Did Picasso influence the Mac Finder icon?
Why wake up to your alarm clock's beep beep beep when you can be lured awake by sizzling bacon with the Wake n' Bacon.
- Tecplot's CFD visualization software helps in the quest for alternative fuels.
- Kenneth Wong weighs in on Altair's acquisition of CFD software developer ACUSIM quoting an Altair VP as saying it "fills a void in our portfolio."
- Rhino's SDK is now open source.
- FloEFD won the Design News Golden Mousetrap Award for best product.
- CAE blogger Jeff Waters is dumping Twitter, changing jobs, and taking several months off from blogging.
Hey Canadians. Check out this guy who during 2011 "will only buy Canadian products, eat Canadian food and consume Canadian media." Good luck, eh.
Interesting opinion piece by the president and CEO of Campbell's Soup on how to stop being victimized by your own life. Example: not all fires are equal and you don't have to put them all out yourself. (Factoid: Campbell's is headquartered in Camden, NJ.)
Copyblogger warns us about the 5 mistakes that kill landing pages on web sites. #2 is using your regular site design. Instead, lose the clutter and get focused on converting the prospect into a customer.
If I wore t-shirts more often, I might wear this one: Groverfield. (I recommend the movie Cloverfield, just take your Dramamine first unless the camera work isn't as disorienting on the small screen.)
We try to make our customers very happy but sometimes we fail, or as this blog post about How to Save a Disgruntled Customer says, we suck. From my own experience, I recall this one customer for whom we could do nothing right - missed deadlines, lost shipments, simple misstatements. The first thing to do is call and dig deeper to fully understand where you went wrong - and stop trying to sell.
You have all probably seen the hilarious parody of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as mangled in PowerPoint. Now someone's done the same thing for Martin Luther King Jr's I Have an Action Item. "Coordination of interethnic actors needs to be improved."
Last week it was MaximumPC, this week Deloitte makes their technology predictions for 2011. There's a lot of focus on TV. After all, 4.5 trillion hours of TV were watched worldwide in 2010. That's a helluva lot of toddlers in tiaras, real housewives, and Snooki. But I think the really important comment is at the end of the article. "Batteries will probably become the biggest single limiting factor in the growth and penetration of smart mobile devices."
Two places to enjoy a fine beer: The Pour House and The Ginger Man. (Note: I have not personally been to either of these places but am simply parroting what my beer guru told me. Last night I had Buds with buds at B-Dubs. My beer guru probably hates that.)
Someone took extensive notes at the Startup Lessons Learned Conference last year. It's gonna take some time to read through all of these. From the notes: "entrepreneurship is not the best way to make money. Entrepreneurship's goals are to change the world, build an organization of lasting value, and make customers' lives better." That sounds gallant, but somewhere there has to be a profit motive.
Fortune has ranked the 100 best companies to work for. Notable: #4 Google, #6 Zappos, #12 Scottrade, #44 Intuit, #72 Microsoft, #87 Men's Wearhouse. Here are 10 simple truths that smart people forget. #6 Every mistake you make is progress. I've made a lot of progress!
This list of classic texts in visualization surprisingly does not include anything by Edward Tufte. But How NOT to Lie with Visualization sounds interesting.
My current reading backlog.
How to cross a moat, the animated series. Dentophobia, the fear of dentists, requires a sympathetic ear. Indeed.
Now I know why all you Zimmermans are impulse buyers. Research shows that people with last names at the end of the alphabet tend to buy items much more quickly than those with last names at the front of the alphabet.
Not sure I see the need: tinySrc sizes your graphics for mobile screens. Software Carpentry provides freely available tools and resources for learning about software development. What do basking sharks have to do with hydro power generation? Check out this shark-inspired turbine.
From the How Low Can We Go department, a TV commercial for Luv's diapers features a toddler pooping contest. I certainly hope that Proctor & Gamble doesn't take this same approach to marketing their line of feminine hygiene products.
...that they hurry past it. ~Kierkegaard