Saturday, April 24, 2010

Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea...

Finally! Someone brought together on one page 64 of your favorite instant sounds. (My favorites? Probably Benny Hill and Mario.)

MUST SEE video of the business end of a Saturn V rocket during launch taken at 500 fps so that 30 seconds of actual time takes 8 minutes in the video. How many hours of my childhood did I spend watching Batman & Robin?

How trustworthy is a beard? This ranking of 23 beard types goes from the very trustworthy full beard to the dangerous pencil thin chin strap and beyond. The beard-second and other humorous units of measure.

When the need strikes to print a demiregular tesselation the folks at Totally Tessellated have you covered. Sign up now on the official Phil Collins web site and get a free song from his upcoming Sep 2010 new album. Makeup designed to fool face recognition software.

Statistics are a wonderful thing. Based on the knowledge that Shakespeare used 31,534 different words in his works it can be estimated that he knew a total of 66,534 words. Draw your own conclusion from the fact that the average person knows 10,000 - 20,000 words. If you're wondering "so what", analysis like this can be used to distinguish the works of many historical authors from the Bard to Plato.

By now I'm certain you've all heard how GameStation slipped an "immortal soul" clause into their online terms and conditions and now own the souls of about 7,500 customers. (Did anyone else read the fine print in SGI's release notes? Sometimes they'd hide instructions on how to get free SGI schwag.)

Don't have time to read? Dr. Doug Green does, so read the book summaries on his blog. LukeW provides this reference guide for touch-based user interfaces. Although COFES 2010 was last week, the event had an interesting theme: best practices aren't good enough.

The people at Fight the Bull have "dedicated their lives to quantifying bullshit." How can you not support a mission like that? Anatomy of a Tribble. Barcode yourself.
  • CD-adapco and Microsoft expand their partnership.
  • EnSight used to visualize volcano's plume.
  • A CFD story not about a volcano.
  • Desktop Engineering's DE Exchange hosts engineering technology videos.
  • MODSIM Conference and Expo, 13-15 Oct 2010, Hampton Roads, VA
Periodic table pallooza: visualization methods, imaginary elements.

What are the top 3 things product managers don't like about their jobs? Writing detailed specs, collateral, and white papers fall into the most disliked category. Lack of authority and (oddly) people issues follow.

All about Netflix's culture. I loved growing up in a suburb of Cleveland, but the city itself has lost two residents every hour of every day for the past 10 years - a total loss of 153,000 people.

"Webmaster" may be all 1990s, but these 15 tools from Google can turn you into one. Here's an admonition to design for delight. How to add Facebook's Like button to your site. I'm currently only following 3 of these 12 B2B blogs that every business should apparently be following. Damn. More reading. (Also note that biz guru Verne Harnish implores you to think in terms of P2P - person to person - rather than B2B.)

The responsible bathroom doesn't mean putting the seat down. It's American Standard's drive to save 2 billion gallons of water. (Must. resist. temptation. to. make. poo. jokes.)

It would have been worth the flight to Prague to hear Alan Holdworth, Terry Bozio, Pat Mastelotto, and Tony Levin in a night of improv.

Combine Star Wars with bacon and you get this AT-AT made from bacon. The lengths to which people will go to name Fedora's next release Bacon.

SmartGeometry is an effort to bring together computational geometry and architecture. Zippers, zippers, zippers.

In Nothing as Authentic and Scalable as Open Source Kitware's CEO extols the virtues of open source software with gems like "I believe open-source approaches are far more capable of solving difficult technology problems than other processes." Really? Does every alternative have to be cast as us versus them, a zero sum game, a winner take all? There's a lot of open source software that's great (Linux, apache, Gimp) and a lot of it sucks. The same is true for commercial software products. This is like arguing programming languages, text editors (vim vs. emacs anyone?), or whether ketchup or mustard is better on a hamburger. The true challenge, as he concludes, is the successful assembly and coordination of disparate teams. And that's true for all of us.

Tiny Eyes shows how I look to a 3-month old at a distance of 24 inches. makes your email address short, safe, and cute. Email me at (Although I'd hardly call that cute.) 36 SEO myths that must die (#20 H1 tags are a crucial SEO element.) 15 CSS habits to reduce frustration (#2 Use CSS shorthand).

Excellent bedtime reading: the definitive guide to formatting CSS. And while you're working on your web site download this free "Goo-EE" icon set. This online generator will make CSS rounded corners for you. This online presentation shows what you can do with HTML5. Use Tynt to track what's being copied off your web site. More htaccess hacks.

Speaking of open source, Red Hat, the distributors of a brand of Linux, reported a 15% increase in annual revenue from to $748 million. How do you make money on free software? Volume!

After watching videos from the International Pole Dancing Championship (no nudity) it's clear that a new Olympic event is in the wings.

Make music with circles using pulsate.

...with a two-hour vocabulary. --JFK


Chris said...

While I'm an advocate of open-source software, "Nothing as Authentic and Scalable as Open Source" was probably the most ignorant opinion about the matter that I've read in recent memory. I could only make it through the first four paragraphs before closing the tab and clearing the cache on my web browser to ensure such stupidity does not reside on my computer.

John said...

Ouch! The most painful shot at commercial software is the title's "authentic" as contrasted with hype.

Chris said...

I found many of his comments narrow, one-sided and unfounded.

I also find it insincere and out of touch because Kitware receives a significant portion of their income through government labs. We could all pursue this utopia if money was "free to pick from the vine".

Even, the leader of the largest open-source movement, Linus Torvalds, has not evoked such blind ignorance and one sided opinions towards commercial software.

A healthy dose of pragmatism never hurt anyone.