Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tech Model?

Okay, so I was heads down in the book. Then, I got to page 34. and I saw a photo taht looked an awful lot like a photo from Wired, three months ago. It is from nearly the exact location and angle, and could very well be the exact same woman.

Breakdance: Junior vs Darkness Battle

I have a deep fascination with beatboxing, breakdancing and freestyle battles. Check it:

Heads Down

I'm getting my "Hello World!" on over here. Heads down in my new Flex book.
You might not hear much from me. As you can see I'm on a Flex kick, to compliment John's visualization kick.

Teen Moms for Palin

I... I just, um... have no words.
I’m all about that Sarah Palin. I want her first in bitch running our kick ass country. I love her so much I asked my baby doctor if I could get a Sarah Palin 4 Prez tattoo on my swolled up belly. She said sumthing about social services and I was like bitch I am social. How do you think I got knocked up with this baby in the first place?
(Can I just say how terrified I am that some commenters seem to not get that this is a joke? WOW.)

Google Chart API

Hat tip to Elex for pointing this out a while ago. Check out a few examples.

Update for Dani:

Transexual Gene Link Identified

This is utterly FASCINATING. It makes me wonder about Female-to-Male...

(Thanks to Jamie.)

Oh Man...

This is going to make John pull out his magic books again...

Prepare to Feel Old

MST3K is 20 years old.


Not for me, but I think I know John's new obsession...

More Visualization Tools

Online news is changing. Increasingly, stories are broken and analyzed in near real-time and away from established news sites.

memeorandum offers you a window into this new world of news, focusing primarily on U.S. politics and current affairs.

It auto-generates a news summary every 5 minutes, drawing on experts and pundits, insiders and outsiders, media professionals and amateur bloggers.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Poll Aggregation Roundup

Polls left, right, and who knows where agree: Obama is likely our next president.

Passing the Time While Busy

Some days, work just gets in the way of internets-based tomfoolery. That's the nice thing about music and podcasts, you can engage in work AND tomfoolery simultaneously.

LastFM is similar to Pandora at suggesting music you may like, but it's just a wee bit smarter, and less likely to, say, decide that you really need to listen to "Severed Goddess Hand" by The Meat Puppets once every forty minutes.

otis's LastFM profile

I heartily encourage my blogmates to add their LastFM or Pandora profiles to this post.

John's Update:

Johnny Logic's LastFM profile


I totally need to send in my son's picture to this. The first time he saw Obama's picture he said "That man loves me."

All I Want For Christmas...

Did you know you needed this? Because you need this.

Kermie Is My Co-Pilot


Another Google Earth-like Application


Has some compelling features, like support for underground structures (unlike Google Earth).
I think that's the only unique capability, because you could use the Google Maps 3D API to achieve all the other features I saw.

Politicians Behaving Badly


Online Charts

I know you've been using Visio and PowerPoint for this.


Click Draw.

This is related to my Flex Showcase Post Below.

I Can't Accept Your Rejection

I don't know if it's true, but it's funny!

Many Eyes Visualization

Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to "democratize" visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis. Jump right to our visualizations now, take a tour, or read on for a leisurely explanation of the project.

All of us in CUE's Visual Communication Lab are passionate about the potential of data visualization to spark insight. It is that magical moment we live for: an unwieldy, unyielding data set is transformed into an image on the screen, and suddenly the user can perceive an unexpected pattern. As visualization designers we have witnessed and experienced many of those wondrous sparks. But in recent years, we have become acutely aware that the visualizations and the sparks they generate, take on new value in a social setting. Visualization is a catalyst for discussion and collective insight about data.

We all deal with data that we'd like to understand better. It may be as straightforward as a sales spreadsheet or fantasy football stats chart, or as vague as a cluttered email inbox. But a remarkable amount of it has social meaning beyond ourselves. When we share it and discuss it, we understand it in new ways.

Flex Application Showcase

If you aren't already familiar with Flex, check out these sites, and you'll develop an ability to spot it's implementation during your travels on the web.

The Onion on This American Life

348: Tough Room
This week we bring you backstage with comedy writers at The Onion. They start with over 600 potential headlines for their fake-news newspaper each week, and over the course of two days, in the very tough room that is their editorial conference room, they select 16 to go in the paper. Plus other people speaking their minds in very tough rooms.

Photoshop Disasters

Begun This Clone Tool Has

Have you seen a truly awful piece of Photoshop work? Clumsy manipulation, senseless comping, lazy cloning and thoughtless retouching are our bread and butter. And yes, deep down, we love Photoshop.

If it is commercial and awful then please let us know! Anonymity can be arranged for the easily embarrassed/canned.


This is SO cool. Be sure to drag the stripes really slowly at first. It always amazes me that people are able to come up with this stuff.


The Silence of the Lambs Musical

Daylight Savings=Drought

Oh Crap! Somebody finally figured it out! We have to do something about it!!

fail owned pwned pictures
see more pwn and owned pictures


Department of Expected Stupidities: Religilous Capitalization Madness

Block African witchcraft curses against McCain and Palin NOW!

Social Networking Linked to More Incidents of Security Breaches

The companies surveyed are larger than the one I work for, but it got me thinking about whether the breaches are even related to Social Networking sites, and how much money can a company lose and how? Is it just the personnel and downtime cost?

Nearly one fourth of the organizations had been hit by at least one Web-borne attack costing the business an average of $50,000 per month, according to the report. Large organizations found this cost them as much as $125,000 a month. The main attacks were viruses, Trojans and worms (59 percent), and spyware (57 percent).

The IT managers in the survey said they face an average of 34 security incidents per month, and bigger companies (over 5,000 employees) experience close to 70 a month.

Single Women Funding Terrorism

Well... Money launderers, and scammers anyway.


They get picked up on dating sites by Nigerian scammers who have packages delivered to their homes, which [the packages, not the homes] get whisked away by vans.

NYT Visualization Lab

Welcome to Visualization Lab, where you can create visual representations of data and information using the "Many Eyes" technology from IBM Research.
This is just pretty summary statistics, but it is increasingly important in this data-rich, understanding-impoverished society that we consume complex information in as efficient a way as possible.

Google Wants to Destroy Dollywood

Well, actually it's a story about Dolly Parton and superchurches lobbying the FCC to keep restrictions on a certain slice of RF spectrum so that wireless microphones won't be interfered with.

Department of Expected Stupidities

N-Word Shouted at Palin Rally, and she just keeps on spouting her folksy McCarthyist shtick.