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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Presenting Design Work: The Right Way | Toptal

Presenting Design Work: The Right Way | Toptal: "Often the difference between getting the job or not has everything to do with how you present your work to potential clients. The portfolio has as much to do with how you present it, as it does the actual content of your work. Even great designers with strong backgrounds can miss out on opportunities because they haven’t taken enough care with a few fundamental steps."



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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

UX Design for Wearables in Wearable Technology | Toptal

UX Design for Wearables in Wearable Technology | Toptal: "In recent years we’ve seen new, disruptive innovations in the world of wearable technology; advances that will potentially transform life, business, and the global economy. Products like Google Glass, Apple Watch, and Oculus Rift promise not only to change the way we approach information, but also our long established patterns of social interaction."



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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

15 Best Project Management Tools to Improve Efficiency and Productivity - Apex Global

15 Best Project Management Tools to Improve Efficiency and Productivity - Apex Global: "So to ease the burden that comes with your job and be the best project manager there is, we’ve listed the top 15 project management tools that you should consider for your next tasks."



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Monday, March 21, 2016

Best Tech Accessories for Travel | eBay

Best Tech Accessories for Travel | eBay: "You can’t deny that probably the most important thing when traveling is your accompanying technology. Whether it be for your entertainment on a flight/ride or getting work done on your tablet or laptop in the airport or hotel, your devices are a must, as are third party gizmos that aid in performance and convenience. "



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Friday, February 26, 2016

17 Accessories For People Who Hate Clutter

17 Accessories For People Who Hate Clutter: "17 Accessories For People Who Hate Clutter"



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Friday, January 01, 2016

Technology, Gadget Review: Pictures, Travel and More - AARP

Technology, Gadget Review: Pictures, Travel and More - AARP: "32 gadgets and apps that make living in the digital age easier, cheaper, safer and more fun"



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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sara Horowitz brings the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign to Washington - Freelancers Union

Sara Horowitz brings the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign to Washington - Freelancers Union: "Sara Horowitz brings the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign to Washington"



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6 TV shows that get the Internet right (and so, so wrong)

6 TV shows that get the Internet right (and so, so wrong): "6 TV shows that get the Internet right (and so, so wrong)"



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Meusu

Meusu: "MEUSU IS YOUR ON-DEMAND PERSONAL ASSISTANT.

We're a New Orleans based platform to connect with and directly hire someone to complete a task or service."



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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

This Video Will Leave You Reeling At The Number Of People Killed In World War II - BuzzFeed News

This Video Will Leave You Reeling At The Number Of People Killed In World War II - BuzzFeed News: "The Fallen of World War II, a video posted on Memorial Day, attempts to document all of the estimated 60 million people killed during World War II."



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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Standardization and the Open Web · An A List Apart Article

Standardization and the Open Web · An A List Apart Article: "What has changed, however, is the way standards are developed—an issue arguably as important as the standards themselves. The next community debate, then, isn’t about web standards; it’s about how web standards should be standardized."



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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Enraged US man shoots his malfunctioning computer - BBC News

Enraged US man shoots his malfunctioning computer - BBC News: "A man in the US city of Colorado faces police action after becoming so frustrated with his desktop computer that he took it outside and shot it eight times with a handgun, police say."



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Thursday, January 15, 2015

26 Pictures That Will Give You Perspective On What Really Matters

26 Pictures That Will Give You Perspective On What Really Matters: "26 Pictures That Will Give You Perspective On What Really Matters"



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Monday, June 23, 2014

35 Surprisingly Useful Websites You Never Knew You Needed

35 Surprisingly Useful Websites You Never Knew You Needed:



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Monday, June 02, 2014

11 Misconceptions About San Francisco

11 Misconceptions About San Francisco: "11 Misconceptions About San Francisco"



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Friday, April 04, 2014

Open Source Beehives | Indiegogo

Open Source Beehives | Indiegogo: "Open Source Beehives
Make your own printable, smart beehive to track colony health and promote international bee recovery."



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Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Internet Is Held Together With Bubble Gum And Baling Wire | TechCrunch

The Internet Is Held Together With Bubble Gum And Baling Wire | TechCrunch: "The Internet from every angle has always been a house of cards held together with defective duct tape. It’s a miracle that anything works at all. Those who understand a lot of the technology involved generally hate it, but at the same time are astounded that for end users, things seem to usually work rather well."



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Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Daily Dot - The absolute must-watch list of fundamental Anime

The Daily Dot - The absolute must-watch list of fundamental Anime:



Is there a true list of must-watch anime? Given the diversity and longevity of anime as a genre, it's a tough claim to make. That's probably why the guys at FrontRowCrew, hosts of the GeekNights podcast, are making it. 



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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hargreaves and Levin

Hargreaves and Levin: "Hargreaves and Levin
Gingerbread Art Galleries
Food Maps"



These are interesting, even if I cannot always tell what food it is.


Friday, February 07, 2014

Humans Are Now In The Minority On The Web | WebProNews

Humans Are Now In The Minority On The Web | WebProNews: "A report out of Incapsula has found that humans only make up 40 percent of all Web traffic. The other 60 percent comes from bots. Just let that sink in for a moment – the Web that humans created is no longer dominated by them. Instead, the bots used for deeds both good and bad now eclipse us in the digital world."



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Monday, November 04, 2013

These Mind Blowing Infographics Will Change The Way You See Your Favorite Companies

These Mind Blowing Infographics Will Change The Way You See Your Favorite Companies: "These Mind Blowing Infographics Will Change The Way You See Your Favorite Companies
Almost every product you use is owned by the same ten corporations."

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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Vancouver company hopes to kickstart micro home revolution with $25,000 units - BC | Globalnews.ca

Vancouver company hopes to kickstart micro home revolution with $25,000 units - BC | Globalnews.ca: "Imagine being able to own a brand-new home for $25,000.

A Vancouver man hopes to revolutionize homeownership and small space living with his easy-to-assemble micro homes."

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Five Best Personal Project Management Tools

Five Best Personal Project Management Tools: "When your to-do list becomes a monster, and an item next to a checkbox will actually take a long time and multiple people to complete, you need more than a checklist to keep track of it. What you really have is a project, and you need a tool designed to manage them. This week, we're going to look at five of the best personal project management tools, based on your nominations."

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

World Wide Meditation Event

Events: "WORLDWIDE MEDITATION EVENT LIVE

    (1) Thursday, October 3rd
       at 8:30PM PDT/3:30AM GMT

    (2) Sunday, October 27th
       at 11:00AM PDT/6:00PM GMT"

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Monday, September 16, 2013

E. W. Dijkstra Quotes - The Quotations Page

"Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
E. W. Dijkstra

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
E. W. Dijkstra

Two great quotes from E.W. Dijkstra

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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Outbox — A beautiful inbox for postal mail

Outbox — A beautiful inbox for postal mailOutbox proudly offers two types of accounts:  Personal and Household. Customers with roommates usually opt to register for a Personal account. In effect, this option allows you to sign up for Outbox without having to convince your roommates (or spouse) of the awesomeness of our service! Instead, they can watch from the sidelines as you eliminate paper clutter and help us take over the world.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Pomodoro Technique®

The Pomodoro Technique®:

WHAT IS THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE?

It is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s that helps you accomplish what you want to do by transforming time into a valuable ally. Why is it so popular? Because it is easy to use, and most of all, because it works!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

40 maps that explain the world

40 maps that explain the world: "Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled “40 maps they didn’t teach you in school,” one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. "

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IFTTT / About IFTTT

IFTTT / About IFTTT: "What is IFTTT?
IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement:"

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Daily Dot - Watch a nuclear family explain the Internet in 1997

The Daily Dot - Watch a nuclear family explain the Internet in 1997: "The hilariously out of touch video, "The Kid's Guide to the Internet," is 27 minutes of the most suburban family ever explaining you the basics of the revolutionary technology. Peter, Dasha, mom, and dad cover topics such as how to get online to how to send email."

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Monday, July 01, 2013

25 TV Shows You Have To Watch From The Beginning

25 TV Shows You Have To Watch From The Beginning: "25 TV Shows You Have To Watch From The Beginning"

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

26 Shockingly Bad Predictions

26 Shockingly Bad Predictions: "26 Shockingly Bad Predictions
These people looked into the future…and got it completely wrong."

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13 Absurdly Massive Early Computers

13 Absurdly Massive Early Computers: "Technology from the days when bigger meant better."

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Sunday, June 09, 2013

This 29-Year-Old Nabbed $29 Million Because He Can See The Future - Yahoo! Finance

This 29-Year-Old Nabbed $29 Million Because He Can See The Future - Yahoo! Finance: "Tomer Kagan, cofounder, Quixey
At the tender age of 29, Quixey cofounder Tomer Kagan is already an accomplished futurist.
That means that he envisions the future and works with scientists and others to make it come true."
"Kagan's work as a futurist led him to the idea for his startup, Quixey, a search engine for apps used by companies like Microsoft, Sprint, and Ask.com."

I always enjoy reading about what people predict for the future.


Five Best Multitools

Five Best Multitools: "If you carry around a multitool in your bag or pocket for quick fixes, repair work, or just in case you need a sharp edge, a screwdriver, or pair of scissors, you're in good company. Many of you do, and this week we wanted to take a look at some of the best available—the ones that pack useful tools, are still portable, and offer great bang for the buck. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations."

For the analog gadget lover.


Monday, June 03, 2013

Keen On… Stephen Wolfram: Confessions Of The Most Quantified Person On The Planet | TechCrunch

Keen On… Stephen Wolfram: Confessions Of The Most Quantified Person On The Planet | TechCrunch: "Stephen Wolfram, the founder and CEO of the software company Wolfram Research, may well be the smartest and most interesting guy in tech. A PhD in theoretical physics from Caltech at the age of 20, the youngest ever recipient of the MacArthur “genius” fellowship, the inventor of both Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha, Wolfram’s life has been dedicated to the capture and organization of all the knowledge in the world."

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

17 Of The Wisest Things Anyone Ever Said About The Internet

17 Of The Wisest Things Anyone Ever Said About The Internet: "17 Of The Wisest Things Anyone Ever Said About The Internet
It’s fair to say the web has shaken things up a bit for mankind. Here some great minds - and Jon Bon Jovi - try to explain what it’s all about."

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Friday, May 10, 2013

19 Strange And Delightful Facts About British History

19 Strange And Delightful Facts About British History: "19 Strange And Delightful Facts About British History"

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We Are Avatars: Our Online Psyches Are Leaking into Meatspace | Motherboard

We Are Avatars: Our Online Psyches Are Leaking into Meatspace | Motherboard: "As Sundar put it, we “feel for” our virtual selves even more than we thought:"

A report on a fascinating study about how closely we identify with our Virtual World Avatars.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fargo


Fargo is a simple idea outliner, notepad, todo list, project organizer.
It's an HTML 5 application, written in JavaScript, runs in any compatible browser, including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft IE 10.
Files are stored in Dropbox, using the Dropbox API. They are accessible anywhere Dropbox is. You can share files with other users, or publicly.


Little Outliner press guide

Little Outliner press guide: "What is Little Outliner?
Little Outliner is an easy to learn, entry-level outliner that runs in a web browser.
It's written in JavaScript and runs in HTML 5."

Interesting product.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Online Proofreading

Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Online Proofreading: "Grammarly is an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach. Correct up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors."

I wish this was available when I was in college.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Science Explains Why the Silent Treatment Works (and Why It's Healthier for You, Too)

Science Explains Why the Silent Treatment Works (and Why It's Healthier for You, Too): "When dealing with jerks and trolls both online and off, you have a choice: you can engage and try to get them to see the error of their ways, or you can avoid them, ignore them, and move on with your life. "

Science tackles the troll problem.


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quantified Self

Quantified Self - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The Quantified Self is a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person's daily life in terms of inputs (e.g. food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g. mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical). Such self-monitoring and self-sensing, which combines wearable sensors (EEG, ECG, video, etc.) and wearable computing, is also known as lifelogging or sousveillance. Other names for using self-tracking data to improve daily functioning[1] are “self-tracking”, "auto-analytics", “body hacking” and “self-quantifying”.[2]"


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Prevent Analysis Paralysis By Avoiding Pointless A/B Tests | TechCrunch

Prevent Analysis Paralysis By Avoiding Pointless A/B Tests | TechCrunch: "At RJMetrics, we believe in data-driven decisions, which means we do a lot of testing. However, one of the most important lessons we’ve learned is this: Not all tests are worth running."

A good article on testing ... and over testing.


Thursday, January 03, 2013

Let me google that for you

Let me google that for you:

"For all those people who find it more convenient to bother you with their question rather than google it for themselves."

This is really cool.


Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Raspberry Pi

I think my NY's resolution is to get a Raspberry Pi, go through this manual, and do something cool with it.


Friday, December 28, 2012

BetterWorldBooks Makes Donating Old Books to Charity So Easy You Don’t Have to Leave the House

BetterWorldBooks Makes Donating Old Books to Charity So Easy You Don’t Have to Leave the House: "BetterWorldBooks isn't a new service by any means, but if you're doing a little decluttering for the new year, the service can help you donate old books and textbooks easily. They even send you a free shipping label to send them away to be resold on their site, where the proceeds go to schools, libraries, and literacy programs."

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Infochimps Launches Enterprise Cloud For Big Data Analytics | TechCrunch

Infochimps Launches Enterprise Cloud For Big Data Analytics | TechCrunch: "Infochimps data scientists and engineers developed the platform so they could collect lots of data and perform complex analytics along the way. A customer can pull in data from CRM systems and any of the other app silos where data pools then combine it with the data from Facebook, Twitter, and other services. The data flows into Infochimps’ data-delivery service and is cleaned up along the way. Data gets enriched, as needed, with other pieces of information such as demographic data."

Big Data is hot!


Hackbright Academy Turns Women Into Pro Developers In 10 Weeks, And It’s Accepting Applications For 2013 | TechCrunch

Hackbright Academy Turns Women Into Pro Developers In 10 Weeks, And It’s Accepting Applications For 2013 | TechCrunch: "Amidst all the arguments about “brogrammer” culture and the presence of women in Silicon Valley, here’s a company that’s actively working to change things, albeit on a small scale (for now) — Hackbright Academy, which describes itself as “a 10 week training program designed to help women become awesome programmers.”"

I like the sounds of this.


How to Go Viral (The Art of Going Viral with Psychology)

How to Go Viral (The Art of Going Viral with Psychology): "The Psychology Of Going Viral: 12 Proven Ways to Craft Content That Gets People Talking (About You)"

Want stuff to go viral? Check this out.


The Science Of Productivity

The Science Of Productivity: "In today's crazy world, productivity is on the minds of many. So what can science tell us about the human brain and productive work? How do we become more efficient at working, and spend less time working overall?"

Good advice.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Entire Existence Of Life On Earth

The Entire Existence Of Life On Earth: "What would it look like if we took Earth's 4.5 billion year history, and stuffed it into a normal day's 24 hour time-frame? Follow the magnificent journey of life; where it began, and how it eventually led to humanity as we know it."

I have seen this material before, and it is always mind blowing to get this perspective.


36 Reasons Why We Will Miss Bookstores

36 Reasons Why We Will Miss Bookstores: "36 Reasons Why We Will Miss Bookstores
Bookstores, in case you haven't been in one recently, are perfectly lovely."

I have always loved bookstores.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Explore and discover interactive light field pictures - Lytro Picture Community

Explore and discover interactive light field pictures - Lytro Picture Community:

I have no idea how this works, but the focus on these photos can be changed online.  Wow.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Messina: Obama Won On The Small Stuff

Messina: Obama Won On The Small Stuff: ""We were going to demand data on everything, we were going to measure everything," he said during the panel. "We were going to put an analytics team inside of us to study us the entire time to make sure we were being smart about things."
Every night, Obama's analytics team would run the campaign 66,000 times on a computer simulation. "And every morning," said Messina, "we would come in and spend our money based on those simulations.""

More evidence the election was won on "big data".  If you can measure it, you can manage it.


Friday, November 09, 2012

The Moral Instinct - New York Times

The Moral Instinct - New York Times: "The exact number of themes depends on whether you’re a lumper or a splitter, but Haidt counts five — harm, fairness, community (or group loyalty), authority and purity — and suggests that they are the primary colors of our moral sense. Not only do they keep reappearing in cross-cultural surveys, but each one tugs on the moral intuitions of people in our own culture."

Suggesting what is part of the innate sense of morality.


Rachel Maddow Has the Last Word

Rachel Maddow Has the Last Word: "Rachel Maddow Has the Last Word
Rachel Maddow absolutely unloaded on Republicans and conservatives last night. "

Wonderful.  Awesome.  Incredible.


18 Amazingly Stupid Things Clients Say

18 Amazingly Stupid Things Clients Say: "18 Amazingly Stupid Things Clients Say
Irish creative professionals designed posters visualizing actual idiotic feedback from clients."

These made me smile.  I have heard some of them from clients in the past.  But my current clients would never say such things.


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

This Is Not A Wrecked Car

This Is Not A Wrecked Car: "The image, "Body Crash," is made up of 17 male and female athletes, bodybuilders, and acrobatic team members."

Impressive!


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Microsoft’s Next Kinect May Feature Finger Tracking | WebProNews

Microsoft’s Next Kinect May Feature Finger Tracking | WebProNews: "Microsoft researchers are currently attending the User Interface Software and Technology symposium to show off their newest creation – Digits. It’s a wrist-worn gloveless sensor that accurately tracks finger movements with little to no lag. It’s no Kinect, but the technology used is even more impressive than Microsoft’s initial foray into motion capture technology."

As my son keeps reminding me, we have to get rid of the antiquated mouse.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Daily Dot | Former NPR reporter hopes to revitalize political coverage with crowdfunded podcast

Daily Dot | Former NPR reporter hopes to revitalize political coverage with crowdfunded podcast: "Former NPR reporter Andrea Seabrook wants to revitalize political coverage in Washington, D.C. To do so, she’s left NPR and tossed her mic into a much more entrepreneurial ring. She’s become a podcaster."

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Daily Dot | Podspotting: The 5 Best Political Podcasts

Daily Dot | Podspotting: The 5 Best Political Podcasts: "With that in mind, this week Podspotting presents five of the best, sharpest, and most enjoyable podcasts about politics—podcasts to keep you informed, and, hopefully, to remind you that, even as shallow soundbites dominate the cable news cycle, there are in fact other sane, intelligent people out there."

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Google Data centers

Google Data centers: "Showing what we're made of—inside and out
For the first time, we're giving everyone a glimpse into where we run our products. Now you can take a virtual tour of one of our data centers in Street View. Or browse photo albums of the technology, people, and places that keep Google's products running. Learn more."

Looks like all the data centers I ever worked in and around.


Brain Pickings | Graphic Nonfiction

Brain Pickings | Graphic Nonfiction: "Graphic nonfiction has established itself as a storytelling medium for educational entertainment and entertaining education, from the history of the atomic bomb to the life and times of Hunter S. Thompson to the Zen of Steve Jobs. Action Philosophers! (public library), a mega-tome collecting all nine volumes of the celebrated series by graphic artist Ryan Dunlavey and writer Fred Van Lente, takes you on an ideological journey from the pre-Socratics to Jacques Derrida, by way of Rene Descartes, John Stuart Mill, and Carl Jung, giving those literary action figures a run for the money."

Cool.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Madeleine Crum: 9 Books You Should Have Read In High School

Madeleine Crum: 9 Books You Should Have Read In High School: "In a freshman survey course required for all students at the state college I attended, we read Brecht, Voltaire and Dostoyevsky, but the class responded most warmly to Nadine Gordimer and Ha Jin, writers who never so much as glossed over topics like The Civil War and the American Dream. I think it's because we felt transported -- a feeling we'd never associated with learning and knowledge.

Here are 9 books they SHOULD teach in American high schools, for a refreshing break from the same-old, same-old. "

I have not read many of these books.  I will read at least one.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Make the Web Fast: Automagic site optimization with mod_pagespeed 1.0! - YouTube

Make the Web Fast: Automagic site optimization with mod_pagespeed 1.0! - YouTube: "mod_pagespeed is an open-source Apache module that automatically optimizes web pages and resources on them: images, CSS, JavaScript, and much more."

It sounds like a remarkable product.


Replace Hated Words and Acronyms in Chrome with In My Words

Replace Hated Words and Acronyms in Chrome with In My Words: "Do acronyms such as YOLO, LOL, and OMG drive you crazy? Perhaps you'd rather not see a particular slur in your internet browsing? If you're a Chrome user the extension In My Words has you covered; it will replace any word or acronym you hate with your preferred word when using Chrome."

This has interesting possibilities.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Google Takes mod_pagespeed Out Of Beta For A Faster Web | WebProNews

Google Takes mod_pagespeed Out Of Beta For A Faster Web | WebProNews: "Nearly two years ago, Google unveiled mod_pagespeed, an open source Apache module tool for developers to help make the web faster. Today, Google announced that it has left beta status. It has gone through eighteen different releases to get here."


Monday, October 08, 2012

Apple, Facebook and Others Team Up To Launch New Web Standards Website

Apple, Facebook and Others Team Up To Launch New Web Standards Website: "In an attempt to create the “definitive resource” for all open Web technologies, Apple, Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, and Opera have joined the W3C to launch a new website called ‘Web Platform‘"

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Friday, October 05, 2012

New California law kickstarts home-based food businesses - CSMonitor.com

New California law kickstarts home-based food businesses - CSMonitor.com: "New California law kickstarts home-based food businesses
The California Homemade Food Act clears the way for home cooks to make and sell a wide range of products, such as jams and jellies, without the need to invest in commercial kitchen space or comply with zoning and other regulations."

I think this is a great idea.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

A set of products to build and maintain a virtual server


Virtual Box (Free VM solution): https://www.virtualbox.org/
Vagrant (Virtual Box wrapper): http://vagrantup.com/
Chef (Rules to build a server): http://www.opscode.com/chef/
Chef cookbooks (Open source rulesets for apps): https://github.com/opscode/cookbooks


Turns out that Vagrant and VirtualBox work on every platform, so you can easily use them on Windows. 

The getting started guide for Vagrant really showcases the magic of it. You run around 10 commands and then you've got a working virtual machine with apache installed. Also slick - the local directory on your host machine can be configured to be what the virtual machine references for the web directory. AKA the index.php file you have on your actual machine is what the virtual machine uses and hosts for you. It makes editing files much easier - no FTPing them to see changes.



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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This is amazing.


Friday, August 17, 2012

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Napping



Photo Gallery | Mattel's Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity | collectSPACE

"To commemorate the Mars Rover Curiosity created by NASA/JPL-Caltech, Hot Wheels created a 1:64 scale version. Curiosity carries many tools such as a drill, cameras and a laser. Its mission to see if Mars could have ever supported small life forms called microbes... or if humans could explore there someday!" — Mattel"

Very cool.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life | Video on TED.com

Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life | Video on TED.com: "When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience -- and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life."

This is amazing.  Inspirational.


Monday, July 30, 2012

APIs - US Census Bureau

APIs - US Census Bureau: "To improve access to data and encourage innovation, the Census Bureau has begun to provide API access to some data sets, beginning with the 2010 Census Summary File 1 and the 2010 American Community Survey (five year data). We invite developers to use these APIs, join our Developer Forum, and provide feedback to help us move forward with continued API development."

Interesting.  Census Bureau provides API into census data.


Friday, May 04, 2012

A Day Made of Glass... Made possible by Corning. - YouTube

A Day Made of Glass... Made possible by Corning. - YouTube:


Friday, April 13, 2012

Report: One In Five U.S. Adults Does Not Use The Internet | TechCrunch

Report: One In Five U.S. Adults Does Not Use The Internet | TechCrunch: "Internet adoption among U.S. adults increased rapidly from the mid-’90s to about 2005. Since then, though, the number of adult Internet users has remained almost stable at around 75 to 80%. The Pew Internet & American Life Project’s latest poll shows that this trend continued in 2011. Those who are online use the Internet more than ever before, but about one in five U.S. adults is simply not online."


Wednesday, April 04, 2012

20 Of The Worst Opinions Ever

20 Of The Worst Opinions Ever:

Prognosticators cannot be right every time.


Great Logos With A Secret Meaning

Great Logos With A Secret Meaning: "Artists have been hiding subliminal and secret messages in their art for centuries and the tradition lives on today in the work of logo designers. Find out what's hidden in the FedEx, Tostitos or Baskin Robbins logo. Some of the messages are more obvious than others, but all of them are clever and revealing"

Fascinating stuff.


Saturday, March 31, 2012

World Backup Day - March 31st

World Backup Day - March 31st: "DON'T BE AN APRIL FOOL.
BACKUP YOUR FILES.
CHECK YOUR RESTORES.
Remember to ensure your files are backed up on March 31st.
Backup your memories and financial information and check your old backup restores."


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The War On Men: 7 Crazy Pieces Of Real Legislation

The War On Men: 7 Crazy Pieces Of Real Legislation:

"In response to the anti-abortion and anti-contraception bills floating around in state legislatures all over the country, some lawmakers are introducing bills in protest of the legislation. Here are the craziest."


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Zeigarnik Effect - PsychWiki - A Collaborative Psychology Wiki

Zeigarnik Effect - PsychWiki - A Collaborative Psychology Wiki: "The Zeigarnik Effect is the tendency to experience intrusive thoughts about an objective that was once pursued and left incomplete (Baumeister & Bushman, 2008, pg. 122). The automatic system signals the conscious mind, which may be focused on new goals, that a previous activity was left incomplete. It seems to be human nature to finish what we start and, if it is not finished, we experience dissonance."

I did not know this had a name.  I experience this everyday.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Finally, a Proper Study to Scientifically Show Telecommuting is More Productive

"Finally, a Proper Study to Scientifically Show Telecommuting is More Productive
There've been studies into the benefits of telecommuting before, but they were usually lacking in certain areas, which resulted in the findings being less than scientific (and thus not super trustworthy). This time a Stanford University study used a Chinese travel agency with over 12,000 employees as its base, and concluded that working remotely actually does noticeably increase performance."


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Web Site Story - CollegeHumor Video



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Indomitable Sophia Loren


"The Indomitable Sophia Loren. Happy 77th birthday, you sexy thing. Not just a pretty face, Ms. Loren is funny, insightful and exudes a kind of sweet vulnerability."

My first movie star crush.


Saturday, July 02, 2011

The Many Companions of Doctor Who

"Most of us are lucky if we can find one person to spend our lives with and a handful of great friends to keep us company. This is not a problem the Doctor has to deal with. Through the years the Doctor has had over 42 companions. Here’s a look at them all."


Friday, June 17, 2011

INFOGRAPHIC: What Happens Online Every 60 Seconds

"This neat infographic from Go-Globe shows just how much we can accomplish in 60 seconds on the Internet — from blogging to registering a domain to updating our Facebook statuses. It’s amazing to think of how many people are doing the same thing as you online, that very minute."

169 Million Emails are Sent.


The Truth About The Economy In 2 Minutes | MoveOn.Org

"Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said he could explain the problems with the economy in less than 2 minutes, 15 seconds—and he did it (with illustrations to boot). It’s great! Check it out."


Friday, April 22, 2011

Infographic: The great toilet paper debate

This is amusing. On Wikipedia, the discussion page for the article "Toilet Paper Orientation" is 2x longer than that for the Iraq War.

We do get concerned about the most seemingly trivial things.


Saturday, April 09, 2011

Kamal Meattle on how to grow fresh air | Video on TED.com

"Kamal Meattle on how to grow fresh air"

Plants that keep the air fresh.



Friday, April 08, 2011

BBC News - Day in pictures

"BBC News - Day in pictures"

I really like this feature. It is usually 6-7 pictures of events around the world. It is a daily reminder of the diversity of the peoples on earth.


25 Acronyms You Never Stopped To Figure Out: Pics, Videos, Links, News

"25 Acronyms You Never Stopped To Figure Out: Pics, Videos, Links, News"

I did not know that zip code was an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan Code.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

YouTube - "What Is Internet, Anyway?"



Saturday, March 05, 2011

IE6 Countdown

"The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown. Moving the world off Internet Explorer 6"

Everyone that works on webpages is most anxious to see IE6 gone.


Friday, March 04, 2011

Map of the Internet 2011 | PEER 1 Hosting Blog

"Non-Geek Version – The Map of the Internet is a visual representation of all the networks around the world that are interconnected to form the Internet as we know it today. These include small and large Internet service providers (ISPs), Internet exchange points, university networks, and organization networks such as Facebook and Google."

A most interesting map of the Internet.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

30 Efficient Web Tools that Save Time and Make Money for Power Users | SEOptimise

"Web tools are useful when they don’t require a significant time investment to master them or use them. The best tools out there save time and make money at the same time. They don’t even have to deal with time and money like time management or micropayment tools do. They just have to make sure you reach your goals as fast as possible and that you finish the tasks you work on as quickly as possible."


Monday, January 03, 2011

What Browser? - Home

Information about Browsers.

What browser you are using.

Useful Browser Tweaks.


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