Monthly Archives: February 2008

On the economics of the leap day

In case you haven't got enough to occupy your brain cells, here's a question for the moment: Is this extra day of February profitable or not? Here's my thinking. Some revenues and expenses are monthly, so they're the same in a regular February, a 29-day Feb, and in regular 30 and 31-day months. Other items…
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The Minkkinen Helsinki Bus Station Theory

Tonight I had the privilege of hearing (and seeing) Photographer Arno Minkkinen speak at the Photographic Resource Center's Polaroid Spotlight Lecture. If you haven't experienced Minkkinen's photographs, please immediately go outside and prance around naked in the snow. Or buy one of his books right away. Your choice. Plenty of others have analyzed and praised…
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Door is the new desk; ball is the new chair?

Gotta love startup office decor.  Put that in your Aeron and smoke it.  Whatever the furniture, there's no substitute for a gridded notebook, a sturdy Thinkpad, and a cup of Diesel mocha soy chai. The ergonomic controversy goes on.  Metafilterers seem to love the ball, although some have clashed with HR over it, while Ergoweb…
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Monkey survey, monkey's due

I don't remember how I first discovered SurveyMonkey, but it was years and years ago, and I've used it again and again since. Just recently, two completely random projects had SurveyMonkey components, reminding me of the quality of the service and affirming its success. The monkeys have been busy, and the site - and the…
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Something may have gone sproing in here

I'm seeing intermittent errors when posting comments. Please help me troubleshoot. Please try to comment on this post and include your browser and OS in the comment text. If you try to comment and fail, please email me at dkarp at limeduck dot com. Thanks for your help. UPDATE:  still can't figure this one out,…
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Is that a corkscrew in your pocket, or are you just happy to BYOB?

I reached into my coat pocket for my sunglasses this afternoon, and came up instead with a Pulltap's two-stage waiter's friend corkscrew.   A poor substitute for sunglasses, to be sure, but a truly excellent corkscrew, and a reminder of a pleasant dinner at a neighborhood place without a liquor license. I had forgotten about…
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Chocolate Lime Duck

Who knew? Sadly, this critter doesn't seem to be available for sale on its creator's Etsy shop. Rosehip71, you're such a tease. I suppose we'll all have to content ourselves with virtual chocolate limeducks. EtsyChocLimeDuck2, originally uploaded by rosehip71.
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Ski and Sky

As a photographer, sometimes you have to try new angles and perspectives to keep your vision fresh. As a person, sometimes you have to try new things to expand your horizons. This weekend, at the urging of A and L, I tried cross-country skiing. It afforded me many new opportunities to look up at the…
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The great pink paring knife controversy

I'd been thinking about this for a while, but it came back to the top of the queue recently when I saw the beginning of an advertising blitz for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Or, as I like to point out, the walk for a cure for breast cancer. But this isn't one of…
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Total Lunacy

During last night's lunar eclipse, just a few minutes before totality, an airplane passed by. Once the sky was clear of interruption, you could clearly see Saturn (left) and Regulus (above) near the moon. The moon, basking in the reddish light of earth's corona.
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Day and Night

I wonder if cameraphones are the new polaroids. The pictures they make are quick, easy, sharable, used to document events or evidence, engagingly low-quality but sometimes oddly beautiful, and often a form of social lubrication. Sure, most of this goes for any digital camera, and some of it doesn't really apply to the professional Polaroid…
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