Category: Cool Stuff

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Espressomap

Oooooh: espressomap is a simple site that uses Google Maps to identify excellent espresso venues in North America. Type your zip code to find out what’s near you!

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Both Sides of Valentine’s Day

I’ve run across two Valentine’s Day sweets today, hitting both ends of the V-Day spectrum: Ags tells me I need to go Cupcake Royale for the Deathcake Royale, a death-by-chocolate cupcake “made with Theo‘s organically grown, dark Madagascar & Venezuelan single origin chocolates, Stumptown‘s bold Sumatra coffee beans, and a chocolaty cupcake love so intense, ...

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Top 10 Flickr Hacks

I’m a big fan of the photo-sharing site Flickr, where you can view my latest pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarlson/. Flickr has an open API, which means developers can create their own applications that tie into the Flickr service. One example is FlickrExport, which I use to upload photos directly from iPhoto to my Flickr stream. On the ...

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Truth and Meaning in WSJ Article

My friend Glenn made a PDF of the Wall Street Journal article in which I appear ("Now on DVD: Holiday Cards"), so I was able to read it even though I’m not a WSJ subscriber. It’s an amusing overview of people who are sending DVDs with a bit of information on how to do it. ...

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iTunes Smart Playlist Adventure

I almost always listen to music via iTunes while I’m working, but I do find myself gravitating to the handful of recent albums purchased. At some point I created a Smart Playlist that shows me music that hasn’t played during the past year. It’s a nice eclectic mix of tunes, with 121 items covering 9 ...

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I Finally Made CARS

No, not the Pixar movie. I’m “quoted” in an article at Crazy Apple Rumors Site: According to a report by Radar Online, Apple has decided to drop Justin Long, the actor who plays the Mac in the “I’m a Mac” ad campaign. The news left the Macintosh community stunned. It then left it in denial. ...

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Espresso Machine from Bomb Shells

Okay, enough about me and my progress on conquering all media. Let’s get back to the important stuff: coffee! Specifically, a man in Ethiopia who converts old weapon shells into espresso machines: “From weapons of war to great coffee“. I love this on so many levels that my head is spinning (or maybe that’s from ...

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Authors on the celebrity circuit

So, after I appeared in the Seattle Times yesterday, I got an email from my father who points out that my officemate Kim Ricketts appears in today’s edition: “Authors on the celebrity circuit“. The article is about the types of literary events that she puts on, where an author comes to town and speaks to ...

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Al Gore at Starbucks HQ

Smiling Al Gore Originally uploaded by Jeff Carlson. I broke away from the office for a few hours Tuesday afternoon to catch an appearance by former Vice President Al Gore at Starbucks headquarters. He was in town to give his Keynote (not PowerPoint; I know, Mac geek) presentation on global warming the night before, and ...

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Making a Model

This has been linked quite a bit in the past week, but I want to add my own extra bit. Go watch this short (<1 minute) video that demonstrates a beautiful but normal woman at a photo shoot being made up (in real life and in Photoshop) for a billboard ad. Then, go check out ...