- iPads are apparently the next big thing in education. Which raises the question of how to secure them. Handled quite brilliantly, there.
- It appears that ever since the passing of Jobs, people are constantly on the lookout for the “next Steve Jobs”. Latest up, Steve Sinofsky of Micro$oft. While he’s not about the design, he is ruthless in efficiency, secrecy, and having his way. This seems to be the latest CEO gambit (similar things have been said about Jeff Bezos of Amazon). The one thing they all seem to want to copy is Jobs’ dress sense. Dunno why. Sorta goes against the grain of you “standing out from the current/past crop”.. something else that Jobs was famous for.
- Edits Quarterly has to be one of the most beautiful online experiences I’ve seen in a long time. Simply stunning, and open to any device (no Flash!)
Brilliantly done music video, with the background as follows (via GaS):
The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording.
Brilliant real-life mod to the classic Goldeneye 64:
And our daily dose of LEGO, with a lot Star Wars thrown in:
- The underlying idea behind SonicNotify is really cool. Think an audible NFC style technology that detects a particular sonic frequency and shows you content according. Magical to a user when it happens, and very monetizable (so something that can actually survive!).
- Ah, humanity.. it is awesome when you take satire seriously. Ofc, I would be more sarcastic, but I once took an article from the Huffington Post’s satire column seriously. In my defense, it was a badly named column. In my offense, it just goes to prove I’m only slightly better than the examples of humanity on above link. Hopefully.
- Windows 8 is shaping up to be more and more game-changing for M$. The latest plethora of information about Windows-on-ARM shows that it is essentially the iPad-style Metro-only tablet version of Win8 that some wanted. With Office. Without the Desktop. Single code base across all versions of Windows (PC, ARM, server). Single interface across all M$ products (Phone, XBox, PC, Tablet). This is simply insane, an advancement straight out of left-field that M$ has been working towards for the last 3 years.. oh-so-quietly.
- Book previews are so awesome. Y’know, except when all they are basically the extremely useful title and index pages of a book.. and not much else.
- Thanks to Kottke pointing me to the genius of Sellers riffing the Beatles, I found just how ruddy brilliantly he can do accents at all:
..which let to me remembering Kevin Spacey’s genius for imitation, and the classic 21 accents video.
Oh, and lots and lots of lots of LEGO news!
While we’re talking about LEGO, here’s how you automatically sort the many pieces it has. Yes, the sorter is made with LEGO as well:
And an awesome Dr. Who tribute.. summarizing all 784 episodes in one 10 minute ‘shot’ (via the Verge):
- Windows 8 is starting to look really good. M$ has really got their Metro shit together, I hope. Imagine, a touch-friendly Windows tablet, which you might even be able to work on! via Gizmodo| First Touch: This is Windows 8
Look. At. The. Ad.
- Eye-opening profile of the CEO everyone loves to hate via BW| Steve Ballmer Reboots
- Some real gems in this list of ridiculously awesomely funny Failbook posts of the past year. The corresponding Twitter posts are boring.
- This hits the nail on the head so perfectly via Shawn Blanc| It’s Just Stuff. The more I read, the more I assimilate.. the more irritated I get about the way treat technology today. There is always more.
- The only reason for this link is because it uses Bayes/kNN for something so ridiculous. And I know exactly what/how those work! (via kottke.org)
- I remember VCDs were the reason India actually moved to affordable home video.. and the death of the cablewallah’s Friday Night Pirated Releases. A deeper look into their life via David Bordwell| Pandora’s Digital Box
- Just to follow up on the Sibal war on protecting the Indian populace from obscenity on the Internet, the stand-out statistic from this article includes the fact that only 3 out of 350 requests made by the Indian Govt to remove content from Google is due to pornographic content. Pretty much all the remaining requests are to avoid defamation — of Govt or public figures. Srsly.
An awesome quote, from a great letter (link):
If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away
And finally, a brilliant visualization to compare movies (compare 2001, Alien, and Solaris):
Last but not least, I nearly took this brilliant BBC sketch seriously. No, really: