Saturday, December 09, 2006 - Semper Aliquid Novi

What is Heldencrow?

Welcome to my web-site. Everyone should have one.

It all started as an on-line journal recording a journey I took around the world a while ago. Essentially the idea was to save on the cost of postage of all those picture postcards of muddy ravines and doe-eyed children, that I would otherwise have had to send to my family and friends.

The website became more popular than I could have imagined, and now I receive emails from complete strangers complimenting some things that I have written. That is very nice, so please continue! Sometimes people agree with my description, sometimes not, but that's fine. I like a debate. As long as I win. Crushingly.

So I'll keep writing, and archive my articles here, for you to throw things at.


The Plastic Bag Pages

Uses for plastic bags

How many plastic bags do you have on hand? How about garbage sacks? Or bread and grocery bags? No matter how much we try, we wind up with an assortment of plastic bags unless we just throw them out, and what frugal person does that??
Being a frugal person with a little green bent, and a hoarder of sorts, too, I cringe when I have too many plastic bags on hand. I just have to get busy and use them up some way.


A Lawyer's Advice and A Policeman's Advice about DUI


Friedbeef’s Tech

Friedbeef’s Tech
Solving Everyday Problems With Simple Technology


Zamzar - Free online file conversion

Have you ever wanted to
convert files without the need
to download software ?


PowerMax: Articles and Reviews from our Mac Experts!


mamamusings' photosets on Flickr


Dumb Little Man

So what do we do here? Simple, 15 to 20 times per week we provide tips that will save you money, increase your productivity, or simply keep you sane.


ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine


NoteMind (Mac)

NoteMind helps you to collect and to organize information centrally in one single place. It learns the way you organize your documents, and automatically tries to find a matching folder for new information. You will be able to display your collected documents as a mind map, and modify them in any way you like.

Your personal database

NoteMind enables you to manage many kinds of information, may it be a search result for a special subject, or even your shopping list. For whatever kind of information, NoteMind will help you to manage and to archive it in a neat and easy way. You can paste text documents, pictures, PDF's or web links, and store them everlasting in your NoteMind-Database, where you always have them ready to hand.

Mind Maps

NoteMind automatically creates mind maps of your folder tree within the program. This will give you the best overview of all your collected documents. Mind maps can be edited within an external layout software, and comments and annotations can be added.

Collecting information

NoteMind assists you in compiling information. Did you find a relevant text section in the internet, or another application? Simply mark it and hit the F1 key. NoteMind automatically copies the selection into it's database. If you wish, NoteMind even tries to find the best matching folder for the selected text. This function is available after the machine has been restarted, because Mac OS X needs to update the service menu.

Always ready to hand

Drag a NoteMind window to any border of your display. It will transform into a docked window, which automatically minimizes, if NoteMind is no longer in the foreground. This will help you to keep your notes and To-Do-Lists in reach, without wasting desktop space.


Clever transparent photos on Flickr - Photo Sharing!


Ben's Chicago photography portfolio - a photoset on Flickr



Computing, Erie, life


Mac 360 - Daily Mac Reviews, Commentary, and Forums.


Damn Cool Pics

Cool Pictures, Funny Pictures, Crazy Pictures, Weird Pictures and Videos Updated Daily


Remember The Milk - Blog

 Add your tasks to Google Calendar

Earlier this year we added support for showing tasks on your calendar. It's a handy way to see your tasks alongside your calendar events, but it hasn't been possible to add, edit, complete, and postpone your tasks from within Google Calendar. That is, until now...
Introducing Remember The Milk for Google Calendar

We know that many of you are managing your tasks with Remember The Milk and your events with Google Calendar, and we thought it would be very cool if we could bring the two together. This new feature adds a small task icon to the top of each day in Google Calendar -- click on the icon to:

    * Review your tasks for the day
    * Add new tasks and edit existing ones
    * Easily complete and postpone tasks
    * Review your overdue tasks
    * Optionally show tasks with no due date
    * See where your tasks are located on a map


Renaissance Art - Fine handcrafted letter books and bags

 Leather Journals


 Custom Book Covers


 Photo Albums

 The Ancient Books





 Rustic Leather Bags

 Specialty/Lifestyle Journals


SFGate: Travel


Glassy Eyes | Shattering the Eyeglasses Scam

It started with a post proclaiming my satisfaction with my new glasses. Eyeglasses I got at an excellent price -- online. It's caused quite a stir, and opened up a whole lot of information that (if the email and comments I've received are true) has saved hundreds of people, thousands of dollars.


Micro Persuasion

Micro Persuasion

Steve Rubel explores how social media is transforming marketing, media and public relations.


Dethroner is an every day digest of news, advice, DIY projects, pictures of lions, grooming products, and fist-clenching admonishment. It's the perfect guide for the imperfect man.


Mortified: Angst Written

Hailed a "cultural phenomenon" by Newsweek and featured frequently on This American Life, Mortified is a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, poems, letters, lyrics, home movies, schoolwork) as shared by their original authors... in front of total strangers. As the largest and longest-running project of its kind, our grassroots comedy collective has spent years sifting through hundreds of otherwise forgotten notebooks while paving the way for a strange new brand of entertainment.


retroCRUSH: The barely legal pleasure palace

One of the great things about toys from a while back was that they were made with one thing in mind, playability. Sure, they may have had lead paint, or would blow up in a kid's face, but they sure were fun. Once the Consumer Products Safety Commission got their mitts on everything, it all went downhill. Toy guns were spray-painted orange, and the sharp edges of everything have been rounded down to safe boring nubs.


Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things


News at Seven

News at Seven gives you the news you want, the way you want it. Each day, News at Seven automatically generates a virtual newscast pulled from stories, images, videos and blogs all linked by a common news topic. News at Seven presents news, point/counterpoint, opinion, celebrity gossip and the occasional foray into the world of 3D gaming. News at Seven isn't just the future, it's the future of the future.


2007 North American International Auto Show - Detroit



Got game?

Fathead brings the heat to your room. Big, bold visual smack that shows your true team colors. NFL. NBA. NHL. MLB. NASCAR. College Sports. Star Wars. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Fathead grabs them all. Die-cut. Precise. Powerful.


Mojo Supreme's BloggerMojo: Vested Journalism - Blogging, News, Commentary, Opinions, Press Releases, Rants

Cars | Education | Fashion | Film | Food | Gambling | Health | Music | Politics & Economy | Space | Sports | Technology | Travel - Main Street Meets Madison Avenue, Wall Street and Silicon Valley

Launched in February 2006, sits at the crossroads of Main Street, Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Madison Avenue.

A Mojo Supreme property, is a part of the network and covers the world wide web in general with a focus on online video, online advertising and the search engine industry.  It also covers the broader high technology industry, mobile sector and related happenings pertaining to intellectual property and legal matters.


I, Cringely | PBS

Who is Robert X. Cringely?

Meet the nerdiest of them all...Bob's been covering technology with his own brand of insight and humor for more than 20 years...


Emergic: Rajesh Jain's Weblog on Emerging Technologies, Enterprises and Markets

Friday, December 08, 2006


Welcome to Viv Pickle!

Make Your Own Fashion Statement!
Who says you have to carry someone else's creation on your arm every day?  With Viv Pickle, you can be the handbag designer and sport your very own one-of-a-kind handbag!  Whether you choose a big bag or small, go for wild patterns or subtle sweetness-- it's completely up to you!  Select the shape, select the fabric, select the handles and extras-- we make it just the way you like it-- every time. 

The Choice is Yours
Viv Pickle offers totes, backpacks, beach bags, diaper bags, belts and wallets made from a wide array of colorful fabrics.  Choose from solids, stripes, geometrics, florals, whimsical patterns and more!  All of our designs are up-to-the-minute in fashion-- and VERY affordable (so there's minimal guilt if you decide to splurge and buy more than one)! 

Shop Online!
Simply click on our "Create-a-Pickle" to design your bag from home or office!  Our website allows you to place your order-- however, we prefer to call you to confirm selections before actually accepting payment... this way we can be sure you get exactly what you want!!!  When you submit an order via our site, a Design Consultant will contact you within one business day to confirm all of your choices.  This is OUR way of making sure we get your order 100% correct the very first time you order it -- and it allows us to provide you with a level of PERSONAL attention... something "old-fashioned" in this day of impersonal, confusing websites!  Let's get started!


Midtown Lunch

I remember when a good friend of mine told me her offices were moving from Soho to Midtown.  The first thing that came to mind was “You’re screwed…”.  All those great dining options, replaced by an endless supply of halal carts and $8 salad joints.  Sure there’s the few midtown lunch options that have garnered some notoriety (Burger Joint at le Meridien, Bouchon Bakery if you’re on the north side of Midtown), but for the most part, if you’re looking for a quick Midtown lunch for under $10, the good places require a little more digging.  If you work in Midtown this site will hopefully be a place for you to find the gem in a sea of duds… and there are alot of those.


Welcome to Pando | Thanks for Sharing

Send and Receive Large Files, Up to 1GB, Free


Weblogs at Harvard Law » Blog List


Law Blog (Wall Street Journal)


Blogs - New York Times


The Utube Blog


Artie Wayne On The Web




Liquid Ledger — Accounting Software for Mac OS X


Moleskine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Although the name may be used as a generic term, the Moleskine (pronounced mol-a-skeen-a, /mɔləˈskinə/) is a brand of notebook manufactured by Modo & Modo, an Italian company. The Moleskine is bound in oilcloth-covered cardboard (Moleskin), with an elastic band to hold the notebook closed and a sewn spine that allows it to lie flat when opened.

Moleskine's most famous endorsement comes from Bruce Chatwin, who used similar notebooks constantly throughout his travels, and wrote about them glowingly. Chatwin's original source of notebooks dried up in 1986, when his Paris stationer informed him that the last moleskine manufacturer, a small family-run firm of Tours, had discontinued production in 1986 after the death of the owner. The modern moleskine is fashioned after Chatwin's descriptions of the notebooks he used and is not a direct descendant.

See also:

The Wandering Moleskine Project is about Moleskine Notebooks travelling around the world. You can read the introduction post on for the details.


The cult of the moleskine
Memo-making mavens around the world have made this little notebook a mandatory accessory for artists and luddites alike


And a "must see:"


Welcome << :: Organise your personal and shared expenses

Billster is a totally free online application developed to organise your personal and shared expenses.

Shared Bills: If you share a house with other students or professionals, or perhaps you're organising a holiday with a few people, we can take the stress out of sorting out who owes what and when - you can even record standing orders and direct debits so it is possible to let the system keep itself up-to-date with bills that are paid at the same time every day, week, month or year.

Personal Bills: By making use of the bill tagging system, you can categories and group your bills quickly and easily, helping you keep track of where your money is going. When used along side the date selector, it is possible to work out how much money you spend on everyday items, day by day, or perhaps on a year by year basis.


Dimewise - Financial Management, Simplified


Letters Home (from the Marshall Islands)


Micronomicon Abroad


Wired Gecko |


Subtraction 7.0

I’m a co-founder and, as of 31 Dec 2005, a former employee of Behavior, a leading interaction design studio in New York City. I now work as the Design Director of : Productivity, Getting Things Done and Lifehacks Blog


ThisNext - Recommend, Share and Discover Great Products! New Releases - Free Software for the mac population


Organize yourself


Moleskine: The new obsession

Moleskine is the legendary notebook that the European artists and intellectuals who made twentieth-century culture used: from Henri Matisse to the turn-of-the-century Parisian avant-garde, from Louis Férdinand Céline to Ernest Hemingway. Writer-traveler Bruce Chatwin picked up this tradition and made it famous.

A simple black rectangle with squared or lined pages, endleaves held by an elastic band, an inside pocket for loose sheets, a binding in 'moleskine' which gives it its name, this trusty, pocket-size traveling companion guarded notes, stories, thoughts and impressions before they turned into the pages of beloved books.

Chatwin used to buy his moleskine at a Paris stationery shop in Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie. He always stocked up on them before going off on one of his journeys. He had a ritual set up over the years -before using them, he numbered the pages, wrote his name and at least two addresses in the world with the promise of a reward in case they got lost. "Losing my passport was the least of my worries, losing a notebook was a catastrophe".

Alternatives: - blog on programs and gadgets


badscience » Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science column from the Guardian and more…


jerry brito (dot com)

This is the personal website of Jerry Brito, a lawyer and writer living in Washington, D.C. Here you'll find his linkblog, articles, academic papers, and photos


Midnight Beep Softworks

Midnight Inbox helps you work smarter, not harder, by organizing your projects, email messages, files, contexts and tasks so that you can always be on top of your world. Users of Mac OS X Tiger will find its clean lines and elegant typography make it the best in its class for keeping lists and notes.



elizabeth lane lawley's thoughts on technology, academia, family, and tangential topics


Become's Pocket Change


moss davis


Rohdesign Weblog


News aggregator | Lifehack.Community Beta


Clear Your Mind - Technology, Science, Gadgets, Productivity and everything a geek want to know



Tracks is a web-based application to help you implement David Allen’s Getting Things Done™ methodology. It was built using Ruby on Rails, and comes with a built-in webserver (WEBrick), so that you can run it on your own computer if you like. It can be run on any platform on which Ruby can be installed, including Mac OS X, Windows XP and Linux. Tracks is Open Source, free and licensed under the GNU GPL.


Fifty Ways to Take Notes » Solution Watch : clipclip»-solution-watch


GraphicDefine » Archive


Hot Links


5ThirtyOne - Derek Punsalan


Frédérick Giasson's Weblog - A vision of the socially-wired world


loose wire blog

I'm a technology columnist, author and journalist, writing for The Wall Street Journal and the BBC.


PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » The Art of Efficiency - 10 Ways to Organise Your Life


Applelinks - The Ultimate Macintosh Website


Pure Mac: Software for Macintosh


James Kim: 1971-2006 | CNET

James Kim--family man, gadget fan


Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on top-down tour of the world using the freely downloadable Google Earth, or Google Maps directly in your web browser. Each weekday your guides Alex and James introduce new weird and wonderful sights as suggested by the reader community.


| The Apple Core |


Google Maps Mania

Google Maps Mania
An unofficial Google Maps blog tracking the websites, mashups and tools being influenced by Google Maps.


Wired News and Blogs


Lost Remote TV Blog

Back in 1999, Lost Remote began blogging (it wasn’t called “blogging” yet) about how technology will revolutionize the television industry. From TiVo to TV websites, we posted the latest news, analysis and a few bold predictions. But not many people listened back then.

They are today. Thousands of media execs read Lost Remote’s daily coverage of the vast changes technology is bringing to the television business. Our weekly email newsletter is a staple at local TV stations, cable channels and the networks. Our jobs page is thriving with digital media positions. And the revolution is just getting started.




Omni Brain

Welcome to Omni Brain..... an exploration of the serious, fun, ridiculous - past, present, future of the brain and the science that loves it.


The Transcription Company  (audio video tape transcripts)

The Transcription Company provides transcription services, translation and captioning services for everyone, from individuals needing one-time services to the world's largest companies.  We specialize in transcripts for the movie and television entertainment industries, working with every network and studio.


KCRW | 89.9FM

Thursday, December 07, 2006


GIANT Magazine | The 50 Greatest Commercials of the ’80s


Hard Drive Life


Hollywood Grind - Celebrity Gossip


This Minute | Us Weekly Online


Celebrity gossip juicy celebrity rumors Hollywood gossip blog from Perez Hilton


Lindsay Lohan loses it. - Slate Magazine (click on text)


Metacafe – Serving the World's Best Videos

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