cubicle17

“Did I learn anything about actively listening to and talking about records? Absolutely. I most importantly learned that if there’s something you’re passionate — or at least obsessive — about, it’s worth doing every day and holding yourself to. Even if you’re not getting paid for it.”
— D. Patrick Rodgers, on what he learned by writing his excellent A Record a Day.
“The programmer’s path to hell is paved with the word yes.”
yewknee’s Summer Mix Series 2010

Somewhere around the first minute of June, I start jonesing for yewknee's Summer Mix Series. True to its name, the Summer Mix Series opens its doors near the beginning of summer, and the moment it does, people start submitting their carefully curated and themed mixes. So if you’re lookin’ for some new music, I suggest you start here.

yewknee’s Summer Mix Series 2010

Somewhere around the first minute of June, I start jonesing for yewknee's Summer Mix Series. True to its name, the Summer Mix Series opens its doors near the beginning of summer, and the moment it does, people start submitting their carefully curated and themed mixes. So if you’re lookin’ for some new music, I suggest you start here.

I know it’s uber-douchey-wannabe-hipster of me, but I still want this Moleskine Kindle cover.

I know it’s uber-douchey-wannabe-hipster of me, but I still want this Moleskine Kindle cover.

“We have to stop championing each ridiculous feat of overengineering and call it what it is. It’s not ‘future-proof’, because we can’t see the future. It’s not robust, it’s hard to read. Applying a generic solution to a single case isn’t good programming, it’s criminal overengineering because like it or not somebody, somewhere will pay for it.”

Chris Thomas King - “Hard Time Killing Floor

You might recognize him as “The Guy Who Played the Character Who Was Supposed to Be Robert Johnson” in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and if you do, then you probably also recognize this song from the movie. Well, I started this morning with a fresh cup of coffee and this song. From now on, all my Sundays will start this way.

It rained a lot this weekend. (picture by Kelsey Wynns)

Note: Click-through to the larger version; the Tumblr-resized version does not do it justice.

It rained a lot this weekend. (picture by Kelsey Wynns)

Note: Click-through to the larger version; the Tumblr-resized version does not do it justice.

I love things like this:


  [SolarBeat is a] simple ambient musicbox, with sounds generated using the orbital frequencies of our solar system.


(via yewknee)

I love things like this:

[SolarBeat is a] simple ambient musicbox, with sounds generated using the orbital frequencies of our solar system.

(via yewknee)

Give Me Stuff I Starred

Not every day can be a winner in the busy-at-work department, and today was one such unfortunate day. I’ve been mulling over a new design for cubicle17 and as part of that design, I wanted to include the articles I’ve starred through Instapaper. So, to kill the excess time, I wrote Give Me Stuff I Starred, a dead-simple jQuery plugin to pull the last X links out of your starred RSS feed1. Using it is simple: just include jQuery core and the GMSIS .js files, and in your document.ready() function, add something like this:

var url = 'http://www.instapaper.com/starred/rss/6/asdfxasdf';
$("#instapaper").gmsis(url);

And that’s it. By default GMSIS pulls out the last 5 links you starred and gives you an unordered-list of the linked titles (and, optionally, the description as well). You can view the source here or you can skip straight to downloading it.

Feel free to send any bug reports/feature requests/well wishes/hate mail to bill.israel@gmail.com.

Update: If you downloaded GMSIS right after I released it, then you got a bunk version (long story short: cross-domain Ajax = denied), but Marco has completely bailed me out. The latest version is now working, so either update with an hg pull or re-download. Management apologizes for the inconvenience.


  1. To get the URL for you Starred RSS feed, just pop over to http://www.instapaper.com/starred and under Folder Tools you’ll find the link you want. Just right-click, and copy.