tom haynes

Sky

This timelapse video, filmed in Dubai, is breathtaking. Watch in full-screen HD with the music turned up for the full effect.

Yellow robot

Shot with my LC-A.

"An imperfect ten"

Wherein one man breaks all ten commandments before breakfast.

So good.

What's next?

I’ve been reading through Search Patterns and was reminded of 37signals’ “E-commerce Search Report” (now a free download), way back from 2003.

Now I’m wondering what the next book in this style is going to be. Information Architecture was published in 1998 and then 2002, Ambient Findability in 2005, and now Search Patterns in 2010. My best guess is Ubiquitous Computing (the bumblebee book) which discusses everything as location-aware, embedded systems (in cars, houses, people), constant inter-device communication, the “always-on” mentality, and zero-effort computing (results before or without asking for them).

Now of course books like this have been written, but my guess is that the concept will become more popular and public and that O’Reilly will publish a book about it.

What do you think is next?

This too shall pass

Rube Goldberg + OK Go = Lots of fun

Also read this NYT op-ed from Damian Kulash (he’s the blue one) about OK Go’s videos and some complications with their record label.

High-speed trains

Just read this op-ed article about updating the train system in the US. Apparently Obama is on board but the logistics are obviously difficult.

High-speed rail lines are expensive and can take years, even decades, to complete, particularly in a country as large as the United States. As a consequence, the president needs a quick success to show America what a genuine high-speed railway can offer. Fortunately, he has a great test case right on his doorstep: the Acela services along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, which the stimulus package essentially ignored.

Easier

Enjoying this comic:

Why must everything always be easier?

Wallpaper

Anyone have some wallpaper like this I can take a vignetted picture in front of?

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Hälsopuls

As far as I can tell, hälsopuls.se compares Google Flu Trend data with Finnish tweets that mention people being sick. Maybe one of my many Finnish friends can confirm?

The graph (made with flot) looks pretty slick.

Correction

A great correction on this New York Times article:

An earlier version of this post misquoted Mr. Remnick on his comparison between the book and a New Yorker article he had previously written. He said the book would not be a “pumped up” version of the article; he did not say that it would not be a “pimped out” version of the article.

Middlebury

Natalia showed me this really neat Middlebury site today. It’s fun to explore and really fresh for a major university.

Wage gap

This interactive graphic from the (March 2009) New York Times is well-designed and very understandable. My favorite part is the explanatory annotations when you click a certain occupation.

It’s interesting to see the three occupations in which women make more than men.

(Thanks, Sherri.)

96pt type

The New York Times has used 96 point type on the front page only four times in its history.

In 1969:

In 1974:

In 2001:

And most recently in 2009:

The font in most (all?) of these is Cheltenham.

Being idle

This article about being idle is long but very well-written.

Leisure is permissible, we understand, because it costs money; idleness is not, because it doesn’t. Leisure is focused; whatever thinking it requires is absorbed by a certain task: sinking that putt, making that cast, watching that flat-screen TV. Idleness is unconstrained, anarchic.

Also see The Idler, a “bi-annual, book-shaped magazine that campaigns against the work ethic,” and their list of idle pleasures.

Panelfly

Panelfly is a great looking iPhone — and soon iPad — app for reading comics. I love the site and app design. Would love to play with this on an iPad some day.

Yo-yo

I had a yo-yo when I was a kid. I knew walk the dog and how to get the twists out of the string.

"Found functions"

I love me some good math photography.

Facebook ad

Holy cow! I’m urgently needed to test iPads!

2009 infographic

2009 infographic

I made this personal infographic using OmniGraffle and data I collected from last.fm and my online calendar. Click for full size.

To watch

These videos are in my “to watch” bookmarks folder. Maybe if I post them here I’ll be more inclined to watch them. Or maybe you’ve seen some of these?

Little Boxes

Simple, nice.

Calendars, online and otherwise

I went to a Google info session today and we talked about calendars for part of it. Specifically, we talked about getting people to switch from a paper calendar to an online one (like Google Calendar but the exact variant isn’t really important). While my main calendar is online, there are some affordances of a physical calendar that I miss.

One is being able to track things on a calendar, simply by making little marks in the corners. Maybe I’ll put a “W” in the corner for days I work out, or jot my weight next to days I weigh myself, or put stars on days that were really good. My calendar becomes a sort of personal history for me. This also works for days in the future; sometimes I don’t need an entire rectangle and text to remind myself of something, I just want to draw a red box around the day or highlight days that I’m excited for.

Speaking of excitement: I can’t express any sort of emotion or priority in my events online. My personal events are green and my classes are blue, but that’s as much as a difference as I can have. On paper I can make things bold or big or draw stars around them; I can express and embed myself in the calendar. Then I can see at a glance what is important to me alongside my recurring and less exciting events simply pencilled in each square.

But what about things that don’t fit in a single square? My friend is visiting for a few days, or even a few weeks. Should I make an event that spans the whole period and be reminded that it’s happening at the top of each box every day? On my physical calendar I can write on the day he’s coming and draw a thin line at the bottom until the day he leaves. It’s my custom solution that doesn’t fit neatly into the boxes and text fields of my web browser.

I imagine that these shortcomings of online calendars are limiting their usefulness and preventing those who use paper from making the switch.

Do you calendar online? On paper? What differences do you see?

Syphon

Coffee + science + cool video + passionate people = the above video.

I especially like the simplicity of black and white but the color added for the coffee and the burner. Also see their espresso video.

Bowler hats

If you’re wondering whether purchasing a bowler hat is a good decision, just ask yourself these questions:

1. Am I a college freshman putting together a Halloween costume and thinking about maybe majoring in film because A Clockwork Orange totally blew my mind and helped me understand the crazy turmoil that goes on inside me every time I see a lady or eat some shrooms?

2. Am I starring as the father in a touring production of Mary Poppins?

3. Do I have the use of a time machine?

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