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Are Mobile Devices Destroying Your Body?

I’ll admit that I exhibit addictive behavior when it comes to my mobile device(s). If you think you fall into that category, the infographic below may be of some use.

via Lifehacker via How-To Geek

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February 28, 2012 Posted by | General, How-To, Science and Technology | , , , , | Comments Off

SOPA / PIPA

What’s the big deal with SOPA & PIPA, you ask?

Here’s the big deal.

Do something about it.

January 18, 2012 Posted by | General, News | , | Comments Off

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Flowchart

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If you’ve ever had a friend approach you asking for any book suggestions in the Sci-Fi or Fantasy genre, you’ve probably presented to them a cadre of questions to narrow the scope of that rich environment.

SFSignal.com did a wonderful and a glorious thing by taking NPR’s list of Top 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy books and made a massive flow-chart to help newbies find a book to read.

I want to make a poster-sized print of this and put happy face stickers by all the books I’ve read.

Thanks for the link, Brian!

via SFSignal

The Flowchart

The Flowchart (300dpi for 11×17 printing)

The Flowchart (Interactive Version)

October 5, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , | Comments Off

Radical Sharing (of Caffiene!)

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Jonathan Stark is sharing his Starbucks card with the internet. What a nice guy!

Why, you ask?

Hi! I’m Jonathan Stark. You can download this picture of my Starbucks card to your phone and buy coffee at Starbucks with it. Seriously. My card gets charged, you don’t. Details are here.

If you’re feeling generous, you can also add money to my Starbucks card by doing this and enjoy some serious good karma.

Jonathan’s Card is an experiment in social sharing of physical goods using digital currency on mobile phones. I stumbled on the idea while doing research related to my work with Mobiquity related to Broadcasting Mobile Currency.

Based on the similarity to the "take a penny, leave a penny" trays at convenience stores in the US, I’ve adopted a similar "get a coffee, give a coffee" terminology for Jonathan’s Card.

As it turns out, this is actually a new take on a wonderful old italian custom called Caffe Pagato, which translates to English as "Coffee Paid". Thanks to Francesco Pierfederici for alerting me to this article: Italian Lifestyle: the "caffe’ pagato" (paid coffee) Custom

For the record, Jonathan’s Card, Jonathan Stark (me), this site, or anything else I’ve ever said or done is totally not affiliated with Starbucks. Regardless of the fact that I should be paying rent in this particular location.

I’m sure he’s getting a ton of those free-drink-every-15-drinks vouchers. Smile

Thanks for the link, Bernard!

via Jonathan’s Card via Good.is

UPDATE (8/12/2011): The card was hacked and $625 was stolen! The hacker claims that the money will go to charity.

August 9, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , | 4 Comments

The Top 5 Regrets People Have on Their Deathbed

Why wait until your deathbed to come to these realizations?

Bronnie Ware worked in palliative care, comforting patients in the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. She compiled a list of the five most common regrets that she has heard over her years of experience.

What’s on your bucket list?

Photo by Michael Soliman

via Inspiration and Chai via The Next Web via Lifehacker

June 2, 2011 Posted by | General, How-To | , | Comments Off

Mike Rowe’s Testimony on Skilled Labor

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Dirty Jobs creator/host Mike Rowe testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation recently on the widening skilled labor gap in the United States.

A few months ago in Atlanta I ran into Tom Vilsack, our Secretary of Agriculture. Tom told me about a governor who was unable to move forward on the construction of a power plant. The reason was telling. It wasn’t a lack of funds. It wasn’t a lack of support. It was a lack of qualified welders.

In general, we’re surprised that high unemployment can exist at the same time as a skilled labor shortage. We shouldn’t be. We’ve pretty much guaranteed it.

In high schools, the vocational arts have all but vanished. We’ve elevated the importance of "higher education" to such a lofty perch that all other forms of knowledge are now labeled "alternative." Millions of parents and kids see apprenticeships and on-the-job-training opportunities as "vocational consolation prizes," best suited for those not cut out for a four-year degree. And still, we talk about millions of "shovel ready" jobs for a society that doesn’t encourage people to pick up a shovel.

In a hundred different ways, we have slowly marginalized an entire category of critical professions, reshaping our expectations of a "good job" into something that no longer looks like work. A few years from now, an hour with a good plumber — if you can find one — is going to cost more than an hour with a good psychiatrist. At which point we’ll all be in need of both.

I came here today because guys like my grandfather are no less important to civilized life than they were 50 years ago. Maybe they’re in short supply because we don’t acknowledge them they way we used to. We leave our check on the kitchen counter, and hope the work gets done. That needs to change.

When Rowe spoke of his grandfather, I couldn’t help but think of my own dad and his preternatural ability to figure out all things mechanical. I do agree with Rowe’s point that we, as a society, have greatly undervalued skilled labor.

I can imagine that in a few generations, all we’ll have in the U.S. is middle management. It’ll be like a large rowboat with 10 guys w/bullhorns shouting at the 1 guy doing the actual rowing.

via Discovery Channel via BoingBoing

May 13, 2011 Posted by | Events, General, News | , , , , , | 1 Comment

CamelCamelCamel – Amazon Price History

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CamelCamelCamel (what a name!) is a free website that tracks the price history of any product on Amazon.com. Being a big Amazon.com customer, having this tool at my fingertips is invaluable. I can check to see if a product that I want is at its peak or valley and make judgement calls accordingly. You can even set alerts to notify you via email or Twitter.

This incredibly useful service is free! What are you waiting for?

via BoingBoing

March 25, 2011 Posted by | General, Productivity, Software | , , , , | Comments Off

Doodling Infinity Elephants

Doodling Infinity Elephants–Vi Hart

Vi Hart is my hero. This is how you make math fun to learn.

Her YouTube videos went viral and now she is being featured in the New York Times.

Bravo, Vi… Bravo.

via Vi Hart

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, General, News, Science and Technology, Video | , , , , | Comments Off

2010 In Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 92,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 58 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1716 posts. There were 44 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 13th with 665 views. The most popular post that day was Modular PC Concept.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were stumbleupon.com, facebook.com, search.aol.com, gordonkeith.wordpress.com, and google.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for star wars 7, victoria falls zimbabwe, monopoly, mythbusters, and bangalore india.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Modular PC Concept August 2007
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2

Vintage Cars Found in Old Barn February 2007
5 comments

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Star Wars Celebrates 30 Years May 2007
1 comment

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Heroes vs X-men September 2007
3 comments

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Girl born with 8 Limbs undergoes surgery in India November 2007

January 1, 2011 Posted by | General | , | Comments Off

Quest to Learn: A Video-Game-Based School

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Quest to Learn has the right idea, in my opinion. We’re inundated with technology everyday. Why not adapt that to create a fun learning environment for kids? Stepping back a bit, what really stands out to me is how this school uses practical application in its teaching methods. That reminds me of my time at Cal Poly SLO, where the motto is “Learn by doing.” All the lab-time is where the real learning is done.

I also love their “grading” system. Instead of getting the traditional letter grades of A through F, you “level-up” (“pre-novice,” “novice,” “apprentice,” “senior” and “master.”). Considering those titles are more applicable to real-life jobs and skills, I feel that this reinforces hard work and effort. Would you rather be presented with a letter grade at every milestone, or would you rather earn “experience points” that lead to the next level of mastership? Think of the difference in impact of being handed an “F” and being told to redo an assignment vs. earning a subset of points that eventually lead to the next level?

I really think this school is on to something and I hope to see more innovation like this.

via Quest to Learn via BoingBoing

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Games and Gaming, General, News, Science and Technology | , , , | Comments Off

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