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"Persons of Note" rates as one of the most brutally challenging, brilliantly constructed, and ultimately satisfying crossword puzzles I’ve ever solved. It’s so good, in fact, that I plan to buy the print version tomorrow so that I can share photocopies with friends.

SPOILERS GALORE:

  • Wordplay: The Crossword Blog of The New York Times has an article about the puzzle (which gives away the theme, but not the whole solution).
  • xwordinfo.com has comments by the puzzle’s author, John Farmer (which are worth reading — but don’t scroll down unless you want to see the entire puzzle solution!)
  • crosswordfiend.com also has an article about the puzzle, but it’s impossible to read without seeing the puzzle solution printed at the top of the page.

Luckily, I didn’t find these links until after I had solved the puzzle!

All right, good night — it’s almost 11:30 and I’ve got to get up for work tomorrow morning!


The Feelies at the Met Café — second set

The Feelies at the Met Café — second set


The Feelies’ set list

The Feelies’ set list


The Feelies at the Met Café

The Feelies at the Met Café


The evolution of multisets in Python


Via dc401-l

Via dc401-l


I’m working on an elaborate site redesign for a client who makes extensive use of Google AdWords for targeted web ads. The client has dozens of AdWords campaigns, each of which contains dozens of ads; clickthroughs are directed to several landing pages on the client’s site.

I need to tread lightly when making changes to the site structure, because if a “Destination URL” becomes invalid, all of the client’s Google AdWords campaigns will be suspended until the situation is rectified.

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lookmarkit:

Most social news sites like Hacker News measure the popularity of an item by the number of votes it receives. Digg augments their own vote count with social sharing data from Facebook and Twitter.

A problem these sites face is that votes and shares tend to favor short-form content, because people…

— Ag3nt5 (via dc401-l)


This is just too awesome not to share.

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Lately, I’ve re-connected with a dear friend from the early ’90s who shares with me many fond memories of that era. We’ve discovered that we share at least one mutual obsession — we were both fanatical devotees of the Providence, RI band Coat of Arms.

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