Archive for April, 2008

The Tremont Tap House

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Last night I finally stopped by the Tremont Tap House, billed as Cleveland’s first gastropub. From Wikipedia: A gastropub is a British term for a public house (“pub”) which specializes in high-quality food a step above the more basic “pub grub.” The name is a combination of pub and gastronomy and was coined in 1991 […]

Friday, April 25th, 2008

The complete works of Charles Darwin are online, including PDF downloads of Voyage of the Beagle and Origin of Species. Listen to an interview about the site from today’s Morning Edition.

Tina Fey is Funnier Than Dudes

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

MSNBC recently picked Tina Fey as their funniest person. Though I would hardly call MSNBC the barometer of hilarity, it’s nice to see a woman in entertainment get respect for something other than her boobs. The best part of the article: …women (along with other women in comedy) still battle periodic declarations by male performers […]

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Combat junk mail by using postage paid envelopes to send bricks to analog spammers.

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

The history of Ski Free, complete with download.

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Charleton Heston has kicked the bucket. I wonder if anyone pried the gun out of his cold, dead hands.

New Music for Spring

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Pitchfork has posted a guide to upcoming spring releases. In no particular order I’m excited for: Acid Mothers Temple Boredoms The Breeders Clinic Envy (DVD) Microphones (reissue & new) Shout Out Louds The Gossip (live) Make Believe Bellafea The Black Angels Free Kitten Joan of Arc The VSS (reissue) Ellen Allien Ladytron Shearwater Silver Jews […]

Shorter Work Weeks, Offices and Productivity

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

I came across an article via Lifehacker about historical figures and productivity. I wasn’t surprised to see number one on the list is don’t work long hours. Too often in the corporate world long hours are used as an indicator of productivity, which is totally artificial. Someone could sit here for twelve hours and do […]

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Just so you know, geeks are buff now.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Juliana Hatfield writes about her experience working on My So-Called Life, and the song-writing process. My favorite part is her thoughts on how constraint fosters creativity: Having rules or limitations can be very liberating just as having total freedom to do whatever you want, however you want, can be sort of paralyzing. It’s hard to […]

A Family Undertaking

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Kottke posted a link yesterday to photos of people just before and just after they died. It reminded me of a documentary I watched the other night from PBS’ P.O.V. series called A Family Undertaking, about the growing home funeral movement. After the civil war, American funerals moved out of the home and largely into […]