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David Pogue: Computers make you less productive
“Are you ready for a shock? According to a study from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T., computers actually make you less productive. By the time you’ve finished stumbling around your software and fiddling with your formatting, you’ve spent more time than you would have had you just typed the thing on a typewriter…There is a solution: macro programs that memorize steps, which are then replayed with the touch of a keystroke or a click on a toolbar.”

Merlin’s guide to better presentations
Dr. Merlin’s advice on a skill I totally suck at: giving presentations. His tips reference wisdom from Guy Kawasaki, Cliff Atkinson, and Stephen Colbert.

Stéphane Mallarmé: 19th century poet and experimental typographer David Carson was late to the experimental typography genre. Stéphane Mallarmé beat him by about 100 years. “Mallarmé’s fin-de-siècle style anticipates many of the fusions between poetry and the other arts that were to blossom in the Dadaist, Surrealist, and Futurist schools.”

Type the Sky
Another addition to ever growing number of photograph-based alphabets. This one’s made by looking up at buildings and the sky.

Blueprint Grid CSS Generator
“This tool will help you generate more flexible versions of Blueprint’s grid.css and compressed.css and grid.png files. Whether you prefer 8, 10 or 16 columns in your design, this generator now enables you that flexibility with Blueprint.”

How to do Deconstruction
“Using Deconstruction to Astonish Friends & Confound Enemies (in 2 easy steps)”