Thursday, February 26, 2009

At the Elephant Wash

National Geographic Photo of the Day has a nice picture of an elephant being washed by its handler.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Spitfire for sale

Still looking for the perfect present? The Times has a short article about an air worthy Spitfire that comes up for auction soon. It is expected to sell for GBP 1.5 million.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Autofocus Time Management System

As astute readers will know, while not particularly productive myself, I have always had an interest in productivity systems. The latest one to come up is the Autofocus system.

The Autofocus system is similar to Getting Things Done (GTD) in that you write everything down. The difference is that you have one large list that you cycle through rather than a bunch of smaller context specific ones.

There is a video on the linked to page where the creator of the system explains how it works.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fish Photo

National Geographic has a nice picture of a coi feeding in a pond.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Interview with Alexa

Since the last article I linked to about Alexa got hidden behind a password I'm going to try again with a link to this interview with her.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Flash Game: Splitter

Another Flash game to kill an hour or so.  In Splitter you use a knife to cut ropes and blocks on each game level to try to get the smiley faced ball to roll to the target.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Tracking Presidential Promises

PoliFact has a website that aims to track President Obama's campaign promises and how many of them have been fulfilled. So far he has kept 7, broken 1, is working on 18 and has 482 to go.

This could be quite handy if it were to catch on in other locations and for different levels of government.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

TED Talk: Photosynth demo

This short TED talk (7 minutes) is a demo of some experimental software called Photosynth. The software builds composite images from collections of photos. The really interesting part is how it can find the photos on its own.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Player Piano Rolls

The Buffalo News has an article about the ending of production of player piano rolls. The interesting thing is not so much that they aren't made anymore but that production stopped on 31 December 2008.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

February Smashing Wallpaper

As you can guess from the post title, the February Desktop wallpaper collection is out at Smashing Magazine. I've gone with the lizard picture.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

A Non-Corporate Annual Report

I'm not sure who Nicholas Felton is but I have read his annual report and he seems to keep track of a lot of data about his life. I can't help but wonder how he does it.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Deserted London

This Flickr set shows the results when you get up early Christmas morning and drive around London taking pictures - the whole place is deserted.

I was especially amazed at the picture of Villiers street - that's the street that turns up from Embankment tube station, its a pedestrian street except for all the cars. It is always packed with people.

Related: The Big Picture has some great aerial shots of London (though these have people in them).