Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Widget LiveStockQuotes

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Saturday, September 20, 2008


Cool site:

Playliscom is an information location tool similar to Google® and Yahoo!® but devoted entirely to the world of music. Our purpose is to help you find and enjoy music legally throughout the web in the same way that other search engines help you find webpages, images, and other media, but we also add a social /community twist. We make it easy for you to create playlists, share your playlists with friends, and browse playlists of others. We connect you with the coolest music on the web, and we connect people who are passionate about music. Music is burgeoning on the web. Increasingly, artists, record companies, music bloggers, music websites and music critics are uploading music files to websites that they control for promotional or other legal purposes. Our mission at Project Playlist, Inc. is to organize this rapidly growing abundance of legal music on the web for the benefit of the worldwide music community – artists, songwriters, music distributors, and listeners alike. Our view is that the more people share their individual passion for music by sharing playlists, the more music will be created, and the more the entire music industry will grow.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Job Interview Questions

Some of these are rather easy . . .  others involve mere guesses. But the interesting way to think about them is why you would be asked these questions (to see how you think, process challenges, and respond to pressue).

Questions by Google

• How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?

• You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?

• How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?

• In a country in which people only want boys, every family continues to have children until they have a boy. If they have a girl, they have another child. If they have a boy, they stop. What is the proportion of boys to girls in the country?

• Describe a chicken using a programming language.

Questions by Microsoft:

• You have a bucket of jelly beans. Some are red, some are blue, and some green. With your eyes closed, pick out 2 of a like color. How many do you have to grab to be sure you have 2 of the same?
Pairs of primes separated by a single number are called prime pairs. Examples are 17 and 19. Prove that the number between a prime pair is always divisible by 6 (assuming both numbers in the pair are greater than 6). Now prove that there are no ‘prime triples.’

• Imagine an analog clock set to 12 o’clock. Note that the hour and minute hands overlap. How many times each day do both the hour and minute hands overlap? How would you determine the exact times of the day that this occurs?

• How much does a 747 weigh?
Imagine a disk spinning like a record player turn table. Half of the disk is black and the other is white.

• Assume you have an unlimited number of color sensors. How many sensors would you have to place around the disk to determine the direction the disk is spinning? Where would they be placed?

Hat tip:  Royal Pingdom

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Hologram Google Earth

Way cool

Holographic Google Earth from Nicolas Loeillot on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

50 Things Everyone Should Know

Warning: Huge time suck:

1.Build a Fire
– Fire produces heat and light, two basic necessities for living.  At some point in your life this knowledge may be vital.

7.  Tell a Story that Captivates People’s Attention – If you can’t captivte their attention, you should probably just save your breath.

12.  Manage Time – Not doing so is called wasting time, which is okay sometimes, but not all the time.

17.  Handle the Police – Because jail isn’t fun… and neither is Bubba.

50 Things Everyone Should Know
June 2nd, 2008 @ 7:56 am

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Cognitive Surplus

Here_comes_everybodyClay Shirky a asks, "What are you doing with your Cognitive Surplus?"

"She heard this story and she shook her head and said, "Where do people find the time?" That was her question. And I just kind of snapped. And I said, "No one who works in TV gets to ask that question. You know where the time comes from. It comes from the cognitive surplus you've been masking for 50 years."

So how big is that surplus? So if you take Wikipedia as a kind of unit, all of Wikipedia, the whole project--every page, every edit, every talk page, every line of code, in every language that Wikipedia exists in--that represents something like the cumulation of 100 million hours of human thought. I worked this out with Martin Wattenberg at IBM; it's a back-of-the-envelope calculation, but it's the right order of magnitude, about 100 million hours of thought.

And television watching? Two hundred billion hours, in the U.S. alone, every year. Put another way, now that we have a unit, that's 2,000 Wikipedia projects a year spent watching television. Or put still another way, in the U.S., we spend 100 million hours every weekend, just watching the ads. This is a pretty big surplus. People asking, "Where do they find the time?" when they're looking at things like Wikipedia don't understand how tiny that entire project is, as a carve-out of this asset that's finally being dragged into what Tim calls an architecture of participation.

Now, the interesting thing about a surplus like that is that society doesn't know what to do with it at first--hence the gin, hence the sitcoms. Because if people knew what to do with a surplus with reference to the existing social institutions, then it wouldn't be a surplus, would it? It's precisely when no one has any idea how to deploy something that people have to start experimenting with it, in order for the surplus to get integrated, and the course of that integration can transform society.

The early phase for taking advantage of this cognitive surplus, the phase I think we're still in, is all special cases. The physics of participation is much more like the physics of weather than it is like the physics of gravity. We know all the forces that combine to make these kinds of things work: there's an interesting community over here, there's an interesting sharing model over there, those people are collaborating on open source software. But despite knowing the inputs, we can't predict the outputs yet because there's so much complexity."

Gin, Television, and Social Surplus 
Clay Shirky   
Web 2.0 conference, April 23, 2008

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Tech Support






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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Vital Stats

Monday, May 12, 2008

World Population

Friday, May 09, 2008

Time Zones