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SelfControl

Is email a distraction? SelfControl is an OS X application which blocks access to incoming and/or outgoing mail servers and websites for a predetermined period of time. For example, you could block access to your email, facebook, and twitter for 90 minutes, but still have access to the rest of the web. Once started, it can not be undone by the application or by restarting the computer – you must wait for the timer to run out.

Free software under the GPL. Here’s the code.

Posted on March 26, 2009

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As much as I like it, more than any other site the commenters on YouTube can be surprisingly, well, horrible. In my research I found this was true even on videos of the highest-of-high culture. Operas and symphonies had the same hostile, petty, and juvenile comments as nearly any other video on the site.

The commentary track I made for this video is literally the commentary from the original Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 video, read aloud by actors.

Created for the Artists’ Space WebCast for January 2009. Thanks to Joseph Del Pesco, Scott Vermeire, Cynthia Yardley, Jeff Crouse, and Christina Kral.

Posted on January 2, 2009

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My 2008 X-Mix includes some comedy I found this year, amazing live tracks from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, the old soul and reggae I can’t seem to stop listening to, and more. Listen here.

Also, be sure to check out another great of 2008, OpenTape a free open source online music player.

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Posted on December 26, 2008

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You may have heard about Young Me Now Me, a fun Ze Frank thing. After discovering the painting of Georges Emile Lebacq below (thanks Patrick) and it’s remarkable likeness to my visage, we at FFFFF.at developed something with a little more dignity and class, it’s called: Impressionist Me, Now Me.

Get out that new digital camera you just unwrapped, do some hunting online and get into it.

Here’s the rules:

1. Search commons.wikimedia.org or other sites for a historical painting, drawing, or early photograph that looks like you. (It’s easier than you think) It doesn’t have to be an impressionist painting, that’s just what we started with.

2. Create a photo of you today where you recreate the pose and scene as best you can. Try to dress the same.

3. Put the two images side by side and upload it into the comments!

Here’s some to get us started:

Georges Emile Lebacq and Steve Lambert

Georges Emile Lebacq and Steve Lambert

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Van Gogh and Jamie Dubs

Van G and Jamie W

Michele Meets Dora Wheeler

Michele Meets Dora Wheeler

Van Gough and Evan Roth

Van Gogh and Evan Roth

Nate Graham chills with Diego Rivera

Nate Graham chills with Diego Rivera

Claire Jervert and unkown

Claire Jervert and unkown

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