- Reuters: How I misread News Corp’s taxes
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston broke a story earlier this week about how News Corp had received $4.8B in income tax refunds over the past four years, while paying nothing. Turns out he was entirely wrong. What he'd written was the opposite of the truth. News Corp changed how they report their tax payments on their financial statements—switching from positive to negative numbers—and that was how it all started. Further confusing matters, Johnston contacted News Corp about his conclusions, and they had no quarrel with it. To Johnston's credit, he's going on the same press tour he went on a few days ago, trying to make the story of his mistake as big as his incorrect initial story.
- CSS Sprite Generator
Upload a ZIP file full of images, it returns with a file full of sprites and the relevant CSS. It's a great little tool!
- Thirty Thousand: The Population Size of U.S. House Districts by Year and by Congress from 1790 to 2100
This website, which advocates returning the House of Representatives to its 1793 rate of representation, provides this chart of the average population per U.S. House district from its founding until 2010. The chamber was envisioned—and created—to have each member represent 30,000 people. Congress fixed the number of seats at the arbitrary number of 435 back in 1929, and congressmen have come to represent more and more people ever since. It now stands at 710,000 people and climbing.
- The New Yorker: Worrying About Reagan
Jane Meyer chronicles concerns about President Reagan's mental health that began in in his second term. Incoming chief of staff Howard Baker started a quiet internal investigation, talking to top White House aides. Quoting the head of that investigation: "They told stories about how inattentive and inept the president was. He was lazy; he wasn’t interested in the job. They said he wouldn’t read the papers they gave him—even short position papers and documents. They said he wouldn’t come over to work—all he wanted to do was to watch movies and television at the residence." Meyer concludes that Reagan probably had good days and bad days, as is found in any Alzheimer patient.
- TIME: Pocket Paging
Bell started selling pagers in 1962, under the brand name "Bellboy," after releasing them at that year's Seattle World's Fair. By 1967, thousands were in use commercially, with some simply trigger a beep, but others actually permitting voice to be broadcast to the tiny device. Motorola had taken over the market as a manufacturer, with their "Pageboy" model, at $180/apiece ($1143 today), taking 80% of the market.
- CSS3 Buttons
A framework for creating GitHub-style buttons. Now I just want to put buttons all over my websites.