mindtangle

October, 2009

Weekly Digest for October 28th

postedby on October28th,2009 tagged personal

Every week, this little bot pulls my tweets, shared links, posted photos, and other bits and bobs into a single post for your perusal. Enjoy!

flickr (feed #3)
Shared 2 photos.
googlereader (feed #2)
Watch the video. It’s creepier than you could imagine, down to the neck-strap name tags on the employees.
googlereader (feed #2)
This guy did some experiments and posits that a single driver can dampen traffic waves. I’ve tried this very thing, but never bothered to see how well it was working behind me. This kind of driving requires letting go of some fundamental notions of fairness, but the hypothesis is that everyone ends up moving faster and feeling less stressed as a result.
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A good effort by a teen game designer. The cards are consistently designed to be viral: you win via transmission.
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I love this idea. I also love that, being OSS from Mozilla, it has a good chance of making it on to every platform (Palm Pre, Apple laptop, random internet-connected displays) that I use.
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Beautiful. I’d like to see the code that generated this.
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I’ve now spent several cumulative hours in front of big displays, manning the joysticks, gawping at the amazing images this thing produces.
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And why no one understand what they’re like to found, because most everyone has an internal model of having a "job" as their starting point.
flickr (feed #3)
Shared 2 photos.

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Weekly Digest for October 21st

postedby on October21st,2009 tagged personal

Every week, this little bot pulls my tweets, shared links, posted photos, and other bits and bobs into a single post for your perusal. Enjoy!

googlereader (feed #2)
The idea is that intangible value is an immensely important route to increasing wealth without increasing resource usage. Sutherland aims to give an entertaining talk, however, and not a serious one. Thus, his examples are highly amusing but none of the world-changing ones we need more of are mentioned.
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This is like TextMate (my no-frills code editor of choice) but with some really interesting new features. The "mini-map" is something that I’ve wanted for years. Windows-only, surprisingly.
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Awesome decal for your Macbook. Want.
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Beta of a startup I came across. They are attempting to aggregate and organize online discussion on any topic into productive, lasting knowledge. One of the mechanics they’re using is to shape everything into questions and answers that can be collaborated on.
twitter (feed #4)
This article makes me think that my precious Google Wave invites should have gone to coworkers, not friends: http://bit.ly/14Ss0N [nagutron]
googlereader (feed #2)
This is insanely awesome. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon made real.
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Trapeze lessons! Here’s me, making the catch on the first try.
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In true Instructables style, this is how Eric and Christy keep their baby secure and entertained at the office: some rope, pvc, stretchy fabric, and a disco ball.
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I didn’t realize brain simulations were so far along. This talk, with great visualizations, details how close researchers are to modeling cortical columns in the human brain. The universe, Markram says, has evolved to the point where a tiny bit of it is withing striking distance of reflecting back on itself. The talk is high level and many of the metaphors are fairly unsatisfying, however.
googlereader (feed #2)
Agreed. I have an HSA and it a) makes me more selective about my health care spending b) makes me feel more secure in case something really bad happens and c) builds a small amount of wealth in a retirement account that I wouldn’t otherwise have.
googlereader (feed #2)
I should loop some birdsong samples to see how it affects my productivity.
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Neat mechanical innovation for robotics.
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The germ line of any organism, and why it’s the only reason the other cells in the organism have any reason to stick together.
googlereader (feed #2)
This is very interesting. I wonder how strict they are about those states being the primary places of business for new L3C’s.
youtube (feed #6)
Liked 2 videos.

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Bird Song

I recently watched a short TED Talk on the physiological effects of ambient sound, and how unaware we can be of these effects. One interesting tidbit is that bird song is supposedly very relaxing and helps people focus. The evolutionary story around that is that bird song is an aural cue that there are no predators around. Presumably, this is true for other animals than humans, so the effect might be traced long into our history.

In any case, I decided to try this for myself, and my subjective experience of the last few days is that it works. I feel more focused, more “in my body.” You can try it for yourself real quick with this Youtube playlist of birdsongs. I’m actually using high-quality recordings from Naturespace. These have a 3-dimensional quality to them, and are tuned to different headphones, but they cost a couple bucks. They also sell iPhone apps.

I recommend listening at low volume for 10-15 minutes to judge the effect for yourself.

Screen shot 2009-10-20 at 10.28.00 AM

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Weekly Digest for October 14th

postedby on October14th,2009 tagged personal

Every week, this little bot pulls my tweets, shared links, posted photos, and other bits and bobs into a single post for your perusal. Enjoy!

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I like Barack and all, but seriously? Super awkward. The first (uninformed) image that comes to mind is of a bunch of Swedes being impressed that a black man made it to the Presidency.
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Google Code takes on a lot of the best features and workflows of GitHub by supporting Mercurial clones.
googlereader (feed #2)
Here’s a really basic slide deck on interaction design. It’s clearly presented, though, so worth a mention. The couple slides on button decorations is great.
youtube (feed #6)
Liked 2 videos.
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Good intel.
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A good overview, putting my mind at rest that I have not been directing any attention to SEO matters.
googlereader (feed #2)
Cute.
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Hilarious. (via Stephanie)
flickr (feed #3)
googlereader (feed #2)
Clever!
googlereader (feed #2)
Interesting experiment: Distributed retail-by-text.

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Interview Question

I just made up an interview question:

Imagine you are hearing voices. Naturally, you find it quite disturbing to be having conversations with someone or something that no one else seems to be able to hear. Is someone beaming them into your mind from afar? Or are you actually going crazy? Assume that your voices want to convince you that they’re actually coming from within your own mind. Design an experiment that will allow you make a determination one way or another.

My answer in a few days. Add yours in the comments, wherever this post is being syndicated.

One of my earliest noodlings in Photoshop, circa 1996

One of my earliest noodlings in Photoshop, circa 1996

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Clowns Without Borders

Awesome. They just visited Goma, Congo.

For a few hours, the children forget their experiences of fleeing homes and witnessing violence, said the president of Kibati camp. The clowns also went beyond IDP camps near Goma to reach isolated camps in Kitchanga and Masisi, performing in front of a total of 48,000 people.

Here’s a video I found of them performing elsewhere:

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Weekly Digest for October 7th

postedby on October7th,2009 tagged personal

Every week, this little bot pulls my tweets, shared links, posted photos, and other bits and bobs into a single post for your perusal. Enjoy!

googlereader (feed #2)
Here’s a laundry list of producers and blogs, assembled by Dewey DB and debated by the denizens of Glitch Hop Forum.
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Geeky awesomeness: tiny T-beams.
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I did not realize this was possible.
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T-Pain auto-tunes Obama. "Autotune the News" poked fun at the music, but here the artist seems to have coopted the format completely.
flickr (feed #3)

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Weekly Digest for October 6th

postedby on October6th,2009 tagged personal
twitter (feed #4)
I can empathize with irrational responses to unsolvable problems; less so irrational responses to solvable ones. [nagutron]
googlereader (feed #2)
I saw an interesting trailer for this film, then came accross this review. Thoughts?
flickr (feed #3)
Shared 2 photos.
googlereader (feed #2)
Shared YUI Theater.
This talk by the GitHub founders finally got my head around all the intricacies of Git.
googlereader (feed #2)
googlereader (feed #2)
A cool talk. I hadn’t realized how much could be inferred from the relative amounts of various elements in stellar spectra, nor did I realize that spectral doppler effects could be used to detect planets.
twitter (feed #4)
Suggested Google Wave lingo: "Wave Collapse" – A point of contention is discussed and resolved, then you delete it and keep the consensus. [nagutron]
googlereader (feed #2)
twitter (feed #4)
I love today’s Google logo. Happy Birthday, Ghandi! [nagutron]
googlereader (feed #2)
Here’s an old one, but immensely entertaining. These guys are having so much fun themselves that you can’t help but have a good time watching them.
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Wooo hooo!!! IMHO, this puts Palm back in a competitive position, if only because it corners a small and devoted set of users and developers.
twitter (feed #4)
Defining Wave, for Zachary: "A single communication medium working as a continuum from small-scale discussion to large-scale publishing." [nagutron]

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