For 25 years a single couple generated MLB's schedule#

Major league baseball’s schedule affects the lives of millions of Americans. For 25 years, the masterminds behind the massive undertaking were The Stephensons. A husband and wife duo working with a computer, a pencil and a great deal of cooperation.

I couldn’t care less about baseball generally, or Major League Baseball in particular, but I find this sort of thing fascinating.

The new Glif smartphone stand is adjustable#

I bought the original Glif in 2010, and have just ordered this updated version that can be modified to handle devices of varying size.

The Glif will work with practically any smartphone, with or without a case. Use the included hex key to fit the Glif to your phone. Once sized to your phone, you won’t need to make any additional adjustments. The Glif will fit devices between 58.4–86.4mm wide and 3.1–12.7mm thick.

The first version was an awesome little gadget, and so I’m definitely looking forward to using this new model with my iPhone 5s, and maybe even my iPad mini.

The Girl in the Closet#

Rivers chatted away as she followed Atkinson down a hallway into the master bedroom. He scooted over a basket overflowing with clothes, took a few hangers off the doorknob and swung open the closet door.

“Hi, Lauren,” he said.

Rivers fell silent. She wasn’t sure if the creature huddling at her feet was human.

For whatever reason, I’ve always been drawn to these stories of unimaginable abuse (and survival), and this one may very well be the most heart wrenching I’ve ever read. It seemed that each “chapter” introduced something worse and more unbelievable than the last.

As you read through this piece, I encourage you to view all of the galleries and watch all of the videos along the way. You might also want to read just a chapter or two at a time and then step away for a bit, lest you become overwhelmed with emotion. It’s a tough, but essential read—I promise you’ll get something out of it.

Hang in there, Lauren—you’re an inspiration to humanity.

The best cocktail I've ever had

October 16, 2013

UPDATE: A few weeks after I posted this, the Four Seasons Vancouver reached out to me on Twitter with a link to the recipe!

A few weeks ago we took a short trip to Vancouver, BC. It was a “vacation”, which meant I took two full days off of work plus a weekend! We had heard about the great drinks at YEW Bar, inside the Four Seasons, and ended up going there before dinner the first night we were in the city.

I saw “Lemon Meringue” on the cocktail list and just knew I had to try it.

Long story short, I tried it a few times. In fact, I had seven of them in three trips to that bar over the course of our short stay. It was, without question, the best cocktail I’ve ever had. It was so good that I forgave (after an embarrassingly long inspection, of course) the fact that on our last trip there, just before heading to the airport, the waitress spilled ceviche “juice” all over my Sony RX1, which was sitting on the table. (Not for nothing, but the staff couldn’t have been more apologetic, and I got the feeling that had it been damaged at all, they would have replaced it.)

Anyway, the point of this post is for you guys, my infinitely knowledgable readers, to estimate the appropriate ratios of this alcoholic elixir’s ingredients, which are as follows:

  • Citrus vodka
  • Vanilla liqueur
  • Lemon
  • Coconut (I almost didn’t order the drink because of this ingredient, but fortunately, I really couldn’t taste it)
  • Egg whites
  • Cinnamon (sprinkled on top of the finished drink)

I need to learn how to make this at home. Please don’t fail me. You guys are the best! Thanks. ;)

On a completely unrelated note, we had some insanely good food while in Vancouver, but far and away our favorite meal was at the Blue Water Cafe. It was phenomenal from start to finish, and we can’t wait to go back. (I fell in love with a drink here too; they called it “Jacob’s Ladder”, and it was made with ginger-infused Beefeater gin, fresh basil, cucumber lime juice, orgeat and a splash of chartreuse. Deelish.)

Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel#

I thought for sure that I had linked to this a year and a half ago when it was first making the rounds, but it seems I didn’t. Anyway, while the video is a bit silly, I guarantee it will forever change the way you dry your hands—it’s a simple, but very effective little trick.

Volume Scroll#

A simple little app that lets you control OS X system volume by scrolling anywhere in the menubar. (Neat, but we all know the best way to control system volume is with a PowerMate.)

(Via Brett Terpstra.)


The easiest way to show off your best photos. Free. No ads. No clutter.

For whatever reason I’m kind of into this. No comments, followers, or “likes” or “favorites” or any other metric—just your photos on display (and with the “Pro” account you can use a custom domain).

Skateboarding videos on Instagram

August 30, 2013

I have a new bona fide addiction: watching 15-second (or less) skateboarding videos on Instagram. The experience is damn near perfect: I’m just scrolling along, checking out my friends’ photos, and then, bam!, a short and sweet video of a trick I’ve never seen before. I kind of can’t get enough of it. If you’re aware of accounts other than those listed below that focus on skateboarding videos, please let me know.

(Somewhat relatedly, I’ve gotten back into Instagram in a pretty big way: follow me there.)

20 seconds of Tetris madness#

The player here is a Japanese player who goes by “Keroco,” and he or she achieved 40 lines in 19.68 seconds. That’s the first time that someone has broken the 20-second barrier, and it’s astonishing, to say the least. (A few years back, 40 seconds was considered a great time.) Tetris champion Ben Mullen wrote of the feat, “Let me humbly submit that this may be the greatest achievement in the history of gaming. … This won’t make national news. But to be honest, it should.”

Modify the default action of a keyboard shortcut

August 25, 2013

Based on a couple of conversations I’ve had in the last month, it seems most people think that if a keyboard shortcut is already taken by an application, then you can’t use that shortcut within the application for something other than what the developers originally intended.

This is wrong, and getting around it couldn’t be easier. You just need to assign a new keyboard shortcut to the action that’s currently assigned to the shortcut you want to use for another purpose, and then assign the old keyboard shortcut (i.e., the one you want to repurpose) to the new action you want it to invoke.

To illustrate this, I’ll use an example that comes up over and over again in my day-to-day use, namely CMD+P. As everyone knows, this is almost universally assigned to print functionality, but seriously, who the fuck prints anything these days? I like to use CMD+P for “preview”—mainly Markdown previews within whatever writing app I’m currently using.

To do this I simply go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Application Shortcuts, assign “Print” to some nonsensical keyboard shortcut, and then assign CMD+P to “Preview” (or whatever the particular app calls its preview functionality). (I can’t do this universally across all apps because most of them have a one-off name for their preview stuff, especially if they offer multiple preview options.)

(In many instances, the process actually is easier than I just described—you only have to add the new shortcut in System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Application Shortcuts, and then the original shortcut gets stripped automatically. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t; I can’t quite figure out the voodoo, and so I usually just go the two-step route described above.)


Crowsflight keeps you on track in the direction of your destination, but frees you to discover exciting distractions along the way. It is perfect for wandering around cities, especially without a data connection.