Archive for March, 2012

New York Songline

Want to kill an hour on a Friday evening? Check out A New York Songline. Walk down one of many NYC streets and learn a ton of trivia about each block. The history buff in me loves this stuff.

Getting RSS Feeds For Twitter Users

Want an RSS feed for a particular Twitter user? This used to be linked off the profile page(s) but since disappeared. It’s still available if you know where it is: http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name={username} Replace {username} with a username (example). You could also put a bunch of users into a list and query that using: http://api.twitter.com/1/lists/statuses.atom?slug={listName}&owner_screen_name={username}&include_entities=true Replace {username} […]

Jeff Bezos’s Team Found Apollo 11’s F-1 Engines

The Saturn V was perhaps the greatest rocket ever built. Quoting Wikipedia: It remains the tallest, heaviest and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status and still holds the record for the heaviest launch vehicle payload. The first stage (S-IC) was made of several F-1 rockets. Check out an old video to get an […]

App Store Paid Upgrades

Wil Shipley from Delicious Monster wrote a great blog post on the need for paid upgrades. To compensate for this missing feature app developers tend to do one of three things: Make it free – I presume this is what Apple is going for. Make it feel like a bargain. New App, Pay again – […]

Is That A Cell Phone Name Or A Condom Brand?

Des Traynor of Intercom came up with a great little infographic It’s worth a read beyond the infographic for the comments on that blog post alone.

James Cameron Reaches Mariana Trench

From National Geographic: As of 5:52 p.m. ET Sunday (7:52 a.m. Monday, local time), James Cameron has arrived at the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep, members of the National Geographic expedition have confirmed. His depth on arrival: 35,756 feet (10,898 meters)—a figure unattainable anywhere else in the ocean. Reaching bottom, the National Geographic explorer and filmmaker […]

OTA Upgrades Speed iOS Upgrade Adoption

Some interesting graphs on iOS 5.1 upgrade stats. iOS 5.0.1 and 5.1 are notable because they are the first upgrades to be delivered OTA. Unless this data is a unique segment and not representative of the larger ecosystem (I don’t think that’s the case), this is pretty impressive. This is why the upgrade process is […]

Giant Paper Airplane

At 45 feet and 800 lbs this is one of the biggest paper airplanes ever made. It was lifted by helicopter. It traveled at up to 98 mph. Now that is one heck of a science experiment by Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona.

Linus Torvalds Said No To Steve Jobs

Wired has a great piece on Linus Torvalds. Linus is one of the most under appreciated people in the world. We all interact with his work daily, yet very few even know what his work is, much less him. Even Steve Jobs apparently realized that: Torvalds has never met Bill Gates, but around 2000, when […]

A Day In The Life Of HR

An excerpt from the soon to be released Let’s Pretend This Never Happened ( A Mostly True Memoir): As of today I’ve had to ask five separate men, “Is this your penis?” after their pictures got caught in the e-mail filter. (Side note: When I read this to people who don’t work in HR, they […]