- I'll die before the endgame, says Terry Pratchett in call for law to allow assisted suicides in UK | Mail Online:
'I believe that if the burden gets too great, those who wish should be allowed to be shown the door,' he said. 'In my case, in the fullness of time, I hope it will be in the garden under an English sky. Or, if wet, the library.'... Pterry's journey is heart wrenching, but he obviously intends to make a difference in the world (and jokes) to the very end.
- Derek Powazek - Programmers are Tiny Gods:
Like designers, if you give a programmer a problem with parameters, they’ll apply every bit of genius they have to solve it in the best possible way. If you tell them how to do it, you’ll suffer the wrath of an angry God.Understanding geeks 101: if you do not understand what they do, just describe what you need and explain why you need it. If something's frustrating, you can say so but try to do it as unemotionally as possible - "...and that is frustrating because then we have to manually cross check with a printout" or whatever. Because then they have a clear problem to solve. Don't make it personal. The geeks generally know 100 ways the system could be better for every 1 you can think of; and there'll be a reason why they're not fixed - probably a reason the geeks have bitched about in the pub. So don't act like they're too stupid to know the bloody system's not perfect.
- Video: Moldover CD case rocks a light theremin, our socks:
The awesome part is the custom-designed circuit board that accompanies the CD and lists the tracks while doubling as a theremin instrument with headphone jack -- all in a standard-size jewel case. Hit the on button and start making 'music' by waving your hand in front of the light sensors.
- AMC - Blogs - SciFi Scanner - John Scalzi's Guide to the Most Epic FAILs in Star Wars Design and The Inbox Of Nardo Pace, The Empire's Worst Engineer
- yeah, I know I’ve had too much ‘nip to drive – I Can Has Cheezburger?... mostly because that cat appears to be the My Cat Hate You cat ("Meow, asshole") after a bender with Zelda ("Flibberdy gibbut hot bam whiskey fizzle WAH!").
- xkcd - A Webcomic - Tech Support Cheat Sheet.... true, so true.
- Hobbit Huts in Latvia | English Russia
- Shakesville: Cat Experiments:
Livs—who, unlike any other cat I've ever had, has been fascinated with mirrors and her own reflection since she was a kitten—had seemingly come around to the French door to check out her reflection and examine how it looked and moved when she moved, then gone back to the front door and compare it with the image of the visiting cat she was seeing through the window. Only when she was satisfied it was a different cat did she start communicating with it.
- Microsoft apologizes for race-swap photo incident | cNet. Apparently MS employ at least one complete fucking tool in Poland.
- World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale. Most interesting bit is really at the end, I wish the clip went on into the discussion!
- RISK VS. REWARD – I Can Has Cheezburger?, Were you going for clown couture? – I Can Has Cheezburger?
- Where 14 Of The Top Internet Businesses Got Started | Income Diary
- Living Root Bridges:
The living bridges of Cherrapunji, India are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree.
- Kill Your Darlings - book cover designs that were killed off in favour of the final version.
- Tippy never fails to be amazed at the amount of havoc one well-placed roller skate can cause. – I Can Has Cheezburger?
- Another job well done! | Picture Is Unrelated
- American Copywriter - Evolution of Evony ads (progressively NSFW):
If you've seen any page on the Web that concerns video games, you've probably seen an advertisement or two for Evony, which is a free online multiplayer strategy game that is, by all accounts, pretty decent. Their banner ads, on the other hand, have gotten pretty indecent as of late.I have noticed these bloody ads - often on otherwise tame sites - and they really have gotten worse. This is the sort of thing that brings out the ad blocker.
Lastly... I've tried to describe this a few times. The first time I saw That 1 Guy (at the Troubadour in Brisbane) he opened with this song, and the room was absolutely, totally and utterly spellbound. When he finished there was a hushed pause before applause erupted. It was an incredible start to an absolutely magical gig.
This video doesn't reproduce how perfect that moment was, nor does it really show just how epic the bass is when it really kicks in. But it does give a good idea what the magic pipe is all about, how he plays it, and the way he builds up a sound:
- Office on the Forest's Edge - Workspaces - Lifehacker. I'm unconvinced about the setup, but the space is fantastic.
- Dark Roasted Blend: Jet Engines on Trucks (For Fun and Profit)
- These Donkey Kong Shelves Set a Pretty High Bar for Shelving - Donkey Kong - Gizmodo. Yes, yes they do.
- HEY-IT - We want to get rid of IE6! Posters for workplaces locked down to IE6.
- Why Music Moves Us: Scientific American:
music seems to offer a novel system of communication rooted in emotions rather than in meaning. Recent data show, for example, that music reliably conveys certain sentiments: what we feel when we hear a piece of music is remarkably similar to what everybody else in the room is experiencing.
- I was wondering if eating coffee beans gives you more, less or the same kind of caffeine hit as drinking espresso. That is, do you get more from extracting espresso from lots of beans, or ingesting a small number of entire beans. According to the following links the beans have a bigger kick, although it depends on the 'serving size'. little_details: Coffee beans and caffeine content/effects; Candy coated coffee beans | i, Pundit; Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Candies, milk chocolate coated coffee beans.
- foggy night on Flickr
- 298:365 on Flickr (great cat photo)
- ru_stickers: Стикеры CATSO
- photographers: (peeking from under an umbrella in the snow)
- Constant Elevation on Flickr
- IMG_1721.JPG on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (absolutely amazing sunrise over sydney harbour)
- photographers: (blinds)
- Beautiful Freaky Surf Shots Surfing Photo Collection
- Street art, Perth (chupa chups)
Brisbane street art (2005).
- Past Blast – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report:
If your old work doesn’t shame you, you’re not growing.
- Five Senses Latte Art - a set on Flickr including a freakin latte art DRAGON, which is damn cool, and a pac man.
- The Longest Way 1.0 - one year walk/beard grow time lapse on Vimeo
- TechEBlog | High-Speed Camera Captures Grenade Exploding - it blows up... like a balloon.
Once again youtube proves there's nothing so insane a snowboarder (and a guy in an impreza) won't try it:
- A Softer World: 465 - Give me liberty...
- Delicate Genius Blog | BlindSearch: the results are in. BlindSearch is a blind search comparison between Google, Yahoo and Bing. Users rate which results they prefer before finding out which engine produced the results. After 559,239 queries the results are Google: 41%, Bing: 31%, Yahoo: 28%. I've said it before, Google is not invincible - it's possible for other companies to build a better search; or even just simply for Google to just lose its marketshare for some other reason entirely. Will it be the Bing and Bingo-powered Yahoo search? Well I'd be surprised, but it's feasible. Something, one day, will defeat Google's dominance. I'm not trying to be nasty or gleeful, and I can also imagine Google (Search) being killed by some other product produced by Google. But we should always remember that the previous search giants were killed by a couple of college kids with a great idea.
- Op-Ed Columnist - Swan Songs? - NYTimes.com, mostly for the graphic of music sales ('value of units') according to media. CDs are dying out, but according to this it's just the same as 8-track, LP and cassettes. The difference this time is that the music industry isn't making money off the new medium. They fucked up completely and instead of selling music on the new medium, they tried to suppress the new medium and sue everyone using it. Imagine if they'd done that with CDs?
- BBC NEWS | Europe | Turkey demolition goes wrong - it's really quite extraordinary to see the building just roll over like that. Guess it was built tougher than they realised!
- History of the Australian web revealed - mUmBRELLA:
An ambitious website showing an animation of the growth of web usage in Australia has today gone live....the visualisation is interesting (click through to play with it directly), but it's hard to make much immediate sense of anything other than the biggest players. Also keep in mind this is based on Nielsen data so it's only tracking the really big sites that happened to use Nielsen for stats. For all that, it's still interesting...