Brutally Honest Personals

From Esquire Magazine: The singles…are real people with real issues. Some are overweight. Others are crippled by debt. Quite a few live with their parents. But they all have one thing in common: They are available. And they’ve put themselves out there with the hope of finding someone willing to accept them at face value. So, please, scan their profiles. You may not get exactly what you want, but at least you know exactly what you’re getting.

A Nagasaki Report

“American George Weller was the first foreign reporter to enter Nagasaki following the U.S. atomic attack on the city on Aug. 9, 1945. Weller wrote a series of stories about what he saw in the city, but censors at the Occupation’s General Headquarters refused to allow the material to be printed. Weller’s stories, written in September 1945, can be found here“. Fascinating.

Yubnub – Command Line for the Web

One of Opera best features is its programmable searches and bookmark aliases. It allows one to to configure the browser to search from virtually anything right from the address bar.

For example I can type: g [space] “getting things done” and it will invoke google to search for “Getting Things Done”. It can even handle forms post type forms. My “How to do currency conversions in Opera” hack is an example.

Now there is a new web application / browser enhancement that promises to multiply that power and extend it to any browser.

Enter Yubnub
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Cool Tools Summer Tips Edition

Kevin Kelly is on vacation so his latest Cool Tools is just a cut and paste of reader tips.

Here Ares some good ones:

1. Keep a disposable camera (with flash) in your glove compartment. Useful for accidents or quick-get-the-camera moments.

2. No space for an office whiteboard? No problem, write on your windows. “I have a typical “fishbowl” manager’s office. Unfortunately, the furniture layout precludes the use of a whiteboard in my office. Instead, I use standard dry-erase markers to write on my office window. I get lots of strange looks from folks walking by, but many have commented on the practicality of the idea. Straight windex and paper towels to clean.”

3. “With a pair of scissors, a small slit can be cut to make the velcro strip stay on one end of the cable”. See bellow for illustration:


4. Make your own industrial safety signs. “St. Claire Inc., a technical communications company, has a FANTASTIC web page where you can register for free, and by clicking away (picking a heading, symbol and typing in text) you can generate .pdf files of safety signs of all kinds. You can certainly customize safety signs VERY specifically for any kind of local condition or situation.” I personally have had tons of infantile fun making biohazard notices for the company lavatories.

There are several more tips. I strongly recommend Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools Newsletter. It is a weekly delight. You can subscribe for free here.

Guide to Escorting

In Good Company by Kay Good

No dear Johns, this book is not a handy guide on asking for blankets in Italy or how to hook strippers without paying their pimps.

Rather this is a “groundbreaking guide for both complete beginners and seasoned professionals…[which] explains how to make sex-work work for you”.

The blurb reminds readers that “Escorting is not for everyone…but for those wanting to make the most of this lucrative trade this unique no-holds-barred guide is all you need.”

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