Thursday, May 31, 2007

Travel Advice for Indonesia

We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Indonesia, including Bali, at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attack. We receive regular reports indicating that terrorists are planning attacks against Western interests against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners. If you are in Indonesia, including Bali, and are concerned for your safety you should consider departing.
Travel Advice for Indonesia

31 Of The Worst Predictions

1. “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
Read on...
31 Of The Worst Predictions

BitLocker Drive Encryption

Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption is certainly one of the most talked-about features in Windows Vista. However, most people haven’t yet had much opportunity to test BitLocker to find out firsthand
Keys to Protecting Data with BitLocker Drive Encryption

Australian Economic Indicators

A monthly compendium of economic statistics, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries, feature articles and technical notes. Primarily a reference document, the publication provides a broad basis for analysis and research on the Australian economy and includes statistics that can be applied to both macro-economic and sectoral analyses. The publication contains statistics under the following headings: national accounts, international accounts, consumption and investment, production, prices, labour force and demography, incomes and labour costs, financial markets, state comparisons and international comparisons.
Australian Economic Indicators, June 2007

The Science of Disgust

The ewww factor. A new study explains why we think some things are icky - and marketers are starting to take heed.
The Science of Disgust

High Stress: Air Traffic Control

High Stress Job !
Air Traffic Control Video

Microsoft Surface Confirmed: Touch-Sensitive

Dubbed "Surface" and five years in the making, Project Milan is set to establish a paradigm of what Microsoft calls "surface computers" which use touch as the sole method of input.
Microsoft Surface Confirmed: Touch-Sensitive

Real-Time Information from ResourceShelf

ResourceShelf is updated daily by an editorial team headed by Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy. Here is a snapshot of some Real Time Information and Webcams such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower etc.
ResourceShelf » Real-Time Information

Google Maps is spying on my Cat

From Boing Boing...

The new Google Maps zoom feature zooms all the way into my living room window. See cat on cat perch.
I'm all for mapping, but this feature literally gives me the shakes. I feel like I need to close all my curtains now. I'm going to look into whether it's possible for a person to have pictures of their home removed from Google Maps. Meanwhile, I'm happy to show bb readers the photo in the interest of illustrating creepy privacy violations. Heck, the whole world can see him anyway.
Google Maps is spying on my Cat

Spectacular Mammatus Clouds

These photos were taken by Jorn Olsen, he lives on Heartwell Park in Hastings, Nebraska. His website is: which you may be interested in looking at. Three of these photos were featured on the front and back cover of the Journal of Meteorology and circulated in 26 countries.
Spectacular Mammatus Clouds over Hastings, Nebraska

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

You’re Fired!

There are two types of employee. One has a good idea of what they do, who they are and what position they play in the company. They are savvy. They know the score. They are under no delusions, and will no doubt leave for another job long before they are ever considered as cannon-fodder.
And then there’s the other kind. Read on...
You’re Fired! 20 signs that a pink-slip is coming

Google Maps Street View from outside US

Google is making excessive use of their GeoIP database these days to test new features in a limited area of their choice. Now they decided to only let users from the US use the street view option in Google Maps. If you live in another country, you'd actually have to wait until Google releases the feature worldwide or use a proxy from inside the states.
There's another way to avoid Google's IP filter though:
Google Maps Street View from outside US

Exploring the Windows Vista Firewall

Modern computing environments wildly diverge from ancient times. Everything is connected to the Internet and portable devices are now the standard. Your employer has likely given you a laptop, not because they care about you, but because they care about getting more out of you — they fully expect you to work anytime you’ve got five spare minutes and a Wi-Fi connection. Laptops might cost more than desktops, but that investment is surely repaid in productivity. You see, it’s the portability that makes them so alluring—to you and your adversaries. Read on...
Exploring the Windows Vista Firewall

World Wind Central - Saturn

This World Wind Central addon includes Saturn, Patrick Murris's PlanetaryRings plugin, moons, feature names, and some physical properties of the rings.
Add-on:Saturn - World Wind Central

Convert an Image to a Text File

Convert an image and process to a text file of the original image. Convert picture to text. Ascii Art. ascii photo, ascii image, ascii convertion, asciiart, ascii picture, convert image text, image to text, image to ascii etc

Women In Art

This YouTube clip morphs many traditional female portraits over 3 minutes.
Women In Art

Top 25 Web 2.0 Search Engines

Online search is now a multi-billion dollar industry, with Google alone grossing over $3.5 billion in profits last year. It's no wonder why so many newcomers are hopping on the search bandwagon, hoping to become the next Google. And those new search engines that may stand the best chance to become the next Google all share one common element — the use of Web 2.0 technology that they hope will increase search result relevance.

Here are 25 such engines. Some offer functionality that's slowly making its way into traditional search engines. Others further the attempt to traverse the invisible Web and index other previously unsearchable research sources.

Top 25 Web 2.0 Search Engines

Top 100 Scariest Movie Scenes

Some films aren't scary by design, but happen to have creepy and shocking moments that deserve special recognition. So enjoy this list and have fun discovering a bunch of new movies to see!
Top 100 Scariest Movie Scenes of All Time

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

26 Reasons What You Think is Right is Wrong

A cognitive bias is something that our minds commonly do to distort our own view of reality. Here are the 26 most studied and widely accepted cognitive biases.
26 Reasons What You Think is Right is Wrong

Handbook for Life: 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity

A Handbook for Life. Now, is there any handbook that can be a guide to every single person? Of course not. This is just a list of tips that will help many people in life — some of them common-sense tips that are often forgetten about. Consider this guide a reminder.
Handbook for Life: 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity

Monday, May 28, 2007

100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.

"The words we suggest," says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, "are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language."

The following is the entire list of 100 words:
100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

37 Sources Of Inspiration

Did you ever feel lost in space, trying to gather your thoughts, get motivated to write for your blog, design a website, come up with logo ideas, find a perfect object for your photo shoot, simply be inspired to live your life to its fullest? Here is your one in a lifetime chance to swim in the ocean of inspiration filled from 37 sources.
37 Sources Of Inspiration

7 Ways to Send HUGE Files

Gmail users can now send up to 20MB of attachments to each other. Here are 7 services that let you send files of more than 500MB.
7 Ways to Send HUGE Files

Self-assessed Health in Australia

This article presents a brief overview of how Australians assess their own health status. Factors examined in relation to self-assessed health include age, sex, socioeconomic status, health conditions, weight, exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking.
Self-assessed Health in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05

Sleep Adjustment Tips - Gain Time!

Rise and Shine: No matter what time you to go to bed - you're alarm should go off each morning at the same time, 7 days per week. Gain an hour a day, that's over 10 days per year. Read on for other ideas...
Sleep Adjustment

Amazing Houses

Photos of interesting and odd houses...
Amazing things: Houses from around the World

Ikea Job Application

A funny cartoon...Ikea Job Application

7 Ways to Build the Exercise Habit

This is a post from the author of If you enjoy this post, check out his site.
7 Ways to Build the Exercise Habit

Sunday, May 27, 2007

iPhone Hype

A study from Strategy Analytics has found that 90 percent of handset owners rate Apple’s iPhone as being superior to existing mobile phones. This despite the rather pertinent facts that the iPhone has not yet gone on sale and none of those questioned would have used an iPhone.
Study Finds 90% of Handset Owners Believe iPhone Hype

Venus Near the Moon

The two brightest objects in the night sky appeared to go right past each other last week. On the night of May 19, Earth's Moon and the planet Venus were visible in the same part of the sky - Venus Near the Moon

Friday, May 25, 2007

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Playing Card Superstitions

Likely because of their association with gambling and fortune telling, playing cards have long been regarded as objects of moral and spiritual danger, if not of outright evil.
Playing Card Superstitions

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The 100 Best Products of 2007

From the PC World editors - ranking the best PCs, HDTVs, components, sites, and services. Plus: the products they're looking forward to next year, and which technologies are rising and falling.
The 100 Best Products of 2007

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Interesting Notes

Passive-aggressive Notes from roommates, neighbors, coworkers and strangers.....

10 Simple Ways to save Messing up Your Life

10 Simple Ways to save yourself from messing up your Life

General Social Survey: Australia, 2006

Among the many, often inter-related, aspects of life that are important to human wellbeing are good health, good family relationships and engagements with wider social networks, good educational opportunities and outcomes, suitable employment, a decent income and freedom from financial stress, a decent and affordable place to live, feeling safe and secure, and having access to suitable transport. There is increasing recognition that many social phenomena are inter-related and social policy is becoming less sectoral as a consequence. In 2006, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducted the second General Social Survey (GSS), a multi-dimensional social survey that ranges across all of these aspects of life to enable analysis of the interrelationships in social circumstances and outcomes, including the exploration of multiple advantage and disadvantage.
General Social Survey:Australia, 2006

Overclock Your Reading Speed

Speed reading is an excellent skill that can be used in your workplace, your home life, as well as your personal hobbies.
Overclock Your Reading Speed

Monday, May 21, 2007

Disney Underground - The Tunnels Exposed

Are there really tunnels under Disney? Are there really hidden Mickeys? Did you see Walt's frozen head? I guess these questions really only come from outside of Florida, and prompted this post about "The Tunnels"

Keyboard Shortcuts

A list of common keyboard shortcuts that are used in modern desktop environments: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, KDE and GNOME. These are shortcuts used to interact with the desktop environment, and shortcuts commonly used in desktop applications.
Table of Keyboard Shortcuts - Wikipedia

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Eyesight Myths

It’s important to separate fact from fiction, especially when the topic is eyesight. And old wives’ tales abound about the eyes. Many of these have no basis in fact and, for that matter, can be dangerous if you followed the advice put forth.
But knowing how to take good care of your eyes is the first step to protecting your sight for a lifetime. So here’s the lowdown on some eyesight myths:
15 Useless or Even Dangerous Eyesight Myths at Ririan Project

Best Dilbert Ever!

Dilbert Comic Strip

Improving Your Landscape Photography

There’s something about getting out in nature with the challenge of capturing some of the amazing beauty that you see. The quietness and stillness of waiting for the perfect moment for the shot, scoping out an area for the best vantage point and then seeing the way that the light changed a scene over a few hours.
Here are a few the lessons learned for Improving Your Landscape Photography

The Bathroom Diaries

The Bathroom Diaries scours the globe to rate the worlds’ toilets. Few would visit a country without some advanced information, yet our tender bits are exposed to uncharted territories with no help or assistance. At our most vulnerable, we are blind. Well, no more.

Dubai Puts a New Spin on Skyscrapers

Dubai Puts a New Spin on Skyscrapers - In skyscraper-crazy Dubai, tall isn't enough. In a design to be unveiled today in the oil-rich emirate, David Fisher, an Italian-Israeli architect, has dreamed up a 68-story combination hotel, apartment and office tower where the floors would rotate 360 degrees. Each floor would rotate independently, creating a constantly changing architectural form.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fun with clouds!

Clouds can be funny - The color of a cloud tells much about what is going on inside the cloud. Clouds form when relatively warm air containing water vapor is lighter than its surrounding air and this causes it to rise. As it rises it cools and the vapor condenses out of the air as micro-droplets. These tiny particles of water are relatively densely packed, and sunlight cannot penetrate far into the cloud before it is reflected out, giving a cloud its characteristic white color.
Fun with Clouds!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Da Vinci's Guide to Healthy Living

Leonardo Da Vinci, considered to be one of the greatest creative minds of all time, lived a good life. His talents led him to be supported and befriended by many of the most powerful men of his time. He wasn't just one of history's greatest artists, he was also one of history's greatest engineers and he was much admired, not just for his huge intellect, but also for his handsomeness, his physical strength, and his singing voice. He also had a heart, his love for animals the reason for his vegetarianism. He died at 67 years of age, which in 15th century Italy probably equates to 90 now.

Da Vinci's Guide to Healthy Living

50 Ways To Increase Your Productivity -

Here are 50 Ways To Increase Your Productivity and add hours to your day!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Top Ten Myths of Divorce

Discussion of the most common misinformation about divorce - the
Top Ten Myths

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat - Disneyworld

It’s Disneyworld. The happiest, smiling-est, hottest, sweatiest, standing-in-lineiest place on earth. This year’s motto: “The Year of A Million Dreams”.

Where Do You Fit?

Where Do You Fit?
Do you cringe when your cell phone rings? Do you suffer from withdrawal when you can't check your Blackberry? Do you rush to post your vacation video to your Web site? The questions below allow you to place yourself in one of the categories in the Pew Internet Project's Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users.

9 Little Known Ways To Sleep

Can’t sleep? Try these snooze tips you may not have heard before.
9 Little Known Ways To Sleep