;) - Ben Darnell
denny's! he does LOVE denny's! :) (ben, we miss you) - Jenna Bilotta
U.P.S. adds bikes to the fleet -
Saves money and gas. - Ashish from iPhone
awesome! - Susan Beebe from BuddyFeed
A definite step in the right direction -to do something about environment, good to see a company do just that. - Raymond Marr aka Knatchwa
I did not noticed that this was originally posted in december 2008. - Ashish
Ben Darnell joins FriendFeed: Ben++! -
Congrats! - Brandon Titus
Congrats, Ben. Your joining a great group of smart talented people. - Daniel Brusilovsky
Have fun, Ben! It was great working with you at Google back in the day. FriendFeed sounds like a great place to be, enjoy it :) - Ovidiu Predescu
need a "like but sad" button. - Jenna Bilotta
We're slowly getting the band back together! :-) - Kevin Fox
iPhone Doom Classic Progress Report -
It's interesting how hard it is to make apparently-straightforward graphical improvements to a 16-year-old game running on more modern hardware. Also, even without the graphical improvements, "it is Doom as you remember it, which is quite a bit better than it actually was". - Ben Darnell
I was just complaining to Gary today that I remember playing Doom on my 33Mhz 486, but these days you "need" a 400Mhz ARM to get the same performance. Thank you performance sucking abstraction layers! - Private Sanjeev
Just installed on my Nokia. Ahh it takes me back. Interesting to see some of the choices that they made for the original game still hold true with a modern PDA/Phone. - John Cooper
Alert: Crunchberries Are Not Real Berries [Know Your Berries] -
You mean I wasn't getting my recommended intake of fruit as a kid by eating Crunch Berries? At least snozzberries are still real, right? - Ben Darnell
End of daylight saving time is good for the heart - Los Angeles Times -
Daylight savings time kills. One more reason to get rid of it. - Ben Darnell
Kindle’s $9.99 Books May Shrink Publishers’ Profits (Update3) - -
This may be old news, but I didn't realize that (at least some) books on the Kindle are subsidized by Amazon. I expected it to be the other way around, since it's so hard for people to look past the $300+ purchase price. I wonder what fraction of Kindle sales are for bestsellers versus the long tail (for which Amazon probably pays less and makes a profit)? Also, in light of the fact at the beginning of the article that Kindle sales are more profitable than print, it sounds like there's a lot of room to squeeze publishers before this analyst's predicted price increase. - Ben Darnell
RSSted Development — The American, A Magazine of Ideas -
Wall-E end credits -
(spoiler warning!) I loved the WALL-E end credits too, although rather than being "fantastically optimistic" I thought they were a more realistic counterpoint to the optimism of the ending of the main body of the film. The credits showed that while humanity would survive and recover, it wouldn't be as simple as using the technology that had sustained them on the spaceship or reactivating dormant technology on earth. The returning humans must rebuild civilization the hard way, starting from scratch and retracing the original humans' steps. - Ben Darnell
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Finally got around to uploading photos from my last several trips - Ben Darnell
Epochal: Achron, Meta-Time Strategy -
My brain hurts. - Ben Darnell
News 14 | 24 Hour Local News | TOP STORIES | Queen City ranked second most manly city -
The Pure Advantage: Advanced Racing Game AI -
An interesting discussion of game AI and how to ensure that the player tends to stay neck-and-neck with computer-controlled opponents without making it obvious that the race is rigged. - Ben Darnell
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