Saturday, June 19, 2010

Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground...

And the Tony Award for best play goes to... Red, the two-man play about artist Mark Rothko.     Next time I'm in Dallas, I should visit the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art.  If you want to visit Fort Worth without leaving the comfort of your home, look at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History with their webcam (and you can pan and zoom it!).

 The Albright-Knox Art Gallery will exhibit 29 paintings by Clifford Still this summer.

How well do you know hue?  Take the Munsell Hue Test and find out.  (I scored 144 - a score of 0 is perfect.)  Throw away your mouse and keyboard: skinput is the new way to control technology.

The original visual privacy undergarment for women.  (Original?  You mean there's more than one type of these?)   Keeping the NSFW content together in one paragraph, how might you describe your most recent B.M. using a book title?  (One of my favorites is Remains of the Day.)

I've had a copy of James Joyce's Ulysses on a shelf for at least 20 years cuz I'm afraid to start it.  Now I'm saved by Ulysses for Dummies.  What's old is new again: Google has a command line tool.

Since last month's teaser about possibly getting a new phone, I've been given a bunch of suggestions including this one: Phoneballs, a protective sleeve decorated with tiny blue balls.  Unfortunately, Phoneballs are not nearly as awesome as iBacon.

That bacon your iPhone 4 shoots out can be used to prepare MOINK Balls (bacon wrapped meatballs). What has a waffle roof and bacon shutters?  The sausage log cabin, of course.

Further evidence that innovation is not dead: colored bacon.

You've heard about the excellent restaurant in a gas station; here's Chef Point's web site.  You've also probably heard about Smitty's BBQ in Lockhart.  And you can wash it all down with IZZE, sparkling fruit juice.

35% of mothers remove the crusts from their childrens' sandwiches so imagine the savings in food waste if you could bake crustless bread.  In order to understand this process, researchers are modeling baking using CFD.  CFD is also being use to study arterial stents.

This cool interactive map from Forbes uses IRS data to illustrate where Americans are moving from and to on a county by county basis. (It would be nice if they added something to quantify the net effect.)

E-mail going away?  So says Facebook's COO. E-mail was the killer app of my generation.  Squeezed on one side by the ever-increasing tsunami of spam and on the other side by the rise of social media, only 11% of teens email daily.

And in another interesting trend, Forrester forecasts that tablet computers will account for 23% of all PC sales by 2015.  (There are all sorts of interesting factoids in this short article.)

Fontdeck delivers a standards compliant CSS @font-face solution for your web site's typography and MSDN's ScriptJunkie provides info on HTML, scripts, CSS, and more.  You can use these five research tools to optimize your content for SEO.

Have you crafted your elevator pitch, the one minute story of your business and products?  If not, Harvard Business School's Pitch Builder can help.

Do you like awesome, highly technical drumming on gigantic drum sets?  Then you'll enjoy this 5-minute video of a drum duet featuring Terry Bozzio and Chad Wackerman.

Isn't "Wackerman" the perfect name for a drummer?

Adrian Belew blogs that it's of "heartfelt importance" to him that the 1981 King Crimson quartet tour next year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group's formation.  (Hard to believe it's been 30 years since I first heard Discipline.)  I'm not holding my breath, however.

Here's a list of eleven ways to influence people to take action online (#8 Use the word "you").  Need a quick image file for a design mockup?  Use the Dummy Image Generator.  And TABLEIZER converts your Excel spreadsheet into an HTML table.

SolidWorks' 3 Dudes Gone 3D won an Effie award (not an effing award) for marketing effectiveness.  Keep up with product development technologies with DEVELOP3D. For example, here's commentary on why we need a new CAD data standard.

The Canadian Maple Leaf  gold coin with a face value of $1,000,000 goes up for auction on 25 June.  However, this 21 inch diameter coin contains nearly $4,000,000 worth of gold.

The obligatory vuvuzela links.  First, play the vuvuzela game and time how long you can stand the sound (49 seconds).  Then, use Vuvuzela Time to browse the web with a little background music.

And now, your mental palate cleanser:  xoki.  Just choose a color and relax.

...of all minds that have lost their balance.  -- James Joyce

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