The All-Natural Prank: Eating All-Natural Soap Cat Food and Aphrodisiacs

“While visiting my local health food store, I noticed how many non-food products are labeled “All-Natural.” Toothpaste. Dog biscuits. Deodorants. Some of them, like those Carrot-Honey-Ginger soaps, sound good enough to eat. Is it a soap, I found myself asking, or a salad? Recently, I decided to find out….|Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Soap. Oatmeal adds a nice texture to oatmeal cookies and oatmeal bars — would it do the same for…

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Space Quest 0: Replicated

“The Virtual Broomcloset is proud to announce the release of Jeff Stewart’s Space Quest 0: Replicated, an all-new AGI fan game set prior to the events of the Sarien Encounter! In the tradition of The Lost Chapter, Space Quest: Replicated offers fans an untold tale of Roger Wilco as our hero finds himself posted aboard Labion Orbital Station 10, a Class 3 Cloning Facility. Unfortunately, it appears that a mysterious…

Information Foraging: Why Google Makes People Leave Your Site Faster

“The easier it is to find places with good information, the less time users will spend visiting any individual website. This is one of many conclusions that follow from analyzing how people optimize their behavior in online information systems.” Jakob Nielsen –Information Foraging: Why Google Makes People Leave Your Site Faster (Alertbox) I’m guessing Nielsen has noticed that lots of people have been writing and thinking critically about Google lately. This…

Master of Design

“We?re quite good at remembering when things happen. That has meaning for us. But imagine creating an individual document around every one of those individual blog entries and just having them there on your desktop or in a folder. It would be completely meaningless to you. And that’s how we treat e-mail now. But imagine keeping e-mail a bit more like a blog. Then suddenly, you?ve got instant messaging qualities…

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100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

–100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know (Houghton Mifflin) The list stretches a bit to supply words for every letter of the alphabet. Confession: Last fall, I learned I had the meaning of enervate backwards. There are a few others on that list that are in my reading vocabulary, but which I’d have a hard time defining — such as jejune and ziggurat . I actually use Miriam-Webster’s online dictionary.

Lex in the City: reflections on a year in the North American Editorial Unit

“My new friends seem to expect the life of a young woman living in Manhattan to mirror that of Carrie Bradshaw, the alluring protagonist of the popular TV programme Sex and the City. I’m expected to follow in the stiletto heels of that (in)famous TV drama’s befurred, cosmo-swilling crew. Alas, I am inevitably a disappointment to these admirers; for I came to New York not to linger over the pistachio-…

Frankfurter Converter

“The fun, simple and safer way to turn ordinary hotdogs into exciting to cook and super fun to eat… OCTODOGS!” –Frankfurter ConverterOctodog) You know it’s a slo-o-o-w weekend when this site reaches #21 on Blogdex, with only 4 links. Note the weasel word “safer”. Safer than what?

Final Version of Weblog Definition

“A weblog, also known as a *blog, is a frequently updated website consisting of dated entries arranged in reverse chronological order so that the reader sees the most recent post first. The style is typically personal and informal. Freely available tools on the World Wide Web make it easy for anybody to publish their own weblog, so there is a lot of variety in the quality, content and ambition of…

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Babette's Feast and the Reclamation of Melodrama

“We need to take a minute to consider how anomalous a genre weepies really are. Most movies—especially American movies—are essentially dramatic, as opposed to lyrical (concerned with mood or the inner self) or conceptual (concerned with ideas). The weepie’s the exception. It creates an interesting aesthetic problem for the people making it: How do you explore characters, in an essentially visual medium, who are not constantly externalizing their conflicts in…