Delicious Bookmarks

Moving two whale skeletons in 2008 from Chesapeake Bay to the New Bedford Whaling Museum
I've been to the New Bedford Whaling museum, and it was the highlight of all my trips to Boston for work.
How Peter Rukavina disputed a car rental charge with his geolocation archive
None of this would likely hold up in a law court, but it was enough for me to be able to report to AVIS with confidence that the charge was spurious.
A counterpoint to the anti-stuff crowd
The computer lords want to control everything, and central to controlling all things is controlling perception. Perception of the way things are, the way things work, and what’s happened in history so that they can frame their version of events and control the narrative; mind-controlling the masses to make them into better, more compliant consumers.
Mauricio Giraldo Arteaga on how he generates book covers for NYPL ebooks based on the titles
Images from Project Gutenberg are used if available, otherwise an algorithm makes up a cover using symbols.
David G. Temple muses about what wearable computing could have in store for sports fans
He likes his Pebble Smart Watch and wonders what an Apple wearable might enable.
I missed this back in 2009 when it first came out. The linked PDF contains the proposal in full, written by Jeffrey A. Citron and David Steinhauer. It came out before the new outdoor park — Target Field — in Minneapolis (which has similar weather to Toronto) was completed.
Minor League Baseball: Investing in the Future
[M]ost players at the minor league level who haven’t reached minor league free agency are lucky to make $10,000 over the course of a season; a survey of players revealed that those in rookie ball make $1,250-1,300 a month while players in Triple-A, the highest level of the minors, can make roughly $1,000 more per month while under the contracted amount.
It’s time we had an intervention with the game of baseball
On announcers: Watch a game for an inning with no volume. See if you miss anything.
Gary Wolf of The Quantified Self on the data-driven life
Self-tracking can sometimes appear narcissistic, but it also allows people to connect with one another in new ways.
The generalist’s dilemma
Ed Smith asks "are we too professional?"
At the end of the 19th century, an amateur meant someone who was motivated by the sheer love of doing something; professional was a rare, pejorative term for grubby money-making.
"It is time to look at China, not for what it says, but for what it does, and to judge it accordingly."
Although the politics of China remains communist, the economics might be called Advanced Mercantilist.
A Mathematician's Lament by Paul Lockhart
Lockhart argues in part essay, part dialogue between Salviati and Simplicio, that math is an art to be discovered, not to be taught by rote.
Iceland's lost puffins
Kids from the Westman Islands gather at night and rescue birds fooled by the town's lights.
The Reverse Geocache Puzzle
Using GPS and some scripted logic, Mikal Hart built a box that a newly-married couple could only open at one spot on earth.
The Fairtilizer blog interviews Icelandic synth band FM Belfast
Features an preview of their album, How to Make Friends.
New York Times obituary for John DeFrancis
News to me, he died in January of this year. He was a giant in Chinese language studies, and helped shape some of my understanding when studying Mandarin.