Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bermuda Triangle of Productivity

Everything disappears inside that timewarping zone

tumblr via chart porn


Saturday, December 04, 2010

My Personality Type

ENFP - "Journalist". Uncanny sense of the motivations of others. Life is an exciting drama. 8.1% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)

This is quite accurate.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rick Astley Nature Reserve

Sign Troll - Rick Astley Nature Reserve

Andy Warhol on Coca-Cola

This is one of my favorite quotes from anyone; it's from Warhol's 1975 book, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.

What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bee Study Sponsor Went Unmentioned in NYT Article

You know that New York Times story that implicated a ‘tag team’ of virus and fungus in the collapse of American bee colonies? And how it implicitly exonerated pesticides, which are among the prime suspects in the bee plague?

CNN reports that it turns out the author of the study on which the NYT depended is funded by Bayer and may have ulterior reasons for downplaying the role of pesticides, some of which were banned in Europe because it was found that they were killing off the bees. The question is why the bees suddenly became vulnerable to fungi and viruses that had long been around. And the pesticides can’t be ruled out.

The NYT reporter on being queried said that the author of the study had not ‘volunteered’ the sources of his funding.

As for bees, they are crucial to pollination and the health of many plant species.

The bees are telling us something

Happy Douglas Adams Day!

Happy Douglas Adams Day!: "

Douglas Adams fans would know that 42 is the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, calculated in 7.5 million years by a supercomputer named Deep Thought.
Today is the 10th day of the 10th month of the year, and if Y2K never happened, this year would be ’10. In binary notation, 101010 is 42 in base 10. Today’s the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything!
Happy Douglas Adams Day!


Kinect for Xbox 360: The Inside Story of Microsoft's Secret 'Project Natal'

Kinect for Xbox 360: The Inside Story of Microsoft's Secret 'Project Natal': "With its Kinect entertainment platform, Microsoft plans to reinvent how we interact with computers. But first it had to solve a few impossible problems."

The name sounds like a misspelling, but this is stretching the user interface, so good stuff! I wonder when it will show up in regular computing. Gaming and regular computing seem to be ever-divergent.

James Surowiecki: How Netflix beat Blockbuster.

James Surowiecki: How Netflix beat Blockbuster.: "In the nineteen-eighties, a new kind of chain store came to dominate American shopping: the “category killer.” These stores killed off all competition in a category by stocking a near-endless variety of products at prices that small retailers couldn’t match. Across America, independent stores . . ."

The stock price is the best indicator of success.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Rudyard Kipling's Gods of the Copybook Headings

The classic Kipling poem, surprisingly featured by Glenn Beck today, in rather good elocution.

Quite prescient, in many respects
The Gods of the Copybook Headings

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

"Take Jesus Christ Out, If Possible"

"Take Jesus Christ Out, If Possible": "

This is up there with the classic Matt Stone memo:


I'm glad they didn't do this:)

Online Communities 2

Online Communities 2: "Best trivia I learned while working on this: 'Man, Farmville is so huge! Do you realize it's the second-biggest browser-based social-networking-centered farming game in the WORLD?' Then you wait for the listener to do a double-take."

Need to start a new island for anti-social types

Friday, October 01, 2010

On talent

On talent: "

From a list of rules for young photographers, a definition of talent:

Talent is not when your friends tell you they love your work, but when people who don't like you have to admit it's good.

Using that definition, it's interesting that you can't figure out whether you're any good or not from your 300 friends on Facebook, the 23 people who liked your Tumblr post, the 415 people you follow on Twitter, or the 15 people who faved your Flickr photo.


Elmo Rocks!

Elmo Rocks!: "

Elmo rocks



And not to forget, Katy Perry played 'Tag' with Elmo

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Germany to pay last installment of World War I debt

Germany to pay last installment of World War I debt: "

Yesterday I mentioned the odd fact that Japan still sends China around $1.2 billion in aid every year to make ammends for the damage done during World War II, but it's not the only country still paying for its (long) past wars. This Sunday, Germany will finally put the 1919 Versailles Treaty behind it: 

Oct. 3, the 20th anniversary of German unification, will also mark the
completion of the final chapter of World War I with the end of
reparations payments 92 years after the country's defeat.

The German government will pay the last instalment of interest
on foreign bonds it issued in 1924 and 1930 to raise cash to fulfil the
enormous reparations demands the victorious Allies made after World War

The reparations bankrupted Germany in the 1920s and the
fledgling Nazi party seized on the resulting public resentment against
the terms of the Versailles Treaty.[...]

The debt payments were halted during the Great Depression and the Nazi era, then resumed in 1953. The final installment comes to €69.9 million.


How Indian regulators saved Indian markets in 2008

A must read, the inside story of how Indian regulators, government heads, and financial institutions saved India in 2008:

Never before had government decision-making been so unorthodox as it was in those four weeks. And seldom had it been so effective. One of the things all the players remember is how many phone calls they made, and how few files were opened. There was no time for files. There was no time for bureaucratic rules.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his then finance minister, P Chidambaram, and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, then and now, deputy chairman, Planning Commission, were at the top of the informal command structure managing the crisis. Ahluwalia was the one keeping the PM informed most regularly. Chidambaram was the one who sought out good advice from everywhere, including young, sharp economists.

The takeaway is valuable for future crises:

This fascinating story of all the players and all the moves that ensured there were no panic runs in India has two broad lessons. One, stakeholders must cooperate and do so by forgetting precedents when money is at risk. As the latter part of the story shows, this wasn’t the case at the start. There was a group within policy-making circles who didn’t take the crisis seriously enough. How that group lost its argument is a fascinating part of how India avoided a full-blown crisis. The second lesson is that it all boils down to the government in the end. Bankers, businessmen and regulators are crucial. But it is the political appointees who are finally accountable for keeping India’s money safe.

IT'S TEA TIME! Porcelain Pistol

IT'S TEA TIME! Porcelain Pistol: "

Pp Bo Teacup Yls

Pp S  Yls Mocca

Porcelain Pistol by ...

The Porcelain Pistols are replicas of James Bond's Walther PPK and its contemporary sister, the P99,with friendly permission of Carl Walther Inc.The fragile weapon, hand-painted in the style of classic tableware motifs, liesnext to your coffee and cake, asking to be picked up. Its coolness andcomfortable grip increase the qualms of the user, leaving him in a quandary between the pleasure of luxury and violence.

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It's Not About What You Do, But Why You Do It [Video]

It's Not About What You Do, But Why You Do It [Video]: "
What you care about and makes you happy doesn't really matter. What's important is why those things matter in the first place. Starting with that 'why,' rather than 'what,' could help you find better and more meaningful ideas. More »


Friday, September 24, 2010

Why Netflix Has Already Won the Digital TV/Video War

Why Netflix Has Already Won the Digital TV/Video War: "
Now that premium entertainment is becoming easy to stream from web to TV, the race to monetize growing consumer demand is becoming fierce. The stakeholders include nearly the entire internet -- Google, Apple, Amazon, Hulu -- and nearly the entire entertainment industry -- NBC Universal, News Corp., Disney and, soon, Sony, Viacom and Time Warner. Unfortunately for them there's already a clear winner. Netflix. Here's why.


Obelix Goatse

Obelix Goatse: "

Who ever thought the character created by Goscinny and Uderzo is such a dirtbag? This is the Obelix Goatse at Parc Asterix in France. And don’t you tell me you don’t know what Goatse is…



Saturday, June 26, 2010

-Ding Dong Song-

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

sibling affection

sibling affection
Originally uploaded by aacool

My best pic ever?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Kensei, RIP

Kensei, Our New Cat
Originally uploaded by aacool

We lost Kensei today - RIP Kensei, you'll be missed

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