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CNET: how to reduce computer-related eyestrain

Thanks to Sharon Vaknin for the mention of Time Out in this video, that gives helpful tips on reducing eyestrain:

Watch on YouTube.

Time Out Free featured on Tekzilla Daily

My free break reminder app, Time Out Free, is today's feature on Tekzilla Daily. Check out their video! (Sorry, the embed code doesn't seem to work, at least without Flash, so you'll need to go to their site to view it.)

Learn more about Time Out! It is available both via the Dejal site and via the Mac App Store.

Minority Report-like interfaces from TED

As readers of my blog may know, I'm a fan of multi-touch and similar gestural interfaces. Here's a recent video from the TED conference, from a consultant for the movie Minority Report, demonstrating interacting with data via gestures:

"I could care less"

One of my pet peeves:

Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain

Inspirational video. "What you do for a living is not be creative, what you do is ship," says bestselling author Seth Godin, arguing that we must quiet our fearful "lizard brains" to avoid sabotaging projects just before we finally finish them.

Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain from 99% on Vimeo.


As you may have noticed, I'm fascinated with multi-touch interfaces. I just saw an interesting concept that proposes a desktop-based multi-touch system that avoids the need for touching a screen directly (which has issues of fingerprints, muscle strain, and obscuring the view), plus an interesting desktop usage metaphor.

I'm not entirely sold on it, but it definitely has some potential. I'm really not sure how well the proposed windowing system would scale — I currently have 23 windows open between all my apps, and often have more; their system of scrolling through them could be cumbersome, though the zooming out overview might be okay.

They also seem to reserve most multi-touch gestures for managing the windows, which could limit what apps can do with them.

Anyway, check it out; it's a fascinating concept, and a good description of some potential issues with more conventional approaches:

10/GUI from C. Miller on Vimeo.

Nice video of Portland, Oregon

My wife and I moved from New Zealand to Portland, Oregon back in 2001. It's a great city, with a nice friendly "small town" feel but the amenities of a big city. This brief video show a lot of the great things to see and do around Portland:

Portland Japanese Garden

My wife and I are big fans of the Portland Japanese Garden, five distinct Japanese garden styles over 5.5 acres in the hills overlooking downtown Portland, Oregon. My wife even volunteers there once a week as a gardener.

Here's a short piece from the Travel Channel describing the garden:

If you're in Portland or visit, the Japanese Garden is a must-see.

Impressive a cappella rendition of Toto's Africa

Very well done; this choral ensemble (Perpetuum Jazzile) performs the Toto song "Africa", a cappella, complete with human-produced rain and thunder sound effects:

(via @tamarcita)

Cool augmented reality

"Augmented reality" is a technique where a 3D model appears on-screen connected to something you're holding in reality. GE has a nifty example, where one of two models appear to pop out of a piece of paper you hold. You can move the page around to move the model.

You can try it yourself if your computer has a webcam. You may need to upgrade the Flash plugin.

History of the internet

A fascinating animated video on the history of the internet:

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

Imagining the ten dimensions

Fascinating, in a mind-bending kinda way:

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Amusing video of cars in snowy Portland

Portland only gets a few snow days per year (sometimes none at all), so when it does snow, drivers aren't always prepared. A couple of years ago I posted an amusing/scary video from downtown Portland, and today I encountered another one, from the current snowy weather we're having. This time, it's a small hill in the Southwest Waterfront district. The amazing difference: not one accident!


The world is just awesome

A spiffy ad for the Discovery Channel; a catchy tune, interesting visuals, and wonderful sentiment:

Internet people commenting on the universe

A clip show! Here are three fun videos I saw in the last week or two. You may have already seen them, but they're enjoyable to watch again if so.

Firstly, Internet People, a fun song featuring lots of popular names in the blogosphere. I think I recognize most of these, though there are a few I don't. (Via WebbAlert - see that link for a list of everyone mentioned in the video.)

Next, a hilarious video on what a business meeting would be like in the style of web commenters... less well behaved ones than on Dejal, anyway! Warning: not suitable for work (NSFW):

Don't miss the followup from the same people, which is perhaps even funnier (and also NSFW).

Finally, an impressive video that starts out with an aerial view of a picnicking couple, then slowly zooms all the way out to 100 million light years from them... then back in again down to a microscopic level. Along the way, it includes an indication of the scale in powers of ten. Very impressive. (Via Dark Roasted Blend, a great site of interesting images and videos.)

And here's a similar scale-of-things site, as a clickable animation.


Makes me glad I work from home....

Portland had a big (for here) snowstorm on Tuesday. This is video footage of cars sliding around on an icy Portland street:

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