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A Peek into the Playbook

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Great article from RECODE This is Jeff Bezos’ Playbook The article reproduces Jeff Bezos’ (Amazon CEO) 2017 annual letter to shareholders.  Interesting philosophy that completely dispenses with the careful, conservative, considered approach of most large corporations. Well worth the read.

400 Day Honeymoon, Documented by Drone

Friday, March 31st, 2017

A charming use of drone technology.  Kaz and Mariko Yamaguchi, from Kyoto, took a 400-day honeymoon to 48 countries and captured some beautiful video via drone. The BBC News bit on their experience is also worth the watch:

World Record Domino Circle Bomb

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Epic.  Short video.  Very cool.

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Jane Zhang – 5th Element – Opera Performed Live

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

The 5th Element is one of my all-time favorite movies (right up there with “Princess Bride,” and yes, I know I have simple tastes). There is an opera number in the film performed by an alien. The actor who sang the number was digitally augmented, and popular theory was that the human voice could not […]

Bi-annual Rant: Daylight Savings Time – How is this Still a Thing?

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Aarrggghhh. PS – Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour tonight.

And now for something completely different

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Nice 10 minute interlude for a Friday. Hard to believe this is real. (Hint: The voiceover is very typically from the 50’s. If that grates on your nerves, it’s just as entertaining to watch without the sound.)

If you can read this….You are not a majority

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

If you have a computer and an internet connection, you are more privileged than most. Cool video that gives you a good perspective.

Email from the 80’s

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Wow – the Internet has changed a little since 1984. Here’s how you get email in the ’80’s: Check out the password. And the “software transmission” at the end of the broadcast. Psychadelic.

The Map of Mathematics

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

This is a terrific Coffee Break – This is an overview video about the history and purpose of mathematics, and particularly about all the different kinds of math and what each is about. 10 minutes well-spent. My favorite observation: “Some infinities are bigger than others.”

Where do you deploy 500 drones? The Superbowl, of course!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Drone technology continues to evolve. ICYMI, here’s the Lady Gaga intro to halftime including the drone backdrop video from the Superbowl (due to NFL restrictions, you’ll need to click through to view the first video directly on YouTube): Here’s the “behind the scenes” (more promotional than informational, but still of interest): Fun facts: – These […]

Guinness Book of Records – Largest K’nex Contraption

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Austin Granger, from Minnesota, USA, a 23-year-old University of Minnesota computer science undergraduate built this machine. What a resume’-builder. Learn more about the story, here: K’Nex Guinness World Record

TBT – Cheap Trick “It’s Only Love”

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

A typical and unremarkable 80’s song by Cheap Trick – didn’t even break into the charts.  Released in 1986, the most remarkable thing about this video is that it is the first commercial, main-stream video to incorporate ASL into the video and include an interpreter box in the bottom corner. It’s worth the coffee break […]

How Tabasco is Made

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Chipotle is my favorite flavor. I now have an appreciation for the time and effort that goes into the production of Tabasco.

The Secret to Christmas Song Success

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Who knew?  Now that I know the formula, tune in next year for my #1 Christmas hit.