I miss winter already.
- Perhaps the coolest Halloween costume ever: Papercraft Self Portrait - Art Portfolio for Eric Testroete (real life "big head mode")
- 15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee | The Oatmeal - coffee facts presented as a comic.
- Sabi the Army wonder dog found safe | World News | News.com.au:
SHE survived almost 14 months in the unforgiving Afghan desert after being declared missing in action during a bloody battle with the Taliban.That's awesome.
- Your Weekly Treats – I Can Has Cheezburger?
- Thiefhunters in Paradise | Why airport luggage thieves steal black bags
- The Whiteboard:
- xkcd - Academia vs. Business
- Official Google Blog: Automatic captions in YouTube. This is really amazing. The technology definitely isn't perfect (and YouTube is not actually the be all and end all of video... gasp!), but seriously, automatic speech to text in YouTube? This is a massive step for accessibility.
I snapped a couple of quick panos on my last day:
The view from (the window behind) my last desk at NDM. For added points, play spot-the-Sydney-landmark!
[click through to flickr to see larger/full size]
- Brisbane Skyline on Flickr
- LDL4_2973 on Flickr
- Breakfast on the Bridge - Sydney Crave Festival 2009 on Flickr
- English Russia | Cloudy Weather (fantastic photos, very Bladerunner)
- The Jalopy Journal | Time Lapse – On The Road. Time lapse of a guy driving across America in a convertible.
- AC/DC used as Guantanamo torture tool by US government | Music | News.com.au:
WHAT do Neil Diamond, AC/DC, Marilyn Manson, Eminem, Christina Aguilera and Don McLean have in common? They were all used as instruments of torture by the US government.
Aussies don't click with display advertising - Digital Media:
Australia and New Zealand are among the least likely nations to click or dwell on online display advertising, according the Eyeblaster 2009 Global Benchmark Report.
No, really, there's an ad company called Eyeblaster. Nobody in the industry appears to find that problematic.
In less mature markets, where users are novice in online advertising, they receive ads with more open arms. When the market matures, the users’ fatigue together with increased competition for their attention reduces engagement significantly. The users’ propensity to engage with ads should be taken into account when comparing benchmarks between geographies and verticals.
Translated that means people only click for a little while, then they get the shits and just ignore the ads. What this all means is the online advertising industry is fundamentally flawed (and always was), as it relies on clicks as a key metric. No other advertising medium tracks an equivalent, instead you have to measure something worth knowing - like brand awareness and association after a campaign.
- Breakfast on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Vimeo. Time lapse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge being covered in real grass for the Breakfast on the Bridge event.