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Archive for June 16th, 2011

If you’re filled with resolve and have no target for it…

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Take a look at this list of 60 things you can do over the next 3 months to improve your life. (The article says over the next 100 days, but a good manager will cut development time by 10% to create excitement and also provide a buffer zone for schedule mishaps.)

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16 June 2011 at 9:52 am

Posted in Daily life

Make a mechanical record player in 24 hours

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No electronics allowed. The players that were created look wonderful: very steam-punk. What attracted my attention is the rebirth of emotion on hearing recorded music: the experience of taking a flat disk and spinning it under a needle, and then music comes out regains its novelty and excitement.

More detailed photos here, but this short video shows the process and lets you hear the results:

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16 June 2011 at 9:50 am

Posted in Music, Technology

Plymouth Gin

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There is London Dry Gin, the most familiar variety. And Dutch gin. And the Plymouth gins, of which Plymouth Gin is the last distillery left of that type.

According to me and also to people who know much more than I, the best gin for a Martini is Plymouth Gin. I have long favored Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth as the vermouth, but I read a few years back that they have changed the formulation, so you’re on your own there. Vya has quite a few adherents, but I’ve not tried it. Yet.

So how do they make it so good? Here:

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16 June 2011 at 9:32 am

Posted in Daily life, Drinks

Some good tips among the weird

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16 June 2011 at 9:12 am

Posted in Daily life, Video

The 100 greatest non-fiction books

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I love book lists. Here’s a good one in the Guardian.

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16 June 2011 at 8:54 am

Posted in Books

How to stop your Gmail account being hacked

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Hackers are getting better tools and more support from various governments. This article struck me because of recent gmail hackings.

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16 June 2011 at 8:48 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

Intriguing apps for the iPhone and other smartphones

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Here are a couple of lists of good apps:

Ten apps for the iPhone that (it says) you should install first.

Ten best smartphone apps to save money.

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16 June 2011 at 8:43 am

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