Four Links for April 26, 2011

April 26, 2011

The theme for today's collection of interesting/useful links is "Time".

  1. When you want see The Time - A little flash clock that tells you the time based off the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U. S. Naval Observatory (USNO) atomic clocks. "Readings from the clocks of these agencies contribute to world time, called Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The time maintained by both agencies should never differ by more than 0.0000001 seconds from UTC."

  2. When you want The Time on your site - Embed code for putting the NIST/USNO Time Widget on your own web pages.

  3. Current World Time Map - Easier to use then looking through a list of cities. Note that India and a few other places decided to make their time zone 30min different from just about everyone else. Makes conference call even more of a pain.

  4. Ubuntu Time Management - The notes for setting and updating the clock on an Ubuntu install. Automatic updates weren't enabled be default on my server install which was surprising.

Video for April 25, 2011 - Iron by WOODKID

April 25, 2011

Some of the nicest black and white footage I can remember seeing.

Four Links For April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011

Today's collection of interesting/useful links:

  1. Photo Mechanic on sale for $60 - Great price for a fantastic app (Regular price is $150.00). I use it for downloading, renaming and selecting images before moving to lightroom. Saves a ton of time. Sale goes to the end of April. (Thanks Caryn.)

  2. Click the Squares - Make some music, visually. (Thanks to T.)

  3. Postcards from Google Earth that Dali would enjoy - Sometimes, when 3D meets 2D, things get weird. (If the direct link doesn't get you there, choose Selected Projects - Bridges from the side nav.)

  4. Visualising iPad interaction through fingerprints - Smudges on iPad glass after using various apps. This reminds me of another piece discussing how worn down numbers on door keypads make passcodes easier to guess.

Video for April 24, 2011 - Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right - Revisited

April 24, 2011

In case you weren't one of the 2.4million+ views already served. (Not surprisingly, NSFW language)

Bonus points for More Cowbell Cameo.

Four Links for April 24, 2011

April 24, 2011

How to kill an idea]1 - (by Scott Campbell) - I saw this on one site and had to do a google image search and then jump through a few other sites before I found the original artist. We should all get better at citing things.

  1. See Something? Cite Something. - Related to the first link. A flowchart about citing the work of others.

  2. Historically Hardcore - How a fake campaign for the Smithsonian took off.

  3. Why nose grease kills the foam in your beer/coke - If you've never seen the trick it's fascinating to watch. Gross, but fascinating.

Projects for the Blog

April 24, 2011

Creating original content is time consuming. Sometimes easy and time consuming, sometimes difficult and time consuming, but always time consuming. In an effort to keep this blog alive in the periods when I'm not creating original work here (which has been most of the time recently), I decided to make regular posts with interesting stuff other folks created.

These posts will fall under two projects:

  1. Four Links For {DAY} {MONTH}, {YEAR} - Inspired by O'Reilly Four Short Links posts, these are simple collections of four useful, entertaining or otherwise eye-catching links I've stumbled across. They may or may not be related and will range from silly to super-geeky.

  2. Video For {DAY} {MONTH}, {YEAR} - A curated video collection culled from my bookmark archive. As with the Four Links For Project, content will vary wildly. About the only thing I'll avoid for the most part is depressing stuff. Beyond that: Remixes are in. Google Tech Talks are in. Music videos are in. Stupid Cat Videos are in. Robots are in. Anything that I've found entertaining, educational or both is in.

There's an inconceivable amount of content floating around on the web. These projects represent one way I filter a tiny part of it. Odds are good you've seen at least some of what I'll be posting. Hopefully, some of it will be new to you and enjoyable either way.

To get things started: Four Links for April 24, 2011 and Video for April 24, 2011 - Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right - Revisited.



Langhorne Slim plays Jax tomorrow night

March 22, 2011

Attention folks in and around Jacksonville: Langhorne Slim will be playing at Jack Rabbits tomorrow night.

I first heard Langhorne Slim via the 2009 SXSW Artist Showcase MP3 set. His song "Restless" quickly made it into my "Top Rated" playlist. Here's that song and a few other videos of his:


Rebel Side of Heaven


Restless - Live on David Letterman

I've not seen him live before, but judging from the Letterman appearance, I'm pretty optimistic. Especially for $8. Tickets available here.

Happy Pi Day

March 14, 2011

Presenting what might be the song of the universe:

Kudos to a fun idea and nice execution.

Update: I did a little digging over lunch and found that Lars Erickson is the gentlemen who wrote "Pi Symphony". Here's his video:

The top video was down for a while. In the comments to the second one, Lars addresses the fact that he sent a take down notice for the top video, saying: "Hey, I contacted him, but when people were referencing my work in his comments, he blocked their accounts. I am not trying to suppress the melody of pi, just someone taking credit for coming up with it this year when I did it 19 years ago. I completely understand, and hate doing it."

In case the top video goes down again, here's another Pi related thing to watch:

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