How the world has changed
March 14, 2013
The awesome doodle that lets you know this book belonged to Einstein
Back in the day, something called an ex libris, meaning 'from the books of...' or 'from the library of...', was used to mark the ownership of books. This is what Einstein's ex libris looked like.
Also, a Pinterest board with various other ex libris.
March 12, 2013
The Plate Project
Pictures - A trip to Iran
Amos Chapple is a travel photographer who made the following pictures over the course of three visits to the Islamic Republic of Iran between December 2011 and January 2013. The New Zealand freelancer said he "was amazed by the difference in western perceptions of the country, and what I saw on the ground... I think because access for journalists is so difficult, people have a skewed image of what Iran is -- the regime actually want to portray the country as a cauldron of anti-western sentiment so they syndicate news footage of chanting nutcases which is happily picked up by overseas networks. For ordinary Iranians though, the government is a constant embarrassment.
March 09, 2013
That’s not a droid, that's my girlfriend
A 3-D mouse worn on your finger
The Mycestro, now on Kickstarter, is a Bluetooth mouse that slips on your finger to enable extremely passive gestures.
A user wearing Mycestro touches her thumb to it to engage the cursor, taps her finger to click, and slides her thumb along the device to scroll. Mycestro uses a gyroscope to track positioning in 3-D space, translating that to the 2-D screen via the integrated app, and registers other functions, like tap-to-click, via a built-in accelerometer. Data from the accelerometer also helps correct the gyroscope, improving precision control, and the whole system is coordinated by Bluetooth low energy.
The professor, the bikini model and the suitcase full of trouble
The inside story of how 382 recruiters pursued an imaginary engineer
Within a two and a half year period post launch of the factious Pete London, Pete saw 530 emails from 382 recruiters, from 172 organizations. He was offered seven iPads, one Xbox, one MacBook Air, five $1,000 referral cash incentives followed by two $10,000 referral cash incentives, eight coffees, seven phone calls, and six lunch invites.
This is the story of Pete London and lessons learned in recruiting.
Dekha Ek Kwaab Toh Ye...
February 24, 2013
Don't be a jerk
How "Golden Eagle Snatches Kid" ruled the internet
Four Canadian film students were assigned a project: Create a YouTube hoax video that gets 100,000 views. They got nearly 42 million instead. Here's the definitive behind-the-meme look at how - and why - their homework snowballed into one of the most popular and rapidly spread videos ever.
February 22, 2013
DIY Weapons of the Syrian Rebels (Pictures)
Officially sanctioned North Korean hairstyles
February 21, 2013
The extraordinary science of addictive junk food
Adapted from his forthcoming book "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us," Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Michael Moss digs into the history of how junk food makers have mixed science and marketing to make their products addictive and popular. I found the comparison with the tobacco industry unsettling.