Apple Awarded U.S. Trademark for Mac Startup Chime

“Patently Apple reports
that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has officially granted Apple a
registered trademark for the sound that its Mac computers make after
booting up.

The original chiming sound was created by Apple programmer Jim Reekes,
who designed many of the system sounds for the Mac OS, including that
iconic startup chime roughly 20 years ago. Apple has used several
different variations on the chime over the years, including a shift in
pitch to the current tone Apple notes as having been in use since early


Photos Captured Over Years With Open Camera Shutter

“German photographer Michael Wesely
has spent decades working on techniques for extremely long camera
exposures — usually between two to three years. In the mid-1990s, he
began using the technique to document urban development over time,
capturing years of building projects in single frames.”

The Museum of Modern Art, New York


The Lord Of The Rings Timeline Is Hidden Within Your Mac

“Macs are fans of Middle Earth as well. Hidden within OS X’s Unix
architecture is a FreeBSD calendar easter egg that chronicles the Lord of the Rings saga.

You can view the full tally of fantastical event dates by heading to your Mac’s Terminal utility and typing the following:

cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.lotr

Once you hit enter, your computer will spit out a nicely detailed list of major dates associated with Lord of the Rings
events. If you’re not currently near your Apple desktop or MacBook,
we’ve pasted the full calendar of events below for you to enjoy.”

I’ve never been able to get into LOTR myself but do like the Earthsea books that Ursula LeGuin wrote..


Celebrity Odd Jobs Before They Were Famous

“Life wasn’t always full of glitz and glamor for some of Hollywood’s
biggest stars. Most did far less lucrative jobs before they became
famous, like serve donuts, mop floors, and work at gas stations — for
starters. Check out how celebs paid their bills before they got celeb

Life is just like one big continuous lottery..

Daft Spoof Small Ads

“Normally these little cards advertise everything from second-hand cars to baby-sitters, cleaners, kittens and rabbits.

But the ones created by 46-year-old Preston Likely were designed for a laugh and to see whether anyone would reply in similar humorous vein.

After two years and 70 small ads, placed in shop windows throughout England,
he has just published a book containing his best spoofs.”


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

As seen on the official website of the US Social Security Administration. Worth knowing about if you’re living on the breadline in the US..

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as
food stamps, helps low-income people buy food. Although it is a federal
government program, it is run by state or local agencies.”


YouTube Picks #203 – Norwegian Kicker’s Insane Trick Shot Video

As seen on The Post Game an American sports site: “We often wonder how good the United States would be at soccer if our
best athletes played the sport. Could anyone score with LeBron James in
the goal? Would any defenders be able to contain Robert Griffin III in
the box?

Well, here’s a question for you: How good would Europeans be at
American football if their best athletes didn’t play soccer? It’s hard
to say, but we do know this much: they’d produce some pretty darn good
kickers. If you needed evidence, check out this trick shot video.”

Well we do have rugby over here – maybe that has something to do with it..

National Day of Unplugging

“Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your ipad to the beach on
vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without
posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on?

We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we
pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerry’s,
chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding
ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of “silence” that our
earphones create.

If you recognize that in yourself – or your friends, families or colleagues– join us for the National Day of Unplugging, sign the Unplug pledge
and start living a different life: connect with the people in your
street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book
to your child.”…