Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Herald Sun Story
(read this first)
So, I took the above test and low-and-behold it tells me I'm a right-brained thinker, which didn't really jive with the descriptions they give. I definitely share more in common with the left-side.
As a natural skeptic, I found it preposterous that a "test" could tell you something like this.
So, I found a more scientific explanation and of course it's muddier than some "simple minds" would have you think:
Science Line Explanation
And lastly, I still can't see the spinning woman go counter-clockwise. So, I used this to help me:
Ah, much better!
What brain side are you?
Monday, January 28, 2008
I Hate Macs
"I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don't use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui."
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Three-way stop at a slightly goofy intersection. Just after 6pm, mostly dark and slightly rainy. Cars are represented by the numbered dots (ignore the satellite image cars).
Who would be the at-fault party?
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Found this great article about how truly AWFUL the internet used to look WAAAAAAAY back in 1996. Some great screenshots using the WayBack Machine.
"...many of the best preserved ones were created by fast food and soft drink corporations because they were some of the earliest adapters of the internet. They viewed the medium as a chance for inexpensive advertising and invested dozens upon dozens of dollars into it. The results are tremendously humiliating."
"Additionally, very few web designers had even the most rudimentary of aesthetic sensibilities, and nearly half of them were clinically retarded."
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
-A MacBook (and/or the rumored subnotebook) with a built-in HSDPA modem for high speed data access on the AT&T network. It would leverage Apple's existing carrier relationships, give them a new slice of coveted subscription revenue, and simplify the usually clunky process of activating and configuring an aircard.
We'll see what develops soon enough. Feel free to mock or praise me in the comments.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
The first Golden Globe of the night went to Cate Blanchett for her supporting role in "I'm Not There" and that pretty much said it all about the awards ceremony Sunday that was wiped out by the Hollywood writers strike.
Because Blanchett wasn't there. Neither was anyone present to accept the best drama award for "Atonement," the final award of the 31-minute, news conference-style fiasco that raced through 25 winners so fast, it was as if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association just wanted to get it over with.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
My wife was on the 5 South headed to a baby shower in Costa Mesa. She texts me and says "Something's on fire. Billowing black smoke, traffic on the 5."
I hit SigAlert.com:
Uh oh, lanes closed. Plus...
Big accident, and that's the fire. Google Maps w/traffic:
And after one simple drag and drop:
"10E to 710S to 5S will get you around it."
Done in literally 90 seconds. What a difference 4 years makes.
PS: The authors of Towform do not condone texting while driving. Use a bluetooth headset.
User Determined Computing
Today, home technology has outpaced enterprise technology, leaving employees frustrated by the inadequacy of the technology they use at work. As a result, employees are demanding more because of their ever-increasing familiarity and comfort level with technology. It’s an emerging phenomenon Accenture has called “user-determined computing.”I also like the dig the blogger takes at Accenture's website towards the end.
I wasn't hugely impressed with Accenture's own website, which didn't comply with the most basic standards of Web 2.0. For one thing, it's Flash-based, with no options for a quicker loading, HTML version. And the Flash doesn't load quickly. Secondly, a pop-up window greets you on your immediate arrival requesting your participation in a survey. Not a good start.(via SvN)
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
"live" at CES.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Jan 9, 2008 1:36 PM
To: Jake of All Trades
Just got a demo of the Dash Express. Looks very cool, though I'm now
more excited about the community saved searches feature than I am
about the traffic.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
What I like:
- Google Maps drop pin
- Multiple recipient SMS
- And moving around home page and dock icons (you can even create multiple home pages)
And yes, Google has finally returned the cell phone tower triangulation technology that last powered AT&T's friend finder. Why they just got around to it now, I'll never know.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
In what sounds like a dream for millions of tired coffee drinkers, Darpa-funded scientists might have found a drug that will eliminate sleepiness.
A nasal spray containing a naturally occurring brain hormone called orexin A reversed the effects of sleep deprivation in monkeys, allowing them to perform like well-rested monkeys on cognitive tests. The discovery's first application will probably be in treatment of the severe sleep disorder narcolepsy.
Siegel said that orexin A is unique in that it only had an impact on sleepy monkeys, not alert ones, and that it is "specific in reversing the effects of sleepiness" without other impacts on the brain.