Saturday, September 1, 2012

The man of knowledge must not only be able to love his enemies...

Today's soundtrack is Incidental Music by The Green Kingdom - "An audio accompaniment for a spontaneous still life." And there's a track from a year ago, Nicolas Szczepanik's Please Stop Loving Me. Not enough? How about Ghost Identifier from Lights Out Asia? OK, one more: Bleu Polar by Olan Mill.

For the Eno fans out there, take 40 minutes with this video interview titled Imaginary Landscapes.

Take a photo tour of the abandoned Soviet Foxtrot submarine U 475.
I suppose it could be worse. The fake followers report from Status People tells me 88% of my Twitter followers are good, 7% are inactive, and 5% are fake.

For Genesis fans, guitarist Steve Hackett will release Genesis Revisited II, his versions of Genesis' classic tunes. The album kicks off with The Chamber of 32 Doors which is a good sign. But in this video interview, Hackett calls the album "Wagnerian" and compares it to the Ring Cycle which isn't necessarily a good sign. It looks like the album is due for release in October.

Named for amateur art restorer Cecilia Gimenez, you can compete for the Cecilia Prize by trying to restore Ecce Homo yourself. Or just view the gallery of entries.

Plane Finder uses ADS-B feeds from aircraft to map them. All I can say is there are a lot of aircraft flying around. This picture is just Texas.
Freemium. You've heard of this, right? A web or phone app that has a free version but also premium versions you can upgrade to and pay for? That software sales model has made lots of money for folks like LinkedIn and DropBox. But freemium doesn't work for everyone.
  • It's not obvious which features to leave out of the free version. Too many and no one will use the free version. Too few and no one will upgrade to the premium version.
  • With users of the free version typically comprising 98% of your entire installed base, your app needs to have a user base numbering in the millions.
  • It probably shouldn't be offered B2B because businesses already have budgets for software so why give them something for free?
Has the NFL run out of good ideas?

What can business leaders learn from jazz? Think of it in terms of improvisation. It's an interactive group activity where individuals respond publicly and spontaneously to the actions of others with different people taking lead at various times while others support and complement them without criticism.

If you just like jazz and can do without all the business stuff, is dedicated to what might be the most famous photograph in all of jazz: the so-called Harlem Portrait from 1958. Everybody's in here: Count Basie, Art Blakey, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Gene Krupa, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins, and more.
Teh interwebs was made for stuff like this: the Candy Wrapper Archive.

You've heard the joke: the biggest lie in the technology world is "Yes, I have read and agree to the terms of service." Well, now  TOS;DR (terms of service;didn't read) is filling that void and grading various TOS for you. For example, on a scale from E to A where A is very good GitHub gets a B while Twitpic gets an E.

Science geeks: here's video of Curiosity's descent to Mars at 25 fps in HD.

Best of the visualization web for July 2012: Part 1 and Part 2.

The programmer's corner: How to Design Programs.

Geniuses, even Apple Geniuses, have to be taught what to do and say. That's where the Apple Genius Training Workbook comes in handy. For example, an Apple product never bombs, crashes or hangs. It unexpectedly quit or stopped responding.

Good advice. source
On an average workday an American sleeps for 7 hours and 39 minutes. More insight on our day can be seen at the link. I'd pay cash money for almost 8 hours of sleep. Also, I don't think it's necessary for them to cite work and commuting time down to the second.

From the I Had No Idea department, the U.S. government is still paying two active pensions from the Civil War.

Old news: the toilet paper mystery has been solved.

You've seen the worst album covers the creepy Santa photos so now feast on these creepy prom photos. If this is how the date started out when Mom was taking the picture just imagine the rest of the night. BOOYAH!
Tired of just drinking your beer? Try these other 31 uses for beer.

And now to leave you with two drawing things. Code::Brush and Harmony.

...but also to hate his friends. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

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