links for 2010-04-17

  • "One of the great things about running your own website is that you get to set the course it will take. We’re aware of the upcoming changes that were announced today on the Ning developer site, and we wanted provide some useful resources to help existing Ning users looking to transition to a new platform."
  • "As much as we hate to admit it, we are hooked on the digital world. Whether it is texting, gaming, downloading or emailing, so much of our time is spent in the virtual realm.

    Luckily, the off button is easy to find. Take a week to cut back on digital stimulation as much as you can. The goal is not to dwell on the pitfalls of our electronic devices but to reflect on ourselves."

  • "Below is a dictionary of the secret man language of Frank Sinatra. Throw a few of these words into your conversations among friends. You’ll probably get a few raised eyebrows but like Frank, you’ll add spark to even the most mundane interactions."
  • ""Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" ran in April 1966 and became one of the most celebrated magazine stories ever published, a pioneering example of what came to be called New Journalism — a work of rigorously faithful fact enlivened with the kind of vivid storytelling that had previously been reserved for fiction."
  • "While scouring old dictionaries for some words that would fit in the book, we came across many others that were beyond awesome but didn’t make the cut. Here’s a glossary of our favorite manly slang that was tossed about on the streets and saloons back in the day. These colorful words and phrases probably won’t ever come back into popular parlance, but they’re a real hoot to read through."
  • "This three piece Kashmiri tea, comprising a tea pot, a covered creamer and a covered sugar bowl, set is one of the most beautiful we have encountered. It is made from
    heavy, thick grade silver. Each piece is surprisingly heavy in the hand, and in total, the set weighs almost 2 kilograms.

    The year of manufacture – 1878 – in Arabic numerals but using the Gregorian calendar, plus a short series of words in Farsi (Persian Arabic which was typically used in
    Kashmir) which translates loosely to 'metalwork of Kashmir' has been worked into the design of each piece (see the images below)."

    (tags: food tea history)