Welcome to another edition of TGIF. I hope that you have enjoyed the week, maybe you have finished a big project, spent time with friends, gone bungee jumping or had a lovely meal with someone special. If not and your week was rubbish, make sure you have an extra cool weekend and treat yourself to something nice. You deserve it.
Without further ado…
Stuff I really liked this week:
The Smash Clock – an alarm clock made of spongy stuff that you can wack really hard
I spent a lot of time on the Aestetic Apparatus site – cool posters, pictures, t-shirt, arty things
Fun geeky t-shirts at Clutchtees – nice “close encounter” and “Star Trek” tees
The question “If you were to go back in time to 1998 and write an article about Google search, what would it say?”. It looked like this.
The sleep tracker watch – it “monitors your sleep patterns and gently rouses you when you’re approaching an almost-awake moment in your sleep cycle.”
Emoticons go back to the early 70′s but Scott Fahlman was the 1st to propose using (tongue in cheek) and on 19/09/1982
Chance that the office computer of an FBI employee has Internet access: 1 in 3
The HP65 pocket calculator from 1974 was used as a backup by the astronauts to double check the Apollo Guidance computer (ACG)
In 1980 Activision gave out free badges (patches, the sew on kind) to player who achieved amazing scores. They had to take a photo of their TV screen and send it off to them.
Mary Allen Wilkes was the 1st person to use a computer at home and the 1st developer of an operating system (LAP) for the first minicomputer (LINC) in 1965.
The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before. (T. Veblen)
One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try. (Sophocles)
The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. (E. Schlossberg)
I see no advantage whatsoever to the graphical user interface. (Bill Gates, 1983)
This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. (Western Union internal memo, 1876)
Tune of the week…make sure you bop around to this one:
Cool video footage for this week…
Purple and Brown are brilliant – warning: nearly all the clips are on YouTube…potential time drainer!