Archive for January 2009
Billy Mays has a moment.

“Stop having a boring tuna, stop having a boring life.”

Oh, and you’re gonna love my nuts.

Fox News severely misunderstands the Obamas’ relationship.

How to REALLY Import your Delicious Links into Tumblr

I’ve been using, the fabulous Joshua Schachter creation, as my linkrolling tool for a few years now. Although it can be a powerful tool for organizing and browsing through interesting URLs, I find I only use it for two things: saving links and displaying said links in the sidebar of Mike Industries. For that reason, there are probably any number of bookmarking services which would amply serve my meager needs.

One service that’s caught my eye recently is the increasingly popular Tumblr. I have friends who run their main blogs off of it and others who just run one of their multiple blogs off of it. I still like hosting my own WordPress blog and would never outsource this to a hosted service, but at the same time, running all linkblogging activity through a service like Tumblr sounds appealing — especially considering I can then pull all of that activity into my main blog using something like WP-O-Matic.

The super nice thing about Tumblr is how simple the posting interface is. The “Share on Tumblr” bookmarklet the company provides does a pretty good job of automatically figuring out what type of content you’re posting and treating it accordingly. In other words, if you seed from a YouTube page, the link gets posted as type “video” and is displayed accordingly. These sorts of interface niceties reduce the amount of work required to save links and thus encourage more linking activity. Both good things. The woefully inadequate “Press This” bookmarklet from WordPress just doesn’t measure up.

So… a couple of days ago when I decided I wanted to migrate all of my bookmarks over to Tumblr, I couldn’t for the life of me find an automated way to do it. Tumblr has an import feeds feature but it is misleadingly named. It doesn’t actually import existing feeds. It only adds your feed URL and then posts any new items you add afterwards. This does nothing to aid in the migration of existing content over to Tumblr.

Using a combination of the Tumblr API sample code and some code I stole from Greg Neustaetter, I created a PHP script which imports all of your existing bookmarkets into Tumblr.

Warning: I am not a PHP genius so I know the code isn’t pretty… but it works. It imported all 312 of my bookmarks in under a minute.

In case you’re interested, here’s how to do it (caveat — you might want to do this on a fresh Tumblr account, just to be sure):

  1. Log into your account.
  2. Hit and save the file to your desktop as “delicious.xml”. Upload this file to your server.
  3. Upload Delicious-To-Tumblr.php to the same location on your server and edit the two lines in the file specifying your Tumblr email and password (to authenticate with the Tumblr API).
  4. Hit Delicious-To-Tumblr.php in your web browser and all of your entries will be imported.

Voila! migration in about a minute. Enjoy.

Two people who met on Newsvine just had a baby boy together. Very strange feeling to have indirectly spurred human life.

Si Se Puede

Barack Obama Silkscreen Poster by Date Farmers

No matter what your political leanings are, today is a special day. Above is my favorite poster from the presidential campaign. It was beautifully illustrated and silkscreened by The Date Farmers to help get out the vote in Texas… complete with authentic Mexican Revolution motif. I believe this is the only known depiction of Barack Obama where he looks reasonably badass.

Really, really beautiful.

Jesus, who invited Quayle?
@doctyper Ha! Very nice. I meant the baseball kind though! :)
YouTube request: A highlight reel of failed hidden ball tricks.
If you don’t own a rubber icecube tray that makes perfect cubes yet, do yourself a favor and get a couple. Outstanding. Thanks Freckles!
The Ocean in 185 Lines of Javascript:

Mesmerizing. Try tweaking some of the variables in the “sea” section of the code.

“"Design had been a vertical stripe in the chain of events in a product’s delivery; at Apple, it became a long horizontal stripe, where design is part of every conversation.””
Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away:

A great essay about how toxic everyday distractions can be.

Humanity's deep future:

A group of researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute talk about where our race may be going and how artificial intelligence could save or kill us all.

Steve Jobs speaks about the future at the International Design Conference in 1983:

31 years later, it’s safe to say this is one of the most prescient speeches about technology ever delivered. Jobs covers wireless networking, tablets, Google StreetView, Siri, and the App Store (among other things) many years before their proliferation. A fantastic listen.

How to travel around the world for a year:

Great advice for when you finally find the time.


A fantastic app for prototyping your design work onto real world objects like billboards, book covers, and coffee cups. This seems like just as great of a tool for people learning design as it does for experts.

50 problems in 50 days:

One man’s attempt to solve 50 problems in 50 days using only great design. Some good startup ideas in here…

How to Do Philosophy:

If you’ve ever suspected that most classical philosophy is a colossal waste of time, Paul Graham tells you why you’re probably right.

TIME: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us:

Stephen Brill follows the money to uncover the pinnacle of corruption that is the U.S. Health Care system. A must-read article if there ever was one.

DIY Dot Org:

A beautifully designed site full of fun and challenging DIY projects. I could spend months on here.

The Steve Jobs Video Archive:

A collection of over 250 Steve Jobs videos in biographical order

Self-portraits from an artist under the influence of 48 different psychoactive drug combos.

Water Wigs are pretty amazing.

David Pogue proposes to his girlfriend by creating a fake movie trailer about them and then getting a theater to play it before a real movie. Beautiful and totally awesome.