18. December 2008
Typealyzer analyses text within a blog and produces a profile based on what it finds. You can read about how it does it here.
Our type turns out to be "The Visionaries". Here we are:
"The charming and trend savvy type. They are especially attuned to the
big picture and anticipate trends. They often have sophisticated
language skills and come across as witty and social. At the end of the
day, however, they are pragmatic decision makers and have a good
They enjoy work that lets them use their cleverness, great
communication skills and knack for new exciting ventures. They have to
look out not to become quitters, since they easily get bored when the
creative exciting start-up phase is over."
And this diagram shows which parts of our brains were most active whilst we were writing.
Hat tip to Holy Cow
15. December 2008
Soon you may need to decide. This from New Scientist announces the first megawatt laser being fired from an aircraft.
The TIE-fighter was always my favourite. Its superior handling meant Luke Skywalker was lucky in his X-wing. Ugly but technologically wonderful. The Porsche of the Star Wars franchise.
My favourite, until this came along... the Naboo Starfighter.
Beautiful. The Lamborghini to the TIE-fighter's Porsche.
11. December 2008
In my (somewhat less than) humble opinion, this oration was the tipping point in the Obama campaign. This was the speech that spread around the internet and got the world on his side. This was the speech that provided filip to the US to get off their no doubt flabby behinds to vote and make a difference. This was the time to repeat a catch phrase to get the crowd baying at his heels. Find 13 mins and 9 sec to watch it.
From a presentation style point of view, watch how he uses his voice. Crescendo, diminuendo. Captivating.
Bonus link: Martin Luther King's "I have a dream". If you're short for time just watch the last 4 mins.
10. December 2008
Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island? Nope, although it's apparently the largest man-made stucture in the world.
The answer is the Pacific Trash Vortex or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It's created by all those non-biodegradeable bits of plastic that are trapped by an ocean current know as the North Pacific Gyre.
We love interesting stuff here at CMW, which is why watching QI is part of our job descriptions (well it's not, but it should be).