Wow. Andy writes a fascinating piece on the organized translation of The Economist by a group of Chinese volunteers.
Snacks and Shit is a hilarious weblog run by two guys taking rap lyrics out of context because they are RIDICULOUS out of context.
I can't relate to this post about Mondays that everyone seems excited about. I fricken LOVE Mondays. It's the start of the week. You get to see what ideas that were so important on Friday stayed important until Monday. Sometimes a couple of days brings everyone to their senses and we can leave bad ideas in the past week.
Mondays are a fresh start. They're like a reset button for the doldrums of your Wednesday afternoon meetings where two people are going on about something the other eight people in the room don't even understand.
Sundays, specifically Sunday nights, are the worst. I hate them. The last day to get stuff done and you can't even stay up late working on anything. Anything you didn't have time to do now sits around until the next weekend.
While I think this animation is good, and it helps illustrate the flow of money and greediness of everyone involved, I think the This American Life episode "Giant Pool of Money" did a better job in pointing out not every risky buyer was trying to get away with something. Here they are drawn as overweight, tattooed, smoking, and having too many kids to suggest them as "risky"… Whereas the TAL episode detailed the predatory nature of the lenders actively searching for people who shouldn't have been looking to buy a house.
Still, I think the video is worth watching.
The TAL episode can be purchased here. It's worth it.
Interested in developing a game for the Mac? Matt Gallagher just kicked off a multi-part tutorial on making your own game using CoreAnimation.
Some lists I like:
I'm not sure if this weblog publishes its own visitor graph for the previous day, or if it's publishing the visitor graph for another site, but either way I wish I'd have thought of it. [found on vvork]
The Fireland Podcast — "This lane is for douchebags."
Internet of Things — I liked this post.
I installed 1Password this week and now have long, hairy passwords that would make your mamma blush. I'm still dealing with how to sign into things from my iPhone and actually use Safari, but otherwise it's great. I love it.
Earlier in the week a ClickJacking hack sprang up and was quickly fixed by Twitter. Here is the explanation about how it happened. Some actual services were relying on this hack, which of course brought up the OAuth debate again. Luckily it looks like OAuth is nearly ready to be ready for everyone on Twitter.
While I like OAuth for web apps, I think the developer of Tweetie says it best when describing the UX problem OAuth has for desktop apps. I've had a chance to use OAuth in conjunction with Yammer for a couple months now. It's completely disorienting, especially since they routinely expire (or lose) my key. First I'm here, then this is closing, then I'm over there, typing a password, now go over here—it's like The freaking Amazing Race on my desktop.
But OAuth for web apps? Hooray!
I first became aware of Buster Mcleod from his All Consuming project. He has a lot of projects that seem to spiral off from what he was doing with All Consuming. Projects that track a particular time of day on Flickr. Projects that display what is in season for your location. His Morale-O-Meter used to track his mood and other statuses throughout the week. He sums it up in his post "History of my self-tracking":
The reason I am obsessed with self-tracking is because I think there is a way to track yourself in such a way that it leads to epiphanies about yourself, about the cause and effect of things, in such a way that these numbers would eventually be able to tell you things about yourself that you didn’t already know. This is the only reason to self-track, in my opinion.