Photos of New York from 1885-1970’s

New York - 1931

This forum thread at Wired New York has an amazing amount of (mostly) black and white photographs showcasing the growth of New York from 1885, the early days of film-based photography, all the way to the 1970’s. It’s a great way to absorb what many say is the greatest city mankind has ever seen — New York.

George Carlin, Dead at 71

George Carlin

Word just spread that ETOnline is reporting that George Carlin has died at 5:55 p.m. yesterday of heart failure at 71 years of age. I probably don’t need to reiterate his amazing accomplishments, because there are too many, but just in case you need to brush up on his achievements …

George Carlin, as an entertainer has 23 standup albums, 14 HBO specials, 16 movie appearances, 5 books, 50 years in the entertainment business, and universal respect from his peers. It’s safe to say that there will never be someone quite like him in the entertainment business ever again.

Carlin told Playboy that his sensibilities developed in the 1950s, “when comedy stopped being safe … (and) became about saying no to authority.” He cited such influences as Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Dick Gregory and Bob Newhart.

Even though I’ll miss him, I’m grateful for the immense legacy he has left behind. There’s no shortage of work to enjoy when I need my Carlin fix. Rest in peace, Mr. Carlin.

Taco Bell Wants 50 Cent to Rap

50 Cent


To promote its new “Why Pay More” value menu, Taco Bell sent 50 Cent an offer letter obtained by, asking him to change his name to either 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent for one day this summer.

Cue bigwigs in a meeting watching a security cam footage of Seventty-Nine rapping at a drive-in:

Warning: Don’t continue reading if crude, immature, juvenile, jock humor offends you.

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Post to Ping.FM using Launchy

Update: Ping.FM is no longer available. The information below is now obsolete.

With Ping.FM sending status updates, micro-blog posts, and blog posts to a number of different services, I thought it’d be nice to be able to quickly send an update using Launchy.

To do this, it requires the installation of Blat, a command-line email utility.  Here’s a mini-guide on how to get posting to Ping.FM using Launchy:

  1. Download and install Blat.  Here’s an example line on how to install Blat using these details — email:, smtp server:, username: mattieboo, and password: blah
    blat -install - - - mattieboo blah
  2. Open Launchy options and click on the Plugins tab.  Click on Runner and double-click the Program field, then enter the path to the Blat executable.
  3. Double-click on Arguments and enter this:
    - -to -f -subject Ping -body "$$"

    Where is the email gives you to send in updates.

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