How to stop all these annoying URL shortener toolbars from jacking your content

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This blog post at argues DiggBar, Facebook Bar, and top bars steal traffic, steal links, steal content, and steal potential revenue.

It's hard to disagree. While they provide some amount of value (being able to comment back on Facebook is kind of useful) -- it's kind of an annoying distribution hack too. Why would I want my browsing to carry around this annoying parasite of UI? And if I'm a site owner, I wouldn't like that either.

The short snippet of javascript above clobbers any link bars and restores sanity. Pretty handy.

The Banker Who Said No

For three long years, from 2004 to 2007, he virtually stopped making or buying loans. While the credit markets were roaring and lenders were raking in billions, Beal shrank his bank's assets because he thought the loans were going to blow up. He cut his staff in half and killed time playing backgammon or racing cars. He took long lunches with friends, carping to them about "stupid loans." His odd behavior puzzled regulators, credit agencies and even his own board.

Great article on Forbes about the guy who made exactly the right call at the right time. He was called crazy, but time proved he was a genius.

this is the other gold

This is the other gold
that glows in your chest when you love.

The enchanted mosque is in there, and the pointed cry is a candleflame on the altar.
The young man is a moth who gambles himself and wins. A True Human Being is not human!
This candle does not burn. 
             It illuminates.

Some candles burn themselves, and one another, up.
Others taste like a surprise of roses in a room,
and you just a stranger who wandered in.
-- Rumi

Start simple.

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.”
John Gall