Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Immortality

Call me a dreamer but this seems like a first step.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The Graphing Calculator Story

A really admirable work ethic...

Marriage law reform

Eric Meyer has some really good points on why the recent votes in the US against gay marriages are (obviously) misguided.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

The Australian: Resist Israel but not violently: Abbas [December 16, 2004]

Mahmmod Abbas, who is virtually certain to be chosen as the new Palestinian leader in elections next month, voiced his opposition to the Palestinian uprising in an interview this week and declared it must stop. He needs to be helped against Hamas see here

Do markets predict elections better than polls?

Well, at least on the last American elections they did not.

Capitalism bad for peoples health

research shows fairly conclusive that social gradient affects people's health

Friday, December 10, 2004

Really Hi-res camera

An article on a really hi-res camera. The photo mentioned is here. Other photos by the artist, such as this one, are also very cool.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Wired 12.12: Roads Gone Wild

This is really cool.

"Monderman is one of the leaders of a new breed of traffic engineer - equal parts urban designer, social scientist, civil engineer, and psychologist. The approach is radically counterintuitive: Build roads that seem dangerous, and they'll be safer."

And one part usability engineer or user interface designer...

"In Denmark, the town of Christianfield stripped the traffic signs and signals from its major intersection and cut the number of serious or fatal accidents a year from three to zero."
"A study of center-line removal in Wiltshire ... found that drivers with no center line to guide them drove more safely and had a 35 percent decrease in the number of accidents."

Wired News: Florida E-Vote Study Debunked

Wired News: Second Career for Old Robot: Art

Writing betterer emails...

What corporate America can't build: a sentence | CNET News.com

"People think that throwing multiple exclamation points into a business letter will make their point forcefully," Andrews said. "I tell them they're allowed two exclamation points in their whole life."

Joel on Software

These two posts are interesting: Saturday, December 04, 2004 and Monday, December 6, 2004.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Undoing the Industrial Revolution (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

Christmas Price Index

An amusing alternative to the traditional CPI, based on the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Though, I can think of much better ways to spend US$66,334...