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Whew. My clip queue is congested. Here are some more gems from the past couple weeks.

Literate programming is the writing of computer programs primarily for human beings to read, similar to a work of literature; hence the name “literate programming.” This contrasts with the traditional view that a programmer’s primary creation is source code to be read by a computer.

Literate programming – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

When your query is submitted, an alert is sent to all appropriate Guides who are currently signed in to the system. Because the Guides can see the question you submit, you can submit your question in natural language, just like you’d ask any person a question.

Bezos dances with ChaCha

The iFood terminal at Nordiska Kompaniet’s food hall lets customers hook up their iPod and download audio recipes.The process is described in five simple steps (we couldn’t resist including the Swedish original): 1) Docka – Plug in, 2) Ladda ner – Download, 3) Handla – Purchase, 4) Lyssna – Listen, and 5) Laga – Cook. After choosing from a wide range of recipes and downloading audio instructions to their iPod or other mp3 player, shoppers can purchase all necessary items from a colour-coded deli area.

Springwise: Dock and shop

That leaves less time for other projects that we’d intended at Curious Office. Yet, I think our plan is to do things LINEARLY vs. sequentially. Each project takes time to execute well.

Curious Office » Blog Archive » Change of course for Curious Office?

A Wikipedia entry on yourself is a powerful reputation management tool. Google floats Wikipedia pages to the top of people searches, and unlike traditional press coverage, you get to edit it. Or more wisely, get someone else to edit. Three do-it-yourself steps for building your own Wikiality after the jump.

SILICON VALLEY USERS GUIDE: SVUG #18: How do I get into Wikipedia? – Valleywag

To me the chain of dependencies here and opportunity for failure at each step is just too great. That’s not to say that people can’t be successful using this model. It’s just that I personally don’t know how to traverse all those failure points with any great degree of certainty.

Jackson Fish Market

“I just looked at my parents in their cashmere sweaters and thought, ‘Who am I to go to an elite liberal arts college and spend all my time reading while, in the real world, thousands of kids my age are sacrificing their lives for our country?’ It’s not right.”

800,000 Privileged Youths Enlist To Fight In Iraq | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

Jason CalacanisSerial entrepreneur looking for the next big thing…see all my questionsWho’s are the top 10 web designer in the world today?

LinkedIn: Answers: View Question

What’s Your Value-Add? (hint: everyone knows but you)Tuesday, November 28, 2006This is a trick question. Your value-add has little to do with how you think others value you. It has everything to do with how others actually do value you.

Webnotions Blog :: Comments on design trends and issues :: VainNotion

RSS is mainly used by bloggers and media companies to distribute their latest blog updates and news flashes. Adding to the mix, Offertrax is bringing Really Simple Syndication to the retail sector, offering consumers more purchasing intelligence and online merchants a new way to convert site visits into sales.

Springwise: RSS connects consumers & online merchants

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” A quote from Martin Luther King, extolling the virtues of the wayward mind (via TWS).

Mind Hacks: Creatively maladjusted

They consider the product fungible and relatively unimportant compared to a strong, coherent team. This creates a tension for self-funded startups. For example, Findory could continue as is, but would never get funded without the team. But, forming a full team puts the company at considerable risk because it drastically increases the burn rate.

John Cook’s Venture Blog

And how about the long overdue rebirth of group buying? Back in 1999, was too early, and spent too much money, but the potential of uniting like-minded buyers and demanding bulk discounts from retailers or manufacturers is still staggering.What will make things easier this time around is that a) everybody is now online, and b) social software has taken care of the aggregation challenge. All this now needs is a CROWD CLOUT entrepreneur that will add a group-buying feature to existing networking sites. More on CROWD CLOUT and transparency of demand, including lots of start-ups in this field, in our March 2007 briefing.’s TOP 5 CONSUMER TRENDS FOR 2007

The darling coffeehouse of Fifteenth Avenue (East) finally has that little sibling that it’s always wanted.

Metroblogging Seattle: brave new victrola opens on pike

This paper reflects two trends we see here at Radar: the first is towards multicore systems and the growing importance of distributed execution; the second is the increasing relevance of languages like Erlang, Haskell, and E.

O’Reilly Radar > Threads Considered Harmful

we need new tools to check data consistency across multiple shards, move data around shards and so on – a lot of the flickr code infrastructure deals with ensuring data is consistent and well balanced and finding and repairing it when it’s not.

O’Reilly Radar > Database War Stories #3: Flickr

These are typefaces packaged with Windows Vista.

C * Calibri * Cambria (typeface) C cont. * Candara * Consolas * Constantia (typeface) C cont. * Corbel (typeface)M * MeiryoS * Segoe UI

Category:Windows Vista typefaces – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So how does a creative person increase demand for their work?

Berkun blog » Blog Archive » Creativity: Supply vs. Demand

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