Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

WideMail Plug-In
November 12, 2007

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I love Apple Mail, but the format is not optimized to read full messages quickly. Less scrolling means more time to read, so I decided to install WideMail, a plug-in that transforms the layout to three easy-to-read columns. Those of you who read through a load of e-mails daily might like this. I certainly think of it a great upgrade.

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Planet Earth
November 11, 2007

I just saw a couple of episodes of this series on Blu-Ray and I was completely in awe. I’ve already decided on buying the series and my copy could not arrive soon enough. I am going to just devote a day to watching the whole thing. It is a beautiful documentary on life here on earth. And once, I’ve absorbed everything from the series. I’ll move on and watch the complimentary series, Blue Planet. Blue Planet only comes in DVD, but I hope that BBC would release a Blu-Ray version because I don’t think it expresses the grandeur of nature as well in such a limited resolution.

I can’t remember being so excited to learn about anything like I am for this.

Google Transit
July 30, 2007

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Google has redefined online map/directions over and over and they won’t cease. Streetview is cool and all but its coverage is still so limited that it won’t be helpful until they photograph every yard of America’s big cities and its surrounding suburbs.

Also in the works right now is Google Transit. A concept long past due. Instead of driving directions, it will provide you will scheduled trips for getting on the bus, lightrail, trolley and where to jump off of one and onto another. Like Streetview, it’s still not complete. So far, it’s available in select cities in the United States and all of Japan.

Let’s be goin’ t’ raid iTunes! Arrr!
July 27, 2007

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Yes, if you were wondering, I am fluent in Pirate.

The iTunes music store is a wonderful resource for those tough to find songs. Their collection is vast beyond comprehension and yet browsing is so unsatisfying. All you get is this thirty-second crumb of a song.

That is what I have thought up until this point. If you can manage stealing that half-a-minute preview and you can have yourself a free ringtone! Of course, you are going to need an iPhone and Safari 3.0 to get the job done. I suggest you do it quick before Apple finds out about this.

TUAW lists the steps here.

Being Green: Worth The Effort? Most Definitely
July 12, 2007

That should convince you on its own. But if you’re still a skeptic, check out the other videos after the break. He tries to patch up any holes in his argument.

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Not Your Grandfather’s Smoking Jacket
May 21, 2007

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Fiona Carswell has set out to do what statistics cannot. This ‘smoking jacket’ is only conceptual work but the message is ever so clear. The courteous smoker breathes into a one way air valve and the tobacco smoke is absorbed into the air filter that resemble a pair of lungs. It will eventually take on a blackened look to represent the very same blackening of a smoker’s lungs.

Fiona Carswell is a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University and a User Interface Engineer for Apple, Inc.

“My work attempts to design objects and experiences using play and humor. The constraints of space, purpose, and tradition can be modified to create an atmosphere of playfulness. Playful exploration makes things accessible to anyone, allows for risk-taking, and reveals truths about society, including truths about the designers themselves.”

Credenda
April 5, 2007

Credenda by Og Mandino

Turn away from the crowd and its fruitless pursuit of fame and gold. Never look back as you close your door to the sorry tumult of greed and ambition. Wipe away your tears of failure and misfortune. Lay aside yor heavy load and rest until your heart is still. Be at Peace. Already it is later than you think, for your earthly life, at best, is only the blink of any eye between two eternities. Be Unafraid. Nothing here can harm you except yourself. Do that which you dread, and cherish those victories with pride. Concentrate your energy. To be everywhere is to be nowhere. Be jealous of your time, since it is your greatest treasure. Reconsider your goals. Before you set your heart too much on anything, examine how happy they are who already possess what you desire. Love your family and count your blessings. Reflect on how eagerly they would be sought if you did not have them. Put aside your impossible dreams and complete the tasks at hand. No matter how distasteful. All great achievements came from working and waiting. Be Patient. God’s delays are never God’s denials. Hold on. Hold Fast. Know that your paymaster is always near. What you sow, good or evil, that you will reap. Never blame your conditions on others. You are what your choice alone. Learn to live to honest poverty, if you must and turn to more important matters, than transporting gold to your grave. Never meet trouble halfway. Anxiety is the rust of life. When you add tomorrow’s burden to today, their weight becomes unbearable. Avoid the mourner’s bench and give thanks instead, for your defeats, you would not receive them if you did not need them. Always learn from others. He who teaches himself has a fool for a master. Be careful. Do not overload your conscience. Conduct your life as if it were spent in an arena of talents. Avoid boasting. If you see anything that puffs you with pride, look closer and you will find more than enough to make you humble. Be wise. Realize that all men are not created equal for there is no equality in nature. Yet no man was ever born whose work was not born with him. Work everyday as if it were your first, yet tenderly treat the lives you touch as if they will end at midnight. Love everyone, even those who deny you for hate is a luxury you can’t afford. Seek out those in need. Learn that he who delivers with one head will always gather in two. Be of good cheer. Above all, remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Look up, reach out. Cling simply to God and journey quietly on our pathway to forever with charity and a smile. When you depart it will be said by all that your legacy was a better world than the one you found.

Sometimes you just don’t understand life, so here is a compilation of aphorisms that may help you find your way and remember what is truly important.

Nigger Wetback Chink
March 22, 2007

Nigger Wetback Chink is a play of three guys who discuss race. The truth is that there is only one race: the human race. Now let’s enjoy the ridiculousness of racial stereotypes.

It looks pretty funny. I should’ve gone to see it tonight. [slaps forehead]

Folding@Home
March 19, 2007

It’s an absolutely brilliant idea. Now my PS3 can help find cures instead of just sitting there because we all know there is nothing worth playing on the PlayStation 3. Well, not yet anyways.

Happy Saturday
March 17, 2007

Saint Patrick was a British that was kidnapped at a young age and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped and eventually came back to Ireland as a missionary, converting pagans to Christianity. He is made legend for driving out all the snakes from Ireland. Though historically there were no snakes in Ireland to begin with. Snakes is used only as a symbol for paganism.

So tell me: Why should I celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?