Nice JavaScript add-on for Backbone from Dave Tonge that provides a MongoDB-like query API for your collections:

MyCollection.query({ // Models must match all these queries $and:{ title: {$like: "news"}, // Title attribute contains the string "news" likes: {$gt: 10}}, // Likes attribute is greater than 10 // Models must match one of these queries $or:{ featured: true, // Featured attribute is true category:{$in:["code","programming","javascript"]}} //Category attribute is either "code", "programming", or "javascript" }); 

Check the README for usage.

The fast-growing company, which works hard to recruit people to join, says to its newest employees: “If you quit today, we will pay you for the amount of time you’ve worked, plus we will offer you a $1,000 bonus.” Zappos actually bribes its new employees to quit!

Why? Because if you’re willing to take the company up on the offer, you obviously don’t have the sense of commitment they are looking for. It’s hard to describe the level of energy in the Zappos culture—which means, by definition, it’s not for everybody. Zappos wants to learn if there’s a bad fit between what makes the organization tick and what makes individual employees tick—and it’s willing to pay to learn sooner rather than later. (About ten percent of new call-center employees take the money and run.)


An idle observation: Windows Phone has an embedded Facebook client that forms part of the address book, home page and half the screens in the OS. Microsoft tries very hard to get you to enable it when you turn on your new phone.

According to Facebook, there are now 1.3m active users of this…


The year in movies: 2011.  How many did you go to?

Be sure to set the video to 720p HD, full screen.  Sit back and enjoy. 


VMWare Fusion 4 Shipped today. Some of my icon work made it in there as part of the app. 


VMWare Fusion 4 Shipped today. Some of my icon work made it in there as part of the app. 


James Bridle:

We are witnessing a profound assault on book publishing and literature, on the text itself—not from ebooks, which publishers are slowly, painfully coming around to after a long resistance, or the internet, which is after all entirely made of text—but from applications, “enhanced” books and reductive notions of literary experience. As I’ve written about before, in the context of advertising, publishers’ reactions to new technologies betray a profound lack of confidence in the text itself. We are being distracted by shiny things.

via Craig Mod

1M to 11M Users in 2011


18 months ago, Pulse was created as a class project at Stanford University. We did not imagine that we would come as far as we have today. In 2011 alone, we went from just under 1 million users to over 11 million users. Here’s a quick visualization of how Pulse has grown in the last year. Thank you for joining Pulse and supporting us through our journey!


We plan to continue this growth in 2012 and we’re hiring more team members to make that happen. 

- The Pulse Team


Published by Harald Ponce de Leon

Namespace What\Is\It?

Namespaces allow scopes to be added to classes and are used to group related classes and to prevent collision of class names. The larger the framework grows and the more components that become available and integrate with the framework, the greater the…

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All in the Family



on Colin and Maile Meloy.


Prue and Curtis in the I.W. from Wildwood Illustration © Carson Ellis

Colin Meloy
Illustrated by Carson Ellis

Balzer & Bray (HarperCollins), August 2011. 560 pp.

Maile Meloy
The Apothecary
Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin), October 2011. 368 pp.

Talented families are the nature-versus-nurture debate come to life. How do two or more writers turn up in one family? Is there such a thing as literary genes, or a writerly upbringing? Maybe it’s just a coincidence; certainly there are more examples of writers whose siblings have other interests entirely. Literary families are the anomaly. And, like any rarity, they fascinate.

There aren’t a whole lot of examples of literary siblings where all shine equally bright: Emily and Charlotte Brontë (both better known today than their siblings, Anne and Branwell), Margaret Drabble and A.S. Byatt (famous feuders), Nancy and Jessica Mitford … One sibling is often more successful than the others, as in the case of Evelyn and Alec Waugh, or in the Minot family, where all seven children are artists of one sort or another but Susan is the star.

Until last year, Maile and Colin Meloy were stars in separate galaxies. Maile is the acclaimed author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It. Colin is the lead singer of The Decemberists, an arty folk rock collective whose fantastical, narrative albums have captured a wide and impassioned audience. Last year, sister and brother both ventured into new skies, albeit the same one: Maile Meloy’s The Apothecary was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in October, while Colin Meloy’s Wildwood came out in August, courtesy of HarperCollins. Both are young adult novels.

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We guarantee that every product we sell is authentic and that we are authorized to sell it.

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Everything is home grown and original.

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