Thursday, January 31, 2013

Link Round-Up:January 31, 2012

Photo: Cat Chases Bear Up Tree

Photo: Sewer Fire in Omaha Shoots Flames from Manholes in the Streets

10 Things You Should Know About Dating A Gamer

Here’s a flash game called Super Joe. It’s a platformer with one goal: unlock the exit (if needed) and get out of each screen. The hook is you get a different power every level that changes up the strategy

In Chicago, a warehouse caught fire and the resulting efforts by firefighters coated the structure in ice. I think they might have invented a new art form, there, assuming the building you use can take the added weight.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Video Distraction: The Earth

The Earth - Music by Sketch by Michael Konig

Great Video by Michael Konig for Sketch made entirely from stills taken by various satellites.

Architecture: Tiny Transforming Apartment

Via: Gizmodo

Graham Hill, founder of, has crowd-sourced his quest to pack as much apartment into as small a space possible. The results are something like what it might look like if Apple designed living spaces.  Very efficient, very minimalistic.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Infographic: Aaron Swartz Trial

Source: The Other 98%

Tech Links: January 15, 2012

Image credit: Mark Seymour


How Apple sets its prices

How big a Web business can you build with no engineers?

How Google Street View Could Help Post-Sandy Staten Island

Why startups shouldn’t shoot from the hip

Music: The Face of Creation

"The Face of Creation" - Higgs remix by MelodySheep

Lecture: Richard Dawkins on Morality and Science

Who Says Science has Nothing to Say About Morality?

Video Distraction: 100 Most Viewed YouTube Videos Of 2012

Video Distraction: True Facts About Morgan Freeman

Link Round-Up: January 15, 2012

Via: Reddit

The 10 Most Amazing Home Theaters You’ll Ever See

25 Books That Will Make You a Better Person

Here’s A Video Of Giggling Norwegians Stalking A Moose With A Remote Controlled Quadcopter. The moose was baffled, but not bothered.

Over 25,000 U.S. citizens petitioned the White House to 'Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016', thus requiring an official White House response. The White House (or, more specifically, Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget) responded.

The Scariest Scenes in Cinema. All masterfully elicit a sense of dread in the viewer, even though they're not all horror films.

When Your House Is Burning Down, You Should Brush Your Teeth.  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Lecture: The Network Transformation

News: Reddit Co-Founder Commits Suicide

Aaron Swartz, a leading activist of open access and copyright reform, committed suicide Friday January 11th in New York City.

Swartz was the founder of Demand Progress, which launched the campaign against the SOPA/PIPA censorship bills (SOPA/PIPA) and a co-founder of Infogami, which merged with the internet aggregator Reddit,. He first entered the public limelight with his involvement in the standardization of RSS in 2001 as a ninth-grader. Most of his too-short twenty-six years of life were devoted to creating a more open web. Swartz's essays, which he posted to his blog, were a staple of many young programmers' introduction to internet culture. His posts included "Who Writes Wikipedia?" and "How To Get a Job Like Mine."

His framework for web servers,, was first released in 2006 when Reddit switched from Lisp to Python and continues to be actively used and updated. In a 2008 attempt to make a public version of the contents of the PACER public court records database, Swartz angered government officials when they learned he had downloaded 20 million articles, which he subsequently made freely available. In 2011, he was controversially indicted for data theft for downloading large amounts from the academic article repository JSTOR. Despite JSTOR's reassurance that they had "no interest in this becoming an ongoing legal matter," the case continued with additional charges, for which Swartz could potentially have been imprisoned for 50+ years. (A sentence Lawrence Lessig bemoans.) He pled innocent in September of 2012. Many will contend that Aaron Swartz died innocent.

RIP, Aaron Swartz

Tech Links: January 14, 2012


Amazon to See a New Cloud Market in 2013

Goliath vs Goliath...Amazon takes on Apple and Google

Why Managing Your Codebase Is Vital to Company Growth

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Featured Site: Numberphile

Numberphile is a website containing short videos (approx. 5-10 min.) about numbers and stuff. Mathematicians and physicists play around with the tools of their trade and explain things in simple, clear language. Learn things you didn't know you were interested in! Find out why 493-7775 is a pretty cool phone number! What's the significance of 42, anyway? What the heck is a vampire number? Why does Pac-Man have only 255 screens?

Suitable for viewing by everyone from intelligent and curious middle-schoolers to math-impaired adults. They also have a fantastic YouTube channel.