1. Some interesting articles from the May issue of Wired

    jake on 2005.05.17
    at 01:18 am

    I’ve been trying to keep my extraneous items out of my space. That means throwing away magazines I don’t really need anymore. If the subject matter is more technical, like how-to shoot a good portrait I’ll throw it into But sometimes it’s just an interesting article, and it makes more sense to share those here and archive them for posterity. This month’s issue of Wired falls into the later category.

    • Manhattan Map from 1609Destination: Manhattan, 1609 — A comparison of Manhattan in 1609 and today.
    • White People Can’t Text — I am not sure what they’re getting at here. It sounds like cell phone content providers, aka assholes, are going to target minorities. Personally I find all of that crap a rip off, remember everyone, they overcharge you for content, you don’t need to buy from them. Getting a ring tone or two for $2.99 is one thing. You don’t need to repurchase all the latest hits. It’s why the bastards don’t want the iTunes phone to be released.
    • Mega Player 522BT — If I don’t get a bare bones phone, it’ll have Bluetooth. Too bad more mp3 players don’t have features like this one. And too bad this one is not an iPod:.
    • Shopping Cart — If I was still in college I’m sure I could get some use out of the The Ring Thing.
    • Cracking the Real Estate Code — All the lingo surrounding real estate can be confusing, just like any other industry where you’re an outsider. This article tries to help level the playing field.

    So consider the terms in the box on the previous page: A “fantastic” house is surely fantastic enough to warrant a high price, right? What about a “charming” and “spacious” home in a “great neighborhood!”? No, no, no, no, and no.

    In fact, the terms that correlate with a higher sales price are physical descriptions of the home itself: granite, Corian, and maple. As information goes, such terms are specific and straightforward – and therefore pretty useful. If you like granite, you might like the house; but even if you don’t, “granite” certainly doesn’t connote a fixer-upper. Nor does “gourmet” or “state-of-the-art,” both of which seem to tell a buyer that a house is, on some level, fantastic.

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