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‘The Worm’ by Jimmy McGriff
Jimmy McGriff, The Worm. From some random “Funkiest Song Ever” playlist on spotify. (it might be!)

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Eco Brick

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I love heating my house with my fireplace and wood stove. Its carbon neutral, it targets the heat where I want it, and somehow it just feels warmer then forced air heat.

I don’t love dealing with firewood. I don’t like storing it, trying to keep it dry, and I especially don’t like going outside when it is freezing cold to bring an armful inside.

That’s where Eco Bricks come in. They are compressed hardwood sawdust bricks that you burn in a fireplace just like logs. They are kiln dried and bug free, so they can be stored inside. Since they are kiln dried, they always light easily.

BTU wise, the company says that a pallet of Eco Bricks are equivalent to a full cord of hardwood firewood. Where I am, a pallet runs $235, which is roughly the same as a cord of firewood.

Since these things are so dense and dry, some care must be taken not to over-fire your fireplace or stove. I’ve been using them for three winters, and haven’t had any problems yet.

I’ve got about a half pallet in my basement queued up. I’m looking forward to my first fire of the season.

-- Clark Case

Eco-Brick pressed sawdust fireplace fuel
Find a local retailer here

Sample Excerpts:

[Enjoy this video of a one-hour Eco Brick burn. - Mark]

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digdoug
2 days ago
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scary sentence I hope to read today:
"Unfortunately, one of the landfill caps burst in the 1950s, and 100+-year-old garbage has been spewing into the harbor ever since."
Louisville, KY
deezil
2 days ago
Doug, right sentence, wrong article. This isn't the Scouting NY post ;-)
digdoug
2 days ago
Weird. Scrolling is hard.
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aaronwe
1 day ago
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Great product to know about, especially as we consider moving to a wood stove.
Sioux City, Iowa

Photographer Celebrates the Beauty of Black Dogs, Which Can Have More Difficult Time Getting Adopted

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black dog project

“The Black Dogs Project” is a series of animal portraits by Massachusetts-based photographer Fred Levy, dedicated to the beauty of black dogs. Levy began the project after having conversation about the fact that dogs with dark coats often have more difficulty getting adopted. The series features a wide range of breeds photographed against a black background. There’s some debate over the validity of the claim that black dogs don’t adopt as easily, but the so-called “Black Dog Syndrome” has plenty of anecdotal evidence to back it up among shelter workers, according to USA Today.

There are no statistics, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence and many possible explanations, ranging from superstitions like the notion that black cats are bad luck, to a simple logistical problem: Black animals are hard to photograph well, and are therefore hard to advertise.

There is a long history of negative connotations around black dogs including, perhaps most notably, English poet Samuel Johnson who routinely referred to depression as his “black dog,” a habit later adopted by Winston Churchill.

black dog project

black dog project

black dog project

black dog

images via Fred Levy

via The Huffington Post

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digdoug
4 days ago
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I have a black dog. I like him a lot. He's a real motherfucker to photograph though.
Louisville, KY
MrsBeaverhausen
2 days ago
I have many pics of Maddy with her eyes closed.
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Scaling the Facebook Data Warehouse to 300 PB

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Pamela Vagata and Kevin Wilfong, writing for the Facebook Engineering Blog:

At Facebook, we have unique storage scalability challenges when it comes to our data warehouse. Our warehouse stores upwards of 300 PB of Hive data, with an incoming daily rate of about 600 TB. In the last year, the warehouse has seen a 3x growth in the amount of data stored. Given this growth trajectory, storage efficiency is and will continue to be a focus for our warehouse infrastructure.

600 TB of incoming data per day is mind-blowing. I can’t fathom it. And it’s great that they’re sharing this information. There can’t be that many entities dealing with this scale of data storage, and the others likely aren’t sharing what they’ve learned. This is the cutting edge of computer science.

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digdoug
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I work in 'big data'. And total we have 2 days of Facebook data. After 14 years in business.
Louisville, KY
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Cafeine
2 days ago
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Wtf, 600 TB par jour :/
Paris / France
aaronwe
4 days ago
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That's a stunning number.
Sioux City, Iowa
mcormier
4 days ago
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600 TB of uselessness.

Library

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Selections from The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, by Robert Dawson.
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digdoug
4 days ago
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I miss Libraries.
Louisville, KY
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The new font and style manager

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This is not just any font and style manager. You now have control over font size, line spacing, story layout, and type faces directly in the reading view. This nifty popover gives you quick access to all of these customizable features.

The type faces come from Hoefler & Co. (née Hoefler & Frere-Jones) which is the premier web type foundry. It’s also one of the most expensive, but that’s where the incredible font quality comes from.

The four new fonts are:

Gotham Narrow

Sentinel

Whitney

Chronicle

These new fonts are available immediately for premium users. Another great reason to pay for NewsBlur.

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digdoug
4 days ago
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Really wonderful add on to the web app. Great job, Mr. Clay!
Louisville, KY
satadru
5 days ago
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Rock.
New York, NY
samuel
5 days ago
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I'm using Whitney, as the screenshot implies.
The Haight in San Francisco
thebassman
5 days ago
Very awesome! A great premium feature indeed!
peelman
5 days ago
Whitney does seem to be an excellent choice. Sans fonts are so much easier on the eyes...
williamtheaker
5 days ago
I guess I'm the token grumpy premium user that wishes we were funding libre typography instead of Hoefler :P
samuel
5 days ago
I tried but the open fonts were nowhere near as good.
cjrecord
5 days ago
Does this mean that we might see a basic inverted color scheme (white on black) "soon"?
samuel
5 days ago
It's not scheduled, but you'll see a dark theme on android/ios way before it makes its way to the web.
cjrecord
5 days ago
Honestly? I'll take it, since that's where I've got the more variable light levels anyway.
heliostatic
5 days ago
Thanks! The fonts look great. Much better than some terrible suggestions... *I'm now happily using Gotham Narrow
samuel
5 days ago
@heliostatic your github ticket has been lingering in the back of my mind for months, so this is a direct result of that ticket.
Andi_Mohr
5 days ago
Gotham Narrow, Medium. Nice one!
peelman
5 days ago
+1 for the light/dark theme on iOS. The way Twitterrific handles this should have been built into iOS 7. The bright white iOS 7 aesthetic looks great in the daylight, but is hard on the eyes at night.
Fidtz
5 days ago
Thanks for this, I have to put up with san-serif fonts everywhere usually as I am in the minority liking serifs.
ninthart
4 days ago
Can we get a way to change the typeface in the list of sites too? Lucida Sans makes me want to scream, or at least it does in how it's rendered by the browser for newsblur.
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omegar
4 days ago
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Oh, my, I'm in the screenshot!
México, D.F.
rgsunico
4 days ago
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Brilliant feature!
Quezon City
kerray
5 days ago
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Fonts seem nice, is there a way to enable for example CZ accents? Since currently they're missing and it doesn't look good at all.
Brno, CZ
ameel
5 days ago
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Yay!
Melbourne, Australia
jhamill
5 days ago
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What a great feature to add. Thanks @Samuel
Ontario, California
wreichard
5 days ago
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NewsBlur is not only highly functional; lately, it is looking great as well.
Earth
philipstorry
5 days ago
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Dang. That's a very nice luxury. :-)
London, United Kingdom
hannahdraper
5 days ago
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Ahmaaaazing
Washington, DC
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