March 30, 2011
TIME's 140 best Twitter feeds
The list is subdivided into Authors, Business, Celebrities, Comedians, Companies, Fictional Characters, Health and Science, News Feeds, Politicians, Pundits and Commentators, Satire, Shopping and Coupons, Sports, and Technology.
Turns out I was already following 10 of the 140 before happening on the list.
You know me as well as anyone, take a guess or three.
Names revealed here this time tomorrow.
Jeff Beck & Imelda May Band — "(Remember) Walking In The Sand"
Take a [Social Security] number
A reader writes, "Can you believe this? Social Security numbers right in the open, for anyone to come and steal."
I put my Crack Research Team on it and they drilled down, reporting that all of the Social Security numbers belonged to people who are deceased:
As a long-time reader of spy fiction and non-fictional memoirs of those in the field, I know that intelligence agencies build new identities by using the name of someone who died as a child as the basis for creating an entire persona, starting with applying for a Social Security number using that individual's name.
The publication of existing Social Security numbers won't interfere with such methodology.
Neo Tea Dress
Wrote creator Louise Hedley, "My vintage-inspired tea dress in a wonderful combination of a pale lavender bodice with dark grey trim, mint belt and dark grey skirt."
Chrome 11 beta brings voice-to-text capabilities
Wrote Stan Schroeder in a March 23, 2011 post on Mashable, "Google has pushed Chrome 11 to the beta channel, bringing a couple of improvements, including the browser's ability to transcribe voice to text.
"With this new feature, users can click an icon and speak into the computer's microphone, and the browser will turn the speech into text. You can try it out at this demo page.
Created by Addie Gartland of Keansburg, New Jersey, who wrote, "Finally, an easy way to tell the salt from the pepper. I can't tell you how many times I've grabbed for the pepper, gave it a shake, and was like, 'What the hell is this white stuff?! Sugar!? Oh! It's the salt.' Now if Pepa was there all like, 'It's me you want. Ah, push it,' I would have enjoyed many a meal more."
"Now the confusion is over for you too! Each salt and pepper shaker stands 3.75" tall and 1.5" wide. These are glass shakers with stainless steel tops. These are my own illustrations, digitally cut out of vinyl and applied by yours truly."
5-year-old Flannery O'Connor reading, circa 1930
Power Drill Pencil Sharpener
Never use a flyswatter when a cannon will do the job just as well.
"Chuckable drill-powered pencil sharpener, fits any drill and 1-4"-shank quick-change system. Produces a fast, consistent pencil point every time."