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Linkdump for July 12th

by Rob Friesel
  • At Gizmodo.
    (tagged: research space robot )
  • By Kathryn Flagg, writing for Seven Days.

    Speaking for myself, I have kind of a love/hate relationship with the CSA model. On the one hand, it's incredibly convenient to get a weekly stash of straight-from-the-farm fresh vegetables, and I love that I've been exposed to so many new flavors (e.g., garlic scapes). On the other hand, some of our shares have spoiled quickly, and I also find that we receive a lot of produce that we know that we don't like (e.g., eggplant, mushrooms). I'm also not totally convinced that it's necessarily saving me money during the summer months when it comes to the produce portion of my groceries. Granted, the goal isn't specifically to save money, nor to completely replace my usual spend on produce, but how much we "supplement" the share can vary considerably from week to week.

  • By Greg Sandoval, writing at CNET News; the quote from Michael Pachter just about sums it up:

    "Consumers weren't looking for Reed to get out of the DVD business. They were just looking for more streaming content."

    (Via Daring Fireball.)

    (tagged: Netflix )
  • Lyza Gardner, writing at the Cloud Four blog, demonstrates the power of em-based media queries. There’s a quirk or two (though fortunately she’s documented them) but the big win is that–as one commenter points out–this technique helps to resolve user-zoom issues (one of the great “elephants in the room” of web design).
  • Garance Franke-Ruta, writing for The Atlantic:

    In this case, it was like a wall that only threw off a little bit of dust in response to a major collision, and then scientists were able to tell that the wall was there because they took a picture of the dust before it blew away. Except in this case the wall is also continuous and infinite, and invisible, and we all live inside of it, and it's what gives us mass, which is to say the quality of physical existence.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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