tom haynes

"It Just Feels Right"

Autodesk University 2008: Gray Holland on the mathematics of “It Just Feels Right”

Shuriken Magnets

The Incredible Convenience of Mathematica Image Processing

If only I had more time to play around with this stuff.

Guide to Writing Testable Code

Guide to Writing Testable Code

Counting all the blades of grass in Ireland

The impressiveness of the magnetic hard drive.

Watching the Times struggle (and what you can learn)

Page by page, section by section, the influence of the New York Times is fading away. Great people on an important mission, but their footprint is shrinking and the company is losing stock value and cash and power and the ability to have the impact that they might.

Seth Godin

Five physics lessons for Obama

Physics lessons for Obama

Rainman Carafe

"No more notifications" notification

I changed my privacy settings on Joost and then immediately got an email saying that my settings had been changed. This seemed excessive, so I clicked the link in the email to change my notification settings, unchecking all the boxes, as to not get any more email. So naturally, I got another email telling me that my setting had been changed.

Reminded me of a scene from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, where Zaphod Beeblebrox is quietly sneaking down the hallway to see who is on the other side of a (Sirius Cybernetics Corporation talking) door:

He took a series of very shallow breaths, and then said as quickly and as quietly as he could, “Door, if you can hear me, say so very, very quietly.”

Very, very quietly, the door murmured, “I can hear you.”

“Good, now in a moment, I’m going to ask you to open. When you open I do not want you to say that you enjoyed it, okay?”


“And I don’t want you to say to me that I have made a simple door very happy, or that it has been your pleasure to open for me and your satisfaction to close again with the knowledge of a job well done, okay?”


“And I do not want you to ask me to have a nice day, understand?”

“I understand.”

“Okay,” said Zaphod, tensing himself, “open now.”

“The door slid open quietly. Zaphod slipped quietly through. The door closed quietly behind him.”

“Is that the way you like it, Mr. Beeblebrox?” said the door out loud.

— From Douglas Adams’ “Life, the Universe, and Everything”

Sensor based workflows

Sensor based workflows are the future of UI design.

Tim O’Reilly

Just bought some posters

Wondering where/how I should hang these. Maybe some simple/cheap frames?

Lose the BlackBerry? Yes He Can, Maybe

Good article.

Going to be interesting to see how this plays out. Obviously having a laptop and conversing over email is more efficient than paper memos and editing things with a red pen for aides to type up.

Gears heart


This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change.

Barack Obama

Virtual Thesaurus spelling bee

Try it out.

Idea: super-live blogging

Imagine: you visit a blog and see that the most recent entry is only half-written. In fact, it’s being typed before your eyes!

Obviously wouldn’t work for all blogs, like those where entries are edited several times before being posted, or are set to be posted on a schedule. But it would certainly be a unique touch and turn some heads. What if you got comments on your post before even finishing it?

Idea: hands-free sink

When I’m shaving I don’t want to keep the water on the whole time – that’s wasteful. But it’s inefficient to turn two dials every thirty seconds to clean the razor (and then turn them again to stop the flow). Why not give the sink a foot pedal?

Actually, I’m sure this exists. In that case, I want one.

Anti-theft lunch bag

Nobody’s taking my sandwich if it looks like this!

Great pictures of Obama

Some great pictures of Obama


Taken with my lomo LC-A.

…rarely happier…

I am rarely happier than when spending an entire day programming my computer to perform automatically a task that it would otherwise take me a good ten seconds to do by hand.

Douglas Adams

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