Month: August 2008

  • 20 Things Everyone Needs to Know

    I’m usually quite sceptical about similar lists, but The Independent‘s 20 Things Everyone Needs to Know struck me as actually useful as each list item is authored by a professional who works in that field. And when you’ve got an article co-authored by the likes of Donald Trump, Jennifer Capriati and Larry King, how can…

  • Tim Ferriss Interview

    This interview between Tim Ferriss and Derek Sivers‚ÄĒthe entrepreneur who founded CD Baby‚ÄĒconcentrates on The 4-Hour Workweek and provides a good recap and overview of the concepts. The following quote, however, feels more relevant to me now as it was when I originally read the book: To learn anything quickly, I approach people who did…

  • Voting America, 1840‚Äď2008

    Voting America consists of a series of animated and interactive maps (with commentary) visualising how Americans have used their votes since 1840. Voting America examines the evolution of presidential politics in the United States across the span of American history. The project offers a wide spectrum of cinematic visualizations of how Americans voted in the…

  • Band Names That are Really Hard to Search For

    This list of band names that make online searches nigh-on impossible reminds me of McSweeney’s list of inaudible email addresses (via Link Banana). !!! A The And The The The Music

  • Exercise and the Placebo Effect

    Can the placebo effect work with exercise and fitness? Two Harvard psychologists decided to find out, and the results were startling. 84 maids at seven carefully matched hotels [were quizzed on] how much exercise they got. Fully a third of the women said they got no exercise at all, while two-thirds said they did not…

  • G√∂del, Escher, Bach

    On a large number of ‘best of’ or ‘books that changed my life’ lists I always spot G√∂del, Escher, Bach (GEB), the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Hofstadter. When my copy arrived at my door recently I was taken aback by this tome and realised that it was going to be a dense read that…

  • Visualising Four Dimensions

    Need help in visualising four dimensions? √Čtienne Ghys has now created a series of videos for ‘teaching’ others how to visualise objects in the fourth dimension (the spatial, not temporal, fourth dimension). How on earth can we visualize such a thing? [The] challenge in visualizing four dimensions is very similar to the one that would…

  • Computing and Neuroscience Links

    At 24 I firmly believe that I’m still young enough to completely change my professional ‘direction’ and for it to have no discernible effect on my future earning power. As such I always have these fantastic ideas that one day soon I will go back to university and complement my CS degree with another degree…

  • Ten Secrets to Giving a Good Scientific Talk

    Browsing the MIT OpenCourseWare’s Laboratory in Cognitive Science entry, I came across a paper on giving effective scientific talks. Prepare your material carefully and logically Practice your talk Don’t put in too much material Avoid equations Have only a few conclusion points Talk to the audience not to the screen Avoid making distracting sounds Polish…

  • Last Place and the Changing Olympic Spirit

    The DFL blog rounds up the Beijing Olympics with some great data visualisations on last place finishes and some wise words on how the Olympic spirit has changed. It’s part of a larger problem: media coverage can be so overwhelmingly focused on the home team that the big picture is missed. Events in which your…