Google Search History

If you are – like me – slightly uncomfortable by the upcoming changes to Google’s privacy policy, you should check out your ‘Web History settings’.

Here’s how: log in with your Google account, go to google.com/history, if Web History is off (it was for me), just leave it like that. If it’s on, click ‘remove all Web History’. This will delete the history and pause Web History until you come back to switch it back on.

via: Lifehacker

The Phone Stack

Here’s a good idea that should help me keep #2 of my December 2010 Resolutions.

Next time you are out for dinner with a group of friends, make everyone put their phones in the middle of the table (or someplace else where everyone can see them). The phones will buzz and ring throughout dinner. Whoever can’t resist temptation to check their messages or pick up their incoming calls picks up the tab.

“I recommend not being such a stickler or hardass on people about the rules and even initiation of the game. Basic premise is to just get people open to the idea of staying active and attentive to one another. But if someone has to take a call; they have to take a call =).”

{ Brian “Lil b” Perez }

If no one has touched their phones when the bill comes, everyone is a winner (and pays their own meal).

This would also work well as a bar game: whoever checks their phone pays the next round. Checking Twitter, Facebook or verifying facts through Wikipedia or IMDB counts too!

Further reading: “Don’t Be A Di*k During Meals With Friends.” – The locking life of Lil b

New England Sayings

Of course I ended up hardly taking any pictures during my trip to NYC. So you’ll have to take my word for it that it was a great visit and it’s still the greatest city in the (new) world.

Since moving to New England, I keep hearing sayings that I’ve never heard before. Some are pretty easy to decipher, others are a complete mystery. I’ll always be a flatlander and while there’s no trying to hide that, it might be useful to figure out what the heck people are talking about.
N’East Style has a great series of Illustrated New England Sayings. After seeing these, about half of them are still a mystery to me,  but the artwork is amazing, and it’s fun trying to figure out what the meaning of each of them is. Check ’em out, and if you know what they mean, please let me know, you might save me from making an ass of myself.Ayuh IllustrationFurther Reading: N’East Style [neaststyle.com] and 10engines [10engines.blogspot.com]

Manual to the world #5

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an entry in my recurring Friday’s Manual to the World series.  This one doesn’t require many words.

I really like how the scale of the map is marked in hours instead of miles.  Make sure to go and check the rest of Fuchsia Macaree’s work!  That way you can still procrastinate a bit before the weekend without getting lost in the Bermuda triangle!

Via: swiss-miss

Further Reading: Fuchsia Macaree

Manual to the world #4

ManhattanI know, it’s only part 4 in this series and it’s already the second time I’m featuring a map.  I’ve explained before that I love maps and I really couldn’t resist this one.  It’s so interesting to see how racially divided New York City (still) is.  It would be even more interesting to see an extra layer on this map showing average rent prices. Or would that not be politically correct?

It’s no surprise to see that my neighborhood is primarily Hispanic (80%) but I was surprised to see there are so few black people (4%).  White people are pretty well represented at 15%.  That doesn’t sound like much, but the neighborhood bordering us has 83% whites which tilts the scale.  Up in Washington Heights and Inwood, Broadway is seen as a divider between the primarily Hispanic neighborhoods in the East and the white neighborhoods in the West.  It’s interesting to see how accurate this seems to be.

BrooklynThe division is even more pronounced in a couple other places.  Just have a look at 96th street on the Upper East Side.  And check out how Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park divide Brooklyn.

Further reading: Mapping America — Census Bureau 2005-9 American Community Survey – NYTimes.com.

Manual to the world #3

Happy Buy Nothing Day!  That’s right, Black Friday is also Buy Nothing Day.  The one day each year that we (or at least some of us) actively revolt against the culture of consumption.  It’s the day after Thanksgiving and for me today is about hanging out with the family, relaxing and taking a little break from the rat race.  Going out shopping doesn’t really fit into this picture, so no Black Friday for me… Continue reading Manual to the world #3